Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Ratings:
7,474
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
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Photo of jams1220
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmalex
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first taste of this beer in a long while. I'm pretty sure I missed it the past year or 2 so hopefully this is an eye-opening experience for me.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear red amber into a Sam Adams glass. The head is impressive though I'm sure the etchings on the bottom of the glass helped. It starts at one finger and drops to a hearty collar and nearly full surface covering. Looks great.

SMELL: Less than intense aromas come out of this one. It's somewhat bready and toasty and has a hint of underlying sweetness. Other than that, I'm not getting too much from this.

TASTE: The taste is much more characteristic of an authentic Märzen. Bready malts come on strong as does a toasty flavor. The one complaint is that it gets a bit harsh on the finish displaying some of the flavors commonly found in lower quality lagers. That's a minor detail, however, in what is a nice tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouth seems a bit thin with a lower carbonation than I'd like. I might even go as far to say it's watery.

DRINKABILITY: There are some really good things happening with this beer, but there's also some bad. Overall it's a nice beer that I'd certainly never turn down. As far as American versions of Oktoberfests go, this one is no where near the bottom rung, but it just can't measure up to some of the authentic German versions.

I enjoy getting to try beers that I'd only ever had before "my eyes were opened" to craft beer. All in all, I continue to be impressed with the Boston Beer Company and the success they have with so many different styles.

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Photo of BdM
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle into a stein a clear orange-amber-ish colour, topped by two fingers of tight head that recedes to some rings but does leave a bit of lacing. Not a tremendous amount of visible carbonation.

Smell is toasted malt, a bit of caramel, bready, a bit of biscuit. Faint hints of maple (or maybe I just want to smell maple because of the season), light milk chocolate, and noble hop aroma--light grassy, hay. Nice.

Taste is light, refreshing. Aspires to creaminess, but there's a bit of astringency. Still, this is malt forward, sweet, toasty, biscuity. Slight lagery yeastiness, tanginess. Again, a bit of a crisp grassiness or hay flavour. Body is surprisingly light, and the carbonation moderate.

Seems fairly on-point for the style, but can't compete with some of the true German renditions. Still, it's nice, refreshing, pretty clean. Very drinkable. Not a favourite, but not mad that I've got five more to drink the fridge, either.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a thin white head.

S - Mostly sweet malts and some breadiness.

T- Just like the smell. Sweet maltiness with a light mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O - Affordable and available everywhere. A nice beer for the fall months.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red color. Decent head, for a lighter beer.

S: Sweet and malty, but not very strong.

T: Lots of that sweet malt again, on the tip of the tongue. The perfect amount of hops-- not too much, well-balanced. Develops a nutty taste after awhile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Good mix of carbonation.

D: I could definitely drink this all night. This is the one Sam Seasonal I really miss when it isn't being sold.

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Photo of matcris
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is a clear copper in color. Good level of carbonation rising, with a 2 + finger of tan head. Fair lacing down the glass. Smells quite sweet, with caramel/toffee and like an almost rum soaked fruitcake. Quite sweet flavor, malty, bready, a little earthy underneath all of that. Medium body, a little sticky, dryer towards the finish. Good level of carbonation. Actually sticky and dry at the same time. This is a decent beer, it's a little sweet for my taste, so a "have one" and move on to something else.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - served in a tall 23 ounce glass. Not much head remaining once walked over from the tap but there's a thin partial covering there. A nice orange amber color to it.

Aroma - light toasted malts, not much more.

Taste - a good toasted grain beginning, a bit of growing sweetness. The swallow brings on some balancing hops and give a rounded fullness to the flavor, very nice. The aftertaste is a balance of malt sweetness and hop dryness.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and medium carbonation, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - the style has grown on me a bit sice I first tried this one. I like it better.

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Photo of LukeB
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of theskjoung
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justglkn
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KLHBB
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My "go to" beer of the fall. Others are good, maybe even better, but Sam Adams is readily available and I'm always happy with the fall sampler. Pours a dark amber copper color, tastes of toasted bread, a little cola, a touch of sweetness, light hops. Feel is medium bodied, light carbonation. Overall, a very great "go with anything" kind of beer.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd34
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MicTar
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Octoberfest stein

A - Pours a clear darker amber color 1 finger of off white head, thin lacing.
S - Aroma isnt super awesome, but kinda standard, some caramel and bready malts, the slightest hint of some spice, some dark fruit.
T - Pretty standard, but solid, some sweet and bready malt makes the fore of this beer, a light roasted quality, some dark dried fruit as well.
M - Slightly chewy, a little dry and floury, but moderate feel.
O - A staple when it comes to octoberfest styles, done well enough to drink multiples of.

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Photo of skillerified
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish-orange in color with a lightly tanned head. Does actually look like a fall color. Could use a little more head though.

Nose is heavy on the caramel. Some sweet fruit, like orange came through as well. A little bit of spice too. A great blend, but it could be a little stronger.

Taste is strong on the malt flavors. Tastes a little burnt actually. Some sweet caramel with a hint of chocolate and toffee. Not bad. Not great either though.

Feels a little watery and a little slick going down. Decently balanced. A moderate carbonation prick. About an average mouthfeel.

Not a great beer, but easily drinkable when the season hits. I'm sure there are better Octoberfests out there though.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a a pint glass, Beautiful deep clear auburn color.1 finger head fells moderately fast. A good amount of visible carbonation keeps a slight, sat half, of the beer covered. A touch of lacing.

S- Lots of sweet caramel malts in the nose. Its not very aromatic. It's good its just needs more of what it has.

T- Very clean caramel malts. It starts out big and sweet then comes across with the roasted caramel malts. Very pleasing. The finish is light with a slight residual sweetness.

M- Its a good medium beer, with what feels like a touch too much carbonation. More bittering hops would be better at keeping the finish dry.

O- this is a very pleasing beer. Very good caramel malt taste to it. It could have a touch more hops to the finish, they are almost not present and it seems could benefit by drying out the finish a bit more.

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Photo of Caj1
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gotten in this year's Fall Sampler twelve pack with a freshness date of Dec. 2013.

This pours an absolutely beautiful copper-amber with decent head and lacing. Crystal clear and a lot of carbonation. A little bit more carbonation than I would have liked to see, honestly, but it's no big problem.

Smell is very malty and sweet with some toast and caramel notes, a some yeasty and metallic notes, and a faint touch of hops. Overall scent profile is sweet and bready. Taste is again sweet and bready, some sweet earthy tones and a touch of hops on the swallow. It's also a bit spicy to me, which is nice, but I've had better beers. However this is refreshing and not overpowering. Mouthfeel is crisp and a little on the watery side like lagers tend to be, and sticky.

Overall this is a nice beer and one that I would definitely drink on a cooler day; maybe the fact that it's hatefully hot has put me off this beer a little bit, so I apologize if my rating is a little bit skewed. I would drink this again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDW4195
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,474 ratings.
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