Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BA SCORE
3.67/5
7,602 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,894
Reviews:
2,183
Ratings:
7,602
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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Photo of evh883
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice medium amber color to it. After the pour, it retains an average sized, frothy head that dissapates pretty quickly and leaves behind hardly an trace by the time you're done drinking the beer.

The aroma isn't really anything to go crazy about other than the nice maltiness it gives off.

This beer tastes great. It's moderately sweet, with a slight bitterness followed by a decently heavy bitterness that lastes a little while. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied with a soft and slightly creamy mouthfeel give this beer it's high drinkability

Overall, this beer is a great. It's good to enjoy with meals or to just have it with a snack or all by itself. Sam Adams does it again!

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Photo of wafers
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffdr123
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This felt like the cream soda of beers. Poured orangey brown with a nice head. Creamy taste with touches of vanilla and caramel. Very little hops. Mostly sweet. "Tastes pretty good for a beer," said my wife, whose favorite beery drink is a Radler - half Sprite.

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Photo of Mikey440
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good oktoberfest of the darker Vienna type, a solid example quite in step with the type's standard characteristics, pleasant and drinkable, yet very pedestrian and a bit weak and characterless.

Darkish copper, it has a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, wispy top and a rich, foamy ring. It leaves a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is a pretty nice, strong vienna, toasty with leafy grain, hints of leafy herbs, and sweet caramelised sugar/grain.

The taste is mineral, toasty grain, leafy-herbal hops. It's pretty light, a bit vague and sweet before a faintly bitter, vaguely grassy-hearbal finish. It's a bit soft and has a sweet, caramelised grain aftertaste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 2013 review:
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, proudly brewed and bottled by the Boston Beer Company. 5.3% Alc. by Vol.

Clear, bright amber coloring, under a large head, off-white .

Aroma: sweet, malty nose, earthy & herbal.

Taste: Mmm. Tasty malts, bright and pleasant. Noble hops play a minor roles, giving just enough bite to stave off sweetness. Oh, it's a sweet one, but not overly so. Medium-light body, with the malty flavor lasting long on the palate.

A right on the money marzen. What does the label tell us? "In 1810, Munich celebrated the wedding of their crown prince with a special beer. After 16 days the party ended, but the tradition continues. Our version of the classic Oktoberfest style lager blends 5 roasted malts for a rich, hearty flavor that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating."

November 2003 review:
Appearance: clear bronzish color, with a full, frothy, cream-toned head.
Aroma: somewhat sweet, earthy,vegetal, definitely maltsome, but not quite enough-so.
Taste: malty, but again, only perfunctorily, nicely rounded, rather mild. I wish to reach for the descriptor "rich", as I am wont to do with malty marzens, but this never earns it. Rather flat and dull for an Ok..ooops, sorry...Octoberfest. Some snap in the taste, but not enough. Yeah, way too thin for this style. I do believe I'll have to follow this up with a Summit Oktoberfest to assure me of how good it could get. This version just falls too short.

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Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 version in the official SA Boston Lager 16 oz fancy glass.

AP: A deep hazlenut amber color, very fast moving bubbles create a two-finger, dense and foamy brown-tinted head that has decent retention qualities.

Nose: Almond, honey-soaked malt, herbal and spicey hop with a sour-like yeast.

Flavor: Herbal, bready almond flavored malt, wheat and grains, very herbal and tangy hop that finishes with a sour, earthy yeast.

Feel: Medium bodied, very clean.

DA: Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like the leaves that are about to fall, or those that have possible prematurely fallen from all the hurricane winds lately. A lighter-to-darker (depending on the light) orange amber color. Slightly off-white head leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel sweetness and slightly roasted malt, some maple and slight vanilla. Also some breadiness is there too.

Taste: A nice balance of malt sweetness, some buttery flavors and caramel, and a tad bit of roastiness. Some bread-like notes and slight nuttiness. Finishes slightly sweet, with some caramel flavors on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full without being undercarbonated, with a good full burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: One of the better domestics in my opinion, and I'll usually grab at least a couple six packs once the season comes. This may be too sweet with not enough hops for some folks, but I think it comes with the season, and I can easily make a session out of this.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fest-like beer. Looks a nice amber-orange with an aroma of toasted malts. Tastes "malty" the same way other good German lagers do with some caramel and toffee. I don't know how this is the #1 Oktoberfest beer as Sam claims, but its still very smooth and drinkable. Worthy of a litre stein.

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Photo of msjacilynn
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, clean amber with orange-ish hue.

S: out of bottle I got an initial musky scent, but that decreased as I drank. otherwise plenty of malt and caramel.

T: Initially hit with malty-bready taste that leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M/D: fairly pleasant in texture and well carbonated for the style. easy drinking Oktoberfest beer...not the best, but one of the better ones.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Hops Restaurant glass. Too bad that place is out of business.

To the beer at hand. It poured a nice dark amber color. Looks like a typical Marzen. Decent head.

Smells like a typical Marzen. Sweet grains and molasses.

Tastes good. Sam's Boston Lager got me into beer and Octoberfest (and Winterfest) got me hooked. I know they're a bigger operation, but you can taste the love. Tastes deep and complex, sweet grains and molasses.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and comforting.

Like I said, this beer got me hooked on beer. Of course I find it drinkable, though now I prefer variety.

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Photo of PawG
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts with considerable sweetness coming through. Taste is mostly of malts, caramel, some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The o-fest is a coppery amber color, clear enough that I can see the decorative candle that sits on the other side of the glass. A decent head, nearly two fingers in size, overflowed briefly, requiring a quick clean-up. Light lacing followed.

S: The aroma is very malty, bready with a pleasant sweet streak that lightens things up. Hops add a balancing aspect only, little in the way of strong noble hops.

T: The beer has a light body, grainy but not too full. The standout is a dose of caramel, almost syrupy, that follows the initial malt wave. The sweetness that it brings livens up the taste. The hops are a little stronger here too, adding an earthy bitterness. The finish is fast, offering some graininess before fading away.

M: The lager is malty, no doubt about it. The flavor is solid though and the caramel really helps it work.

D: This is like comfort beer. I just feel good drinking it and it reminds me of a simpler time when I hadn't yet gotten into ales. Sammy A., thank you for a nice pint.

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Photo of rdgreenberg85
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, nice red/amber color very clear with a thin head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing
S - actually I don't smell much, slight malty smell I guess
T - Solid taste, nothing overpowering but at the same time it isn't weak either. Rounded maltiness not bitter at all, a little sweet.
M - I like octoberfest beers because you get ale like taste with the smooth qualities of a lager this one delivers in this category.
D - Very drinkable beer as I proved October 27, 2004 a night red sox fans will never forget. It isn't the autumn until I've had a Sam Adams octoberfest

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'07 version

Pours a clear, light brown to honey with a very substantial initial head that feel to about 1/2 inch. Excellent lacing. Smells of earth and bread and a light general malt sweetness and a bit of butter with hops following. Taste was malt forward with blend of caramel sweetness, spice, and toasty nuts. Hops were there but played a secondary role as accent and highlights. Finish and into the aftertaste was a drying sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth and buttery with low apparent carbonation. A nice warmer as the air starts to chill (a ways off here in the south). More richness of malts than a standard SA Lager and much more flavor than the other Marzen I've tried.

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Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown, with off white foam. Sweet candy aroma, with some bready malt and slight fruitiness. Sweet, caramelly and malty. Finish is clean and dry. Pretty good drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty decent o'fest. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber-orange color with an inch of foamy white head that dissipates quickly. the smell is not strong at all, but there are faint hints of malt and spices. Very subtle.

This is a solid, tasty Octoberfest. There is a mix of spices and sweetness that compliment each other nicely. It finishes with a slightly hoppy undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall another quality, highly drinkable seasonal from Sam Adams. Could have many more of these in the fall, and probably will.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbass420
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gabedivision
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap to a pint glass

pours a pretty clear chestnut color with a 1 finger head that laces around the glass. Smells of rich malts, some nutmeg spice and a good hop balance. Tastes of roasted malts, spice. Feels light on the mouth, easy to drink, smooth, clean. Overall, its ok, nothing mind blowing but totally a nice drinking easy to find Marzen.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDAGZ84
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,602 ratings
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