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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,142
Ratings:
7,416
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
26.23%
 
 
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Reviews: 2,142 | Ratings: 7,416
Photo of MemphisSooner
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my baptism into craft beer.

Though I have moved on to more complex and robust things, I always tip my hat to Sam's Oktoberfest. Caramel malts a plenty! This is a creamy, smooth introduction to the style. You can't go wrong with one.

This beer also serves as an introduction to fall, so you gotta give it some love for that as well!

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle freshness notched for January, poured into a pint glass.

Look: Copper topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that quickly subsides to just a thin layer.

Smell: Clean pleasant smell if a little faint.

Taste: Well balanced, slight hop bitterness on the swallow.

Feel: Medium with light carbonation.

Overall: I find the taste to be quite enjoyable but I'm not detecting much of the toasty flavors described in the style.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seasonal beers sometimes do it for me, but this one lacked a little. It was a little bitter. The pumpkin flavor was a bit strong and the balance with the hops and malts didn't mesh well. It wasn't at all horrible - some of my friends loved it.

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Photo of Dakin
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing. Small steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: Malts, slight tinge of darker fruits. Not much else here.

Taste: Mild taste, not much complexity in the flavor at all. Not a bad thing with this beer though, Light bitterness at first, mellowing out to a smooth drinkable finish at the end. Love a beer with a smooth finish. In my opinion this is a very good tasting commercial beer.

Feel: Decent medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Good cheap drinkable choice for autumn. This is a beer you can bring to enjoy with friends and still be able to please everyone. 6.5/10.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 pk for $11.99...Buck-a-beer! Nice, clear dark brown color with a modest 1-2 finger tan head with decent retention. Very nutty and malty flavor. Small amount of hops which is okay by me. Decent carbonation. For the price an exceptional beer.

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Photo of ADicerni
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Ruby brown and very clear. A nice off white head lasting a few minutes with very little lacing.
S. Sweet malt aroma.
T. Malt flavour of toffee perhaps and light carbonation. Very little hops that I can tell, maybe only a slight bitterness in the finish.
M. Light and crisp considering the high malt taste.
O. An enjoyable brew overall if you like a more malty less hoppy bear. My personal preference is an IPA but I don't mind this beer at all. Nice for a change.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a a reddish brown with a solid head. The aroma starts with a zing of earth fresh hops, some caramel, and toffee. The flavor is fairly sweet with little of zingy hops from the aroma, graham cracker, and lots of caramel. The mouthfeel is somewhat full, rich, and foamy. Overall this is a middle of the road octoberfest, overly sweet and caramelly, but still drinkable.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light, clear auburn with a small khaki head that goes away in a hurry. Limited, tiny bubbles. Smell is very, very minimal. There's a touch of malt, though. Taste is better, but seems like a pretty generic malt bill with only a dash of hop bitterness to balance it out. Full feel in the mouth. I feel like I've enjoyed this beer more in the past, but I was not impressed with this bottle serving into a shaker pint.

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Photo of utopify
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I know this is a big commercial beer and in about every store you'd find coca-cola, but after tasting a gambit of Oktoberfest Marzen brews over the last couple of weeks, not one of them hits every portion of the flavor spectrum like this one. Such a deep nutty malt flavor....as you drag it past your teeth to create a full and creamy flavor spectrum on your tongue. It is my favorite Marzen - well done guys.

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Photo of daveyg223
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't underestimate this "commercial beer". Bottle poured into pub glass. This beer must be consumed at slightly cooler than room temperature to really appreciate the big malt complexity it has to offer. At fridge temperature, the flavor and body get drowned out.
Color is a beautiful autumn amber. Big malt flavors of sweet honey, toasted caramel, copper (yes the metal). Smooth finish.
Full body, high carbonation.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark ambere with a tan head that rings out around the edges. Malty, sticky with honey smelly with grass and oat, farm-like aroma. Tastes fall in line with the smell. Good balance finishes a little on the dry, bitter side. Pretty decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Holderness
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- dark amber, well filtered, foamy tan head with moderate lacing
S -- malt, honey, grapes, oats
T -- malt, toffee, toasted walnuts, cinammon, hint of bourbon
F -- nice and full

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

Malt slaps face like a candied whip, sounds like pumpkins breaking, the vines crackling under the wheels of a fat tired bicycle. Bronze like shit that’s really old but well taken care of because people keep coming back to what works. Tour guide on the label. Sweetness gets my teeth nervous, but maybe that’s just my pH. Putting it in a sauce of cabbage, roast chicken, ginger and garlic, with some sort of fancy white american cheese, and a piece of roll bread, a chicken and cabbage cheese steak. Heavy, for the fest goer who only wants to have one and not necessarily need to shit but still feel like shitting if it becomes an accommodating option. This one sort of battles it out, long and hard, with blunt instruments and high pitched shrieks, resulting in a drunk like a Ren Fest professional, mostly balanced but teetering under so much fermentation a rugby player might puke. I hope the dog that licks up that puke appreciates this fine brew, which even in that state surely tastes pretty good.

https://www.unicornbrewing.com

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

Malt slaps face like a candied whip, sounds like pumpkins breaking, the vines crackling under the wheels of a fat tired bicycle. Bronze like shit that’s really old but well taken care of because people keep coming back to what works. Tour guide on the label. Sweetness gets my teeth nervous, but maybe that’s just my pH. Putting it in a sauce of cabbage, roast chicken, ginger and garlic, with some sort of fancy white american cheese, and a piece of roll bread, a chicken and cabbage cheese steak. Heavy, for the fest goer who only wants to have one and not necessarily need to shit but still feel like shitting if it becomes an accommodating option. This one sort of battles it out, long and hard, with blunt instruments and high pitched shrieks, resulting in a drunk like a Ren Fest professional, mostly balanced but teetering under so much fermentation a rugby player might puke. I hope the dog that licks up that puke appreciates this fine brew, which even in that state surely tastes pretty good.

https://www.unicornbrewing.com

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice and easy drinking oktoberfest that is better than I remember.
The appearance is a nice amber color with some carbonation bubbling up.
The aroma is sweet and nutty caramel malt.
The tastes follow with the caramel maltiness being predominant.
The palate is light with some lingering sweetness.
Overall a decent oktoberfest that I could have a couple of.

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Photo of gandres
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: dark amber reddish, small tan foam, lacing
Aroma:not a lot, hint of grains
Taste: low bitterness, some tartness
Mouth feel: lively carbonation, some tartness
Overall: very good marzen, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank: 9/16/2016 1:15 PM

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This very nice Oktoberfest pours a nice
orangish amber with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring,
nice pool, and light lacing. Nose of breaded malts, caramel, and subtle hops---
all the usual suspects. Flavors follow the nose but they are darn nice with breaded malts
and bread crust with caramel malts and mild zesty hops that mirror the German
counterparts. Nice mouth feel, quenching, moderate to light carbonation and a
sweet malt finish with a touch of zesty hops. Nothing to hate here, in fact it is as
good if not better (this year at least) as many others I have tried.

Cheers

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I quite enjoyed this beer. Sure, I'm not a beer snob to a great extent and this was my first oktoberfest beer, but god damn was it good. Smooth, tasty with bitterness and the hang of spice at the end. It was very enjoyable.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent dark orange, almost amber color.
S: Smells malty and of graham crackers.
T: Balanced maltiness with slight bread and pumpkin notes.
M: Medium bodied.
O: Solid Oktoberfest lager from Sam Adams. Certainly worth a try in the fall.

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Photo of cwalter
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color with good clarity. In the aroma you get notes of rich caramel malts, toast and some subtle hints of a honey sweetness. In the taste, the caramel malts dominate and leave a mellow sweetness on the tongue in the back end. You also get hints of lightly toasted bread. Moderate carbonation, medium body and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of MACrist
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 BloodSoakedAleMug
1.74/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Decided to give this a try since I do enjoy their boston lager from time to time, but man, this is pretty lousy.

L: Pours a translucent orange color with a one finger, beige head that fizzles away immediately leaving no lacing.

S: Very faint notions of caramel, brown sugar, corn, green apples and honey.

T: Acetaldehyde is detectable upfront. Very bland and watery. Sweet throughout with flavors of caramel and apples. Off putting, grassy taste of wet hay and hose water on the finish.

F: Watery. Thin and under carbonated. Quite saccharine and sickly sweet, definitely not my cup of tea.

O: Way too sweet and watery for my palate with nothing really to balance it out. Really disappointed in this.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.7/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sorry Sam, what a disappointment. Looking forward to your Octoberfest brew and..............

nothing.

At all.

I could not tell this "octoberfest" from a Lite beer if you paid me.

No distinct taste, no maltiness. No rich aroma. Wow.

Another Sam offering in the "give them no taste and maybe they wont realize it and will keep buying this crap" idea from Sam. Bud gave in and makes its "beer" with rice. Beer or sake?? Not sure..........but it has no taste at all.

Sam gave in and makes their beer flavorless so no one is "offended". REALLY????

I am offended that Sam calls this stuff "beer". It isnt anywhere close. It is a light beer - at best.

An Octoberfest? Not in your wildest dreams dear Samuel.

Move along dear people, nothing - AT ALL - here in this Sam offering.

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Photo of D1noB
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A hearty taste, light on the caramel and a good level of spices, fades in slow and hangs around just enough to get you wanting more.

Taste Rating in Words: Its the desert after a large meal, something you don't need or even want but the few bites you eat seem to hit a spot you didn't know you had.

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Photo of plumberman63
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel color and a decent head. Nice malty sweet aroma. Flavor a slightly sweet malty flavor, but a slight spoiled malt flavor also. Was drinkable, and the first Samuel Adams I have been able to finish the whole bottle( most seem skunky bitter to me), so I guess that a plus. Was a little thick/heavy, but I like that also.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,416 ratings.
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