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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

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - appropriate to the season, this beer is a dark coppery orange color with a thin tan head, with plenty of carbonation

S - a great hoppy, toasted aroma, with a great malt presence and a subdued hop profile, inviting, definitely

T - a great malty sweet taste, and balanced nicely with the mild hop profile, full bodied and tasty, a great octoberfest

M&D - i love this beer, this is my favorite Sam Adams offering, a great beer that is easy back and quite smooth, a great transition beer for BMC drinkers

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Photo of Freshie
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great amber colour, with frothy head, that takes it's time dissapating in my glass.

Smells of toasted malt, and a faint sweet aroma. Hop bouquet is fresh in the nose as well.

The taste is sweet malt to start, but blances well with the hops after a few seconds. Rich and toasted, with the sweetnes lingering in the back of your palate as you continually drink this beer.

The body is medium, and the carbonation somewhat light. Finishes clean, and very easy to down.

Nearly 5 years ago, back in college I tried this beer one fateful night, and entered the world of craft beer advocacy.

You never forget your first.

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Photo of akahn
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep red-copper color with a creamy, dense head. Mildly malty aroma with notes of noble hops. Taste follows through with a slightly sweet malty palate, pleasantly bready, along with earthy, spicy, leafy hops. This beer finishes grainier, on the dry side. Overall, quite solid. Medium body with ample carbonation, goes down real, real easy. One of the better beers that are this widely available.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a pint glass with a thick, half inch head. Decent lacing. Looks very much like a Marzen.

Aromas of malt, brown sugar. Reminds me of a doppelbock.

Taste is on the sweet side. Very malty, brown sugar, some toffee. Flavor is also similar to a doppelbock.

Thick, hearty mouthfeel. Smooth with nice finish.

Overall, very drinkable and a nice beer for the Fall. Very reasonable price makes this beer a real bargain as well.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've gotten away from octoberfests - buying and brewing for some time now. On a whim I decided to pick up a 6 of the Sams and take a walk down memory lane.

A - Reddish orange with a light off-white head to start.
S - Very light aroma - light hops and malt / grain
T - Bottle advertises caramel and tofee. Sorry, not much if any of that IMO. Basically this tastes as it smells. Very mild for an octoberfest.
M - By the color and head I would've expected medium bodied. I'd rate this as light.
D - Nice, light easy drinking octoberfest. Won't offend the crowd, but not a trip back down memory lane again any time soon for me.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice looking beer, hard to determine whether it's more red or orange in the glass, very clear. Decent head, but lackluster retention and lacing. I find the color striking.

Smell: Some malt and nutmeg aromas, but fairly clean as a lager, with some noble hops in the background.

Taste: At first my friend and I were surprised at how little flavor we were getting out of this one. It tasted almost watery - after warming in the glass for a bit, though, flavor finally started to come out and continued to improve down to the bottom of the glass. Definitely don't serve this one at refrigerator temperatures. Malt is the big stand out, of course, with some earthiness, and a very clean finish. Somewhat toasty, with enough hops to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty high, but not my favorite of the Sam Adams lineup. Didn't meet my expectations, at least.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1/4" tanish white head. Darker amber clear color with maybe a bit of orange to it. Very little lacing, basically none.
S- Malty sweet. Maybe some caramel with some sugar? Light floral hops?
T-Sweeter maltier taste. Not much hop taste at all if any. Bit of caramel or something around that in the taste. Light bitterish aftertaste. Crisp but bit sticky.
M- Thin body. Medium carbonation but on higher side.
D- Doesn't touch the Spaten Oktoberfest. It is alright and is drinkable but doubt I would buy it again.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz

A: Clear amber with golden edges. Pours with a good thick head that leaves a little lacing down the sides.

S: Smells carmely and another smell that is off. Like sourness. Cant realy place what it is. Smells toasty. Not totally bad, but not great either.

T: Mmmm this is a good beer. A very sweet taste upfront with hints of sweet camrmel and a little toastyness. The hops kick in mildly as a back thought of the profile. I like it. Probally my favorite Sam Adams.

M: A nice carbonated medium bodied feel. A tad syrupy, but I think the carbonationg is just right for the style.

D: Good but tough to drink more than one. The sweetness is overpowering.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours a nice copper colow with an off white head. A little bit of hop comes through in the aroma. Nice caramel malt flavors dominate, hops balance this out and are somewhat noticeable toward the finish, but remain in the background. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A- copper with a big head and decent lacing on the glass

S- the faint smell of malt. Really no nose at all in this beer. It gets a 2.5 because no smell is better than a bad smell.

T- light, nice crispness to it. It was a refreshing clean taste. But where is the malt flavor and the hop bitterness? This is supposed to be an octoberfest beer.

M- a bit to watery for my liking

D- an easy drinking beer to say the least. Could have had more to it though. Very refreshing, but lacking any semblance of complexity.

Notes- back when I fisrt got into craft beer a year or so ago. This was one of my favorite beers. My palate has changed a great deal, because this beer did not have much going on.

Love most SA, but this beer, while very quaffable, seems to be for the BMC crowd who want an Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange amber color with a one inch head that leaves some good lacing on the mug, head seems to stay the entire beer. Smell, you have to really stick your nose into the glass and take a big wiff to at least smell somthing in there, sweet malt small with a bit of some citrus back smell as well. Taste is pretty good this goes down very smooth, has a bit to much carbonation but not over bearing. I can taste the malts that are used kind of soft and mellow, this is a good offering but not to tasty.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnce: Nice head, decent retention.

Smell: Nice fruity almost pumpkinish with caramel malts coming across on the nose.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts come through. Sweet with a mild hop bitterness. Nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, could be a little crisper, but it goes down really easily. Sessionable beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orangish brown color with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet like carmel. I can also detect smells of bread. The taste is of sweet carmel malt with a little bit of spice and orange peel. Nicely carbonated and would make a great session beer as the weather cools just a bit. Good effort by Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish copper with a thin head that becomes a thin patch. Minimal lacing is left.

Smells of sweet bread. Some subtle floral hop presence is noticeable.

Tastes of malty grains. Bread and some hops are mixed in. It seems, to me, to be a maltier, sweeter version of a Sam Adams lager (not just an amber ale with some caramel maltiness as some craft brews do).


It's fairly smooth, but a bit too sweet for a "session". Although not quite in the same category as a Bavarian O-fest in Germany, it has a freshness to it, and is one of the better of the style that is available in America that hasn't been sitting in who knows what conditions to arrive here.
A bit better on tap, IMO.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank it out out of a pint glass poured from a 12 oz. bottle. The best thing this beer has going for it is its taste. The color is intriguing. Pours the color that everyone else has said, orange/amber combination. Taste is not bad at all. This is the first beer of this style that I have tried, so I'm not sure how to describe it. But it does taste a bit "weak" if that makes sense. Not watery in the sense of a macro, but it could definitely use a stronger presense. But what taste is there, is good. Like many other have said, I wouldn't go way out of my way to drink this, but it is fairly drinkable, and does taste good for what it is.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap...Bar had just received it that morning.

A. Nice, dark copper, amber color with small white lacings around the top. No head at all.

S. Sweet malt, orange, bread

T. Sweet malt, caramel, orange peel, bread, lightly hopped with a slight alcohol finish.

M. Nice palate, could have used slightly more carbonation for my taste.

D. Very smooth taste and a good flavor create a highly drinkable brew.

This is a decent Oktoberfest, which could be much better with some improvements. Boston Beer Company seems to gently improve their Oktoberfest formula each year.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Far from my favorite style, but this is a quality beer.

Can't compare to previous years, as this typically sells out quite quickly in Joplin Missouri and this is the first year I've been lucky enough to get ahold of some.

That being said this very very fresh sample is quite the drinker.

The appearance is a lovely deep amber, the head at first fairly thick but it tends to die down rather quickly. There is however lace left throughout most of the glass.

Their's a fefinite malty smell and I can sense some spice as well. Above average smelling beer in each and every way.

There's a sweetness to the taste and some caramel as well. All in all it's quite delicious.

Could see myself drinking drinking this beer quite a bit as fall draws nearer, will just need to stock up before it sells out again!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper color with nice creawmy head. Aroma is all malt with some caramel notes as well. Taste is sweet malt with a wierd lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy. Overall this is an average beer that is worth a try if you come across it but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of Neehan
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper with a thin lacy head that disappears quickly. A nice, pleasant smell of cinnamon and other spicy aromas. This beer has a very nice taste of malts with a hint of bitterness, but the only drawback is a metallic-like after taste. The mouthfeel mainly is brought about by the carbonation that is pleasant but feels like something is lacking. A relatively drinkable brew, but if looking for a session I would choose another. A decent brew, but Sam Adams is capable of better.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper color with a thin film of head. Smells malty. Taste is carmel like malts with very little hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Like most Sam Adam's beers, it needs more of everything, but this isn't bad. I could drink several of these, its an enjoyable beer, just not as flavorful as many of the German imports.

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Photo of drotski
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark amber color. Nice head that quickly faded, but left nice lacing.

Nice aroma of malt with a hint of hops and fresh grain.

Nice flavor, malty sweet, and well balanced at the same time. Definitely has a fresh taste to it, a hint of grains.

Feels in the mouth, not too thick or thin, nice carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jrb1001
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my friends gave me a bottle to try, while we were lounging around in the pool. The beer had a great Octoberfest taste to it and it was an enjoyable beer to drink. I think I will buy it in the future.

The beer was dark brown in color, and was not over carbonated. It smelled and tasted really good. I recommend this beer.

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Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Lovely clear orange-red color. Moderate head, about a 1/2 inch, quickly recedes but keeps a solid ring. Smell is malty sweet with a bit of hops to balance. Taste is very sweet with the malt, but still the hops balances to not make it overly sweet. A bit of spice (sort of like ginger) finishes. Mouthfeel is medium light body with a pleasant carbonation. This is a very tastey beer, though it's not a style I think I would want a whole lot of at once.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-red color with a thick, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of grains, spices, oranges, and malt. Very nice and balanced.

Taste: The beer has a nicely balanced and somewhat complex taste of grains, hops, toasted malts, hops, spices, and fruits (such as oranges). Aftertaste is mostly the oranges and hops.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth and medium-bodied; has a bit of chewyness to the texture. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV and the smoothness and flavor make this a rather drinkable beer.

Overall a nice Oktoberfest beer with a good flavor and nice smell. Flavor seems a bit low in the malt department, though. Considering how available this is, it's certainly something to try. I'm sure I'll get this a few more times while it's in season.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep copper, with tinges of red. Largish eggshell colored head is tight, and lasts a good long while.

The smell is good, sweet malt, through and through, with emphasis on sweet. There's a musty earthiness to the aroma as well, one that adds to the appeal of the beer. Just the slightest hint that there may be some hoppiness to it. Otherwise, all malt. Delicious!

Quite sweet up front on the tongue. Tastes of whole grain breads straight from the oven, perhaps with the fruit jam thrown in for good measure. Very smooth, with no bite to it whatsoever, neither from the hops nor from the carbonation. There's just enough of a hop presence to even out the finish and prevent it becoming too sweet. An oiliness coats the inside of your mouth after each drink. It doesn't seem to distract rom the beer in any way, however. It simply allows you to savor each sip awhile after it's gone, holding that hop bitterness to dry out the taste and make you want more. This is nice. Not as much "oomph" from the malt as one might want from a Oktoberfest, but very nice none the less.

The mouthfeel, as stated above, is thick and somewhat oily. This is far heartier than the '05 version, and I like it.

I'd have upped the drinkability but for the oily finish. While it doesn't take away from the beer overall, it does seem to add to a perception of fullness, which holds the beer back.

Overall, this is nicely done. An Oktoberfest which is equal parts accessible and hearty. I'd recommend it.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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