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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3.66
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13.93%
 
 
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Photo of skenyon1811
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer makes me salivate looking at it. Sam Adams Octoberfest has that perfect clear brownish orange color. It pours a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Good retention.

S: Good strong aroma when first poured, but mellows out quick. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Not much of a hop smell to it. It has a tiny alcohol scent to it as well.

T: Needless to say, it has the very distinct Samuel Adams' taste to it. It does provide a little more than that though. It has a smooth roasted taste with a little bite from the hops. The aftertaste is the best part, nice caramel note left after the bitterness of the hops fades. You get a little bit more out of every sip.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel. Kind of heavy on the carbonation. Very similar to most Samuel Adams.

D: I like this as a session beer. It does make you a little gassy but I can put that a side and pick up a sixer.

This is by far one of Sam Adams' best beers. Cheers!

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I very clean dark Amber with a plush tan head that faded very quickly. Fast rising bubbles.

Smell: Distinct malt aroma and freshly toasted bread. A bit nutty with a slight herbal musk

Taste: Decent amount of caramel and deep malt characteristics up front with a slight toasty after finish with a hint of noble hop.

Mouth feel: extremely drinkable, even though there's a lot going on with this brew.

Overall: Pretty decent Oktoberfest from old Sammy. Easy to drink with a very festive fall feel with all the deep malt characteristics.

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

A - Pours a medium copper with a almost of finger of tan bubbly foam that dissipated quickly. With some lacing that does not last long.

S - tosted, caramel and honey with a decent amount of apple presence

T - Tastes of sweet caramely biscuits, with a carmel apple and rosted nuts aftertaste. Not overwhelmingly flavorful (good thing)

M - Smooth but a bit carbonated a light stickiness

D - The lingering flavor of alcohol is just about the only thing that brings the drinkability down due to twinging the palate.

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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 Ianhockey91
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle yes, on tap no. This beer was lifeless, and flavorless on tap. Decent brown/orange color, but with no head and little to no carbonation. Not much smell either, maybe a little bread dough, and maybe some hops, but i couldnt tell. Tasted very watery (just like the mouth feel, no real powerful flavor to talk about. I wont have this on tap again.

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Photo of Generik420
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After all the hype surrounding this beer, I was sorely disappointed when I got to try it at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. I found this beer to be a very average beer and was left wondering why there was so many forum posts lauding this as the best Oktoberfest beer. Other then the color of the beer, nothing else about it would make me believe this was an Oktoberfest style beer, and I would be more apt to call it a generic dark beer. Color was a medium to dark brown with a thin head. I found the beer to seem somewhat watery and very light in terms of mouthfeel. Aroma had mild hops, and the flavor was much the same. All in all, a pretty average brew that doesn't live up to the hype. I regret to say, this was the worst beer I had at the Oktoberfest but was the one I was really looking forward to trying. It was 'OK', but nothing I would go out and buy to stock my fridge with.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.93/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off .... I do believe they change the recipe every year, I go through several cases every year. The 2010 Octoberfest was the best they have ever made and the 2011 was not as good!

Some other reviews said it has a citrus quality, thats wrong!

Malty, caramel, with harvest flavors; pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks a great reddish-amber with golden head.

Smells somewhat yeasty, pleasant caramel is present, as well as some vague fruitiness.

Very malty, pumpkin-like quality in the middle, sweet caramel coming in towards the end, capping off the taste.

Feels mediumish bodied.

As per their norm, Sam Adams delivers a crowd-pleaser. Not cheap, or low-end, but not artisan-level either. Enough taste to keep a beer nerd interested, but not enough to overwhelm the uninitiated.

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

A- Amber in color, white 2 finger head, minimal lacing

S- Sweet Maltiness, hint of hops

T- Pretty full of flavor, touch of roasted malts and toffee

M- Medium body, fairly smooth

D- Easily drinkable, no-frills Octoberfest style lager, overall this isn't a bad choice, and if you have some BMC drinkers around that would like to try a fall style beverage this should go over easy with them. I would purchase this again, but would mix it up with some other more interesting styles.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasant amber color with a thin but resilient head. The flavors balance nicely, a bit of hop, a bit of sweet, a bit of spice and pumpkin, with none of them standing out too much. The aftertaste is a bit drier than I'd like but it doesn't ruin the experience at all. Overall, a good solid beer.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: reddish amber with an off-white slowly diminishing head. A fair amount of lacing. I had worse expectations.

Aroma: lots of sweet malt with some grainy smells as well

Taste: sweet malty taste and a slightly bitter, watery taste. A little alcohol is present. This is kind of a one-dimensional beer. It's an Octoberfest, so its not gonna blow me away, but I have had better. The malts are definately too weak here.

Mouthfeel: a little watery, but the carbonation was done fairly well.

Drinkability: I could have a bunch of these. I had a couple out of the bottle while watching a football game and eating Taco Bell and it was great. I think its a good session brew for football games, though I would definately take Boston Lager over it.

Notes: Not bad for what it is. If you are looking for flavor, go somewhere else, but if you want a beer with more flavor than Budweiser, but the same drinkability for those long football game parties, try a Sam Adams.

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Photo of Ottertude
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a coppery orange color into my pint glass with an off-white head that left some nice lacing on my glass.

This has a more pronounced smell than some of the brews that I have been drinking lately. It smells bready and somewhat floral.

Ah, the taste. This is a malty treat. Some biscuit and caramel malt flavor with a kiss of hops to help balance all the malts. Tasty! Nice medium mouthfeel. I can drink a few of these. This is going well with my pizza tonight.

This is my favorite Samuel Adams Seasonal and the only one I actually look forward to drinking at the end of summer each year. I admit that I have only tasted a few Octoberfest beers but I really like this one.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA's interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen lager is good but not great.

Color is solid with the traditional auburn/copper color with a carbonated head that quickly melts to a few islands floating on the top.

Smell is of malt and more malt, with a hint of hops/fruit on the end.

The taste is good but a bit lite and the malt character is just a bit off for my taste. Hops are there on the end which is nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and I have actually just purchased a couple of cases for poker night with the fellas, some of which think Bud Light is beer. I think they'll like it.

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Photo of montecristo2
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I love October and this is why-Octoberfest Beers!

This is a nice offering- pours a off white head, two fingers in width.

Smells bready, malty, and a bit of caramel.

The smell doesn't last once you get halfway down- I miss that smell and wish it would stay.

Amber/copper color, very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

This is a malty beer- 5 styles used for this. I definitely find this to be the predominant ingredient and you can taste it. I get a little hop bitterness, but very little. Maybe that could be more pronounced?

For an octoberfest style, this is a good one to drink all night. It is a low alcohol, tasty and totally drinkable. Worth a try.

Cheers!

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of this one fore sure.

A: Pours amber/orange with bubbly light head and very, very thin lacing

S: Malty

T: Caramely, a little nutty with light allspice-ish spicing. Smooth aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, tingles on the tongue a bit

D: Highly drinkable, it goes down and finishes quite light with a refreshing taste and aftertaste. Six will go by fast with this one.

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Photo of Fergyx825
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a good copper-red coloring that i'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Some head on the edges and over the surface of the beer.

Smell: this smells like a thick, full bodied beer. I can also smell the alcohol. A certain maltiness/hops is also noticed when i smell the beer. This doesn't smell particularly appealing.

Taste: Not so much the full bodied taste that i was expecting after smelling the beer. Also a strong taste of alcohol is definitely felt when sipping the beer. Malty bitter taste, w/ alcohol on the end. I don't taste a full bodied flavor thats supposed to be in a Oktoberfest, and I don't really enjoy this particular beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and the thickness is perfect. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. There is some dryness which is to be expected w/ this beer style.

Overall: this beer looks the part and feels the part. But i don't taste the full bodied flavor that i was expecting from a Samuel Adams brew. The smell itself is what i'd expect from this type of beer, but doesn't appear to me. Taste just brings it down.

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Photo of pgenius
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a pub the other night and I found it to be a pritty good brew. It was lacking a bit of taste compared to other octoberfests probly due to not enough hops but it had a nice toasted grain and sweet malt taste to it. Slightly bitter finish. Overall a good beer, average.

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

Pours to a deep golden/copper color with moderate head that (unfortunately) fades away to nearly nothing with little remnants on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is malty and pleasing. I find a few hints of caramel in the aroma as well.

This is a tasty beer with nice malty characteristics balanced by some gentle hops finish. Not overly bitter, but certainly not a sweet beer. After giving this beer a chance to warm up a bit and breathe, more character and subtlety appears. Very late, the hops fades in favor of malt and caramel hints.

Mouthfeel is smooth with acceptable amounts of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but not watery.

Drinkability is also good. I want another one!

This is certainly a decent example of a domestic Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable overall.

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

This is my favorite seasonal offering from Sam Adams.
It always pours a nice creamy head with some carbonation.
The taste is a malt lovers dream ... 5 malts right ? Toffee and caramel aromas.
A medium mouthfeel and and a medium finish . A fall delight for sure .
Let's say we look forward to these fall brews after a long hot summer ..

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Photo of youngs11
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Normal pour from bottle into pint glass

Appears dark copper in color, mostly clear. Little to no lacing or head, settles to a thin film of bubbly foam.

Smells malty and bready, a hint of sweet fruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. The major backbone is malt. There is a hint of hops bitterness, but it is quickly masked by a nutty finish that leaves a fresh bread aftertaste.

MF is smooth and silky. medium carbonation with medium to heavy body. Slight stickiness.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Kind of like a lager that is less bitter than red ale and lighter in body than a brown ale. A great seasonal for a great price.

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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 thebarnesbomb
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, creates 1 in. rocky foam off-white head, quickly dissapates. Has a very ruby/amber color to it, maybe even more so than a Killian's, but very attractive. Very malty in the nose, sweetness, but not much else. The taste is mostly of these sweet malts, with a slight aftertaste of hops. If I were blindfolded though I would guess this beer was an Amber Ale, there is not a very strong or distinct alcohol kick to it, mostly sweet malt blend. Overall, a very good choice.

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Photo of mbenthall
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber color with nice head that lingers, laced around the glass at every sip.

Smell: robust malt with slight hop on the back end.

Taste: Wonderfully malty, nicely balanced with hint of sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Crips and clean. nicely balanced.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Octoberfest. Nothing crazy, very dependable. If you like a malty beer try this one.

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Photo of Goregazm
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SAMMY DOES IT AGAIN

Appearance: Pours a great reddish-amber color, very clear and smooth looking. Has a tan one finger head which dissipates within a minute and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell: Has a bittersweet aroma, almost like a sourdough bread. Caramel and spice scents are in there as well, along with a little fruit, possibly dates or figs.

Taste: Starts off slightly bitter, then finishes with a mild sweetness. Can detect some toastiness in there, with sort of a bready taste. Interesting spice combination in there
as well. Overall pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a very good consistancy that is just the right texture. Has a carobonated feel after a second of two, which gives it kind of a fizz. Aftertaste is a mild sweetness on the palate, and feels a little filmy.

Drinkability: Very good Octoberfest beer that I would certainly buy again. This would go well with dinner or while having a snack. Recommended for fans of this kind of beer.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of the lager, so I figured what the heck. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting something more. Dry finish, with a sweet beginning if that makes any sense. Definitely in the style of Ofests but I prefer Spaten's offering to this.

As an aside, it is Aug 25 and I already found a few sixers at my grocery store. I recommend it but not highly.

--Joey

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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