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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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3.66
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Photo of RedBeerHead
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a two finger very light, highly carbonated head. settles down to about half an inch or less. but you can see that there is not a lot of carbonation in the body.

The nose of this beer is outstanding...very sweet pumpkin and spice. Almost smells more like a winter ale.

a little surprised by the taste. based on the smell, you expect a taste with some body but the taste is surprisingly watered down.

Nevertheless a decent oktoberfest. good beer good season.

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

Moderate aroma of malt, carmel, and candy corn over breadiness. Poured a deep, transparent orange/brown...very festive. Head is fizzy, not large, little lacing, and not lingering. Dominant malty sweetness in the flavor, with only a very lighty bitter hop flavor. A light syrup character on the palate that sticks around for a little bit. Definitely a great complement to some good grub.

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Photo of KenC411
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light clear amber with very minimal head, that fades almost instantly. Leaves no lacing on the side of the mug.

Smell: Malty, apple,

Taste: Sweet, roasted malt. Very light hop in the background. A hint of nuttyness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: These go down smooth. Feels like it needs a bit of counterbalance to arouse the tongue, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of PaleZombie
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very nice copper to orange color pouring about one finger of foamy head that stuck around. Very clear.

S - Caramel and toffee malts with a slight grassy hop backbone. Not too strong of a nose.

T - Big, bold, sweet caramel and toffee malts, slight grassy and citrus hop finish. Tasty!

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation. Very sessionable.

O - This was a very tasty beer, perfect for when you want something with allot of malty flavor but still want something that's very drinkable.

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Photo of Nibbley
1.49/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, I am so surprised by this offering from Sam Adams.
Appearence is a nice copper color with a thick cream colored head.
Mouthfeel is very watery.
Aroma is hard to describe because is almost non exsistent.
Taste is the most disapointing. Is mostly water with little carbonation and a God Awful metallic taste that I can't get out of my mouth.
Unfortunatly, I bought a 12 pack of this nasty beer. I am hoping I have a neighbor with no taste to pawn this one off on.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh as a daisy tasting good. SA's October (September) fest is an annual 12-24 pack purchase for me, reminding me again its malt time. I usually drink it up and progress to the German examples of this fantastic style, promising myself once again I'm attending the Munichfest next year. Then another year rolls by. Samuel Adams's fest is a fine brew that holds its own against some of the Bavarians. I could drink it by the litre. Oh, by the way, thank you SA for your Atlanta Airport oasis on a recent cross country flight.



Stuck in 'Lanta,
Call a halt.
Tis the season
Have a malt.

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Photo of dfitch81
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Ayinger and Paulaner's Oktoberfest brews. IMHO, when it comes to Märzens these two are the ones to beat - a feat that Sam Adams' Octoberfest does not manage. That said, however, Sam Adams' interpretation has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. This is a highly satisfying, well-crafted Märzen. Even better, its less expensive than the Germans and its brewed right here in the grand ol' US of A.

Color is a perfect autumnal copper-orange. There is room for improvement in the head, which quickly thins and ends up as a whispy ring confined to the sides of the glass. Lacing is entirely absent.

Smell was barely there at first. I had to really bury my nose in the glass to pick anything up. Eventually detected faint aroma of caramel and alcohol. Nose emerged more fully with warming, with the alcoholic character giving some ground to a subtle spiciness (nutmeg, a little cinammon).

Tastes of caramel with a hint of honey, pronounced toasted crackery malts, minimal hopiness - just enough to contain the sweetness. Subtle spiciness detected in the nose is also present here. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation complements the flavor perfectly, and although the palate definetly leads toward the sweet side, this is still quite drinkable.

All in all this is a very good - if not great - beer. Recommended without reservation, would buy this again.

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Photo of techtatu
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice caramel color and not much head. The smell was just overall pleasant. The taste was surprisingly good for what I call a main stream beer.

Yet another beer that I would enjoy drinking with friends at a bar and, or at a get together. Maybe at a poker game also.

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Photo of Carlton1964
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lace and color. Had a very nice aroma. Nice body...not to thick and to thin. Although this beer does nothing wrong....it does not excel at anything either. But I would be ok if I was stuck with a few cases of it. VERY enjoyable....just nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of gatorguy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hearty orange color with a nice finger and a half white head that fades and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell has hints of caramel and malts. Taste is strong on malts, with the smell being true has there is hints of caramel. Not much in the way of hops, but has a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not exactly a session beer but can easily drink a few more. I've always been a fan of Sam Adams and Octoberfest is another fine offering.

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Photo of jawlessbody
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass, this beer is a very clear amber color with a very thin head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was not exactly pleasant, mostly just sour malt. The flavor was incredibly one note, just lots of sweet malt flavors with a only hint of toastiness. Decent beer, but I don't know that I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's amazing that the bouquet of Octoberfest (sorry, years of drinking wine before recently returned to craft beer) actually has a note that is reminiscent of pumpkin. Very appropriate. Octoberfest specifically and the Boston Beer Company in general need to be appreciated for their unique craft paradigm. Octoberfest is the antithesis of a hoppy IPA, actually featuring far less hops than Sam's trademark Boston Lager. It's all about the malt. The aroma is malt-driven. The beer is thick and rich. The five malts featured here show so clearly. It's hopped just enough to provide the requisite neutrality. It's neither bitter nor cloyingly sweet, but rich. The flavors are as unique in today's marketplace as in 1989. This beer is 15 IBU, not 65 like the starkly different Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Variety is the spice of life, and this autumn brew is subtle. This is a really old-school, five-malt, more traditional than the Germans (now serving Helles at Oktoberfest in Munich) hyper-quality-malt beer.

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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 skynxnex
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notched to drink by March, 2006. Pours an amber/copper color with a two finger white head. Fairly good lacing.

Smell is grain and sweet malt with a hint of hops. The taste is sweet malt, a bit grassy, and toasty. Slight hop flavor with bitterness. It's a pretty good beer. I like other Oktoberfests more, but it's quite drinkable. But nothing remarkable.

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Photo of SudNut
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours to a strong ice tea color AKA orange amber with a finger thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smells like the malt is running the show with a whiff of bread.

The malt is running the taste show, bready sweet with a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel is good nice and frothy almost sticks to the palate.

Drinkability is average would make a nice session beer.

Overall this is a sound beer just not the absolute best Oktoberfest I have had.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear reddish copper in color. Head is a off white in color. Very little lacing

S - Lightly toasted malts, bready, and caramel.

T - Malty at first, some caramel and sweet in the end.

M - crisp and clean. Smooth taste. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of A380
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice dark gold with a good head with ok lacing. nothing special. pretty good i find but it could use some work. tastes like some sweet brown sugar and caramel and some bitter tastes but im not sure what it is. The two flavors definitely conflict. Im not a huge fan and it drinks kinda heavy.
meh. i was definitely expecting better.

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Photo of whisperjet
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a clean orange/copper with a foamy white head. Head stuck around for a while and leaves a bit of filmy lace.

s: Warm and sweet scents of caramel and bread. Smell is inviting and really pleasant as soon as it's poured, but doesn't have a lasting effect. Would have liked a more lingering scent.

t: Tastes sweet and smooth with rich and bready flavors. Crisp and slightly hoppy. Can taste a slight touch of alcohol. Good flavor combination for the fall season. Leaves a nice roasted taste lingering.

m: Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant amount of carbonation. Surprisingly rich feeling.

d: This beer was very easy to drink. Flavors all nicely complement each other and blend well with the feel of the beer. Perfect addition to fall weather. Only downside is that it is fairly one -note. Would certainly drink again.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head of this beer quickly dissipated to reveal a nice amber color

S: It has the nice smell of bread

M: It has a nice feel in the mouth, smooth full of body

T: The malts are the primary player and the main reason that this beer stands out the the sweetness of bread. Very mild hops flavoring

O: This is a very good beer in the Marzen style

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Photo of beerogre
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure what it is about this beer, but I have a great affection for it. It's probably something to do with the fact that when I first came to the US from England and discovered American beer wasn't just all Budweiser and Miller, Sam Adams was the first good beer I was introduced to and then shortly afterwards when the Octoberfest seasonal was released for that year, it really was an exciting time as the realisation dawned that here was a whole new continent of beer waiting to be discovered. The gateway to a new world indeed.

I have sampled many great beers since then and continue to do so, and yet Sam Adams Octoberfest continues to be one of my favourites.

Like the ornithologist who spots the first migrant birds arriving, every year around this time it lights up my day when I spot the familiar orange packaging on the otherwise bland Central Florida supermarket beer aisle shelves. Every year I buy a case and consume it over the next few months, and then I forget about it again until about this time, when once more I enjoy the clean, crisp, refreshing taste that makes this beer.

I think this would probably be my session beer of choice if I was forced to nominate one. It's a beer I could just go on drinking forever, quite easily. A simply fantastic creation.

Incidentally, I first spotted this beer at the end of August this year, which is the earliest I recall, as I normally notice its arrival sometime in September. No complaints here though. None at all.

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Photo of memory
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.
Appeared to have a nice head at first that diminished to a lacy slide.
Smelled and tasted of lactic notes that were slightly sour with hints of vanilla. This was just tapped I was told by the bartender. Did the lines change the taste? As it didn't taste like any Octoberfest I've ever had.
Mouthfeel left a slight sour finish.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful amber-color with a nice fluffy white head.

The nose is a balance of hops and malt and a little spice.

Once in the mouth, the hops make themselves known in an immediate bitterness that mellows out for a chewy malt character to come through.

It goes down smooth and drinks very easily. I find it to be a sold "good" across the board - above average but not exceptional. Its currently my "every day" beer and has been a nice compliment to our first cool nights of the season.

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Photo of casadebia
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest is an overall good attempt at this type of beer. It gets the basics right but somehow has almost a generic feel. The appearance and smell are nothing to write home about but get the job done. The taste is very well balanced but seems to be missing something. THe mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for this type of beer. Overall the drinkablility is very strong because it dose not really overpower the senses.

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Photo of mbrown26
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went from the bottle into a pub glass. I liked this beer. It was everything an autumn beer should be. I don't think I would consider Sam Adams a craft beer anymore, but I like what they offer.

A: I had this beer a few days ago, but from what I can remember it had a good amber/brown/red color. Head wasn't anything to brag about.

S: Delightful in the nose. Could have smelled this one all day.

T: A great beer with that gave more flavor than alcohol. Definitely a plus for me.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation that makes you give pause to what you are drinking without being overbearing.

D: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Got done with one bottle and would easily want a second.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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