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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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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Photo of minnunderground
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear to hazy brown amber color
S- smell of hops carmal and maybe some malts
T- Starts with some hops ends with malts and citrus
M-kinda light but not too bad
D- Seems pretty drinkable i could do for a session with this

I would probably get this again sincce it is readily available and decently priced

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not much of a head for a German-style beer but the color is good.

S: Hops, biscuits, caramel

T: Very malty. Caramel. Some hop bitterness at the very beginning, but not much after.

M: Malty. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fairy good oktoberfest beer. Easy to drink, but flavorful.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Sam Adams Octoberfest.

I'll probably catch a lot of crap from the beer snobs but I expect it to be overridden by mass adulation from the people in my area (boston) for how high I rate this, and granted my views are skewed by a nostalgic feel this beer gives me, but I think this is a tremendous Americanized interpretation of the classic German Marzen for which it’s styled after. I don’t have a lot of other beers of this style to compare it to so maybe it’s the absolute bottom feeder of it’s class, but we’ll overlook my naivety and just focus on the beer itself.

One of Sam Adams more popular seasonal brews Octoberfest pours a dark ruby red that softly fades into a medium bodied copper. Poured at a finger and a half head into an Octoberfest styled dimpled beer mug (thanks Michele) my nostalgic side takes over as the summer humidity is immediately sucked from the room and the crisp apple picking morning fall air is ushered in in a zephyr of fall winds with the falling autumn leaves dropping at my feet, Glorious!

Beer has a chewy citrus to toffee flavor that finishes thick and sticks to the pallet and throat. Tastes like a 1 pm Sunday afternoon football kickoff…. Or a caramelized sugar coated and pan fried pear chased with heavy malts.
Smell is similar and quite appeakling

To me this beer *IS* fall. Popping open a can or bottle of this closes the door on BBQs and beach parties. Days at the pool and drenching humidity and ushers in football, leaf raking, frosted morning windshields and hoodie weather.


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Photo of dedalus
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of the bottle a deep orange, with a nice, fluffy head. moderate, creamy lacing.

not a lot of aromas, but i got it at an applebee's and they pulled it out of an ice cooler, so that's probably what i can blame the weak scents on. what i could detect was a slight, timid hop presence (noble hops, if i remember the label correctly) and a faint whiff of sugary malt.

good, medium-thick mouthfeel, although i suspect it could benefit by being a little thicker.

almost no detectable hops in the palate. lots of clean, nutty, creamy, sugary malt, in both the palate and the finish. just the smallest bit of hop flavor emerged in the finish; the strong but clean sweetness was given a touch of complexity by this late, light bitterness.

this beer wasn't very complex or challenging, but it tasted great, and there's nothing wrong with that! i kind of felt like i could drink it all day, but there are a lot of other oc(k)toberfests that i'd like to try this year.

all in all, if you can't get your hands on an authentic german/bavarian o-fest, this is a good beer to try. good, clean, sweet, and just complex enough to escape being boring. the autumn beer to reach for when you want something that's easy to drink, but isn't cripplingly dumbed-down.



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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 tangentrider
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper beer with an off-white head; some lacing is present; minimal carbonation visible.

S- biscuit with a slight bit of cheese

T- a bit of toasted malt sweetness; faint bit of herbal hop; finishes with a light bitterness and yeast.

MF- light feel with moderate to high carbonation in the mouth. Clean.

D- Good beer for a spicy meal. I would have this again.

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

First off, this beer has one of the best heads I've ever experienced. Very nice consistency, long lasting; it's mouth-watering creamy goodness!

The nose is a light combination of malt, hops, and a slight fruitiness.

There is a pronounced pleasant light hoppiness all through the taste on this one. Fade is a nice combination of hops and malt.

Definitely would drink this again.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

A--Dark reddish brown in color. Tan head disappears quickly. Transparent.

S--Not a lot on the nose. Trace of malts mostly. Simple and enjoyable.

T--Very malt forward, rich with a caramel taste. A bit of spice at the end that's pretty dang good as well.

M--Medium weight, but drinks almost like a light lager. Goes down pretty easy. Just a bit of carbonation.

O--In my mind this is one of Sam Adams best beers. I look forward to it and I'll certainly have a few more this fall.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle best by January 2015

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Photo of irishtjb11
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- nice clear amber color, nice white head that reduces pretty quickly reduces to just a thing film, and eventually nothing

s- malty smell, rather sweet, with a hint of hops or something herbal

t- nice malty smell, very little hops. ends on the palate rather malty and the overall taste is sweet as well. definately not my ideal flavors going on, but its well done none the less.

d- easily drinkable with a decent abv, another beer that allows more than a few without much trouble.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey amber colour with an off white head that dissipates quickly and is quite fizzy in character.

Smells slightly grainy with honey, a tad bit of floral hoppiness and a little bit of an apple like smell.

Tastes is initally very malty with brown sugar, carmal malts and breadiness/biscuitiness up front. Finishes with a very slight metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant, and is slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied but quite pleasant, carbonated nicely. Not overly thin.

Drinkability is high but given that the beer is not really impressive that is not all that much of a big deal.

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Photo of 828beagle
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-brown with a decent cream colored head. Sweet caramel apple smell. Heavy malt taste with hints of ripened plums and green apples. Almost cidery in taste with big time carbonation and a crisp finish. Nice medium body with a good strong buzz. A well crafted brew.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber with some orange. Smells of caramel malts. Taste is of roasted malts and caramel. Body is medium and very rich in flavor. Very good for an American oktoberfest.

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Photo of Guardian
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has only 1 downfall. It's only available a few months out of the year. I found the flavor to be similar to their Winter Lager, but less bitter. This beer is very smooth and one could easily down a 6'er if they so choose.

I drink a lot of Sam Adams, and given a choice, I would drink this one year round.

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Photo of explosivebeer
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams line. This beer has a light, clear brownish-amber color with little head. The aroma is all malt, mostly caramel. The body has a load of malty goodness, again caramel, and a small but significant underlying bitterness to balance. It is easy to drink and generally enjoyable.

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

a - pours an oranginsh-brown with a light tan head, that is fairly frothy but not long lasting. Moderate lacing.

s - Fall spices with a burnt roast background.

t - Nice balance with the malted hops and spices.

m - Low carbonization and somewhat weak bodied, but all in all not bad.

d - pretty good beer to have at your own Octoberfest

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Photo of thesyko56
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with two finger head.

S: Very floral and sweet

T: Sweet and very malty. Very slight hint of hops.

M: Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Nice representation of a Märzen

I typically do not like malty beers but this has a nice taste. Even though it is not very hoppy it is still very good.

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

The beer pours with a bubbly, beige head that disappears rather quickly. The head leaves some slight lacing around the glass, but not much, and it doesn't stick around either.

The color of this fall brew is a rich copper.

For a nose, there is a deep smell of the roasted malts. I also get a hint of caramel.

Taste echoes the nose. This beer is very heavy on the malt flavors, but there is also decent balance of hoppy bitterness at the end of the taste.

This is a very smooth beer. Octoberfest has a light carbonation, and goes down easy. This is one seasonal that you can drink multiple pints and not get sick of it, or be overpowered by gimmicky seasonal flavoring.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks, smells, and tastes like Autumn. The perfect fall beer and for me the most eagerly anticipated each year from BBC. Picked up an extra case to enjoy well into spring - right around their 'enjoy before' date matures - and reminisce about cool fall temps. Solid, solid beer.

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Photo of Smittysguinness
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the tap into my glass in a nice amer hue. It left a thin, off-white head that disappeared quickly (no big deal; more beer for me!).

I smelled a very floral smell to the hops, and a nice sweet malt. I picture, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon, little fingers of scent beckoning me towards the beer as I lift off my feet and float towards it. Yummy!

The taste was very sweet, almost syrupy, with a nice balance of hops. My only disappointment was that it wasn't as full-bodied as some of the other Oktoberfests I've been quaffing, like the Hacker-Pschorr. Sam Adams always crafts a great beer, but their last few seasonals have been, I think, maybe "dumbed-down" just a little bit for the general masses. A little watery and not as full-bodied as the past. But hey...I ain't gonna kick it out of my fridge, you know!

Mouthfeel, again, was a bit watery, but on the up-side, it didn't leave that high-alcohol feel on my tongue that other beers of its alcohol level can sometimes do.

Drinkability: absolutely. I'm a sucker for Sammy A, so even though it wasn't everything I hoped for, I'm still going back for more!

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Photo of dubman003
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drink this beer, drink this beer, drink THIS BEER! If it's on tap, you are skipping everything else on tap, I dont care if the urine of god is on tap, you are drinking this. It is superior, especially this season, try it and love it, you may even send me a message thanking me. Be well.

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Photo of Timmush
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, maybe my taste buds are shot from all of the hops I have been drinking this summer, but this beer tastes good... really goo. Maybe it was the sweetness or maybe it was the fact that I paid 12.99 for a 12 pack at the local A and P but it was tasty. A little sweet, but I think this is a decent Marzen

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my murphy's irish sout glass

A: a nice copper orangish color with an dirty off white head with loads of bubbles on the side of the glass. Pretty decent look to it.

S: Musky, metallic, clean lager smell. Also a faint sweetness deep in this one, probably have it to cold might have to report back here.

T: Starts of a bready sweet tasting with a hint of licorice in the middle then a quick transition to a nice toasty flavor that lingers on throat.

M: A wonderful medium to full mouthfeel but ends with a drying sticky toastyness all throughout my mouth.

D: Could see myself drinking a lot of these nothing to great but not at all bad, I can't help but love that fall feeling while downing these bad boys.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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