Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,604
Reviews:
2,195
Ratings:
7,697
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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142
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Ratings: 7,697 |  Reviews: 2,195
Photo of GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of duvel1979
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hunteraw
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jmich24
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drmcleod10
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of amvrana
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yelterdow
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very fresh bottle- just released this week, with a February 2007 date notched on the label. Sampled on 8/17/06 at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful clear, caramel orange beer that supports a soapy, resilient three finger head. The bubbles pop and fizz slowly down, leaving behind surprisingly good lacing. Looks great.

Smell- Wow... what a drastic improvement over what I remember about last year's version! A big, cookie-like breadiness stands tall and provides a welcome alternative to the usual caramel/Vienna malt notes of this style.

Taste- A remarkable balance of bready, cakey malts and just the right amount of hops come together for a most impressive Octoberfest style beer. It's the perfect marriage of full-bodied, Autumn-like flavors with an incredibly effortless context.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Maybe it's because this just hit the stores... but this beer is dazzling in the mouth. Absolutely perfect carbonation; a long and exquisite length of activity on the tongue... I could drink this all night.

This year's Samuel Adams Octoberfest is outstanding, and without question the best of show for this style I've yet tried.

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Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JizackFH
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a deep orange copper color. It has a decent sized off-white head on it, that left some good lacing behind as it fell.

S - It smells of sweet toasty malts and bready yeast. There are also some notes of toffee and hops.

T - The taste is toasted malty sweetness up front, and a bit of a hop presence in the finish. There are also notes of toffee, caramel, and some spices.

M - It has a light-medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth pretty well. It is smooth, creamy, crisp, and refreshing.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. The flavor is well balanced, and it goes down easy. I think this is a pretty good representation of the style, I'd try it again.

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Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BKBassist
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Antg8989
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber. Nice, light golden head. No sticky lacing. Aroma is a sweet, brown sugary malt. Taste is sweet and grainy - but not much else really happening. I look for more complexity in my Oktoberfests, and this really doesn't have much. Malt forward and very little hops. It's far from bad though. The sweetness becomes a little overbearing towards the end of the first bottle. Feel is medium with medium high carbonation. Fits the style well. Overall, it's nice to have one of these at a time, but there are better Oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of caramel malt and some hoppiness. Definitely what I'd expect.

Taste is pretty straight forward. Caramel malts abound, though not sticky sweet...somewhat metallic as well. A small amount of hops are present, though pretty minor. Some grain is also apparent at the end. A little bit of stickiness stays around on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel somewhat thinner than I expected, to be honest. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, though still tasty and good enough for quaffing.

I recommend this beer as a solid Octoberfest. It may only be August but I cannot wait until fall!

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Photo of BeccaH
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Jae61
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle scored “Feb” into my crystal mug, it’s a clear amber color with low carbonation. Large tan head fades slowly to a thick and clumpy cap with some scattered lace. Pretty attractive beer. Nose evinces the expected powdery, dry malt and notes of toasted bread. Taste is malt-heavy with a slightly buttery or butterscotch flavor. Dryish, light bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Mouth is middle-of-the-road, leaning toward semi-viscous, smooth and with low carbonation. Drinkability is very good; it’s tasty and easygoing. I could enjoy most of a 6’er in a sitting.

Overall: A decent Marzen, worth a try.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark amber color with a nice fluffy head. Smell has a sweet malt breadiness to it. Taste of very light roasted malts with a light toffee note rounded evenly with hops. Mouthfeel is a nice light - medium with good carbonation. Not bad for the style, a pretty good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With fall on the way and summer coming close to an end some of my favorite seasonals begin to emerge. With the weather cooling down Octoberfests and Pumpkin Ales begin to become more and more appealing. I thought that I'd give this beer another try and in turn review it again, now that my appreciation and taste for beer has grown.

The color of this beer is a beautiful crystal clear copper. Kind of like the color of some of the Autumn Leaves that drift by my window. Although the leaves are still green now, the color of this beer reminds me of those falling leaves. Head starts off at two fingers, somewhat off white and creamy in appearance. Lacing is fair. Head retention is somwhat poor. The head slowly decreases in size.

Aroma of this beer is also quite good. It is very potent, as soon as the bottle was opened the boquet of aroma hit me in the face. There's not that many beers that I've had where the aroma is that strong and appealing. It seems that more often than not one has to try to find the aroma, searching for it. Not so with this beer. To the nose it is malty sweet smelling of caramel and a hint of spicy noble hop character.

This beer in my opinion is definitely better on the colder side. The flavors just seem to come out better. Noticeable in the flavor are caramaly and some spicy herbal characteristics. Bittering hops do a nice job of balancing the brew out, keeping the malty and caramel flavors in check.

This beer is smooth and well rounded. It goes down easy and is very drinkable. Its got a medium body although it seems a bit thin. Carbonation is in check, appropriate for the style. This would make for a good session beer were the alcohol a bit lower. A good beer to drink once a year, but with so many others out there of the same style with the same limitability it seems unlikely that I'll buy this beer again this season.

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Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,697 ratings