Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of goochpunch
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a darke copper orange with low carbonation and a thin, barely there at all, head. Laces some. The malt smells too toasty for me. Too much of a noble hop presence in the nose as well. Aside from that, has typical malty body of an oktoberfest. Flavors are off and not what I expect when I open a bottle of what I think to be an oktoberfest. It has a malty sweetness, yes, but that is far overdone. Lacks any depth to the malt flavors. Just sweetness. Hop flavors stand out way too much. No clean lager finish. What is this? Syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is too prickly. I don't care for this much, but it's not the worst thing I've had.

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Photo of wingman14
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt with some caramel notes. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, no hops to really be found which is a contrast to most Sam Adams beers. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth, a medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. This beer has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I could drink these all year round. One of my favorite beers, a great flavor, a beer that always delivers. Cheers!

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Photo of phishgator
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into a pint glass with a nice foamy off-white head. The deep amber/coppe hue was brilliant. The aroma is a faint biscuity, malt infused sweet concoction. The flavor is a nice mellow malt driven taste. The highlights are the caramel and toffee along with the balance. The hops are not much of a side note, but that's what you want. I can say that after three you might need too drink more!

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

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a dark orange amber color with a thin cream colored head that faded fast.

S-malt and roasted grain.

T-very malty and roasty, not very hoppy,with toffee hints.very tasty beer.

M-a real in your face lets you know it's there.

D-Easy to drink.I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone.

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Photo of supercolter
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definately a good Oktoberfest.
Appearance is very good with some decent foamy head that hangs around a bit. Some very good lacing as well.
Smell was pretty standard for the style. Some malt, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste was pretty standard as well, not too complex but straight forward somewhat relaxed flavor.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.
Drinkability was right on par.

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Photo of joe1510
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle

Poured a darker amber. 1 finger bubbly off white head that faded quickly. Pretty clear. Nice carbonation rising. Looks appetizing.

Smells of dough followed by a hint of sweetness. I pick up some toasted grains as well.

The flavor comes through with malts. There's toast, caramel and a touch of spiciness. I get a small bitterness at the toward the end. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is above average. Medium light bodied. A little more towards the medium side. Good carbonation tingle. Coats the mouth.

Drinkability is just alright. I could drink a couple but I dont know about much more.

Overall Sam Adam's Octoberfest is an above average Octoberfest that's worth a try. Not worth seeking out but give it a shot if you see it.


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

Very pleasant walnut amber color, with a quickly fading head however. Aroma is malty, most caramel but with a touch of toasted bread. Malty initial flavor, somewhat sweet and a little sticky, light toasted flavor, with low-moderate bitterness balancing it. Finishes clean and drier than expected. Neutral texture with a firm body.

One of the better of the early recipe Sam Adams beers, I've always found. Not exceptional but no obvious flaws or faults.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy head over a very amber body. Head fades quickly to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

Malty aromas, with biscuits and rye bread. Nice.

Taste is surprisingly malty throughout, with a dry-ish, hoppy-ish finish. This is my favorite-tasting O-fest to date. Really quite smooth. Maltier than other O-fests, and malt is good.

Nice fully round mouthfeel. Great palate presence.

Soooo drinkably smoooth. I want more now.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Dark amber in color, nice frothy head on top. Great lacing as I drink.

S: Biscuits, bread/yeast, some caramel notes. Nice malty smells, with a slight floating hint of citrus/orange and a touch of clove.

T: A pastiche of malt characters ranging from the bakery to the candy shop. Bread, orange cake, citrus peel, biscuits, caramel, and spiced cider. Fantastic fall flavors--the BBC did well this year.

M: A little drying in the aftertaste, but light-bodied and refreshing on the palate. Nothing too special.

D: I'd really like another, and another, if my fiancee doesn't finish them first.

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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beff's in town in a mug. A coppery-amber, and when the waitress brought it (who knows how long it had been sitting after the pour), there was a small white head. It left some lacing up top, but no more as I drank my way down the glass.

Smelled of sweet malt, caramel and toffee, but not in an overpowering way.

Taste was similar -- high on the malt as you'd expect, with a sweet caramel flavor dominating. An ever-so-slight bitter aftertaste lingers, however, but sweet malt is still the prevailing taste.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, but I thought it was a tad bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability -- OK. I waivered between giving this a 3.5 vs. a 4.0. It's decent, but it's nothing phenomenal -- ultimately the high carbonation level led me to knock it down a peg. I'd like to do a side-by-side with some other Octoberfests and see how this measures up. My gut feeling is that it'd be somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this Sam Adams seasonal is a beautiful amber with a very fizzy, slight white head. The smell gives off hints of caramel, fresh bread; it's very malty. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, and unfortunately, a little watery. Towards the end, a toffee flavor comes out in the taste. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not one of Sam Adams' best.

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

12oz bottle into mug

Dark amber color, creating a deep red hue. Marginal head which settles to a thin rim. Spotty lacing.

Sweet caramel smell on top of an all-malt base. Dark hard candy smells.

Sweeter malt flavors up front, with the slightest hop twang from the middle to the end. Finishes with a biscuity malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Relatively clear finish.

A well rounded beer, and a safe choice when looking for something new to try. This edition is probably on the sweeter side of SA Oct. releases.

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Photo of Fuller
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep amber color with a nice fluffy 1" off-white head that receded down to a skim. Leaves decent lacing.

S - smell is very faint, but I can pick up some sweet malt, caramel and fruit. No hop presence.

T - toasted and sweet malt with a little bready taste. Also some fruit and a slight bit of hops at the end.

M - medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - drinkability is high. Very good autumn session beer.

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Photo of karengarys
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours nice crystal clear ruby read, leaving a little foam ring with my slow pour.

Tastes a bit spicey, tawny, little hop - a good marzen balance.

Moutfeel is a bit thin, not bad though.

Finish is nice and creamy (after the fizz of the mouthfeel starts going down, it turns into a creamy pillow - very nice!). And then it leaves a slightly sweet clean taste.

This is an easy to find brew worth trying. Sometimes you can find it cheap enough to grab a case for a party - that would be much better than a macro!

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Photo of MrHolland
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice thick of white head the settles nicely. The color is a dark amber color with faint orange highlights.

Smell is a light malty tone. Not too much in this catagory.

The taste at first is sweet and fruity with a pretty strong malt aftertaste.

Has a very balanced amount of carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

This has a good drinkablility for me with a decent ABV. I have had better but we will see how the others compare because it tis be the season for more Oktoberfest beer!

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Photo of HAB
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack at the local grocery store. This beer pours a light amber color. There isn't much smell and the taste is only average in my opinion. Where I think this beer stands out is the drinkability. It is extremely smooth and easy to drink. I feel this seasonal offering is worth a try.

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Photo of ReDave
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the "pub" Not quite October, but ...close enough.
This is a drinkable lager.

Nice head, cream colored.... little lace.

Dark brown amber color.

Sweet malty aroma.

Malty flavor. somewhat like a English brown ale.

A little darker than i remember, but still pretty much as i expect an easy drinking, not too heavy Oktoberfest... perfect for a session.

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

12 oz., best by Feb. '07. It pours a clear copper with medium carbonation and is capped with a half-inch khaki head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is malty up front: toasted, caramelly, and earthy, with green/floral hops in the background. The flavor consists of toasted, earthy?, caramel?, and nutty malts with spicy, grassy, floral (heather?) hops that are lightly oily and leave a mild bitterness. It has a medium body with prickly carbonation and leaves a medium finish, and is overall a nice, flavorful märzen.

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

Being stationed in Korea, it's a treat to be able to sample something different once in a while. Thankfully the on base liquor store (Class 6) carries Samuel Adams, and occasionally seasonals. Finally Octoberfest made its appearance on the shelves of our ill equipped Class 6.

This smells of a rich malt character. A slight amount of hop aroma, but mostly dominated by malt. Blended together it kind of has an orangish fragrance.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a bit darker compared to Boston Lager. It has a deep copper color and the body of this brew is very clear. It pours with moderate amount of CO2 and forms for a good top and leaves behind fine to no lacing.

This tastes a little hoppy, but finishes sweet. Not a bad balance of the two main characters.

Overall this feels very refreshing and quite bubbly and is quite comparable to Boston Lager but with a little bit sweeter balance of malts.


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

A - Clear copper, with a copious, long lasting head.

S - Sweet, floral aromas. Very fruity, with prominent raisin aromas. I guess these are some light noble hops I'm smelling as well.

T - Sweet, and a touch tart. Some toasted grain and lots of fruitiness. Low bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, and slick/oily feel. Carbonation is just right.

D - Good, but not knock-my-socks-off good. My first in style. Reminds me a bit like a pale euro, but with more toastiness.

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Photo of riversider76
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber orange. Thin head,with decent retention,and lacing. Smell is malty,and spiced. Body is light to medium. Taste is on the light side. Spiced malt mostly. This is not a bad beer, but its a bit on the weak side flavor wise.Still worth a try.

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

Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a tan, two finger high, long lasting head. Smells of caramel with a nice balance of fragrant hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and rich, with caramel and hops aromas translating to the taste. There’s also nice hint of spice as well. This is quite a quaffable brew, and one I will look forward to tasting season after season.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a reasonable sized head that displays good stickage and lacing

Smell: Biscuity toasted malt with a vague waft of grassy noble hops

Taste: Starts with a nice biscuity flavor that picks up a bit of caramel sweetness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the noble hops kick in to provide a nice balance; this is a touch sweet but well within the style guidelines and avoids the common mistake of some other craft brews to build up the caramel malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One fine Oktoberfest for those who like the style

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

Pours a clear red/orange, thick tan head forms, some nice lacing, good retention as well. Smell is sweet and malty, some spice and orange, little cherry, caramel, and some iron. Taste is sweet, toffee and orange, rich malt in the back, some iron again and cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I really enjoy this, real smooth and easy to drink, with some nice flavour to it.

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Photo of adam42381
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Probably the best offering of Samuel Adams that I've had thus far.

Appearance: Nice orange-brown color. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell: Malty and toasty. I detected a hint of wine which was odd but nice nonetheless. Also a bit of sweet caramel on the nose.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet yet toasty malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Midrange mouthfeel. Not too light, but definitely not heavy. Maybe not quite as thick as I would have liked but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Very high. It was quite enjoyable. I'm sure it would be excellent on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

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