Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince's wedding with a special beer and 16-day party. Our version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor of caramel, creating a brew that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating. Smooth with a roasty sweetness, and light hop character.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.97/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Lots of blurb, advertising and fanfare; So I bought some to try.
Oh No, what a huge, bitter disappointment - if you can pardon the pun.

A massive foaming head that at one point threatened Mug-Mutiny. But it laced the glass well, and had an inviting look. Aromas are… Where are the aromas?????? Hmmm… (Deep Sniff). Poured a clear looking, deep Amber-Reddish Color, that again, looked very good, no complaints there. Still, No Aroma though (Deeper Sniff) … I’m trying. Initial taste is of a sickly sweetish, bee… nah - fluid. Weird. What the heck is this supposed to be?, its not like any Märzen/Oktoberfest I have had before. I get some hops in the middle but not many, perhaps just one. Where the hell is that Aroma?? (Snorting the Beer now!!) - Nope still can’t find it. Very lightweight mouth feel, that disappears almost instantaneously. Some cloyiness in the residual tastes, more annoying than pleasurable.
Is this an Oktoberfest LITE ???????

My friends in England, would say of this beer that, “It is all mouth, and no trousers”.
Mediocre or, perhaps, I just do not “understand” this beer??!??? I don’t know. But I do know I don't like it.

Promises, but just does not deliver for me. It will NOT be purchased again!!.

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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy copperish in color, appropriate head and lace. i get more hops in the nose than malt and strangely the taste is almost the same. it just seems something is missing from this fest. too much tingle on the tongue rather than waves of malty goodness. it's sweet but without the welcome toasted malt flavors that should accompany it. brewed for the masses rather than for the o-fest lovers. still, it's an ok brew and it's easy to drink many in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/orange color with a nice 2 finger tight head. Has nice nutty and fruity aromas. Has a strange mouthfeel for an Octoberfest, but the flavor reveals light hops with light caramel on the nose and crisp fruitiness with medicinal aftertaste. Light to medium bodied and is semi-sticky on the tail. More crisp than others of this style. Not too bad, but way below great. Cheers!

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Photo of TAMU99
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a twist off. Chalk one up for Sam Adams. It's already ahead in my book. Pours nicely with a dark amber hue. Thick head disspates quickly. Malty with a slight bite. It's not very complex with a smoky flavor. Complements smoked brisket (the real BBQ!) pretty well. A tasty seasonal beer, worth trying each autumn.

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

The bar by my school we always go to, Chipper's Pub, has a 1.75 Sam Adams wednesday night special and i tried a couple of these when they came in and took a few home. I was impressed. The dark orange amber color is alluring but alas, the little head that pours disapates quickly but does leave a nice thick lace on the sides of the glass. Has a very malty and fruity taste. Leaves me with an aftertaste of slight carmelness. Some say this beer is a little sweet and it may be too sweet to get drunk off of, but out of respect (and my wallet) i rarely get loaded off sams...hell, thats what yuengling is for :) For the next few months i will definetly be drinking more of these.

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Photo of ZAP
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Geez, I bitched and bitched and bitched until the local store here finally got this in (2 months late I might add which is par for the couse for SA products here), and I have to say I am slightly disappointed.

This has been my favorite 'fest the past two years running, but this year it is simply middle-of-the-road...

Pours an orangish color with the soft white head...nose almost smells light an adjunct was used but I highly doubt it....still it has that smell....the taste is sweet and slick, but not as impressive as past years...finishes with slight hop bite....as sweet as this is, it could pass for a bock in some quarters...It really lacks the toastiness I enjoy in my 'fests...

Still, this is a decent beer..better than some, not as good as others...It is not as good as the Tyranena I just had before this, but considerbly better than Lakefront and others...

Decent...worth getting a sixer of to try, but unlike past years not worth going back to stock up on a case...

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Photo of zerk
2.22/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am baffled reading the reviews of this one... and wondering if I got an off 6 pack. The beer is great to look at... translucent amber / ruby with a thin, lacy head... but in all other respects was very unimpressive. Somewhat malty in flavor and aroma, with very noticeable medicinal (almost like maraschino cherries) overtones that almost make the beer undrinkable. Some hops bitterness in the finish as well, which is kind of out of character for the style. Pretty thin, with medium to high carbonation. This is one that I have really enjoyed in the past, but if it's supposed to taste the way this 6-er does, I won't be drinking it anymore.

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Photo of chilidog
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this to be a good festive seasonal brew. Im not aware of years past and changes. I enjoyed this years as its appearance was outstanding. Good dark copper/orange color, off-white head with thick ring-like lace.Classic look! Taste was smooth, malty & carmal.The abv is kicked up alittle, but not in the taste or smell.It had a very autumn character. Just as I expected.

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Photo of proc
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This year's version (2002) seems bit light. Cleaner on tap and less tasty than the bottled version, but still drinkable and enjoyable. Caramel taste that isn't overdone. Decent.

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Photo of zakery
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Off-white big-bubbled yet sticky head on a brownish tinted amber brew.

Smell: Sweet malty smell.

Taste: A nice round taste. No strong tastes that I can grab on to. Some hops that stay around for a few seconds in the aftertaste. Aftertaste has notes of corn, or rather that of corn-based snacks.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with rather low carbonation.

It's a pretty good beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen such devotion to a beer style as Oktoberfest.

Sam Adams succeeds handily in throwing down with the top German brews in producing this uber-quaffing beer.

A tad bit more ruby than the other Ok-Fests. The hop nose, aroma, and whatever-the-hell-else makes an Oktoberfest are glaringly apparent in this beer.

It's hard to pick out anything that makes Sam's Okee unique from other Ok-Fests, save for the fact that it is exceptionally spot-on for authenticity.

Hats off, Sam! No wonder so many BAs recommended you to me.

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Packaging note: Sam's Halloween-like, orange-and-blue-University-of-Virginia, used-car-dealership-streamers labeling is pretty slick in contrast to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen's blue-and-white-lozenges panties theme.

:)

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nothing fantastic, but still quality. very smooth with some sweet maltiness. a hint of bitterness and a little hops hit you at the end. all in all, this is not a top of the line oktoberfest, but it is a beer that is worth drinking. i found it very good to drink, but not with a spicy pizza, as the two did not like each other

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Photo of Jordan
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre offering from our friends at Boston Beer Co. Sweet malty core with a periphery of dried fruit and leaf and a metallic note or two. Slim body. The greatest point about Sam Adams October Fest is that it succeeds in bringing the sensations of autumn to the palate.

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Photo of doho95fu
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere at the Boston Beer Company HQ there is a box marked "Oktoberfest Flavor" because it is not in the bottle - and I checked 6 times. It pours a nice color and the head looks great but doesn't last long. Not much lace either. The taste is bland and it just doesn't have that Octoberfest uniqueness. Its drinkable but so is water.... I don't like to bash, but this one is below average

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Photo of Todd
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an outstanding crystal clear dark amber with a massive, thick, slightly off-white foam head with plenty of laced stick and retention.

Metallic, grain, a bit musty.

A smooth and even malty body kicks things off for this beer. Malts are sweet, a bit chewy. Notes of raisin and a soft, weak, watery plum flavour. Grape skin. Gentle hop leaf feel in the background with some herbal hop spice -- little bitterness. More metallic, grain and some mineral flavours that fall into the finish. Burnt raisin on the edges. Slightly dry. Odd steel aftertaste in the finish.

This is a very "safe" offering from the Boston Beer Company. Very average and unexciting compared to other Oktoberfestbiers. Worth trying if it's all you can get, but worth passing on if you can find better. I also swear that the recipe is being dumbed down every year ...

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Photo of marc77
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well lagered crystal clear dark copper in hue, covered by an ivory white, thick persistant head that leaves rough lace. The aroma is comprised of a spicy / herbal noble hop nose accompanied by lightly toasty Munich and caramel malt. Fruity melanoidins are present as a trace. Fairly tame aromawise. Bready, biscuity sweetness upfront yields to caramel malt and dark fruitiness, with mild hop bitterness providing a lightly bittersweet character mid palate. Lightly bodied and crisp in mouthfeel, lending an oddly refreshing nature to this brew. Finishes w/ trace notes of butter. This is not a particularly good Octoberfest due to its thin malt backbone and overall lack of complexity. Sam's Ofest is flavorful and clean enough for good drinkability, however. It's better than average, for sure.

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Photo of shirfan
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange-red color, disappointing head. Aroma is fair, nothing stands out.

Starts carmel-malty, but then goes nowhere. Just a hint of hops and a bit of candy-corn aftertaste; it doesn't beg the drinker to take another sip like a really tasty beer will.

Not really bad, but the standard Boston Lager is more complex and inviting.

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

I agree with what "beerluvr" said about this beer being different in the past.It seems to be more malty and syrupy than that of previous years.The carbonation appeared to be off as well(not as sticky).I did drink this as soon as it was released as opposed to drinking last years after it had aged a bit.Some guys at my work had questioned the difference too, so I knew I wasn't crazy.All in all a good beer, but not a favorite and I will hesitate next year.

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

This seasonal offering pours a reddish-copper color with a huge, pillowy head that leaves considerable lace. The head is rather overwhelming and holds up well. The smell, on the other hand, is lacking. I smell a somewhat nutty malty aroma, but it's subdued. The taste is rather sweet and malty with some fruity undertones. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and lightly carbonated, but it does bring the drinkability up a bit. This is one of the better domestic Octoberfest offerings and is worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber in the glass. Nice sticky off-white head, doesn't hang around too long though. Sweet malt in the nose, light mouthfeel with more maltiness as the dominant feature here. Very light bitterness,with a slightly dry finish. Not as full-bodied/malty as I was expecting...I'm a bit underwhelmed with this, I remember it being a bit "bigger" in years past.

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Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with a slightly foamy head and decent lace. Malt, fruit, spice, hops, and alcohol all in the nose and taste. Nicely balanced, very smooth, and highly drinkable. Very good, what you would expect from Sam Adams.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange / amber color with a slightly foamy and sticky off-white head. On the nose the aroma of the noble hops comes through, hints of fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is slightly grainy, a bit sharp at first… but settles down. On the palate the flavors consist of mild fruit, caramel, toasted malts, slight hop bitterness. Tastes a bit like a very, very light SA dobble bock…not really a good o'fest though, to many better ones out there. Still drinkable though.

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Photo of cokes
2.16/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dull amber color. Doesn't seem to sparkle like a nice lager should. Slow but steady carbonation. Foamy off-white head did not retain well.
Odd smelling. Fake malt sweetness. Notes of adjuncts (corn) and some godawful spice I can't seem to place.
Taste is equally uninspired. Onslaught of cloying psuedo-malt sweetness. Toffee coated adjuncts. This is what I'd expect Miller's Oktoberfest to taste like. Corn-filled, fake, cheap and abysmal. An ugly blast of grain alcohol seals the finish on this one.
My least favorite o-fest to date. Actually, one of the least favorite beers I have had in a while.

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Photo of doerickson
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish to light copper coloring, minimal white head. A balance of citrus-like hops and malty aromas in the nose. This balance remains evident in the taste, as neither hops nor malts takes the lead. I have to say that it's not quite as flavorful as the smell and appearance might lead you to believe, but nonetheless it's easy to drink and it did keep my interest (at least for one pint).

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Photo of hyuga
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Orange-amber color and a white head with many large bubbles. Head stays well for a bit, but eventually goes down to a thin lace. Apparently this one needs a good hard pour to retain a head. Malty smell with some hop character and fruitiness. Lots of toasted malt flavor that is typical of Sam Adams beers. Sweet hop flavor that has just the right amount of bitterness, which seems to increase as you drink more. Lots of flavor here, but not quite as much as I would expect from a Sam Adams beer. Still a good brew in my opinion, and definitely worth trying.

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