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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Pub 71 (Atlanta, GA):

A: The beer appeared to be a nice, rich golden color, clear with some light carbonation streaming to the top. I got about a one finger head, which lasted for a decent amount of time, not long, not short.

S: The aroma was of light malt with some hints of sweetness, maybe caramel. There were also some floral notes.

T: The taste was good, again light malt with some light sweetness and some lights hops to give the beer some balance. The taste, especially for the style could be more robust.

M/D: The beer had good carbonation, it was smooth and easy to drink, but probably not the first Octoberfest beer I would reach for, but a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 22, 2008

One of the Boston Beer Co's better efforts. Pours a beautiful dark copper, but aroma isn't much to write home about- equal to that of a light beer. Taste is a bit of dark fruit, lots of caramel, malty. Not too much hop presence here. Quality session brew.

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Photo of zac16125
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber-brown with 1.5 fingers width of off white colored head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves only very small amounts of lacing.

S: Malty, there is this bizarre sweet and spice combination that I swear smells like spaghetti sauce, caramel malt.

T: Lots of malts, caramel, a sugary sweetness-much sweeter than I anticipated, a bit of spice. At first I really like this, a lot, but I like it less and less as I continue to drink (not sure if thats because of it warming or just my palate adjusting to the flavors). There is a bitterness, although it doesnt really taste like hop bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Well this certainly isnt my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one more than most. Doubt I'll ever drink it again, but it was worth a try.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange highlights on amber with thin tan head. Light floral tea and biscuit. Smooth malt toast and tea bite. Slight hop linger and a little toasty. Light smooth feel with light carbonation.

Light subtle flavors make an easy drinking Oktoberfest. Not much on the aroma. Flavors are subtle to the point of elusive taste.

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Photo of rjcohen
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pretty beer. A deep fall-leaf orange, off-white head, minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: Not a very deep aroma. Malt, bread.

Taste: This is not a very flavorful beer at all. I've started to pick up more fruity flavors as I've drank more of this, but it is still not too interesting - kind of an undefined fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, not over-carbonated. The lightness is very pleasant actually.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer that will remind you of the season, but it does not have the flavor to back it up in repeated drinking.

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Photo of gilman
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange copper color with a white creamy head.
It tastes a lot like an Cream Ale but with a hop bitterness. I like the flavor, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. Well brewed, clean flavors but not sure its an octoberfest. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink. But i'm not sure I would buy this again when there are many better octoberfests out there. Was a little disappointed as i'm a fan of Sam Adams beers. That being said its not a bad beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The leaves are falling at it was so nice today that I didn't need to roll my car windows down. It's time for marzens.

Pours pretty. Pumpkin orange with a nice, two finger head. Nice bottle work, too.

Smells faint but nice. Rich marzen malt. Caramel and cereal. I wish it was stronger.

Almost a macro grain upfront, moving into rich, smooth caramel and ending with cheeri-os. Nice, but like the nose it's far too weak.

Meh. This is a decent offering. If nothing else it's gotten me in the mood for the better o-fests that should be popping up soon.

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Photo of bditty187
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Orangey-coppery hue, translucent, served with a modest off-white head, fair retention… no lace was produced. The bouquet was limited, lightly malty with kisses of spicy hops, candy. Inviting. The palate was lightly malty… minimal hops bitterness, some spiciness though. Dashes of sweetness too. Clean. Medium-light body (leans on the thin side), it could use more malt… this is not an O-fest I’d buy again (I'd drink it if offered, free), style-wise it is in the ballpark but it rides the pine.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber color with a small white head that doesn't last.
Smells of malt and fruit sweetness. Not overpowering.
tastes of malt and fruit with a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel was medium.
A drinkable beer. Good in a variety pack. Would not seek it out in a sixpack. one or two were ok.

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Photo of crizmo2352
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I experienced this beer via 12oz. bottle poured into a pub style pint glass.

Great inital off-white head which faded rather quickly into a thin pad...about what I was expecting. The overall appearence of the beer was exceptionally inviting though. Great clear vibrant burnt orange/ deep amber color with copper tones. After a few sips, I found only minimal tracing in the glass. Warm toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. I also picked up subtle floral hop notes. Slightly warm malty flavor with a trace of residual sweetness which is well balanced by a moderate floral hop biterness. Medium richness maintains carbonation on the palate, and is quite fulfilling. Overall, this beer is very drinkable; from the initial pleasant floral bouqet to the warm, satisfying, yet clean finish, this beer meets the style well. I may have another...

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Photo of blackcompg
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours over 2 fingers of light mocha head which fades quickly, body is a bright translucent orange copper, leaves broken webbed lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Light pit fruits, lightly roasted malts, light earthy hops, light roasted toffee.

Taste - Much like the nose, a good balance of light toffee, light roasted malt, and some earthy hops. Light minerals and slight bitter earthiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth on the center of the tongue with a few bright edges along the sides, very drinkable.

Overall - A decent representative of the style, the mixed 12pk has some nice offerings. Good price point and very easy to find.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange-amber with a creamy medium-sized pale oatmeal-colored head. Smells very nice with a fresh continental hopping that breathes forth pine needles and leafy metallic dust. Flavor is doughy caramel in a medium-thick body. Bubbles are a little too present, but as with most beers, the longer it sits the smoother it gets. This beer is enjoyable but I find that it drinks too thick and filling for most occasions.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber with a thin head that settles to a thin ring. Smells of firm malt and a little nutty, but also a little light and seltzer-like. The taste is pretty similar with an initial burst of firm malt followed by a seltzery fizziness and some late nuttiness. Kind of amazing how much this falls off. Its also just a bit too dry- it needs a bit more sweetness for the style. A bit fizzy and light in the mouth, this one seems better suited to a hot southern summer than the fall.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date notched on label.

Deep burnished amber. Thin off white head.

Toasty / biscuity nose. Toasty malt & carmel right up front. Biscuity & a little bit nutty. A touch of spicy hops. Off dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent & dependable.

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Photo of musicman575
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can see how this would be fun to drink in larger quantities - it's cheap, easy to drink, and has a festive name.

A bit more carbonation would do it a favor. There wasn't much of a head on this beer, but the clear copper/amber color makes it look hearty, yet light, as in a watery kind of light.

There's not much smell to this beer. You get a little bit of malt and carmel, and that's it. The taste, however, is significantly more malty with a slightly smaller amount of bitter. There's not much alcohol in the beer, but it doesn't do a good job of covering up what it does have. Overall, has a pretty commercial taste - not much love within.

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Photo of wd40
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pitcher

Dark amber appearance with decent foamy head. Appearance is probably the most enticing aspect of this beer.
The smell was kind of metalic as was the taste. No hops at all. Tastes like a malt beverage to me. The mouthfeel was ok. It's certainly more drinkable than most other mass produced beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Appearance is standard octoberfest. Smell is kind of lacking. Not muck comes to the nose, whomever I did pour into liter boot so a little more difficult to smell. A little more hoppy than most, and that is good. It is a very smooth drink with Carmel taste. The smoothy finish is the best part. Overall not to bad. Could drink several of these.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick toffee colored head into a pint glass. the head dissipates too quickly for my taste. color is a very clear amber.
s - sweet and malty with a hint of fermented grapes. sounds odd but that's what i detected.
t - the beer is overly sweet to me, not a lot of hops to me.
m - the carbonation was high and doesn't linger over the tongue.
d - more light and refreshing than others of this style. it's a nice transition beer from summer to fall overall.

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Photo of gerite
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I never was a big fan of Samuel Adams, but it is October and this was the only Oktoberfest beer on tap at my local restaurant. The beer was served on tap in a regular pint glass (not even the Sam Adams special glass). The server said she was sorry that they did not have an orange slice to put in the beer. I don't ever recall having an orange in an Oktoberfest beer so I told her that was alright with me. The beer looked a good fall amber color with a one and a half finger head that lasted quite a while and left some good lacing. I could not detect any distinct smell and the taste was more malt that hops. The carbonation level was moderate (the special glass would have made more bubbles and perhaps more flavor). A good beer for intellectual wannabees to impress their friends, but not worthy of a true beer advocate.

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Photo of ridedammit
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To celebrate the Fall, A and I decided to try a bunch of Oktoberfest beers. Being from Boston its only natural to try Sam Adams, althouh I am not sure if this is brewed in JP or the mid-west, but I digress. The appearance is dark golden color, and the smell is a nice malty fragrance. The taste is a bit astringent, not sure why. The puckery feel kinda overwhelms whatever maltiness the brewer was trying to convey. While not a bad beer, its not quite what I was expecting, and its not
something I will get on a regular basis. I will try again, just to make sure it was not the batch. I also notice the recipe is tweaked from year to year, so I will try again in the future.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bbd Mar 13) into a pint glass, copper amber colored with 1/4" tan head that dissipated rapidly leaving no lacing, crystal clear
S: caramel malts, toffee, spices, grains, slight apple
T: rather bland taste, slightly sweet up front, hint of cardamon, dry finish, slight hop bitterness
M: on the thinner more watery side, some carbonation, finishes crisp
O: it's an average beer, nothing exciting or offensive either, smell was the best part, OK to drink but there are better Marzen/Octoberfest style beers out there

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Photo of changeup45
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't like this one as much as their Lager or Boston Ale. Perhaps it's the style. Dark body with medium head. Pretty nice aroma with spices and malts. Smooth and easy drinking but I am left wanting a little more. Flavors pretty much follow suit, malty, spicy and a bit nutty. Not bad.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams October Fest Pours an amber red from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Light tan head goes to over two fingers with small frothy and tightly packed bubbles that lace the glass walls well.

Nose has more of a hops note than I am use to with Oktoberfest beer and obstructs any other aroma. Palate is a toasted thin sweet malt and a slight hops.

Samuel Adams October Fest has all the good looks of an Oktoberfest, but just some of the good tastes of one, for a so-so beer of the style because of the hops competing with the sweet malt for the tongues attention.

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Photo of joe_hurd
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber color when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing. Semi sweet with hints of caramel. Classic Oktoberfest taste and style. Deserving of two brats with kraut. Please.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper color with nice creawmy head. Aroma is all malt with some caramel notes as well. Taste is sweet malt with a wierd lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy. Overall this is an average beer that is worth a try if you come across it but don't go out of your way.

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