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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Zebus0
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Really pleasant burnt orange color that I should think goes with fall beer. Decent head as welll, not too much, stays around long enough.

S- Not a fan. To me all the Sam Adams beers smell the same, it's all the hops, not a fan of the really BEER smell.

T- Another lighter beer you won't see me review very often, but I was in the mood for a fall beer. It does have a pleasant mild taste, some nice herbal notes as well.

M- Average, a good medium between smoothness and a mouthful of grain, nothing to write home over.

D- Pretty good if you feel like a fall beer, and it's just September. It does have some drinkability, not something that I would reach for just anytime, but it has a place in the fridge from Sept-Nov

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Photo of dmfrench
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Putrid fruity, but otherwise pleasant Oktoberfest
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A: Clear red-orange body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Some buttery biscuit malt, some sweet fruit, some nuttiness, and a very typical dusty, earth, and slightly spicy Bavarian hop profile. There's even a bit of alcohol, which I don't mind at all. The defining characteristic here is the fruitiness.... drifting toward Nut Brown territory.

T: Up front you're greeted by a large, impressive malty body, but that quickly gives way to a sort of putrid and metallic/hollow fruitiness that I can't say I'm enjoying. Hop flavors are pure bitterness and a lingering spice.

M: As stated before, the malt body is full and creamy for the ABV.

O: Some strong characteristics, but the taste blows it.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've gotten away from octoberfests - buying and brewing for some time now. On a whim I decided to pick up a 6 of the Sams and take a walk down memory lane.

A - Reddish orange with a light off-white head to start.
S - Very light aroma - light hops and malt / grain
T - Bottle advertises caramel and tofee. Sorry, not much if any of that IMO. Basically this tastes as it smells. Very mild for an octoberfest.
M - By the color and head I would've expected medium bodied. I'd rate this as light.
D - Nice, light easy drinking octoberfest. Won't offend the crowd, but not a trip back down memory lane again any time soon for me.

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Photo of Craibcr
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had this in DC off tap, have since had it in the bottle. Better off tap.

A: Pours a rich orange color with very little head.

S: Hint of malts and spice.

T: A weak taste, was pretty disappointed by it. You can taste a hint of malt to it that comes on a bit more strongly towards the end. There's another flavor that I can't identify that picks up at the end as well.
M: Coats the mouth a little bit, but not nearly as much as most beers would. Flows smoothly through the mouth, and the carbonation is noticeable.

O: It's a decent beer, but not one of the best. I was fairly enthusiastic about it at first, but I've begun to enjoy it less and less.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear cope color with a creamy off-white head that leave good lacing. The aroma is sweet, with carmel malts, and a bit of grainy astrigency. The sweet caramel malts are the forefront in the flavor with a light spicy dry hop bitterness in the finish. It is easy drinking and smooth. A decent brew, but not a top Oktoberfest.

Sampled 9/19/03

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Photo of nortmand
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and amber, with a quickly disappearing waft of tannish foam.
Smells rich and fruity, like a lighter doppelbock.
Tastes initially unnaturally sweet, followed by a strong metallic nose. Back of the tongue is sickly sweet, ending with a hint of roast flavor.
Rolls around on the tongue with a subtle carbonation, but unfortunately makes the tongue unpleasantly sticky.
Moderately drinkable, but not really sure how much I like this one.

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Photo of n8tron
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nothing to special here, i know some people go crazy for this beer. Its decent as oktoberfests go. One thing about it is it has this slight fizzy..or something taste to it. I don't know, but besides that its pretty ordinary. Its easy to drink, there arn't any overbearing tastes. Just a general oktoberfest beer taste, i perfer harpoons.

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Photo of nc41
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

edit 2010- Thia years IMO is a little better, still way behind Foothills seasonal though.

As a die hard IPA user maybe my taste buds are warped. IMO this is a session beer with very little distinction. Obviously a very safe drinkable lager, and not bad by any means. There is just nothing to excite you drinking this beer, Not much of a head, little on the nose. Where are the hops? I know it's not an IPA, but still a little hops showing thru is what makes the European lager shine. Drinks like a BMC in my opinion, and in comparison an expensive one at that. Nice to try but Spaten Oct Fest is much better.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Dark orange liquid with good clarity, small red-orange head. On the dark edge of the spectrum for the style.

S = Smells of sweet syrups, some wet hay from the hops.

T = Well balanced but a little heavy, nice steady bitterness throughout with a bready, doughy taste as the primary flavor, some small amount of butter, too.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, carbonation on the light side.

D = This goes down easily enough, but it is a little cloying by the end of the glass. I don't really want more than one at sitting.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly orange ruby color with moderate carbonation running up into a finger of off-white head that doesn't last long and doesn't leave a lot of lacing around the glass.

Slightly malty nose, a little cinnamon (maybe), and some slight hoppiness.... not very fragrant either. Decent smell, but I have to search for it, which I don't like doing. I'm lazy.

Alright flavor, but it's sort of unimpressive. Some slightly toasty malts and a HINT of spiciness... really only a hint, not much else. Some mild hop flavor, too. Decent body... it's a carbonation supported medium body which makes it clean and crisp like crunchy fall leaves. I like the mouthfeel, just not too much else.

This is still a pretty decent beer, just not what I've come to expect from Sam Adams. It's kinda plain, which is not typical of the Boston Beer fellas. I could use some more flavor, some more spiciness, some more pumpkin... some more FALL! Anyways, it's still drinkable, but I need more from Sam Adams on this one. You won't hear me say that often.

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Photo of Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head. Aroma is nice and malty up front with a tiny bit of smokiness. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty on the tongue and it fades towards the back of the throat. Not too impressive. Solid beer though. It would probably go well with Octoberfest-type foods.

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Photo of iSip
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest: Out at a restaurant, I tried a bottle of Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. This beer had a translucent brown color, and thin off-white head which faded quickly. Not much carbonation. The aroma was pure roast malt. And so was the flavor, big and malty. Good, but not much complexity. Overall, I was hoping for more. And yes, I saw that it got a bronze medal in the 2011 GABF German-Style Marzen category.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer so many times, it's sickening. Honestly though, with all of the great Festbiers out there, why do I always get this one in bulk?? Just realized I've never reviewed this one from the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker mahogany-tinted orange, with a small off-white head on top. Light lace. Scents of caramel, toasted malts, and light booze.

The body is moderate. Good depth. Clean finish. I don't know, this years batch seems way sweet. Lots of candy-like sweetness, caramel, toffee. The finish is odd as well with heavy ethanol. Not pleasant. This is so much better on tap. It's drinkable because it's accessible, but I'd pass on this for better O'fests if available for sure.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Clear copper color. Head is a tight big toe width head that is fading quickly.

S- I smell some malty goodness, with a little dark fruit smell that has been coated in a gooey caramel jacket. Smells tasty.

T- The taste is a bit flat, there is a good amount of malt, but that fruityness is not there, and the caramel is not present in the taste either like it was in the smell.

M- Very thin feeling, and there is almost no carbination, which isn't too bad, but a little more would be nice.

D- Easy to drink if you want to drink something quickly.

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Photo of shirfan
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 TinusTime
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this twice once drinking from the bottle (no glasses avail) and the second time from a proper glass.. The review is from the glass. The beer pours coppery orange with some brown highlights. nice off white head that held nicely and laced well.. Smell was of malts with hint of caramel and a bit of spice. Taste was heavy with malt and with a touch of burnt sugar and a bit of aluminum foil ( yes ive chewed aluminum foil) the finish is balanced with a slight bit of hops, but overall this is a malty beer. Mouthfeel was much better in the glass. In the bottle it seemed a bit heavy probably due to the carbonation, but when poured into a glass it became much more drinkable. Perhaps a bit to heavy for a session beer, but not a bad offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

an amber almost ruby pour with about a finger of head. smells of malty sweetness, caramel, slight citrus.
the taste is bready, slightly citrusy (orange), slight hint of honey.
medium body, high carbonation - creamy on lips.
not a bad marzen at all - especially for one that's so easily available.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a slightly foamy white head and decent carbonation. Nose is pretty flat but I did detect some spice and caramel. Taste is malt, perhaps Munich and caramel, fruit, spice, hops. Pretty balanced but also pretty ordinary on the style.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish orange color with a two-inch off white head made up of small bubbles. The head lasted about a minute, and didn’t have too many bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Floral hops with a bit of toast are the first things you notice about the aroma.

Taste: There is a bit of an assertive hop presence in this beer that is far from your typical Octoberfest beer. There is a small amount of the toasty malt in there, but it is most obscurred by the hops. The body is medium light with a finish that is slightly balanced toward the sweet malt. No alcohol noticeable the entire time.

Opinion: Well...it’s not contaminated or anything. This is not what I would call an Octoberfest beer. It is more of a cross between a Northern Pilsner (Hop presence in flavor), and a mild Munich Dunkel (Light bittering hops for finish). It’s not a bad tasting beer, but it is rather uneventful and disappointing in the malt aspects. The hops are too aggressive to, I guess, try and make up for the lack of malt. It’s OK...just not to style.

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Photo of marc77
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Czequershuus
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a a reddish brown with a solid head. The aroma starts with a zing of earth fresh hops, some caramel, and toffee. The flavor is fairly sweet with little of zingy hops from the aroma, graham cracker, and lots of caramel. The mouthfeel is somewhat full, rich, and foamy. Overall this is a middle of the road octoberfest, overly sweet and caramelly, but still drinkable.

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Photo of bobhits
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK so this is one of the last sam adams beer I haven't had. I'm pretty happy to be nearing the end of their normal rotation and this one gets some GREAT reviews by my friends.

Anyway this is my second beer of the night as the first one left me interested but not ready to decide (a good hour between them). This beer is warmer and I'll just say that it should be served on the warm side.

A quick smell will tell you that this is a fairly malty beer. It doesn't have a fruity or sweet smell. Oddly enough the taste is about the same.

My only other octoberfest was from spatan and it was much sweeter and almost had a fruity flavor to it. I was really hoping for something on that side but I supose sam adams isn't one to go extreme with this style.

This is a nice looking beer with a nice malty flavor that is very very drinkable . It goes down easy, it's light and smooth. That said it's not interesting. It doesn't really make you want more. It's got enough flavor to mix well wtih foods but I'm not really sure what this "season's confort foods" are supposed to be.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

A- Dark brown/tan/caramel color. Really cool fluffy tan head with a decent amount of lacing after a fairly aggressive pour.

S- Smell was overly malty (almost too much) with a medicinal like quality to it that just did not do it for me. Very sweet and candy like.

T- Typical octoberfest brew here. A ton of malts, sugars, and spices. Big bready aspect to this beer that was almost too much. I found this one lacking balance and overly sweet.

M- Syrupy and medium bodied. Sticky at times but somewhat easy going down on the throat.

D- Sessionable brew here. I would not pass this one down but did not find it to be outstanding.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of 2/2004 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clead reddish copper liquid with a modest ecru head. Decent lacing while the head lasts, which was about 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Caramel malts quite prominent. Slight hop presence. Weird metallic tang skulking in the background.

Taste: More sugary than malty at first. Caramel and toasted malts then segue into a grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing overly spectacular. Quite drinkable. I'll finish the 6-pack with no complaint, but I suspect there are better O-fests out there.

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