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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Reviews: 2,147 | Ratings: 7,449
Photo of William_Paul
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't have much to say about this one. Its just a great beer. When I think of how a good big name brand beer should taste, this is usually what I imagine. It feels like I'm drinking the month of October.

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Photo of mark5692
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is by far not the best Oktoberfest beer but it does the job. It is usually the 1st fall beer I see when summer comes to a close. It has a bit nostalgia to me which is why I enjoy it. It has your basic and simple matly and sweet taste. Nothing special or outstanding. It just takes to me the August/September nights when being outside enjoying this beer feels right. It won't impress you but it won't disappoint.

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Photo of 413
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Octoberfest must be my favorite offering from the Sam Adams lineup. As with most Sam Adams brews, this one is a session beer, not challenging to the palate, that goes great with the season. With fairly understated flavor at the outset, it's got an excellent finish and an aftertaste like a baked good that will put you in the autumn spirit. It's best on tap, but for some reason I prefer it out of the can as opposed to out of the bottle. There are surely better Oktoberfests out there for the more refined taste, but I'll always be sure to grab some of these when the leaves start changing. A New England staple.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a finger width white head. Smells carmel and nutty. Tastes similar to the smell. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Overall, this one of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of Kaapstadmk
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - a wonderful deep amber color with a 2-3 finger head

Smell - not overly present. Slight toasty smell with an emphasis on the malt

Taste - unfortunately weaker than expected. The malt flavor is not very present and the hops are present, but don't really add much to the presence. As the beer warms, the hop flavours pick up, but it still winds up a plain-ish offering.

Feel - good mouthfeel. An appropriate thickness and fullness for the colour. Slight effervescence on the tongue

Overall - slightly disappointing. Was expecting a lot more flavour and aroma. That being said, it's an easy drinker for someone not looking for an overly fancy beer.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice color nice smell but nothing outstanding. A very forgettable beer like most Sam Adams. If you're going to drink Sam Adams stick to Cherry Wheat or Porch Rocker.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. pours a dark amber and reddish color. Moderate sweet aroma that is grainy and nutty with balancing toffee, caramel and hints of almond and spices. Taste is similar and a bit too sweet for me but not too bad for an American marzen.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 1/2017. Pours crystal clear deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy, and lightly slick/silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. Very rich and robust on malt flavors, without being too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of SEP16 into standard pint glass.

L: Beautiful amber color with finger head that recedes slowly into thin layer. Decent Lacing.

S: Toast, herbal hops and biscuity. Well balanced.

T: Simple malt flavors hit the tongue first. Sweet. Small amount of herbal hops after the malt fades away.

F: Chewy and medium bodied. Sticks to tongue and throat.

O: It is a solid beer. Perfect for fall weather. Not very complex but well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

No match for SN version but still a decent brew. Thin and slightly oily but taste up front not bad at all. Finish is not as robust as a true Octo should be.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Pete’s. Aroma is just nothing. Faintest malt nose. Dark copper color, though very clear. Taste is barley, hay, fairly bland with an off putting aftertaste. Feel is mostly flat, little creamy to balance.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One finger off white head, dissipated fairly quickly. Little lacing left behind. Orange/copper color, Crystal clear. Tasted is a nice toasty lager, a little bit of a bitter bite at the end. Bready, toast, a little sweet malt. Light body, medium carbonation. A little thinner than I'd like for the style. Overall, a petty good mass produced oktoberfest lager, but there are better out there.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle.

L: Very clear dark amber color with a foamy off white head.

S: Malty and sweet. Maybe some faint hop presence.

T: Sweet caramel malt. Raisins. Bitter finish with something odd I can't quite place. Leaves a lingering caramel malt taste.

O: Like I said there is some odd flavor I can't quite place. Also just too sweet for my taste. For what it's worth though, I am reviewing this poured from a bottle. I had it on tap a few weeks ago and it was much better on tap.

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Photo of BCad
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Cooper Orange, thin white head

S: Malt primarily, hints of caramel and ginger

T: Seasonal spice with a roasted caramel malt backbone. Minimal bitterness, very smooth and sweet.

F: Nice an creamy, good carbonation.

O: I'd go ahead and have like 7, these are great. Very easy drinking, reminds me of the chill of fall.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Second-to-last bottle from my six-pack. Best-by date is March of 2017, so should still be pretty fresh.

Color is a burnt-orange sort of thing, one of the darker Oktoberfest beers I've had. Very clear, with a ton of little rising bubbles throughout and a very nice layer of cream-colored foam on top. Really nice-looking beer!

Smell is pleasant, though not standing out as much as the appearance. There's a definite sweetness in the background, a toasty bread/doughy sort of thing coming in ahead of that, and occasionally a little hint of hop spiciness (this is far from a hoppy beer of course, but they are present.)

Most prominent flavors on the first sip are toasty bread and that doughy sort of thing. The sweetness from the smell is not as noticeable in the flavor, though still there in the background. Same goes for that slight hop spiciness, it's juuust barely there.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice overall, though I do have some minor complaints. Very drinkable, seems maybe a tad thin at some times (mostly after the foam has started to shrink away.) Despite the massive amount of rising bubbles in this beer it never seems overly prickly, just has a nice soft bubbliness to it.

Overall, not my favorite Oktoberfest (last year's Sierra Nevada still holds that title so far) but a surprisingly good one considering all the hate it seems to get -- I was honestly really impressed when I had my first bottle from this six-pack, especially after reading so many posts describing it as overly sweet (I didn't find it to be *that* sweet at all.) I have had it before, but it was a month or so past its best-by date and was not as good as the fresher version (though still not bad -- I guess this is a malty enough beer to begin with that it holds up better to age compared to a lot of others), so I figured I should revisit it -- glad I did!

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Photo of mattroc000
4.76/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer, it has some malty taste, but is not too strong on malt. It has a great full-bodied feel and balances sweetness with the slight bitterness of the hops. A great beer - my favourite as of (09-25-16). Even better than Newcastle Brown Ale! However, it's only seasonal.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my baptism into craft beer.

Though I have moved on to more complex and robust things, I always tip my hat to Sam's Oktoberfest. Caramel malts a plenty! This is a creamy, smooth introduction to the style. You can't go wrong with one.

This beer also serves as an introduction to fall, so you gotta give it some love for that as well!

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle freshness notched for January, poured into a pint glass.

Look: Copper topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that quickly subsides to just a thin layer.

Smell: Clean pleasant smell if a little faint.

Taste: Well balanced, slight hop bitterness on the swallow.

Feel: Medium with light carbonation.

Overall: I find the taste to be quite enjoyable but I'm not detecting much of the toasty flavors described in the style.

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Photo of _drummer_
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seasonal beers sometimes do it for me, but this one lacked a little. It was a little bitter. The pumpkin flavor was a bit strong and the balance with the hops and malts didn't mesh well. It wasn't at all horrible - some of my friends loved it.

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Photo of Dakin
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing. Small steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: Malts, slight tinge of darker fruits. Not much else here.

Taste: Mild taste, not much complexity in the flavor at all. Not a bad thing with this beer though, Light bitterness at first, mellowing out to a smooth drinkable finish at the end. Love a beer with a smooth finish. In my opinion this is a very good tasting commercial beer.

Feel: Decent medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Good cheap drinkable choice for autumn. This is a beer you can bring to enjoy with friends and still be able to please everyone. 6.5/10.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 pk for $11.99...Buck-a-beer! Nice, clear dark brown color with a modest 1-2 finger tan head with decent retention. Very nutty and malty flavor. Small amount of hops which is okay by me. Decent carbonation. For the price an exceptional beer.

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Photo of ADicerni
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Ruby brown and very clear. A nice off white head lasting a few minutes with very little lacing.
S. Sweet malt aroma.
T. Malt flavour of toffee perhaps and light carbonation. Very little hops that I can tell, maybe only a slight bitterness in the finish.
M. Light and crisp considering the high malt taste.
O. An enjoyable brew overall if you like a more malty less hoppy bear. My personal preference is an IPA but I don't mind this beer at all. Nice for a change.

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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 MichaelProcton
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light, clear auburn with a small khaki head that goes away in a hurry. Limited, tiny bubbles. Smell is very, very minimal. There's a touch of malt, though. Taste is better, but seems like a pretty generic malt bill with only a dash of hop bitterness to balance it out. Full feel in the mouth. I feel like I've enjoyed this beer more in the past, but I was not impressed with this bottle serving into a shaker pint.

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Photo of utopify
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I know this is a big commercial beer and in about every store you'd find coca-cola, but after tasting a gambit of Oktoberfest Marzen brews over the last couple of weeks, not one of them hits every portion of the flavor spectrum like this one. Such a deep nutty malt you drag it past your teeth to create a full and creamy flavor spectrum on your tongue. It is my favorite Marzen - well done guys.

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