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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A- copper with a big head and decent lacing on the glass

S- the faint smell of malt. Really no nose at all in this beer. It gets a 2.5 because no smell is better than a bad smell.

T- light, nice crispness to it. It was a refreshing clean taste. But where is the malt flavor and the hop bitterness? This is supposed to be an octoberfest beer.

M- a bit to watery for my liking

D- an easy drinking beer to say the least. Could have had more to it though. Very refreshing, but lacking any semblance of complexity.

Notes- back when I fisrt got into craft beer a year or so ago. This was one of my favorite beers. My palate has changed a great deal, because this beer did not have much going on.

Love most SA, but this beer, while very quaffable, seems to be for the BMC crowd who want an Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of clarkm04
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very deep amber/coppery color with a slight white head retention with light to medium carbonation.

Smell- Hints of malt. Not much hops in the smell profile.

Taste- Fairly malty on the front and back end. Not much in the order of hops (which is typical for this style). Not as malty as I would want. Slightly watery in the mid-taste. I really enjoy the aftertaste of this beer. It's very smooth and leaves a nice malty note.

Mouthfeel- Fairly mild but there is a harsh mouthfeel on the back of the tongue that hovers and distracts from what overall is a very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very high.

Overall- A good Octoberfest. Certainly not in the league of the outstanding German varieties but is a good beer in a pinch. I've had his beer on tap at a craft devoid Buffalo Wild Wings and have enjoyed it both times. Having it by itself and focusing on the beer some of the flaws are more clearly exposed and my opinion is much lower than consuming with food.

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Photo of Naugled
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer, well made.

Smell is nice but nothing special, malt comes through nicely.

Taste is good but again nothing fantastic. A nice mix of lmalt flavors, but not very intense.

Good mouth feel, a bit light for an Octoberfest IMO.

Very drinkable, and well made.

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Photo of Nalid66
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quaffer
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was a simple, copper beer that produced a one-finger beige head. It disappeared quickly, eventually leaving only a ring of foam around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: The smell was composed of sweet and caramel malts with a touch of dark fruit and cherries. There were occasional aromas of cracker and roasted malt, but they were very faint. At first, I thought that the smell was rather one-dimensional, but as the beer sat, it gained more complexity.

Mouthfeel: There was a creamy smoothness at the front of the tongue that picked up some bite as the beer moved back into the mouth. Then, after the beer was swallowed, there was a light tingle on the tongue.

Taste: There was not much going on in the taste department. A corny, malty sweetness dominated the flavor from start to finish. As the beer started to really warm up, a bit of bitterness joined the finish, but it was very mild.

I think that I will pass on this beer for the rest of the season. Kind of bland, in my opinion.

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Photo of qchic
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper with modest head that disappears. All biscuit malt in the aroma with some alcohol. Some fruitiness, bready malt, and nuttiness come through in the flavor. Why did I just sense cooked tomato? Weird. Medium body makes it quite drinkable. Nothing earth shattering, but it'll do on a fall evening.

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Photo of NickySop
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jack_H_91
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Robertparker
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jtcolella
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UBrew1984
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of wonderbread23
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich copper orange color with creamy 1 finger head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: Malt up front with minimal hop bitterness. A little bit of banana bread and caramel.

Flavor: Nice creamy malty beer. Lots of breadyness with a touch of bitter pumpkin / fall spices. The sweetness in this beer tastes less malty and more sugary to me.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thin for an Octoberfest to me. Lacking the additional body I expected and has a short finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. Very smooth alcohol isn't noticed. Quite clean and sessionable.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear but deep amber color with small off-white head that falls quickly leaving no lacing or chunks atop the beer. Smells of sweet malt and a bit bready - not a whole lot going on. The taste is pleasant but doesn't wow me by any means - sweet and malty with scarce help from the hops, just a subtle tasty beer for the fall. The mouthfeel is nice - smooth, crisp, with good carbonation. Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, to me, is a beer that is nice to have waiting after a fall evening in the treestand chasing the big buck with my bow.


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Photo of SkiSailRide
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kkawachi
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbauer
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oldgrowth
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brownish orange color. Little head , some lacing. O.k. nose fruity - apple & banana. Malt was toasty carmel like. Sour toasted malt tasting. Some linguring bitterness A little on the creamy side. Very drinkable. Could drink them all afternoon. It a O.K. beer, certainly a traditional kinda octoberfest. Not really exciting either though.

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Photo of Duff27
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PhilMiller
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Strohm
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Olinnelson
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gunshine
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zadok
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear amber with minimal head and no lacing.

Smells of swwet malts and light hops.

Light malt flavor with mild hops and a slight musty flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Another good session beer from Sam Adams. Not the one I would choose but still a decent option.

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Photo of jakej0305
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber and caramel color with a thick head that thins out. Smells very much of fall spices and caramel with a hint of malt. Taste is lacking. Too much malt, not enough anything else. For this to be a Sam Adams, it misses the mark on taste. Everything else about the beer is good.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,674 ratings
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