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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Photo of henrichsj
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful burnt-orange color, half-an-inch of creamy head

S - Not much on the smell . . .

T - Malty, caramel, very smooth; Little carbonation and not very bitter or hoppy at all

M - Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable!

O - This is a Fall staple for me. Almost always a six-pack in my fridge in the fall and winter months. Most places around here (IA) have it on tap too, so it's a good one to get used to. May be a little too early for it's tastes (late-August) but couldn't resist once I saw it in the liquor store. One of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of codysjb
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber to light brown color with some head that lasts for a few minutes. Smells like spice and a little bit of maple syrup. Tastes good, has some maple and sweet flavor going on as well a little bit watery. Taste is decent, nothing extra special but holds up and is consistent throughout so it doesn’t drop off halfway through the mouthful. Overall it’s a good beer that I like to try in the fall, nothing extra special but certainly a solid offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a very good "Oktoberfest" beer. It has a nice reddish light brown color. Has a nice blend of malt and a touch of hops, A good readily available autumn beer.

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle.

A - Really nice looking. Caramel color resolves into something like light maple syrup after the bubbles float to the top. Maybe an inch of orange head melts away to nothing over the course of a minute.

S - Aroma is relatively strong, and almost citrusy.

T - Taste follows the look more than the smell - it's sweet, very malty, but also something of a maple sugar taste. Not cloying, but almost like the label says - "what we want fall to taste like". Hackneyed, sure, but somehow right.

M - It's a nice, heavy beer. Not stout-heavy, but enough to establish it a something substantial.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that was notched to drink by March (drank in November). Poured into a pint glass.

Light foam head that dissipates quickly. Amber, brown topaz color. Reddish brown. If I could give an award for beautiful beers this may be the blue ribbon winner. I just love they way this beer looks.

Smells sweet and malty. Slightly spicy cinnamon note as well.

Nicely balanced beer. Make no mistake, is about the malts here. Very bready (almost like a vanilla cupcake). Almost a slight maple syrup like undertone. There is some good hop character here though. Nice bitterness throughout.

I am not very learned with this style. I do however find it incredibly tasty. I enjoy drinking it every fall. Great fall session beer. The fresher the better. Check the drink by date.

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Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 24 ounce bomber to a glass mug...
Pours a deep amber color with a thick off white frothy head.
Smells of sweet caramel, loads of malt and earthy hops.
Tastes very malty sweet and nutty.
Very smooth, medium bodied.
This is an enjoyable, tasty beer. It gets better as it warms.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had so far-- I like it, despite this not being my favorite style.

This is quite probbl the best LOOKING Sam Adams beer; homey tinted orange color that glows and shines with a nice frothy 2 finger cap of tan bubbles. Good retenti, nice legs, but weak lacing.

Smells of caramel and Munich malts-- some good sweetness but also a toasty biscuit quality. The beer is a lot hoppier than I expected, with a nice spicy bitterness lingering on the finish. The yeast is more crisp and clean on the finish, offering a dry yeasty note.
The body is medium and oily. Well carbonated.
Overall, I'm not crazy about octoberfest beers, but this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a copper color with a nice white head. I liked the aroma of floral hops and caramel malt. Flavor is similar. Finish is medium lasting and balanced. Body is light to medium, not too sweet. I always have been looking forward to this time of the year to buy my first 6 pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest. It's been my favorite Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into glass beer stein

Ruby red like a red ale. Faint carbonation. Two finger foam cap settles into a thick as pancake batter white lid. Okay lacings on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, bread. Fresh beer.

Sweet malt, smooth, medium mouthfeel, deliciously chewy. Clean, smooth finish. Malt taste rolls all over your tongue.

Great version of an American Octoberfest. Love it and stock it in the fridge when it comes out each fall.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fixed my cousin's laptop and she bought me some SA Octoberfest.

A: It pours a golden amber. A real nice looking head about two and a half inches thick. Mostly white.

S: Heavy malt and sweet spice. Pretty pleasant smelling brew.

T: Full flavored. Sweet malt coats my mouth. A sweet hop finish also lingers.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Real nice feeling to it.

D: Very drinkable. Well balanced.

Overall, this is a real good beer. Perfect for a get together whether you grab a 12 pack or a sixer, you're good to go. A nice low ABV beer that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.

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Photo of Dodt
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for me this beer means alot to me. it is the one that got me into this style that i love . each year this beer seems a bit different some times for the better other times a bit bland . a wonderful cooper color with a good head. ah the malty flavor and the nutty flavor

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Photo of animal69
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on-tap; a nice warm amber color w/ a creamy head; nice malt aroma w/ some hop undertones; the taste is slightly different than the bottled version being less "watered down" malty w/ a butterscotchy taste; nice full body (something the bottled version lacks) ;personally i could drink this beer all winter long, maybe a litte too much for summer...

Edit 09/12/08 : this years offering is sweeter w/ more diacetyl and a bit tart with lots of dark fruits, kinda syrupy tho...

Edit 09/10/09 : 09's batch has been dried out a bit more, has more nuttieness, and a less sweet flavor with fewer fruits but still has a faintly diacetyl note

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a pint glass with a thick, half inch head. Decent lacing. Looks very much like a Marzen.

Aromas of malt, brown sugar. Reminds me of a doppelbock.

Taste is on the sweet side. Very malty, brown sugar, some toffee. Flavor is also similar to a doppelbock.

Thick, hearty mouthfeel. Smooth with nice finish.

Overall, very drinkable and a nice beer for the Fall. Very reasonable price makes this beer a real bargain as well.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden orange amber color with a huge, lively and long lasting head. Fruit and spices in the aroma with hints of caramel and cocoa. The body is medium light in maltiness, but is full of flavor with some oiliness in the aftertaste. Light and drinkable, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of elniko
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Poured cleanly into pint glass, very little head that dissipated quickly. Carbonation very high, was audible when pouring which is rare.

S: Definite breadiness on the nose which is tinge of spice and alcohol apparent as well.

T & M: So far I have been underwhelmed with marzen style in regards to the examples I've had thus far with Ocotberfest brews coming out. I felt quite different about this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial, no watery texture apparent. The carbonation does not overwhelm either. Taste is what I would expect a marzen to be like. Definite malty and bready textures but still crisp finishing. Good job Mr Koch.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is one I will be on the lookout for in the future.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with nice clarity. A one finger off-white head is creamy and shows excellent retention. Body and carbonation are medium, leaving good sticky lacing. Roasted malt and cascade hop aromas. Sweet roasted flavor, caramel and a balanced hop pressence that carry over into a bittersweet aftertaste. Finishes with some residual sweetness, but quite drinkable. Nothing spectacular, but the bitterness and malt flavor are right on for an O-fest.

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Photo of ProudGreen89
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic

A-pours a nice golden brown with a 1 finger frothy tan head, not much lacing.

S-biscuity, malts and barley are present as are spices and faint hops. Doesnt really surprise or overjoy me here, just a nice aroma.

T-Very nicely balanced with a sweet and malty body and a crisp and dry bitter hoppiness near the finish, its complex yet simple at the same time, also quite refreshing and not heavy on the pallete or stomach which makes it a good session beer but also a good beer to have with a meal.

M-A little lighter than id like for a malt beer meant for fall but still enough of a body there to really grab onto. a fair amount of carbonation but its just the right amount.

D-Overall a great beer to enjoy if you just want one with your meal or to have more if youre out at a nice pub with some friends. Its smooth, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

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Photo of Burt
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 22oz Weizen glass.

Clear amber orange, with a thin off white head that dispersed quickly and left no lacing.

Caramel and malty graininess.

Caramel at first, some sweetness in the middle, gets a light toasted breadiness at the end with a smooth finish.

First Octoberfest of the year and it was pretty good. Sam's never disappoints with this one. Love this time of year.

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Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4's that time of the year again.

Samuel Adams makes a great Octoberfest. It pours a very thin brown color with a very sweet taste. It's somewhat nutty, almost like Red Hook's Nut Brown Ale.

I don't think I could drink this year round, it's too sweet, but it's a nice beer to compensate for the colder weather.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 version (01SEP03) is equally attractive. Nose isn't as strong, but still has a toasty malt foundation. Mouthfeel still comes in at a 4, smoothing out the more you drink. Flavor is again good and malty, yet the cloying sweetness of last year is gone. There is a subtle, sharp/spicy characteristic that hits you late, in the back of the throat. Nicely toned-down as the '02 version had a real bite. Poured 3 bottles into a Spaten litre glass stein, and it's going down very well. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Ahhh... the first Sammy O-fest of the season....(16AUG02).... just a prelude to a shit-load of more O-Fest in the next couple of months!!! Poured a luscious dark-copper to amber color, with a huge, off-white, frothy head. Sticks around a bit, with nice lacing! Darker than most O-Fests, including the Munchen originals. Nose has lots of toasty malt, as well as some sharp spiciness from the hops (Tettnang, right?). Body was middle-of-the-road, and slightly rough on the tongue at first, but it smooths a bit as it warms. There is a big, semi-sweet malt backbone to this baby, along with that hop sharpness again. Jumps right out at you! This version has more hop-spiciness than the Munchen varieties, and is quite pleasant. Mmmm-mmmm good! Hello, O-Fest season!!! A big Zum Wohl!!! (Original rating - ?)


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Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer with a spicy pizza when celebrating a friends 40th birthday at the Brickhouse in West Richland, Washington.

A: It poured a clean and clear orange body with a robust two finger off white head composed of sticky bubbles. The head lasted long and supported nice thick layered lacing that went the distance.

S: It smelled of light toasted malts and hints of ripe tart cherries.

T: It was smooth and refreshing with a good balance of lightly toasted malts, hints of caramel and tart red cherries.

M: It was creamy and smooth on the tongue with modest carbonation. It finished surprisingly clean and with no aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing, light and had a low ABV making this a great session brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've reviewed this beer on this site before, but that review has since disappeared, so am writing another. This was purchased as part of the brewmaster 12 pack. 12 oz bottle. OG=14 plato, 180 kcal/12oz. 5.4% ABV. Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Munich-10, 2-row Moravian, and Caramel 60. Hopped with Tettnanger and Hallertau-Mittlefruh.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a nice sized whipped off-yellow head with good retention and nice sheets of lace. The carbonation level is moderate. The aroma is mild with some toasted malts, nuts (almonds?), toast, some herbal hops when swirled, and some sour milk when swirled. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. The taste opens with some spicy but not overwhelming hops up front, then is followed by some nice pale and alber malts in the middle, imparting a decent toast and grain husk note. Bitterness is moderate, and the aftertaste is composed of tobacco and herbal hops.

A decent drinkable oktoberfest. Not one of the smoothest or most drinkable out there (i.e-I'll stick to Ayinger), but a decent mass produced US version of a classic style.

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Photo of Risser09
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - March 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange color with brown hues. The 2" tall ivory head is cakey and shows good retention, with round tentacles of lace.

Smell: Malty aroma is rich with sugar, caramel, lager yeast and brown sugar. A citrus hop finish completes the aroma. Nice.

Taste: Malt flavor is oozing with caramel and smooth lager yeast. A German, subtle, hop bitterness balances the beer to where you want to keep on drinking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bitter, balanced Oktoberfest that S.A. has nailed to the wall. Medium body, foamy carbonation and a bitter, dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a tasty Oktoberfest beer that would pair with lots of foods, from savory dishes to spicy ones. I will drink this again and again.

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