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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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

This beer crushes the generic Euro Marzen and Mexican Macro Vienna Lager ... but compared to the best Marzen's it is just too sweet.

The label brags of using 6 malts... no idea why, Vienna Lager traditionally gets by one just one malt. Marzen's are just a beefier version of that beer, so there's no reason for all the caramel malt they surely use.

Chewy and sweet, its a flavorsome, even inspiring, Lager. It's just too much to be counted as a session beer.

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

T'is the season... t'is almost october.
Drink by February... I assume 2006.
Into a goblet with this one.
All around, an above average brew... though a C or C- student for the style.
Very well balanced but a bit too light for the style.
I can see what others mean by this being a "safe" brew.
No adventure in this at all.
Smells mild, mildly sweet, pleasant.
Looks like Sam's lager.
No thick, big chewyness; nothing really festive about this either.
Perhaps that is where this is really lacking.
The whole point of October/Oktoberfest is to give thanks for the last brewing season and to celebrate the beginning of the new brewing season.
This beer needs celebration!
Makes for a nice lager, though.

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Photo of Flippengruven
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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

A hard style to get right and this is on the way. Look is proper with a caramel color and an off white head. Palate is the typical stale apple marzen malt and straw. A bitter of husk and a body that carries you through. But this is done correctly at best. Nothing exceptional about it.

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Photo of ThinBlueLine
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Life-Love-Beer
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great amber color with mild head and mild carbonation. Malty, slightly hoppy aroma. No really hops in the taste but a lot of malt flavor. Toffee with a hint of caramel and nuttiness to provide some slight bitterness, but not really toasted flavor. You can also taste the alcohol. A decent octoberfest.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like a lot of Samuel Adams beers but this one misses the mark. Does not taste authentic at all. Not malty enough, a little too bitter, too much carbonation t o have the requisite smoothness for a Maerzen. And there is a faint roasted-grain taste which has absolutely no place in Oktoberfest. No funky off flavors so well brewed...just not German-tasting at all.

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Photo of atr2605
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear red amber with a foamy tan head with good retention
S-caramel, hint of spice, bit faint overall
T-sweet malt up front met with a subtle hop bitterness that provides excellent balance
M-light-medium bodied
O-really well balanced and very drinkable. Nice beer from Sam Adams, although there are some better examples of the style

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Photo of MrHolland
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice thick of white head the settles nicely. The color is a dark amber color with faint orange highlights.

Smell is a light malty tone. Not too much in this catagory.

The taste at first is sweet and fruity with a pretty strong malt aftertaste.

Has a very balanced amount of carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

This has a good drinkablility for me with a decent ABV. I have had better but we will see how the others compare because it tis be the season for more Oktoberfest beer!

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Photo of Swim424
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

A- deep orange/red. very clean looking. very nice decent head. dissipated into thin white layer on top.

S- Cant tell a whole lot here. I have a little cold so I can smell much. I do smell some sweetness. Definitly malty.

T- A little bland due to cold but Im doing my best. Im getting some sweet maltyness to it. A mix of carbonation and hop at the end, not very powerful though.

MF- A little leftover creamy layer to it. A little aftertaste nothing bad.

O-overall this is a pretty good beer. I will probably re-review/edit in a couple days when i get my senses all the way back.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is red with copper undertones. Two fingers to white head dissipated very quickly to leave a skim of lacing and ring around the edge. No bottle cap can float on that.

Smell: Subdued sweet caramel, molasses, and a little dark chocolate.

Taste: Much like the aromas, the typical märzen flavors are very subdued. The caramel comes through, though the molasses and dark chocolate from the smell are faint at best. A spicy hop backbone dominates throughout the pint.

Drinkability: Decent, but it is far from my favorite märzen.

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Photo of karmaghost
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased August 31st, 2009. Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint glass for kicks.

A - pours a deep orange color with a slightly creamy head that disappears fairly quickly.

S - smells like a typical lager; nothing special

T - didn't notice this until I sat down to taste and write, but the beer has a very faint apple/cidery taste reminiscent of some light lagers I've tasted and brewed. Again, it's faint, but it's there in the back, towards the end.

M - Good carbonation with a texture that's not quite smooth or harsh. Hits the back of your tongue slightly towards the end, but disappears fairly quickly.

D - Like most beers, it depends on what you've had before you've tried this. I've had instances where this beer has been too heavy and made me feel bloated, whereas at the moment, this beer is just right and goes down easy. Stay away from sugary and sweet foods and have this with something like a pizza with mild toppings.

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Photo of Vixie
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a full light tan head. Pretty decent looking beer.

Smell is mainly of the malt and yeast, maybe a hint of lemon.

Very malty tasting, with a bit of sweetness.

Pretty good mouthfeel.

Not a real complex beer, the malt very much dominates. It does go down nice and easy, and is pretty good, but nothing I'd go out of my way for either. If you like malty beers, this is the one to try.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 bottles poured into 1 liter dimpled glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color with 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, some spiciness

Taste: Malty sweetness, some caramel flavors, slight hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light body, some carbonation

Overall: A nice change up from my steady diet of hop heavy beers. I know fall is around the corner when I start seeing this beer.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: reddish amber with an off-white slowly diminishing head. A fair amount of lacing. I had worse expectations.

Aroma: lots of sweet malt with some grainy smells as well

Taste: sweet malty taste and a slightly bitter, watery taste. A little alcohol is present. This is kind of a one-dimensional beer. It's an Octoberfest, so its not gonna blow me away, but I have had better. The malts are definately too weak here.

Mouthfeel: a little watery, but the carbonation was done fairly well.

Drinkability: I could have a bunch of these. I had a couple out of the bottle while watching a football game and eating Taco Bell and it was great. I think its a good session brew for football games, though I would definately take Boston Lager over it.

Notes: Not bad for what it is. If you are looking for flavor, go somewhere else, but if you want a beer with more flavor than Budweiser, but the same drinkability for those long football game parties, try a Sam Adams.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated Feb. '08 poured into SA glass.

A: dark copper/amber with 2 finger light tan head and medium carbonation

S: a bit sweet, caramels and light raisiny aroma

T: similar to aroma but with some toasted malt

M: creamy with a medium body

D: very drinkable. I look forward to this every fall

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark, burnt orange color, a little more toward the brown side. not a tall head, but pretty dense for what is there. excellent lacing.

S: very heavy on the sweet, malty smells, very grainy smelling, very few hops, if any, not bad, but not very interesting either.

T: very malty, some definite roasted characteristics, nice underlying smoke. malts linger on the palate nicely. sweet. a definite honey flavor. no bitterness. very smooth in general.

M: thick, rich and heavy, coats the mouth. not too shabby.

D: this is a fairly drinkable beer, but not one of my favorite styles. pretty mellow, smooth, and easy drinking though. all in all not too bad. i'd pour a few of these down if on a night out.

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Photo of Jordan
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre offering from our friends at Boston Beer Co. Sweet malty core with a periphery of dried fruit and leaf and a metallic note or two. Slim body. The greatest point about Sam Adams October Fest is that it succeeds in bringing the sensations of autumn to the palate.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep rusty orange. A very clear beer with great carbonation and one finger white head. Average retention and lacing

S - Very light aromas. Mainly caramel malts with a slight nuttiness to it

T - Very good flavor. Nice and malty with a nutty caramel flavor. Reminds me of fall

M - Light to medium body. Slightly creamy and very smooth.

O - A good offering by Sam Adams. Easy drinking with a great flavor. Not an earth shattering beer, but one I could enjoy several of in one sitting.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remembered liking this a couple years back, so at $11.99/12 it seemed a good buy. Pouring and drinking it, there seemed to be a perfect affinity to the Dogfish Head 90 I also picked up (my favorite for the last year or so). It's like a 90 lite. Malty. Tastey and nice smell.

My only turn off is that officially somebody is calling it a Marzen. I have hated that style (can't remember whose). Ah, what's in a name. I already had two and I think I'll have another!

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Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shamus
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Sam. For the most part. Like is different than love of course. Some beers evoke a more passionate response because they are just sooo good. Some beers are loathsome, wretched, abominations. Samuel Adams is good. Not great, but good. Now this particular brew, the Octoberfest, is a very lush amber colour with a decent head that disappears a bit quickly. carbonation is slight but that works with the flavour heavy style. Not all flavours being equal however this is no fantastic beer journey. It's fine. Not very hoppy, a bit spicy, but not much. Try it. Life will go on.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured a nice deep orange with a finger of white head, tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer, light malt, maybe some caramel.
The taste beats the smell by far. The lack of aroma led me to be very surprised, by a nice sweet caramel taste, sweet malt and very little bitterness in the finish. Leaves a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. It is has a pretty good drinkability, nice to have a few as the summer is ending.

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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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