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

Still waiting for this beer to arrive in MS, so I had to pick some up at Aloha Wine in P'cola, FL.

Serving- Bottle, best by Feb 2008

Appearance- Poured a almost perfectly clear dark amber into a standard room temperature mug. Excellent off-white two finger head that quickly withdrew to light lacing.

Smell- Just as advertised- toffee, caramel, and malt.

Taste- This is a malty brew, typical of the style. The toffee and caramel flavors are present, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Not light, not heavy. Just about right. The perfect transition from the lighter summer brews to the upcoming heavier winter offerings.

Drinkability- As with any other O'fest that I have tried, these beers are made to drink. I enjoyed eight while visiting with friends. However, I think that most BBC beers (White Ale being the exception) tend to be a wee bit heavier than others of similar style, but by no means should anyone pass this one up.

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

A - Nice ruddy brown with sparse head and minimal lacing.

S - Aroma reminds me of plums and dried chili peppers.

T - Pleasant maltiness with hoppiness in the background. Tending toward sweet but not unbearably so.

M- As a fall brew should be; a little more weighty.

D - I'll quaff this brew in season and I appreciate its relatively low alcohol content for the shear pleasure of being able to have several if I wish

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

A- Very attractive translucent red-orange with about a half inch of head.

S- Tons of sweet, bready malt hits the nose along with a touch of spiciness from the hops and a metallic twinge.

T- More malt, this time with a toasty character. Starts out sweet but finishes fairly dry and a little bitter (although there is a bit of residual sweetness). Solid, malt-forward taste.

M- Nice, smooth medium body. Not heavily carbonated, which suits this beer.

D- Easy drinking all the way. Perhaps a little high in alcohol to be considered a session beer, but it's still pretty damn quaffable.

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Although I haven't had too many Marzens or Oktoberfests, this ranks up there with the few that I have had. It's just a good beer, plain and simple. Recommended, especially if you're a fan of malty beers.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can on 8-26-16. Wonderful caramel color with a thick foamy tan head.

Bready smell with some sweet malts. Other than that the nose is pretty light without a lot of character.

Taste is roasted malts with a hint of caramel sweet. The taste is like the nose and by that I mean there does not seem to be a lot of complexity here. That being said the taste is of a good beer and I do like the simple roasty flavor.

Mouth feel is slightly thick and chewy, I would call it a nice medium mouth feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It did seem a bit strange to be sipping on this beer while it was 100 degrees outside. However this beer did make me long for our cooler fall days coming up. Also of note is the beautiful color that this beer pours out. I would love to just savor this beers cool look for all of my beers. Seriously it is that pretty!

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep orange/copper color. Off white head,a little soapy. Nice visible carbonation racing up the glass, little sticking to the sides of it.

Aroma is a little soapy and mineraly. Usually not the case in SA beers. Otherwise just light of toasted malt.

As far as taste goes, this is one of my favorite Oktoberfests made by any brewery. It's like a smooth munich/vienna malt milkshake. Tastes of toasted malt with a very heavy body that makes you really in the mood for fall. Some candy-like sweetness. Finishes very clean and heavy with a slightly sweet hop aftertaste.

I'd say the only things this beer lacks is some aroma and a more authentic German feel. That being said, I truly enjoy the heavy mouthfeel of this beer and it's one of my favorites that I wait for every year.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by Jan 2010

A - Pours a clear copper with about an inch and a half white head; retention settles to a thin layer pretty quickly, with slippery lacing

S - Malty for sure, with a bit of a bready note and just a bit of hops

T&M - Malty and a bit sweet, but not in a bad way. Big malt flavors match the aromas and a bit bready too. I think the hop level is almost perfect and balances the big malt profile nicely. Finish is malts all the way, and they hang around for a good long time.

D - This is one of the beers that got me interested in craft, and I remember looking forward to it every year. I'm surprised it took me so long to review it. Great balance with a ton of flavor and an ABV on the sessionable level; I wish I had more.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy before Feb notched on label.

A - Autumn in a glass, this clear lager shines with is a robust rusted amber color which is capped by an off-white head of tiny bubbles. Spotty lacing collects around the pint above the thin, left over skim.

S - Fall is captured upon first whiff. Light Vienna malts provide an excellent base of faint toast and biscuit notes while the Munich malts offer quite a bit of mild sweetness which swirls throughout. A touch of earthiness suggests some hops but they're generally absent. A touch of mineral harshness trails off but this beer is generally very clean.

T - Maltiness continues to develop with it's Vienna base, once again pushing toasted qualities along with an overall sense of breadiness. The Munich malt's sweetness drops back from what the aroma suggests for something a little easier drinking while the finish opens up to hops just a hair more. Herbal notes and grassy earthiness are timid to say the least, but offer balance. Again, the beer's light mineral harshness becomes just a bit intrusive.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a delightfully malty but refreshing feel that really works well as a sessionable oktoberfestbier. Just a little dry earthiness on the finish goes a long way to keep the beer balanced and inviting.

O - Embodying the essence of fall, the malty aroma encourages the mentality to shift from light, crisp beers to maltier lagers before turning to full, rich stouts and the like. If there wasn't the pesky mineral finish that's almost metallic at points, I'd really, really love this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good Oktoberfest; one I can drink quite a bit of in season, it's just held back from greatness.

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Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pils style glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a crystal clear shiny bright copper orange color with a ¼" tan head that soon recedes to small ring and minimal surface cover. Sipping leaves light speckled lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of rich bready caramel malt with faint spicy hop well integrated into the background

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and dominated by the bready malt that has a rich sweet caramel flavor and touches of nuttiness. This is backed up by faint hop spiciness which never dominates, just supports.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a light steady carbonation. The finish is medium length and mostly soft sweetness from the malt tapering off to a dry and lightly spicy end from the hops

Drinkability: I quite like this beer. It is very drinkable and well worth returning to. While it is not a challenging beer it is a solid well made beer and would serve well for an evening's drinking, dining and conversation with friends.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful opaque cider - red color with a very thick, fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention. Lacing very present. An amazing looking beer overall.

S - A very sweet, malty aroma overwhelms the nose. Predominantly roasted malts. Not too much else present here but very pleasant to the nose.

T - The taste lives up to the scent about spot on. A fairly sweet beer with dominant flavorings of roasted malts. Notes of caramel are present, especially on the back-end/ aftertaste it leaves.

M - Medium to full bodied beer, quite rich feeling. A decent blend of carbonation though slightly harsh for me. Very crisp beer.

O - First Oktoberfest style beer I've had before; wasn't sure what to expect buy enjoyed it very much. Would definitely like to try few other renditions of the style. The beer itself has a beautiful appearance and great tastes and scents, although I feel there is something missing. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my girl upon her return from a season in boston, a very timely deal she managed to get her hands on, i'd saved it to savour it with a friend and fellow beer lover.

So the pour was an instant reminder of the usual o-fest offerings the germans pull off. A nostalgic reminescence, since i haven't had my hands on anything of the sort in years now. Dark brown looking, fairly opaque almost dark wood toned, with a generous dark head that does however fade in a rather quick fashion.

The smell is a sweet and somewhat smokey roasted malt, a discrete participation from the hops here but nonetheless there; the overall is a sweet and grainly sensation.

However it struck me as interesting how little it correlates with the taste. one would expect a sweet caramel barley feel to hit you, but while the grainy, barley feel is there, the sweetness hardly is. The overall has a rather prune taste, just a tad sour and not sugary, and ever so slightly moldey. Very subtle hops at the end, hardly bitter at all. Indeed a full bodied and interesting mouthfeel, and a very well conceived beer by SA. too bad there's no chance of landing another one of those for a while for me.

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Photo of beeragent
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to other Oktoberfest beers, this tastes totally different IMO, and not in a bad way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass. The beer pours a dark copper/orange color, forming a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Very little lacing is visible. The aroma is malty, but also appears to have a bit of spices in the mix. Odd because I dont remember last years smelling this way, but its good. The taste is the same for the most part. Sweet malts up front, but still finishing with a sweet spicey/sugary finish. I'm confused as this doesnt taste like an Oktoberfest should. Light smooth mouthfeel. Aside from the odd characteristics mentioned above, this still seems to be a very tasty beer. Decent abv. and flavor make for a very sessionable beer. Overall, not bad. Not what I expected, but still suprised with a good tasting beer. Who could complain?

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Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive clear, dark copper/light brown with a small, short-lived head. Aromas are malty, mainly toasty with a faint earthiness; altogether the nose is more subdued than those of my style favorites. Taste is very good; I'd rate it higher if it weren't so simple. The toasty malts dominate the front palate, with a more balanced mid-palate, with a woodier taste on the finish. Texturally this beer is perfect, very full bodied, luxuriously carbonated; eminently drinkable.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to get this one, and I'm glad I did. Pours a hazy orangei-sh brown hue with respectable head and a little lacing. The aroma is molasses, cinnamon, a little clove, and unfortunately a decent bit of alcohol. The flavor is decently rich with more molasses and cinnamon. It's sweet but not as much as I was expecting. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin and lacks any noticeable carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. This is a fine O-Fest and I would reccomend it. Underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of slickmick22
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Octoberfest beer. I usually can't wait for it to come out each year.

Copper color with a 2 finger head with weak lace.

The aroma is a good malt, carmalized sugar and herbs. Somewhat earthy.

The taste is light toasty and cinnamon. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of airforbes1
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a robust, deep orange color. Very clear. The aroma has a biscuity smell, along with some floral hops. Good on both accounts.

This is only the third Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer I've had, but I'm impressed. The taste begins with toasted malt, has bitter hops in the middle, and finishes with a slight mineral notes. Flavorful, yet drinkable. I could see myself pounding these if I were in the right mood. A great beer at the price point.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- dark copper/amber in color. Pours a tan two inch head that has a pillowy/foamy texture to it.

aroma- Pretty high on the herbal/spice hops and some sweet caramel malts.

taste- Toasty/bready malts at first followed by a snap of spicy hop bitterness. Caramel malts are prevalent throughout.

feel- medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, clean, and easy to drink.

overall- very nice oktoberfest style beer that strikes a good balance balance between sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown...fitting for a fall brew, it's reminiscent of the color of autumn leaves. Head is lightly tan, dissipates gradually leaving a ring around the glass. Smell is malty, slightly earthy, with just a hint of hoppiness. Taste is much the same, malty with light notes of toffee and caramel, just noticeable, with a nice light hop bitterness and more of the earthy goodness. Mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and light...edging ever so slightly towards crisp, without really making it all the way. Drinkability is rather nice, the 5.7% ABV seems a little stronger than it is, this one has a nice warming effect without coming off as too strong. I'm not sure I could knock these back all night, but I certainly wouldn't pass one up.

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Photo of SargeC
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-gold brew with a dense, golden head.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of hops. Sweet toffee.

Taste: Very good representation of the style. Hearty, yet refreshing. Malt flavor dominates. Sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very refreshing.

Drinkablity: A well crafted brew. I wish that I could get more. This is a great session brew.

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Photo of taigor
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light clear amber with very minimal head. Leaves no lacing on the side of the mug.

S - Rich, grainy malt, with a hint of spice, fruit on the finish with light caramel; smooth, crisp aroma.

T - Sweet, roasted malt. Just enough hops for balance and tartness. Leaves hardly any aftertaste so you can dive right back in.

M - Medium body, lingers on the tongue.

D - These go down smooth. Very drinkable.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer, nothing more can be said. very strong flavor, appropriate for the octoberfest. strong with a nice taste, what more can you want? it's always a pleasure to see this coming out in the fall, i have to have some every fall, it's a one of a kind brew, good for the thanksgiving time of year.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color makes this beer appear warm and inviting. Sweet and malty, -well balanced. Also, very crisp in some ways. I drank it with a Bison burger, and it's flavor lasted until the end.

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber and crystal clear with a cream colored head that stays for a pretty good amount of time.

S: Toasted malts, malty, maybe some caramel not sure, I'm bad with the smells.

T: Tastes very malty and a good bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Very good carbonation level, goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable if you are only going to have a few, if you are going to have a lot may be too heavy.

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Photo of japcmiller
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a beautiful rich amber color with a lovely full head. Nicely carbonated as well.

Smell: As a sweet malty smell, with a slightly hoppy aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: Very sweet malty taste, while I have hops in the nose I do not get hops in the taste initially.

Mouthfeel: Has a very smooth and easy begin on the tongue but does finish with a slight bitterness to it. Does not have a clean finish.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I very much enjoy all the different styles of Octorberfest that many different brewerys put out the S.A. just makes me want to curl up in front of the tv watching some college football (Go Noles!) and watching the leafs change color. I will very much enjoy this beer again and again.

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Photo of gubbt
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a small white head.

Smell is sweet malts, toasted and caramel.

Taste is much the same. A nice spicy note from the hops emerges in the finish. Nice balanced taste.

Good weight, nice medium body.

This one is an easy quaffer. I liked this year's. It was my favorite Oktoberfest amongst the ones I tasted.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy head over a very amber body. Head fades quickly to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

Malty aromas, with biscuits and rye bread. Nice.

Taste is surprisingly malty throughout, with a dry-ish, hoppy-ish finish. This is my favorite-tasting O-fest to date. Really quite smooth. Maltier than other O-fests, and malt is good.

Nice fully round mouthfeel. Great palate presence.

Soooo drinkably smoooth. I want more now.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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