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 ThaBobfather
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear orangeish color with about a quarter inch of dissipating beigeish head.
Smell is sweet, with some syrupy aroma, like maple and caramel.
Taste is also sweet. Malt is helped with a nice sampling of maple, and some brown sugar.
Finish is a little muddy with a decent sweet after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, a definite sessioner.

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Photo of pgolcher
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arsenal82
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured an amber/copper color with little to no head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation. The smell was of caramel, orange peel. Hops were present to balance out the malts. It went down smooth, but a bit watered down. A little carbonation feel on the tongue and with a bitter aftertaste. It goes pretty good with the Autumn weather up here in New England.

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Photo of jebrew
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a sparkling, deep amber jewel of a beer with a loose, sandy head that quickly vanishes. A deep, leathery malt aroma is met with soft fruity hops and is faint in the nose. It is medium bodied, soft and syrupy with a soft carbonation. The finish is a little scratchy. Good balance. It's almost like an ESB. The roast malt blends with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is green like an unripe orange and some arbor vitae. There is a subtle sweetness that lies beneath it all. It's boozy toward the end of the taste. This is some serious swill!
(rated Aug 28, 2007)

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Photo of Volstead
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Traditional Marzen with copper coloration, bread smell and sweet malt flavor. Good choice for a fall evenings. Surprisingly the carbonation and head was sparse and almost nonexistent. Regardless, I still enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of swellcat
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aval89
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber with 2 finger head.. carbonation clinging to the glass..head settled to a thin film.

S: sweet malts..toffee.. slightly metallic.. hint of noble hops.. some spice.

T: toffee & sweet malts upfront.. slightly toasty malts in the mid palate.. finishes sweet with some hops & a slightly metallic twang..a bit chalky as well.. the spice is minimal but is mostly present towards the finish

Mf: light medium body .. smooth carbonation..

O: a decent beer.. nothing to exciting though.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale orange with a small head.

Aroma: Malty caramel and some mild fruity hops and some grassiness.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with toasted bread, malts, a slight hint of citrus hops and the warmth of the alcohol in the finish.

Overall: I am not the biggest fan of Samuel Adams beers (except the Scotch Ale which I LOVE), but I have to admit, this one is pretty good. Easy drinking and crisp, this is a beer that I could drink all night long. A good domestic take on a German Octoberfest style beer. This one is a keeper. Cheers!!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on Thanksgiving 2008 and poured from the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Feb. 09. The color was a cooper-orange mixture with lively carbonation and light, puffy tan head. The aroma was of sweet malts but nothing spicy to speak of. The mouthfeel was creamier than I expected but again not real spicy senssation in the taste. It tased more like an English bitter.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by February 2012 into a Bell's tulip.

Copper, very clear. Small head.

Smells like sweet, lighter caramel-flavored malt.

Taste is sweet malts, some caramel. A darker malt character kick in in the finish and leaves notes of peat-y, fruity malt characters. A bit sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is medium and light for the style.

I used to love this beer, but it's become a bit boring over the years as my tastes have developed. Still, if I see this on draft at a restaurant with a non-impressive selection, it's my go-to. But it's average or so for the style.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA's interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen lager is good but not great.

Color is solid with the traditional auburn/copper color with a carbonated head that quickly melts to a few islands floating on the top.

Smell is of malt and more malt, with a hint of hops/fruit on the end.

The taste is good but a bit lite and the malt character is just a bit off for my taste. Hops are there on the end which is nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and I have actually just purchased a couple of cases for poker night with the fellas, some of which think Bud Light is beer. I think they'll like it.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice and easy drinking oktoberfest that is better than I remember.
The appearance is a nice amber color with some carbonation bubbling up.
The aroma is sweet and nutty caramel malt.
The tastes follow with the caramel maltiness being predominant.
The palate is light with some lingering sweetness.
Overall a decent oktoberfest that I could have a couple of.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly smooth, easy-going palate features some nice caramel, a tasty toasted malt character, and just a touch of nuttiness.

Nicely toasted with a great caramel character. As with many Sam Adams brews, this one isn’t the absolute best example of the style, but it’s a pretty faithful interpretation and quite solid in general. I know a few macro drinkers who make a wise exception and pick up some of this one when it comes out.


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Photo of BostonHops
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a clear, deep amber tone with a finger and a half of light beige head; modest retention and lacing.

nose is on the mild side, but i get elements of caramel malt and a touch of hops - can't distinguish much else. a bit disappointing. flavor is an improvement, though not a huge one. there's a bit of a metallic note that i don't much care for, but the malts come through a bit stronger as well as some bready yeasts and notes of hops. not as good as i remember this being in past years.

mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. sort of thin, medium carbed. drinkability is up there on the basis of being able to knock back a few; the question is whether or not you'd want to. an OK beer but i think there are many better takes on the style out there.

original review on: 09-07-2010

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T_Hass
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lic217
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: SMALL head, nice lacing, orange/red very clear
Smell: bread and caramel
Taste: Same as smell, plus a little Spicey, ends with sweetness
Feel: very drinkable
Overall: I can drink it but not a big fan

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass. Poured clear orange-brown, with a finger and a half of foamy head. Not much residual lacing as it receded. Smelled strongly of malt with a little caramel, nothing else notable. Dominant taste were sweet malts, with a small bit of spiciness and a little hop bitterness. Had a good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with decent carbonation.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is what I call my old stand by Oktoberfest. It's definately a good example of the style, especially for a mass produced beer. I personally have used this one as a "gateway" beer on some of my friends who just drink Coors Light, Natty, and such swill as that. All of them pretty much enjoy this one.

It's got a nice little creamy head on it that has some retention, but not too much. The taste is definately a bit better this year, with a more abundance of caramel, roasted malts, and some light fruits intertwined. The past few years for this beer have been rather ho-hum, with faintness abound. Overall, this years brew of Oktoberfest is definately a great step in the right direction.

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Photo of Oakley
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyV
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-orange with a thin fizzy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet, smells of bread and a hint of honey. Very faint floral hoppiness started to become apparent after some warming.

Taste is very malty, more specifically bready malt with a touch of sweetness and spice. Couldn't pick up very much in the way of hops.

Thin-bodied and slightly overcarbonated IMO.

Goes down very easy despite the maltiness, but I just wish there was a touch more hoppiness to balance things out and add a layer of complexity.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's that time of year again! They were pouring this against the Spaten Oktoberfest at Bar 35 last night, and though it didn't match up very well, it made me appreciate certain aspects of this beer that I've loved to hate on in the past.

Poured a clear amber, not much head, but decent wispy retention on the glass. Smelled of biscuity malts, a bit of diacetyl, and a light earthy hop. Pretty appetizing. Tasted a bit watery, or as someone else said last night, "spun out". Slightly slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, this year's offering from BBC does go down easy. Not my favorite style to begin with, for better or worse, this has become the standard American interpretation thereof, but it loses a lot of the roasty-toasty characteristics that make the German Marzens so flavorful.

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Photo of Vivs85
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shekletona
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,691 ratings