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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 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

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a faint 1F of off-white head over a deep copper/amber colored body. No carbonation present. Head fades to ring with no carbonation. No lacing.

This really lacks any discernable aroma. Got my nose right into it, and barely pulled out a whiff of caramel malt and toffee.

Clean on the palate. Like the aromas, flavor was also pretty light, but good. Slightly toasty, with some light fruits, and a light amount of floral and grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was lively.

Drinkability is good - again, I could use a touch more in the aroma and even flavor, but it's quite drinkable and pretty good for the style.

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

Amber color with a quickly shrinking off-white colored head. Decent lacing.

Sweet malty/bready aroma with notes of caramel/toffee and some toast.

Tastes of malt, caramel and toast. Light bitterness. Light/medium carbonation.

Tastes best if served cold.

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

#132. One of the most highly anticipated Samuel Adams selections, I have been preparing to consume this beer for a very long time now. I've been looking far and wide for an Oktoberfest that satisfies my palate, and have as of yet been largely unsuccessful. I got mine as a part of the Autumn Harvest Variety Pack for a meager $13.99. This is my first selection (of 4) from that pack (Not including previously-reviewed Boston Lager and Irish Red).

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Rigorous pour yields a frothy 1.5 finger off-white mild cream tone depth head of a light consistency. Retention is average, casually declining as it condenses, until it recedes to a thin surface cover in a few minutes. Minor speckled lacing is left behind on head level. The color is a deep gold-orange with some peach champagne tones. Clarity is crystal clear with medium carbonation and no impurities to the naked eye. The head quality could improve, but otherwise this looks appropriate for an Oktoberfest. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma consists mainly of clean grains, mostly amber, medium crystal and some pale malts and reminiscent of that characteristic caramel tone that most Samuel Adams lagers have. Warming also reveals some mild toffee and roasted nut tones, mild but certainly present. Aside from the sweet toffee, potency is mild, and should tone up significantly to improve this score. Smells slightly more full bodied than the average lager, but then again, that's essential to what makes Oktoberfests so distinctive. In that respect, it meets. 3

(Taste) Taste consists of a mildly roasted sweet amber malt and toasted nut introduction followed through with a lingering caramel finish with an earthy hop twang. The flavors are very mild but balanced enough to avoid tasting "watered down". Not surprisingly, this beer swings to the sweet end of the spectrum in terms of taste. Therefore, while the taste lies on the more passive end of Oktoberfests in terms of body, it does so with an interest of accessibility to most casual beer drinkers while also maintaining an interest in decent quality for the more stringent of folks, as with me. I'm not very impressed, but its a decent session beer in the end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A medium crispness in the beginning, calming down to a laid back mild carbonation in the finish. Finish also has what I'd consider a "dry nutty" tone to it that, of course leaves the finish dry. It's not what I'd call "smooth", but rather of a mildly watery consistency, a very lager-like clean feeling, as lagers are largely expected to be. Body is medium, on par with comparing Oktoberfests as there's some substance to this one. Alcohol is well concealed save for a slight alcohol tingle on the tongue and in taste that comes by larger gulps. As before mentioned, it's a decent session take for an autumn beer assuming you enjoy the simplicity of Oktoberfests. I find the mouthfeel to pair well with the taste. 4

(Overall) Not an Oktoberfest to knock my socks off, but it's not lacking in content, just in distinction. If you're an Oktoberfest fan, I can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this but it sticks quite strictly to the seemingly tight-knit standards of Oktoberfests, making it just another beer in a large line-up of very similar takes on the not-so-diverse lager style. For less than $1.50 a bottle, it's a good session choice, but for a real autumn treat, something more adventurous should fit the season better. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
B- (3.4)

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

Certainly lives up to its autumnal theme. Rich brown le, topped with a light brown head that pour thick with decent hangtime.

The aroma is a little thin. There are notes of malt there and some hops, but everything seems to have the volume turned down.

The label of the bottle mentions four types of malts in the brew, and it certainly shows in the taste. Sweet and malty, with a barely there notes of hops. Decent body and a finish that bears out the hops a little more.

Overall, not a bad brew. I don't particularly care for overly malty beers but this isn't bad. I could see knocking back a few outdoors when the air has a decided nip to it.

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

Seasonal bomber poured into a glass mug.

A: Beautiful clear coppery gold with a huge rocky off-white head.

S: Sweeter malts and signature Marzen note of autumn...malt malt and more malt, toasted bread crust slight graininess, faint suggestion of herbal hops...

T: Bready from start to finish, faint hint of roasted malt character but its more toasted...toasted grain, low bitterness, light but constant sweetness.

MF: Watery refreshing lighter medium mouthfeel, low carbonation and clean finish with just the slightest bit of dryness.

O: The sweetness is constant but subdued. Very malty but not the malt profile I prefer. Overall its decent but unremarkable.

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

Drank from autumn seasonal pack, bought from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a standard US pint glass. Best before February 2012.

Pours a 1cm head, eggshell white in color, of medium-sized bubbles. Decreases over a minute to reveal a decent, if small amount of lacing. Residual is a ring around the glass. Body is a reddish amber color with orange highlights. Transparent with active carbonation.

Aroma is of very sweet maltiness and not much else.

Taste opens up with an aggressive amount of malt sweetness tempered with a background of herbal and semi-spicy hoppiness. Mid-taste of almost cloying sweetness with little hop presence. Aftertaste is of some breadiness. Would have liked something more than just sweetness and faint hops in the taste, like some more noticeable breadiness or biscuit character.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, this is quite pleasant on the palate. Finish is dry.

A fairly satisfying American Oktoberfest, good, but not great. A bit cloying on the sweetness: not sure what malt profile they used, but I might tone it down a notch and focus on getting a few more flavors and scents into the batches.

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Photo of Stableatbest
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndreasDif
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of silenz
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zdk9
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Into the mug with gusto- a finger of cream white head atop a deep bronze colored liquid.

S- A weak smell with some notes of generic soft wheat bread, and malt syrup. I realize a mug might not be the most conducive to aromas, but even so I'm really struggling to pick up much of anything.

T- Here the beer shines through- there's caramel, overripe cherry, sourdough bread. A good bit of malt flavors, and some bitter earthy hops to boot. Mostly the caramel is the strongest, but not in an overbearing way at all.

M- Fairly sweet and syruppy. I think I could live with that in a stronger beer/O-fest, but it doesn't quite fit this one.

O- A decent Ofest with some good flavors, just not quite enough power in the aroma, and the mouthfeel was kind of off for me.

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Photo of Muellerbier
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice oktoberfest

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Photo of wlfmaldon1
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KeithE
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mendoz3
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Saraelaine
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MickeyKnox
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Flying Dog to Gordon to Karl to Sam, we enter the last beer of the American Oktoberfest Invitational, the tasting which I sample some of the marzen's of the bigger American craft breweries. Before I go on, I will say that this is the first SA Oktoberfest I've had in three years, which is the longest stretch I've gone without tasting a beer that I already sampled. To some, that may not sound long, but I've only been able to legally drink for only a slightly longer time. That will end very soon. Is SA Oktoberfest as good as I remember? On to the beer:

Poured into a stange, the beer's color is darker than other maarzen's with its rich amber red color. The head on top is semi-creamy/semi-fuzzy. It slowly drops. Light in the nose. There is some "raw" hop leaf crawling in the nose with weak notes of malty goodness. Where are my malts? Will I taste them?

Oh yes, I taste them, though on the lighter side. Bread crust and sweet King's Hawaiian rolls lead the way in this smooth, medium bodied beer. It's slightly fruity, and very faint alcohol hints itself on the palate. Dry biscuit malt finishes off the journey.

In the land of marzen's, SA Oktoberfest will hold its own given its distribution, freshness, and price advantage. Not as heavenly as I remember three years ago, but still very servicable and easy drinking. (In case you were wondering, Boréale Blonde is now the beer I haven't sampled in the longest time, dating back to December 2006.)

The American Oktoberfest Invitaitonal comes to end with these four beers, and now is the time to crown a winner. And the winner is....

Gordon Biersch Festbier!

No leftover marzen's at this Oktoberfest, and in the end, the guy who tells you not to trust a skinny brewer takes it all. Hope you're all full of pretzels and potato salad (and beer!) after this invite. Good night everyone!

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Photo of dogfishbrawler
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of heliocopter
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brewnme
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,706 ratings