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 Bouleboubier
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

One of the better Sam Adams offerings in memory. Orange-tawny hue with a good inch-high head. I had to strain to smell anything for a few minutes. When the aroma faded in, it wasn't too bad - musty, yeasty, faintly boozy and medicinal. The flavor touches on the style pretty well. Sweet, dense, smooth malty base with some strong shortbread/butter cookie overtones and a spicy/zesty orange peel nip to it. Nice level of carbonation carries the malt feel and flavor quite well. Okay for a domestic - okay for SA.

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Photo of goalie33
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very nice orange/amber color. Not so much head.
S: Some slight aromas of malt, but nothing overly impressive.
T: Malty taste, not too much in the way of hops. It's good, but nothing special.
D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easy.

I'm not going to go running out to buy this again. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't especially good either.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep crystal clear amber with a fizzy, but durable white head. Some lacing.

S - Biting but very light hops, slight metallic malt aroma. Typical lager aroma.

T/M - Metallic malts and rather biting up front, but the subtler sweeter flavors come through after the initial vague hop bite. Mouthfeel is juicy and clean.

D - Very easy to drink. Light slightly sweet lager flavor and clean feel with low alcohol.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with one finger of sticky white foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is fruity, sweet.

First sip is also dominated by a fruity sweetness. I don't particularly like it. The fruity esters dominate, and there is a lingering sweet flavor. There is a nice body to the beer.

Having just had the Victory Festbier right before drinking this one, I find a huge difference between the two... Victory did it right.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. ok retention; some lacing.

nose is on the light side, but i get caramel malts and a touch of hops - can't distinguish much else. a bit disappointing.

flavor is an improvement, though not a big 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.

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Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with large head at first, then just a ring on the edge.

S: light smells of malt and spice, but not too much there.

T: tastes much better than it smells. Nice spices, malt, some bitterness, and a slight amount of fruity flavor. Finishes with malt all over in the aftertaste.

M: crisp feeling, but not over carbonated. Medium body.

O: decent brew, relatively cheap and available. I'd do it again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can ~$1.20. Dark amber color, good head, touch of lace. Aroma of wheat bread, yeast, ok. Flavor is slightly sweet, bready malts, thick. Overall I am not sure how well this represents the style since I suck at lagers but it was good enough last year that I made sure to buy some more this year.

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Photo of seansean95
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Harvest pack bottle
Most Samuel Adams have a pleasant apperance, this one is a dark golden amber with a finger of off white head with very slight lacing. The nose is pretty faint even as it warms, whats there is caramel, yeasty bread and a malts. The tast is Malty, caramel and toffee. Light bodied and well carbed. A good example of the marzen style.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A nice golden amber color with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is good. The head gets a little chunky after it settles.

S: Lots of malty sweetness. Just a hint of earthy hops at the end.

T: More of that malty sweetness with a earthy finish. Just enough hops to give it a bitter finish and balance some of the malt. This is one of those beers that offers no suprises, it tastes like it smells.

M: Highly carbonated with medium body. It does pretty well for the style but I might prefer a touch less CO2.

D: This is a solid brew but it's a bit boring. It's very drinkable and can be my go to fall beer. I like to use it to break up other harvest and pumpkin beers that can sometimes be over the top.

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Photo of gandres
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: dark amber reddish, small tan foam, lacing
Aroma:not a lot, hint of grains
Taste: low bitterness, some tartness
Mouth feel: lively carbonation, some tartness
Overall: very good marzen, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank: 9/16/2016 1:15 PM

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Best before Feb. 07 date.
After drinking this seasonal for many years, this is my first written review of this beer.

Appearance: light reddish-orange color with golden yellow highlights on the outer edges. Fine bubbled head dissipates quickly
to leave very slight lacing.

Smell: slight fragrance of sweet maltiness and nuts, caramel sweet.

Taste: well balanced hop bitterness to malty sweetness with slight alcohol at finish. Mild sourness also noted.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated makes for good mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the thin side.

Drinkability: mild mannered easy drinking Octoberfest. Always look forward to seeing this seasonal on the shelf.

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Photo of baldy00
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JizackFH
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a deep orange copper color. It has a decent sized off-white head on it, that left some good lacing behind as it fell.

S - It smells of sweet toasty malts and bready yeast. There are also some notes of toffee and hops.

T - The taste is toasted malty sweetness up front, and a bit of a hop presence in the finish. There are also notes of toffee, caramel, and some spices.

M - It has a light-medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth pretty well. It is smooth, creamy, crisp, and refreshing.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. The flavor is well balanced, and it goes down easy. I think this is a pretty good representation of the style, I'd try it again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams- Octoberfest

Appearance- Golden orange brown with a thin but sticky head.
Smell- Caramel malt with a touch of brown sugar.
Taste- Big buttery toffee malt. slight bitter earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet with a big malt flavor up front. flavor dissapates in the end.

Overall- Not a bad choice amongst the BMC at the bar. Not in my top 10 when going into the liqour store though.

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Photo of ChuckR343
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel color with a tan head which dissipates after a minute or two. No lacing left on my glass. Like others, I couldn't quite place the taste I was getting and I think buttery is a good description. A sharp malty taste with little hop flavor. Definitely drinkable, but not session-able as the aftertaste hangs around a little too long. I almost like the sweet malty smell better than the taste.

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Photo of matjack85
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 22oz brown bottle as a gift, so not sure of the price, but I have seen 6-packs in the store for $7.99, so it's not an expensive seasonal beer. A notch on the left side of the label will give you a best consumed by date. This bottle is notched for Jan. of 2012.

The beer pours a crystal clear red/amber color and produces a huge 4-finger light tan head, so be careful with the pour. Lacing is phenomenal.

Rather weak nose considering all the ingredients in here. Faint caramel and toffee is all I'm getting.

Brewed with 5 malts, it's not surprising that this beer is on the sweet side. Caramel and toffee are the dominant flavors. A slight roasted flavor is also present. With just 15 IBU's, there's not much hop presence.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation.

If you like your Oktoberfests sweet and malty, then you'll probably love this. I find it very drinkable, but only a little better than average.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber color, clear

Smell- sweet, malty

Taste- malty

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. Sam Adams usually does pretty good. Good beer for parties and getting together with lots of people and such, I would drink it again.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer that shouldn't be served super cold. Let it warm up a touch from the fridge.

A- Clear brown. Low head retention
S- strong aroma of caramel with a malt background.
T- Lot's of caramel! Great malty finish. Fairly filling.
M- Fine, sweet coating.
D- I wouldn't say I could power through a bunch. This is a nice seasonal treat a couple at a time.

I had to re-visit this beer. I originally never liked it much. And it was usually served to me quite cold. I just grabbed one from the basement, so it's probably around 52-ish (my basement is cold and un-finished heh) and I was surprised at the overwhelming caramel characters that I missed while it was cold. When it was cold it was almost a bit bitter/harsh and shallow. I'm glad I tried it again!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of theozag
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one on a whim at my sister's wedding rehearsal dinner last night, and I was impressed. Normally I use notes to complete these reviews, but today will have to go from memory. If I'm a bit less descriptive than normal, I appologize. Here's what I recall:

Appears in the glass a medium brown with slight amber hue. No solids or sediments, but a thin off-white head that fades to a pale ring around the inside of your glass.

Smell is pleasantly fruity and fairly apparent. Reminded me of a plant nursery in the springtime or a fruit tree i once climbed in.

Start is quiet tentative, but full-bodied and creamy. There's a strong malt base that immediately spreads over your tongue, giving the beer a more subtle flavor start than might have been expected from the smell.

Settles in your mouth with a generally enjoyable mouthfeel and some rich, sweet flavors. As I recall there was some caramel, cream, and lime to the taste.

Finish is bold, broad, and flavorful. This beer left me with my tastebuds in an uproar, and a long-lasting aftertaste that was about as good as any part of the beer itself. Generally speaking a good beer that I would recommend and will probably try again. To me it was just a little bit like and IPA without the incredible hop bitters.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked best before June 09.

Clear bubbly luminous amber with a large cream colored head which drops to a film quickly. Very attractive.

Scent unfortunately is hard to detect. All I get is a faint grassy odor.

Taste is caramel and toffee balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Diacetyl and perhaps a hint of toast. A slight peppery flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely carbonated up front becoming round and creamy.

Not the best Oktoberfest around but certainly not bad and I did enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice dark amber color with a tiny head that dissipates and disappears very quickly. Smells of nice carimaly malts, but not overly strongly. The taste is dominated by the malt, which is a bit darker, but not that strong toward any specific flavor. Definitely tastes like an Octoberfest, but nothing too special. Carbonation seems right, and it does go down well. Overall, a slightly above average beer. One that is a beer worth drinking, but not one to seek out.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid Octoberfest from our patriotic brewer. A brownish amber with a fluffy head and some apparent lace. The malt brought out a pleasant but faint odor of a grassy bready nature. The taste was sweet to the tongue but faded into something with a grainy bite. The hops were noble and slight, but for a top notch fest, I'd like something a bit cleaner with less aftertaste. I'd buy it again and will surely check out the draft version if a come across it.

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Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 7,479 ratings.
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