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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 midtownmphs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops along with some toffee and caramel malt.

The flavor is not quite what I expected. I get a lot of toffee, caramel and bready malt - as expected - but I also get some cinnamon and allspice. I have had this beer numerous times over the years and I never remember it having the spicy components. Regardless, it was very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's - West, enjoyed on NFL opening night

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...big clear amber body, pretty dark, creamy beige-tan head with a lot of retention and very nice lacing

smell: toasted malt, carmamel, earthy leaf aroma, light hop presence behind the scenes, apple, wood. Overall pretty faint

taste: Well, It's not mindblowing but its pretty well made and very enjoyable. Bold toasted malt dominates the flavour, very seasonal feel with a twig/leaf thing going on that works out well, roasted nuts, caramel apple, thick malt backed by noble hops. I like it.

mouthfeel: medium-full body, slick but smooth

drinkability: high, good fall seasonal

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.

First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.

Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.

A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a large frothy, slightly of-white head. Mostly fades away after a few minutes but has a little bit of lacing.
Aroma is sweet malts. Caramel and barley.
Taste matches the aroma. Quite malty, as expected. Caramel. Slightly bready and somewhat sweet with even a hint of raisin-y flavor.
Soft and creamy on the palate> medium body. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Very subdued and underlying hops bitterness towards the end. Overall a very solid seasonal from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NICKV1117
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never tried Samuel Adams Octoberfest until it showed up at the local Ralph's. Really like this brew. Nice deep amber color. Pleasant smell. The taste took a little getting used to but soon became a very nice series of flavors. Malty, slightly fruity and a touch of caramel. Great carbonation. Give it a try.

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Photo of Erish
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a large pint glass at Famous Daves in Bolingbrook. Reviewed from notes.

A: clear amber color with reddish highlights, the thick head falls into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: toasted grain, less fruity than the bottled version, with a nice earthiness and a zesty floral/herbal hop note.

T: plain unbuttered popcorn, toast, good malty sweetness, orchard fruit, a nice earthy hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Marzen. Better than the bottled varieties.

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Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

A: Pours a dark, hazy chestnut with thin patches of off-white head.

S: Strong biscuity sweet malts, a bit of citrus acerbity.

T/M: Like an English digestible biscuit, sweet malts dominate. A little bit of a hop bite ensues with just a touch of green tea bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, not anything spectacular either. A very run-of-the-mill oktoberfest.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drotski
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark amber color. Nice head that quickly faded, but left nice lacing.

Nice aroma of malt with a hint of hops and fresh grain.

Nice flavor, malty sweet, and well balanced at the same time. Definitely has a fresh taste to it, a hint of grains.

Feels in the mouth, not too thick or thin, nice carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a copper colored body with an off-white almost tan head. The head is creamy and has a lot of staying power as does the lace. It has a metallic sweet aroma with a little bit of a hoppy fruit smell. For an American style Marzen this is good. It has a roasty malt flavor at first with some metallic tones but not as bad as the aroma. It is a sweet beer for the most part but there some good hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little slick with some carbonation. My only complaint is it being metallic.

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Photo of Srqdavid
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickJR
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a Sam Adam's pint glass.

A - Clear, deep amber with a finger or two of white head. Retention is decent with some lacing.

S - Vague sweetness; some dark bread in there a long with a slightly nutty aroma.

T - Sweet and a little buttery. A nice toasted malt overtone. Some dark bread from the nose as well, with a hint of spicy hops creeping up in the background.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer. Decent flavor but certainly not too much to think about at the bar.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, deep amber orangish/red color. Foamy white head pours about one finger thick. head shrinks about 2 or 3 minutes after being poured. Left some decent lacing. Aromas of malt, citrus, spice, and a trace of hops are all present here. Sweet tastes of malt, caramel, citrus, a hint of spice, and a touch of hops all balance each other nicely. Leaves a somewhat dry aftertaste. Has a nice crispy and frothy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Another good solid brew from Sam Adams, but nothing special either.


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Photo of VictorWisc
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like I'm the first to review the canned version (no bottle experience for comparison--I've had it in bottles, but over 5 years ago and avoided it since).

Pours very nice dark amber with ample medium-grained tan-orange head that does not stick around. No visible carbonation in the glass (aside from the head); some lacing, but fairly minor.

Smells distinctly of malt with a clear burnt orange note. Dank acidic smell follows.

Taste is a similar combination of sweet and toasted malt, orange and an additional note of cooked winter squash (or pumpkin). This turns into a briny feel on the back of the tongue with a fairly acrid finish of burnt wood and characteristics of medium-rye bread, but sweet malt finish. Once the malt clear, the orange and squash return in aftertaste and linger for a while, along with what feels like fermented corn.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation--nothing "refined" about this beer. Alcohol is far more pronounced than 5.3% ABV would suggest. Definitely neither smooth nor crisp, but certainly dry.

Not sure if this is the best representative of Oktoberfest style. Some pleasant effervescence and sweet notes are offset by excessive booziness and bitterness that is more closely associated with cheap AALs. Bitterness can be offset a bit by drinking the beer cold, but some of the bock nuances are then lost. Freshness is not an issue as this was in the first week of the very first can release, so something else is going on that makes this beer somewhat unbalanced. My initial reaction was negative, but this beer somewhat grows on you. Not sure if I would consider this for further bulk purchase (bought a 12-pack this time). I would prefer more hops bitterness in this than the burnt wood taste that I got, but it maybe characteristic of the style they are trying to follow. Distinctly tastes and looks like autumn, so the brewer certainly succeeded on that account. Probably best left to seasonal mixed pack--no need to get a mono 12

NB EDIT: Following some experimentation, found that this tastes best from a tall glass (and straight from the can!), not from more traditional beerware. The "burnt wood" taste is gone and sweet maltiness came to the forefront instead. Just to be sure, tried it in some other glassware combinations and confirmed the acrid burnt wood flavor in all but tall ice tea glass and can. Not something I would have expected. Tall glass also brings back the bock character that I initially expected and reduces the booziness. Upgraded the scores accordingly.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a bubbly, beige head that disappears rather quickly. The head leaves some slight lacing around the glass, but not much, and it doesn't stick around either.

The color of this fall brew is a rich copper.

For a nose, there is a deep smell of the roasted malts. I also get a hint of caramel.

Taste echoes the nose. This beer is very heavy on the malt flavors, but there is also decent balance of hoppy bitterness at the end of the taste.

This is a very smooth beer. Octoberfest has a light carbonation, and goes down easy. This is one seasonal that you can drink multiple pints and not get sick of it, or be overpowered by gimmicky seasonal flavoring.

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Photo of barleyman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. Rich mahogany reddish brown with a small amount of dark white head which quickly dissapates. Smell is of toffee and caramel sugar. Raisiny caramel flavors are a bit more pronounced than the average German Maarzen. Hop balance is correct for the style. Body is also a touch more intense than the German counterpart. Drinkability would only be improved if there were 250 fellow drinkers singing oom pah songs and munching roasted chicken and pretzels.

just a thought,


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Photo of NeutroMan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pinstripes in Glenview (sitting in the Adirondack chairs by their fire pit). Served in a straight pint glass. Reviewed from notes 18 September 2009.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color with decent sized head that recedes to a persistent cap and leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell: Some caramel malts, toasted bread and moderate herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Consistent with the nose - sweet malts, slightly metallic taste. Some herbal hop spiciness. Like most Boston Beer Co offerings, malts and hops are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Malts are a bit chewy.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of dandy14
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mrboges49
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Torreon10
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of gordavidson
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear, orange/ amber liquid. It almost seems to glow a little bit. A great, slightly off-white head that retains for quite some time. Good rising streams of carbonation.

S- Sweet, malty, brown sugar, bready. Nothing astounding here, but its not bad in any way.

T- Malty with some brown sugar. Clean and crisp. Definitely makes me think of fall. It does have a certain Sam Adams-ness to it.

M- Clean and crisp. Sweet, but not cloying. Dry enough to keep you coming back for more.

D- A little sweet, but this is great on a little cooler day. I enjoyed this much more this year that I did last year.

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Photo of MatthewMoskal
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap, this was a clear deep copper with a quickly diminishing tan head and decent lacing. nose is mostly of clean caramel malts-appealing, but not much else going on that is discernable. per the style, the malt character and sweetness predominates but somehow still feels balanced overall . almost medium in body and quite quaffable. just had a couple of these and this offering quickly became my favorite of the sam adams line.

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