Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,474
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
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Photo of VariableStar
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of burnstar
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the sides and surface. Aroma is sweet carmel malt with some herbal hops. Taste has a nice sweet malty character with oasted and caramel malts. Some bitterness from hops in the finish. Balanced. Mouthfeel is medium. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall this is a solid oktoberfest.

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Photo of egrace84
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of forshamegetit
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a coppery clear amber with a decent off-white, slightly orange head. Aroma is malty with hints of hops and spice. Flavor is firmly malty and has touches of hops and toffee and even a nutty hint. Texture is fairly smooth and rather fizzy and lively. A good beer for the season.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of megahurts4
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Appearance: amber, small head, and decent lacing.

Smell: yeast and malt grain.

Taste: malty grain, spices, and a slight hops.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. There is a lot of malt character and also some spice and hops.

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Photo of Mark
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber/copper color was topped by a thin head that left zero lacing. Nice malty aroma with some hop wafting up from the glass, much more aromatic than most lager types. Solid malty taste and the Golding hops shine through, good food beer too. Smooth, ful bodied but not thickish, refreshing as a lager should be. Sam Adams might have become a macro-micro, but one thing is assured, one is always assured of a decent beer.

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Photo of berley31
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer several times this season, so had forgotten that I actually hadn't gotten around to reviewing it...

A: Poured with a small head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. No real lacing to speak of. Body is an amber/brown color, and almost completely clear.

S: Nice aroma of sweetness and malt... smells like there may be some caramel in there.

T: Mostly sweet, as it pretty much starts out and extends this way... again, some caramel tones in there. Finishes with a very slight bitter taste. Basic, but overall pretty enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with an oily texture, and soft carbonation.

D: I've enjoyed this beer every time I've had it... it doesn't knock you for a loop with originality, but it's easy to drink and definitely a very solid beer. I'll buy it again next fall if I get the chance.

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Photo of BB1980
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of marcfromphilly
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very nice orange/amber color with an impressive white head that lingers down to the last drop. It leaves lacing up and down the glass. The smell is pleasant but mild. The only other Fest/Marzen beer I have tried is the Weeping Radish Fest Amber Lager The Sam Adams is much more full bodied (although still a fairly light beer). This beer tastes better than the Fest and does not leave the metallic aftertaste I noticed with the Fest. Light beer...good taste...good mouthfeel...no unusual after-taste. Sounds like something I could deal with in mass quantities. I would order this one at an Oktoberfest and look forward to finishing the rest of the 6 pack. All in all a good beer.

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Photo of chris826
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubishark
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this quite a few times and didn't realize until now that I never rated it here. It's orangey amber, smells like malt/bread, tastes sweet and smooth, also like malts and bread, feels medium-light (aka very drinkable). Probably my second favorite widely-available American Oktoberfest, after Sierra Nevada of course.

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Photo of louiebianchi
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Weston19
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Dark copper, about a two finger head that had great retention throughout the entire time. Very clear as well.

S: Malty, bready, slight hint of caramel.

T: Sweet, very bready and biscuity, caramel, hardly any hop flavor or bitterness.

MF: Smooth, creamy, no alcohol taste, and no bitterness.

O: This is a great Oktoberfest beer and I thought the strong malty flavor was great for this style of beer. I've had other beers of this style but this Sam Adams version has more robust flavor in my opinion. A good beer to have with lightly seasoned meats and poultry.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the caramel notes, just enough, not overbearing. Goes down smooth and leaves you appreciating it enough to have another or maybe another, another.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Amber/burnt orange witha thick white head. Decent lacing,C02 bubbles evident.

S_Bready malt, spice, floral hops.

T_Bready/biscuit malt, caramel, spicy malt, floral hops. Slight roasted flavor.

M_Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D_Good okto to pick up if you are going to be drink in excess or have a low budget. Definitely not the best okto but works.

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Photo of Hesperus
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A clear, dark copper body with one finger of somewhat lasting head that dissipated into a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, roasty.

Taste: Follows nose very closely, roasty, malty, caramel. Next to no hops present, but far from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, yet very drinkable. This beer has moderate carbonation and no alcohol detectable on the palate.

Overall: There's nothing that I can say bad about this beer, yet not a whole lot that I am overwhelmed by. This is a highly drinkable, enjoyable beer that warrants multiples at a party or other get together. There is some amount of excitement surrounding this beer's release every year that can only be justified by it being the most readily available yet tasty example of this style.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, creates 1 in. rocky foam off-white head, quickly dissapates. Has a very ruby/amber color to it, maybe even more so than a Killian's, but very attractive. Very malty in the nose, sweetness, but not much else. The taste is mostly of these sweet malts, with a slight aftertaste of hops. If I were blindfolded though I would guess this beer was an Amber Ale, there is not a very strong or distinct alcohol kick to it, mostly sweet malt blend. Overall, a very good choice.

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Photo of tzieser
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i saw this at a nearby corner store....i had to grab it. Octoberfest can be extremely hard to find in the off season....especially when they're already pushing out the White Ale. I'm glad they didnt get rid of this stuff. the "best if drank by" date isnt until march

pours a deep amber, slightly copper color with a small one finger head that gives way to a small lacing

smells of sweet malts...some caramel maybe. the smell is a bit watery....not bad though..this could be due to it's maturity

tastes good. very malty, as it should be. the complex malts give it a rich, slightly sweet flavor. i really like the aftertaste too. very good flavor overall

mouthfeel is good. still slightly carbonated even though its a little old. i'm glad to see it didnt go flat.

drinkability is outstanding. i could drink a bunch of these.

overall- this is an above average octoberfest. i always grab one at least once a month or so when it's around and i'm always looking forward to the next batch. keep em comming.

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Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge Octoberfest fan but, hey, it's october. Had an imperial pint of this and it's a very solid beer. Great dark copper color, very good two finger head, great marzen flavor and good mouthfeel and drinkability. I don't think I'd choose this over a Munich house beer but otherwise it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty looking beer with a crystal clear copper color with 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.

Smell - Pleasant malty and bready smell with some sweet notes

Taste - This is a good Marzen. Nice flavors, some crispness in the finish.

Mouthefeel - A little light and watery but for the style its fine.

Overall - I think SA did a good job with their Octoberfest Marzen. One of their more noteable beers of late.

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Photo of beergynt
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to see the distintive blue/white/orange bottle come out this time of year! The '07 model seems to be appealing to me more than the previous years have. Perhaps my BAness has just given me more appriciation for the malty side of things...

Poured into a SA Lager glass (Thanks Bros and Jim!) a crystal clear, reddish orange topped by a healthy two inches of delicate head (large bubbles, lots of air space) that dissipated fairly quickly... Wonderful spicy nose that somehow made think of football and pumpkins. A little residual heat in the nose as well...
The maltiness is balanced quite well with the Noble hop character. I think that perhaps the hops come through a little more than in previous years... But the balance is so close that I can actually feel the middle of my tongue doing a little dance between it's sweet side and it's bitter side and smacking the roof of my mouth after swallowing. I am a big fan of this beer and can't wait to dirnk a few when the temperature starts to dip into the 40s and I can start donning some Bears gear!!

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,474 ratings.
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