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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,975
Reviews:
2,183
Ratings:
7,607
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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Ratings: 7,607 |  Reviews: 2,183
Photo of PaleZombie
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very nice copper to orange color pouring about one finger of foamy head that stuck around. Very clear.

S - Caramel and toffee malts with a slight grassy hop backbone. Not too strong of a nose.

T - Big, bold, sweet caramel and toffee malts, slight grassy and citrus hop finish. Tasty!

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation. Very sessionable.

O - This was a very tasty beer, perfect for when you want something with allot of malty flavor but still want something that's very drinkable.

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Photo of acevenom
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear copper with a biege white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There's a strong roasted barley malt aroma in the nose. I also detect some mild sweetness and grassy hops. The beer is very bready up front. There is some mild sweetness and the hops bring some balance on the back end. The aftertaste is also pretty malty. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer. I still look forward to this one every year.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering from Sam Adams, which I normally don't like all that much.

Pours a deep clear copper with a fluffy head and a few little streamers of carbonation. The aroma is nice and robust - malty, biscuity, with some floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is malty and rich, particularly for a beer that pours so clear. There is some spice from the hops, a slightly gingerbready character from the malt. The mouthfeel is solid and chewy, a satisfying beer with a small bite of carbonation. It finishes with a pleasant, spicy burn down the back of the throat.

A drinkable beer with a nice fall-like flavor.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange amber color; nice head; sheet lacing
S: malty, sweet, bready
T: very spiced; hoppy and complex; not very sweet
M: the sparkly spiciness makes the mouth hum
D: very inviting

This would pair nicely with something sweet and unspiced, say an ordinary pumpkin pie.

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Photo of rarevos
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here! Oh, I mean, the Oktoberfests are here! The Oktoberfests are here! A bit early, it seems, but with the temperatures in the mid 60's for the last few days, drinking an Oktoberfest seems pretty appropriate.

A: Pours a rich orange-amber. One finger of off-white head (a bit creamier looking than just white head) and it had decent staying power. Light lacing once it did bubble out.

S: Rich and malty. Has some spice at the front of the nose, and a touch of buttered toast.

T: Sweet at the front, with some pumpin and nutmeg spiciness in the middle coupled with a biscuity flavor. Finish is lightly bitter with a warm toastyness.

M: A bit buttery, but otherwise medium-bodied.

D: It's not terribly refreshing, so a chilly fall day is about the only time this sounds appealing to me. But it is certainly appealing, and I'll make my way through most of this six-pack today while it stays in the mid to high 60's.

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Photo of deuschbag
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored into its own octoberfest mug. nice copper color with good head retention. smell is of spices and a little alcohol. taste is very pleasant. lots of spices. overall this is a nice mellow brew. i could definitly drink plenty of these and feel very good.

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Photo of garuda
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper, very thin white head that had virtually no retention or lacing.

S/T - Rich, toasty, bready malts with a little graininess. A little bit of hops to finish it off at the end.

M - Medium to light in body, medium carbonation, finishes clean and dry.

D - Nice and easy to drink, a solid benchmark for the style. I probably would get this again.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this not too long ago. Definitely a beer I enjoy to drink around autumn, so it was a nice reminder of crisp, cool autumn days.

Good looking beer. Pours a molten copper color with fair head retention.

Strong malted barley smells. Almost intoxicating. Mild hop presence also.

Good tasting beer. Smooth and easy to drink. Roasted, almost chocolate-like taste of malt with a tad bit of hoppiness. Reminds me of being outside raking leaves in October/November.

Great session beer and really indicative of the season/style it represents. Maltiness will warm the soul on a crisp autumn day.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Malty and clean. Hints of toffee and caramel. Not much hop nose at all.

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep reddish copper hue. White head retention that lasts.

Flavor: Munich malt, toffee and caramel flavors, complex malty sweetness that smothers the delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that's silky on the tongue with a medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: Malt lover's dream, is what Sam Adams calls it. Very clean fermented lager. Octoberfest beer is actually a stronger version of the Vienna Lager known as a Marzen. These beers are usually brewed in March, femented and aged until the September and October months. I remember last years being a little bit sweeter, but this years is really good.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Enjoy before Feb of 2008.

Pours a slightly darker color than traditional German. The taste has a little more of a bite... I'm not sure if it's more of a toasty malt or if it's mostly due to a little higher carbonation. I think it's a combo of both. A nice tasty take on the oktoberfest style, though maybe suffers in drinkability a bit over some of the standards like Ayinger, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr.

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09-30-2006
overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall spaten oktoberfest glass.

A beautiful crystal clear dark burnt orange with very small and easily dissipating off white head. Aroma is a little toasty. The taste is pretty bready, hops don't contribute much. This is very smooth and easy to go down. Bitterness if pretty low. Body is on the lighter side of medium but the carbonation seems perfect.
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Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish-red, nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of caramel sweetness, earthy grain, toasted biscuit, touch of breadiness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt followed by a nice wave of earthiness. Some brown sugar, molasses and touch of dark fruit. Bitterness is very low, ends fairly sweet with just a touch of grain and more caramel. Mouthfeel is pretty moderate, perfect for the style.

A very nice octoberfest, nothing special but works nicely altogether. Very sessionable as an octoberfest should be. A perennial favor.

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Photo of rbarrett86
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Has a nice frothy head that leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell is bready malt and some earthy notes. A bit of spice from something as well.

Taste is sweet caramel like malts and a touch of fruity hoppiness.

This is a tasty beer. One of the better Octoberfests I've had this year. Recommended.

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Photo of punky796
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark reddish-amber color, about 3/4 finger of head, but I've poured more aggressively in the past and gotten much more. Decent lacing on the glass, but doesn't last.

S - Attractive, but not strong, smells of malt and cherry, among others.

T - Personally, I think it's excellent. The same cherry that could be smelled, maybe even a little fallen leaves and smokiness, but the beer reminds the drinker of the fall season it's designed for. Malt-heavy in a good way, with a good balance of necessary hops, and the cherry isn't overpowering.

M - Rich and heavy, but not to the highest degree. Different flavors came out when it hits different parts of the tongue, and when held on the palate, forms into tiny bubbles that go down as smoothly as the liquid form.

O - For awhile this was my overall favorite beer, and what turned me on to malt-leaning beers and made me a malt guy. Great overall and really puts you in the mood for the fall season and everything that comes with it. A must for any malt fan.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice copper brown with a decent 1 finger head

S - Smells very clean with a lot of malts and a sort of grainy lager smell.

T - Has a toasty and carmelly backbone with a hint of grain. Just a small flower hop taste.

M - Very clean and light bodied.

D - This is very drinkable. I could down a sixer of this in one sitting.

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Photo of harjoeb2010
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Too bad it's only seasonal.

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Photo of GreatSatchmo
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a varietal of beer that I have yet to delve into very deeply, so this is based on narrow experience. I poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall, strait Sam Adams glass. The color was beatiful burnt orange and brown, fits perfectly with the season. The head was thing and off white, and disappeared fairly quickly. The nose was of biscut, no descernable hops (as I assume is how this should go). Taste was simple, and enjoyable. Sweet and smooth, with a mouthfeel slightly lighter than I'd like, although not far enough off as for me to use "watery" to describe it. The finish is warm and smooth.

This beer fits the season and is extremely drinkable. Even better: its available almost anywhere you'll find burr, so its something you can enjoy without any searching.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a beautiful dark burgundy with a small, off-white head that hangs around. Some minimal sticky lacing.

Smell: Some earthy malts and nuts. Also some sweet caramel coming through.

Taste: Very nice sweet caramel and nutty malt, followed by very subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorite octoberfests, although a little on the subtle side.

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Photo of Sanmn420
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of matt062286
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours an copperish red color. Small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Scent of malt overpowers a hint of hops. Small hint of a caramel-like malt in here. There is a sweetness combined with a roasted smell.

Taste - Just as in the smell, malt dominates this beer. They are prevalent and have subtle nuances. The sweeter tasting malts are a bit stronger here than the more toasted flavored ones. Hop flavor is barely noticeable, but their weakness only multiplies the dominance and complexity of the many malts used. (According to the Sam Adams webpage, this beer uses six(!) different malts, so that explains that)

Mouthfeel - this beer is a bit on the watery side. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability - I've had many sessions with this beer, and drinkability is a shining point of Octoberfest. It is "watery" and lightly carbonation so that it goes down well, and is flavorful enough to want to keep drinking it. And hey, that's the whole reason for the marzen style, is it not?

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Oktoberfest 1997 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear ruby amber color. Flavorful rich malt body. Not quite fruity. Lagered. Unique, complicated, and tasty. Sampled 10/5/1997.

1998 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear ruby amber color. Flavorful rich malt body. Not quite fruity. Lagered. Unique, complicated, and tasty. Sampled 9/28/1998. 1999 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Oktoberfest aroma and light ester front. Smooth Oktoberfest toasted light thin caramel bread body has clean crisp flavor and hints of fruit. Minimal sweetness. Sampled 9/5/1999.

2000 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear bright burnt copper color. Rich malty Oktoberfest front with German accents. Mild toasted fruit malty rich flavor. Spicy for a brew of this style. Rich, flavorful crisp and spicy to the end. Sampled 9/14/2000.

2001 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear copper red amber color. Nice lace. Toasted malty mild hop front. Rich roasted caramel malty Fest body. Sweet thick feel. Lingering rich malty end with mild hops. Nutty biscuit notes. Excellent. Sampled 10/13/2001.

2002 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich dark amber bronze color. Tangy malt spice hop front. Rich toasted tangy mild sweet rich caramel biscuit body. Nut notes. Tangy mild citrus balanced hop end. Medium lacy head. Crisp Oktoberfest. Sampled 10/29/2002. 2003 Seasonal Brew--Block Logo Style--Signature 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich dark copper red amber color. Mild lacy head. Malty mild floral fruit mild hop front. Lager smooth rich toasted malty caramel body. Light sweet fruit notes. Creamy malt mild hop end. Classic taste. Sampled 9/28/2003.

2004 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV--30 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Clear dark mahogany amber red color. Malty mild hop front. Creamy rich smooth malty cloying sweet mild toasted caramel toffee chewy biscuit base body. Malt spice mild hop end. Sampled 8/9/2004.

2005 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin copper amber color. Crisp malty mild hop front. Zesty rich mild toasted caramel toffee mild fruit Fresh Young body. Refreshing tart citrus mild hop spice end. Tangy. Sampled 8/25/2005.

2006 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich thick lacy head. Clear rich bright dark copper amber color. Malty toasted mild hop front. Crisp mildly tangy rich toasted caramel mild toffee fruit malty Fest body. Smooth creamy mild hop malty end. Sampled 8/17/2006. (4.5 / 5.0 )

Rich lacy head. Clear dark bright copper amber color. Rich malty mild hop front.Smooth toasted toffee caramel malty rich mild black cherry body. Mild tangy malty mild fruit hop end. Rich tasty Fest! Sampled 8/21/2006. (4.5 / 5.0)

Tan rich lacy head. Clear bright dark thin red color. Tangy malty toasted black cherry lager smooth body. Smooth mild hop spice end. Warm bisquit notes. Sampled 8/26/2006.

2007 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy lacy off white head. Clear bright deep amber color. Malty mild hop front. Dry sweet roasted caramel lager mellow malty mild fruit body. Smooth chalky mild hop spice malty Fest end. Distracted. Sampled 8/16/2007.

2008 Seasonal Brew Lager 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich lacy off white nucleating body head. Clear bright thin amber color. Mild hop toasted malt hint front. Crisp malty mild caramel mellow sweet biscuit fruit rich tangy fest body. Clean hop hint smooth lingering creamy malt end. Rich Smooth Oktoberfest. Sampled 12/8/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

2009 Seasonal Brew Lager 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Thin mild lacy off white head. Clear bright thin pretty rich amber color. Mild hop sweet malt front. Smooth crisp cloying malty mellow caramel delicate sweet fruit rich Fest body. Satisfying mild hop lingering Fest malt clean end. Classic Seasonal favorite. Sampled 8/28/2009. 6- Pack $6.99.

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Octoberfest--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest. No sediment. Light tan medium lace head dissipates too quickly. Very pretty enticing thin bright rich deep amber red color. Delicate sweet toasted malt mild fruit floral hop front. Malty sweet smooth toasted caramel mild fruit Fest! body. Refreshing mild hop end. A well made Fall Seasonal Classic Style Fest. Sampled 8/31/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

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Photo of Mcataldo8
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Islandrunner
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marty21
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange copper colour. Off white head the disappears in minutes. Leaves nice lacing.

S: A sweet malty aroma to it

T: Very malty with bready notes to it. Faint taste of spices in the aftertaste.

M: Medium Carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel to it.

D: I could drink many of these in one sitting. Looking forward to next year when I can get it again.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,607 ratings
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