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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

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2,122
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3.66
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26.23%
 
 
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Photo of Dizzy
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper color with a thin film of head. Smells malty. Taste is carmel like malts with very little hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Like most Sam Adam's beers, it needs more of everything, but this isn't bad. I could drink several of these, its an enjoyable beer, just not as flavorful as many of the German imports.

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Photo of drotski
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 jrb1001
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my friends gave me a bottle to try, while we were lounging around in the pool. The beer had a great Octoberfest taste to it and it was an enjoyable beer to drink. I think I will buy it in the future.

The beer was dark brown in color, and was not over carbonated. It smelled and tasted really good. I recommend this beer.

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Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Lovely clear orange-red color. Moderate head, about a 1/2 inch, quickly recedes but keeps a solid ring. Smell is malty sweet with a bit of hops to balance. Taste is very sweet with the malt, but still the hops balances to not make it overly sweet. A bit of spice (sort of like ginger) finishes. Mouthfeel is medium light body with a pleasant carbonation. This is a very tastey beer, though it's not a style I think I would want a whole lot of at once.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-red color with a thick, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of grains, spices, oranges, and malt. Very nice and balanced.

Taste: The beer has a nicely balanced and somewhat complex taste of grains, hops, toasted malts, hops, spices, and fruits (such as oranges). Aftertaste is mostly the oranges and hops.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth and medium-bodied; has a bit of chewyness to the texture. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV and the smoothness and flavor make this a rather drinkable beer.

Overall a nice Oktoberfest beer with a good flavor and nice smell. Flavor seems a bit low in the malt department, though. Considering how available this is, it's certainly something to try. I'm sure I'll get this a few more times while it's in season.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep copper, with tinges of red. Largish eggshell colored head is tight, and lasts a good long while.

The smell is good, sweet malt, through and through, with emphasis on sweet. There's a musty earthiness to the aroma as well, one that adds to the appeal of the beer. Just the slightest hint that there may be some hoppiness to it. Otherwise, all malt. Delicious!

Quite sweet up front on the tongue. Tastes of whole grain breads straight from the oven, perhaps with the fruit jam thrown in for good measure. Very smooth, with no bite to it whatsoever, neither from the hops nor from the carbonation. There's just enough of a hop presence to even out the finish and prevent it becoming too sweet. An oiliness coats the inside of your mouth after each drink. It doesn't seem to distract rom the beer in any way, however. It simply allows you to savor each sip awhile after it's gone, holding that hop bitterness to dry out the taste and make you want more. This is nice. Not as much "oomph" from the malt as one might want from a Oktoberfest, but very nice none the less.

The mouthfeel, as stated above, is thick and somewhat oily. This is far heartier than the '05 version, and I like it.

I'd have upped the drinkability but for the oily finish. While it doesn't take away from the beer overall, it does seem to add to a perception of fullness, which holds the beer back.

Overall, this is nicely done. An Oktoberfest which is equal parts accessible and hearty. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very fresh bottle- just released this week, with a February 2007 date notched on the label. Sampled on 8/17/06 at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful clear, caramel orange beer that supports a soapy, resilient three finger head. The bubbles pop and fizz slowly down, leaving behind surprisingly good lacing. Looks great.

Smell- Wow... what a drastic improvement over what I remember about last year's version! A big, cookie-like breadiness stands tall and provides a welcome alternative to the usual caramel/Vienna malt notes of this style.

Taste- A remarkable balance of bready, cakey malts and just the right amount of hops come together for a most impressive Octoberfest style beer. It's the perfect marriage of full-bodied, Autumn-like flavors with an incredibly effortless context.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Maybe it's because this just hit the stores... but this beer is dazzling in the mouth. Absolutely perfect carbonation; a long and exquisite length of activity on the tongue... I could drink this all night.

This year's Samuel Adams Octoberfest is outstanding, and without question the best of show for this style I've yet tried.

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Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There's nothing like a good Oktoberfest beer. We start off witht he pour, deep gold, almost orange. The head dissapears quickly. I get some spice on the nose, as well as malt and a tiny amount of hops. There's also a little breadyness there too. When I taste this, I get the breadyness again, with some malty sweetness. There's a kind of fruityness to it as well, that goes hand in hand with the spice. This doesn't finish clean, there's a viscosity that lingers that makes it hard to drink more than one. A decent beer, but there are better Oktoberfests out there. Leave this one to the Germans, ok?

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Photo of rarevos
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six months past the expiration date but still pumpkin-y squash-y and gooey butter rum tasty. Feels like autumn and in my man-heart it's leaves falling and old men smoking pipe tobacco at the fishing docks wondering where summer went. There's crisp air and scraping sounds on sidewalks in here, light sweaters and argyle socks, sundown at six-thirty-five and stew with bread. Other than the C in Octoberfest this plays by the rules and gets top grades. No dunce cap or reasons to send in the gendarmes for thee.

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Photo of scottoale
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a lone (last one) sixer with a purchase by for freshness month of March. Crack one open and fill my 14oz tulip with an orange-coppery liquid, sporting slightly off-white 1/2 inch foamy head. Mild carbonation and just a bit of lace.

Has an earthy malt nose with some green grassy hops and alcohol as well.Kind of nutty, roasty and not too sweet overall.

Bisquity and doughy is the malt with a light spicy sweetness that is quickly extinguished by the bitter hops. Pretty tasty with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

Medium body with a tang that smooths out, in the mouthfeel department. Easy to drink and suites it's style just fine, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Scheity
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite things about Boston in the fall is this beer. It mixes perfectly with the layers of red and orange and brown that carry through the air, with a taste full of spice (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin). Should be served a little bit warmer than one might be used to, just to evoke the harvest flavors.

Color's a nice golden tan with a nose that betrays the somewhat syrupy sweetness that follows up the first wave of taste.

Overall, Sam does a good job capturing Boston's fall in a bottle. Now, I'd prefer something like Smuttynose Pumpkin or Ipswich Harvest, but it's a very workable fall brew.

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Photo of Enola
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not a style I have had many of but I was expecting much differemt. This ain't too bad. The beer is about the color of sweet tea. This is a very autumn-like color. Even though it is currrently March. A aggressive pour resulted in a thick head that has dissipated rather quickly. The smell kindly set you back a little. It is a bit strong. The taste is of spices. This is an exceptionly smooth beer. I could drink these in a session. I overlooked this beer last fall for reasons unknown but I will not overlook it again this fall. A good beer that suprised me.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice ruby orange color with a thin fizzy head that doesn't retain well.
S: Fruity, malty, buttered biscuts
T: Bready up front with a dominate fruity taste. A hint of spiceness. And a strange bitter buttery finish that I don't lick.
M: Medium bodied and slick in the mouth
Fairly drinkable.
Overall a very average Octoberfest. Worthy to try but they are better offerings out there.

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Photo of palffyfan
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Amber caramel-like with a cm of head that disipated quickly. Beer looks very rich.

Smell - Very fruity aroma, simply an amazing smell. Hard to tell what fruit the smell is, but it is very rich and delightful.

Taste - Milder lager, slightly fruity with no bitterness. Leaves a mild, smooth fruity aftertaste. Very delightful to the mouth. Leaves a tingly sensation in the mouth afterwards.

Drinkability - A fine beer with no aftertaste makes this a delight. Can't wait to finish the rest of my 6-pack.

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Photo of gbarron
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, label says best by February '06, so I just made it.

A - bright orange/copper, perfectly clear. Small, thin white foamy head, slowly escapes to the sides of the glass, looking like the caldera of a volcano. Stays till the end, leaving a little lace.

S - malt primarily, kind of smoky. Has that standard 'Sam Adams' smell of noble hops. Not hugely aromatic.

T - malt, again, predominates. Malty sweetness with some astringency from roasted malts. Noble hop spiciness in the aftertaste. Tartness at the end. Somewhat smoky - munich malt?

M - on the thin side. Carbonation level fairly high for this style, IMHO. Tickles the tongue just a bit.

D - extremely drinkable beer. Great session Oktoberfest. For its cost and flavor, definitely try this one.

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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very impressed. IMHO this is one of Boston Breweries most sessionable easy drinking beers. It is smooth creamy and sweet. A friend of mine who is not a big beer drinker (much-less craft beer), fell in love with this and now she is becoming an enlighten convert. Point is; this is a very inoffensive, easily approachable beer that (I believe) will satisfy most palates to an acceptable degree, making this a perfect choice for taking to parties with macro-drinking friends. On to the break down:

Appearance: Pours a coppery amber with a slightly golden orange hue to it. Magnificent head.

Smell: Full, thick, malty sweet aroma. Strong suggestions of caramel and subtle hints of fruits. There is something else in the aroma that I think smells like pumpkin.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Extremely foamy, thick sweet malty feeling and tasting. Very nice and easy drinking. It is not too sweet but plenty sweet enough. There are also a hand full of spices, not the most complex Octoberfest I’ve ever had but this is certainly an easy drinking one!

Drinkability: This is a particularly easy drinking beer. I highly recommend taking it to social events during its fall season.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of gus
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very light malt aroma noted. Dark copper/orange color in appearance. Very minimual head with moderate bubbles/carbonation, very clear in appearance. Flavor is moderate with a slight bitterness, goes down smooth with no aftertatse. Will drink this every year when it comes out.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper/orange color, it is clear and highly carbonated. The head is creamy and off white in color and about three fingers worth was relatively long lasting. Nice sheety lace as the head withdrew a nice pancake of head lasted to the end of the glass. The aroma was slightly floral and slightly sweet and overall consistent with the style. Tastes of caramel and biscuit malts and spicy/floral hops,

The body was light medium, not as thick compared to others of this style I have had. Worth a try.

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Photo of deuschbag
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 donchata
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was of an orange amber hue. The appearance is one of golden orange with a touch of maroonish haze color. The smell was rich with spice and wheat with a strong undertone of herbs. The taste and mouthfeel where both very, very nice. Filled with flavor with no hint of bitterness. My overall impression was excellent. Go buy some!.

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Photo of metallistout
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has seemed to change it's flavor over the years, or maybe it's just me.

This beer pours a medium copper color with a decent head.

Smells of malt and a little hops.

Tastes very malty, a little spice, not sure what that might be. Not a lot of hop presence. I would prefer the amuont of hops that Koch uses on his Boston Lager, mixed with the sweet malt and cripsness.

Not a bad beer, but I have had better Oktoberfests.

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Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown, with off white foam. Sweet candy aroma, with some bready malt and slight fruitiness. Sweet, caramelly and malty. Finish is clean and dry. Pretty good drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty decent o'fest. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of pgroove
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother recommended this to me as his favorite beer, and although it is good, it ain't all that special.

Like most beers of this type, malts dominate, and they are particularly spicey which is pleasing. The hops are more than a touch too subtle however, almost nonexistent as a matter of factor.

It strikes me as a great session beer if you are looking to do some crushing.

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Photo of Jarod
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden orange color which seemed to glow, it was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was tight and compact, off white /cream in color and about 1 1/2 inches thick and well lasting. There was a nice sheety lace left behind that lasted to the end of the glass. The aromas were not as strong as I would have thought and liked, but noticable and pleasing, I nosed lots of rich and sweet malts, spices and some light hops. The tastes were more pronounced, ton of mixing malts and spices, from sweet malts to rich malts and defined spices, caramels, and some notes of dark fruit (as it warmed), hints of hops (mostly a spicey hop, but slight floral became noticable as it warmed) swirled in and out near the middle and end of the swallow and turned to a dry hop flavor as a last taste down the throat. Some malty aftertaste and dry hops were left. The body was light medium, not as thick compared to others of this style I have had. Drinkable and worth a try every year.

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