Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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Photo of cwalter
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color with good clarity. In the aroma you get notes of rich caramel malts, toast and some subtle hints of a honey sweetness. In the taste, the caramel malts dominate and leave a mellow sweetness on the tongue in the back end. You also get hints of lightly toasted bread. Moderate carbonation, medium body and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of matcris
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is a clear copper in color. Good level of carbonation rising, with a 2 + finger of tan head. Fair lacing down the glass. Smells quite sweet, with caramel/toffee and like an almost rum soaked fruitcake. Quite sweet flavor, malty, bready, a little earthy underneath all of that. Medium body, a little sticky, dryer towards the finish. Good level of carbonation. Actually sticky and dry at the same time. This is a decent beer, it's a little sweet for my taste, so a "have one" and move on to something else.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
1.74/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Decided to give this a try since I do enjoy their boston lager from time to time, but man, this is pretty lousy.

L: Pours a translucent orange color with a one finger, beige head that fizzles away immediately leaving no lacing.

S: Very faint notions of caramel, brown sugar, corn, green apples and honey.

T: Acetaldehyde is detectable upfront. Very bland and watery. Sweet throughout with flavors of caramel and apples. Off putting, grassy taste of wet hay and hose water on the finish.

F: Watery. Thin and under carbonated. Quite saccharine and sickly sweet, definitely not my cup of tea.

O: Way too sweet and watery for my palate with nothing really to balance it out. Really disappointed in this.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.7/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sorry Sam, what a disappointment. Looking forward to your Octoberfest brew and..............


At all.

I could not tell this "octoberfest" from a Lite beer if you paid me.

No distinct taste, no maltiness. No rich aroma. Wow.

Another Sam offering in the "give them no taste and maybe they wont realize it and will keep buying this crap" idea from Sam. Bud gave in and makes its "beer" with rice. Beer or sake?? Not sure..........but it has no taste at all.

Sam gave in and makes their beer flavorless so no one is "offended". REALLY????

I am offended that Sam calls this stuff "beer". It isnt anywhere close. It is a light beer - at best.

An Octoberfest? Not in your wildest dreams dear Samuel.

Move along dear people, nothing - AT ALL - here in this Sam offering.

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Photo of D1noB
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A hearty taste, light on the caramel and a good level of spices, fades in slow and hangs around just enough to get you wanting more.

Taste Rating in Words: Its the desert after a large meal, something you don't need or even want but the few bites you eat seem to hit a spot you didn't know you had.

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Photo of plumberman63
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel color and a decent head. Nice malty sweet aroma. Flavor a slightly sweet malty flavor, but a slight spoiled malt flavor also. Was drinkable, and the first Samuel Adams I have been able to finish the whole bottle( most seem skunky bitter to me), so I guess that a plus. Was a little thick/heavy, but I like that also.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This marzen pours a brownish orange color with a somewhat thin white foamy head. The smell is mild, but it is a nice balance of roasted grains and caramel malt scents and some spicy hops. The taste is similar, roasted grains, caramel, spicy, slightly ascerbic hops that come together to make a nice balanced beer. The finish is semi-dry. The body is somewhere between light and medium, and it’s actually lighter than I would have guessed. This is kind of a classic fall Sam Adam’s beer. It’s a really nice drinkable, balanced beer. Nothing too complex, but my only real criticism would be that I would like the body to be a little heavier.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can on 8-26-16. Wonderful caramel color with a thick foamy tan head.

Bready smell with some sweet malts. Other than that the nose is pretty light without a lot of character.

Taste is roasted malts with a hint of caramel sweet. The taste is like the nose and by that I mean there does not seem to be a lot of complexity here. That being said the taste is of a good beer and I do like the simple roasty flavor.

Mouth feel is slightly thick and chewy, I would call it a nice medium mouth feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It did seem a bit strange to be sipping on this beer while it was 100 degrees outside. However this beer did make me long for our cooler fall days coming up. Also of note is the beautiful color that this beer pours out. I would love to just savor this beers cool look for all of my beers. Seriously it is that pretty!

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Summer's coming to an end

As the calendar gets toward the end of August and you see back-to-school advertisements on television and then you see the first school bus, you know that summer is coming to an end. Although you've had some good times this summer, it's a bit of a let down to see it end. One of the good things about this time of year helping to lift your spirits is the availability of the Oktoberfest beers. A lot of people have them, and they're all good.

I had been drinking light beer and shandies all summer whilst gardening and grilling in the hot sun, but I got a call from Precious. She was at Costco and wanted to know if I wanted some Samuel Adams Octoberfest. I said, "Hell, Yeah!" So I've got a 28 pack cooling. This stuff even tastes great warm.

It pours out a medium copper color very clear with a little more head than I expected. It has a great taste and great feel. Note that I hadn't had an IPA or anything stronger than 4% since March. This is great beer, and I'll be enjoying this for the next month or so. Hey, let me go check the fridge. They might be cold by now.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark copper gold/Ruby color with a very small head and no lacing.

S: Caramel, with a nice toasted malt. Very slight floral hop but not much. Pretty sweet.

T: Toasted malt, a nice breadiness, lots of sweet caramel. A little sweet for a Oktoberfest.

F: Crisp and easy drinking a clean lager

O: An Oktoberfest that is a little too sweet.

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Photo of teromous
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see an actual bottle date but FEB is notched in the side of the label.

Appearance: Somehow this poured without any head at all. I can see a ton of bubbles popping on the surface of the beer but what happened to the head? The body of the beer is actually quite dark for an Oktoberfestbier. It has a deep brown and orange color with hints of dark burnished gold. Good clarity. Obviously no retention or lacing on a beer that never even had a head.

Aroma: There is a nice sweet smelling caramel aroma that is light. A touch of buttered toffee. No hop aroma.

Taste: The overall flavor profile of this beer is very light but there are a few good flavors within the wispy plane of near non-existence. There is a light bread flavor with a touch of caramel and a touch of nuttiness with a light fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and very drinkable.

Overall: This beer is average at best and I really wouldn't recommend it when there are much better beers in this style being produced domestically (to the U.S.) and imported. I am especially disappointed as I thought Boston Beer Company would have produced a much better lager. If you ended up with this beer at some point there is no doubt you would be able to finish it but it will leave you sadly unfulfilled. The word "fest" is in the name for a reason and this beer is too mediocre to be festive.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Medium orange color, transparent. Beige head, good persistence.

Smell - Lots of caramel, not too sweet. Light toast.

Taste - Light caramel sweetness, very light bitterness. Lightly chalky aftertaste with some burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation, good to elevate the light flavor.

Overall - This is a decent Oktoberfest, a good value. Big points for crushability. It's not the best but it is one of my favorites.

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Photo of JoLight
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: medium brown, clear, bubbly, and a frothy, khaki head that produces nice lacing.

Aroma: mild, delicious, lightly-toasted sweet maltiness.

Taste: clean water, bread crust, lightly-toasted barley malt, and a mild & generic hop bite at the end of the sip. The flavor is mild overall.

Mouthfeel: light and mildly carbonated; it finishes semi-dry, crisp, refreshing, and pleasing.

This is an above-average beer, yet it's not worth the price per twelve-pack or six-pack, in my opinion. I find it to be just a tad bit too mild. What's there is highly pleasant, but I would enjoy it more if it were slightly more bold in both aroma and flavor.

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Photo of SlappyMcGee
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red amber color, with malty smell and taste. Good amount of carbonation as well as sweetness with a slightly bread taste. Nice crisp finish. Doesn't have a bad, lingering aftertaste like some other Sam Adams beers I've tried. This is a Sam Adams I'd recommend to someone who hasn't tried a Sam Adams before. (My only other recommendation being the Rebel IPA)

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, clear orange body.

Smell : Same as below, but less apparent.

Taste : Toasty malts, caramel, slight earthy and citrus hops.

Feel :Medium body, medium carbonation, slight upfront sweetness. Crisp finish.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a clear amber with a half finger white head. Aromas consist of spicy noble hops and bready caramel malts, but was kind of faint. Flavors consist of the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and light crisp finish.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark amber in color, no head to speak of.

Smell: Smells like a slightly sweeter version of the Boston Lager.

Taste: Sweet forefront, slightly malty background. Perhaps a little too sweet for my liking.

Feel: Smooth, creamy.

Overall: Sam Adams are good beers and this is no different. It's a little sweet for my liking, but to each his own.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown/orange color with a decent caramel head. Smells of sweet sticky goodness with malt and little pumpkin flavors mixed in. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, pumpkin, malty blend. The finish is very smooth and easy, very pleasant mix of flavors and easy sipping beer. Great beer to kick off fall season.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Sam Adams beer. It's got just the right amount of everything for a moderately priced, everyday kind of beer. Excellent look and feel for an autumn beer, though not as heavy as some others in the genre.

The flavor has hints of pumpkin and oak, with a nice finish that sits longer on the palate than you think it should. Distinctly subtle in its charms, so those of you who can't taste anything that doesn't shrivel your gums might not enjoy it as much.\

Overall this is a nice little beer that is just right for an autumn afternoon watching football or putting up halloween decorations.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown body; wispy head. Roasted grain scent; some musty esters. Brown sugar taste; some pumpkin pie spice hints such as ginger and cinnamon. Medium body; crisp and coarse on the palate.

Hand this on-tap at Leon Gessi pizzeria while waiting for a couple of pies to go. A decent oktoberfest overall but with nothing really setting it apart from others. The head was really weak yet flavor-wise it made the grade.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks a great reddish-amber with golden head.

Smells somewhat yeasty, pleasant caramel is present, as well as some vague fruitiness.

Very malty, pumpkin-like quality in the middle, sweet caramel coming in towards the end, capping off the taste.

Feels mediumish bodied.

As per their norm, Sam Adams delivers a crowd-pleaser. Not cheap, or low-end, but not artisan-level either. Enough taste to keep a beer nerd interested, but not enough to overwhelm the uninitiated.

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Photo of jakej0305
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber and caramel color with a thick head that thins out. Smells very much of fall spices and caramel with a hint of malt. Taste is lacking. Too much malt, not enough anything else. For this to be a Sam Adams, it misses the mark on taste. Everything else about the beer is good.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has the potential to be such a good beer, the malt flavor is just amazing. There are notes of a variety grains, caramel sweetness and it just plain tastes like fall; without a bunch of nonsensical spices added in. Unfortunately it is way too weak to actually taste it. If this thing had some body and some decent yeast, October might suddenly be worth celebrating.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like a lot of Samuel Adams beers but this one misses the mark. Does not taste authentic at all. Not malty enough, a little too bitter, too much carbonation t o have the requisite smoothness for a Maerzen. And there is a faint roasted-grain taste which has absolutely no place in Oktoberfest. No funky off flavors so well brewed...just not German-tasting at all.

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Photo of Squire123
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is of deep golden amber with bountiful white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is malt foremost, caramel, toffee malt in the sweet sense without hop sharpness.

Flavor is full on malt with depth and richness. This is full flavored and it's good flavor. I get little hop presence on entry, mid palate, or in the finish which is clean and short. Hops are there but too shy to give more than a glimpse of their presence. There is a residual darker malt sweetness (molasses?) in the aftertaste that doesn't linger very long.

Texture is medium to full depending on your perspective.

Overall this is a very flavorful beer packed with malt sensations that range from light through rich to dark with an underlying sweetness that isn't really there, just the sense of it due to the lack of hop sharpness to moderate the full on malt flavor. All malt flavor, like all hop flavor, can leave a brew with a feeling of one noteness though this one does bring some complexity to the table. Not of sustaining interest to the beer enthusiast perhaps but a good one for general consumers.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,449 ratings.
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