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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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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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Photo of BigAl723
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fixed my cousin's laptop and she bought me some SA Octoberfest.

A: It pours a golden amber. A real nice looking head about two and a half inches thick. Mostly white.

S: Heavy malt and sweet spice. Pretty pleasant smelling brew.

T: Full flavored. Sweet malt coats my mouth. A sweet hop finish also lingers.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Real nice feeling to it.

D: Very drinkable. Well balanced.

Overall, this is a real good beer. Perfect for a get together whether you grab a 12 pack or a sixer, you're good to go. A nice low ABV beer that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.

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Photo of aaron12
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I want to like samuel adams... I don't know what it is about it, it tastes good and all..., its just kinda got that "for the masses" taste..., but i'm being a snob, and old sammy a's been doing this for a long time, so i gave their harvest variety 12 pack a shot. I started with the octoberfest.

A. clean, very little head, lightlightlight brown.

S. sweet malts, caramel, sweet butter.

T. it's tasty, but not too adventures. sweet malty light brown ale flavor... I wish i could say more. can't taste the hops, it's not overly sweet, it has a nice balance about it. I think it's flavor is a good starter for people who say they don't like "good" beer...

M. this might be my favorite part to this beer. it's smooth and satisfying in the mouth.

D. E A S Y ! ! ! if you're payin', keep em' coming...

cheers!

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Photo of smithza9
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great addition to the world of beer by the Boston Beer Company. Octoberfest is a great, dark, mix of spices that is good on any cool fall day. A bold taste and a wonderful smell. It is great beer to enjoy at a football game or just hanging with some friends.

Cheers!

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Photo of Outchillen
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not favorite beers, copper colored, sweet malty, a great balance of malts to make this beer have a nice body, smells amazing, my only complaint is that I wish I could get this year round, the best oktoberfest beer out there

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Photo of laramis
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle a very deep copper or rust color. There was a finger sized head that was off white. The beer was very clear and left good some lacing.

S: Very bready on the first whiff. There is strong notes of toast and a hint of dark sweetness; it gives one the sense of autumn, which is appropriate. Underneath all of this there is a strange spice scent adding complexity.

T: Despite the heavy bread scent the bread flavor is not as prevalent as one would expect. Malt is strong throughout. The spice notes are more noticeable in the taste. Throughout there is a slight toast and sweetness flavor.

M: Not to carbonated with a medium body. Smooth all the way down leaving some sweetness on the palate.

O: Drinkable, approachable, and unoffensive. By balancing the bread, sweetness, and malt and also including the hop spice it should keep most everyone happy, if not super satisfied. On the whole its enjoyable.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a nice refreshing production from Sam Adams. Nice pour, looks like a crisp fall day. Smells a little sweet and has a nice smooth taste with a long finish. Good mouthfeel, nice aftertaste. It would be accompanied well by a good bratwurst which I was unfortunately bereft of.

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Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh...it's that time of the year again.

Samuel Adams makes a great Octoberfest. It pours a very thin brown color with a very sweet taste. It's somewhat nutty, almost like Red Hook's Nut Brown Ale.

I don't think I could drink this year round, it's too sweet, but it's a nice beer to compensate for the colder weather.

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Photo of nach0king
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of Oktoberfest style but this was a very good one.

A: Head disappeared way too quickly but it's a lovely dark copper with racing bubbles.

S: Bready, a little fruity - maybe a bit more complex than your average Oktoberfest.

T: Very good. Perfect bittersweet opening and a clean finish with just a little bit of lingering toffee. Extremely drinkable but tasty at the same time.

M: Exciting - a very little bit creamy but mainly bubbly.

Really good.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, burnt orange with a half-inch, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Looks very fizzy.

Smell: A sweet - caramel-like - bready and malty aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out sweet - even a little fruity before alcohol asserts itself. But it's muted, making the bite more mellow. Very crisp, finishes clean. Despite the fizz, only medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, easy to drink.

Notes: The flavors could be a little more pronounced, but still a solid Oktoberfest. I'm really starting to like this style.

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Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me first say that I am not typically a huge fan of the Octoberfest style of beer, BUT I do enjoy this particular one. -Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass-
A: Orange and gold, perhaps a touch copper, but not like a Boddingtons, much more on the orange tint. Good head, about two fingers with good retention until the end of the pint.
S: Malty, no real hop scent, good for style, no skunk which is often the case with the German imports that may have been sitting on the shelf since the October last. (Props to SA for using such dark bottles too)
T: Malty, caramel.
M & D: A bit heavy compared to some of the others, but enjoyable. I easily went through the six pack with a friend of mine.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a two finger very light, highly carbonated head. settles down to about half an inch or less. but you can see that there is not a lot of carbonation in the body.

The nose of this beer is outstanding...very sweet pumpkin and spice. Almost smells more like a winter ale.

a little surprised by the taste. based on the smell, you expect a taste with some body but the taste is surprisingly watered down.

Nevertheless a decent oktoberfest. good beer good season.

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Photo of pandashaver
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate aroma of malt, carmel, and candy corn over breadiness. Poured a deep, transparent orange/brown...very festive. Head is fizzy, not large, little lacing, and not lingering. Dominant malty sweetness in the flavor, with only a very lighty bitter hop flavor. A light syrup character on the palate that sticks around for a little bit. Definitely a great complement to some good grub.

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Photo of KenC411
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light clear amber with very minimal head, that fades almost instantly. Leaves no lacing on the side of the mug.

Smell: Malty, apple,

Taste: Sweet, roasted malt. Very light hop in the background. A hint of nuttyness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: These go down smooth. Feels like it needs a bit of counterbalance to arouse the tongue, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of PaleZombie
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Nibbley
1.49/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, I am so surprised by this offering from Sam Adams.
Appearence is a nice copper color with a thick cream colored head.
Mouthfeel is very watery.
Aroma is hard to describe because is almost non exsistent.
Taste is the most disapointing. Is mostly water with little carbonation and a God Awful metallic taste that I can't get out of my mouth.
Unfortunatly, I bought a 12 pack of this nasty beer. I am hoping I have a neighbor with no taste to pawn this one off on.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh as a daisy tasting good. SA's October (September) fest is an annual 12-24 pack purchase for me, reminding me again its malt time. I usually drink it up and progress to the German examples of this fantastic style, promising myself once again I'm attending the Munichfest next year. Then another year rolls by. Samuel Adams's fest is a fine brew that holds its own against some of the Bavarians. I could drink it by the litre. Oh, by the way, thank you SA for your Atlanta Airport oasis on a recent cross country flight.



Stuck in 'Lanta,
Call a halt.
Tis the season
Have a malt.

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Photo of dfitch81
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Ayinger and Paulaner's Oktoberfest brews. IMHO, when it comes to Märzens these two are the ones to beat - a feat that Sam Adams' Octoberfest does not manage. That said, however, Sam Adams' interpretation has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. This is a highly satisfying, well-crafted Märzen. Even better, its less expensive than the Germans and its brewed right here in the grand ol' US of A.

Color is a perfect autumnal copper-orange. There is room for improvement in the head, which quickly thins and ends up as a whispy ring confined to the sides of the glass. Lacing is entirely absent.

Smell was barely there at first. I had to really bury my nose in the glass to pick anything up. Eventually detected faint aroma of caramel and alcohol. Nose emerged more fully with warming, with the alcoholic character giving some ground to a subtle spiciness (nutmeg, a little cinammon).

Tastes of caramel with a hint of honey, pronounced toasted crackery malts, minimal hopiness - just enough to contain the sweetness. Subtle spiciness detected in the nose is also present here. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation complements the flavor perfectly, and although the palate definetly leads toward the sweet side, this is still quite drinkable.

All in all this is a very good - if not great - beer. Recommended without reservation, would buy this again.

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Photo of techtatu
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice caramel color and not much head. The smell was just overall pleasant. The taste was surprisingly good for what I call a main stream beer.

Yet another beer that I would enjoy drinking with friends at a bar and, or at a get together. Maybe at a poker game also.

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Photo of Carlton1964
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lace and color. Had a very nice aroma. Nice body...not to thick and to thin. Although this beer does nothing wrong....it does not excel at anything either. But I would be ok if I was stuck with a few cases of it. VERY enjoyable....just nothing to get excited about.

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

Pours a hearty orange color with a nice finger and a half white head that fades and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell has hints of caramel and malts. Taste is strong on malts, with the smell being true has there is hints of caramel. Not much in the way of hops, but has a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not exactly a session beer but can easily drink a few more. I've always been a fan of Sam Adams and Octoberfest is another fine offering.

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Photo of jawlessbody
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass, this beer is a very clear amber color with a very thin head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was not exactly pleasant, mostly just sour malt. The flavor was incredibly one note, just lots of sweet malt flavors with a only hint of toastiness. Decent beer, but I don't know that I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's amazing that the bouquet of Octoberfest (sorry, years of drinking wine before recently returned to craft beer) actually has a note that is reminiscent of pumpkin. Very appropriate. Octoberfest specifically and the Boston Beer Company in general need to be appreciated for their unique craft paradigm. Octoberfest is the antithesis of a hoppy IPA, actually featuring far less hops than Sam's trademark Boston Lager. It's all about the malt. The aroma is malt-driven. The beer is thick and rich. The five malts featured here show so clearly. It's hopped just enough to provide the requisite neutrality. It's neither bitter nor cloyingly sweet, but rich. The flavors are as unique in today's marketplace as in 1989. This beer is 15 IBU, not 65 like the starkly different Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Variety is the spice of life, and this autumn brew is subtle. This is a really old-school, five-malt, more traditional than the Germans (now serving Helles at Oktoberfest in Munich) hyper-quality-malt beer.

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

Notched to drink by March, 2006. Pours an amber/copper color with a two finger white head. Fairly good lacing.

Smell is grain and sweet malt with a hint of hops. The taste is sweet malt, a bit grassy, and toasty. Slight hop flavor with bitterness. It's a pretty good beer. I like other Oktoberfests more, but it's quite drinkable. But nothing remarkable.

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Photo of SudNut
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours to a strong ice tea color AKA orange amber with a finger thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smells like the malt is running the show with a whiff of bread.

The malt is running the taste show, bready sweet with a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel is good nice and frothy almost sticks to the palate.

Drinkability is average would make a nice session beer.

Overall this is a sound beer just not the absolute best Oktoberfest I have had.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear reddish copper in color. Head is a off white in color. Very little lacing

S - Lightly toasted malts, bready, and caramel.

T - Malty at first, some caramel and sweet in the end.

M - crisp and clean. Smooth taste. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing.

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