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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Clear brownish-amber with a thick two fingers of white head. Looks great.

S- Lots of bread and malt with some cinnamon and spicy hops. Little bit of a Budweiser-type smell apparent but overall very good.

T- Bit of a carbonation bite followed by lots of bread and cereal, slight hop bitterness at the end. Taste seems a little thin.

M- Carbonated and light. This really reminds me of Budweiser now.

D- You could go through a six pack easily.

Not quite what I was looking for as far as Oktoberfest beer goes but it's still not bad.

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Photo of youngs11
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Normal pour from bottle into pint glass

Appears dark copper in color, mostly clear. Little to no lacing or head, settles to a thin film of bubbly foam.

Smells malty and bready, a hint of sweet fruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. The major backbone is malt. There is a hint of hops bitterness, but it is quickly masked by a nutty finish that leaves a fresh bread aftertaste.

MF is smooth and silky. medium carbonation with medium to heavy body. Slight stickiness.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Kind of like a lager that is less bitter than red ale and lighter in body than a brown ale. A great seasonal for a great price.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown...fitting for a fall brew, it's reminiscent of the color of autumn leaves. Head is lightly tan, dissipates gradually leaving a ring around the glass. Smell is malty, slightly earthy, with just a hint of hoppiness. Taste is much the same, malty with light notes of toffee and caramel, just noticeable, with a nice light hop bitterness and more of the earthy goodness. Mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and light...edging ever so slightly towards crisp, without really making it all the way. Drinkability is rather nice, the 5.7% ABV seems a little stronger than it is, this one has a nice warming effect without coming off as too strong. I'm not sure I could knock these back all night, but I certainly wouldn't pass one up.

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Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields a two-finger cream colored head that quickly recedes, the beer itself is a very deep, almost reddish amber.

Smell is mostly faint spices, with a mild brown sugar-like presence.

The taste is almost a pumpkin-spice flavor upfront, followed by mild biscuit malts and a distinct diacetyl presence on the finish. I remember having this on tap and thinking that the diacetyl flavor was extremely overpowering, here, though, it seems to complement the other flavors of the beer more gracefully.

Mouthfeel is somewhat medium-bodied; I think this one could have benefited from a little less carbonation, actually.

Overall drinkability is good; I could certainly see having two or three of these in a sitting without getting tired of the flavors. Ultimately, this is a solid fall standby, but not anything earth-shattering.

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Photo of Labeerfinder
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with a frothy white head that forms a nice ring and a sweet, malty aroma. Very smooth out of the bottle with lots of malty sweetness, tending towards fruity with just enough bitter to balance at the end. Nice body and overall a good beer.

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Photo of DJMonroe
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Yeah, yeah, I know: "Sam Adams isn't even a craft brewery, anymore! They're too COMMERCIAL! They just crank out any old thing and slap a label on it!" TRANSLATION: "They're not the new hot thing." Stipulated. And most "serious craft beer fans" would rather give up a body part than be caught actually LIKING something like this Octoberfest. But, as I'm too old and cranky to give a shit about what anyone else thinks, here it is: Sam Adams Octoberfest is a really FINE example of this style. It's got that hallmark Marzen heartiness, great caramel and citrus notes, and subtle but nicely resiny hops. It, like all great Octoberfest beers, is amazingly easy to drink...which is probably why the roving packs of wet-nosed craft geeks don't like it. But if you're a mature, thoughtful beer connoisseur, you'll like this a LOT. Walk right past the craft "experts" and pick this up for a taste of how a great American brewery does German.

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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 KenOnBass
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Great head when poured in. Excellent lacing around. Good golden/amber colour.

S: Sweet malty aroma.

T: Sweet tasting beer. Decent Summerfest. Sweet tasting full bodied beer.

M: Full feel. Great carbonation.

D: Good Oktoberfest. I'd say the best part about this beer is that if you're in the mood for an Oktoberfest, you could pretty much get this anywhere. Even at bars that lack a decent beer selection. It's another great Sam's Seasonal.

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Photo of AMoceri7
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on the beach, no excuses.

A: Close to sunset, the copper amber beauty of this beer glistened in the sun. Transparent and exciting.

S: Great smell of malt and some hop, reminds me of something off the bat. Cant put my finger on it...New Castle Nut Brown, that was it.

T: A whole lot of talk on malt, malt, malt, but I taste water, and then some malt as the alcohol warms very faintly. The hops come through it seems on the after taste. NOT BAD...

M: Great on the tongue, carbonation seems perfect for this Marzen. Spreads evenly, a bit dry for what I was expecting for the so called malt-deity of oktoberfests.

D: Had 3, probably could of had more, but would prefer a Boston Lager any season and or day of the year.

Probably wouldnt come running back for this one.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice red, amber color with an off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma. Bready.

The taste is sweet and falls in line with the aroma with a slight earthy note.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation and the lingering aftertaste is nice.

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Photo of Schwab
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave it another try this year after I didn't like it too much the last 2 years when I tried it

A - Beer came with decent amber color, but almost a little bit too dark for the style, at least that's how it appeared to me in the situation. Head was barely noticeable and stick with it for a while but then disappeared. No real lacing

S - Smells definitely malty with a hint of spice. First thought I detect a citrus flavor, but I figured that's not the case

T - Definitely German noble hops! Balanced malt, hint of caramel, spice and different characters with every sip, almost complex

M - Came with ok carbonation, just enough. Medium body (could be a little bit more) and without dry finish

D - Absolutely! This beer goes down very smooth and after three there is still room for more.
I'm not sure, but for some reason I am pretty sure I got a different beer than I got in recent years and conclude they most have worked on the recipe again.

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Photo of sfsean28
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought the 22oz bottle almost everyday for the past two weeks. Its been a few years since I had a SA Octoberfest and I was very pleased with it. The color looked great the pour left a nice foamy head. My first taste and I can notice the malt right away. A hint of sweetness. After each sip I wanted more. Next stop I have to try it on tap.

I was very impressed with beer.

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

A - Mahogany in color. Thin head with almost no lacing. Let it sit for a while and it looks like brandy.

S - Not bad. Sweet. I almost smell some Belgian candi.

T - Starts off tasting like a Boston Lager and then settles into a sort of weak maibock. Sweet and malty. Not much in the way of hops - it really could use more.

M - Fairly thin. Not much carbonation.

D - A six pack is about all I would want in any given year. This stuff is just OK.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on: 09-01-2006

Taste: Toffee, Caramel with a slight hop edge. Malty toastiness and a subtle, light sugar water taffy in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Smell: Slight Toastiness. Slight Hops. A little bit of caramel.

Ap: Small head, medium lacing. Burnt orange in color.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth.

Drinkability/Notes: I will get this again before is disappears off the shelves. A good effort. Thank

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Photo of Cummins9110
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice clear amber color with a nice and frothy white head. Smells of sweet caramel and toasty malts, also get that crisp lager smell, I take a sip and get a medium bodied mouthfeel with sweet caramel and some slight malts, altho I can realy get a noble hop taste, maybe hallertau or tettnager hops, some noble variety, ends in a long lasting caramel taste which makes me want another drink. To be honest i think this beer needs more malty bready taste and less aroma addition hops. While this is a good october fest Im possitive Sam Adams could do better.

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Photo of tjacobs610
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, sort of rusty. Very thick caramel colored head with lots of lacing

Smell: Very malty aroma, with some sweetness to it. Has hints of grain with an almost musty hint to it as well

Taste: Very malty taste, not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Has a bit of a sweeter finish that’s also very metallic

Mouthfeel: Very frothy and fairly thick feel. Has a good bit of carbonation that allows the head to last quite a while.

Overall: Very good beer, nothing fantastic but it’s a solid one that can always be enjoyed.

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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 SoulFroosh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

I should start by saying I'm a big fan of the Boston Lager and drink it most nights.
I should also say that this is my first Marzen/Oktoberfest style beer.

This, to me, is just a muted version of the Boston Lager. I get that initial sweetness, caramel, toffee -- as I do from the lager -- but then I'm waiting for the complexity and bitterness at the end that I'm accustomed to...but it doesn't come.

I guess I just love the Boston Lager too much. I expected this to maybe have something that the lager doesn't, but it's not there.

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Photo of ccm414
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle...

A- Dark amber/brownish in color. Pours with a 2 finger head that recedes down to a thin layer. Doesn't really leave any sort of lace on the glass at all. It'd be nice to see a little more head retention, but still a nice clean look.

S- Holy malt batman! Very malty as expected, with some sweet caramel scents and some hints of burnt toast.

T- Sweet malt just like the smell. Nice and bready with some light bitterness. Very true to the Marzen style.

M- It's getting colder, the beers getting heavier. Not really heavy by any means, more of a medium body. Nice carbonation and a bit creamy feel.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent beer for this time of year. This one is my go-to move for an Octoberfest. Can't get enough of them, probably my favorite brew from Sam Adams.

Cheers!
ccm414

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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 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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