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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,397
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 385 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Todd


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours an outstanding crystal clear dark amber with a massive, thick, slightly off-white foam head with plenty of laced stick and retention.

Metallic, grain, a bit musty.

A smooth and even malty body kicks things off for this beer. Malts are sweet, a bit chewy. Notes of raisin and a soft, weak, watery plum flavour. Grape skin. Gentle hop leaf feel in the background with some herbal hop spice -- little bitterness. More metallic, grain and some mineral flavours that fall into the finish. Burnt raisin on the edges. Slightly dry. Odd steel aftertaste in the finish.

This is a very "safe" offering from the Boston Beer Company. Very average and unexciting compared to other Oktoberfestbiers. Worth trying if it's all you can get, but worth passing on if you can find better. I also swear that the recipe is being dumbed down every year ...

09-19-2002 18:26:16 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

A- Tight collar of tan lace stays true, vibrant yet rustic tawny color ... good clarity.

S- Nice malty aroma, toasted bread with light sweetness and faint herbal hop.

T&M- Very malty, not overly sweet. Lots of bready notes, lightly toasted crust comes to mind. Kiss of hops to balance, slight herbal flavor. Finishes semi-sweet with a lingering maltiness.

D- A tasty choice this year, its good to have a fresh O-fest rather than getting burned by a stale imported O-fest that has been sitting around since last year. A great contrast to some crab cakes with some homemade spicy remoulade sauce.

09-20-2006 01:18:03 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15%

was pleasantly suprised byt how authentic it was.Nice malty flavor and good color.I like most Sam Adams products.

02-27-2002 15:53:11 | More by oberon
Photo of mojohawk21


3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-01-2012 02:06:43 | More by mojohawk21
Photo of civilian2b


4/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2012 04:51:33 | More by civilian2b
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance – Nice, light orange body with a big head that held on long and laced the glass.

Smell – Lightly toasted malt in accordance with the style.

Taste – Smooth, creamy, lightly burnt malt flavor. There’s a little caramel touch at the end, but mostly just the smooth, easy, malt taste. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and very creamy.

Drinkability – This went down quickly, which is the telltale sign of a good Oktoberfest beer. When I lived in Germany, I used to drink these warm on tap (the bartender would warm it with a heated tool dunked in the beer specifically for that purpose), and they would often go down after just three or four gulps. I wasn’t trying to chug the mug, but they were just that smooth.

Comments – I drank this at room temperature, and it was very reminiscent of the Oktoberfest beers that I had in Germany. Excellent example of the style.

08-31-2003 02:32:41 | More by RoyalT
Photo of cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-26-2013 01:14:38 | More by cam477
Photo of tectactoe


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-04-2012 23:20:56 | More by tectactoe
Photo of ricke


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

A: Amber color with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Malts, fudge, lots of bready aromas, floral and leafy hop notes.

T: The taste is somewhat sweet with notes of bready malts, fudge, grains and floral hop notes. Some earthy hints as well. The finish is gently bitter with notes of grainy malts and leafy hops.

M: Moderate body, medium carbonation.

D: A decent beer. Quite tasty and easy to drink. Not the most interesting style, though.

09-02-2009 22:26:26 | More by ricke
Photo of ExtraStout


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

First Octoberfest of the year for me. Appearance is deep copper, with a white frothy head. Smells of malt and very light hops. Taste is a bit watery, but very balanced in flavor. Caramel and malty with a subtle spiciness. ABV is okay @ 5.7%.

Overall, this one leaves a little something to be desired. It seems like SA Octoberfest is a year-to-year thing, sometimes hit or miss. You can always count on this one for a good session beer for the season, though not my favorite by far. I'm a hops guy.

09-27-2009 02:29:25 | More by ExtraStout
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-05-2013 00:52:24 | More by OhioBobcat
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-07-2013 20:38:17 | More by npala86
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-12-2012 00:30:01 | More by tohe9384
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-19-2014 01:45:43 | More by tbryan5
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-22-2012 02:33:52 | More by J2L
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-08-2012 16:14:43 | More by Shakerman
Photo of dmheinz57


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-12-2012 23:08:01 | More by dmheinz57
Photo of explosivebeer


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams line. This beer has a light, clear brownish-amber color with little head. The aroma is all malt, mostly caramel. The body has a load of malty goodness, again caramel, and a small but significant underlying bitterness to balance. It is easy to drink and generally enjoyable.

09-26-2008 05:10:38 | More by explosivebeer
Photo of kcc


4/5  rDev +9%

03-04-2014 17:58:16 | More by kcc
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-26-2013 02:05:45 | More by SuomiHobbit
Photo of blackearth


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

This is the 2009 offering. Pouring into the perfect pint showed a dark orange-amber body with a rocky off-white head. Aroma is mainly sticky-sweet malts. Medium bodied with big toasted and caramel malt flavors and a hint of spice in the sweet finish. No hops detected anywhere. Overall a pretty good beer.

09-18-2009 14:27:47 | More by blackearth
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

04-09-2014 14:53:14 | More by MikeC144
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

10-13-2012 20:04:26 | More by markallmon
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-11-2012 22:38:48 | More by sabitu
Photo of Outchillen


5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

03-15-2011 23:51:03 | More by Outchillen
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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