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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,511
Reviews: 1,939
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 448 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of hoser

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Samples picked up today for an Oktoberfest article. I remember this beer being meatier. Faint notes of sherry, highly poundable with a great mouth drying bitterness. My third one today and thinking about a fourth.Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemutlichkeit!

08-26-2010 03:21:57 | More by hoser
Photo of joekfsu


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with 1.5 cm off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel, that balances out at the finish. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, some lacing noted. Drinkable and one of the better Marzen's I have had this year.

10-20-2007 01:43:00 | More by joekfsu
Photo of tykees88


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a beer that I really like. I know there are probably better octoberfest beers out there, and I will be trying them. But for the price of this beer and the fact that it was readily available i think this beer is one that i will get again every fall. It's a very drinkable beer. Drinking this beer at a tailgate would be the way to go.

02-16-2010 15:05:23 | More by tykees88
Photo of adam42381


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Excellent beer. Probably the best offering of Samuel Adams that I've had thus far.

Appearance: Nice orange-brown color. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell: Malty and toasty. I detected a hint of wine which was odd but nice nonetheless. Also a bit of sweet caramel on the nose.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet yet toasty malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Midrange mouthfeel. Not too light, but definitely not heavy. Maybe not quite as thick as I would have liked but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Very high. It was quite enjoyable. I'm sure it would be excellent on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

09-24-2006 23:47:06 | More by adam42381
Photo of obrike


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Had one at my dad's during a visit yesterday.

Copper pour, fairly light head that did not last too long...very spotty lacing.

Fairly tame scent...sweet malt and not much else...maybe cinammon?

Wow, much more flavorful than I anticipated based on look and smell. The sweet malt was there, as was an almost spicey, peppery flavor. I really thought the combo was pretty good. Fairly carbonated, very sessionable. I woulda had a few more if there were any left.

Nice effort here by Sam Adams. I'll get this one again if I see it on sale.

10-03-2011 01:50:13 | More by obrike
Photo of AChamberlain


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an "enjoy before" date of Feb 2007.

A: It had a divine deep honey color, it reminded me of a fall leaf.

S: Typical honey and malt smell. Very promising.

T: Honey ain't there, what?!? The flavor I was expecting was not there. It was not bad though, just not what I was expecting.

MF: Light to medium bodied. Loose and smooth.

D: Very much so; a great oktoberfest to guzzle.

10-09-2006 02:31:27 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a dark copper/amber and produced a large fluffy, almost off white head. Small amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell is mostly toasted malts and sweetness.

Taste is malty with a nice mild amount of sweetness. Perhaps some hints of caramel and a little hint of hop bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a little bit of a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. It goes down quite easy and is a tasty brew. It may not be the best example of the style but I would definitely have it as a session beer!

11-01-2009 23:39:12 | More by MrStark
Photo of Spineypanda


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Probably one of my more favorites from Sam Adams.

Has a golden amber color with a thin somewhat lacy head.
Smells of malts and a hint of spice.
Has the taste of a big malty deliciousness :). A bit of the spice taste to it but not a whole lot, which is a plus. This is a bit of a thin beer on the mouth and hardly what I would want in my mouthfeel but still not bad.

Hope next years is as good as this one!

11-21-2009 04:19:37 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Amber, equal balance of hops and malt in the aroma. Very smooth going down the hatch, but as an Oktober I thought it should have some more malt flavor. Certainly not a bad brew, it tastes good...but it seems this is more of a "drink but don't think" Oktoberfest, ie. a fancy seasonal for the BMC crowd.

10-16-2002 23:46:47 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Strix


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A pleasant surprise. I haven't particularly enjoyed the last few Oktoberfest beers I've tried, but this beer was nice. Nicely balanced I guess, and although it had the same notes of nuts and spice as the other Oktoberfests I've tried, it lacked the unpleasant aftertaste I've picked up in other brands. This beer actually had some nice complexity to the taste - roasted malts, nuts, spice? and hops. I had about given up on the style, but this shows what is possible with it.

10-14-2007 04:53:44 | More by Strix
Photo of mherring


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours out a nice amber/burnt orange color, with a finger width or so of head. I didn't really detect much on the smell, maybe a faint hint of malts. The taste is nice, malty, but not too much so, with a good finish. It maybe could have had a little stronger malt taste, but it still hits the spot. Mouthfeel is pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary, but drinkability is pretty high. Overall it's a solid beer that I wish was around more often, but then again, thats part of the fun of Oktoberfest.

09-05-2007 02:14:10 | More by mherring
Photo of Fnord


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance - Deep red, with a persistent lacing around the edge.

Smell & Taste - Caramel, grass, apricots, and alcohol. A pleasant hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - It'd be easy to drink this one all day.

Notes - A tasty oktoberfest that has the added bonus of being easy to find. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even Red Lobster had it. Like many Sam Adams beers, it can serve as a good baseline for its style.

10-26-2009 15:43:44 | More by Fnord
Photo of gkunkle


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a beautiful transparent copper orange color with a tall tan head. One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen, I was very excited to take a sip once I got it into the glass. Smells sweet and malty, with a little bit of spice. Taste is of sweet malt and spice. There is also some hop bitterness in there, but it is just the right amount. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. Overall a great beer that I really enjoyed. Much more accessible than other marzens, such as Paulaner, Hofbrau or Ayinger, but still a great brew. I am almost always impressed by Jim Koch and Sam Adams. They may not make the best beer in any one category, but they make a wide variety of really decent beers.

09-10-2010 06:28:25 | More by gkunkle
Photo of engisch

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a reddish amber with a fine lacing head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Flavor is also of caramel and malts with a nice balancing of hops bitterness. The bitterness is masked nicely by the sweetness of the malts. This is one of the freshest Marzens that I can get, and in addition, probably partly due to freshness, it is one of the better oktoberfests. I have to give Sam Adams a big thumbs up on this one. Another great beer that I enjoy a few every year!

10-20-2008 03:47:48 | More by engisch
Photo of rebelthrower


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

10-01-2011 06:12:01 | More by rebelthrower
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some bread/biscuit aromas. Taste is the same with some citrus zest hop flavors that come in to play. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Oktoberfest style beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

10-08-2011 19:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of steelreign

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Oh yeah - it's that time again. SA Octoberfest pours almost blood red with some shades of brown and a thin wispy white head. Aroma contains roasted malt, some hops and some earthy tones....not much else. Taste is malty, semi-sweet, and very little hops to balance it. Adequate carbonation, and very easy going down. The ABV and the fact that it is so easy to quaff down yields a 5 on the drinkability scale. You can drink alot of this one. Not a bad offering from SA at all...

09-22-2003 13:19:48 | More by steelreign
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a clear amber color with almost no head

S: Some nice bready malts, spicy hops, and a generic lager smell

T: Bready malts come through first and go on throughout, with a spicy hop presence that is fairly weak. Tastes like fall in a bottle in terms of all the bready malt goodness with that slight hop bite

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great fall seasonal and one of the few lagers (i.e., not a sweet malt bomb of a doppelbock) that I actually enjoy

08-23-2011 20:36:12 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of DocJitsu


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

2011--Pours a copper amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Classic Märzen aromas. Toffee and ripe fruit. Mouthfeel is magnificent for the style. Two years ago, Boston Brewing messed with the recipe causing the mouthfeel to to be too scrubbing and biting. Now just the right amount of creamy, which is enhanced by the toffee flavor, yielding to a mild scrubbing. I love how this is a beer to experience rather than just drink or swill. The appearance, aroma, mouthfeel and flavor are all complimentary, creating an inclusive sensory experience and a beer with excellent drinkability. Outside of Spaten, this is the best Oktoberfest I've had.

2012--Pours a clear golden copper with a 1/4", quickly dissipating, caramel-colored head. The nose is characterized by brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, and banana. The mouthfeel is so soft, thick, and wet, with just a hint of carbonation on the back of the tongue. Very, very pleasant. A nearly perfect balance of brown sugar, ripe date, and cinnamon comprise the flavor. There's no overdone, gimmicky pumpkin or cinnamon. It's a very classy Oktoberfest. And, thank God, there is not that usual, off-putting hop presence that is so often prominent in Sam Adams beers. This year is a huge improvement over last year. Thank you Boston Beer Co! Overall: 4.0; up from 3.75 from last year.

04-25-2012 01:48:04 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of JBogan


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured a deep amber color with a 2 finger head which left rather quickly. A few swirls of the glass and it returned easily. Average lacing.

This had a pleasing smell, slightly malty but not on the order of say, a Rogue Dead Guy.

The taste was even better than the smell, mostly malt but with a slight hop edge in there.

Not much carbonation nor a whole lot of mouthfeel, just average I'd say.

Like most Sam Adams offerings, this went down well. An above average brew which would be easy to knock down in quantity.

09-08-2007 19:25:04 | More by JBogan
Photo of tubacharlie


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Light caramel smell with a hint of fruity hops.

A decent off-white head develops over the clear, amber brew. Good lacing and retention as the head recedes.

At first sip, a good dose of hops bitterness as the creamy carbonation foams in the mouth. Nice malt presence in the middle palate, with caramel notes and a slightly sweet finish.

Right on the style, but not exceptional.

10-09-2011 01:59:52 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

bought a sixer in Seattle and have been enjoying this beer with many Fall dishes. Considering the reasonable price , this is a well made O fest beer that is easy drinking yet packed full of those nutty flavours that occur in this style. The finish is tiny bit sweet which suits the style and I like the balance in the mouthfeel. One of the best I have tried in this style.

11-02-2006 01:07:05 | More by canucklehead
Photo of allengarvin


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Very pleasant walnut amber color, with a quickly fading head however. Aroma is malty, most caramel but with a touch of toasted bread. Malty initial flavor, somewhat sweet and a little sticky, light toasted flavor, with low-moderate bitterness balancing it. Finishes clean and drier than expected. Neutral texture with a firm body.

One of the better of the early recipe Sam Adams beers, I've always found. Not exceptional but no obvious flaws or faults.

10-03-2006 01:25:11 | More by allengarvin
Photo of goschool


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On-tap at TGI Friday's in Thousand Oaks, CA. The establishment was not choice.

Appearance: Clear copper to orange with a white head that doesn't wait long to disappear.

Smell: The light nose bares sweet malts- biscuity, caramel, and toasty, light fruit, and noble hops.

Taste: There are sweet malts up front, which turn toasty and biscuity in the middle as fruits and grains come in. The finish is dry and hoppier than most, but it's not a hoppy style.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium-bodied and it feels smooth and creamy, with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Everybody is saying that this year’s Sam Adams O-Fest is the best they have ever made. This is the first time I’ve tried it so I can’t vouch for years past, but I can say that this is a solid sessionable märzen that’s as good as some of the Germys like Spaten.

10-19-2006 07:11:48 | More by goschool
Photo of beermanbrian


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to gdrakeman for this one. He's been bugging me about giving it a try. I'm sure I had it at some point in the past but can't really say it left any kind of impression. Had it on tap last night while out to dinner so figured tonight would be a good night to review the bottle.

Pours a nice dark copper color and foams up with a surprising nice little head that sticks around a while. Eventually falls to a very thin film on the top. Looks about as exiting as it gets for an Oktoberfest i guess. Smell is strong on the malty side. Taste follows suit. I've seen some complain that this is too sweet but frankly I think it has a pretty good balance of hops. Nice bitterness in the back of the mouth and finish. I was ready to be down on this one just to spite gdrakeman but i have to admit that it's a pretty good beer. Nice seasonal sipper.

10-14-2006 00:49:40 | More by beermanbrian
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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