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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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5,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,135
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 245 | 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 BretSikkink


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan lace over an orange-brown, Octoberfest-looking beer. Head retention is pretty good since there wasn't much volume to start with.

Toasty, lightly sweet aroma; mostly malt here but some faint hops also present.

Not too sweet, but caramel malt is the show here. Toasted flavors, slightly biscuity, with a hint of herbal hopping. Malt lingers after the crisp, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Nice balance, excellent and fresh domestic Octoberfest. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2007 19:58:09 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of donteatpoop


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey blush color with good a retention of white head.

Smells like beer. Hops, mostly. Nothing special.

Tastes good, the hops are present but not overpowering, the malt provides a light caremal sweetness to it.

Feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Surprisingly one of the best Octoberfests that I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 05:40:11 | More by donteatpoop
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber with tan head that retreats rather quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: caramel malts

Taste: caramel malts mask hop flavoring, I also detect some black tea notes and toffey undertones.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated, but nice presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking pleasant tasting marzen. Nice to have at this time of the year. I won't miss it too much though come

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 03:32:35 | More by beersheppard
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is a myriad of the quintessentially fall-time shades of auburn and amber. It is a snapshot of autumn foliage. On the whole, it is quite dazzling; fiery tones of red and coppery glazed oranges flare up when the beer is held against the light. Like its clarity, a majority of the head persists. Although the bulk of it resides along the bumpers there is a thin film that manages to cloak the surface. Lacing drapes the glass.

The aroma exhumes a lot of sulfur. Don't be alarmed - this is common in many lagers. It isn't anything unappetizing but it's not exactly enticing either (and the sizable hint of diacetyl isn't helping things). But that sulfur element is definitely characteristic of many lagers and it is one you can likely learn to live with - if not come to enjoy. Besides, swirling seems to eradicate most of it. You might also note caramel and dried fruit.

A profoundly malty flavour hints at notes of caramel, crackers and cranberries. It is distinctly sweet; a trace amount of hops is detectable but contributes nothing more than a dash of earthiness. The aftertaste has a lengthy linger and leaves your tongue in the clutches of sulfur and dried fruits. I wish this was served in one of those giant 2 liter steins :(

I could probably drink at least a few of those. No kidding. This is one extremely sessionable lager. It is smooth and deliciously sweet. The maltiness is sufficient to provide flavour but not heavy enough to weigh you down. I'm not only drinking this in gulps but have actually caught myself chugging it. To call it quenching is an understatement. Admittedly, I wouldn't know where to draw the line drinking this one.

No wonder Oktoberfest is such a big celebration. Any type of beer this good - especially one only released seasonally - deserves its own ceremony and commemoration. This is a gorgeous, distinctly flavorful, endlessly sessionable lager - in other words, this is a beer perfectly designed for festivities. And you can bet Sam Adams' version will definitely be a source of merriment in my house each fall from here in.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:23:58 | More by biegaman
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I love October and this is why-Octoberfest Beers!

This is a nice offering- pours a off white head, two fingers in width.

Smells bready, malty, and a bit of caramel.

The smell doesn't last once you get halfway down- I miss that smell and wish it would stay.

Amber/copper color, very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

This is a malty beer- 5 styles used for this. I definitely find this to be the predominant ingredient and you can taste it. I get a little hop bitterness, but very little. Maybe that could be more pronounced?

For an octoberfest style, this is a good one to drink all night. It is a low alcohol, tasty and totally drinkable. Worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:14:33 | More by montecristo2
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer - I've had it before and bought a case of bottles. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Poured with some head that dissolved quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The beer looks exactly as an Octoberfest beer should - a rich dark amber color.

Smell - Rich strong smell of malt, molasses and caramel. I don't detect hops.

Taste - Tasting this reminds me of the brewing process. The taste is a nice grainy / barley / cereal taste that makes me think of tasting the used grains after the mash. There is a present malt taste. There is an aftertaste of the beer that makes me think of Sam Adams Boston lager, although not nearly as strong.

Mouthfeel - The beer is smooth, and thick. There is a light carbonation, but it is not under carbonated.

Drinkability - Easy to drink for a fairly strong beer. The low carbonation makes it go down easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 04:05:38 | More by Fazulka
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty amber tones with a rapidly disintegrating head that starts big, fluffy, and off-white and retreats to a small-ish film. Lightly hopped aroma laced with bits of holiday spices and a clear malt presence (as it should be, dammit!) Fairly filling for a medium-bodied lager. Very smooth and malty sweet. Not spectacularly complex or original or even perfectly on-style but pretty cohesive and very well balanced. Toasted malts and just the slightest estery quality rounds it out nicely. Hops don't quite clean up the finish all the way. With the familiar Sammy label staring you in the face, this is probably a good Marzen to use on unsuspecting folks in early-fall beer conversions.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 22:16:14 | More by marburg
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its been almost a year since the SA winter mixed case introduced me to the fine world of craft beer and this is the last SA seasonal left for me to sample.

A- Completely transparent dark amber body that pours with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top.

S-Nose is subtle. Warm caramel malt upfront and a cool refreshing hop scent in the background.

T- A balance of caramel malt and toffee upfront with a slight edge of hop bitterness. The flavor peaks and becomes more intense for the finish but shows the same balance as the initial flavor. An abundance of toffee and caramel malt lingers with no hop presence.

M-Carbonation is high and assaults the tongue. Medium bodied and full.

D- This is a nice Oktoberfest beer made by BBC. Not the best O-fest but still decent and very drinkable. I probably won't buy this again before the O-fests leave the shelves for the winter seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 17:17:20 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange color with hints of amber. Light tan one-finger head with decent retention and unremarkable lacing.

S - Very faint bready malt aroma with hints of spicy/herbal hops. A little doughy sweetness in the nose as well.

T - Strong taste of bready and doughy malts with a lingering sweetness. A herbal spiciness comes through mid-drink and provides a nice balance.

M/D - Medium bodied that seems to thin as it warms. A very drinkable O-fest but not one of the best I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 14:56:24 | More by ckeegan04
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

probably the first octoberfest i ever tried, never got around to reviewing it till now. pours a nice amber color with a white fluffy head, aroma is of a biscuity maltiness, slight sugary caramel also in the nose. taste if malty again, i can't decipher any hop note at all. mouthfeel i a bit watery, and could use some body. drinkability is high cause it is a pretty good all around beer at a good price sam again does a nice job

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:11:55 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Red Door in Watertown, Conn.

A: This brew poured a dark orange with a 1/4 inch head that disappeared rather quickly. Nice color, not too bad of a lace.

S: Smells sweet and toasty, with definitive malt sweetness and some sugary grain thrown into the mix for good measure.

T: Taste is sweet and malty, just as you would expect from the smell. It tastes like a fuller-bodied Red Ale that's been given more malt, and thus, more character.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, I'd say, for an American Marzen. Not too heavy to enjoy more than a couple.

D: Drinkability is high, despite the higher than average ABV tap offering; it's smooth and tasty, and too good to turn down, given the season we're in. So many of these could be had.

This particular night, it's all that could be had, and for a change in seasonal brews, I say, welcome to the Oktoberfest season, with this American offering of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 06:10:12 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, clear auburn body crowned by an imposing head that unfortunately recedes more quickly than I'd like.

Great scents of honey and apple skins support the gloriously malty nose. Iced tea attributes creep up on the finish.

Rich roasted undertones compliment a robust but controlled malt sweetness. Apple-y notes surface once again with a brown sugar theme throughout. Moderate bitterness tempers the sweetness somewhat on the conclusion.

Thick without any syrupy tendencies, carbonated without leaning toward fizzy. A tad heavy but that's the nature of the style.

This has really renewed my faith in Boston Brewing Co. after suffering through their dreadful summer line-up. Mr. Koch, more beers like this, please!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 15:26:20 | More by malcontent
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Freshness date was notched for February 2005. This beer has plenty of life left.

Amber colored with a solid, fluffy head.

Smells like toasted bread, malt, and a little bit of caramel or syrup.

Nicely balanced with a sweet malt presence and a tad of nutmeg or spice. Slight hop presence on the finish, but the malt flavors dominate. This brew used noble hops and four malts.

Respectable 5.4% ABV brew on this Sam Adams seasonal. Drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 23:59:23 | More by Hibernator
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= dark brown and amber, light head dissipates quickly
S= light aroma of hops and wheat not much
T= great malt with light hops, tastes a lot like bread going down. Some citrus notes in the middle of the sip on the tip of the tounge
M= high carbonation with a dry feeling going down
D= high very smooth and refreshing good session beer for football season

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 00:25:55 | More by jjanega08
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little lacing to speak of.

The smell is of bready malt.

The taste reflects the bready malt with a twinge of smooth caramel in the finish.

The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but not oppressive. This brew goes down very smoothly and clings a bit from the heavy malt.

Overall this is a pleasant harvest brew that is very easy to drink and have several of. There is not all that much to it and is rather one dimensional, but well worth the purchase as a fall staple.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:20:17 | More by penguinjive7
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Oktoberfest beer, and a decent one at that. I've only had one or two other Oktoberfests but this one is probably my favorite.

It's very malty but that is typical for this type of brew. Being someone who is new to the craft beer scene (~1 year), I was surprised at how sweet it was. However, I quickly learned to appreciate the flavor and I have developed a soft spot for this beer. It's one of the highlights of fall for me here in New England.

This is one of those beers that I try to stock up on before winter hits and Sam Adams changes to the next seasonal brew. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 19:37:02 | More by badenglishihave
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep red-copper color with a creamy, dense head. Mildly malty aroma with notes of noble hops. Taste follows through with a slightly sweet malty palate, pleasantly bready, along with earthy, spicy, leafy hops. This beer finishes grainier, on the dry side. Overall, quite solid. Medium body with ample carbonation, goes down real, real easy. One of the better beers that are this widely available.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 20:15:46 | More by akahn
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bar by my school we always go to, Chipper's Pub, has a 1.75 Sam Adams wednesday night special and i tried a couple of these when they came in and took a few home. I was impressed. The dark orange amber color is alluring but alas, the little head that pours disapates quickly but does leave a nice thick lace on the sides of the glass. Has a very malty and fruity taste. Leaves me with an aftertaste of slight carmelness. Some say this beer is a little sweet and it may be too sweet to get drunk off of, but out of respect (and my wallet) i rarely get loaded off sams...hell, thats what yuengling is for :) For the next few months i will definetly be drinking more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 10:30:30 | More by allboutbierge
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up to try an Oktoberfest since the selection was slim. This beer pours a clear copper color with a small tan head that quickly disappears with very little lacing. Smells of malt bread and a nice herbal aroma, a little sweet. Taste is malty, toasted malts and bread with a nice herbal flavor. Mouthfeel was of medium body and nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall worth a try but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 02:36:49 | More by johnd513
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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear brown-amber liquid with a generous off-white head.

Aroma is the weakest point of this beer. Malty but a few odd adjunct notes. Not bad at all but not especially good either really.

Flavor is better. Malty and rich, but not cloyingly sweet. A little bit of toastyness. A very little bit of maple and caramel. Just a little hops. Nice finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Overall a better than average Octoberfest. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 19:49:22 | More by jmbranum
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North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ruby red in color, pours a thin head that struggles to stay. the smell is earthy, caramal, toffee. the taste follows with a woody start and a nutty finish and the caramal toffee sweetness the whole way through. bitterness just enough to keep it drinkable. mouthfeel is medium with a thin bite. i think alot of people miss the depth of this beer becasue it's just another sam adams beer, but this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 04:47:25 | More by DrewsBrews450
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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being my favorite style, I felt I needed to finally review the most popular of the American marzens.

A: Crystal clear reddish orange with an off white head the turns to a film quickly. The film sticks around, no lacing.

S: Hmm, not really much of a scent at all. A little bit of bready/caramel malts come through.

T: Smooth, caramely, bisquity maltiness. Very little bitterness, lots of sweetness but stops short of being too sweet. A very crisp finish but no discernible hop character.

M: Very creamy smooth, while keeping a fairly medium body. It's literally impossible to only drink one of these. Perfect crisp carbonation keeps it interesting, though not enough to bother the throat after taking huge gulps. Mmmm.

O: This is just a really good, affordable beer. I drink tons of these every year. While it doesn't quite stack up to the Paulaners or the Hacker-Pschorrs, this is a pretty darn good malty marzen that I seem to crave when the weather cools down.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:07:16 | More by alexipa
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy As Octoberfest is quite good...especially for sessionist. The beer is a nice deep rich clear amber with ok carbonations and thin white head that is lacing. There is not much to smell quite honestly...I know it is allergy season here in IL, but beyond sweet malt....I dont smell anything. The taste sarts sweet then finishes with a good malt that clears the pallet. The mouthfeel is good...lower ABV helps this beer be drinkable. Overall....not to shabby!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:41:43 | More by WoodBrew
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a gorgeous white head

S- Lots of maltiness, full but nothing spectacular

T- Bready, malty, roasted. Finishes with a sweet malt taste

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation, not as full for an octoberfest as I'd like but still good

D- Very drinkable and easy to use to introduce others to a seasonal beer

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:13:11 | More by aepb1
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Octoberfest pours with a very, dark amber color. It has probably one of the most seasonal appearances I have seen so far. It's smell has a great pumpkin/spice aroma: very warm and inviting. However, I found the taste lacking a good seasonal feel. Basically, it lacked a hard spice I really wanted, or at least, expected from it. It has a good crisp texture, however, and really runs down smoothly. Overall, it is an accessible Octoberfest though other seasonal beverages packed a bigger seasonal touch.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 03:32:30 | More by fitzy84
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,135 ratings.