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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
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5,877 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,877
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 601 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh more Oktoberfest brew and I'm on a Sam Adams kick of late to boot. Pours pure copper into the SA specialty glass. A big fluffy off-white head peaks a few cm above the rim and fades very slowly, leaving a scattering of rocky lacing behind. Smells of malts, caramel, and a bit of tea. Tastes sweet with just enough bitterness to keep it from being boring. Goes down smooth with a light-to medium mouth-feel. I'm really digging this one for sure.

stephens101, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of IllNate
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber. With a helping of off white head. Not the best retention.

S - Malty aroma, bready. With a pearish fruity aroma and a herbal hop component.

T - Very malt forward beer. Bready malt with a munich component. A definite fruit component with a bit of a medicinal tinge.

M - Very smooth and creamy.

D - Excellent.

IllNate, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Octoberfest of the season. Beer pours clear and amber into the glass with limited head. Slightly roasted and caramel malt in the nose. There was also some hints of alcohol-laden fruit. Husky grain and sweet bread malt flavors rounded out by a very light hop presence. The malt sticks around for awhile to remind you of the swig, but it is by no means cloying. Overall not too shabby.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tkepx182
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head of this beer quickly dissipated to reveal a nice amber color

S: It has the nice smell of bread

M: It has a nice feel in the mouth, smooth full of body

T: The malts are the primary player and the main reason that this beer stands out the the sweetness of bread. Very mild hops flavoring

O: This is a very good beer in the Marzen style

tkepx182, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a Sam Adams glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Light amber/orange with a decent head that leaves foamy chunks and is well retained, nice lacing

Smell: Toasted malt aroma, very faint hop accent

Taste: Toasted malts dominate, hops are in the background but enough to leave the finish slightly dry and somewhat hoppy - very clean

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkablility: Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest, it fits the style definitions well as is tasty one right after the other. It's quite a nice session beer for those fall parties/festivals or just kicking back and having a few beers.

scoobybrew, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of IPhantom
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a nice head that sticks around with some high lacing. Smells vaguely metallic but mostly malty, thorough appetizing. Taste is sweet up front, plenty of slippery malt with a hop essence that's more spicy (cinnamon, cloves) than herbal or piney. Mouthfeel follows suit, nicely carbonated up front and slick on the back end. Overall, it's plenty good, but there are better.

IPhantom, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of intensify
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, already October and a full year since I last had this beer. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Copper colored body with a small head that stuck around for a minute before fizzling away. Biscuit tones, caramel, roasted pecans, cinnamon and spices all off a nice smell. Taste follows closely behind with the caramel really coming out on top. Goes down fairly smooth considering it is not a thick bodied beer.

Octoberfest really does scream Fall when you sip on it. Definately a beer to have on a cool fall night.

intensify, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of casadebia
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest is an overall good attempt at this type of beer. It gets the basics right but somehow has almost a generic feel. The appearance and smell are nothing to write home about but get the job done. The taste is very well balanced but seems to be missing something. THe mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for this type of beer. Overall the drinkablility is very strong because it dose not really overpower the senses.

casadebia, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - appropriate to the season, this beer is a dark coppery orange color with a thin tan head, with plenty of carbonation

S - a great hoppy, toasted aroma, with a great malt presence and a subdued hop profile, inviting, definitely

T - a great malty sweet taste, and balanced nicely with the mild hop profile, full bodied and tasty, a great octoberfest

M&D - i love this beer, this is my favorite Sam Adams offering, a great beer that is easy back and quite smooth, a great transition beer for BMC drinkers

sinstaineddemon, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of bcgoldtoe
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive beer. While it's not as sweet as a true Octoberfest, this is perfect for the American palate.

A= Beautiful. Golden brown intermingled with a lighter reddish brown. Terrific head and nice lacing.

S=Very pleasant fruity scent.

T= I would like a little more of the syrupy sweetness (if the beer had more of a flavor like its scent it would be just about perfect). It's still excellent. Hops are present but are not overpowering. Finally, a balanced beer.

M/D= Thicker than I expected, which was a nice surprise. It's a sipping beer, but you could put away a couple easily.

bcgoldtoe, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Buffalow Wild Wings and loved it. It pours a very nice clear amber and the head is a beautiful frothy cream colored head. Very smooth for sure and very drinkable its has some sweet notes and a little spice. I found this to be very enjoyable and will definatly savor this one this year.

ryantupy, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of homersimpson
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003
Reddish orange with a thin layer of beige.
Spicy, citrusy with a bit of sweet malt in the nose.
Medium, heavily carbonated, chewy body
Bunches of malt with some fruit and spice in the mix too. A bit of caramel adds a distinct sweetness. Finishes clean, with only a light dryness left.
Always interesting to see how each year's version turns out.

homersimpson, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of Gish
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful copper with a small and quickly dissipating head.

S - Brown sugar, malts, and a bit of metal? It can smell great one minute and kind of metallic the next.

T - Very malty while still being refreshing and crisp. Maybe a tad sweeter than I like but overall very enjoyable!

M - Medium bodied, could use a bit more carbonation in my opinion.

D - One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while, these are guaranteed not to last long in your fridge!

Gish, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of jb413
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bar was out of Harpoon. But ended up being a nice fill-in.

A - Fantastic look with a dark amber color, some rising bubbles and a big three finger foamy head with good retention.

S - Nose smelt good but don't recall much beyond the usual malt / hops.

T - Nice toasted and caramel malt flavors and a good finish. Some hints of darker fruit. The right amount of balance. A little richer and of a higher quality than expected. Tasty and above average for me.

MF - Medium through and through with a bit of creamy texture and nicely matched carbonation. A bit less drinkable than others in the style I've had but it works well.

O - Great looking and tasting. A winner from Sam. Surprisingly edged out the Harpoon and left me wanting another.

jb413, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Pahn
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, very fizzy and active off-white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a translucent copper. With time, all traces of head disappear as if the beer is flat. No lacing.

Smell: Strong, lagery sweet smell. Not much going on.

Taste: Very flavorful, with lots of creamy malt goodness balanced by subtle, herbal hops. There's a wealth of diverse and strong flavors of bread and grain, along with faint hints of spiciness and balancing hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated and creamy. Heightens the flavor.

Drinkability: Sam Adams Octoberfest is a standby for me, and this bottle delivered as well as any I've had in the past.

This is likely my favorite Märzen (though for some reason I've never tried Ayinger's), and is one of my favorite beers from Sam Adams. Lots of flavor, and goes well with food.

Pahn, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Kfenn
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Kfenn, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Mmcdonald79
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Mmcdonald79, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Gator_Nation
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Gator_Nation, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Kuno777
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Kuno777, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Dwill8684
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Dwill8684, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Bill_Loves_BamaBeer
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Bill_Loves_BamaBeer, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of WestBeerdedman
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

WestBeerdedman, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops along with some toffee and caramel malt.

The flavor is not quite what I expected. I get a lot of toffee, caramel and bready malt - as expected - but I also get some cinnamon and allspice. I have had this beer numerous times over the years and I never remember it having the spicy components. Regardless, it was very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of bisq
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

bisq, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my mind, this seems mellower than recent years. I find this a boon because I seem to remember my palate growing tired after one or two bottles from the previous batches. Perhaps something has been sacrificed, but overall I think it's a plus, at least in the drinkability department. Cushy head atop a crystal clear amber liquid, slight musty aroma. Tangy malts with just the right trace of spices to let you know you've got a Fest beer grasped tightly in your mitt. The taste profile goes through its cycle quickly, ending up with a photo finish containing faint echoes of the flavor, nice and gummy. Even though Sam has been troubled recently in the PR department, I'm enjoying their specialty beers (read: anything other than Boston Lager and Light) more than ever. Think I'll have a Cream Stout a little later on.

Thrasher, Sep 03, 2002
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,877 ratings.