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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,790 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,790
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 561 | 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 HeavyMetalBrew
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Not much of a head for a German-style beer but the color is good.

S: Hops, biscuits, caramel

T: Very malty. Caramel. Some hop bitterness at the very beginning, but not much after.

M: Malty. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fairy good oktoberfest beer. Easy to drink, but flavorful.

HeavyMetalBrew, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

On-tap at Pinstripes in Glenview (sitting in the Adirondack chairs by their fire pit). Served in a straight pint glass. Reviewed from notes 18 September 2009.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color with decent sized head that recedes to a persistent cap and leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell: Some caramel malts, toasted bread and moderate herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Consistent with the nose - sweet malts, slightly metallic taste. Some herbal hop spiciness. Like most Boston Beer Co offerings, malts and hops are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Malts are a bit chewy.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy.

NeutroMan, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of rfabian
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 10 mm head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is mainly of sweet malt with only a hint of hops. The taste again is of sweet roasted malt and slight bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean with some tailings of roasted malt. More of a rich brew than a refreshing one, I'd be happy to have another.

rfabian, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of david131
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A- a clear, orange/ amber liquid. It almost seems to glow a little bit. A great, slightly off-white head that retains for quite some time. Good rising streams of carbonation.

S- Sweet, malty, brown sugar, bready. Nothing astounding here, but its not bad in any way.

T- Malty with some brown sugar. Clean and crisp. Definitely makes me think of fall. It does have a certain Sam Adams-ness to it.

M- Clean and crisp. Sweet, but not cloying. Dry enough to keep you coming back for more.

D- A little sweet, but this is great on a little cooler day. I enjoyed this much more this year that I did last year.

david131, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of dedalus
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

poured out of the bottle a deep orange, with a nice, fluffy head. moderate, creamy lacing.

not a lot of aromas, but i got it at an applebee's and they pulled it out of an ice cooler, so that's probably what i can blame the weak scents on. what i could detect was a slight, timid hop presence (noble hops, if i remember the label correctly) and a faint whiff of sugary malt.

good, medium-thick mouthfeel, although i suspect it could benefit by being a little thicker.

almost no detectable hops in the palate. lots of clean, nutty, creamy, sugary malt, in both the palate and the finish. just the smallest bit of hop flavor emerged in the finish; the strong but clean sweetness was given a touch of complexity by this late, light bitterness.

this beer wasn't very complex or challenging, but it tasted great, and there's nothing wrong with that! i kind of felt like i could drink it all day, but there are a lot of other oc(k)toberfests that i'd like to try this year.

all in all, if you can't get your hands on an authentic german/bavarian o-fest, this is a good beer to try. good, clean, sweet, and just complex enough to escape being boring. the autumn beer to reach for when you want something that's easy to drink, but isn't cripplingly dumbed-down.



dedalus, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

served on-tap, this was a clear deep copper with a quickly diminishing tan head and decent lacing. nose is mostly of clean caramel malts-appealing, but not much else going on that is discernable. per the style, the malt character and sweetness predominates but somehow still feels balanced overall . almost medium in body and quite quaffable. just had a couple of these and this offering quickly became my favorite of the sam adams line.

MrMcGibblets, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear red/orange, thick tan head forms, some nice lacing, good retention as well. Smell is sweet and malty, some spice and orange, little cherry, caramel, and some iron. Taste is sweet, toffee and orange, rich malt in the back, some iron again and cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I really enjoy this, real smooth and easy to drink, with some nice flavour to it.

Viggo, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Far from my favorite style, but this is a quality beer.

Can't compare to previous years, as this typically sells out quite quickly in Joplin Missouri and this is the first year I've been lucky enough to get ahold of some.

That being said this very very fresh sample is quite the drinker.

The appearance is a lovely deep amber, the head at first fairly thick but it tends to die down rather quickly. There is however lace left throughout most of the glass.

Their's a fefinite malty smell and I can sense some spice as well. Above average smelling beer in each and every way.

There's a sweetness to the taste and some caramel as well. All in all it's quite delicious.

Could see myself drinking drinking this beer quite a bit as fall draws nearer, will just need to stock up before it sells out again!

JoeyHotrod, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12 oz bottle pored into a SA pint glass

This beer pours clear dark orange with a nice off white head. The nose of this beer is somewhat malty but fairly plain and uninspiring, its like a very toned down part of the taste which is the weak part of the beer. The taste of this beer is what you would expect out of an Oktoberfest. Its quite malty. There is a lot of crystal and Munich malt flavors and has a lot of notes of toffee. This is an easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor and a nice feel. This beer would compliment just about anything perfectly. It is my go to Oktoberfest and one of SA's best offerings.

TwelveOunces, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Copper brown. No head.
Bread crust and prickly green leaves define the aromas.
There is a respectable amount of toasty nut and toffee richness to the flavors, but there is a slight dilution that keeps it from being intense enough for me. High quality brew with broad appeal for an "urmaerzen."

putnam, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Dated by Feb 06. Also noticed it sez Lager on the bottle. Pours a clear deep golden color with lots of carbonation, small head, but lots of lacing. Scent of sweet malts. Medium body. Very nice taste kinda sweet. Man you could drink this all day long, very nice again by Sam Adams. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of KenOnBass
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

KenOnBass, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Hokies
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle pours a deep reddish copper color with a small white head that lasts with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some chocolate and a grassy scent.

The taste is dominated by the sweet malt taste with some roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is somewhat balanced out by a light citrus hop taste.

Their is a good amount of carbonation in this beer with a nice creamy feel to it. This is a nice Marzen and one that is easy to drink.

Hokies, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours orange with a moderate sized head. The aroma is of caramel, mollasses and melon. The taste is sweet and bready. Barley husk and herbal hops mingle with light citrus flavors. Bitterness is light throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite an active carbonation.

This is a decent Octoberfest. Its a definite malt fest. With a bit more depth and complexity it could be world class.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of filabrazilia
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a brilliant orange copper with a small tan head. There is a bit of lace on the glass.

A light malt aroma is blended with a touch of toffee and is deliously sweet to the nose.

This is a nice tasting beer--very mild and sweet with a good caramel smoothness. A gentle hop bite finishes it nicely.

This is an exceptionally easy beer on the mouth--light and easy yet dry and slightly bitter in the finish.

A surprisingly good offering from SA. I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to sample it again.

filabrazilia, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of GnomeKing
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

This is solid entry into the--IMHO--overcrowded Oktoberfest market. It's a vibrant, strong copper color with ample head. The taste has a sweet and prominent malt flavor with hops that nicely, balance things. There are some nice hints of fruit. The beer is well made and retains its flavor well, being as drinkable on the cold first sip as it is on the moderately warmed final sip. If it's that time of year, hell, grab one...join the spirit of the season...but like I said, grab one, not a whole case.

GnomeKing, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of CampusCrew
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Lots of nice caramel flavor, balanced, good malt backbone, and decent hop presence. This is the best value on the american market for beer. Although this is not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, it's up there and it's always a trusty option when a bar doesn't have a good selection of beer. You can never go wrong with a Sam Adams product.

CampusCrew, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours a nice copper colow with an off white head. A little bit of hop comes through in the aroma. Nice caramel malt flavors dominate, hops balance this out and are somewhat noticeable toward the finish, but remain in the background. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

The color of this beer was very attractive to me that dark amber color looked nice in a big 22 oz. glass. The taste was malty and sweet but not too sweet. The finish was greatwhich left your mouth with the malty flavor and craving for more; i also found myself enjoying hte beer more as it got warmer and warmer. I alos enjoyed the smell which was a warm roasted malt that i could almost taste wiht one smell

JoEBoBpr, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of BravoTwo
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Had this on-tap with prime rib and potatoes. Good combination of the beer with the food, to pair the heavier beef with this beer.

A - Good appearance, but could have been a little bit darker. Light copper color, with minimal head.

S - Toasty smell, with good fall aroma. Caramel spice notes

T - Malty, with a toasted grain flavor. Crisp with a clean finish, definitely a Fall taste.

M - Crisp, with good carbonation without being overpowering / overcarbonated.

D - Good drinkability, although I only wanted one. I could have had another easily, and I think on a cool night (maybe outside) the drinkability would be higher for me.

Overall, a very nice beer that is a solid Octoberfest style beer. Not as good as others I have had esp. Octoberfest from Swashbuckler's, but definitely worth a try. Plus, the availability is good on this beer being more widely distributed.

BravoTwo, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Gatch
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I first had it in a 6-pack and it was disappointing. I then had it on tap and it was an entirely different beer. First of all, the color was incredible. Second, you could really taste the combo of the four different malts that they use. Very good throughout. The best was the finish, which had a nice honey aspect. It was also very smooth throughout. An enjoyable fall seasonal, but I have yet to try a lot of fall seasonals. This is probably middle of the pack. Give it a shot no doubt.

Gatch, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I am a fan of this one fore sure.

A: Pours amber/orange with bubbly light head and very, very thin lacing

S: Malty

T: Caramely, a little nutty with light allspice-ish spicing. Smooth aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, tingles on the tongue a bit

D: Highly drinkable, it goes down and finishes quite light with a refreshing taste and aftertaste. Six will go by fast with this one.

cindiwindi1025, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A- Lighter amber/oragne with a medium off-white head that clings a bit.

S- Malty aroma with a touch of caramel and spice.

T- Again nice malty taste overall that dominates. Slight bitterness is there to bring a little balance, but there is no huge hop taste other than the bittering aspect.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not a bad Maerzen, but nothing incredible; definitely worth grabbing a 6-er of.

TommyW, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance has a dark amber color with a nice fluffy head. Smell has a sweet malt breadiness to it. Taste of very light roasted malts with a light toffee note rounded evenly with hops. Mouthfeel is a nice light - medium with good carbonation. Not bad for the style, a pretty good easy drinking beer.

Bookseeb, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of scriabin
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

pours with dark color with a reddish tint and a medium head. smell is a little sweet with some nice hop overtones. goes down smoothly. not one of the more complex oktoberfest style beers out there but lovely none-the-less. the type of beer I could spend a cool october night enjoying.

scriabin, Oct 13, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,790 ratings.