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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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5,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,795
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 564 | 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 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
Photo of TheBierBand
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into my pint glass and formed a nice creamy, off-white head that stayed around pretty well. The beer was a coppery orange color.

The smell was pretty subdued.... but a sweet scent like honey, malt and caramel was most prevalent.

Taste: quite good. Nice sweet caramel/honey with a malty finish

Mouthfeel: about right for a marzen. Not too highly carbonated. Nice.

Drinkability: I could have a ton of these.... nothing objectionable. Recommended

TheBierBand, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Dadoftwogirls
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

This is one of the few Sam Adams that I have tried that I've rated above average to date. It has a great appearance and a great deep complex favor that actually appealed to me. It pours with a 3 finger head straight down the middle of the glass. A nice dark appearance in the glass. Overall one of their better offerings in my book and I could drink a few in one sitting.

Dadoftwogirls, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I like this one. Frankly, I really enjoy most of the Sam Adams seasonal beers. They are distinct, but at the same time not at all busy. Their Octoberfest is a wonderful malty, caramel-tinged beer perfect for transitioning into the colder weather. It goes down smooth and begs to be followed with another. An exemplary Marzen and very easy to find across the nation.

TheRealBigC, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of DieselSnorter
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Picked up a 12 pack for a song and couldn't wait to try it.

Poured out a beautiful dark amber color, has a nice head on it that dissipated and left a light lacing as I drank.

I couldn't detect much of a smell, which I found unusual. I agitated it a bit and some nice, faint sweet odors wafted up.

The taste was sweet and spicy, very refreshing. a very pleasant aftertaste that just made me want to drink more.

Very light carbonation that didn't assault my palate, very smooth with a creamy finish.

This is a VERY drinkable beer. I could see myself standing around drinknig a number of these as the day wore on...in fact I might just do that.

DieselSnorter, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Tang07
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

SA Octoberfest poured very nicely. It was a nice dark copper, with a very thick head which hung around for a while.

I had this beer pretty cold and think that it may have tasted better slightly warmer to release more of the flavor and aroma.

The beer has a strong malt flavor and and is quite tastey.

I look forward to drinking more of this during in the crisp fall nights of NC.

Tang07, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of treehugger02010
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

This was a pretty good beer. It most certainly has a "fall" feel. I was pretty disappointed with the mouthfeel, but that might of been becasuse I was keeping my beer to cold. Sam Adams Octoberfest certainly does make you wish that certain seasonal brews were around all year.

treehugger02010, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of JAL67
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Great beer from SA! Love it. It's a nice change of pace from the Summer Ale. I really enjoy this beer. Has an amber color and with the 5.7% has a bit of a kick to it.

The color is very good, typical amber(fall colors). Nice to have when raking leaves as I did today...warms you up on a Fall day.


JAL67, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at The Corvette Grill in Annville, PA on 9/4/08. Served in the new Sam Adams glass.

A - Deep amber/copper-colored body with one-finger creamy light beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left some nice lacing. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - While the aroma is rather subdued, I do pick up on some bready and caramel malt, molasses, maple syrup and some spices. No hop presence at all.

T - Pleasant malt flavor with hints of sugar cookies, molasses, brown sugar, caramel and bready malt goodness. For some reason, I also get ginger snaps from this. Overall, this has a very sweet, malty flavor with vitually no hop bitterness whatsoever.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and, although somewhat chewy, a mild syrupy texture that borders watery territory. Quite sweet on the tastebuds with no residual bitterness present.

D - Superior drinkability, but overall a really simple style. Sam Adams pretty much hits the mark with this one. Is it any wonder why this is one of the more popular fall seasonals in the world of craft beer?

ffejherb, Sep 05, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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