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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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5,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,574
Reviews: 1,946
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 476 | 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 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
Photo of FSUmac


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN....

Appearance: Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a 1 finger head. Not much retention.

Smell: Malty and sweet with some molasses.

Taste: Malty like the style should be. Caramel with a slight slight hint of hops. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is well balanced. I really enjoy this beer when it comes out every year. It's a nice change up for all of the IPAs.

10-04-2008 00:31:03 | More by FSUmac
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

this is a great octoberfest. looks pretty standard, autumn orange color with a lacey off white head that lasts awhile. smells like big german caramel malts and bready yeast. flavor is complex and not nearly as sweet as so many octoberfests are. i pick up so many fall flavors in this, like pumpkins, squash, and brown sugar, but that may just be a product of the season. mouthfeel is right on for the style, its lighter in body but not thin, just really drinkable. carbonation is pretty relaxed in this. its one of those beers that demands a huge glass. letting a one liter draft get a little warm as it drinks is how i always wish i was having it.

08-24-2012 15:57:09 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of pwsoldier


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours a clear copper with a large, creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and patchy lacing.

S - Caramel, buttered toast, and some very faint grassy notes.

T - Caramel and buttered toast persist, with some spice adding some subtle complexity to it. A hint of lemon is also present in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, dry finish. Carbonation does a good job of keeping the sweetness in check.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of Marzens, but I like this one a lot.

10-06-2008 04:09:52 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of Shaw


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This has improved a lot since I last reviewed it.

Pours a deep amber in color with a light brown head that reduces to bits of foam in my glass.

Light, sweet aroma of malt and fruit.

The taste is good. It's rich, but not cloying. Light fruity taste reminds me of grapes. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Solid body with nice amount of heft.

Overall this is a solid Oktoberfest beer. Nothing wrong here.

10-01-2010 03:17:46 | More by Shaw
Photo of Brutmasta

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A-Clear amber/rust color, one finger white head. The appearence really makes you think of fall, which I guess is the point. A really good looking beer!

S-Biscuits right off the bat, followed by fall oriented scents like nutmeg and pumpkin pie. After taking some really big whiffs I feel like I'm laying in a big pile of leaves!

T-Medium bodied with average carbonation. The classic Marzen spices hit you right off the bat, there's also a surprising salty taste. Finishing very clean with a tad bit of alchohol.

M-Nothing really special here, a bit of carbonation when it first hits the palate, but finishes very silky and clean!

O-Overall one of the best non imperial octoberfests' that I've had, blows Leinenkugel's and Harpoon's versions out of the water. Might take a back seat to Dogtoberfest though...

10-20-2011 02:20:08 | More by Brutmasta
Photo of Amish_Ambush


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Reviewed on: 09-01-2006

Taste: Toffee, Caramel with a slight hop edge. Malty toastiness and a subtle, light sugar water taffy in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Smell: Slight Toastiness. Slight Hops. A little bit of caramel.

Ap: Small head, medium lacing. Burnt orange in color.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth.

Drinkability/Notes: I will get this again before is disappears off the shelves. A good effort. Thank

01-06-2013 02:13:38 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of inebrius


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Deep copper-amber leaves a partial lace. Malty biscuit nose. Sweet malt start turns gradually bitter hop and lingers shortly. Creamy and tasty SA Octoberfest is a quality beer IMO. I am truly glad to have a beer of this merit readily available.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

04-15-2002 18:39:13 | More by inebrius
Photo of association330


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours a deep red-orange with a one-finger head that quickly fades to a thin film with a ring of foam on the sides of the glass. Leaves light spots of lacing.

S - Caramel malt, bread, spice, some fruity characters, touches of maple syrup and molasses. Aroma could be less subdued though.

T - Bold and sweet caramel malt, bread, molasses, a kiss of bittering hops on the swallow to balance out an otherwise sweet, grainy finish

M - Medium-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. Quite smooth and a tad warming.

D - Very easy drinking with solid flavor and mouthfeel.

I'm sure this doesn't stand up to some of the marzens from Germany, but it's pretty darn good. I see a few more six packs of it in my future going into fall.

09-05-2008 20:56:59 | More by association330
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

enjoyed from the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass...

A: A very nice copper color with a fluffy, off-white 1 to 2 finger head. leaves small patches of thick lacing

S: a slightly fruity scent but mostly biscuity nuttiness.

T: grains and biscuit flavors up front followed by a very sweet nuttiness. finishes with the grain flavor and a hint of apples and grapes.

M: medium to full body. almost chewy with a fizzy entry. finishes clean.

Overall, a good Octoberfest. Nice biscuity malt flavors. Almost too heavy, but still very drinkable. Must buy at least a 6 pack every year.

09-01-2009 03:17:12 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of fitrock2112


3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured Samuel Adams Octoberfest into a Samuel Adams Glass.

A - The beer pours a dark amber color with three fingers of off white creamy head.

S - Slight sweet notes, with light malts and smooth hops. Getting some slight fruity aroma as well.

T - Much better here, the flavor comes through with smooth roasted malts, light toffee and carmel. Light hops on the finish.

M - The mouthfeel is light to medium, medium carbonation.

O - A really nice octoberfest beer. Drink up! Cheers!

07-27-2013 23:54:04 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of Mavigo


3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

Served in a snifter.

A: pours a clear golden orange color with a short off white head that dissipates fast leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, yeast, malts, spices

T: Mellow, crisp, sweet taste. Tastes of wheat, hints of citrus and fruit, yeast, malts, sugars, very smooth

M: Medium bodied with medium amounts of carbonation, fairly balanced

O: Overall, another pretty good beer from Sam Adams, nothing extraordinary but still pretty enjoyable and I would not mind having another, recommended.

08-30-2013 02:20:03 | More by Mavigo
Photo of savaship


3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

Upon opening the Samuel Adams Octoberfest, I poured the beer into a tulip glass to maximize the aroma of the beer, and allow me to examine the color. It appeared quite red but remarkably clear with a thick tan head that looked almost perfect.

Aroma was that of bittersweet balance, the maltiness commingled with the aroma hops to make your nose want to drink this beer.

Taste was incredibly well balanced, a wash of sweet pale malt and dark caramel malts, which balanced well with what seemed to be a moderate mix of noble hops, and what I think were hallertau hops. The two played off each other to make one of the best balanced beers I could have imagined.

Feeling the beer in your mouth was a delight, light, carbonated to perfection with enough substance to really deliver the flavor.

Overall I loved this beer, it is by far one of my favorite Oktoberfest styles.

11-05-2013 15:31:45 | More by savaship
Photo of glid02


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Got this on-tap at Fontaine's in Atlanta.

Pours a good dark amber color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a ring of bubbles around the glass. Lacing is good just above the beer, but isn't that sticky.

Smells very malty - both bready and sweet. Some caramel notes as it warms.

Tastes very malty as well. Sweet at first then mellows as it warms. Some caramel taste as well, with a smooth finish. Just a touch of bitterness at the end as well. There's a slight off taste every now and then that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is just right, but it could be a little thicker. Goes down very smoothly though.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. No egregious flavors that don't belong. It goes down easily and quickly.

Overall a solid Oktoberfest beer. The quintessential harbinger of the best season of the year.

08-27-2008 23:59:48 | More by glid02
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle from 6 pack.

A- Good looking medium amber appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head which evaporates a bit too quickly and average lacing.

S- sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T-Maltfest on the tongue, very bready and earthy, with a wee bit of hops present...as to be expected.

M-Creamy, medium body

D-This is a very drinkable brew. You can go nonstop with this one, if you care to and Ooomph-ah into the wee hours.

Notes: Typical of Sam Adams, this is a very nice mainstream beer. It wont impress, but it won't let down, and since it is often available most everywhere (at least here in the Northeast) is a far, far better choice than most during the fall season.

10-19-2008 01:25:51 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz bottle, pilsner glass, enjoy before January 2011 it looks like.

Deep brown tinted orange. Very clear with an only slightly off-white head fully covering the top and leaving traces on the glass.

Brown sugar on a clean lager cracker base. Rich.

Layered saltine caramel, and rich malt. The finish turns on the noble hops. Nutty.

Dry, bubbly, but not lacking heft.

This beer has some memories connected with it that make it appealing to pick some up every fall. I think it stands just about toe to toe with some German versions I've had.

08-31-2010 16:12:25 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of socon67

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber color. Creamy white foam head.

S - A little bit of the caramel malt, but not much after that.

T - A nice spicy, malty taste. Also a sweet caramel finish.

M - Very smooth. Low carbonation & medium bodied.

D - Very much so. This guy is made for the fall and for throwing back a few in the fall.

I happen to like this one, and its a favroite of the BBC line.

10-29-2010 04:02:20 | More by socon67
Photo of Sudsy89


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an orange-amber, one-finger white head. Seems to have a medium level of carbonation.
Aroma is sweet malts, matching the flavor.
Don't know if it's supposed to have more of a pumpkin and spice taste, maybe will be more noticeable as it warms a bit.
Overall taste is similar to an Irish Red Ale, IMO, it has the same slight caramel taste, not much hops but enough. Has a medium mouthfeel, would be highly drinkable. A decent Octoberfest,
at an affordable price. I'm pleased with it.

09-26-2010 23:37:38 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of mbenthall

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: clear amber color with nice head that lingers, laced around the glass at every sip.

Smell: robust malt with slight hop on the back end.

Taste: Wonderfully malty, nicely balanced with hint of sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Crips and clean. nicely balanced.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Octoberfest. Nothing crazy, very dependable. If you like a malty beer try this one.

09-02-2008 14:06:57 | More by mbenthall
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz bottle at Red Lobster in Victoria TX with mike67. Pours a nice dark clear amber with a nice creamy offwhite slowly dissipating head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, some bready notes. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, some breadiness, with some light hops bitterness. Palate is med body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some breadiness, followed by some light hops to add balance. Overall a very nicely balanced, smooth and easy drinking Oktoberfest. One of the better oktoberfest I have had. Very nice

11-24-2010 17:48:44 | More by Samp01
Photo of SickGnar


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

02-14-2011 12:50:49 | More by SickGnar
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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