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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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5,582 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,582
Reviews: 1,948
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 480 | 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 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
Photo of Spikester


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

From a Samuel Adams variety pack.
Deep amber with fair white head. Good lacings. Taste is roasted malts with some bitter euro-type hops. Nice sessionable beer. I'll have another please. Session might be a bit short due to 5.7% abv. Very good ocktoberfest beer.

12-10-2008 02:04:42 | More by Spikester
Photo of tempo013


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

after a long day working and screwin around the house, I needed a beer that cost over 15 dollars a case. bought a case of samuel adams octoberfest "cold" but the first one I opened was warma s hell. so I put it on ice for a half hour and poured one into a pilsner glass. Very nice color, a little darker which I liked. Taste is very nice and it looks tempting to drink fast but definately a thicker brew. Overall i liked it and will continue buying this seasonal beer from sam adams.

09-09-2007 01:20:33 | More by tempo013
Photo of PeatReek


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a brilliant clear orange with a thin lid of slightly yellowish head. Sweet, cool smell of malted milk balls... SO malty. Initial taste is crisp and bitey, slight carbonation tingle resolving to a mild bitterness blended nicely with a substantial, but dry, maltiness. I think that's key to good Oktoberfest beers -- big malt flavor without cloying sweetness. I could definitely have a few of these.

09-12-2006 02:15:23 | More by PeatReek
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a pilsner glass a crystal clear amber color. Fluffy tan head is pretty nice topping for this 'toberfest.

Sweet malty nose that has some heft to it. Mild floral hop presence is noticeable as well. This brew smells toasty, caramely and earthy.

Not quite as malt dominant as the nose indicates, much more balanced in the flavor. Toastiness throws in a bit more bitterness to help with the balance. Lots of flavor, but maintains a decently light body and feel to it. Not cloyingly sweet, like many American versions...it's pretty tasty and highly drinkable. Every beer drinking American should pick up a sixer of this each September.

01-06-2009 17:11:54 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of losdizzel


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This one of Sams seasonal beers ,just before fall and football and, of course Oktoberfest yea! . Color is a very nice looking ,smells like a beer kinda sweet slight hops . mouthfeel nice .

Taste is very nice ,considering its a Sam Adams not a big fan but still gota try it ,mostly not a big hop fan. Good malty finish to it the came damn close to this one for me that is . The five malted barley realy dose it .

08-26-2011 03:10:42 | More by losdizzel
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle to a pint glass

A- Pours a medium orange color with a tan two finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S- Not a whole lot on the nose. A bit of sweetness, some spice. Far from overpowering.

T- A lot more flavor than smell. Tastes like fall: Maple and caramel and just the right amount of spice. The tiniest amount of bitterness towards the end balances it.

M- Just great. Thick enough to chew on and thin enough to easily enjoy.

O- One of my favorite of the six from the fall sampler pack

09-28-2012 02:43:23 | More by tviz33
Photo of motleybrew

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Clear, sparkling amber makes for a wonderful inexpensive fall imbibe. Had it not the hints of cheapness that come with a typical consumer beer, it could be so much more. But considering those limitations, it is quite a bit more drinkable than your usual big-name beer. It feels every bit a malty brew, though it regretfully lacks the full aroma of one. The stale, bready smell of the common inflicts itself and ruins the sense of the scent that lingers there.

Something creeps into the flavor as well. Though the initial mouth feel is overwhelmingly and pleasingly malty, smooth, and pleasant, the late twinge of lemony hops could be destined to be a choice in finish...but comes off almost tart. I am one that will not complain about a sticky, malty beer being sticky and malty...and this one seems to want to apologize. In the backlash it comes off citrus, and a little underage. That will be an inherent problem with a beer produced in this volume.

All that said, I could drink this all day. That, I think, is the best part of this bottle: you can't complain that it isn't tasty the first or fifth time in the day. When it is available, it is a low cost joy.

Worth a try, and a weekend.

10-04-2008 21:24:41 | More by motleybrew
Photo of Globetrotter


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a clear burgundy amber under a two finger beige head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. A strong caramel nose greets the senses. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. The opening features lots of caramel maltiness, followed by a mild hoppy presence. There is a slightly sour aftertaste, but this is a very good session brew. Yum.

10-19-2004 03:46:48 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of smithza9


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Another great addition to the world of beer by the Boston Beer Company. Octoberfest is a great, dark, mix of spices that is good on any cool fall day. A bold taste and a wonderful smell. It is great beer to enjoy at a football game or just hanging with some friends.


02-27-2010 03:47:50 | More by smithza9
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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