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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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5,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,492
Reviews: 1,939
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 436 | 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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Photo of Bluemoonlover


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a dark orange amber color with a thin cream colored head that faded fast.

S-malt and roasted grain.

T-very malty and roasty, not very hoppy,with toffee hints.very tasty beer.

M-a real in your face feel.it lets you know it's there.

D-Easy to drink.I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone.

10-05-2006 21:20:50 | More by Bluemoonlover
Photo of jpeterman


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

--Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a shaker pint. Drink-By date clearly notched on the neck label.--

Appearance- A strong, but smooth pour yields a fairly sizable, off-white head at first, but this only lingers for maybe a minute and a half. However, it manages a nice, sticky lacing all the way down to the last sip. Nice medium to med./dark copper color, no haze what-so-ever. Off to a great start.

Scent- Wonderful malt in the nose, sweet, but not overly. Also, the hops come in, flowery and robust, yet refined, as they should be. Bready as it warms a bit. A very enticing beer, simply with the nose!

Taste/Mouth Feel/Body- As soon as the beer hits my tongue, I catch the sweet malts in the middle. With careful attention, you can catch each of the five malts with a separate sip. The floral hops and light spice balance with a slight bitter bite, rounding this beer out well with every taste. Also, you catch some bread, and some of the more roasted characteristics of the malts. You catch them at the tip, for sure. Nice medium body, yet crisp and quite refreshing. The weight on the tongue is perfect for the style. It goes down pleasantly; very smooth. Aftertaste is all malt, nice and toasty for those cold autumn afternoons and evenings.

Drinkable?- Absolutely. A six pack on a chilly autumn evening would be bliss. Goes down very easy, and doesn't weigh you down despite it's medium body.

Overall- An excellent representation of the style. Boston Beer Company has a certain winner on their hands with this one. Not only is this beer good for an autumn fall-back, but I would call it an Autumn go-to. Not too heavy, not too light, just right for the season. Certainly makes me look foreword to this time of year.

10-01-2009 05:26:30 | More by jpeterman
Photo of jbone78


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Picked up my first Octoberfest of 2009!
I look forward to it. It is American.

A- Pours Amber/clear with a nice head that disappears after it warms. I poured mine in a warm pint glass, so it was gone in no time. The lacing was around for a while.
S- It's a Sam Adams, it is going to have a hoppy smell, but I don't smell much.
T- I think last years Octoberfest was more malty, but what do I know. This year seems more toasty, which is malty, but not like last year.
M- Goes dowm like a lager. And the toasty feel I already talked about is all in the aftertaste.
D- let's just say I bought a case. I like it.


08-21-2009 01:46:10 | More by jbone78
Photo of Genuine


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from the bottle, into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - A nice copper color with a thin head that left minimal lacing, but enough to be noticed.

S - a hint of roasted malt, some caramel.

T - A nice hint of sweetness, not much, not a lot. But just the correct amount to make you have more. Very nice flavor in this one, a hit with me in the fall time.

M - I would say it's well balanced.

Drinkability - definitely a nice beer to have in the fall time. I could have one after the other.

07-16-2009 15:04:38 | More by Genuine
Photo of theotherone87


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I have this beer twice this year sofar, I have had it on tap and in a bottle.

Appearence- A nice solid brown with light copper tones and a nice finger and half head.

Smell- A very nice fall smelling medium hoppy beer. Brings a nice joy to my nose. Take a deep breath as sipping it and the senses really come alive.

Taste- A nice marzen beer with a touch of hops. A very decent tasting octoberfest beer.

Mouthful- Theres some carbonation not too overpowering though. The beer comes alive in a nice big gulp.

Overall- I like this beer a lot. I like it better on tap then from a bottle. I would recommend it and buy it again. If you new to marzen/octoberfest beers this might be a good one to start with as it is not too hoppy.

08-27-2011 16:14:47 | More by theotherone87
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Copper, amber appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of sugar, malt, bread and spices. Impressive so far.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, bread and various spices. Taste overall is light and simple, but blends together well. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter and dry caramel taste.

This is a tasty and refreshing Oktoberfest, nothing to complicated but nothing offensive. Worth a try.

10-16-2011 00:06:56 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of jlindros


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into Allagash tulip glass

A: Crystal clear rusty brown with slight orange color good 2 finger head that fades to and holds at 1 finger

N: Toasty malt nose with some nuttiness and sweetness, similar to Marzen

T: Starts with more toasted malts, and some earthy malt flavor, slight nuttiness and biscuit, clear tasting and crisp, very refreshing, but not a whole lot on the flavor profile

M: Pretty light and some carbonation

F: Finishes somewhat sweet and syrupy with more earthy malts typically found in a marzen

Final thoughts: Its a pretty decent American made Marzen, doesn't compare to the Bavarian ones. Very light and refreshing, a well done lager, nice toasted and earthy tones, but a little light on the flavor.

08-30-2009 21:50:28 | More by jlindros
Photo of jeremyk00


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Initially there is a slight sweet malty presence that gives way to a medium bodied mouth feel carrying the malt throughout. All in all it is a very drinkable beer and not too heavy but in the same breath, its not so light that it loses character. It holds up as an Oktoberfest style beer without being overbearing.

08-26-2011 16:21:27 | More by jeremyk00
Photo of Sleestak


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Around this time last year I had my first oktoberfest beer. This was the one. Nice reddish copper with a thin head. Light caramel in the smell, not much. Some caramel in the taste and a bit of honey sweetness. Hops are more present than most in this style but still are subdued. You can't really go wrong with a Sam Adams no matter what the style. My first but deffinately not my last.

10-25-2007 05:06:35 | More by Sleestak
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12-ounce bottle with a sticker on the back informing the reader that in Germany, Oktoberfest is in September and that SA Octoberfest is the world's top selling brew of the style. Well, well. I didn't know either of those factoids, and now feel smarter.

So, this bottle, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear pale copper body with scads of active carbonation feeding a sturdy light tan head. The foam rests at a thick sheet that leaves chubby swatches of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty with a touch of fruit and a bit of fresh molasses.

The taste is toasty with a warm toffee background and a touch of dry, biscuity malt drizzled with silky sweet caramel in the finish. A bit fruitier as the drink warms, with hints of ripe apple and juicy citrus.

Light-medium in body and could probably stand to gain a little weight in the flavor, smell, and feel departments. As it is, though, the drink is very pleasant and quite drinkable.

08-29-2008 23:37:59 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of BlackJeremiah


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Dark amber in color, nice frothy head on top. Great lacing as I drink.

S: Biscuits, bread/yeast, some caramel notes. Nice malty smells, with a slight floating hint of citrus/orange and a touch of clove.

T: A pastiche of malt characters ranging from the bakery to the candy shop. Bread, orange cake, citrus peel, biscuits, caramel, and spiced cider. Fantastic fall flavors--the BBC did well this year.

M: A little drying in the aftertaste, but light-bodied and refreshing on the palate. Nothing too special.

D: I'd really like another, and another, if my fiancee doesn't finish them first.

10-02-2006 18:35:09 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of metallistout


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer has seemed to change it's flavor over the years, or maybe it's just me.

This beer pours a medium copper color with a decent head.

Smells of malt and a little hops.

Tastes very malty, a little spice, not sure what that might be. Not a lot of hop presence. I would prefer the amuont of hops that Koch uses on his Boston Lager, mixed with the sweet malt and cripsness.

Not a bad beer, but I have had better Oktoberfests.

12-04-2005 23:28:50 | More by metallistout
Photo of Lemke10


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $7 in early Fall 2010.

Sam Adams Oktoberfest comes with a lot of hype and it always delivers. It pours a dark amber with a semi strong scent of spices. It has a reasonably heavy taste of different spices that deliver a good beer with a smooth finish. Great for the fall season and a must try for any Oktoberfest lover.

11-18-2010 20:44:50 | More by Lemke10
Photo of navinsula


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

beer was a nice light copper color with a one finger head that didnt last long

the smell was a bit sweet and malt heavy with very little hop aroma

tast is somewhat sweet upfront and a nice dry finish

overall this is a pretty good beer especialy if your looking for something you could drink a few of

08-27-2011 02:47:49 | More by navinsula
Photo of BlackBelt5112203


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored bubbly head that dissipates pretty rapidly into a slick of bubbles across the surface. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Full of malt with grain, toasted bread, and caramel aromas. There are maybe some earthy, floral hop aromas as well.

T – Follows the nose and adds some. Sweet nearly all the way through with grainy, bready, nutty, and toasted malt flavors. There’s a subtle earthy and spicy hop bitterness that comes through at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a grainy and slightly bitter and spicy finish. Grainy sweet malt and spicy, earthy, bitter hop flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer. It has all the hearty and tasty malts that are supposed to be there. The subtly bitter finish was a little different touch, which was nice. I wish the head characteristics were a little better. Overall, this is a nice fall beer from Sam Adams.

09-29-2012 02:40:53 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of BillyBob78


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Bought a case of this after having it at a local bar.

I'm starting to like Sam Adams more and more. They have so many different types and styles that you can find something you enjoy.

Appearance was a nice orange/brown color with a nice off-white head with decent lacing.

Taste like a good German lager with nice sweet malty characteristics and a little hops present but not much. A little bit of spices coming through.

Very drinkable and definitely a good fall beer.

10-27-2010 14:00:44 | More by BillyBob78
Photo of sommersb


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Served from a 12oz. bottle with a best by date of February 2011, poured into a perfect pint glass. Clear orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Not a whole lot of bubbles/carbonation and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma was of malts and spices typical of the style, with no hop smell. Taste was nice and crisp, with no bitterness and a strong malt presence, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth; medium body with a dry malt aftertaste.

I think this is a good representation of an Oktoberfest; very easy to drink that goes well with the fall weather.

10-18-2010 03:15:26 | More by sommersb
Photo of cdkrenz


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Another purchase while in Milwaukee.

Appearance - Cloudy with an orange-amber color. The head is minimal but there are wisps of remnants that bright the surface.

Smell - The scent is sweet and malty. Solid aroma that makes this brew very tempting.

Taste - Spicy and flavorful. It even has a timid pungent side. I like it.

Mouthfeel - The feel is mildly rough but not enough to take anything away from the over goodness of this Sammy.

~ This beer is one of the reasons I'll be trying more and more of The Boston Beer Company's brews. I'm impressed with the overall uniqueness of this beer.

12-08-2007 23:36:04 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A: A two finger head. Deep red colour with good retention.

S: Slight caramel nose, with a sweet malt hint.

T: Caramel flavour with the biscuit lager bite to it. A nice sweetness comes through at the end to combat the lager bite.

M: Slightly watery but crisp

D: Yep

09-20-2008 15:59:50 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of bnes09


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Reddish amber in color with good clarity. Weak head forms, little retention and no lacing.

Smell is pretty clean with some bread and caramel notes.

Caramel malt produces a well pronounced sweetness. Bread grains with a slightly toasty character. Roasted almonds and dates. Hops are earthy and just enough to balance.

Lighter to medium bodied. Smooth texture and good carbonation.

A good brew. Complex and balanced.

09-11-2011 01:38:34 | More by bnes09
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A - It has an iced tea look to it, some head on the initial pour with medium retention, and a mediocre lace.

S - Very light on the nose, slight bready notes and hints of nutmeg. Notes of dry leaves.

T - Has an amber malt flavor, the bread notes come out in the flavor as well, a bold orange zest flavor throughout starting with the initial taste.

M - A great feel for an octoberfest, it has nice carbonation with a nice body and decent feel on the palate.

O - A good representation of the style, very drinkable and smooth. Nice mix of bready malts with touches of earthy and citus notes.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

10-30-2011 23:07:06 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Extrajoker00


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Served in a half liter Beer Mug

A : burnt orange with a heavy but short lived head

S : faint hops and caramel

T : spice and hoppy bitterness nicely balanced

M : clean and fresh

D : very good drink-ability

If not for Sam Adams who else would market Oktoberfest in August

08-30-2011 02:35:57 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of afinepilsner


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz brown bottle
This beer pours a dark amber color. The light tan head starts out good but doesn't last, leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mainly of malt with a little spice. The taste is mainly malty and on the sweet side. It is medium bodied. This is a tasty Oktoberfest and the one that I purchase most often.

09-23-2004 03:36:26 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Poured a light brown color with a light brown head

S - Smell is of sweet malts

T - Sweet malt at first then some hops to finish off

M - Medium carbonation pretty smooth going down

D - Good taste and pretty smooth make this an easy beer to drink

10-20-2007 03:40:35 | More by armock
Photo of tavernjef


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

It seems like every year the batch is different, two years ago it was aweful, but last year and this year seem to be back to its usual.
Color is a clear amberish brown, with a white head that fizzed away pretty fast and left some lacy patches. Smell is faint roasted malt, a bit burnt caramel or caramel popcorn. Taste form this was good, very smooth with good rich, sweet malt thats mild and pleasing. Some drying hop presence in the finish but is not strong enough. Thus bringing it to the feel, a little empty and slightly watery, lighter/medium body, smooth, clear and clean with some dryness and sweetness mixing at the end. Its a very drinkable beer, I always get it when it first comes out. But its no Snake River.

04-05-2003 11:31:54 | More by tavernjef
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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