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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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5,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 396 | 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 CaptainHate


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Last year at a get together with some friends at which we listen to music and drink beer, we sampled three Marzen/Oktoberfests: Sam Adams, Shiner and Great Lakes. At the time, Sam Adams came off as the least interesting of them; it wasn't bad per se, just not as interesting as the others.

Tonight I was out and requested it when I found out it was available on tap. It was served in a Sam Adams glass with a rich copper color and an adequate head. The smell was as expected but the taste made it seem like there was a bit more going on than I had remembered from the earlier bottles. Also it complemented the chicken and shrimp dinner very well.

08-15-2013 01:18:47 | More by CaptainHate
Photo of enoerew

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

- A: Creamy white foam 1"+ lasting ~5 minutes, notable red through light, no lacing.

- S: Fruity, light hoppiness, nuts

- T: Smooth balance, clean aftertaste, cherry, complex maltiness

- M: Light body, minimal carbonation, low acidity

- O: Tasty and beautiful form of a well-known seasonal. Well balanced and alludes to the rich tastes of Autumn.

08-27-2012 01:12:34 | More by enoerew
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Deep ruby color with a white head. Smells like Munich malt (not surprisingly). Sweet taste and a thicker mouthfeel make it stand out compared to the Spaten Oktoberfest I had just before it. More hop bitterness is present in it compared to its European predecessor as well. It's also more carbonated. Pretty decent beer that's on tap in a lot of places.

10-12-2009 17:52:52 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of abrand


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 ounce frosty from a local bar served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with very good visibility through the pour. Creamy 2 finger head that bubbles over the glass and lines it as well. Smells of malts and breads. Very good sniffer. Quaff is also malty with a sweet finish. Not much lingers for aftertaste. Not much alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is medium and consistent for the style. Drinkability is pretty high with a solid taste and good for a tight budget.

10-01-2009 02:19:25 | More by abrand
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

355ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the LCBO. Pours a clear amber hue with orange highlights and one finger of cream coloured head. No lace on my glass. Smell and taste are herbal, grassy, and slightly floral hops, biscuit, bread crusts, caramel, toasted oats, a honey-like sweetness, cereal grains, and a crisp hop spiciness to even things out. Mouth feel is creamy, medium, foamy carbonation, some bite on the palate, drying semi-sweet finish. A tasty, satisfying and easy drinking O-Fest, which is exactly what the style calls for. I will definitely buy this again.

10-06-2010 18:48:57 | More by cratez
Photo of bmills1608


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer is a really nice orangy-amber color, when I poured it, the first thought I had was pumpkin.

Smell is fresh malt, almost cake like, not a real sharp or over powering nose, but smooth and soft.

Taste is rich and malty, somewhat complex in what seems to me was a quick wave a baking spices flashing across my taste buds. After the first sip I swear I could taste autumn. Really nice and smooth. I was drinking this in the cool of my basement when outside it's August and 90 and the summer can't end fast enough for me now.

Finish was sweet with a bit of chocolate and caramel in the finish, maybe even a touch of fruit.

08-22-2002 05:47:17 | More by bmills1608
Photo of WaveRebel51


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

My favorite SA brew. The reddish-orange hue is nice, and has a decent malty, nutty aroma. The subtle sweet, malt taste reminds me of toffee, with a nice, hop spice and bitterness in the finish. I normally prefer hoppier stuff, such as Pale Ales and IPAs, but this is a very nice change-of-pace brew and a perfect compliment to a cool, fall evening.

10-19-2007 03:14:01 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of kinger


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I've enjoyed this seasonal for years and always get excited when I first see it on the shelves. Big malt presence with a lot of character make for an enjoyable marzen. Malty aroma semi-sweet and inviting. Amber color with a minimal light tan head and grand lacing. Full well rounded mouthfeel smooth and easily drinkable. Generous malts blended with a light hop presence give way to a creamy malty tasty treat. Still one of my fall favorites.

08-12-2008 19:43:07 | More by kinger
Photo of niqhoward


3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

08-12-2014 16:33:26 | More by niqhoward
Photo of Brenden


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

The review is the same as from the bottle. The difference is that, firstly, I didn't get quite the same head as I poured myself; secondly, aromas and flavor, while the same, were stronger from the tap.

This is a dark amber-brown color with a tight brown head that stays a while at two fingers and leaves some patchy lacing partway down the glass.
There are some grains underneath a predominantly malt aroma backed by hops. It's straightforward.
The flavor holds a little more balance and complexity than the aroma, and the variance of malts works nicely. Along with a bread / biscuit there's a gentle nutmeg-like nip just underneath.
This is a decent blend of smooth and crisp in the mouthfeel, though neither is prominent. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate and body is medium.
Overall I like this brew, and it's a tasty one, but it's all a little light and muted. A macro drinker could definitely handle this, and it would serve well as a gateway brew to bolder beers, especially Oktoberfest beers.

08-27-2009 19:51:04 | More by Brenden
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Thick brown syrup with decent carbonation and foam in the bottle.

Smell: Good caramel malt. Lots of it actually. Not really many hops here. Very sweet overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thick caramel syrup. Makes this a bit too watery and uncarbonated. It's still good overall, with nice hops.

Drinkability: Highly refreshing (and filling) at a footall tailgate.

Overall: Like I said, refreshing, especially during the fall. Would definitely drink this during the right time. Definitely better than Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

10-14-2010 04:53:57 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Had a couple a pints of these on tap at "Quench" a restaurant and martini bar in Waterbury, CT. The look and smell were typical; the beer tasted fresh, however, and there were distinct cramel-brown notes with a chewy middle and a dry finish. There wasn't much bittering going on, but there was some sflavor hop which contributed to the smokey overall non-sweetness. This one would be better to drink solo than to pair with food, I had the grilled pork chops with mushrooms and gorgonzola, with angel hair and anchovies; the meal was fantastic, but I kept going back to the glass of water instead of the Sam's octoberfest/

09-08-2006 11:54:08 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a rich medium amber, foamy head with good carbonation.

The nose is of yeast, hops a carmally sweet aroma.

The taste is of a full bodied Marzen, slight biscuity aftertaste. Flavors of the roasty malt and hops come through. Quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Has a somewhat chewy feel but also goes down smoothly.

On it's own this is a great take on the Octoberfest style. Had a good 3-4 in a session last night and enjoyed it thoroughly.
A good fall beer.

10-11-2010 20:07:21 | More by heebes
Photo of Stubbie1


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

2003 bottle.

Pours a deep orange color. A slightly off white head appears at the top of my glass. The head leaves and some thin put constant lacing. The aroma is all sweet malt with maybe a very slight hint of caramel present. The taste is malt for start to middle with a hint of bitterness in the finish. There is a small creamy feeling in the mouth at the end. This beer is nicely carbonated and very enjoyable to drink. Nice!

09-14-2003 22:45:56 | More by Stubbie1
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

I am a big fan of Octoberfests, I make it a point to try all kinds from different brewerys whenever I can. This is one is by far the best I have tried. The initial aroma is enjoyable and makes you look forward to the taste that is going to follow. The taste is very smooth and fulfilling with the multitudes of malted barley in it. The drinkability is very high because it is smooth and delicious.

11-07-2010 03:42:15 | More by rmckay09
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipated slowly to a film over the top and a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet and bready malt with a hint of toasted malt and hops. Flavor is a pleasant lightly toasted, somewhat biscuity malt with slight light fruit and caramel. Solid biscuit malt finish with light hops. Medium bodied. A nice take on an Octoberfest, not complex, but with the expected solid malt body and finish.

10-08-2012 03:38:51 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz. bottle, with label notched at best before January 2014. I often confuse this beer with Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, so I'm finally getting around to review this. Expectations are average, based on the brewery. I tend to find a lot of Samuel Adams beers to be very similar and boring.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about the same as the Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale. One finger of off-white head dissipates quickly. Body color is a dark chestnut / ruby color

S - Smells pretty nice. Crisp toasted malts, earthy, nutty, creamy. Soft notes of caramel and toffee. Hint of wine-like red grape presence. Has some of that strange buttery creamy popcorn smell that I found in Southern Tier Pumking.

T - Taste is of crisp toasted malts, cream, earthiness, nuttiness, maybe some dark cherries & raisins, leafy hops, and some light herbal spice.

M - Feel is crisp and clean with some light breadiness & nuttiness lingering on the palate. Ideal carbonation.

Overall, a lot better than expected, when you really sit down to enjoy it. A simple, classic, fresh representation of the style, and that is quite enough to satisfy me. Would probably be a nice gateway beer, for those who are look to dip their feet into the world of craft beer. Well done, Sam Adams.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest ---3.5/5

09-15-2013 21:08:20 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of TheCondor


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer was obtained in a seasonal twelve pack from Samuel Adams. While I may not agree with releasing the fall seasonals in early August, it's not my choice to make. That being said, I generally appreciate the Sam Adams seasonal packs, as they come with a good variety of brews and you get two, so you don't have to be a loser drinking alone. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a copper, almost rust color with a small one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing. Love the packaging, as I do most SA products, but that isn't a scoreable criteria (unfortunately). Carbonation action can be seen inside the brew.

Smell - Big, rich roasted malts, breads, and toast. Plenty of sweetness to go around as well in those malts, almost a syrup or vanilla smell.

Taste - Much like the nose. The malts hit you up front, followed by the hints of sweetness and more malts. Finally there is a definite toast essence as well, which is very refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Finishes fairly clean, leaves an uber-malty aftertaste, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Easy to drink.

Overall - I like this beer! I have always enjoyed the marzen/oktoberfest styles, and the Sam Adams product I think is a quality product. Not a world-beater, but certainly worth a drink or twelve. Definitely a fun beer to buy a bunch of, sit around an outdoor fire on a brisk night, and hang out.

08-14-2012 02:09:13 | More by TheCondor
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Orangeish/red brown color with a medium sized off-white head with decent head retention.

S - Toasty/bready malt with slight spices and light sweetness.

T - Lots of slightly toasted malts. Fairly sweet with very subdued spice. Mild tea/herbal hops.

M - Medium bodied and slightly creamy and smooth.

D - Easy to drink, the sweetness and spice are not overwhelming which helps drinkability.

Notes: Not a really great beer, and there are probably better Oktoberfest beers but this is a solid a tasty selection.

02-16-2010 10:45:06 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of AmberMan22


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Notched freshness marking of best before next january.

A: Pours an orange amber with a surprisingly small head, less than a finger. Lacing is disappointing too, not much stickage at all. The carbonation is very prevalent, and the color is a pretty way to start off fall, so I'll give it above average.

S: sweet pale and caramel malts. Not overwhelming, which is again a little disappointing, though far from bad. I just expect Sam Adams to turn out really solid beer every time.

T: I enjoy the taste. I personally prefer maltier beers, so I don't mind the milder hop presence in this instance of Märzen beer. The taste is of sweet malts, as mentioned in the smell category.

M: bubbly bite initially, feels medium bodied, creamy.

D: To me, this is very quaffable -- I didn't notice how fast my glass emptied, but at 5.7%, that is somewhat of a problem. Definitely worth a try, but probably not worth repeat purchases over others of the style.

08-17-2009 00:23:48 | More by AmberMan22
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look a dark golden body with a 2 finger head that reduced to a thin cap.

Smell sweet malt and maybe a hint of hops.

Taste not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell a very nice toasted caramel malt with a touch of hop bitterness to even out the flavor.

Feel real good carbonation and a smooth creamy body

Drink very drinkable smooth tasting beer.

Comment this is a very good O-fest. I'll be getting this one again.

09-25-2008 18:39:43 | More by dbtoe
Photo of skenyon1811

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer makes me salivate looking at it. Sam Adams Octoberfest has that perfect clear brownish orange color. It pours a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Good retention.

S: Good strong aroma when first poured, but mellows out quick. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Not much of a hop smell to it. It has a tiny alcohol scent to it as well.

T: Needless to say, it has the very distinct Samuel Adams' taste to it. It does provide a little more than that though. It has a smooth roasted taste with a little bite from the hops. The aftertaste is the best part, nice caramel note left after the bitterness of the hops fades. You get a little bit more out of every sip.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel. Kind of heavy on the carbonation. Very similar to most Samuel Adams.

D: I like this as a session beer. It does make you a little gassy but I can put that a side and pick up a sixer.

This is by far one of Sam Adams' best beers. Cheers!

10-05-2010 21:49:29 | More by skenyon1811
Photo of weeare138


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Appears a mahogany color with a small tan head. Streaks of lace are left on the glass. Little bits of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough and sweet, fruity malts.
Taste is sweet and sour mix of a malty punch with fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is an okay blend of a sweet & sour mix with a medium bodied feel.

10-02-2005 14:46:34 | More by weeare138
Photo of shand


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by February 21st into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-orange with about 3 fingers of head. Head retains to about a centimeter worth. Looks really great.

Smell: It's kind of a let-down smell wise actually. Some slightly sour hops and some nutty malts. Doesn't really smell that great to be honest.

Taste: But thankfully, it tastes fantastic! I'd hesitate to put this in the same realm as a normal Oktoberfest, there's a lot in common with the Sam Adams Boston Lager here for sure, but for what it is it really tastes great. It opens up with some sweet, nutty malts, with some fruits and spices in there. A bit of bitter hops come in at the end to temper the sweet hops. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Goes down very smooth and refreshing. No complaints at all, it feels just heavy enough for the style, without any unneeded heft.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable for the style, I tend to have a problem drinking too many Oktoberfests because the spices start to grate on me, but this one is very easy to drink.

This is a great, widely available beer that's got a lot to offer. Check it out.

10-09-2010 04:49:38 | More by shand
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

This pretty brown amber beer poured a one finger head of off white bubbles, which calmed down in about a minute leaving a very thin ring around my glass. The color of the brew rates a 17 on the SRM beer color chart. A sweet smell of pumpkin, wheat, malt, and spices fill my nose. The taste is sweet caramel, malt, and roasted wheat. Smooth and light in the mouthfeel category. Good beer for this time of year.

10-21-2010 18:05:21 | More by beerprovedwright
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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