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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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5,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,197
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 270 | 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 Chris585


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company Glass....

Appearance is dark amber with minimal head and little retention. Smell is pretty good with that great Sam Adams Malty twinge....when I drink their beers, I always have that in the back of my head, Stocky Bearded guy pouring malts in....carrying barley up a flight of stairs....tuggin on the overalls and smiling because he loves his job....anyways...

Taste is of malty goodness, not too sweet, not too much carbonation, little head, but thats ok too...tasty as always from Sam Adams...just a respectable brewery that I have always went to, even though I havent tasted all their offerings, this brew is GOOD...nothing extraordinary, a little too dry without the hops, but TASTY.

Of all the variety of Octoberfest beer, this one is another of my cant waits.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 20:40:41 | More by Chris585
Photo of jim102864


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass and noted the nice copper hue with a thin, slightly bubbly head. The carbonation bubbles cling to the glass throughout the exprience. The aroma speaks of hay, copper pennies, somewhat metallic and grassy. Interesting combination of aromas. The taste is slightly nutty and grassy. There is some carbonation mixing in which impacts the mild bite in the finish to a certain degree. Not an overly malty flavor. The mouthfeel is carbonated, moderately bitter in the finish, quick and slippery in that it doesn't leave any lasting impression after the swallow. It's a nice seasonal brew that is not overly exciting. Still, it is quite drinkable. Also not a session brew but worth the price for a pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 19:06:23 | More by jim102864
Photo of errantnight


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another on a virtually endless list of beers that I've had too many times to count and never gotten around to reviewing. And other than ticking off additional reviews there's not necessarily a lot to be gained from it... but this is a beer deserving of review and evaluation. It's pretty mild as a marzen... a pleasing caramel and light toast biscuit wrapped around a bit of noble hop goodness in a solid, medium body with a crisp finish. A purdy ruby tinged orange. Crystal clear. It gets looked over... but it's long been my favorite Sam seasonal... and while in LA there's hardly a fall, it's nice to sit back on one of the rare cool evenings and suck one of these back and imagine that we do.

A very good beer, if unremarkable, but worthy of a place in your fall fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 05:42:13 | More by errantnight
Photo of heissebier


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by how much I liked this beer compared to Sam Adams' usual offerings. My first Oktoberfestbier of the year, and it really hit the spot.

Color is a lively deep orange, with an off white head. The taste is malty, with a few spices and a dash of hops thrown in for balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, it's the kind of beer that makes you want another sip. and another.

It's not particularly bold, original or complicated, but it is a well done Oktoberfestbier nevertheless, and you can't beat the value.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:32:47 | More by heissebier
Photo of Pegasus


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color with a thick and persistent off-white head, lots of lace, slight carbonation. The appearance of this beer is quite striking - in my opinion, a textbook example of what a beer should look like.

Arom: Rich and malty, with distinct bread notes, spices, and a mild noble hop presence.

Taste: Begins with a rich malty taste, dominated by roasted malts and a wave of caramel throughout. The finish is dominated by lingering metallic hops, which seem a bit inappropriate.

Mouthfeel: Soft on the palette, smooth and pleasant, fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: An pleasant example of the style and eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 05:57:16 | More by Pegasus
Photo of MrIncognito


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark copper clear body beneath a white two-finger foam. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet maltiness with some spicy hops. A hint of caramel.

T&M - Sweet caramel malts upfront with the spice of the hops coming in the end. Nice semi-crips mouthfeel that isn't too dry. Nice and smooth, goes down nice.

D - Very easy to drink. Not terribly complex but a nice, straight-forward Oktoberfest brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 17:16:36 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of jwc215


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish copper with a thin head that becomes a thin patch. Minimal lacing is left.

Smells of sweet bread. Some subtle floral hop presence is noticeable.

Tastes of malty grains. Bread and some hops are mixed in. It seems, to me, to be a maltier, sweeter version of a Sam Adams lager (not just an amber ale with some caramel maltiness as some craft brews do).

It's fairly smooth, but a bit too sweet for a "session". Although not quite in the same category as a Bavarian O-fest in Germany, it has a freshness to it, and is one of the better of the style that is available in America that hasn't been sitting in who knows what conditions to arrive here.
A bit better on tap, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 01:59:51 | More by jwc215
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at Dick O'Dowe's in downtown Birmingham, MI. Poured a deep brown-orange color with a hint of white head over a crystal clear beer. Maybe a hint of lacing. Nose is very mild, but mostly caramel malt with some light dried fruit. Flavor is fairly similar. Sweet malt, cotton candy, raisins, some berries too. A very sweet beer with extremely light hop presence. Feel is solid with good carbonation. Can't complain about this one; it's a solid beer with a nice sweet flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 14:24:47 | More by soupyman10
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a dark amber with a one finger offwhite head. Looks like the dictionary definition for an marzen.

S- strong malty characteristics, lots of sticky caramel coming through. There's an almost toffee like sweetness to it too...very nice

T- yeah, this is really malty...picking up hints of cinnamon in addition, but I'm mostly getting that strong malt backbone. But its not overly malted, which is a positive. There's a slight sweetness to it too...interesting

M- I've mentioned the maltiness that gives it the body it has...nice backbone. Solid body

D- its my standard marzen for the season...there are better, there are worse, but this is a great example of the style

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:53:37 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of velosuds


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle. My first of this style. A nice lager.

A- Nice dark pour, as in a ruby chesnut hue, with a two finger head. Nice appearing; as in, made ponder anew the lager style beers.

S- Smells sweet of caramel and malts, with slight fruitiness from the hops and grains, than less so from the yeast. Aroma had me thinking more ale than lager.

T- Very much lager in the taste, which never compares to ale, in my opinion, but the flavor was good, and much more developed than the all too popular, according to the commercials, adjunct lager style.

M- Good carbonation, but not quite crisp enough for a lager, but I liked the mouthfeel of this, more as a beer, than a lager.

O- I would rate this 3.75, but expect my overall rating to be higher than I would assign. A good, but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 06:07:26 | More by velosuds
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to "borrow" one of these from a friend. Poured from a bottle into a glass mug.

A: very pleasant, above average, but even for the beautiful orange amber color and creamy, orange tinged head, I still prefer a darker beer.

S: Deliciously sweet, very appetizing. I didn't spend a lot of time smelling this one. The smell convinced me to get straight to drinking it.

T: Excellent balance. Clearly supposed to be on the sweet side, lots of malty flavors, but not overpoweringly so. Delicious.

M: A little to "gritty" to be as refreshing as it has the potential to be. I don't like a lot of carbonation. Again, this barely detracted from the overall great qualities of this beer.

D: Excellent. Don't get me wrong, I could drink this all night, but there are other styles which I prefer. I don't have a reference point within this style to compare it too.

I am again impressed by the Sam Adams lineup. They are consistently offering full-flavored, complex beers and a price competitive with the BMC crowd.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 06:00:56 | More by trentley87
Photo of NODAK


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of caramel malt and some hoppiness. Definitely what I'd expect.

Taste is pretty straight forward. Caramel malts abound, though not sticky sweet...somewhat metallic as well. A small amount of hops are present, though pretty minor. Some grain is also apparent at the end. A little bit of stickiness stays around on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel somewhat thinner than I expected, to be honest. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, though still tasty and good enough for quaffing.

I recommend this beer as a solid Octoberfest. It may only be August but I cannot wait until fall!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:18:45 | More by NODAK
Photo of donmonkey1


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is med. brown (like iced tea). The tan head is moderate and dissipates quickly. The lacing is nice at first but once the head is gone, that's it. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Not much smell. Nutty perhaps.

Taste: Not real strong but several flavors hard to describe. Raisins and nuts. Bready maybe. Enough hops to balance the sweetness but not noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery, lack of carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink, good thirst quencher with a decent flavor. It's a quality beer that doesn't do much for me. I wish it was more flavorful. It's definately better than average though.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:09:03 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper with a hint of red and a thick off-white head that dissipates quickly to a lacing.

Smell: Roasted-malts, sweet.

Taste: Malty taste with some caramel, sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy to drink, and well carbonated.

Overall: One of the best fall beers around. Can't go wrong with one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:24:37 | More by bgillespie
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a seidel.

Appearance: Hazy reddish-brown colour. Gives a small amount of thin reasonably white head. Almost orange depending on angle viewed at.

Smell: Very fragrant; I could smell it from the moment i started pouring. Very sweet and floral. Defintely smells like an oktoberfest

Taste: Very buttery. Hops flavor is quite understated, especially for this style. More malty than any other oktoberfest Ive had. Strong notes of butterscotch. Interesting but not very deep.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Creamy almost. Low amount of carbonation, but that suits it well. No sign of alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good. I could drink many of these in a night. Its not nearly hoppy enough where it destroys your palate, but rather its just a pleasant beer to drink. Good but not great

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:22:15 | More by Whiteweasel
Photo of HotHands


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, a bit too vigorously perhaps, with a large white head that dissipated. No real lacing present. Color is orange-ish light brown.

S - sweet malt. A bit of dark fruit (plums, currants) and spicy smells like nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - Good amount of malty goodness here. Toasted grains, sweetness, brown sugar, and a lot of caramel. Some black currant flavor is present. Finish is a tad dry, which makes it more refreshing.

M - a bit undercarbonated, and not remarkable.

D - quite drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, a solid seasonal from Sam Adams that's worth picking up when the weather gets chillier.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:33:50 | More by HotHands
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a copper color with amber hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toasty and caramel malts with only a hint of hops. The taste is a more intense version of the aroma. It is very malty without being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Oktoberfest that I could drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 23:53:41 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Marcrates


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours bright and shiney like a penny witg a little more on the red side

s - smell isn't much.. A little grain smell butnot much.

T - not bad.. Malt comes through averagely strong at first, levels out with a sweet syrupy taste.

M - fairly light feeling, but a little more weight than a domestic light beer.

D - quite drinkable. Not overwhelming at all.. I've had two here at the bar while I wait for the girl to show up, and I could go for a third.

Overall I'm not blown away, but I'm not dissapointed either. A somewhat tasty, but light and drinkable brew suits me quite well on this cool October afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 19:25:43 | More by Marcrates
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice amber color with a good head. Aroma seemed like a spiced malt smell. The taste was nice and mild... the body wasn't full but not dissappointing, i guess average. I think this is a drinkable beer, but i think it would be getting better reviews if they called it something else because overall i really did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 00:49:20 | More by acrawf6
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It is slightly sweet with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a slightly malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and creamy. There is a bit of bitter hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Octoberfest. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 18:54:18 | More by WesWes
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-ish red, slightly tan head about 1 finger width tall.

S: Sweet with a slight spice and some fruit.

T: Moderate Holiday flavors, reminiscent of pumpkin delights. Moderate carbonation. Mild but bitter after taste.

M: Smooth with a slight grain.

D: Light enough to have more than one. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 14:31:55 | More by FGCUkyleOz
Photo of livewire78


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of fall leaves. Nice and pretty but not overwhelming. Head is there but again nothing overwhelming.

Smells of caramel malts with some brown sugar in the background. Hops are minimal at most.

The taste is smooth. Caramel malts and brown sugar come first with a minimal amount of bitterness. It's okay but not overwhelming.

I like it in the mouth. Maybe a micron too carbonated or maybe it's just right. I've had other beers I like the feel of better and then again I've had beers that I like the feel of worse.

I like this especially at this time of year. Just seems to be a staple of the fall season in my house. Really good to tailgate with. Bottom line: it's an okay beer but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 17:07:50 | More by livewire78
Photo of BarrelO


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish copper body. Head doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, interestingly enough.

T: Toasty malt. More fruitiness. Some noble hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: A good fall beer. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 05:48:40 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Swarp


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 09/30/2011

A locust honey color,one finger,short lived head, minimal lacing.

S sweet faint herbal and earthy somewhat bready.

T sweet slightly fruity bready malt. A bit tinny at the end.

M medium bodied soomewhat chewy nice overall and very drinkable.

O Just getting started with marzen style and find this a very enjoyable beer. I will have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 03:17:03 | More by Swarp
Photo of danielocean03


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at TGI Friday's with lunch, served in a 22oz Weizen-style glass. Appearance is a bright, coppery amber color, full foamy finger of light tan head that slowly fell to a light ring of lacing. Aroma is rich with a huge maltiness, sweet caramel and toffee notes dominating, light hoppy undertones round out the nose. Taste is very malty, much more than from the bottle, light grassy hop bitterness halfway balances between the superb malt character this beer offers. Mouthfeel is smoother and seemingly less carbonated than that of the bottle, a welcome change as the balance of the light to medium body pairs well with the lower levels of carbonation. Drinkability is great, low abv and an overall very enjoyable beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2006 20:28:35 | More by danielocean03
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,197 ratings.