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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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6,268 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,268
Reviews: 2,005
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 784 | 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 thebarnesbomb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, creates 1 in. rocky foam off-white head, quickly dissapates. Has a very ruby/amber color to it, maybe even more so than a Killian's, but very attractive. Very malty in the nose, sweetness, but not much else. The taste is mostly of these sweet malts, with a slight aftertaste of hops. If I were blindfolded though I would guess this beer was an Amber Ale, there is not a very strong or distinct alcohol kick to it, mostly sweet malt blend. Overall, a very good choice.

thebarnesbomb, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep amber/copper color with one finger of slightly off white head

S=sweet malty aromas with a hint of hops very nice balance

T=sweet caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness

M=light carbonation and a minor aftertaste

D=very enjoyable and drinkable

jacobseyb, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Appearance: amber, small head, and decent lacing.

Smell: yeast and malt grain.

Taste: malty grain, spices, and a slight hops.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a pretty good brew. There is a lot of malt character and also some spice and hops.

megahurts4, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice copper amber color with a head that is not quite pure white. The head fades slowly to leaves a thin layer over the beer and leaves nice lace on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is full of toasty and nutty malt. Caramel, toffee and herbal hops are also present in the aroma, but it is overall a bit subdued.

The flavor is full of rich malty character. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and toasted bread. Mostly sweet, but with bit of a floral hop character as well. This beer has a nice malt character that I find to be very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. This beer did not seem exceptionally dry, but the finish is strikingly so with sticky malt and herbal hops hanging on my palate.

This is pretty drinkable, but the finish is a bit of a turn off. This is still a really solid beer, and for the price I think it is a great one to pick up if you are in the mood for an Oktoberfest.

zoso1967, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge Octoberfest fan but, hey, it's october. Had an imperial pint of this and it's a very solid beer. Great dark copper color, very good two finger head, great marzen flavor and good mouthfeel and drinkability. I don't think I'd choose this over a Munich house beer but otherwise it's a very solid beer.

david18, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty looking beer with a crystal clear copper color with 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.

Smell - Pleasant malty and bready smell with some sweet notes

Taste - This is a good Marzen. Nice flavors, some crispness in the finish.

Mouthefeel - A little light and watery but for the style its fine.

Overall - I think SA did a good job with their Octoberfest Marzen. One of their more noteable beers of late.

bubseymour, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of beergynt
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to see the distintive blue/white/orange bottle come out this time of year! The '07 model seems to be appealing to me more than the previous years have. Perhaps my BAness has just given me more appriciation for the malty side of things...

Poured into a SA Lager glass (Thanks Bros and Jim!) a crystal clear, reddish orange topped by a healthy two inches of delicate head (large bubbles, lots of air space) that dissipated fairly quickly... Wonderful spicy nose that somehow made think of football and pumpkins. A little residual heat in the nose as well...
The maltiness is balanced quite well with the Noble hop character. I think that perhaps the hops come through a little more than in previous years... But the balance is so close that I can actually feel the middle of my tongue doing a little dance between it's sweet side and it's bitter side and smacking the roof of my mouth after swallowing. I am a big fan of this beer and can't wait to dirnk a few when the temperature starts to dip into the 40s and I can start donning some Bears gear!!

beergynt, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper/golden colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, spices, bready malts with some fruity and floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet caramely and bready malt character to it with a nice hop bitterness in the end and a slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

SebD, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Mark
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber/copper color was topped by a thin head that left zero lacing. Nice malty aroma with some hop wafting up from the glass, much more aromatic than most lager types. Solid malty taste and the Golding hops shine through, good food beer too. Smooth, ful bodied but not thickish, refreshing as a lager should be. Sam Adams might have become a macro-micro, but one thing is assured, one is always assured of a decent beer.

Mark, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of WalrusJockey
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark golden amber. Head poured pretty good, but feel down to nearly nothing PDQ.

S- I swear it smells like a fresh pizza, only without the savory oregano+basil, but lots of warm, dough-y yeast-y baked aroma.

T- pizza-dough and crispy crust dominate the main flavor range, with other malt flavors, like vanilla-cookies around the very edges. Swallow leads into a more robust version of this same flavor profile, fading off into a slightly watery and short aftertaste.

M- just about perfect for the style. Substantial in the mouth, but smooth and easy to drink; not watery at all, but not so much texture to it that it hinders quaffing.

D- super, as per the style.

Notes: this is a Sam Adams Lager I would order even when there was craft beer on the menu. I say, dump SABL and make this the full time beer.

WalrusJockey, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields a two-finger cream colored head that quickly recedes, the beer itself is a very deep, almost reddish amber.

Smell is mostly faint spices, with a mild brown sugar-like presence.

The taste is almost a pumpkin-spice flavor upfront, followed by mild biscuit malts and a distinct diacetyl presence on the finish. I remember having this on tap and thinking that the diacetyl flavor was extremely overpowering, here, though, it seems to complement the other flavors of the beer more gracefully.

Mouthfeel is somewhat medium-bodied; I think this one could have benefited from a little less carbonation, actually.

Overall drinkability is good; I could certainly see having two or three of these in a sitting without getting tired of the flavors. Ultimately, this is a solid fall standby, but not anything earth-shattering.

kurp001, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is time of the Fall seasonals and I am trying some new ones this year while they are fresh.

From the bottle: "Samuel Adams Octoberfest is brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a deep amber color and a bigger richer flavor. It's everything we look forward to in Fall."

The pour produced a finger of fluffy eggnog-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity, reminiscent of a former G/F's hair. Nose was rich and malty and very evocative of the style. Mouthfeel was medium and it was sweet in a toasted cereal way that reminded me of Wheaties, which my father would swear by. It was not cloyingly sweet, but more toasty sweet, if that makes any sense. I liked it simply because I do not like overly sweet anything. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. Worth a try at this time of year.

woodychandler, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of berley31
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer several times this season, so had forgotten that I actually hadn't gotten around to reviewing it...

A: Poured with a small head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. No real lacing to speak of. Body is an amber/brown color, and almost completely clear.

S: Nice aroma of sweetness and malt... smells like there may be some caramel in there.

T: Mostly sweet, as it pretty much starts out and extends this way... again, some caramel tones in there. Finishes with a very slight bitter taste. Basic, but overall pretty enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with an oily texture, and soft carbonation.

D: I've enjoyed this beer every time I've had it... it doesn't knock you for a loop with originality, but it's easy to drink and definitely a very solid beer. I'll buy it again next fall if I get the chance.

berley31, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest tasting away, starting with the Sam Adams. Review is on the bottle poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark coppery red with great clarity that shows the ample amounts of carbonation running throughout. The initially monstrous (I'm a hard-pourer) off-white lofty head fades immediately to a watery skim and leaves behind chunks of spotty lace along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Really nice honey-roasted grains smell pleasantly toasted and crisp. There's not much to mention in the way of hops, but there is a distinct metallic presence in the aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's a really nice, refreshing quality to this marzen. Feel is pretty bright with a full-feeling quality. The hops not so present in the smell come through subtly as sweet citrus that adds to the brightness of the flavors and feel. The malts, however, play clear center-stage in the beer. They are nicely toasted and sweet without being too heavily roasted or too caramelly sweet. I like the balance a lot. Feel starts to fade fast though - gets waterier quickly as I drink.

Drinkability: Super-high, as expected for the style. A little too sticky in the finish to give it a 5, but really nice and surprisingly light and refreshing. Good transition from summer to fall.

kels, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orangey amber color with perfect clarity for a fairly dark brew. Depending on how carefully you pour it you can get a very thick frothy head with multiple sized bubbles or if your careful like you'll get a just an about 1 fingered head that goes away in about a minute or two. Either way you'll get a light caramel colored head with better than average lacing. The smell is very good, roasted malts take up the bulk of the smell. To me it smells like fall. Taste is very good too. More malty than hoppy like most Octoberfests, not quite as well balanced as the traditional Boston Lager but still fairly well balanced and a good brew. Mouthfeel is good, I'd consider it a slight step above a medium bodied beer with excellent drinkability, I could drink this all day. A usual standby for me every fall until I get sick of drinking it. A very good Octoberfest.

AndyAvalanche, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Great Scott, Allston, MA

Poured a dark copper with a one finger, light tan head that faded to a thick ring of lace that lasted throughout the drink. Some shimering, cascading lacing.

Smell was smooth and pleasant. Caramel and Vienna malts were apparent with a touch of vanilla.

Taste was malty rich on the front end. As with the aroma, Vienna malts were evident but not overwhelming. Later, some ripe fruits came through before the spiciness kicked in. Slightly hoppy finish created a nice balance to this predominantly malty and somewhat sweet beverage.

Rich, creamy, pillowy and slightly sticky mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is a smooth, pleasant and very easy drinking beer. It may lack some of the intensity in aroma and taste that typically define Oktoberfests, yet it is still a good all-around beer.

Damian, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of bort11
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Lovely clear orange-red color. Moderate head, about a 1/2 inch, quickly recedes but keeps a solid ring. Smell is malty sweet with a bit of hops to balance. Taste is very sweet with the malt, but still the hops balances to not make it overly sweet. A bit of spice (sort of like ginger) finishes. Mouthfeel is medium light body with a pleasant carbonation. This is a very tastey beer, though it's not a style I think I would want a whole lot of at once.

bort11, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of rustymoore
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with a thick yet light in consistency head. Some lacing throughout. The smells of note are fruits such as grape and plum. Tastes sweet with raisen and floral essence. Brown sugar and caramel notes as well. Quite smooth on the pallate but I couldn't drink this consistently because of the sweetness. I like it but not in great amounts.

rustymoore, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich copper hue with Good Carbonation. Off white 1/4" that dissipated quickly. Clear Beer, to be expected.

Aroma: Sweet Raisins, Malty

Mouthfeel: Rich & heavy in the front and light & crisp in the finish.

Taste: Bread notes and Caramel, Little to no bitterness only enough to balance the beer out. Toasted malt maybe? Slighly sweet but well rounded malt.

Overall: This actually the beer that got me into loving octoberfest style beers. I love when September comes now. It's O-fest season...

mnfinnkidd, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of n00tz
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber bodied light head that diminishes over a minute or so leaving enough to lace the glass I poured it into.

S - Roasted malts and caramel scents are picked up.

T - Very smooth malt flavors of caramel, bread, and something sweet that I can't put my finger on..

M - very herbal feel with enough hops presence to be wonderfully balanced. not thin but not syrupy by any stretch.

D - Excellent introduction to SA's seasonal brews. I'll be coming back for it again.

n00tz, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Stunner97
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with light bubbles to be seen streaming up the glass, white head starts thick but fades and remains thin white lacing,

Smell- slight malt, musty, and grain and husk

Taste- starts up malty up front and has some nice hops and dryness on the back end keeps things in check, very well balanced overall in the flavor, not as sweet as some octoberfests and not thats not necessarily bad thing

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, not as heavy as some octobers

Drinkability- this is very easily drinkable for sure, im not sure its the best of the best of the style but its probably one of the most drinkable for sure, the flavor is enjoyable and balance to the extreme, one i could certainly session all night long where some marzens can get to be bit to much so in terms drinkability this is probably my favorite

Stunner97, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites for this time of year. Pours a fairly clear pumpkin orange with a more than decent long-lasting head. Aroma is big-time malty, dinner rolls and some candied fruit. Taste is very malty and sweet, some hops there to keep it from going too far. One of the sweeter O-fest offerings I have had. Goes down smooth and is amazingly drinkable. This brew is always a staple when I have friends over during football season.

saintwarrick, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of hoplover82
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Marzen is pretty darn good. Nothing compares to Ayinger, but for an average Marzen, BBC does a pretty good job.

It pours an amber color with a creamy tan head that is persistant.

The aroma is of sweet roasted malt and a little yeast. Caramel and a little toffee.

The flavor is very malty but not too sweet to where I don't want to drink it.

It is very drinkable.

Medium bodied and smooth.

hoplover82, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a clear dark amber color with a quickly forming head. Smells like toasted biscuits with honey, with a little brown sugar. Malt dominates the overall smell. Lots of honey sweetness in the taste too, complemented by a complex malt character with nearly no bitterness. Mouthfeel is average. Goes down smooth and could enjoy one after another. Overall, heavy on the malt side but complex indeed. Quality Octoberfest

TheMultiYeast, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of beeroclock
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. best Sam Adams i've had...

A - Rusty, orange/brown color, decent head.
S - Sweet, I smell cherries.
T - Very nice, slight sweetness w/ a light bitter aftertaste, I like this beer.
M - Smooth, some carbonation
D - Very Drinkable, i'm really impressed, not a big Sam Adams fan, but this one's a winner.

beeroclock, Oct 07, 2006
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,268 ratings.