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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,878 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,878
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 601 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one. Frankly, I really enjoy most of the Sam Adams seasonal beers. They are distinct, but at the same time not at all busy. Their Octoberfest is a wonderful malty, caramel-tinged beer perfect for transitioning into the colder weather. It goes down smooth and begs to be followed with another. An exemplary Marzen and very easy to find across the nation.

TheRealBigC, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of DieselSnorter
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 pack for a song and couldn't wait to try it.

Poured out a beautiful dark amber color, has a nice head on it that dissipated and left a light lacing as I drank.

I couldn't detect much of a smell, which I found unusual. I agitated it a bit and some nice, faint sweet odors wafted up.

The taste was sweet and spicy, very refreshing. a very pleasant aftertaste that just made me want to drink more.

Very light carbonation that didn't assault my palate, very smooth with a creamy finish.

This is a VERY drinkable beer. I could see myself standing around drinknig a number of these as the day wore on...in fact I might just do that.

DieselSnorter, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Tang07
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SA Octoberfest poured very nicely. It was a nice dark copper, with a very thick head which hung around for a while.

I had this beer pretty cold and think that it may have tasted better slightly warmer to release more of the flavor and aroma.

The beer has a strong malt flavor and and is quite tastey.

I look forward to drinking more of this during in the crisp fall nights of NC.

Tang07, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of treehugger02010
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. It most certainly has a "fall" feel. I was pretty disappointed with the mouthfeel, but that might of been becasuse I was keeping my beer to cold. Sam Adams Octoberfest certainly does make you wish that certain seasonal brews were around all year.

treehugger02010, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of JAL67
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer from SA! Love it. It's a nice change of pace from the Summer Ale. I really enjoy this beer. Has an amber color and with the 5.7% has a bit of a kick to it.

The color is very good, typical amber(fall colors). Nice to have when raking leaves as I did today...warms you up on a Fall day.

Enjoy!

JAL67, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Corvette Grill in Annville, PA on 9/4/08. Served in the new Sam Adams glass.

A - Deep amber/copper-colored body with one-finger creamy light beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left some nice lacing. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - While the aroma is rather subdued, I do pick up on some bready and caramel malt, molasses, maple syrup and some spices. No hop presence at all.

T - Pleasant malt flavor with hints of sugar cookies, molasses, brown sugar, caramel and bready malt goodness. For some reason, I also get ginger snaps from this. Overall, this has a very sweet, malty flavor with vitually no hop bitterness whatsoever.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and, although somewhat chewy, a mild syrupy texture that borders watery territory. Quite sweet on the tastebuds with no residual bitterness present.

D - Superior drinkability, but overall a really simple style. Sam Adams pretty much hits the mark with this one. Is it any wonder why this is one of the more popular fall seasonals in the world of craft beer?

ffejherb, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber with a bit of red tint to it and had a small, quickly dissipating head. The aroma has some malt aroma and a hint of a fruit sweetness. The taste had a medium malt body with a caramel sweetness to it. There was a medium hop flavor to it with a light/medium bitterness. The mouthfeel was light/medium in consistency and had a medium carbonation. Despite having a sweeter flavor to it, I felt that this beer was very well balanced in all aspects and has a good seasonal drinkability to it.

jdmorgan, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of screamking
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice amber, with a 2 finger light khaki head. Very light and sweet aroma coming from this. Seems sweeter smelling than most Oktoberfest beers around. Taste is even sweeter than the aroma, lots of toffee and caramel in this one. Half way through heavy lacing is hanging around the glass. Mouthfeel is light, very easy to drink, fall session beer for sure.

When I was younger this was my first foray into Sam Adams beers, he'll this could have been my first craft beer. I recall it being better, but I think that's just my ever changing palate. Still, this is a great Oktoberfest, better on tap than in bottle. If I drink this again, it will be out of a liter stein. The more you have the better it gets and there's nothing wrong with that.

screamking, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of explosivebeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams line. This beer has a light, clear brownish-amber color with little head. The aroma is all malt, mostly caramel. The body has a load of malty goodness, again caramel, and a small but significant underlying bitterness to balance. It is easy to drink and generally enjoyable.

explosivebeer, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of midtownmphs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

midtownmphs, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Guden
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light almond brown with a small off white head. Looks nice but not great.

S- Munich malt fills the nose with hints of noble hops. Very fitting and enticing if not overly strong.

T- Lots of caramel and malt with a little bread up front, a bit of dark fruit and hops comes in at the end to balance.

M- Fairly low body with a medium level of carbonation. It fills the mouth and feels nice but I wouldn't mind it being a little more full bodied.

D- Very drinkable, fairly light but with ideal balance and enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Guden, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle notched best by Mar.09 served in a nonic glass. Poured a very clear medium amber color with coppery hues and a thick froaty white head with goos retention leaving a crown of lace atop the glass.

Good moderate malty aromas toasty and nutty with a pleasingly sweet fruity carmelled malt.

Clean taste upfront with a zippy tanginess has a complex malty tastes some toasty and nuttyness, no standouts a tad on the weak side with some dry fruitiness. Well balanced with a pleasing crisp bitterness with some earthyness. A very drinkable O-fest was a touch on the light side

jcdiflorio, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from harvest pack bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing along the glass.

S - Malts, caramel, and a faint smell of nuts.

T - Sweet taste of caramel and maybe some brown sugar. Very nice malt character throughout the drink

M - Smooth with a medium body.

D - Very drinkable to say the least. Haven't had too many Octoberfest's but this is probably my favorite so far. I'll be having more when I pick up another harvest pack.

BennyL1, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour during a brief lay-over at PHL - served in a tall weizen-style glass for some reason...

A - short lived thin layer of film on top of the glass, hoisted by a deep orange, clear brew

S - bright malts showing off some caramel, honey-topped biscuits...subtle fruitiness (apples)

T - sweet malts bringing caramel, biscuits, honey, and some (untoasted) nuts...bready with a finishing kiss of grassy hops

M - light bodied, smooth and clean with moderate carbonation

D - this will probably be a lot of people's first experience with the style - and thats probably a good thing. easy to drink and a solid gateway to other (better) Octoberfests.

Stigs, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average-size lighter beige head sits on top of a burnt amber/orange color.

Aroma features candy-like malts, caramel and toffee mostly. Really nice, but a little too mild, would like this to be a lot stronger.

Flavor delivers a very malty beer which, like the aroma, reminds mostly of caramel and toffee. Nice richness to it, has a nice toastiness and even a little maple in there. Moderate carbonation delivers the flavors well enough, but like S.A.'s Winter Lager, flavors are more satisfying as it warms.

So very drinkable, so very above-average, like most of the Samuel Adams stuff. And like most of the S.A. stuff, not a mindblower despite its very good qualities.

Metalmonk, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Rootdog316
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours to a brownish-amber color with a huge head formation and a generous stream of carbonation that cascades up the glass. The nose is nutty and slightly sweet, the palate even more laden with those nutty-malty melanoidin flavors imparted by the Munich malt. There's a touch of chocolate too, a slightly thinner than desired body, and a finish that is balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This is actually a very good Octoberfest beer, and one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I look forward to it's release every September.

Rootdog316, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Mavajo
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a distinct reddishness when held up to the light. 1-2 finger thick head that fades quickly. Smell is malty and sweet - seemed a bit floral, too.

Very good taste - it's clearly more malty than hoppy, but a good balance has been struck. Some of the reviews here are pointing out a distinct sweetness, but I didn't really pick up on that - it could be that my tastebuds were out of whack, though. No bitterness. Mild carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

Mavajo, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper hue with a steady 1/2 inch head; lacing is nearly non-existent

S: Bready, toasty malts with some subtle tea, brown sugar, and toffee aromas--but mostly toasted malts--a bit subdued even for the style

T: Much more toasted bready malts--lots of biscuit with some subtle citrus undertones along with a touch of toffee and brown sugar

F: Decent medium body--especially for a lager

O: This is a great American version of a marzen: crisp, nice body, toasted malts, mmm

dbossman, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of bradford
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at my buddy's party
Looked okay. A bit cloudy and muddy but some of that might be attributed to a shitty tap
Smell was sweet and a bit spicy
Taste was smooth, dry, sweet, and tasty
Mouthfeel was very nice. Typical lager feel but very welcome and delicious
Drinkability wasn't great because I was in the party mood and not the beer rating and geeking out mood

bradford, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Carlton1964
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lace and color. Had a very nice aroma. Nice body...not to thick and to thin. Although this beer does nothing wrong....it does not excel at anything either. But I would be ok if I was stuck with a few cases of it. VERY enjoyable....just nothing to get excited about.

Carlton1964, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of danny013
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a dimple mug pint glass. Beautiful perfectly clear orange/reddish body fills the glass, topped with a thick khaki colored head. Head slowly falls back into beer, leaving a think covering over beer, light lacing. Nice looking pint.

Smell is of light malts, some fruity esters, gentle hops, and a thin, watery grain flavor lingering in the background. Overall, very simple.

Taste is surprising balanced as the beer hits the palate: gentle roasted malts intermingle with plenty of maltiness and some rich grape/raisin flavors, balanced out nicely with some spicy hops. Rich carbonation guides the beer down a leaves a nice tingling, sweet malts and some spicy hop notes creep through on the finish and linger for a second. As those fade out, a thin/watery grain profile comes through, somewhat similar to corn/rice? What? Definitly don't remember this in previous years brews.

Mouthfeel is very nice, actually. Body is nice and thick, almost sticky/creamy that is balanced out nicely by a good amount of carbonation that lets the brew roll around the mouth.

Drinkability is nice, a great tasting beer that is widely available. Very easy to put back.

This is my favorite seasonal beer from SA, and is a close second overall from what they have to offer (after the cream stout). I have noticed it getting better from year to year and it is definitly good this time around - the only thing that is surprising to me is the watery corn/rice profile that seems to be hiding in the back of the beer. Am I the only one noticing this, or is it just a thin malt base?

Overall, great, easy to find, and decently priced. I'll definitly be picking up some more of this!

danny013, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish amber with very little carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet maltiness, caramel. The slightest of hops is there, very gentle, wafting through the dominant malts. The flavor follows through, and I believe the best desription is tha flavors of King's Hawaiian Bread. And that's a compliment- I love that bread! It's moderately dense, sweet, and chewy- the bread that is. But it's also a pretty good description of this beer. Pretty simple in its composition- I'm not spending much time trying figure out what that flavor is halfway through the swallow. Real basic. I like it. Very easy drinking, and enjoyable on a cool night.

Dukeofearl, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for about $1.40... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2 Finger head atop a crystal clear amber red brew.

Aroma is pretty much all toasted malts.. bready... no hops.. very appropriate.

Malty out of the gate.. with toasty notes mid palate and a fairly dry finish... some very low spicy hoppy flavors.. Medium body with a smooth carbonation.. very clean.

This brew deserves better reviews... it is waayy better than some German imports I've had lately... maybe because this one is fresh, but I am not sure.. IMHO, this is a pretty spot on Octoberfest.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of hyuga
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Orange-amber color and a white head with many large bubbles. Head stays well for a bit, but eventually goes down to a thin lace. Apparently this one needs a good hard pour to retain a head. Malty smell with some hop character and fruitiness. Lots of toasted malt flavor that is typical of Sam Adams beers. Sweet hop flavor that has just the right amount of bitterness, which seems to increase as you drink more. Lots of flavor here, but not quite as much as I would expect from a Sam Adams beer. Still a good brew in my opinion, and definitely worth trying.

hyuga, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a thick, off-white head and a semi-cloudy orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rather neutral. Taste is quite good, with a preponderance of hops and some barley as an under-taste. I loved the spicy aspect to this lager. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Samuel Adams Octoberfest finishes refreshing and wet. I could really feel the alcohol punch in my head on an empty stomach this morning. Overall, a very nice offering.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Nov 21, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,878 ratings.