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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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5,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,170
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 258 | 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 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
Photo of Whiteweasel


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
Photo of KarlHungus


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
Photo of acrawf6


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
Photo of WesWes

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
Photo of FGCUkyleOz


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
Photo of BierStein711


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

Bottle poured into a short pilsner glass.

Four finger snow-white head

Deep amber in color with a lighter red hue at the bottom of the glass.

Smells: hop, malt, and roasted malt

Taste: Sweet start, fades into roasted malt, and finishes with a hoppy biscuit taste

Mouthfeel: moderate, not too light, and not too heavy

Overall, I'm sure this is best on draught! I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:49:59 | More by BierStein711
Photo of AgentMunky


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before February 2012.

A: Minimal white head has mediocre retention. Lots of bubbles in a very clear amber beer.

S: Sweet, lagery malt. Clean, but boring.

T/M: Crisp, clean, and lightly sweet. Very little hop presence, but carbonation provides a slight bite. Taste is subdued, but everything present is quite nice. Not much to say; nice example of the style.

O: Good Octoberfest, and the sort of beer I might drink absent-mindedly as refreshment. Not precisely recommended, but you could make a lot poorer choice. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 22:04:44 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of vishneda


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

They roll this one out around Märzen time with stiff competition all around, but it holds its own. It has a classic dark orange color with an off-white head and brings a pretty hoppy floral aroma. The flavor seems "bright"; tart and sweet but not quite hearty enough. Overall it's refreshing and not real filling... a good combination for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:58:27 | More by vishneda
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


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

Pours out a pretty nice orange with a small, half inch head. Decent lace hangs follows the beer down the glass.

Pretty traditional smell, caramel, slight flowers and some earth.

Goes down ultra smooth. Light caramel malts, minerals, slight plum and some earth. Not too watery, which is my main complaint about the style in general. Nice body.

A good American example of the style. Makes me wish I was heading of to Deutchland this fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 06:41:54 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of evanackerman


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

poured a beautiful dark amber with a nice head.

smell was all malt sweetness with a hint of alcohol which kept my score from being a five.

taste is typical o-fest malt, very pleasant.

mouthfeel is a bit thin for me.

drinkability is high as with most o-fests.

overall, a veery good interpretation of the style, perhaps a bit lacking in hop character for my taste, but still something i will probably buy at least a sixer of each year.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 00:16:37 | More by evanackerman
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass...

A: Light copper with a two finger, white head; not much retention or lacing.

S: Grains; sweet breadiness; caramel malt.

T: Rich, sweet maltiness; some light caramel notes; very sweet finish, but some earthy hops provide balance.

M: Medium bodied; moderate carbonation; it does have a nice bite for the sweetness.

D: I'm not huge on the Oktoberfests, but this one is probably my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:01:40 | More by jpro
Photo of boblog


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

Dark amber color. pours with a slightly off white thick head which leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of metal malt and hops. Taste is a bit different than most Oktoberfest I have had. Still has the chocolate, fruit undertones but a bit more hops than usual. Average mouthfeel for an Oktoberfest. Pretty drinkable. Not the best Sam Adams but a fairly solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 00:17:40 | More by boblog
Photo of ArtD


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

A - clear amber color, good head retention

S - Great hop aroma

T - Good balance of malt and hops. Slight sweet taste throughout, hop flavor low, low bitterness.

M - A bit thin

D - Not my favorite oktoberfest, but very drinkable. Great all around beer.

Wish list: a little thicker mouthfeel, more malt flavor, and higher potency.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 14:32:22 | More by ArtD
Photo of Beric


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

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 October 2013

*re-review* (First reviewed 5 Oct 2013, original score 3.61/5)

Appearance: Nice amber color with a head that sticks around for a bit if you pour hard, but slowly dissipates to practically nothing. This one has great color for the style, but I would like to see a bit more head (or at least one that sticks around longer).

Smell: Some good sweet malty smells coming out. No hop presence in the nose, which is good due to the style restrictions.

Taste: I realized tonight that I was drinking this one too cold. I had one that had been in the fridge for only 1.5-2hrs and it was like a totally different beer. Nice maltiness with a good, sweet backbone comes out when this one is served a little warmer than what I had been having. Still a bit sweet for my tastes, but less so than when the beer is colder and you taste more sweet than malt.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and body for the style. This beer drinks smooth and easy, just like an Oktoberfestbier should.

Overall: Overall, a decent shot at the style. Respectable, but not special. I would get this again due to its price and availability. Good crowd pleaser and would go well with fall gatherings for football, paired with chili or red meat. Right now though, the winner for Oktoberfests goes to Victory Festbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:33:09 | More by Beric
Photo of botham


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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a crystal clear amber color with two fingers of light orange head that remain for a few minutes and leave moderate lacings. brilliant in color.

aroma is malty, with caramel and very light aromatic hops present. overall, the brew is sweet in profile with a lightly bready quality that acts as a base.

taste is malty and lightly sweet, with caramel malts and a lightly fruity character that works well with the malts. finishes with a nice mix of floral hops and malty undertones, true to a great marzen.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy in texture, with a smooth finish of mildly warming malts and residual bready malt and floral hops.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth drinking marzen with enough body to sustain the richness of malts, while remaining light enough to still be a great autumn brew. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 02:02:42 | More by botham
Photo of chilidog


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

I thought this to be a good festive seasonal brew. Im not aware of years past and changes. I enjoyed this years as its appearance was outstanding. Good dark copper/orange color, off-white head with thick ring-like lace.Classic look! Taste was smooth, malty & carmal.The abv is kicked up alittle, but not in the taste or smell.It had a very autumn character. Just as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 05:01:14 | More by chilidog
Photo of ajmoody76


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

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:23:53 | More by ajmoody76
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,170 ratings.