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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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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 7,100
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours amber with a one finger head that leaves no lacing and recedes quickly. Aroma of toasted malt and subtle, grassy spice. Taste follows the smell- toasted malt and bready body with a barely noticeable sweetness before a grassy finish. Medium-light body and light carbonation with no aftertaste. It lingered and was a little sticky.
I expected more from this. I kept waiting for the Oktoberfest characteristics to come out, but they never really did. The caramel was super subtle and required some searching. I also didn't pick up any semblance of hops at all. It was one dimensional and boring.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle. Best before 2016-07. Poured into wine glass.

A: Clear amber. The head was thin.
S: Mildly toasted bread. Light sweet notes.
T: Mildly malty.
M: Light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Not impressive. Still prefer the trademark Boston lager.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Ruddy garnet in color and crystal clear, presents a few inches of thick, foamy, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet, roasted caramel malts and mealy flesh fruits (apple, pear)and tastes just the same. Pretty spot on, and pretty thick mouthfeel. Refreshing.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Strega restaurant in Boston. Had to get a Sammy while in Beantown.
10-6-15 - On tap at Ciao Bella in Houston. Went to this standby after suffering through some American Real Ale brewed in Italy.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful opaque cider - red color with a very thick, fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention. Lacing very present. An amazing looking beer overall.

S - A very sweet, malty aroma overwhelms the nose. Predominantly roasted malts. Not too much else present here but very pleasant to the nose.

T - The taste lives up to the scent about spot on. A fairly sweet beer with dominant flavorings of roasted malts. Notes of caramel are present, especially on the back-end/ aftertaste it leaves.

M - Medium to full bodied beer, quite rich feeling. A decent blend of carbonation though slightly harsh for me. Very crisp beer.

O - First Oktoberfest style beer I've had before; wasn't sure what to expect buy enjoyed it very much. Would definitely like to try few other renditions of the style. The beer itself has a beautiful appearance and great tastes and scents, although I feel there is something missing. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of abastias
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Short lived dirty-cream head with uneven bubbles and light stickiness. Rich, clear amber with ample carbonation.
S: Subdued. Slightly peppery, toasted malt, hay,
T: Caramel, creme brulee, pear, toast. Slight bitter after taste.
M: Full body with crisp carbonation.
O: Caramel malt is very prominent and there is a slight syrupy sweetness. Overall, tasty and not complex aromatically.

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Photo of beerboy21
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat grainy. Bready. Too much sweetness coming from specialty grain. A decent beer, but not in the same class as zee Germans and many American versions.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nicest color beers, reddish golden copper color. I'm not a huge Octoberfest guy and think there are way to many but look forward to this one every year. This was my favorite Sam adams beer up until rebel rouser, now it's number 2.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle into a stein a clear orange-amber-ish colour, topped by two fingers of tight head that recedes to some rings but does leave a bit of lacing. Not a tremendous amount of visible carbonation.

Smell is toasted malt, a bit of caramel, bready, a bit of biscuit. Faint hints of maple (or maybe I just want to smell maple because of the season), light milk chocolate, and noble hop aroma--light grassy, hay. Nice.

Taste is light, refreshing. Aspires to creaminess, but there's a bit of astringency. Still, this is malt forward, sweet, toasty, biscuity. Slight lagery yeastiness, tanginess. Again, a bit of a crisp grassiness or hay flavour. Body is surprisingly light, and the carbonation moderate.

Seems fairly on-point for the style, but can't compete with some of the true German renditions. Still, it's nice, refreshing, pretty clean. Very drinkable. Not a favourite, but not mad that I've got five more to drink the fridge, either.

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Photo of Mcapt004
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite offering from Sam Adams. Pours a dark amber with a nice thick white foam head. Smell is sweet malts, bready with lite spice's. Taste is the same as the nose with the sweet malts quickly overtaken by a nice bready taste that lingers in the nose long after the swallow. Medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Fall weather,football,leaves falling and Sam Adams Oktoberfest!! Life is good.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, smells ok, but the taste is a little too syrupy sweet for me. Not crisp enough on the back end to make it a marzen lager, more like an amber ale. It's ok, but I've had many that are better.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here. Pours a decent-looking auburn with thin off-white top. Aroma has some good caramel notes, but is dominated by a smell similar to adjunct brews. Flavor is decent, with some nice toasted notes. The over-carbonation ruins an otherwise okay beer. The finish is harsh simply due to bubble-count.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A quite opaque beer with a distinct amber color. Limited head that dissolves quickly.

Smells very much like one would expect from an Octoberfest. Toasty and floral scent.

I feel like the carbonation entirerly dominates this beer, so much so that any additional flavor is in the background. Which is a huge shame since this could be quite a compelling beer. After the carbonation-boom, it's quite subtle - but that might be attributed to the fact that the initial kick numbs your buds.

This beer looks and smells the part, but the feel is disastrous.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking light amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing is kinda messy, but still nothing bad to look at it.
The smell had some sweet breadiness, light nuts, and some apples (not sure where that's coming from), hmmm...
The taste was mainly the same as the smell.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a low carbonation, feels good, somewhat sticky.
Overall, for the most part, its a good one, easy to find practically anywhere. Also, FYI, if you find that you grab a sixer and don't like this one, throw it in some beer bread, you'll be surprised how well your beer bread will turn out.

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Photo of DeadGuyRising_54
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites ever, and perfect for fall Sunday Mornings

Each one tastes like another

My biggest complaints: it's not as easy to find as I'd like, and I can't drink more than 12 without the bar running out, getting the "over served" lecture etc

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Photo of jancona
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm partial to German Octoberfest beers, though SA captures the basic idea pretty well. The flavor has hints of sweet breadyness and caramel with a bit of hop to finish. The taste never quite emerges fully for my taste buds. I do like the feel - bit of carb in it. Easy to find and not bad.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-retaining head, with small bubbles and a transparent caramel color. The scent is fairly mild though it comes up with some well-toasted malt and faintly coffee-like notes. The taste is very rich in malty flavours with some deeper chocolate tones. The feel is heavy on carbonation with a shortly lingering taste. It's an alright beer when it comes down to it, though I'm fine with it being a seasonal.

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Photo of Buck89
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange-amber clear color with a reasonable off white head that fades quickly. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of nutmeg and spice. Taste is sweet malt with some dark bread, toffee and nutmeg. Seems a bit thin but leaves a reasonable sticky finish.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish-red color into a pint glass. Thin cream color head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing but what is there hangs on nicely. Good carbonation throughout tasting process. Initial taste is a little hoppy at first but mellow out nicely to a dry sweet finish. This is only my 2nd Octoberfest brew so I'm still learning. Overall I think that this is a very drinkable beer and feels a little lighter than the Sierra Nevada Octoberfest that I've been drinking. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's amazing that the bouquet of Octoberfest (sorry, years of drinking wine before recently returned to craft beer) actually has a note that is reminiscent of pumpkin. Very appropriate. Octoberfest specifically and the Boston Beer Company in general need to be appreciated for their unique craft paradigm. Octoberfest is the antithesis of a hoppy IPA, actually featuring far less hops than Sam's trademark Boston Lager. It's all about the malt. The aroma is malt-driven. The beer is thick and rich. The five malts featured here show so clearly. It's hopped just enough to provide the requisite neutrality. It's neither bitter nor cloyingly sweet, but rich. The flavors are as unique in today's marketplace as in 1989. This beer is 15 IBU, not 65 like the starkly different Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Variety is the spice of life, and this autumn brew is subtle. This is a really old-school, five-malt, more traditional than the Germans (now serving Helles at Oktoberfest in Munich) hyper-quality-malt beer.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice, smooth easy drinking example of the style. Some light sweetness in the flavor and I really like the smell of this beer. Easy to pound down several in a sitting.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice Oktoberfest beer. A little bit of caramel adds the sweetness here, with a pretty subdued malt profile. Would have liked some more malt, but still very nice.

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Photo of Nyg
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For an oktoberfest by Sam Adams it's not bad. I hate the early release date it's still summer but it's good and wouldn't turn one down, still a decent Marzen with nice fall mix of spice taste and smell. Light with a bit of a lighter Amber color

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color (how's that for alliteration?), about an inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Malty/bready aroma with a hint of hops. Tastes like malt, toffee, caramel, a little bit roasty with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. A little chewy, medium bodied, and goes down smooth as silk. This has been one of my favorite Octoberfest beers for over 2 decades, and I think it surpasses or at least compares favorably to any of the German marzens I've tried. None of them has had a stronger malt backbone. It manages to be satisfying yet highly drinkable, the way I picture this style being before it was lightened up. An underrated classic.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another rendition of Sam Adams Octoberfest yet again. It is a solid brew all the way, regardless of what some may say. It is readily available and inexpensive. It is tasty and golden and malty and a little sweet or caramelish on finish. It is mild and easy to drink and without a high alcohol content. After the 3rd one you'll know it though. This is a great beer on tap to have at restaurants with a good sandwich or appetizer and such.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.