Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,053
Hads: 6,978
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,510 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Very good looking beer. Deep orange/brown with a halo of peach color. Light makes it shine. Biege lacing never dies and just adds to the look. Very good.

Nose is of malts, with a nice faint hop note. Very sweet in the nose.

Very, very malty, but not sweet. Taste like homemade bread. The hops are there just to balance the flavor. Finishes sweet with malts to chase it down.

Very good beer. Easy to find. Easy to drink. And definetly if you want to impress your party guests, for Halloween get this one. Well definelty get this one again.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange with a white head. Aroma was pretty good. Picked up hints of fruit and malts. Taste was a mix of malts, fruitness, and slight hop bitterness. Good body, not too thick or thin. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Fall pack poured into Perfect Pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

S: Malty. Lots of bread with a hint of spices.

T: Lots of caramel malt with some bread and a bit of nuttiness.

M: Medium with the right amount of carbonation.

D: High.

I like this one a lot. It is full of caramel and is great for a fall night.

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Photo of chimney
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice dark copper amber, wonderful head.

S: little bit of malt with the slightest hint of yeast.

T: very smooth with a slight metallic bitterness, with a sweetness somewhere between caramel and maybe mesquite honey.

M: starts watery, builds to a nice light creamy, and ends with a refreshing froth in the tongue.

D: very easy to drink, but with enough flavour to stay interesting and not cause boredom of the tongue. nice and refreshing and always a treat to see every fall.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper/pumkin color with a big head that nearly overflowed in my pint glass. Lacing all over the glass.

Smell is pretty mild and hard to detect for me right now....but after coming in temperature there were lovely fruit tones, esters, hops and cherry.

Taste is sweet and malty with less emphasis on the hops at first but a bit of bitterness rings through at the end to balance the flavor well.

Mouthfeel is heavy with soft carbonation with a long yet pleasant finish.

Not the best beer ever but a very good marzen. My favorite so far this season.

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Photo of poriggity
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of bottles at Costco. Let them chill overnight, and drank straight from teh 12 oz bottle the next day. Nice malty and carmel sweetness, with a semi thick mouth feel. Very nice combinations of flavors. One of my favorite limited releases from Sam Adams, and I always try to find a case or two when they come out.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a pint glass, it was a dark reddish/brownish-copper color with little carbonation and a thick smooth tan head that slowly dissipated into an even layer of small bubbles; this one has some very good lacing! The aroma was a bit mild; I only picked up some small hop smells mixed in with some alcohol. It did have a distinct (not strong) roasted hop flavor and some herbal flavors along with some mild sweet fruit flavors. It has a medium body and you can barely taste/feel the alcohol in it.

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Photo of brewmandan
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as oktoberfest brews are my favorite, this one is one of the better oktoberfests brewed in the u.s. that i've had. good amount of malt, as an oktoberfest should have. amount of bitterness from the hops is just right. mouthfeel is good. i could drink several of these in an afternoon without a problem.

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Photo of Dogsgogrrrr
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light(er) amber brown color with a good, dense head.
Smell: If poured correctly, this beer releases some solid, pleasant esters. A pretty good indicator of what's to come.
Taste: Good, caramel malt backbone with buscuity aftertones. Relatively strong flavor, with minimal bite.
Mouthfeel: An even amount of carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.

A great addition to the Samuel Adams family, something to look forward to each fall. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you're unlucky enough to find yourself located in an area plagued by a limited beer selection. If you're a fan of Oktoberfests, give this beer a chance.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a couple of weeks ago just as it was coming out for the season. It was a very nice penny color with a nice malty Samuel Adams type smell to it. (if you had their other beers you know what I'm talking about) Also with that trademark spicy Noble hop smell but dialed back a bit more when compared to their Boston Lager. The taste is better than the smell actually with a really rich malt taste and an amazing body feel for the lower alcohol content it has. The hops are subtle just to add to the malt. Very nice sweet malts as well. On tap it had more of a crisp hop bite to it then it does in the bottle. With that aside it still has a nice Noble hop character to it that balances out the sweet flavor of the beer. Probably my favorite fall beer I've had.

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Photo of ccm414
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle...

A- Dark amber/brownish in color. Pours with a 2 finger head that recedes down to a thin layer. Doesn't really leave any sort of lace on the glass at all. It'd be nice to see a little more head retention, but still a nice clean look.

S- Holy malt batman! Very malty as expected, with some sweet caramel scents and some hints of burnt toast.

T- Sweet malt just like the smell. Nice and bready with some light bitterness. Very true to the Marzen style.

M- It's getting colder, the beers getting heavier. Not really heavy by any means, more of a medium body. Nice carbonation and a bit creamy feel.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent beer for this time of year. This one is my go-to move for an Octoberfest. Can't get enough of them, probably my favorite brew from Sam Adams.


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Photo of mralphabet
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in chilled Pint glass

A- Medium amber in appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head that evaporated very quickly with no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T- Very Malty on the tongue, earthy, with a wee bit of hops present and very carbinated. Nice aftertaste.... a little spice when warmer

M-Creamy, medium body.... Very smooth

D-This is a very drinkable brew. This one will be a mainstay come next October

I really Drank this chilled in my first review... (Grown a lot... no more chilled glasses)

Drank this right after Lein's OctoberFest...
Would hat to rank it higher than SA....
A: Better looking this time... Head did dissipate pretty quickly.
S: Same as above
T: Not a lot of hops here, mainly Caramel toasted malt..
M: Little more watered down, it did get smoother and creamer as it warmed.
D: Still a very drinkable brew..

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Photo of brealbg
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

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Photo of JesseP09
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the Boston Beer Company's most drinkable brews. Octoberfest has a delicious pumpkin-spice taste and feels rich like the season it was brewed for in your mouth. The smell and appearance are pretty standard offerings for Sam, nothing too special. But all in all this is a real nice beer.

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is somewhat pale copper. The foam sinks down to a two finger thick, smooth head.

The smell is full of fresh hops, some bread and a burned flavour.

The carbonation is… crispy. Crispy with small bubbles, and it is rather refreshing.

The taste is full of burned malt. The sweetness is moderate for the style. The bitterness is quite soft. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness with tones of citrus.

I think that this is a very, very good dark lager beer, as one could have expected from Samuel Adams. But is it an oktober bier? I must say: Probably not.

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Photo of madsquish
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always been a fan of the Sam Seasonals. This particular beer had a great first bite to it. It also helps that it has a high alcohol content, you will be buzzed before you know it. You notice the dark color as soon as you poor into your glass, and the aroma reminds of the fall. Great beer to drink while watching football.

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Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to find a bottle of this in a backwoods supermarket. I wrangled a sixer away to offer with dinner. It pours a rich, warm copper color with flashes of red when held to the light. Little if any foam is aroused during the pour, and lacing is minimal.

The aroma is of pleasant roasted and nutty malt with a slight spice of hops. Taste is a welcoming buffet of clean malt flavors. Some roasted pilsner malts really create a pleasant flavor, which clears the pallatte with a dry hop quench.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.3%abv

Appearance- A lively, vibrant burnt orange, ironically the same hue as the Fall foliage. A thick two finger head with good retention and carbonation.

Smell- Smells of a fresh bready malt with sweet caramel notes in the background. A bit of peppery spice as well.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor with caramel and a bit of sugar prominent. Some dryness in the back end with a touch of corn as well which tells you this is still a lager if you weren't already aware octoberfest are. Finishes smooth with the ever so slightest detection of hops.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. The beer is thin but has enough taste that it is not watery. Easy drinking.

Overall- A fine example of the style that highlights the Fall Season. Full of flavor with an outstanding malt flavor. Great Marzen.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Cheers to the 2011 batch! My first glass of the season (even though it's slightly before the season) on 8/10/11 pours into my Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" a clear and bright rusty orange amber under a sparse head. Swirling the brew around I pick up on aromas of bright crisp fall spiced malt and herbal hops. That's an Oktoberfest aroma all right...This seems to flow along the palate somewhat smoother than last year's edition and I do believe that there's a really complex and robust brightly spiced malt body present here. Tastes of bright bready malt with notes of caramel, nutmeg? and perhaps toasted chestnut deliver a very savory finish. Fall is right around the corner...

3.5 A: Into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass, this poured a clear orange amber color under a quickly disappearing head.

3.5 S: A moderate nose of roasted caramel malt and crisp hops that shined through.

3.5 M/ 4.0 T: A crisp, lightly hopped, and mildly sweet malt feel upfront that flowed into a delicate but firm, chewy malt center before finishing with a malt dominated but tame bready aftertaste.

3.0 D: Malt echoed in the mouth after a couple of these and bordered slightly on overstaying its welcome but was an overall pleasant session. I tried my first Sam Octoberfest of the season with a bratwurst and pan fried curry potatoes and they both went together very well.

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Photo of eagles22
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a case of SAs Ofest becuase last years was good enough so why not this year..
Smell: i had alot of smell of malts,toffee
Taste: is very good for this Octoberfest very creamy and smooth
Feel:mouth wasnt thin at all very good beer with a hearty meal or just sittin back an chillin i could drink this beer all day
and drinkability is you can drink it all day!!

Great Ofest mr.koch

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bold, clear auburn color with little head or lace. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and a hint of nuts and spice. It's flavor is a malty sweetness with just a touch of hop bitterness. There are notes of roasted malt, spices, nuts, and caramel. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a good beer, a good representation of the style. Recommended!

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Photo of templar316
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep amber, with a tall white head that dissapates quickly and leaves slight remnants. Aroma is very soft a little bready malt, and pumpkiny but hard to bring forth. The flavor is nice definately my favorite Sam seasonal. Initial sweetness leading to nice bready malts. A mere hint of hop bitterness leading to a smooth finish, lingering biscutty notes make you want to have another swig. It's nicely balanced and easily sessionable.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After 3 years of enjoying this beer, I am revising my rating. If I'm not drinking Ayinger or Paulaner, then I'm probably going for this or Free State. That should be plenty to go by for anyone who has tasted their share of Marzens out there. Drink good beer! -DelMontiac

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Photo of thefullmontiii
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My personal favorite beer. Wonderfully balanced warm aroma that gently whiffs of the hop character. Beautiful slightly browned head, and a lovely amber color. The warmth of the malt followed by a smoothly bitter hop bite comes on nicely, and leaves only a slight aftertaste making you want more. Not too heavy, but definitely nowhere near what you'd call light. Perfect compliment to a meal, or to be consumed on it's own.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.