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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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5,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,123
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 237 | 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 TheBierBand


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and formed a nice creamy, off-white head that stayed around pretty well. The beer was a coppery orange color.

The smell was pretty subdued.... but a sweet scent like honey, malt and caramel was most prevalent.

Taste: quite good. Nice sweet caramel/honey with a malty finish

Mouthfeel: about right for a marzen. Not too highly carbonated. Nice.

Drinkability: I could have a ton of these.... nothing objectionable. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 11:25:56 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of Dadoftwogirls


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the few Sam Adams that I have tried that I've rated above average to date. It has a great appearance and a great deep complex favor that actually appealed to me. It pours with a 3 finger head straight down the middle of the glass. A nice dark appearance in the glass. Overall one of their better offerings in my book and I could drink a few in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 20:58:52 | More by Dadoftwogirls
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 07:22:23 | More by TheRealBigC
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 21:40:35 | More by DieselSnorter
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 02:00:36 | More by Tang07
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 13:33:06 | More by treehugger02010
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.


Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 03:12:13 | More by JAL67
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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?

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 04:08:54 | More by ffejherb
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 02:03:39 | More by jdmorgan
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug

Dark amber color, creating a deep red hue. Marginal head which settles to a thin rim. Spotty lacing.

Sweet caramel smell on top of an all-malt base. Dark hard candy smells.

Sweeter malt flavors up front, with the slightest hop twang from the middle to the end. Finishes with a biscuity malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Relatively clear finish.

A well rounded beer, and a safe choice when looking for something new to try. This edition is probably on the sweeter side of SA Oct. releases.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:40:05 | More by BeerSox
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer review, so let's see what I can do.

Serving type was bottle poured into glass. Pours a picturesque amber with a two to three finger off-white, tan head, with plenty of carbonation. Head dissipates after about a minute.

The smell was a bit nutty, with very mild notes of some kind of spice or floral scent that I can't quite pin down.

The taste has a fairly prominent "bready" quality that finishes with a bit of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, starting off smooth with a bit of carbonation and ending with a satisfying crispness.

Overall, an enjoyable beer and worth a try, but not something that I'm going to flip my lid over. That said, if Boston Beer Company does anything right, it's definitely the appearance of their beers. They're always a pleasure on the eyes.


Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 05:15:38 | More by WhiteyHesa
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definately a good Oktoberfest.
Appearance is very good with some decent foamy head that hangs around a bit. Some very good lacing as well.
Smell was pretty standard for the style. Some malt, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste was pretty standard as well, not too complex but straight forward somewhat relaxed flavor.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.
Drinkability was right on par.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2006 19:50:21 | More by supercolter
Photo of Chiefy770


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Clear, dark amber. Very seasonal. A thick foam head sinks to a creamy haze over the top.

Smell: Mild and malty.

Taste: The malt really drives the flavor of this beer. Faint hints of toasted nuts (I do mean faint). Takes a slight turn towards the sweet side after it goes down the throat. Nothing overwhelming, pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. They got the carbonation right on this one. Smooth, yet a bubbly texture is defined.

Overall: I am a huge fan of Marzen beers. Sam Adams really gets this right. Comparing this to its competitors... Sam Adams takes the gold in my opinion. There are more complex and, well, I guess you could call them better beers in this style but when all else fails, this one is great.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 01:36:41 | More by Chiefy770
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure...I am pretty much a fan of all Sam Adams beers. This one is no exception. It has a beautiful color and I really like how well it keeps its head. The flavor does not disappoint. I am a fan of the fall because there are a lot of good beers like this around to enjoy. I certainly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:19:48 | More by monorailred
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's past Octoberfest...but I had a few anyways...

Appearance-beautiful orange amber color, a huge thick two-inch head that sticks around with perfect clarity.

Smell-lot going on, scent of sweet malt, lots of hops, some caramel, amber grain, and alcohol seeped through my nostrils as well.

Taste-full with a lot of malt and caramel at once, hop flavor comes through as well with a huge kick at the very end, lot of flavor and sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel-good, a lot of flavors hit my mouth and I really liked the character, for the style it will definitely do.

Drinkability- a few of my friends that had this with me really didn't like it, but for Octoberfest I say you really could do worse. A nice adaptation of the style that pays off.

Overall-this is another fine offering by Sam Adams, perhaps not the best adaptation of the style (I'm dying to find a German version) but very enjoyable none-the-less, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 23:54:36 | More by TheDeuce
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of either most Sam Adams beers or Oktoberfests but really enjoyed this one a lot.

On tap at Sun Tavern in Roselle Park, NJ

A: Poured a dark amber with very little head. Looked terrific in a pint glass, good body.

S: Malty and toasty and the one thing it had in strong common with other oktoberfests was the aroma.

T: Did not taste nearly what I had expected in the smell but I think this was not a bad thing- Very smooth with a marked malty aftertaste that really accompanies other tastes. Spices have a presence here as well

M: Nothing dramatic.

D: Very high, surprisingly enjoyable and went for a few after enjoying the first. Not many beers are better with a pizza during the fall than this one.

Im a little embarassed it took me so long to discover and try out this beer- going to add to my list for the season.

EDIT for 2008: Still a completely underrated beer, great for the cool night.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2007 14:24:11 | More by marcpal
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a beautiful amber color, clear, with a pretty good head and moderate lacing.

Smelled orangey and malty, with some sweet caramel. almost like someone put a splash of orange juice in the beer, but without that citrus bite.

Tastes very nice, a nice octoberfest addition, although not world class. Still, the caramel malts, touch of spices, and sweet flavors are very nice within the style and indeed for any style.

Feels fairly thick and creamy, could be a bit better in this area but no real complaints.

Drinkability is quite high, especially since where I found it (down south) the 12-packs of this were about $4 cheaper than buying individual six packs of the same brand! Regardless of price, it's a good octoberfest that I'll certainly drink plenty more of.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 20:10:15 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this Oktoberfest from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice copper color, produced a tan head, nice retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this Oktoberfest consisted of toasted malt, sweet caramel and some herbal hops. Medium bodied, full of malted grains, (5 different malts according to the bottle), suggestions of fresh baked bread, and a nice helping of herbal hops. Well balanced, somewhat sweet. Overall, very nice example of the style- Great session beer and well balanced. This is one of Samuel Adam's most popular offerings, probably should have tried this years ago. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:00:13 | More by GossageBrewery
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in their specially engineered glass.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

S: Nobel hop aroma (floral, herbal & grassy) with some underlying toffee sweetness.

T: Caramel and bready malt, grassy & herbal spicing, solid bitterness. Great for a new world version, but there's a bit more crystal malt sweetness than breadyness from a good continental malt.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:30:31 | More by Derek
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes Aug 30, 2008
Deep orange-amber color, with huge off-white head, great lacing. Aroma is malt heavy as you would expect. Caramel, toffee, toasted grain, buttery nuts, and faint spicy hops character. Flavor much the same. Caramel and toffee up front. Toasted grain with some fruit through the middle, light spicy hop bitterness helps to balance out the flavor. Very clean, with full body and mouthfeel at the same time.Very drinkable ,Thanks Sam

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 21:31:11 | More by WakeandBake
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber color that fades into an orangeish around the edges. Two finger head does not last too long and leaves little lacing.

S- Nothing too strong. Smells like bread and malts.

T- Malt and caramel up front balanced out by hops. A good tasting beer. I'm not getting an overwhelming sweetness that a lot of the other users are getting, and I'm normally pretty sensitive to that.

M- Moderate carbonation, maybe a little bit syrupy.

D- Overall a very sessionable, very drinkable beer. This is one that I will continue to pick up throughout the fall. Goes great with brats.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 18:52:03 | More by schanker21
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger width off white head that settles down to a film. Smells very malty (apparently four malts are used). The taste is very malty with some complexity and some hops in the backgrouend. The flavor is very rich and fulfilling. The mouth has nice carbination and the beer seems a little heavy in the mouth. A good and very drinkable Octoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:54:26 | More by gosurfobx
Photo of gpogo


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep red-orange amber color. Large creamy off-white head that dissipates to a small covering.

A- Toasted German malts. Some Vienna.

T- Up front there is a malty sweetness. Finishes dry, this seems to be enhanced with the toasted malts. A bitter aftertaste from the hops.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. Creamy texture throughout, including the head.

D- A rather decent Oktoberfest. Enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:30:30 | More by gpogo
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: The beer is a nice amber color with a 3 finger thick off white head that stays strong.

Smell: Bready backbone with fruit all over it. Almost a fruit tart but with a bit more maltiness. Not in a too much way though, just the right balance of sweet and malty.

Taste: Light but very balanced. Bready and toasty up front. The middle has just a slight sweetness to it with some brown sugar and cinnamon toast with a hint of caramelized fruit on the side. Nice toasty malt character in the finish.

One of the best widely available seasonals out there. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 23:49:20 | More by BucBasil
Photo of BigCheese


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a deep copper/brass, close to a brown ale but a bit lighter, very clear, thin white head, leaves minimal lacing

S: Rustic flavors come to mind, definitely some malt/sweetness but not roasted/dar.

F: Sweet up front with an oak/woody malt backbone, not too complex, pretty tasty, has a real clean finish to it.

M: A bit undercarbonated and slightly watery, very sessionable.

O: A solid brew from sam and a good representation of the style. A good brew to pair with a meal as it wont dominate palate. Price is right.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:42:37 | More by BigCheese
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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