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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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5,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,408
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 391 | 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 tempo013


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

after a long day working and screwin around the house, I needed a beer that cost over 15 dollars a case. bought a case of samuel adams octoberfest "cold" but the first one I opened was warma s hell. so I put it on ice for a half hour and poured one into a pilsner glass. Very nice color, a little darker which I liked. Taste is very nice and it looks tempting to drink fast but definately a thicker brew. Overall i liked it and will continue buying this seasonal beer from sam adams.

09-09-2007 01:20:33 | More by tempo013
Photo of PeatReek


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a brilliant clear orange with a thin lid of slightly yellowish head. Sweet, cool smell of malted milk balls... SO malty. Initial taste is crisp and bitey, slight carbonation tingle resolving to a mild bitterness blended nicely with a substantial, but dry, maltiness. I think that's key to good Oktoberfest beers -- big malt flavor without cloying sweetness. I could definitely have a few of these.

09-12-2006 02:15:23 | More by PeatReek
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a pilsner glass a crystal clear amber color. Fluffy tan head is pretty nice topping for this 'toberfest.

Sweet malty nose that has some heft to it. Mild floral hop presence is noticeable as well. This brew smells toasty, caramely and earthy.

Not quite as malt dominant as the nose indicates, much more balanced in the flavor. Toastiness throws in a bit more bitterness to help with the balance. Lots of flavor, but maintains a decently light body and feel to it. Not cloyingly sweet, like many American versions...it's pretty tasty and highly drinkable. Every beer drinking American should pick up a sixer of this each September.

01-06-2009 17:11:54 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of losdizzel


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This one of Sams seasonal beers ,just before fall and football and, of course Oktoberfest yea! . Color is a very nice looking ,smells like a beer kinda sweet slight hops . mouthfeel nice .

Taste is very nice ,considering its a Sam Adams not a big fan but still gota try it ,mostly not a big hop fan. Good malty finish to it the came damn close to this one for me that is . The five malted barley realy dose it .

08-26-2011 03:10:42 | More by losdizzel
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle to a pint glass

A- Pours a medium orange color with a tan two finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S- Not a whole lot on the nose. A bit of sweetness, some spice. Far from overpowering.

T- A lot more flavor than smell. Tastes like fall: Maple and caramel and just the right amount of spice. The tiniest amount of bitterness towards the end balances it.

M- Just great. Thick enough to chew on and thin enough to easily enjoy.

O- One of my favorite of the six from the fall sampler pack

09-28-2012 02:43:23 | More by tviz33
Photo of motleybrew

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Clear, sparkling amber makes for a wonderful inexpensive fall imbibe. Had it not the hints of cheapness that come with a typical consumer beer, it could be so much more. But considering those limitations, it is quite a bit more drinkable than your usual big-name beer. It feels every bit a malty brew, though it regretfully lacks the full aroma of one. The stale, bready smell of the common inflicts itself and ruins the sense of the scent that lingers there.

Something creeps into the flavor as well. Though the initial mouth feel is overwhelmingly and pleasingly malty, smooth, and pleasant, the late twinge of lemony hops could be destined to be a choice in finish...but comes off almost tart. I am one that will not complain about a sticky, malty beer being sticky and malty...and this one seems to want to apologize. In the backlash it comes off citrus, and a little underage. That will be an inherent problem with a beer produced in this volume.

All that said, I could drink this all day. That, I think, is the best part of this bottle: you can't complain that it isn't tasty the first or fifth time in the day. When it is available, it is a low cost joy.

Worth a try, and a weekend.

10-04-2008 21:24:41 | More by motleybrew
Photo of Globetrotter


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a clear burgundy amber under a two finger beige head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. A strong caramel nose greets the senses. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. The opening features lots of caramel maltiness, followed by a mild hoppy presence. There is a slightly sour aftertaste, but this is a very good session brew. Yum.

10-19-2004 03:46:48 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of smithza9


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Another great addition to the world of beer by the Boston Beer Company. Octoberfest is a great, dark, mix of spices that is good on any cool fall day. A bold taste and a wonderful smell. It is great beer to enjoy at a football game or just hanging with some friends.


02-27-2010 03:47:50 | More by smithza9
Photo of Aphexwolf


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Dark amber-orange, light to medium head, good carbonation.
Smell: Sweet and malty
Taste: Medium hops, slightly sweeter and maltier than Boston Lager. Can detect some caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium frothy, slight bittersweet aftertaste. Nice.
Drinkability: Good. Can drink several quickly, but would rather saver them slowly.
Summary: This is a very good beer. I gave it an 8.1/10, or B-. This beer is very similar to Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but it's sweeter and maltier. It has several food pairings, but tastes great by itself. It's a good choice to enjoy during Octoberfest. I look forward to drinking this beer again next year.

10-25-2010 16:46:44 | More by Aphexwolf
Photo of geexploitation


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark amber with brown notes, very clear, with a scruffy head that thins to a dusting. Grainy nose, but not a prominent one at all. On the palate, malty up front, with a sweet sensation increasing straight through to the finish. Sticky and substantial on the tongue, like a true Marzen style Oktoberfest. Thick carbonation, slick mouthfeel, a bit of a metallic note in the finish. Overall, a pretty good Oktoberfest, pretty true to the Marzen style. A good choice, and this certainly has to be one of the more accessible options out there.

10-22-2006 01:20:46 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Bluemoonlover


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a dark orange amber color with a thin cream colored head that faded fast.

S-malt and roasted grain.

T-very malty and roasty, not very hoppy,with toffee hints.very tasty beer.

M-a real in your face feel.it lets you know it's there.

D-Easy to drink.I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone.

10-05-2006 21:20:50 | More by Bluemoonlover
Photo of jpeterman


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

--Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a shaker pint. Drink-By date clearly notched on the neck label.--

Appearance- A strong, but smooth pour yields a fairly sizable, off-white head at first, but this only lingers for maybe a minute and a half. However, it manages a nice, sticky lacing all the way down to the last sip. Nice medium to med./dark copper color, no haze what-so-ever. Off to a great start.

Scent- Wonderful malt in the nose, sweet, but not overly. Also, the hops come in, flowery and robust, yet refined, as they should be. Bready as it warms a bit. A very enticing beer, simply with the nose!

Taste/Mouth Feel/Body- As soon as the beer hits my tongue, I catch the sweet malts in the middle. With careful attention, you can catch each of the five malts with a separate sip. The floral hops and light spice balance with a slight bitter bite, rounding this beer out well with every taste. Also, you catch some bread, and some of the more roasted characteristics of the malts. You catch them at the tip, for sure. Nice medium body, yet crisp and quite refreshing. The weight on the tongue is perfect for the style. It goes down pleasantly; very smooth. Aftertaste is all malt, nice and toasty for those cold autumn afternoons and evenings.

Drinkable?- Absolutely. A six pack on a chilly autumn evening would be bliss. Goes down very easy, and doesn't weigh you down despite it's medium body.

Overall- An excellent representation of the style. Boston Beer Company has a certain winner on their hands with this one. Not only is this beer good for an autumn fall-back, but I would call it an Autumn go-to. Not too heavy, not too light, just right for the season. Certainly makes me look foreword to this time of year.

10-01-2009 05:26:30 | More by jpeterman
Photo of jbone78


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Picked up my first Octoberfest of 2009!
I look forward to it. It is American.

A- Pours Amber/clear with a nice head that disappears after it warms. I poured mine in a warm pint glass, so it was gone in no time. The lacing was around for a while.
S- It's a Sam Adams, it is going to have a hoppy smell, but I don't smell much.
T- I think last years Octoberfest was more malty, but what do I know. This year seems more toasty, which is malty, but not like last year.
M- Goes dowm like a lager. And the toasty feel I already talked about is all in the aftertaste.
D- let's just say I bought a case. I like it.


08-21-2009 01:46:10 | More by jbone78
Photo of Genuine


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from the bottle, into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - A nice copper color with a thin head that left minimal lacing, but enough to be noticed.

S - a hint of roasted malt, some caramel.

T - A nice hint of sweetness, not much, not a lot. But just the correct amount to make you have more. Very nice flavor in this one, a hit with me in the fall time.

M - I would say it's well balanced.

Drinkability - definitely a nice beer to have in the fall time. I could have one after the other.

07-16-2009 15:04:38 | More by Genuine
Photo of theotherone87


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I have this beer twice this year sofar, I have had it on tap and in a bottle.

Appearence- A nice solid brown with light copper tones and a nice finger and half head.

Smell- A very nice fall smelling medium hoppy beer. Brings a nice joy to my nose. Take a deep breath as sipping it and the senses really come alive.

Taste- A nice marzen beer with a touch of hops. A very decent tasting octoberfest beer.

Mouthful- Theres some carbonation not too overpowering though. The beer comes alive in a nice big gulp.

Overall- I like this beer a lot. I like it better on tap then from a bottle. I would recommend it and buy it again. If you new to marzen/octoberfest beers this might be a good one to start with as it is not too hoppy.

08-27-2011 16:14:47 | More by theotherone87
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Copper, amber appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of sugar, malt, bread and spices. Impressive so far.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, bread and various spices. Taste overall is light and simple, but blends together well. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter and dry caramel taste.

This is a tasty and refreshing Oktoberfest, nothing to complicated but nothing offensive. Worth a try.

10-16-2011 00:06:56 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of jlindros


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into Allagash tulip glass

A: Crystal clear rusty brown with slight orange color good 2 finger head that fades to and holds at 1 finger

N: Toasty malt nose with some nuttiness and sweetness, similar to Marzen

T: Starts with more toasted malts, and some earthy malt flavor, slight nuttiness and biscuit, clear tasting and crisp, very refreshing, but not a whole lot on the flavor profile

M: Pretty light and some carbonation

F: Finishes somewhat sweet and syrupy with more earthy malts typically found in a marzen

Final thoughts: Its a pretty decent American made Marzen, doesn't compare to the Bavarian ones. Very light and refreshing, a well done lager, nice toasted and earthy tones, but a little light on the flavor.

08-30-2009 21:50:28 | More by jlindros
Photo of jeremyk00


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Initially there is a slight sweet malty presence that gives way to a medium bodied mouth feel carrying the malt throughout. All in all it is a very drinkable beer and not too heavy but in the same breath, its not so light that it loses character. It holds up as an Oktoberfest style beer without being overbearing.

08-26-2011 16:21:27 | More by jeremyk00
Photo of Sleestak


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Around this time last year I had my first oktoberfest beer. This was the one. Nice reddish copper with a thin head. Light caramel in the smell, not much. Some caramel in the taste and a bit of honey sweetness. Hops are more present than most in this style but still are subdued. You can't really go wrong with a Sam Adams no matter what the style. My first but deffinately not my last.

10-25-2007 05:06:35 | More by Sleestak
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12-ounce bottle with a sticker on the back informing the reader that in Germany, Oktoberfest is in September and that SA Octoberfest is the world's top selling brew of the style. Well, well. I didn't know either of those factoids, and now feel smarter.

So, this bottle, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear pale copper body with scads of active carbonation feeding a sturdy light tan head. The foam rests at a thick sheet that leaves chubby swatches of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty with a touch of fruit and a bit of fresh molasses.

The taste is toasty with a warm toffee background and a touch of dry, biscuity malt drizzled with silky sweet caramel in the finish. A bit fruitier as the drink warms, with hints of ripe apple and juicy citrus.

Light-medium in body and could probably stand to gain a little weight in the flavor, smell, and feel departments. As it is, though, the drink is very pleasant and quite drinkable.

08-29-2008 23:37:59 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of BlackJeremiah


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Dark amber in color, nice frothy head on top. Great lacing as I drink.

S: Biscuits, bread/yeast, some caramel notes. Nice malty smells, with a slight floating hint of citrus/orange and a touch of clove.

T: A pastiche of malt characters ranging from the bakery to the candy shop. Bread, orange cake, citrus peel, biscuits, caramel, and spiced cider. Fantastic fall flavors--the BBC did well this year.

M: A little drying in the aftertaste, but light-bodied and refreshing on the palate. Nothing too special.

D: I'd really like another, and another, if my fiancee doesn't finish them first.

10-02-2006 18:35:09 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of metallistout


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer has seemed to change it's flavor over the years, or maybe it's just me.

This beer pours a medium copper color with a decent head.

Smells of malt and a little hops.

Tastes very malty, a little spice, not sure what that might be. Not a lot of hop presence. I would prefer the amuont of hops that Koch uses on his Boston Lager, mixed with the sweet malt and cripsness.

Not a bad beer, but I have had better Oktoberfests.

12-04-2005 23:28:50 | More by metallistout
Photo of Lemke10


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $7 in early Fall 2010.

Sam Adams Oktoberfest comes with a lot of hype and it always delivers. It pours a dark amber with a semi strong scent of spices. It has a reasonably heavy taste of different spices that deliver a good beer with a smooth finish. Great for the fall season and a must try for any Oktoberfest lover.

11-18-2010 20:44:50 | More by Lemke10
Photo of navinsula


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

beer was a nice light copper color with a one finger head that didnt last long

the smell was a bit sweet and malt heavy with very little hop aroma

tast is somewhat sweet upfront and a nice dry finish

overall this is a pretty good beer especialy if your looking for something you could drink a few of

08-27-2011 02:47:49 | More by navinsula
Photo of BlackBelt5112203


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored bubbly head that dissipates pretty rapidly into a slick of bubbles across the surface. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Full of malt with grain, toasted bread, and caramel aromas. There are maybe some earthy, floral hop aromas as well.

T – Follows the nose and adds some. Sweet nearly all the way through with grainy, bready, nutty, and toasted malt flavors. There’s a subtle earthy and spicy hop bitterness that comes through at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a grainy and slightly bitter and spicy finish. Grainy sweet malt and spicy, earthy, bitter hop flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer. It has all the hearty and tasty malts that are supposed to be there. The subtly bitter finish was a little different touch, which was nice. I wish the head characteristics were a little better. Overall, this is a nice fall beer from Sam Adams.

09-29-2012 02:40:53 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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