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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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5,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,847
Reviews: 1,966
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 587 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice octoberfest beer. It pours a deep amber color with a thick caramel colored head that takes some time to diminish. It smells of malts and hops mixed beautifully together. The taste backs this up. It is fresh, crisp, and delicious. It certainly quenches my thirsts for a nice beer. The blending of the malts and hops is really excellent and has a sort of sweet and bitter aftertaste that makes me always want a second glass. This one was expertly carbonated and had a really good feel in my mouth. I just wish it wasn't seasonal, or if it was, they just extended the season.

erosier, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served mid-Oct. at some bar in Manattan; presented in a stein.

A: Clear, oily amber with a big, fluffy white head.

S: Rich German malts and spicy German hops are jumping out of the mug. Smells like a Märzen should.

T: Following the nose...Malts provide cracker and toast note. Lots of melanoidin presence. Hops are pretty big for the style and provide an assertive spiciness.

D: Quaffable and thirst-quenching stuff. This is how a Märzen should be - if you can't drink the whole stein...its unbalanced.

Overall: A quality brew from SA. Many of their beers seem a little watered-down for their respective styles. This, meanwhile, seems a little more extreme than many of the traditional offerings.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +9%

Etan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer had a very tall foamy head, good lacing, copper / amber red color.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt with some fruity hops aroma.

Taste: Rich malt with a subtle sweetness. Mild bitterness (takes restraint for Boston Beer Brewery to not overdo the hops)

Mouthfeel. Crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer.

rohrbachsfan, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of JordanRicbart
4/5  rDev +9%

I always look forward to picking this up when it becomes offered on shelves. I drink so much of it through the fall that it somewhat gets tiring, but it is a great beer and one of the best Octoberfest beers out there. I love the carmel and malt flavors.

JordanRicbart, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +9%

Stoffel, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Storning
4/5  rDev +9%

Storning, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +9%

A: Clear filtered orange colour with lots of bubbles. Huge 6 finger orange cream coloured head with large and small bubbles.

S: Apple juice, lager yeasts, this style is the gamey scent and taste of lagers, a stronger more rustic scent than your average German lager. This version captures that.

T: Light sweetness with the same gamey strong lager taste combined with lager yeasts, dough like bready quality, fusel like as well. A great job.

M: Medium thick bready body, little carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

O: An excellent version of this brew. Got it in Kalamazoo at Tiffany’s, drinking it in Port Huron.

patre_tim, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bambam2517
4/5  rDev +9%

bambam2517, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of LCannon4
4/5  rDev +9%

LCannon4, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Beer_lover89
4/5  rDev +9%

Beer_lover89, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Sebas
4/5  rDev +9%

Sebas, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +9%

MinorThreat, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of jonothehut
4/5  rDev +9%

jonothehut, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +9%

KevSal, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice amber color, semi dark with a nice inch of white foam.

S - Smells pretty sweet full of sweet caramel and rich barley.

T - The sweetness of the caramel and malts make this beer very drinkable. I also enjoyed the small bite of hops and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Delicious/

D - As of now I only have a few left but they are very drinkable. In fact I love how I had this on tap and its only slightly better than the bottle. Very affordable and drinkable brew that is also in 22oz sizes! Yum.

DrDemento456, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of sdonegan
4/5  rDev +9%

sdonegan, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of ZOSO2192
4/5  rDev +9%

ZOSO2192, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of MikeyBadnews
4/5  rDev +9%

Sam Adams Octoberfest.

I'll probably catch a lot of crap from the beer snobs but I expect it to be overridden by mass adulation from the people in my area (boston) for how high I rate this, and granted my views are skewed by a nostalgic feel this beer gives me, but I think this is a tremendous Americanized interpretation of the classic German Marzen for which it’s styled after. I don’t have a lot of other beers of this style to compare it to so maybe it’s the absolute bottom feeder of it’s class, but we’ll overlook my naivety and just focus on the beer itself.

One of Sam Adams more popular seasonal brews Octoberfest pours a dark ruby red that softly fades into a medium bodied copper. Poured at a finger and a half head into an Octoberfest styled dimpled beer mug (thanks Michele) my nostalgic side takes over as the summer humidity is immediately sucked from the room and the crisp apple picking morning fall air is ushered in in a zephyr of fall winds with the falling autumn leaves dropping at my feet, Glorious!

Beer has a chewy citrus to toffee flavor that finishes thick and sticks to the pallet and throat. Tastes like a 1 pm Sunday afternoon football kickoff…. Or a caramelized sugar coated and pan fried pear chased with heavy malts.
Smell is similar and quite appeakling

To me this beer *IS* fall. Popping open a can or bottle of this closes the door on BBQs and beach parties. Days at the pool and drenching humidity and ushers in football, leaf raking, frosted morning windshields and hoodie weather.


MikeyBadnews, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +9%

Yoda22, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red/orange brew.

Smell is malty and floral with a mild spiciness. Mild banana scent is also present.

Taste is very malty with a touch of browned sugar. There is a bitterness here that counter-balances the sweetness. There are some woody and earthy tastes present also.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable brew that I will buy again. A very well executed beer, almost a great beer.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Mr_Rocca
4/5  rDev +9%

Mr_Rocca, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of akokinakes
4/5  rDev +9%

akokinakes, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9%

RedAleMan, Oct 07, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,847 ratings.