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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 4951
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

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 MrMcGibblets


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

served on-tap, this was a clear deep copper with a quickly diminishing tan head and decent lacing. nose is mostly of clean caramel malts-appealing, but not much else going on that is discernable. per the style, the malt character and sweetness predominates but somehow still feels balanced overall . almost medium in body and quite quaffable. just had a couple of these and this offering quickly became my favorite of the sam adams line.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 06:56:16 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of tugdriver7


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful orange color, light carbonation, decent tan head with noticeable lacing. Rich caramel malt in the nose with a hint of SA's trademark hops. Nice moderate mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, with a rich caramel malt on the tongue. A touch of bitterness adds to the drinkability. It feels and smells as if it would be sweeter, but it is not. It's very refreshing. A touch of alcohol as it warms in the glass, but almost imperceptible. Does not detract from the great taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2007 00:42:03 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of gameat10


4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I remember drinking this at the airport Max and Erma's. After drinking a tall glass of it, i immediately became hooked on it. When i got back from Europe, the first thing i did was pick up a six pack of this and nearly drank the whole thing in 2 days. The appearance had a nice dark orange hue to it. The smell had a presence of caramel. Taste is amazing, i could drink 5 of these in one sitting if possible. This is definitely a beer i can get along with. cheers jim! :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2007 02:58:49 | More by gameat10
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

The color of this beer was very attractive to me that dark amber color looked nice in a big 22 oz. glass. The taste was malty and sweet but not too sweet. The finish was greatwhich left your mouth with the malty flavor and craving for more; i also found myself enjoying hte beer more as it got warmer and warmer. I alos enjoyed the smell which was a warm roasted malt that i could almost taste wiht one smell

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 18:32:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather blah version of an Oktoberfest. It's not terrible, just not inspired.

A - Dark red/orange body with a wee head.
S - Sweet scents in the nose.
T - A light sweet malty flavor of honey. Tastes like most others I've had, except that it's lighter in flavor.
M - Not bad. What flavor there is adequately coats the tongue.
D - It's a drinkable beer, just not something I'd seek out to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2006 02:17:22 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of mnesporov

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It had a nice amber/copper tone to it. A small head which faded to a lace that lasted till the end.

Taste: It tasted good. it had a malt taste to it and I hinted a little caramel.

Smell: Very good smell to it, one of the beers better parts.

Drink ability: I sat at a restaurant and the drink ability was very positive. It is a great beer to drink with a meal, especially if you are a fan of Sam Adams, Don’t pass this beer up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 13:55:03 | More by mnesporov
Photo of Damian


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Great Scott, Allston, MA

Poured a dark copper with a one finger, light tan head that faded to a thick ring of lace that lasted throughout the drink. Some shimering, cascading lacing.

Smell was smooth and pleasant. Caramel and Vienna malts were apparent with a touch of vanilla.

Taste was malty rich on the front end. As with the aroma, Vienna malts were evident but not overwhelming. Later, some ripe fruits came through before the spiciness kicked in. Slightly hoppy finish created a nice balance to this predominantly malty and somewhat sweet beverage.

Rich, creamy, pillowy and slightly sticky mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is a smooth, pleasant and very easy drinking beer. It may lack some of the intensity in aroma and taste that typically define Oktoberfests, yet it is still a good all-around beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2006 06:09:13 | More by Damian
Photo of veech


4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have previously reviewed the bottled version, but just recently tried on draft. I normally don't repeat reviews unless there is a marked difference. I have really enjoyed the bottled over several years, but wow is it superior on tap. The same flavor profile of sweet malted honey is there, just in spades. This stuff honestly rocks. I preferred Paulaner marzen to the bottled Sam Octoberfest, but I just tried them back to back on tap and it's no contest. The SA has better color, aromas, and tons more character and flavor. I'm pretty sure my brother would be open to transfusions of this stuff as he is a full fledged addict. Cheers to Jim Koch for a great batch this Fall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2006 14:52:13 | More by veech
Photo of BBM

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber-orange color with an inch of foamy white head that dissipates quickly. the smell is not strong at all, but there are faint hints of malt and spices. Very subtle.

This is a solid, tasty Octoberfest. There is a mix of spices and sweetness that compliment each other nicely. It finishes with a slightly hoppy undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall another quality, highly drinkable seasonal from Sam Adams. Could have many more of these in the fall, and probably will.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 16:49:19 | More by BBM
Photo of goschool


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at TGI Friday's in Thousand Oaks, CA. The establishment was not choice.

Appearance: Clear copper to orange with a white head that doesn't wait long to disappear.

Smell: The light nose bares sweet malts- biscuity, caramel, and toasty, light fruit, and noble hops.

Taste: There are sweet malts up front, which turn toasty and biscuity in the middle as fruits and grains come in. The finish is dry and hoppier than most, but it's not a hoppy style.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium-bodied and it feels smooth and creamy, with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Everybody is saying that this year’s Sam Adams O-Fest is the best they have ever made. This is the first time I’ve tried it so I can’t vouch for years past, but I can say that this is a solid sessionable märzen that’s as good as some of the Germys like Spaten.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 07:11:48 | More by goschool
Photo of memory


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.
Appeared to have a nice head at first that diminished to a lacy slide.
Smelled and tasted of lactic notes that were slightly sour with hints of vanilla. This was just tapped I was told by the bartender. Did the lines change the taste? As it didn't taste like any Octoberfest I've ever had.
Mouthfeel left a slight sour finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2006 00:48:18 | More by memory
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a 1" head. No lacing developed.

Smell: very little aroma, as some soft sweetness is barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, mild fruit sweetness, a hint of nuttiness, and very mild bitterness. Overall a sweeter beer that is somewhat dry. Simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. The finish is also a bit dry. Aftertaste is short with some caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: had a pint before dinner and two with dinner. Of course the restaurant selection was macro heavy, so my options were limited. But I found this to be flavorful and very easy to drink. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 11:30:43 | More by Gavage
Photo of pgenius


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a pub the other night and I found it to be a pritty good brew. It was lacking a bit of taste compared to other octoberfests probly due to not enough hops but it had a nice toasted grain and sweet malt taste to it. Slightly bitter finish. Overall a good beer, average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 07:00:21 | More by pgenius
Photo of supercolter


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 Kendo

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beff's in town in a mug. A coppery-amber, and when the waitress brought it (who knows how long it had been sitting after the pour), there was a small white head. It left some lacing up top, but no more as I drank my way down the glass.

Smelled of sweet malt, caramel and toffee, but not in an overpowering way.

Taste was similar -- high on the malt as you'd expect, with a sweet caramel flavor dominating. An ever-so-slight bitter aftertaste lingers, however, but sweet malt is still the prevailing taste.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, but I thought it was a tad bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability -- OK. I waivered between giving this a 3.5 vs. a 4.0. It's decent, but it's nothing phenomenal -- ultimately the high carbonation level led me to knock it down a peg. I'd like to do a side-by-side with some other Octoberfests and see how this measures up. My gut feeling is that it'd be somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 02:19:39 | More by Kendo
Photo of ReDave


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the "pub" Not quite October, but ...close enough.
This is a drinkable lager.

Nice head, cream colored.... little lace.

Dark brown amber color.

Sweet malty aroma.

Malty flavor. somewhat like a English brown ale.

A little darker than i remember, but still pretty much as i expect an easy drinking, not too heavy Oktoberfest... perfect for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2006 05:29:03 | More by ReDave
Photo of adam42381


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Probably the best offering of Samuel Adams that I've had thus far.

Appearance: Nice orange-brown color. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell: Malty and toasty. I detected a hint of wine which was odd but nice nonetheless. Also a bit of sweet caramel on the nose.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet yet toasty malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Midrange mouthfeel. Not too light, but definitely not heavy. Maybe not quite as thick as I would have liked but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Very high. It was quite enjoyable. I'm sure it would be excellent on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2006 23:47:06 | More by adam42381
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - served in a tall 23 ounce glass. Not much head remaining once walked over from the tap but there's a thin partial covering there. A nice orange amber color to it.

Aroma - light toasted malts, not much more.

Taste - a good toasted grain beginning, a bit of growing sweetness. The swallow brings on some balancing hops and give a rounded fullness to the flavor, very nice. The aftertaste is a balance of malt sweetness and hop dryness.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and medium carbonation, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - the style has grown on me a bit sice I first tried this one. I like it better.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2006 02:53:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of danielocean03


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at TGI Friday's with lunch, served in a 22oz Weizen-style glass. Appearance is a bright, coppery amber color, full foamy finger of light tan head that slowly fell to a light ring of lacing. Aroma is rich with a huge maltiness, sweet caramel and toffee notes dominating, light hoppy undertones round out the nose. Taste is very malty, much more than from the bottle, light grassy hop bitterness halfway balances between the superb malt character this beer offers. Mouthfeel is smoother and seemingly less carbonated than that of the bottle, a welcome change as the balance of the light to medium body pairs well with the lower levels of carbonation. Drinkability is great, low abv and an overall very enjoyable beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2006 20:28:35 | More by danielocean03
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great style mastered by the Boston Beer Company. Pour was nice orange and amber hue. Very copper to strong orange when back lit. Nice white head that dimished rather quickly. Minor lacing of the pint glass. Smelled sweet like molasas and caramel cream candy. Lots of malt character present in this brew. Starts out with the sweet malt flavor that rolls smoothly across the tongue just like an Oktoberfest should. Nice smooth finish has a rather big chewy kind of falvor to it. Very drinkable and I enjoyed this beer to the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 13:35:25 | More by bigone4
Photo of Applesauce1


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the Sam Adams Oktoberfest at Skipper's in Athens, OH.

Poured a copper color with about a half inch head that dissipated slowly. It looks pretty good, not great.

Smell - not much smell, some "typical" beer smell; no fruit scents or hops scents

Taste - different; I've never had anything with a flavor comparable to this before; malt is definitely the dominant flavor; not much hops, yet it has a nice bitterness to it; I guess I could compare it to an unhoppy Rogue American Amber Ale, but a little watered down; nonetheless, the taste is pretty good

Mouthfeel - great, medium to light bodied

Drinkability - excellent; I drank three in one night

Overall this is a good beer that I want to have more so I can try and pick out some distinguishing flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 05:57:30 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of teg8612


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orangish amber, typical Marzen color. Clear but weak head.

S- Mildly hoppy with some spice and fruit sweetness.

T&M- Very chewy with caramel and toasty malts. Alcohol is present as well as some fruit sweetness. Pretty balanced as the hops bite in when the malt gets to be too much and both fade together to give it smooth finsh with only a slight aftertaste of caramel malt. Good body

D- Not bad but not ground breaking either. I have had better versions locally than this and I still would prefer some of the Munich versions as well. They keep tweeking this and they are gradually removing the over-sweet character every try but haven't gotten it just right yet. It also seems to get more avergae every year too. Give it a shot but I didn't have more than two before I switched to something else.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 13:25:19 | More by teg8612
Photo of Generik420


2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After all the hype surrounding this beer, I was sorely disappointed when I got to try it at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. I found this beer to be a very average beer and was left wondering why there was so many forum posts lauding this as the best Oktoberfest beer. Other then the color of the beer, nothing else about it would make me believe this was an Oktoberfest style beer, and I would be more apt to call it a generic dark beer. Color was a medium to dark brown with a thin head. I found the beer to seem somewhat watery and very light in terms of mouthfeel. Aroma had mild hops, and the flavor was much the same. All in all, a pretty average brew that doesn't live up to the hype. I regret to say, this was the worst beer I had at the Oktoberfest but was the one I was really looking forward to trying. It was 'OK', but nothing I would go out and buy to stock my fridge with.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 19:54:59 | More by Generik420
Photo of dubman003

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drink this beer, drink this beer, drink THIS BEER! If it's on tap, you are skipping everything else on tap, I dont care if the urine of god is on tap, you are drinking this. It is superior, especially this season, try it and love it, you may even send me a message thanking me. Be well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 05:04:17 | More by dubman003
Photo of Morris729


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper amber color with a moderate off-white head that has a nice retention. Nose is sweet with notes of toasted malts. Taste is also on the sweet side but without much depth. There are some fainter biscuity notes later in the taste, but it comes across too thinly. I’ll pass—there are many superior Oktoberfests to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2006 17:35:38 | More by Morris729
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 4,951 ratings.