Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,697 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,697
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 93
Gots: 1,258 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of jruss50010
4/5  rDev +9%

Very smooth and drinkable beer.

Photo of ChadwickHines
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

My favorite in the line of Sam Adams. One of the best Octoberfest

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually have been drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest on occasion, when I find it on tap, and last night I was at the local Longhorn and thought, what the heck, I'll drink it again and rate it. It's a better choice than Blue Moon.

Appearance: Light amber, one finger off-white head, bubbles rising to the surface slowly, like seltzer water.

Aroma: Light, almost imperceptible fragrance of bitterness, some (very miniscule) sweetness.

Taste: Well, it's a Sam Adams. It actually doesn't taste much like an Octoberfest, truth be told. A little grain, a little sweetness, not much else. It's certainly a passable brew, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, some bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

Overall: I would take this beer over other drafts at a local steakhouse, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Like I said, the difference between the Sam Adams Octoberfest and the standard Sam Adams is pretty much nonexistent.

Photo of Cuaumedina
4/5  rDev +9%

Good representation of bottled autumn, märzen/oktoberfest beer with notable aromas of honey, beautiful copper color, well carbnated, light to medium body, sweet pumpkin notes. Nice overall, ill get it again next year.

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev +9%

This a good example of an Oktoberfest. It has the traditional taste, and in my opinion, does not bitter out as it gets warmer, like some other Marzen's do.

Photo of Spify
4/5  rDev +9%

First Octoberfest i had, and one of the first beers that got me into beer. Sweet toffee flavor among others.

Photo of m0fugga
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

A- brownish red with a finger of foam that remained through out. Good lacing.

S- Sweet, bread-like scent. Touch of autumn spice, cinnamon.

T- Clean beginning which quickly turns into a sugary, yeasty corn finish which lingers like that last drunk that won't leave your house after a party even though it's well past 02:30.

M- body is light and crisp which gives its initially clean encounter.

Not terrible, in fact after my first tasting, I had about 4 more but I'm not really a fan of autumn beers and am thus a bit biased. However, it's pound cake like consistency really left a bad taste in my mouth overall.

Photo of Michael-A
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

I really liked this beer, I was surprised by it being a seasonal and I've never been a huge fan of Sam Adams but this one really stuck with me.

Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

I'm a fan of Octoberfest beers, so I wanted to try this one, and I wasn't disappointed. It's maybe a little too one-dimensional, as you taste the sweetness of the malt and the caramel more than anything else, but it's a good take on the style. I could have a few of these with some tubed meat and be pretty happy.

Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Meh. Not all that impressed; like most Sams this is a dumbed down version of the real deal that's marketed to the newcomer to the micro- scene. Would order it if there's no other Marzen's on tap and the month happens to be October. But otherwise, meh.

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

Pours crystal clear dark golden with a decent white head. Pleasant smell of sweet caramel notes followed by some nuttiness. Taste follows nose with a sweet caramel/nuttiness, follow by an earthy smooth clean finish. Mouth feel is pretty smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Overall a decent Oktoberfest for Samuel Adams with a great price tag to boot. Not a bad seasonal if you just want an easy drinking malty brew, cheers!

Photo of Dougology
4/5  rDev +9%

Better than Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen and Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen.

Photo of enjambed
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Serving: fridge temp bottle poured into standard pint glass (forgot to check date on bottle)

Appearance: Dark, rich Orange with some red. moderate pour produces a 1 finger off-white head that settles down to some persistent lace. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Light toasted aroma, maybe some bread. A little light.

Taste: Malty overall, a little on the sweet side and not much toastiness. Pretty clean without much complexity.

Feel: Medium-light, not very creamy. Finish is dry and does not overstay its welcome.

Overall: A solid, and dare I say it, commercial version of the Oktoberfest. There are a good number of richer and arguably more flavorful Oktoberfests out there, but at 5.3%, what do you expect? This would be a good idea to pick up as a 12 pack for a football tailgate or something along those lines since many people would find this beer agreeable and nonoffensive. While I would definitely drink this again if someone offered it, I probably would not buy it for myself.

Photo of Jules07
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Tasty

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date January 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with 1 finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until almost no head remained, there was no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread, then just a light kiss of hops.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good Octoberfest beer, true to the style, reasonably priced at $12.99 for a variety 12 pack. It's not my favorite style but I enjoy it during the season.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Served cool from 12 fluid oz can into 500ml pilsner mug. I thought I could get two cans into the mug, stupid imperial measurements!

A) Amber with big white head. Lots of bubbles coming up. A lot darker than most German Oktoberfest specials.

S) Quite a heavy malt odour, attenuated by acidic carbon dioxide and metallic notes.

T) Good - malty lager is a credible attempt at the Munich style. Pleasantly mild aftertaste.

M) Quite meaty for a lager and again this follows the original German style.

O) A good American representation of the style - I understand that this is available at a cheap price in the US compared to the German imports, so fill your boots.

O)

Photo of Chmiller1977
4/5  rDev +9%

One of my winter favorites

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Appearance: a dark and clear reddish color

Overall: One of the best fall beers. If not the best. Tastes of caramel, butterscotch, bready and light fruit taste. Malty and a little bitter. Very solid beer. Great!

Photo of katybee
3/5  rDev -18.3%

honey amber with thin golden head which quickly dissipates...
light-bodied, low carbonation
light flavored, biscuity malt approach with lightly lingering raisin, but slightly souring on the finish...
the beer was too mild and thin for my taste, with not enough spicey or hoppy punch to keep it interesting and sippably longlasting...
I'll go on to the next....

Photo of kw_pip
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Not very Oktoberfest-y but not bad. Malty. Heavy. Slightly tangy.

Photo of LarryV
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

This beers looks great - deep amber hue with a frothy head. The problem I have with it is the cloying sweetness. Hops are barely discernible, it's just an overwhelming toffee like sweetness with a weird apple like aftertaste. Really hard to drink more than one of these.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark and clear reddish color with a small off-white head that left no lace.

S- Big bready notes, caramel, toasted malt, grainy notes, and nutty notes.

T- Big caramel and butterscotch, bready notes, graininess, and light fruity notes.

M- Dry, medium body, soft carbonation, and smooth.

O- A really solid Oktoberfest beer with a nice flavor and aroma. Also a really good value.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

The caramel notes predominate. Almost a little too sweet.

Photo of Bierwolf
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Pours a dark translucent copper with about a finger of creamy tannish foam that reduces to a thin froth.

Aroma: You get a lot of malty aroma and a light floral fragrance.

Taste: Malty and lightly bitter with a semi-dry finish.

Mouth Feel: medium light to medium bodied with a creamy feel.

Overall: Marzen is not my favorite style as I prefer a bigger hop character but as a seasonal this is pretty good.

Photo of DMKrow
4/5  rDev +9%

One of the best fall beers around. Love the fullness and taste.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,697 ratings.