1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

4,954 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4954
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
View: Beers (119) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 4,954 | Reviews: 1,914 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of WunderLlama
WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into glass beer stein

Ruby red like a red ale. Faint carbonation. Two finger foam cap settles into a thick as pancake batter white lid. Okay lacings on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, bread. Fresh beer.

Sweet malt, smooth, medium mouthfeel, deliciously chewy. Clean, smooth finish. Malt taste rolls all over your tongue.

Great version of an American Octoberfest. Love it and stock it in the fridge when it comes out each fall.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 02:10:01 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of ArrogantB
ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can ~$1.20. Dark amber color, good head, touch of lace. Aroma of wheat bread, yeast, ok. Flavor is slightly sweet, bready malts, thick. Overall I am not sure how well this represents the style since I suck at lagers but it was good enough last year that I made sure to buy some more this year.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 05:25:28 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of jhawth
jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a clear orange-ish red with a creamy looking finger-and-a-half head. Head dissipates relatively quickly.

Aroma: Hearty malt notes. Fresh brown bread, caramel, milk chocolate-y notes, a touch of buttered toast.

Taste: Follows nose, though flavors blend together more . Very mild roasty astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation. Easy to drink, as an Oktoberfest beer should be.

Overall: Solid seasonal offering from Sam Adams, I have fond memories of this one and am glad to see it in cans. Perhaps not the best American interpretation of the style, but a certainly a worthy beer.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 05:09:35 | More by jhawth
Photo of Huffs
Huffs

New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass and a nice off white head developed with mild lacing and retention. Great caramel / copper color which was clear. Aroma was mild with hints of caramel and malt. Tasted very malty with a slighty toasted toffee taste on the back. Some spicy and caramel hints. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a mild and sweet aftertaste.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 20:56:07 | More by Huffs
Photo of jjamadorphd
jjamadorphd

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sam Adams has hit another one out of the park. Octoberfest is truly one of their better beers, if not arguable their best.

I'm not much into cans, I really turn my nose up to them, but when the wife goes out and buys your beer you take what you get and you like it. :) In this case, I got lucky. Out of the can (I can't believe I'm writing that) I found the brew to be absolutely stunning - dark amber colored beer with a lightly tanned head. The head has great staying power with good lacing all the way down the glass. The smell was a roasted or toasted malt - rich, deep, and lightly sweet. I've had other Sam Adams and found them to be to carbonated for my taste, but Octoberfest was just at the right level of carbonation (IMHO). I could taste what I smelled - which is always a plus to me - and there was some distant sweetness to the beer.

My concerns that Sam Adams might be getting to big to really care about quality are totally unfounded - Octoberfest is truly something special.

Serving type: can

09-22-2013 21:39:30 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of VictorWisc
VictorWisc

Massachusetts

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

It looks like I'm the first to review the canned version (no bottle experience for comparison--I've had it in bottles, but over 5 years ago and avoided it since).

Pours very nice dark amber with ample medium-grained tan-orange head that does not stick around. No visible carbonation in the glass (aside from the head); some lacing, but fairly minor.

Smells distinctly of malt with a clear burnt orange note. Dank acidic smell follows.

Taste is a similar combination of sweet and toasted malt, orange and an additional note of cooked winter squash (or pumpkin). This turns into a briny feel on the back of the tongue with a fairly acrid finish of burnt wood and characteristics of medium-rye bread, but sweet malt finish. Once the malt clear, the orange and squash return in aftertaste and linger for a while, along with what feels like fermented corn.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation--nothing "refined" about this beer. Alcohol is far more pronounced than 5.3% ABV would suggest. Definitely neither smooth nor crisp, but certainly dry.

Not sure if this is the best representative of Oktoberfest style. Some pleasant effervescence and sweet notes are offset by excessive booziness and bitterness that is more closely associated with cheap AALs. Bitterness can be offset a bit by drinking the beer cold, but some of the bock nuances are then lost. Freshness is not an issue as this was in the first week of the very first can release, so something else is going on that makes this beer somewhat unbalanced. My initial reaction was negative, but this beer somewhat grows on you. Not sure if I would consider this for further bulk purchase (bought a 12-pack this time). I would prefer more hops bitterness in this than the burnt wood taste that I got, but it maybe characteristic of the style they are trying to follow. Distinctly tastes and looks like autumn, so the brewer certainly succeeded on that account. Probably best left to seasonal mixed pack--no need to get a mono 12

NB EDIT: Following some experimentation, found that this tastes best from a tall glass (and straight from the can!), not from more traditional beerware. The "burnt wood" taste is gone and sweet maltiness came to the forefront instead. Just to be sure, tried it in some other glassware combinations and confirmed the acrid burnt wood flavor in all but tall ice tea glass and can. Not something I would have expected. Tall glass also brings back the bock character that I initially expected and reduces the booziness. Upgraded the scores accordingly.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 05:33:59 | More by VictorWisc
Photo of Rhf9120
Rhf9120

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Sam Adams. There's not much more I can say that already hasn't been said. Great smell and flavor in my opinion exactly what you would expect from a marzen style beer. I'm a big fan of Sam Adams beers and I've always been partial to their Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:26:55 | More by Rhf9120
Photo of scotorum
scotorum

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a grown daughter, who had bought two in a variety pack and did not care for it.

Best before Feb. 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper, finger thick offwhite head receded to even surface foam and some patterned lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt forward, and backward. A little hops present, but this is for malt lovers. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Medium, smooth.

o: I love a good malty Marzen, and this is a good Marzen. Everything is right about it for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:06:12 | More by scotorum
Photo of ElijahRivera
ElijahRivera

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Consumed in October during my own mini-Oktoberfest.

A- A bit of carbonation is visible through a transparent, dark copper body with a small off-white head that quickly dies down to a flimsy film.

S- Toasty, rich malts. Earthy as well.

T- Similarly, this brew leads with toasty malts, and then transitions to a earthy, bitter hop finish.

M- Mid bodied. Low carbonation. Semi-bitter finish.

O- My own mini-Oktoberfest consisted of a blind side-by-side-by-side tasting of Oktoberfests by Sam Adams, Saranac, and Dundee. Somewhat surprisingly, Sammy Adams didn't take the gold. I'm not very well versed in Oktoberfests, but Sam Adams seemed to be about an average Oktoberfest and only somewhat better than average overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:39:42 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of Gambelli
Gambelli

Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Enjoy before March 2014 notched into
the label.

A-Crystal clear amber brew yields a 1/2" head which dissipates to just a wisp almost immediately.
Light stream of carbonation ascends to the top.

S- Heavy malt presence in the aroma. Sweet, ready-to-bake bread dough and yeast on the nose. No hop aroma. Not many beers could get away with this, but an Oktoberfest can.

T- Sweet malt followed by more sweet malt, followed by... You get the idea. Not as sweet as other marzen-style beers, but oh yeah, it's there in abundance.

M- Perfect for the style. Not too thin, but highly quaffable, and you know your not drinking a
sissy yellow beer.

O- I'm a bit partial toward this brew, as it was one of my first "micros" way back in 2005.
I thought then that this was one thick, heavy beer. Have I learned a lot. Nevertheless, I look
forward to those orange, fall themed bottles show up on the shelves in late October. Not the
most authentic marzen, but one I will always have a few of every fall. Cheers, Mr. Koch.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:24:18 | More by Gambelli
Photo of neomantra
neomantra

Maryland

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

One of my first non-BMC beers. I'll always have a soft spot for this one. It's not an amazing beer for my tastes but a great example of the style. Nice clear amber color with a malty finish, but not cloying. A solid choice at many bars that don't carry much in the way of craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 21:25:09 | More by neomantra
Photo of TreyIsWilson
TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a thin white head.

S - Mostly sweet malts and some breadiness.

T- Just like the smell. Sweet maltiness with a light mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O - Affordable and available everywhere. A nice beer for the fall months.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:54:21 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of TeamMathis
TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber. Nice head at first.
Smell: Malty and bready.
Taste: Malty.

It's a decent Oktoberfest. Malt is the driving force here. It's drinkable and enjoyable, and I'll still get it again next year. However, it's certainly not the gold standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:28:59 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of klimoja
klimoja

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those special times where the beer was extra special delicious. Had it on tap at the White Palm in Topton, Pa
Watery mouthfeel with a clean finish, traces of brown bread, yeast. I tried the bottled version, and its close but not the same.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/33341/view=beerfly

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 11:25:28 | More by klimoja
Photo of bgillespie
bgillespie

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper with a hint of red and a thick off-white head that dissipates quickly to a lacing.

Smell: Roasted-malts, sweet.

Taste: Malty taste with some caramel, sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy to drink, and well carbonated.

Overall: One of the best fall beers around. Can't go wrong with one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:24:37 | More by bgillespie
Photo of RandomExile
RandomExile

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: light amber/red, full tan head, persistent even spotty lacing, initially sheets of fine lacing
S: malty, metallic, fresh
T: malty, bitter, slightly sweet, caramel, corn
M: light-bodied, smooth, just a slight tingle
O: decent marzen, sessionable, pairs well with Mexican

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2013 23:54:57 | More by RandomExile
Photo of savaship
savaship

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Upon opening the Samuel Adams Octoberfest, I poured the beer into a tulip glass to maximize the aroma of the beer, and allow me to examine the color. It appeared quite red but remarkably clear with a thick tan head that looked almost perfect.

Aroma was that of bittersweet balance, the maltiness commingled with the aroma hops to make your nose want to drink this beer.

Taste was incredibly well balanced, a wash of sweet pale malt and dark caramel malts, which balanced well with what seemed to be a moderate mix of noble hops, and what I think were hallertau hops. The two played off each other to make one of the best balanced beers I could have imagined.

Feeling the beer in your mouth was a delight, light, carbonated to perfection with enough substance to really deliver the flavor.

Overall I loved this beer, it is by far one of my favorite Oktoberfest styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 15:31:45 | More by savaship
Photo of rjcohen
rjcohen

New York

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pretty beer. A deep fall-leaf orange, off-white head, minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: Not a very deep aroma. Malt, bread.

Taste: This is not a very flavorful beer at all. I've started to pick up more fruity flavors as I've drank more of this, but it is still not too interesting - kind of an undefined fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, not over-carbonated. The lightness is very pleasant actually.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer that will remind you of the season, but it does not have the flavor to back it up in repeated drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:04:36 | More by rjcohen
Photo of scaliasux
scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber. Clear. Medium tall, cream-colored head, persistent.

Smell - Sweet medium-roasted malts. Toast and bread.

Taste - Sweet light malts with a good dose of slightly bitter toast. Bit of a cloying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Malty and hits the general area of a Maerzen. Flavor's not quite right, though - lacking depth maybe.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:03:18 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Captain_Komamura
Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a reddish-brown amber color; with a thick foamy head that quickly disappears.

Smell - The thing you smell the most is the sweet malts.

Taste - This beer reminds me of honey-wheat bread. The sweetness and sweet aftertaste of he malts matches well with the initial hops taste.

Mouthfeel - It is a good bodied beer. Not that much carbonation, and it goes down easy.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer. It perfectly matches the season as well as the fall foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:47:55 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering served in a mug. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white cap of froth. Some patchy suds of lace stick to the glass.

The nose is quite muted with a bit of herbal hops, minerals and buttery diacetyl that blends to more of a scent of toffee as it warms up.

The taste is quite buttery and includes plenty of malt that imparts flavors of toffee and caramel. There is a soft touch of herbal hops present and a slight mineral feel towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modes tamount of carbonation. It is crisp and nice but really buttery almost to fault for my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 13:56:41 | More by stakem
Photo of SDVargo
SDVargo

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this beer might be my favorite. However that might be skewed because of it only being a limited availability. It has a great color coupled with a smell that just smells like Sam Adams bottled Fall. The flavors go together nicely and will have you trying to figure out what each one is until you get too inebriated to care. I love this beer. And this year I've tried several other brands of Octoberfest beers and found myself preferring this one over all of the others. All of the taste combined with the price makes the beer a hit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 13:16:40 | More by SDVargo
Photo of RaulMondesi
RaulMondesi

California

3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raul never really liked this beer. Nah, not so much. Syrupy like a tootsie pop left in the sun and, well, that's about it. Raul ain't even gonna bring his baby mama into the equation because there aren't any redeeming qualities about this thang.

It's aite and all, and by that Raul means drinkable; but like the fountain of youth, Raul wants something that will make him want to dig in for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:19:07 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Nikxed58
Nikxed58

New York

4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was part of the Fall seasonal variety pack at a wholesaler (yay for fall beer styles!). I had high expectations for this beer because of the brand and prior experience. Sam Adams Octoberfest did not disappoint!

A - poured from the bottle with a very tiny head, maybe 1-2 cm at most. The color is just gorgeous, a brown similar to that of Jack Daniel's whiskey.

S - a complex smell that seems to have a little "more" than other oktoberfests. There is everything that I expected from a traditional oktoberfests but with an increased sweetness and spiciness that differentiates it from other beers. Just taking a whiff of this makes me want to down the whole thing!

T - that spice noted in the smell comes through in the taste, as do the hops. There is a hint of sweetness similar to caramel which brings a nice balance to it.

M - this is a full bodied beer that is perfect for the Fall's colder weather. There is a very satisfying feeling of drinking something substantial and hearty.

O - great beer to enjoy during the fall. I would recommend picking up the Sam Adams variety pack at wholesaler; you can't beat the price. $1.05 or so for each bottle, including this wonderful brew, is a great price and well worth every cent.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:04:55 | More by Nikxed58
Photo of qchic
qchic

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper with modest head that disappears. All biscuit malt in the aroma with some alcohol. Some fruitiness, bready malt, and nuttiness come through in the flavor. Why did I just sense cooked tomato? Weird. Medium body makes it quite drinkable. Nothing earth shattering, but it'll do on a fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:32:16 | More by qchic
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 4,954 ratings.