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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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5,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,795
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 564 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of frankthetank86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

frankthetank86, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a dark copper brown, with off white foam. Sweet candy aroma, with some bready malt and slight fruitiness. Sweet, caramelly and malty. Finish is clean and dry. Pretty good drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty decent o'fest. I enjoyed it.

baiser, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
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.

CrazyMike, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready, typical oktoberfest aroma.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma but with subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Decent representation of an oktoberfest/ marzen style. Not my favorite style but still good.

jamescain, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev +9%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

durwood64, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

SickGnar, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +9%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

ZachRusk, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of nodder
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nodder, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of SykDoc
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Purchased this beer and had it in a pint glass from a bottle.
Beer initially poors with a 1/4-1/2 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. The appearance is a pleasant clear copper.
The aroma reminds of many lagers, having an expectedly malty scent with some caramel.
There is a creamy feel to the beer which is generally medium bodied, but light and palatable. You can catch a bit of hops, as well as carbonation. Beyond that, this beer does seem to come up a bit flat overall. It is a good oktoberfest lager, but defintely could be better with a deeper flavor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a lager but is not expecting a whole lot.

SykDoc, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Sipchue
4/5  rDev +9%

Sipchue, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of baconman91
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of AaronBurr
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AaronBurr, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev -18.3%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitly one of my favorite Octoberfest beers, and possibly the one single seasonal beer that I look forward too the most each year.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of TommyW
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A- Lighter amber/oragne with a medium off-white head that clings a bit.

S- Malty aroma with a touch of caramel and spice.

T- Again nice malty taste overall that dominates. Slight bitterness is there to bring a little balance, but there is no huge hop taste other than the bittering aspect.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not a bad Maerzen, but nothing incredible; definitely worth grabbing a 6-er of.

TommyW, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Brown120, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of russwilliam
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

russwilliam, May 13, 2013
Photo of Jon
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

This seasonal offering pours a reddish-copper color with a huge, pillowy head that leaves considerable lace. The head is rather overwhelming and holds up well. The smell, on the other hand, is lacking. I smell a somewhat nutty malty aroma, but it's subdued. The taste is rather sweet and malty with some fruity undertones. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and lightly carbonated, but it does bring the drinkability up a bit. This is one of the better domestic Octoberfest offerings and is worth seeking out.

Jon, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of callmescraps
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Trying a nice Sam Adams after several total recent failures. I'm not looking for a home run, just something nice.

Appearance- A nice rich amber color. A good inch of creamy off-white head that settles into a nice cap. A good looking beer.

Smell- A nice hint of spice. Some toasted malts. It's a little mellow. A little nutty.

Taste- Nice and light. A little creamy, with a hint of spice. Lots of toasted malts, some real sweetness. Very bready with some mild hops. A little tea-like. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. It's creamy without being heavy.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy, but the sweetness, and the hint of spice, makes it so I could tire easily on this.

A nice beer, definitely. Exactly what I'd expect from Sam Adams. They don't usually knock my socks off, but they rarely disappoint. Sam Adams, always a good choice, as the kids say.

callmescraps, Jan 20, 2010
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

mcorwin, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Number3red, Oct 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

tabhill, Sep 20, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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