1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,988 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,988
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 659 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Octoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,988 | Reviews: 1,976 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

chudson1992, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bconsidine, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Bromine, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Spartan13
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Spartan13, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JMUbrewz, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of jhcfc1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jhcfc1, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of zrbeer1579
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zrbeer1579, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of rx-beer
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein.

A - Gives about an inch of lasting off-white head over a dark amber body. This beer is clear with light carbonation and mild lacing. Head fades into a thin layer.

S - Malty caramel aroma with a touch of bread.

T - Sweet, malty caramel flavors jump out at you from the start. Don't feel this to be excessively sweet. Toasty and biscuity touch lingers until the next sip and is balanced out with a very mild yet persistent bitterness.

M - LIght carbonation and medium-to-full body that is quite chewy.

O - I'm really enjoying this year's Oktoberfest from Sam Adams. I'm partial to the amber Marzens and their caramel flavor so this one just hits the spot for me. I definitely wish this beer would be offered year-round and am looking forward to see what Jim Koch and the guys at BBC come up with for next year. Glad I still have a few of these left in the fridge.

rx-beer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour results in a 3/4 inch off-white head that sticks around pretty well. The beer is a somewhat pale yellowish-brown with a little bit of red.

I detect quite a bit of cooked corn aromas and flavors here, with maybe a little diacetyl. Very little hop aroma/flavor, and generally lacking any toastiness or complex malt flavors. A little bit of sourness in the aftertaste, with a bit of sweetness from the malt.

I'm not very impressed with this beer- it's drinkable and that's about it. Boston lager and ale is much better. I tried this last Fall and was similarly disappointed- I had hoped that bad feedback would have led the brewers to reconsider their recipe. This tastes more like a really corny malt liquor rather than an Octy. Boo! There are MUCH better Octoberfest brews out there.

archyquaffer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of michaelsmith11
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

michaelsmith11, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of DocG
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DocG, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of majorbase2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

majorbase2, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jkrug5
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jkrug5, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of gimmedanger888
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

gimmedanger888, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Sokool
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sokool, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Fusion7777
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Fusion7777, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of JayEvans813
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JayEvans813, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Michaeldmanley
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Michaeldmanley, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Chaosfiend
4/5  rDev +9%

Chaosfiend, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Nick_RobertsM3
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Nick_RobertsM3, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of still_thedragon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

still_thedragon, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Mongrel
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a true amber with a short off-white head that quickly recedes. Little to no lacing.

Nice slightly sweet, slightly spicy smell. Taste follows the nose, with malts and vanilla up front, not-too-sweet brown sugar and caramel notes towards the middle, and biscuity flavors at the end. There's also a little hop coolness that helps to balance things out. Also a hint of clove and sometimes a slightly metallic twang.

The most impressive thing about this beer is the rich, creamy mouthfeel. There's not a ton of depth though, and it doesn't last very long on the palate. A solid brew overall.

Mongrel, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mrebeka, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Bonebeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Bonebeer, Sep 01, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,988 ratings.