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.

6,454 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 882 | 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: 6,454 | Reviews: 2,011 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chrisjduncan
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everyone I know knows that I am a huge nerd for Sam Adams beer and an even bigger one for their Octoberfest. I wait for it every year and jump up and down like a schoolgirl seeing Justin Beiber when I see the first case in the store. It's like finding a super rare card in a back of baseball cards when I find my first SA Octoberfest.

That all being said, I am going to try, TRY to rate this objectively.

When poured it has an absolutely stunning deep orange/red color into the traditional Sam Adams glass. Decent head, even if it is gone too quickly and good lacing on the glass. The dry notes in the back are a perfect counter to the malt taste in the front and the spice in the middle. Aroma is mild but not to the point of non-existence, and the bouquet of fall season comes out the more the beer is sloshed around in the glass. A wonderful flowery note on the top of the aroma. The carbonation is high, but the beer is pretty full bodied so it doesn't make the beer too soda-y. I have had a ton of Octoberfests over the last few years, and yet every year this is the one that defines the season for me. A wonderful, wonderful beer.

chrisjduncan, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Beermunster
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Beermunster, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of speracado
4/5  rDev +9%

speracado, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of jlenik
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

jlenik, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of crownrl28
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

crownrl28, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of mschind
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear orange amber, not much of a head or retention.

S- Caramel malt with faint grainy notes.

T- More coplex than the nose suggested. Toasted malt sweetness fades through a bittering middle to a slightly dry finish. No discernible hop flavor but the bitterness is there.

M- Medium body, smooth and even somewhat creamy.

O- A great sessioon beer for malt lovers.

mschind, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of roca52
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

roca52, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

twelveinches, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of michele97394
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

michele97394, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from Sam Adams's "Harvest Collection" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent copper color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a faint, sweet, malty aroma. Kind of expecting more here.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front with a sweet, malty taste. Finishes bitter with toasted and sweet malts and nutty flavors. A bit cloying in sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated with a medium body to it.

Overall: Definitely not the best O-fest out there and definitely not one of Sam Adams's standouts. It's fine enough in the fall variety pack, but definitely not something I'd seek out on its own.

mckenziac, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of meghmmm
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

meghmmm, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Acuity
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Acuity, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of akokinakes
4/5  rDev +9%

akokinakes, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of soupieman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

soupieman, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of TDintino
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

TDintino, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark copper orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: A pleasant malt, with hints of yeast and spice
T: Very malty. Lots of bread/biscuit/take your pick along with a hint of fruit esters and spice.
M: Quite light. Smooth.
O: This certainly isn't bad but seems a bit pedestrian. A nice introduction to the marzen style for those where Sam Adams may be the only craft brewer in the market, but there are far better out there.

ONUMello, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

vcoggins, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bmoney, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of ruffdawg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ruffdawg, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

GTB, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Thullin187
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Thullin187, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of tikisam
4/5  rDev +9%

tikisam, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Vixie
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a full light tan head. Pretty decent looking beer.

Smell is mainly of the malt and yeast, maybe a hint of lemon.

Very malty tasting, with a bit of sweetness.

Pretty good mouthfeel.

Not a real complex beer, the malt very much dominates. It does go down nice and easy, and is pretty good, but nothing I'd go out of my way for either. If you like malty beers, this is the one to try.

Vixie, Sep 09, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.