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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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5,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,186
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 265 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of DrDemento456


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

A - Looks like a nice amber color, semi dark with a nice inch of white foam.

S - Smells pretty sweet full of sweet caramel and rich barley.

T - The sweetness of the caramel and malts make this beer very drinkable. I also enjoyed the small bite of hops and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Delicious/

D - As of now I only have a few left but they are very drinkable. In fact I love how I had this on tap and its only slightly better than the bottle. Very affordable and drinkable brew that is also in 22oz sizes! Yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 23:40:12 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of rmckay09


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Octoberfests, I make it a point to try all kinds from different brewerys whenever I can. This is one is by far the best I have tried. The initial aroma is enjoyable and makes you look forward to the taste that is going to follow. The taste is very smooth and fulfilling with the multitudes of malted barley in it. The drinkability is very high because it is smooth and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:42:15 | More by rmckay09
Photo of SamN


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled stein.

Clear autumn highlights of amber and dark ruby. Fine and slightly fizzy head , doesn't last long. Great hues, great clarity. Smell is a little weak; upfront adjuncts of sour grapes, some faint nuts and caramel malt aromas. Taste has much more going for it over aroma. Starts with faint fruit, than toasty sweet nuts and grains, moving to a good balanced hops flash and then fading out on a spicy almost cinnamon note. Lots of movement, more interesting tastes, but shallow and not very rich or natural tasting. Medium bodied with a pleasant bite at the end. Drinkability is fairly good, certainly not a bad märzen-style beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:10:08 | More by SamN
Photo of rarbring


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

The beer is clear light amber, with a quickly settling off-white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet malty, honey and nuts, some orange and a whiff of hay.

Upfront sweet toffee, brown bread, orange marmalade, a slight bitter finish.

Low carbonation, medium bubbles and body, a dry finish.

Not bad, a bit on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 17:58:58 | More by rarbring
Photo of Coji


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer should be sold year round, but I do enjoy the treat during the autumn. Its limited availability is part of why this beer remains a hot commodity. My initial pour developed a medium-sized head. It was a light tan, but it dissipated quickly and did not leave any lacing on the glass. I was disappointed with that aspect of the beverage. The color however, was awesome. A slightly burnt amber represents the season very well and it was a beautiful welcome to the beverage.

The aroma was good, possibly because I knew what to expect. If I tried to be objective, the smell is not great, but still good. Octoberfest is lightly carbonated, producing a good mouthfeel, but it was not as smooth as it could have been. While drinking the beer, it is difficult to tell the alcohol content, but after a couple of glasses, it become prevalent. This is one of my favorite beers and I am sad to see its season come to an end.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:54:11 | More by Coji
Photo of drabmuh


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

Bottle gifted by the other Matt. Thanks! Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is orange and clear with a minimal head and some lacing. looks ok.

Smells good, kind of like fruits, has some banana in the nose.

Beer tastes pretty good. Medium bodied. It's a little grainy. Beer is really drinkable mouthfeel is good. Not really in a mood to be descriptive tonight. It's good overall. I'd have it again. There are some fruity notes in the midpalate. It's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:08:37 | More by drabmuh
Photo of surlytheduff


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass. Poured clear orange-brown, with a finger and a half of foamy head. Not much residual lacing as it receded. Smelled strongly of malt with a little caramel, nothing else notable. Dominant taste were sweet malts, with a small bit of spiciness and a little hop bitterness. Had a good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:39:37 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A khaki color head, the color of the beer is a burnt amber color. The head stays around for about three minutes or so. It leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: I smell a lot of hop flavoring and also a caramel malt. I smell a hint of alcohol, not too overbearing.

Mouth Feel: lightly carbonated but enough to know it's there. Not too thick of body and its really smooth.

Taste: a caramel, a hint of Cherries and vanilla. There is a slight bitter taste, probably from the hops. It's quite tasty and goes down quite easily. Doesn't have a huge boozy taste.

Drink Ability: I feel I can have a few of these since it goes down smoothly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 05:34:43 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of kdawg105


5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this brew. It has a dark caramel color with medium carbonation and light lace all the way down. The smell has a nice balance of sweet malts and hops. This is a smooth beer with a light mouthfeel which leads to a superb drinkablility. I highly recommend trying this brew you will definetly not dissapointed!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 19:08:43 | More by kdawg105
Photo of mbrown26

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went from the bottle into a pub glass. I liked this beer. It was everything an autumn beer should be. I don't think I would consider Sam Adams a craft beer anymore, but I like what they offer.

A: I had this beer a few days ago, but from what I can remember it had a good amber/brown/red color. Head wasn't anything to brag about.

S: Delightful in the nose. Could have smelled this one all day.

T: A great beer with that gave more flavor than alcohol. Definitely a plus for me.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation that makes you give pause to what you are drinking without being overbearing.

D: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Got done with one bottle and would easily want a second.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:52:08 | More by mbrown26
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-copper with a thin white head, not much lacing.

Smells grainy, citrusy, a bit sweet and somewhat medicinal.

Not very impressed by the taste, somewhat orange tasting with some slight biscuity malts and finishes kind of sour with a slight hop bight.

Sort of thing mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable. Overall not something I would try again, definitely not the best oktoberfest I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:49:56 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of arboristfish


4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This for me is the best Oktoberfest style beers I have ever had! The appearance of this beer is an amber color. The smell is a hint of malt, but mainly focused on the spicy noble hops that are used. The taste of this beer a noble hop spiciness with a delicious malt back bone. This beer is very drinkable and yet has a lot of flavor going for it. Great beer by Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 17:28:36 | More by arboristfish
Photo of FosterJM


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

28th review on BA
Bottle to Pint glass.

I was at a family party last night and they happened to have Sam Adams and Blue moon as the go to beer. So not being a fan of either one decided to skip the bottle drinking and be that guy to review at a party and ask for a glass.

App-Medium Amber colored with a single finger head that was very carbonated.

Smell- It smelled like a giant malt bomb to me. I did detect a slight spicy scent with maybe a touch of caramel.

Taste- Not what I remembered this to be at all. It didn't jump out at me like the normal Sam Adams does which I think are pretty decent. It was a bit sweet and didn't retain a lot of flavor.

Mouth- It's on the thin side but I didn't think it would be a big beer by any means.

Drink- I'm pretty thankful I didn't buy a case of this year. It wasn't bad. Just not my cup of tea I guess.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 16:14:10 | More by FosterJM
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is red with copper undertones. Two fingers to white head dissipated very quickly to leave a skim of lacing and ring around the edge. No bottle cap can float on that.

Smell: Subdued sweet caramel, molasses, and a little dark chocolate.

Taste: Much like the aromas, the typical märzen flavors are very subdued. The caramel comes through, though the molasses and dark chocolate from the smell are faint at best. A spicy hop backbone dominates throughout the pint.

Drinkability: Decent, but it is far from my favorite märzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 04:28:15 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of deadbody


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good but not great beer pretty much sums it up. Picked up a 24 pack of bottles for really cheap. Pours a nice deep amber, small head that doesn't last very long. Slight malty smell, Taste is fine, no flavors really jump out at you, but nothing bad either. Good mouthfeel, not too thin. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 19:33:33 | More by deadbody
Photo of socon67

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber color. Creamy white foam head.

S - A little bit of the caramel malt, but not much after that.

T - A nice spicy, malty taste. Also a sweet caramel finish.

M - Very smooth. Low carbonation & medium bodied.

D - Very much so. This guy is made for the fall and for throwing back a few in the fall.

I happen to like this one, and its a favroite of the BBC line.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 04:02:20 | More by socon67
Photo of goalie33

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very nice orange/amber color. Not so much head.
S: Some slight aromas of malt, but nothing overly impressive.
T: Malty taste, not too much in the way of hops. It's good, but nothing special.
D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easy.

I'm not going to go running out to buy this again. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't especially good either.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 19:50:01 | More by goalie33
Photo of BillyBob78


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a case of this after having it at a local bar.

I'm starting to like Sam Adams more and more. They have so many different types and styles that you can find something you enjoy.

Appearance was a nice orange/brown color with a nice off-white head with decent lacing.

Taste like a good German lager with nice sweet malty characteristics and a little hops present but not much. A little bit of spices coming through.

Very drinkable and definitely a good fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 14:00:44 | More by BillyBob78
Photo of HockeytownBrew


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Beautiful amber is the first thing that pops out as this brew is poured. Nice sized head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Great, malty smell with a hint of fruitiness. Smells perfectly of fall.

T: Wow! Autumn to a tee. A sweetness and spiciness blend perfectly together on your palate with a bit of a hop finish. Perfectly balanced. The perfect combination of five different kinds of malt.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

D: I could easily put away a few of these, and drinking one will make you want another right away. It's that good.

It's truly a shame that Samuel Adams Octoberfest is only a seasonal beer. A true triumph. After only one bottle, it instantly became second favorite beer behind Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 04:42:17 | More by HockeytownBrew
Photo of msjacilynn


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, clean amber with orange-ish hue.

S: out of bottle I got an initial musky scent, but that decreased as I drank. otherwise plenty of malt and caramel.

T: Initially hit with malty-bready taste that leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M/D: fairly pleasant in texture and well carbonated for the style. easy drinking Oktoberfest beer...not the best, but one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:09:06 | More by msjacilynn
Photo of gatorguy


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hearty orange color with a nice finger and a half white head that fades and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell has hints of caramel and malts. Taste is strong on malts, with the smell being true has there is hints of caramel. Not much in the way of hops, but has a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not exactly a session beer but can easily drink a few more. I've always been a fan of Sam Adams and Octoberfest is another fine offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 00:07:42 | More by gatorguy
Photo of Dadoftwogirls


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

This is one of the few Sam Adams that I have tried that I've rated above average to date. It has a great appearance and a great deep complex favor that actually appealed to me. It pours with a 3 finger head straight down the middle of the glass. A nice dark appearance in the glass. Overall one of their better offerings in my book and I could drink a few in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 20:58:52 | More by Dadoftwogirls
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see another oktoberfest turning up on Ontario shelves, even if it isn't one of the classics.

Lovely looking pour results in a rusty orange liquid and a finger of creamy off-white head that leaves streaks of lacing as it drops to a film. Sweet, bready aroma, with a prominent herbal character and some mineral qualities.

The flavour is dominated by a big breadiness that stumbles into brown sugar. Great herbal hopping, faint grassiness and a hard mineral character. Kind of neat. Surprisingly drying on the palate, with a well-judged carbonation and medium body that works well for the style.

It certainly won't be the best oktoberfest you'll find, but it is a decent rendition of the style, and has what I crave for most on an o-fest - drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 16:10:28 | More by bobsy
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's October, after all...

A: The beer is transparent with plenty of bubbles ascending from the depths. The color is an autumn shade of orange, akin to the changing hues of the leaves. There is about an inch of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: It smells like a lager. The sweetness is subtle, with hints of fruit.

T: A nice take on a traditional German classic. The beer is mostly malty, with very little hop presence. It's slightly sweet and fruity, with notes of grain and/or barley.

M: The feel is thicker than I expected, in a pleasant way. There is a slight hint of astringency and/or alcohol in the finish that counteracts the otherwise fabulous feel on the palate.

D: 'Tis the season. It's not my favorite choice within the style, but it goes down just fine.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:04:44 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Aphexwolf


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber-orange, light to medium head, good carbonation.
Smell: Sweet and malty
Taste: Medium hops, slightly sweeter and maltier than Boston Lager. Can detect some caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium frothy, slight bittersweet aftertaste. Nice.
Drinkability: Good. Can drink several quickly, but would rather saver them slowly.
Summary: This is a very good beer. I gave it an 8.1/10, or B-. This beer is very similar to Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but it's sweeter and maltier. It has several food pairings, but tastes great by itself. It's a good choice to enjoy during Octoberfest. I look forward to drinking this beer again next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 16:46:44 | More by Aphexwolf
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,186 ratings.