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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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5,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,424
Reviews: 1,933
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 406 | 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 johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

On tap at a chain restaurant, the best beer on the menu.
Came served in a 16 oz mug, an amber orange color with a minimal tan wisp of a head that was gone before my lips touched the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malty with an earthy herbal hop presence. Smells a bit sweet. Taste is bready and mildly malty with an herbal hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. Medium body and carbonation with a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent beer, but their are certainly better beers in the style. I would drink this again given the choices I had tonight but would easily skip this in a better venue.

08-26-2011 22:55:14 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of jeremyk00


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Initially there is a slight sweet malty presence that gives way to a medium bodied mouth feel carrying the malt throughout. All in all it is a very drinkable beer and not too heavy but in the same breath, its not so light that it loses character. It holds up as an Oktoberfest style beer without being overbearing.

08-26-2011 16:21:27 | More by jeremyk00
Photo of losdizzel


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This one of Sams seasonal beers ,just before fall and football and, of course Oktoberfest yea! . Color is a very nice looking ,smells like a beer kinda sweet slight hops . mouthfeel nice .

Taste is very nice ,considering its a Sam Adams not a big fan but still gota try it ,mostly not a big hop fan. Good malty finish to it the came damn close to this one for me that is . The five malted barley realy dose it .

08-26-2011 03:10:42 | More by losdizzel
Photo of Guden


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A- Light almond brown with a small off white head. Looks nice but not great.

S- Munich malt fills the nose with hints of noble hops. Very fitting and enticing if not overly strong.

T- Lots of caramel and malt with a little bread up front, a bit of dark fruit and hops comes in at the end to balance.

M- Fairly low body with a medium level of carbonation. It fills the mouth and feels nice but I wouldn't mind it being a little more full bodied.

D- Very drinkable, fairly light but with ideal balance and enough flavor to keep things interesting.

08-26-2011 03:09:45 | More by Guden
Photo of airforbes1

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a robust, deep orange color. Very clear. The aroma has a biscuity smell, along with some floral hops. Good on both accounts.

This is only the third Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer I've had, but I'm impressed. The taste begins with toasted malt, has bitter hops in the middle, and finishes with a slight mineral notes. Flavorful, yet drinkable. I could see myself pounding these if I were in the right mood. A great beer at the price point.

08-26-2011 00:48:25 | More by airforbes1
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of head that quickly fades to a thin lace. Smells of caramel and possibly toffee. Taste is rich caramel but not sweet; very mild hop character for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

This is definitely a sessionable beer; rich and smooth, it's a decent octoberfest brew.

08-24-2011 22:11:22 | More by tdm168
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance- very dark brown with light bubbles to be seen streaming up the glass, white head starts thick but fades and remains thin white lacing,

Smell- slight malt, musty, and grain and husk

Taste- starts up malty up front and has some nice hops and dryness on the back end keeps things in check, very well balanced overall in the flavor, not as sweet as some octoberfests and not thats not necessarily bad thing

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, not as heavy as some octobers

Drinkability- this is very easily drinkable for sure, im not sure its the best of the best of the style but its probably one of the most drinkable for sure, the flavor is enjoyable and balance to the extreme, one i could certainly session all night long where some marzens can get to be bit to much so in terms drinkability this is probably my favorite

08-24-2011 20:45:10 | More by Stunner97
Photo of MP72


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A- Copper color with 1/4" rocky white head into a Hofbrau .5 liter mug.

S- smells of metal and not much else.

T- a little caramel and slight hops but little else.

M- very good and a nice carbonation level as well.

O- For all the hoopla this one seems bland and boring to me and I have been loving german lagers for a while now. Seemingly no depth to this at all. On a positive note it is an easy drinker. You could have several without any sweetness catching up with you.

08-24-2011 15:33:08 | More by MP72
Photo of warbird07


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

poured into a standard pint glass...

appears ruby red..nice cream colored head, good lacing..

smell is quite nice..malty, sweet,bready.subtle hop aroma...very appealing..

taste is..sweet..malty sweet..gentle hop flavor..slight bitter finish..smooth(hey it is a lager)

mouthfeel is great..smooth like the style..light to medium body..very appealing and drinkable..

I must admit..I am biased to this particular brew..it has been one of my favorites for many years..I have had alot of martzens..this is one of my favorite..

08-24-2011 03:04:16 | More by warbird07
Photo of centbeerfest


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured into a pint glass. Excellent thick head and a fine deep copper very clear color with ample carbonation.

Served at about 50 degrees. Very creamy with a little less malt than I would have liked at the finish. Tastes fresh and overall a very good drinkable beer that is not too filling and representative of the style. Maybe just a little on the simpler side than I would expect.

08-24-2011 01:31:31 | More by centbeerfest
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a clear amber color with almost no head

S: Some nice bready malts, spicy hops, and a generic lager smell

T: Bready malts come through first and go on throughout, with a spicy hop presence that is fairly weak. Tastes like fall in a bottle in terms of all the bready malt goodness with that slight hop bite

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great fall seasonal and one of the few lagers (i.e., not a sweet malt bomb of a doppelbock) that I actually enjoy

08-23-2011 20:36:12 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of smakawhat


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice simple three finger soapy head is produced, but not with much retention. Body is a classic dark amber red, crystal clear and looks very much like a marzen. Head seems to lose some staying power and looks a bit weak.

Bouquet is a sweet candy like malt and small fizz pop soda. Kind of odd but alright.

Taste is kind of lacking but has all the right ideas. Simple malt and light, some carbonation that is noticeable but has a medium sized body with a hint of thickness. After taste on the swallow is kind of tongue and palate numbing, almost novocaine territory.

Overall a slightly above average marzen. Will do in a pinch.

08-23-2011 02:56:23 | More by smakawhat


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Serving type: 22oz bottle poured into a sam adams tulip glass

Appearance : copper amber in color. A ample head forms after a less than aggressive pour.

Smell : subtle malts aromas also some subtle spicy pumpkin notes

Taste : not any huge taste going on here. Zero hop bitterness but nice malt flavor. Very refreshing and easy to drink another well crafted beer from Sam Adams and at $2.50 a bottle its worth enjoying a bottle.

Mouthfeel : light body with less than average carbonation

Overall : this is a well crafted beer and beer is easy to enjoy .

08-22-2011 23:39:18 | More by BUNZILLA
Photo of MDDMD


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A-goldem amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-malty and bread aromas with a hint of sweetness

T-caramel and malty flavor with a little hoppy bitterness

F-light to moderate body with a moderate amount of carbonation

O-a decent beer for drinking with a meal

08-22-2011 14:27:34 | More by MDDMD
Photo of comfortablynumb1


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

Enjoying lunch at Chillies with the family. Was nice to see this one on tap as I have never had it before.

A - Pours a dark copper with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a quick pace. Not much lacing to be had...

S - Bread and sweet malts. Lots of sweet notes...

T - Rides the sweet malt wave all the way through. Caramel and sweet fruit. Don't pick up any hop presence...

M - Medium bodied with alot of carbonation. Smooth, but a tad much on the carbonation for my liking...

O - Nice beer to sip on a hot day. Glad I tried this one, but not something I see myself getting again unless in a pinch...


08-21-2011 22:54:54 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of NICKV1117


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I had never tried Samuel Adams Octoberfest until it showed up at the local Ralph's. Really like this brew. Nice deep amber color. Pleasant smell. The taste took a little getting used to but soon became a very nice series of flavors. Malty, slightly fruity and a touch of caramel. Great carbonation. Give it a try.

08-21-2011 05:25:59 | More by NICKV1117
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Had this on tap while waiting for my delayed plane that never came. This was the best thing they had I think.

A: Very nice amber color with gold highlights and a brown hued core. Small ring of head. A little lacing.

S: A nice nutmegish caramel with some darker bread. Maybe a flutter of cocoa and berry? Not aromatic at all, I really had to get in there to smell this one.

T: Not bad overall, pretty balanced with lots of bready malt and a lagerlike clean finish. Lemon zest hops add something nice to it and theres also tones of toasted toffee. Has that signature Sam taste thats hard to define but permeates all of their beers. Not overly complex, but ok. A little too sweet as well.

M: Very carbonated and medium in feel. Nice sweet clean finish.

Overall not bad, but the sweetness gets to you and as it warms, you see the flaws in their ingredients too.

08-20-2011 17:44:46 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of afdempse


3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

12 oz pour into pint glass

Head quickly flees, leaving a barely noticeable wisp. Reddish-brown color.

Slight brown sugar in the aroma, not much else there.

Flavor seems rather one-dimensional, but clean. Emphasis is on sweetness from the malt, but there's not much melanoidin or other grain flavors as I would expect from an Oktoberfest. Spicy hops make a very short appearance in the finish and linger for a few seconds in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good for a beer of this style. The body is full, but not overly so, and the finish is semi-dry without excessive sweetness.

Sam Adams might have played it a bit safe with their Octoberfest this year, as I remember previous vintages having more in the flavor department than this one. It's still drinkable, but I'd love to see a bit more spiciness from the hops and perhaps some continental malt character in the flavor and finish.

08-20-2011 02:46:01 | More by afdempse
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance-Light orange with about a 1 finger off white creamy head. Dissipates almost immediately but leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell-Bready, Malty, slight spice. Very subtle aroma.

Taste-Very much a clone of the taste, just a little more pronounced. Bready, Malty, some spice.

Mouthfeel-EXTREMELY drinkable and very nice mouthfeel. This is why I love this beer. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall-Fond memories drinking this in Connecticut all day watching football. Whether or not it's the best tasting beer, it'll always have a place in my heart. Great sessionable fall beer. I can drink this all day, and I probably will on a few Sundays this year.

08-20-2011 02:31:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6%

Bottle best by February 2012 into a Bell's tulip.

Copper, very clear. Small head.

Smells like sweet, lighter caramel-flavored malt.

Taste is sweet malts, some caramel. A darker malt character kick in in the finish and leaves notes of peat-y, fruity malt characters. A bit sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is medium and light for the style.

I used to love this beer, but it's become a bit boring over the years as my tastes have developed. Still, if I see this on draft at a restaurant with a non-impressive selection, it's my go-to. But it's average or so for the style.

08-19-2011 03:14:48 | More by musicforairports
Photo of rowingbrewer


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a thin head. the smell is subtle composed of slightly sweet malts and basically no hops. the flavor is a little sweet and malty almost a caramel quality to it, but again very subtle. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little less carbonation that i would have liked. overall its a pretty good beer.

08-19-2011 01:32:19 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of engagechad


4/5  rDev +9%

Purchased as a sixer from.. wal mart.. poured into a tulip

Pours a very nice tobacco color with decent head. Smells of rich tobacco actually and thick malts. The smell just smells manly or something, like leather and wood.. yeah.. Tastes is smooth and not too sweet. great body and great finish.

This is a great beer for beginners I think. If i were to try to get someone away from BMC and into something with flavor but not too offensive. bam.

08-19-2011 00:32:24 | More by engagechad
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


2.7/5  rDev -26.4%

Ba Review #40
Served On: 8/18/2011
Glassware: Pint

Well it's Märzen season already. At least Boston Beer Co thinks so. Saw a 12 pack of their Octoberfest and grabbed it up.

Look: Poured a dark copper. A little darker than the Boston Lager. Initial head was a nice 3 fingers of tan foam. It disappeared quick and left a thin patchy film. Not much for carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Spicy hops with that typical Sam Adams malty twang. Also some breaddy lager yeast. I swear most of their offerings start out with the Boston Lager wort - then they just add flavoring in the finishing tanks. I guess it sort of smells like an Oktoberfest.

Taste: Ok, this was a Boston Lager without the sourness and a little heavier body to it. Maybe even a little more sweetness. Other than that, I fail to see any qualities that would make this beer stand out from all the other exceptional Octoberfests out there. I’m starting to see Boston Beer as a ‘Jack of all trades – master of none’. It just doesn’t seem like much effort was put into this one.

08-18-2011 22:03:34 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of techfed87


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

For this particular beer, I'll be using a speciality glass that Sam Adams brought out especially to use with this beer, which is apparently a half-sized maßkrug. That in mind, it should be a pretty interesting experience.

Pours a quite lively head. Color is a lively amber. Smell is quite intense for a lager, which is always nice.

First sip is wonderfully drinkable. You really get the full malt character coming through in this beer, with just the slightest hint of alcohol on the back pallet.

If I go back all the way to where I really started trying different beers other than light lagers, this one was the absolute first that I ever tried. Years later, I can reflect back and say that it wasn't that bad of a foundation to start off with.

08-18-2011 01:50:24 | More by techfed87
Photo of antlerwrestler19


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a very clear but deep amber color with small off-white head that falls quickly leaving no lacing or chunks atop the beer. Smells of sweet malt and a bit bready - not a whole lot going on. The taste is pleasant but doesn't wow me by any means - sweet and malty with scarce help from the hops, just a subtle tasty beer for the fall. The mouthfeel is nice - smooth, crisp, with good carbonation. Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, to me, is a beer that is nice to have waiting after a fall evening in the treestand chasing the big buck with my bow.


08-18-2011 01:13:36 | More by antlerwrestler19
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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