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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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5,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,406
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 389 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of bronco94


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap into a pint glass

A - bright clear copper color with a thin light tan-ish white head that faded quickly and left no lacing

S - bready and malty, slight yeasty sweetness

T - malty and slightly sweet, faint hops linger in the taste, nothing too dramatic or spectacular

M - light, smooth, medium to high carbonation. Crisp feeling in the mouth

D - very drinkable due to the moderate alcohol content, balanced flavor and lack of any overpowering tastes. You could probably drink these all night, but I wouldn't want to. A couple in an evening is enough.

09-10-2010 20:12:07 | More by bronco94
Photo of rootbeerman


4.63/5  rDev +26.2%

A: poured three bottles into my Paulaner maß. Pours deep copper to dark amber with a two finger light brown head that fell to a thin layer.
S: bready sweet malt, and a light bit of fruit
T: malty sweet just a touch of grain barely a hint of hop bitterness
M:smooth and medium carbonation
D: VERY drinkable otherwise i wouldn't have put three in my krug

09-10-2010 08:10:05 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of gkunkle


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a beautiful transparent copper orange color with a tall tan head. One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen, I was very excited to take a sip once I got it into the glass. Smells sweet and malty, with a little bit of spice. Taste is of sweet malt and spice. There is also some hop bitterness in there, but it is just the right amount. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. Overall a great beer that I really enjoyed. Much more accessible than other marzens, such as Paulaner, Hofbrau or Ayinger, but still a great brew. I am almost always impressed by Jim Koch and Sam Adams. They may not make the best beer in any one category, but they make a wide variety of really decent beers.

09-10-2010 06:28:25 | More by gkunkle
Photo of GilGarp


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Crystal clear golden orange color with tight thin white head. Short lived with just a little lace.

Aroma is malty and spicy. Clean lager yeast.

Flavor is pleasant and easy drinking as most of the oktoberfest style tend to be. Malty and sweet, a bit of warm spice like cinnamon and clove.

Crisp clean mouthfeel, medium-light body, moderately carbonated.

Overall a solid example of the style. I think that is something that can be said of just about all of Samuel Adams beers which I think is pretty impressive.

09-10-2010 03:48:31 | More by GilGarp
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I'm starting to think I say the same thing for every Sam Adams beer that I judge. They really know what they're doing at the Boston Beer Company.

It's got a nice amber color, makes me imagine it's fall (even though it's still 90 degrees out here in NC).

The taste is a perfect "Octoberfest" type of beer. It's not something I would want all of the time, but it gives me that nice beginning of fall type feeling.

Bottom line, I'll but it in autumn, but that's it. (Good marketing by them, eh?)

09-10-2010 01:11:27 | More by kneeland
Photo of jbertsch


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a sam adam perfect pint glass, I got a decent sized head that faded quick before I even took a sip. The beer itself is medium amber in color.

Sweet malt aroma sporting fall spices. Tastes toasted and buttery with a faint sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and lively yet a little thin. Drinkability isn't bad.

Overall this is a fair offering. Occasionally it tastes like a cheap imitation, and other times it's totally enjoyable....depends on the day and the situation I'm in.

09-09-2010 22:41:36 | More by jbertsch
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

I do so enjoy Quizzo beer. This one pours a clear orange amber topped by a half-finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, citrus peel, red apple skin, and some light toffee. The taste holds notes of light caramel apple (holy hell, it merged!), walnuts, orange rind, and some miscellaneous florals. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, semi-crisp feel. Overall, a nice O-Fest, not among the tops, but good enough for a Fall afternoon o' lazin' 'n' whatnot.

09-09-2010 18:28:14 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of grizzly700


4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

Always a favorite of mine pours dark copper color with hints of caramel..Head lasts for a little not too long.. Nice body a little heavier than some Oktoberfest beers I have had..Does leave slight not overbearing aftertaste.. This is one of my favorite seasonal beers..

09-09-2010 16:19:11 | More by grizzly700
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Harvest Collection12 pack:

Pours a highly carbonated, amber orange with a thick tan head. Smell is considerably sweeter than other marzens I've tried yet.. Taste starts off toasty and twists into bitterness. Pretty smooth and creamy feel, more like a pastry than a bread. Finishes quick, drinkability is definitely high. A unique example of the style, IMO.

09-09-2010 04:03:49 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of droomyster


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours an attractive clear, dark copper/light brown with a small, short-lived head. Aromas are malty, mainly toasty with a faint earthiness; altogether the nose is more subdued than those of my style favorites. Taste is very good; I'd rate it higher if it weren't so simple. The toasty malts dominate the front palate, with a more balanced mid-palate, with a woodier taste on the finish. Texturally this beer is perfect, very full bodied, luxuriously carbonated; eminently drinkable.

09-09-2010 01:24:08 | More by droomyster
Photo of BeerManDan


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

When poured into a glass, the color was medium amber in color with a medium amount of foam that disapated in a short time. The smell of roasted malts and a hint of caramel and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste didn't match the aroma. The taste was a little weak in flavor and a little to bitter. There was the roasted barley malts, but that is just about all. I can't find the caramel and just a touch of spice?

This is not one of there better ales. A little disappointed, but, you can't win them all!

09-08-2010 22:48:56 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of nickadams2

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

A_Amber/burnt orange witha thick white head. Decent lacing,C02 bubbles evident.

S_Bready malt, spice, floral hops.

T_Bready/biscuit malt, caramel, spicy malt, floral hops. Slight roasted flavor.

M_Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D_Good okto to pick up if you are going to be drink in excess or have a low budget. Definitely not the best okto but works.

09-08-2010 01:17:46 | More by nickadams2
Photo of rlshep


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Aroma: Sulphur and strong malt. Floral hops character.

Appearance: Big pillowy off-white head. Minimal lacing. Burnt orange color. Very clear.

Flavor: Getting a lot of floral hops off of this, unusual for an oktoberfest. Bready, very slightly toasted. Sweet medium-caramel flavor stays on the tongue and lips. Clean and crisp. A little bit of sulfur from Aroma.

Mouthfeel: On high end of thin side. Lots of carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: Missing a lot of the complexity I look for in Oktoberfests. I remember a better beer from previous years, with more toasty flavors. The hop flavor is off-style but adds interest to an otherwise boring beer. Mouthfeel misses the mark but overall a well made lager.

09-08-2010 00:53:30 | More by rlshep
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.

09-07-2010 13:46:28 | More by TommyW
Photo of AdamBear


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer, no matter how much it is liked or disliked, always presents a warm welcome to the season.

A-translucent amberish orange. Thin white head that stays

S-traditional wheat smell with added honey

T-the honey wheat hits upfront and the malted barley provides a good after taste that does stick around for awhile.

M-medium carbonation but very smooth

D-initial taste fades, after taste stays but the beer does taste decent all the way through. i could definitely buy a six-pack and be happy with every drink

09-07-2010 04:21:31 | More by AdamBear
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Darker than average, brown with red/maroon hints. Poor head/lacing.

S: This beer has a bad smell to it. Perhaps the malts were over roasted...

T: Similar to the smell, but not as bad. Sweet earthy malts with a decent bitterness on the back end. This beer is definitely darker more earthy tasting than the other beers this season, but that may not be a good thing.

M: For some reason, the mouthfeel is great! Perfect balance of body and drinkability. I love that!

D: This beer is an enigma, I really like some parts of the taste and hate others. The mouthfeel is great as well. Its still better than most of the others out there, but I guess I expected a little more from Sam...

09-07-2010 04:12:38 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of perrymarcus


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a clear, deep amber tone with a finger and a half of light beige head. ok retention; some lacing.

nose is on the light side, but i get caramel malts and a touch of hops - can't distinguish much else. a bit disappointing.

flavor is an improvement, though not a big one. there's a bit of a metallic note that i don't much care for, but the malts come through a bit stronger as well as some bready yeasts and notes of hops. not as good as i remember this being in past years.

mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. sort of thin, medium carbed. drinkability is up there on the basis of being able to knock back a few; the question is whether or not you'd want to. an OK beer but i think there are many better takes on the style out there.

09-07-2010 02:02:43 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of twelvelookslikex


2.68/5  rDev -27%

Dark amber color. Not much carbination. The smell is mild malty not much hop smell at all. Malty tast but very medium. Not too impressed with this beer at all. Better than the boston lager though in my opinion. But very simple flavors and quite borring.

09-06-2010 22:23:38 | More by twelvelookslikex
Photo of MikeB20


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A nice golden amber color with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is good. The head gets a little chunky after it settles.

S: Lots of malty sweetness. Just a hint of earthy hops at the end.

T: More of that malty sweetness with a earthy finish. Just enough hops to give it a bitter finish and balance some of the malt. This is one of those beers that offers no suprises, it tastes like it smells.

M: Highly carbonated with medium body. It does pretty well for the style but I might prefer a touch less CO2.

D: This is a solid brew but it's a bit boring. It's very drinkable and can be my go to fall beer. I like to use it to break up other harvest and pumpkin beers that can sometimes be over the top.

09-06-2010 20:36:22 | More by MikeB20
Photo of vickersspitfire


4.22/5  rDev +15%

This one was poured into a pint glass, it was a dark reddish/brownish-copper color with little carbonation and a thick smooth tan head that slowly dissipated into an even layer of small bubbles; this one has some very good lacing! The aroma was a bit mild; I only picked up some small hop smells mixed in with some alcohol. It did have a distinct (not strong) roasted hop flavor and some herbal flavors along with some mild sweet fruit flavors. It has a medium body and you can barely taste/feel the alcohol in it.

09-06-2010 20:14:35 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of BarrelO


3.78/5  rDev +3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish copper body. Head doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, interestingly enough.

T: Toasty malt. More fruitiness. Some noble hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: A good fall beer. Nicely done.

09-06-2010 05:48:40 | More by BarrelO
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

Octoberfest poured a dark amber color, with a nice sized head, that lasted for a while. There was a bit of a sweet smell, good amounts of malts. It tasted very malty, a little bit sweet, with some earthy flavors, overall the flavors were strong. The tasted last for a while, good carbination, and it wasnt too hard to drink, my dad would even have one. Overall a really good beer, one that I look forward for.

09-06-2010 04:52:40 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of elgiacomo


2.88/5  rDev -21.5%

12oz bottle, fresh 2010 batch.

Pours clear copper amber with a one finger fizzy white head that doesn't leave much lacing but holds a solid ring and light cap.

Aroma is muted caramel and toasted malt, a little nutty and musty.

Flavor is some toasted malt, caramel, fairly sweet, something on the finish I can't quite put my finger on, medicinal is the best I can do, but whatever it is isn't very appealing. Lotta sweetness in the finish too, almost sugary.

Medium body, oily, a bit sticky, fizzy carbonation.

A little too sweet, a little too meh...

09-06-2010 01:14:15 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A - poured a clear brown-orange clopper, one finger of head that dissipated to random islands with a thin lace
S - very malty with roasty and sweet aromas, pleasant leavy hop notes, an just a hint of honey
T - bready grainy malt and cornmeal taste strong up front, some deeper roasty flavours, hop flavour is leafy/herbal but very subtle, with a metallic tinge
M - a chewy maltiness with medium carbonation, there is a metallic feel that tingles the tongue with a strange numbness, with the rich malt retaining on finish
D - the malt mix is enjoyable and nicely featured, the flavours and feels do remind me of the end of the approaching fall, a good combination of flavourful and easy to drink, the only real negative for me being the metallic flavour and feel that somewhat takes away from the experience

09-05-2010 23:01:08 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of soju6


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Served an inviting Deep Copper color with a small off-white head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Mild malt aroma with a hint of sweetness grain.

T: Mild malt and caramel with light grain and a nice bitter end.

F: Medium body, smooth & silky. Nice carbonation. well balanced.

D: Easy drinker. Another good beer from Sam Adams.

09-05-2010 18:41:47 | More by soju6
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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