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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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5,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,408
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 391 | 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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Photo of smithza9


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Another great addition to the world of beer by the Boston Beer Company. Octoberfest is a great, dark, mix of spices that is good on any cool fall day. A bold taste and a wonderful smell. It is great beer to enjoy at a football game or just hanging with some friends.


02-27-2010 03:47:50 | More by smithza9
Photo of tykees88


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a beer that I really like. I know there are probably better octoberfest beers out there, and I will be trying them. But for the price of this beer and the fact that it was readily available i think this beer is one that i will get again every fall. It's a very drinkable beer. Drinking this beer at a tailgate would be the way to go.

02-16-2010 15:05:23 | More by tykees88
Photo of FreshHawk


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Orangeish/red brown color with a medium sized off-white head with decent head retention.

S - Toasty/bready malt with slight spices and light sweetness.

T - Lots of slightly toasted malts. Fairly sweet with very subdued spice. Mild tea/herbal hops.

M - Medium bodied and slightly creamy and smooth.

D - Easy to drink, the sweetness and spice are not overwhelming which helps drinkability.

Notes: Not a really great beer, and there are probably better Oktoberfest beers but this is a solid a tasty selection.

02-16-2010 10:45:06 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of vishneda


3.78/5  rDev +3%

They roll this one out around Märzen time with stiff competition all around, but it holds its own. It has a classic dark orange color with an off-white head and brings a pretty hoppy floral aroma. The flavor seems "bright"; tart and sweet but not quite hearty enough. Overall it's refreshing and not real filling... a good combination for the style.

01-30-2010 03:58:27 | More by vishneda
Photo of NOOGIE


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Great color! Reddish-brown sort of like the like colors of fall in the color department. Nice thin layer of foam, just enough for this beer.

Smell: Has a nice woody smell. Also strong malty and hoppy smell, with hints of candy, like toffees.

Taste: Strong malty flavor, the woody smell is incorporated into the taste, hops and a sweet taste also.

Mouthfeel: The woody malty flavor stays in your mouth after you have finished. Great mouthfeel!

Drinkability: Surprisingly really smooth, the sweet flavor balances the hops, good Oktoberfest.

01-27-2010 00:12:26 | More by NOOGIE
Photo of callmescraps


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Trying a nice Sam Adams after several total recent failures. I'm not looking for a home run, just something nice.

Appearance- A nice rich amber color. A good inch of creamy off-white head that settles into a nice cap. A good looking beer.

Smell- A nice hint of spice. Some toasted malts. It's a little mellow. A little nutty.

Taste- Nice and light. A little creamy, with a hint of spice. Lots of toasted malts, some real sweetness. Very bready with some mild hops. A little tea-like. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. It's creamy without being heavy.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy, but the sweetness, and the hint of spice, makes it so I could tire easily on this.

A nice beer, definitely. Exactly what I'd expect from Sam Adams. They don't usually knock my socks off, but they rarely disappoint. Sam Adams, always a good choice, as the kids say.

01-20-2010 07:41:38 | More by callmescraps
Photo of garbercury


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

This is one of my favorite selections by Sam Adams. To me, this is their best seasonal by far. Lots of bready flavor highlighted by the caramel notes in the taste. To me, this is a great version of an Octoberfest, worthy of a try, particularly with a hearty meal on a fall night.

01-10-2010 02:00:42 | More by garbercury
Photo of Cubsfan1087


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Sam Adams Octoberfest really got me into Octoberfest style beers. This beer has a great color, almost like a burnt orange. The flavor is great as well. If you love Octoberfest beer, Sam Adams is a must. I would also recommend this brew to someone who hasn't tried any seasonal Octoberfest beers. It might open you up to a new style.

01-01-2010 17:51:31 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of ccrida


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance is caramel orange with a wispy white collar.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is pretty clean, but with a bit of a metallic bite, with a bready finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, nothing special.

12-29-2009 00:33:50 | More by ccrida
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +9%

the appearance is a dark brown almost amber color, with not a lot of head but a nice thin lace around the edge of the glass. the taste is a bit overpowering of malts and a little bready. the mouthfeel is nice, leaves a nice after taste of the malts on the back of the tongue.
the drinkability is very good.

12-22-2009 20:12:01 | More by chefhatt
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Not a bad beer here from SA. Pours a pretty bourbon color with smallish off-white head. Smell is largely of caramel and bready malt, and the taste follows suit. This one's a malt bomb, with very little hop character to balance it out. Caramel, bread, and some syrupy sweetness characterize this one. MF is medium, adequate, although not mind-blowing. Drinkability is pretty decent, a cheaper one to enjoy with others who like better-than-macro beer.

12-10-2009 03:42:01 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of happygnome


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

a: pours a nice amber orange color with about a quarter inch of white head that disappears quickly leaving only a trace of lace around the edge of the glass. transparent with little carbonation rising tot he top
s: caramel malts accented by floral hops
t: strong caramel malts balanced nicely by floral and piny hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer

12-09-2009 18:22:35 | More by happygnome
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Auburn, chestnut hue in a clear and few notches short of brilliant beer. One finger caramel coloured head gradually subsides and gives way to a cloudy surface. Good ring and some sheet lace. Smell of caramel, touch of wood. Taste is pumpernickel bread, some English toffee notes, bitter-malt balance is nice and even. Nice taste hits the right balance, not bad at all.

12-07-2009 02:07:44 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of emsroth

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

22oz bomber into mug

App: Dark amber with a fluffy white head. Perfect clarity. Everything I look for in a marzen

Smell: Sweet caramel malt dominates. A slight floral/herbal hop scent rides below. Almost smells like a bock/doppel. A bit heavy in the caramel scent. Too thick without any lager crispness.

Taste: Greeted by a rush of carbonation which leads to a light, crisp malt profile. Taste like typical german caramel malt; that almost sour flavor. Ends with a perfect husky dryness that is almost equally matched by an earthy hop bitterness. The huskiness truly reminds one of fall and dry, autumn leaves

Medium body that ends superbly crisp. Solid carbonation. Slight film from the husky malt.

12-03-2009 00:48:22 | More by emsroth
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitly one of my favorite Octoberfest beers, and possibly the one single seasonal beer that I look forward too the most each year.

11-30-2009 05:19:58 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of Dodo2step


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

P- Beer Depot

A- an amber color with orange sparse throughout. A nice 2 finger frothy head that is lightly tan.

S- caramelized malts and some basic earthy smells.

T- cinnamon and huge on the caramelized malts. maybe some nutmeg on the back end as well.

M- malt and spice but not as strong as you would think for an Oktoberfest.

D- easy to throw back but weak as an oktoberfest. a nice fall beer to enjoy raking the leaves.

11-29-2009 20:09:17 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of slickmick22

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

This is a very good Octoberfest beer. I usually can't wait for it to come out each year.

Copper color with a 2 finger head with weak lace.

The aroma is a good malt, carmalized sugar and herbs. Somewhat earthy.

The taste is light toasty and cinnamon. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 14:33:44 | More by slickmick22
Photo of Carlton1964

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Great lace and color. Had a very nice aroma. Nice body...not to thick and to thin. Although this beer does nothing wrong....it does not excel at anything either. But I would be ok if I was stuck with a few cases of it. VERY enjoyable....just nothing to get excited about.

11-23-2009 00:32:01 | More by Carlton1964
Photo of beerwolf77


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright clear orange brown. With some red highlights around the edges. The off white head fills almost half my glass even after a gentle pour. A brief wait results in little to no lace and now I can commence pouring the rest of the beer.

The aroma is about as basic as it gets. Malt, spices some sweetness and a touch of hops. The style leans towards unoffensive so it's right on point.

The flavor is a muted mix of caramle malt, spices and hints of hops. Wheaty finish rounds things off. Again the style tends to be muted so no points off for that.

Medium to light body. Above average carbonation. Seems a touch thin in the mouth.

Overall throw it on the pile of average oktoberfests. Easy drinking if nothing else.

11-22-2009 23:02:58 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Spineypanda


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Probably one of my more favorites from Sam Adams.

Has a golden amber color with a thin somewhat lacy head.
Smells of malts and a hint of spice.
Has the taste of a big malty deliciousness :). A bit of the spice taste to it but not a whole lot, which is a plus. This is a bit of a thin beer on the mouth and hardly what I would want in my mouthfeel but still not bad.

Hope next years is as good as this one!

11-21-2009 04:19:37 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of Monsteruss


3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

This had a golden wheat foam, thick and stuck around the edges til end. The color was orange/amber w/ mahogany accents. The smell had a nice dominate aroma of hops and a spicy orange undertone. The taste of earthy hops and spices. A definate autumn flavor w/ hints roasted barley. Mouthfeel - a clear feel, light to med. bodied. Drinkability - It's good. Perfect for the autumn season.

11-18-2009 22:36:18 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of infi

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

On-tap at the Asian Pub in St. Marks, NYC.

Appearance is a translucent caramel brown color with some bubbling action throughout. Very thin white cap sits atop with no lacing throughout its duration. Smell is full of toasted malt and spice with just a hint of hop aroma towards end.

Taste reflects exactly what the nose detects - huge and sweet malt backbone with a dash of spiciness like cinnamon. Some hop bitterness in the back end. There was too much of a diacetyl character in this serving; something I've never encountered whenever I bought this SA seasonal in packs. A real palpable buttery taste, which was a little unappetizing for me.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with good carbonation throughout. Drinkability could be a bit higher if not for the buttery tones in taste. Still a decently good seasonal for the BBC.

11-14-2009 17:19:30 | More by infi
Photo of flagmantho


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Attractive.

Smell: lots of grain and malt; quite carameley and nutty, not unlike a brown ale. It's nice.

Taste: quite malty; there is a nice bitterness but otherwise little hop presence. Like the aroma, it's got a fair bit of nuttiness and caramel. It's not bad, but to me it's more like a brown ale in flavor than a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency; an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it doesn't entice me as much as some other Sam Adams varieties.

11-14-2009 02:25:33 | More by flagmantho
Photo of barknee

New York

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

This is a brew I really look forward to enjoying while it's in season. though I have tasted this product in years preceding, this years (2009) variation is especially excellent!
Beautiful and abundant creamy malts brimming with hints of marshmallow and nougat and a touch of hop character to keep it honest. Deep amber in color and always rewarding you with the perfect mocha colored head along with generous lacing.
Though most stores are sold out by this time of the year, (mid-November) there is a small "ethnic" store a few towns away that has an ample cache of this stuff. Needless to say, each time I "SCHHWINGGG" through, I pick up a sixer'.. I think they should have enough to last for me till the "drink before" date in March...
And No.... I aint' tellin" ;-)

11-14-2009 00:37:47 | More by barknee
Photo of rfabian


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 10 mm head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is mainly of sweet malt with only a hint of hops. The taste again is of sweet roasted malt and slight bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean with some tailings of roasted malt. More of a rich brew than a refreshing one, I'd be happy to have another.

11-13-2009 02:30:07 | More by rfabian
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,408 ratings.