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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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5,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,171
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 259 | 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 jimj21


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a very clear, light copper color. Capped by about two fingers of creamy white head, which fades quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Steady bubbles stream to the top.

Not too much in the way of smell. A bit of toasty sweetness from the malt and maybe a little spiciness from hops.

Pretty sweet up front. Tastes of caramel and spice. Some lightly toasted bread as well. A bit of tartness on the finish. Also a dry finish.

A little prickly at the front of the tongue but a little watery on the back. I could definitely drink a few of these. Not my favorite offering from Samuel Adams, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 21:10:36 | More by jimj21
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a clean copper color with a 1 finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin ring and leaves a pretty good deal of lacing.

As expected, lots of malt upfront in the nose. A very bready profile.

Taste reveals a nice caramel sweetness along with notes of bread, honey and a little toffee. Not too overpowering but definitely a very malty offering.

Medium body and carbonation. This is a nice fall seasonal, always better paired with a nice meal. I drank another by itself and didn't find it quite as enjoyable so for me this is always a meal compliment.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:49:00 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of tzieser


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i saw this at a nearby corner store....i had to grab it. Octoberfest can be extremely hard to find in the off season....especially when they're already pushing out the White Ale. I'm glad they didnt get rid of this stuff. the "best if drank by" date isnt until march

pours a deep amber, slightly copper color with a small one finger head that gives way to a small lacing

smells of sweet malts...some caramel maybe. the smell is a bit watery....not bad though..this could be due to it's maturity

tastes good. very malty, as it should be. the complex malts give it a rich, slightly sweet flavor. i really like the aftertaste too. very good flavor overall

mouthfeel is good. still slightly carbonated even though its a little old. i'm glad to see it didnt go flat.

drinkability is outstanding. i could drink a bunch of these.

overall- this is an above average octoberfest. i always grab one at least once a month or so when it's around and i'm always looking forward to the next batch. keep em comming.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 03:00:16 | More by tzieser
Photo of kingothewoods


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange-red color with decent head. Good looking beer. Smells of sweet malt. Makes your throat curl while swallowing. Tastes of very sweet creamy malt with a hint of fruit. This is the first Octoberfest beer that I have tried. Good beer for the fall season. Would be great with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:34:25 | More by kingothewoods
Photo of BladeRunner


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm looking at my score and I understand it may at first glance appear too high, but keep in mind that an extra .5/1 point for each category is a big difference to me when reviewing beers, so take that for what it's worth. On to the review.

Pours a nice dark copper with a white head that doesn't stay for very long.

Lot's of bready, caramel and slight honey notes hit the nose. A very pleasant aroma that I really dig.

A sweet caramel/honey malt comes through at first sip, but then the spicy/herbal noble hops come through that help keep the finish from being overall too sweet. Really love the malty flavors.

Body is light-medium, with a finish that is just slightly on the dry side.

This beer is very refreshing, and the malts while semi-complex are never overbearing. It's a very flavorful session beer that in my honest opinion has a better overall flavor compared to Boston Brewery's regular Boston Lager. I wish this was year round.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:59:00 | More by BladeRunner
Photo of Beernoisseur


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

Pours on the red side of copper, with a decent head, good retention with ultra fine lacing

S -sweet malts, dusty, slightly fruity characters. not bad.

T - Warm and malty. Definitely on the sweet side. Not much hop character to speak of, perhaps a bit of tang on the finish. pretty good tasting.

M - The carbonation is pretty strong. Not bad, but a bit more aggressive than I prefer.

D - I could put down a few of these from Halloween to Christmas, but that'd satisfy me.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 04:56:27 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear, golden-red with a white, one finger, slowly subsiding head. Left almost no lacing.

Smell: Bready and malty, and a caramel sweetness that seems to be present in all Sam Adams beers.

Taste: A quick bite of caramel sweetness with slightly bready/biscuity undertones. Watered-down malty flavors. Almost no hops detected. The flavor leaves just as quickly as it arrives, with a minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes it a little sharp on the tongue, and prevents it from being a quick drink. Feels nice and thick on the tongue, creamier then I would have expected for this kind of beer.

Drinkability: It has a very smooth flavor, but the harshness of the carbonation makes this difficult to drink quickly. It's a solid beer to have a couple of while hanging out with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:26:23 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of tconboy


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with nice head, slow retention, and good lacing. Smells of malty fruity roasted goodness, and tastes about the same. Nice balance, lively, medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink. An enjoyable beer, one of my favorite from the Boston Beer Co. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:13:35 | More by tconboy
Photo of stoutman


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper colored body with an off-white almost tan head. The head is creamy and has a lot of staying power as does the lace. It has a sweet aroma with a little bit of a hoppy fruit smell. It has a roasty malt flavor at first. It is a sweet beer for the most part but there some good hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little chewy with some carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 23:17:02 | More by stoutman
Photo of HeroJH


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

Definitely a beer that shouldn't be served super cold. Let it warm up a touch from the fridge.

A- Clear brown. Low head retention
S- strong aroma of caramel with a malt background.
T- Lot's of caramel! Great malty finish. Fairly filling.
M- Fine, sweet coating.
D- I wouldn't say I could power through a bunch. This is a nice seasonal treat a couple at a time.

I had to re-visit this beer. I originally never liked it much. And it was usually served to me quite cold. I just grabbed one from the basement, so it's probably around 52-ish (my basement is cold and un-finished heh) and I was surprised at the overwhelming caramel characters that I missed while it was cold. When it was cold it was almost a bit bitter/harsh and shallow. I'm glad I tried it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:38:36 | More by HeroJH
Photo of pandashaver

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate aroma of malt, carmel, and candy corn over breadiness. Poured a deep, transparent orange/brown...very festive. Head is fizzy, not large, little lacing, and not lingering. Dominant malty sweetness in the flavor, with only a very lighty bitter hop flavor. A light syrup character on the palate that sticks around for a little bit. Definitely a great complement to some good grub.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 20:30:45 | More by pandashaver
Photo of skeetermoses


4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised by this one. I really am not the biggest fan of Sam Adams beers, they tend to really never impress me until today.
WOW, this one is by far one of my favorite beers after having tasted it. NIce floural hops and good amber color, this one may be me new Octoberfest o' choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 00:22:53 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of prototypic


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and bronze/copper in color. Sitting atop is a vanilla colored head that's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty short. Perhaps it had to be somewhere. Light, stringy lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: The nose isn't bad, but it isn't exactly an award winner. Toasted malts are the strongest component, at least in this department. Somehow they still manage to smell light. There's a faint hoppy scent that's encouraging. Smells grainy and earthy. That's about it. Not bad, but could use some work.

Taste: The flavor profile is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Not such a great thing in this instance. Toasted malts are clearly the focal point. They have a nice taste, but aren't quite as prevalent (or tasty) as others in the style. Very light spices are present, but they're too insignificant to identify. Hops are noted, but they're faint. A little more would be a welcome addition. It's a little grainy and there's a very faint biscuity or yeasty taste on the tail. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a pretty smooth feel for its stature. Carbonation is light and really helps in that regard. Drinkability is good. If the flavor were a little better, it'd be great.

Octoberfest isn't a bad release from BBC. But, it's nowhere near one of my favorites. It's just a little too thin on flavor and doesn't have enough depth to carry the day. It's alright and well worth checking out. But, clearly BBC has much better on its resume.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:19:47 | More by prototypic
Photo of n811


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass revealing a beautifully amber drink with a nice head. Smelled of delicate hops and malty sweetness. Taste is more malty than the nose, with a very clean aftertaste. As things progress the hops begin to shine through. Head left a nice delicate lacing.

This is a go-to Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:18:16 | More by n811
Photo of twiggamortis420


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

Poured into a pilsner glass a crystal clear amber color. Fluffy tan head is pretty nice topping for this 'toberfest.

Sweet malty nose that has some heft to it. Mild floral hop presence is noticeable as well. This brew smells toasty, caramely and earthy.

Not quite as malt dominant as the nose indicates, much more balanced in the flavor. Toastiness throws in a bit more bitterness to help with the balance. Lots of flavor, but maintains a decently light body and feel to it. Not cloyingly sweet, like many American versions...it's pretty tasty and highly drinkable. Every beer drinking American should pick up a sixer of this each September.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 17:11:54 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/23/08. 2008 bottle. Pours a dark orange with a thick light light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and molasses. Flavor of burnt and sweet toasted malts. A little bit sweet but otherwise tasty.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:10:47 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of MTNboy


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

It has a copper colored body with an off-white almost tan head. The head is creamy and has a lot of staying power as does the lace. It has a metallic sweet aroma with a little bit of a hoppy fruit smell. For an American style Marzen this is good. It has a roasty malt flavor at first with some metallic tones but not as bad as the aroma. It is a sweet beer for the most part but there some good hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little slick with some carbonation. My only complaint is it being metallic.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 11:57:15 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Deingeist


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful dark copper color, perfect for the season. A nice tan had that lingers for a while and some nice lacing, most likely due to the sweetness.

S - Caramel, malty, a hint of hops. Not too strong though.

T - Malt dominates the flavor profile. Its starts with a heavy malt taste, then you can taste the hops closer to the finish although there aren't a ton. A little harsh on the finish but sweet throughout and overall very good.

M - Medium and smooth, I like it.

D - This is my fall beer. I love to try new Marzens, especially from other local brewers but I always keep falling back on this. I find it to be very drinkable, it's a medium bodied beer that doesn't fill me up too fast.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 16:08:57 | More by Deingeist
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a sparkling, deep amber jewel of a beer with a loose, sandy head that quickly vanishes. A deep, leathery malt aroma is met with soft fruity hops and is faint in the nose. It is medium bodied, soft and syrupy with a soft carbonation. The finish is a little scratchy. Good balance. It's almost like an ESB. The roast malt blends with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is green like an unripe orange and some arbor vitae. There is a subtle sweetness that lies beneath it all. It's boozy toward the end of the taste. This is some serious swill!
(rated Aug 28, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:46:10 | More by yesyouam
Photo of SargeC


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-gold brew with a dense, golden head.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of hops. Sweet toffee.

Taste: Very good representation of the style. Hearty, yet refreshing. Malt flavor dominates. Sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very refreshing.

Drinkablity: A well crafted brew. I wish that I could get more. This is a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:12:23 | More by SargeC
Photo of WakeandBake


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes Aug 30, 2008
Deep orange-amber color, with huge off-white head, great lacing. Aroma is malt heavy as you would expect. Caramel, toffee, toasted grain, buttery nuts, and faint spicy hops character. Flavor much the same. Caramel and toffee up front. Toasted grain with some fruit through the middle, light spicy hop bitterness helps to balance out the flavor. Very clean, with full body and mouthfeel at the same time.Very drinkable ,Thanks Sam

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 21:31:11 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of errantnight


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another on a virtually endless list of beers that I've had too many times to count and never gotten around to reviewing. And other than ticking off additional reviews there's not necessarily a lot to be gained from it... but this is a beer deserving of review and evaluation. It's pretty mild as a marzen... a pleasing caramel and light toast biscuit wrapped around a bit of noble hop goodness in a solid, medium body with a crisp finish. A purdy ruby tinged orange. Crystal clear. It gets looked over... but it's long been my favorite Sam seasonal... and while in LA there's hardly a fall, it's nice to sit back on one of the rare cool evenings and suck one of these back and imagine that we do.

A very good beer, if unremarkable, but worthy of a place in your fall fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 05:42:13 | More by errantnight
Photo of Spikester


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

From a Samuel Adams variety pack.
Deep amber with fair white head. Good lacings. Taste is roasted malts with some bitter euro-type hops. Nice sessionable beer. I'll have another please. Session might be a bit short due to 5.7% abv. Very good ocktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 02:04:42 | More by Spikester
Photo of colts9016


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A reddish brown copper hue. A nice two finger head that seemed creamy had a little bit of retention and some lacing.
Nose: Roasted malt, caramel, molasses hints of musty earth, citrus and hops
Taste: Roasted malt, laced with caramel, molasses hints of earth citrus, and hops.
Overall I bought this beer in September one of first shipments to Idaho. I have heard the that year I heard that it was a good American version of the Oktoberfest. When I tried it I was surprised that it had a very nice malt character with most of the bells and whistle a traditional Marzen had. I enjoy this beer. Wll drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:48:09 | More by colts9016
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 22, 2008

One of the Boston Beer Co's better efforts. Pours a beautiful dark copper, but aroma isn't much to write home about- equal to that of a light beer. Taste is a bit of dark fruit, lots of caramel, malty. Not too much hop presence here. Quality session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:28:46 | More by Vendetta
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,171 ratings.