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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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5,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 270 | 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 animal69


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on-tap; a nice warm amber color w/ a creamy head; nice malt aroma w/ some hop undertones; the taste is slightly different than the bottled version being less "watered down" malty w/ a butterscotchy taste; nice full body (something the bottled version lacks) ;personally i could drink this beer all winter long, maybe a litte too much for summer...

Edit 09/12/08 : this years offering is sweeter w/ more diacetyl and a bit tart with lots of dark fruits, kinda syrupy tho...

Edit 09/10/09 : 09's batch has been dried out a bit more, has more nuttieness, and a less sweet flavor with fewer fruits but still has a faintly diacetyl note

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 02:32:45 | More by animal69
Photo of PittBeerGirl


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

Its been almost a year since the SA winter mixed case introduced me to the fine world of craft beer and this is the last SA seasonal left for me to sample.

A- Completely transparent dark amber body that pours with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top.

S-Nose is subtle. Warm caramel malt upfront and a cool refreshing hop scent in the background.

T- A balance of caramel malt and toffee upfront with a slight edge of hop bitterness. The flavor peaks and becomes more intense for the finish but shows the same balance as the initial flavor. An abundance of toffee and caramel malt lingers with no hop presence.

M-Carbonation is high and assaults the tongue. Medium bodied and full.

D- This is a nice Oktoberfest beer made by BBC. Not the best O-fest but still decent and very drinkable. I probably won't buy this again before the O-fests leave the shelves for the winter seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 17:17:20 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of gmfessen


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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a perfectly clear amber/medium copper color with a thin, creamy looking head. The smell is not overwhelming but is definitely sweet and of malt. The taste is also quite sweet, amber and caramel notes coming through, slight biscuitiness and a slightly grainy finish. The alcohol is mostly unperceivable. The mouthfeel is medium to full with little carbonation comprised of minute bubbles. A pretty drinkable beer, fairly true to the style but just a little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:04:18 | More by gmfessen
Photo of crizmo2352


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I experienced this beer via 12oz. bottle poured into a pub style pint glass.

Great inital off-white head which faded rather quickly into a thin pad...about what I was expecting. The overall appearence of the beer was exceptionally inviting though. Great clear vibrant burnt orange/ deep amber color with copper tones. After a few sips, I found only minimal tracing in the glass. Warm toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. I also picked up subtle floral hop notes. Slightly warm malty flavor with a trace of residual sweetness which is well balanced by a moderate floral hop biterness. Medium richness maintains carbonation on the palate, and is quite fulfilling. Overall, this beer is very drinkable; from the initial pleasant floral bouqet to the warm, satisfying, yet clean finish, this beer meets the style well. I may have another...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 10:52:36 | More by crizmo2352
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Brown/amber, very clear, decent amount of head that reduces down to a thin caked on layer. Some lacing. S: Caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malts. Some light, earthy hops toward the end. T: Lightly sweet, bread, kind of an herbal flavor, some light hops. A slightly bitter finish. M: Slightly coarse, crisp. D: Honestly, it's a littler thinner than I had expected. It's definitely a good beer, but normally the Sam Adam's selections have a bit more to say than this beer does. Definitely enjoyable, just not too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 02:11:47 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of jettjon


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

From a 12 ounce bottle scored “Feb” into my crystal mug, it’s a clear amber color with low carbonation. Large tan head fades slowly to a thick and clumpy cap with some scattered lace. Pretty attractive beer. Nose evinces the expected powdery, dry malt and notes of toasted bread. Taste is malt-heavy with a slightly buttery or butterscotch flavor. Dryish, light bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Mouth is middle-of-the-road, leaning toward semi-viscous, smooth and with low carbonation. Drinkability is very good; it’s tasty and easygoing. I could enjoy most of a 6’er in a sitting.

Overall: A decent Marzen, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 23:39:46 | More by jettjon
Photo of Jonte


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

Amber color with a quickly shrinking off-white colored head. Decent lacing.

Sweet malty/bready aroma with notes of caramel/toffee and some toast.

Tastes of malt, caramel and toast. Light bitterness. Light/medium carbonation.

Tastes best if served cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 18:17:07 | More by Jonte
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

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

Its that time of the year even if mother nature is calling for unseasonably warm weather.

Pours an amber colored beer with a nice thick off white, almost tan head. Eventually it recedes to a finger depth. There is a nice web of lacing left after finishing this brew.

Smells of caramel malts and noble hops, which meld together pleasantly.

Tastes of more caramel malts, which give way to a nice drying hop bite. A solid Octoberfest falvor that is neither nondescript or lacking. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a near creamy consistency. Highly drinkable and enjoyable autumn brew. I love keeping a six in the fridge for guests or when I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 17:41:04 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Bobzilla13


2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling kinda seasonal--Fall and all that stuff---saw this sixer so piked up one--poped a top off soon as I got out side ---Totally Red experience--sweet--malty--but watery---Was hoping for a full flavor but the sweet really predominates---but to give it justice poured one into a chilled pint glass--taste came out a little better and it has a Pretty red color--light brown head maybe 2"-- but dissolved rapidly--some thin laceing left upon the glass---Not to bad but could be better---finished off the sixer---3 days later...I would not turn one down and would probably have a few more to be social, but don't think I would stock it in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 04:02:33 | More by Bobzilla13
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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

Deep copper in colour, with two fingers of almost tan head. Head recedes steadily but leaves lots of lacing.

Smells malt sweet, with a toasty toffee impression. There is a bit of hop in the aroma, somewhat tea-like.

Toasty malty lager taste. Fairly crisp finish. Sweet bread impression lasts after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is thicker than your average lager, and the carbonation is not as high. Makes for a smooth drink.

A good beer, not one that will turn too many heads, but certainly an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:03:22 | More by elricorico
Photo of bunnyhustle


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to special Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...pleny more room to go in mug so I pour another 1/2 in. Amber with Orange tones in color, slightly off-white head that stays around for a while leaving some lace behind. Smell is of bread and grains, real earthy tone to it, dont notice much malt. Taste is similar. Very bready and grainy, herbal and earth notes. Malt is present in taste but not so much so. A little let down there. Very light and crisp tasting. Not an amazing beer and it doesnt have a standout taste but I do give a 4 for drinkability as it was easy to put back a few of these and not get sick of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 01:25:06 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my first craft beer favorites. I have since had far better Octoberfests, but this is a personal original. Available on tap after mid-September almost everywhere that has more than just Bud Light on draft. This recent review was from a bottle to pint glass served at home.

Nice clear amber color. Good thick head. Decent retention, lots of lace. I love the appearance of this beer. Nice swirling bubbles make for an inviting pint. Smell is somewhat faint but bready, with sweet malt character. Taste reflects subdued aroma – somewhat soft and bready, lots of malt typical of your Marzen. Some hop bite at the end finishing a little dry. Crisp clean mouthfeel, very drinkable.

This is a solid ale. Nothing special, but always a good standby and a good benchmark to note the changing seasons.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:16:44 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of jmalex


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first taste of this beer in a long while. I'm pretty sure I missed it the past year or 2 so hopefully this is an eye-opening experience for me.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear red amber into a Sam Adams glass. The head is impressive though I'm sure the etchings on the bottom of the glass helped. It starts at one finger and drops to a hearty collar and nearly full surface covering. Looks great.

SMELL: Less than intense aromas come out of this one. It's somewhat bready and toasty and has a hint of underlying sweetness. Other than that, I'm not getting too much from this.

TASTE: The taste is much more characteristic of an authentic Märzen. Bready malts come on strong as does a toasty flavor. The one complaint is that it gets a bit harsh on the finish displaying some of the flavors commonly found in lower quality lagers. That's a minor detail, however, in what is a nice tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouth seems a bit thin with a lower carbonation than I'd like. I might even go as far to say it's watery.

DRINKABILITY: There are some really good things happening with this beer, but there's also some bad. Overall it's a nice beer that I'd certainly never turn down. As far as American versions of Oktoberfests go, this one is no where near the bottom rung, but it just can't measure up to some of the authentic German versions.

I enjoy getting to try beers that I'd only ever had before "my eyes were opened" to craft beer. All in all, I continue to be impressed with the Boston Beer Company and the success they have with so many different styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 20:41:37 | More by jmalex
Photo of KodyBrannon


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

This beer is a very quality beer from the first sip. It poured an amber color with a decent 2-finger head. The taste was not as hoppy as some other oktoberfests, but still an overall sweet taste to it. This beer is one of the better oktoberfests that I have drank. This is definatly a fine beer and worth drinking over and over agian.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 14:32:05 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of argock


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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear shortish pilsner glass

A: Light ruby brown with foamy thin head and minimal retention. Maybe it's the glass.

S: Some earthy malts and that's about it.

T: Very clean and malty with very soft hops. Has a very full, earthy flavor with a dry, crisp finish. A nice combination that's really refreshing.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation and a clean, malty aftertaste.

D: Very easy to drink -- solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 01:48:42 | More by argock
Photo of tapman


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

Not a bad copper color in appearance, but a little light for my taste, I like mine with a little more sugar and thus a darker, more caramel color. Head is white and thin with moderate lacing.

Buttery Munich malts mix with a light touch of caramel barley. Hops could be English in origin, bready and mixing with the Bavarian style malts, or just not very apparaent at all. Also smells very sweet, almost like sugar was added.

Very sweet. Taste is slightly larger than the aromas in the nose. Malts are sweet and bready. Hops are pretty standard and are probably the regular ones that they use for the boston lager.

Feels like the standard boston lager mouthfeel. Not as fun as their stouts and other brews.

I've had this back to back with a Newcastle pint and I gotta say that I liked this one better. I'm not sure about from the bottle next to a Newcastle bottle, but the pint was definetly better. A slightly above average better brew that turns into an ausome brew when on sale for $3 for a 22oz. at the local bar and grill.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 21:51:49 | More by tapman
Photo of bklynbeerbaron

New York

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

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, burnt orange with a half-inch, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Looks very fizzy.

Smell: A sweet - caramel-like - bready and malty aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out sweet - even a little fruity before alcohol asserts itself. But it's muted, making the bite more mellow. Very crisp, finishes clean. Despite the fizz, only medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, easy to drink.

Notes: The flavors could be a little more pronounced, but still a solid Oktoberfest. I'm really starting to like this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 04:46:00 | More by bklynbeerbaron
Photo of barleyman


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

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. Rich mahogany reddish brown with a small amount of dark white head which quickly dissapates. Smell is of toffee and caramel sugar. Raisiny caramel flavors are a bit more pronounced than the average German Maarzen. Hop balance is correct for the style. Body is also a touch more intense than the German counterpart. Drinkability would only be improved if there were 250 fellow drinkers singing oom pah songs and munching roasted chicken and pretzels.

just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 00:24:07 | More by barleyman
Photo of BuckSpin


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 2/08) in a Shaker pint glass

Poured soft, smooth with a slight crackle

Nice semi-sweet nose, caramelized malts with a nice bread (pumpernickel) quality. Hops add a very faint spice & orange quality. A beautiful head of 2 finger's worth of soft, creamy, tight, sculpted foam, creamsicle in hue. It reminds me of the innards of a soon to be Jack O' Lantern as it laces in curtain like drapes. The body is equally as sharp - a crystal clear, almost luminescent, deep tangerine orange, copper-like & even a little sunburnt. Added to all this eye candy is a glasswide cascade of slow bubbles, twisting as they rise. This is a stunner visually.

Creamy, smooth, rich with soft semi-sweet caramel taking the point & dominating the initial taste, it has an almost lush tonguefeel. Faintly bitter, the hops are feeble & add a trace of some bitterness as well as a peep of some orange and maybe some really old cinnamon. The wet side of semi-dry in feel with a dulled, back of the mouth crunch that resembles an echo more than feel.

Its going down smooth & easy, growing sweeter on the palate, the malts becoming even more caramelized (very nice) with almost a high end confectionary aspect to the rich sweetness. I'm usually against overly sweet beers but this is just tasting great & going down real nice. It finishes a little more bittersweet, slightly filmy, wee bit chewy with butterscotch and a subtle citric (orange) quality, with a tiny bit of tingle of the teeth that leaves a very faint, subtle warmth.

A most enjoyable, tasty & easy to drink beer. This could be sessioned very nicely. Its a great fit for the season/genre, and a great bang for the buck. Has some aspects of a Scottish Ale. I'm seeing root veggies, aged cheddar, simple meats, something creamy (dairy) or smoked meats as a pairing. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 00:23:55 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of JamesS


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams makes a very nice Octoberfest. It has a wonderful scent, a nice earthy aroma to it. It's a wonderful copper/orange color, perfect for a fall beer. Nice clean taste, although it's not as deep as other marzens I've had, especially locally produced. Still, it has some deep tone to it, nice hints of spice and what I think of as a slight caramel taste. It goes down smooth, better than a macro-brew, but only average for a nice fall beer. Well worth it, especially as I feel it's one of the best mass-produced octoberfests and would be easy for anyone to find.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2007 00:47:01 | More by JamesS
Photo of Amalak

New York

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

A: copper, decent, bubbly head.

S: nutty aroma.

T: Pumpkin hints and a slight bitterness, but zesty. One of the better Octoberfests in my opinion.

M: It's good but nothing overwhelming.

D: Nicely flavored and easy to drink.

There are better Octoberfests out there. But this one is still very good and it is especially nice because it is easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 02:30:41 | More by Amalak
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

2007 edition

A - Poured a very clear pumpkin colored amber with a smallish white head that quickly faded leaving behind only a thin coating of lace across the top. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom on this one.

S - Lots of grain, earth tones with a touch of spice, nothing really out of the ordirnary, just a nice spiced lager. A good all around malted aroma.

T - Very decent. A crisp clean taste with lots of malts and the slightet of a dry spiced back. Some grassy notes in the front and a nice amount of roasted taste.

M - Vry clean crisp and very well carbonated. A nice touch of thines added to the feel rather then detracting from it.

D - Outstanding, you could have this one all niht.

Overall this ws your classic oktoberfest beer, and again sam adams sets the bar very high with its version. This is always a staple of the fridge this time of year, as it should

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 23:47:02 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of pittvkyle7


4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

all im going to say is that this is one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. I'm not saying it's the best, it's just so good evey time! So many people that don't try interesting beer love this one too, and that has to count for something.
go get some.
I love fall!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:56:38 | More by pittvkyle7
Photo of scoobybrew


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a Sam Adams glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Light amber/orange with a decent head that leaves foamy chunks and is well retained, nice lacing

Smell: Toasted malt aroma, very faint hop accent

Taste: Toasted malts dominate, hops are in the background but enough to leave the finish slightly dry and somewhat hoppy - very clean

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkablility: Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest, it fits the style definitions well as is tasty one right after the other. It's quite a nice session beer for those fall parties/festivals or just kicking back and having a few beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 23:12:32 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Delicious looking amber color, with a nice tan head. Lacing is sufficient.

Aroma is sweet with malty, caramel goodness. The taste is of sweet malt. Really no perceptible hops, but I'm sure the bittering is there to counteract the sweetness of this one. Nice caramel notes and thick bready goodness. Thank God for Fall!!

Nice medium bodied Marzen that is real smooth in the mouth. I will drink a couple more of these before day's end.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 19:14:44 | More by ZimZamZoom
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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