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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,785
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 559 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of jpaltan
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

dark copper, sparse head, thin white film on top. i seem to remember prior years of this having a more vigorous pour. smell is malty and bready, a bit buttery too. taste is buttery, bready, malty with a small hop backbone that kicks in at the end a bit. the finish dies down into a sticky sweetness. slight metallic taste, kind of coppery. mouthfeel is a bit sticky, carbonation is good. drinkability is above average

jpaltan, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a nice amber/brown with gold edging.
Smells of caramel, grain and fresh earth.
Taste is light caramel, bit of chocolate, with a very balanced hop presence.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but just a tad too thin for me.
Could drink it all day. Good, easy drinking beer, even on a hot August day.

mbrandon2w, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear, deep copper orange with a one and a half inch off-white head which holds up well throughout from lots of carbonation release. It also leaves some nice looking sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. Can't ask for a better looking beer.

Aroma is nice and toasty with bread and caramel malt. A decent amount of grassy and earthy hop characteristics to round it out.

Taste is bready up front with a bit of a grainy quality, hops come in midway through leaving a grassy and earthy linger. A bit of sweetness comes through in the back. It's probably just something to do with the seasonal nature of it, but I keep wanting to equate the taste with autumn leaves...

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very nice creamy carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high, this is one I could drink a sixer of in a matter of hours without even trying.

I have no idea why I didn't try this one last year, it's really very good. Probably my favorite beer that I've had from Sam Adams. The relatively low price is nice as well. Will definitely be getting more of this.

roadhouse, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a copper brown color with very little head. The smell is of sweet malts, caramel, and roasted malts. The taste is sweet malts up front followed by a bread malt, and finished off with a hoppy finish that is slight. The mouthfeel is moderately high carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, it is smooth and easy drinking.

goblue3509, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Genuine
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from the bottle, into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - A nice copper color with a thin head that left minimal lacing, but enough to be noticed.

S - a hint of roasted malt, some caramel.

T - A nice hint of sweetness, not much, not a lot. But just the correct amount to make you have more. Very nice flavor in this one, a hit with me in the fall time.

M - I would say it's well balanced.

Drinkability - definitely a nice beer to have in the fall time. I could have one after the other.

Genuine, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

A: bronze/copper in color, thin light head with moderate lacing

S: Light toasted malt scent with some trailing hoppyness. Not much spice there.

T: Light toasted malt scent with some trailing hoppyness and biscuity flavors. Not much spice there - expected more

M: Medium body, slightly overly carbonated (maybe that hid some flavors)

D: Expected a little more from a fest beer... only slightly different from Sam's other traditional lagers

rfgetz, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a fairly clear orangeish color with about a quarter inch of dissipating beigeish head.
Smell is sweet, with some syrupy aroma, like maple and caramel.
Taste is also sweet. Malt is helped with a nice sampling of maple, and some brown sugar.
Finish is a little muddy with a decent sweet after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, a definite sessioner.

ThaBobfather, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of badenglishihave
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

My first Oktoberfest beer, and a decent one at that. I've only had one or two other Oktoberfests but this one is probably my favorite.

It's very malty but that is typical for this type of brew. Being someone who is new to the craft beer scene (~1 year), I was surprised at how sweet it was. However, I quickly learned to appreciate the flavor and I have developed a soft spot for this beer. It's one of the highlights of fall for me here in New England.

This is one of those beers that I try to stock up on before winter hits and Sam Adams changes to the next seasonal brew. Recommended!

badenglishihave, May 27, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of toasted grains, a large dose of sweet malts, some caramel, bread and a pleasant hop bitterness. This marzen is medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a shot if you are at all a fan of the style.

ClockworkOrange, May 07, 2009
Photo of Beefeater57
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Clear amber color, carbonated. Off-white head that doesn't retain long, not much lacing.

S: Sweet smell, mostly caramel. Some herbal notes as well...

T: Very malty up front, mostly caramel malts and some bready malt flavors. Has a slight sour acidic finish. Not much hop flavor there, mostly malts. Getting a very baked bread/sourdough flavor from this.

M: Has the borderline-watery, crisp feel that lagers typically have. Carbonation is good.

D: Not bad, pretty drinkable marzen. I like the malt flavors from this. I could have done without the sourness I was getting from it, but overall, pretty good.

Beefeater57, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Reviewed from notes from Sept. 2008.

Pours a clear reddish amber in color with a half inch of medium density whitish head. Not much retention or lacing here, not atypical I would say for the style and leaving a bit of surface foam.

Smell is sweet and malty with lightly roasted caramel and a touch of hops. Taste is similar with malts and a bit of hops. Decent but not much depth or character. Slightly bitter on the finish typical of many Sam beers. Decent carbonation helps cloak the sugars on the finish, giving a good feel. Nonetheless a bit rich on the tongue limiting drinkability. More robust and full bodied than anything I've had from Sam in some time.

Edit: 2010 brings a lighter bodied brew, decent feel remains but taste is middle of the road.

HalfFull, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Rust-colored with a good head.

S: Malt aromas with some of that nice Octoberfest sweetness.

T: Lots of malt. Some bread/biscuit with some hops and a good deal of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but a little heavy to session. Glad to pick this one up every year.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev -6%

Pours a clear amber color with thick off-white foamy head.

Not much of a scent, some toasty malts.

The taste is of toasty, bready malts, faint hops, a little metallic.

Pretty thin, crisp feel with prickly carbonation.

This is a very easy to drink beer. There really isn't anything that stands out.

BeerCon5, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

This is one of the Boston Beer Company's most drinkable brews. Octoberfest has a delicious pumpkin-spice taste and feels rich like the season it was brewed for in your mouth. The smell and appearance are pretty standard offerings for Sam, nothing too special. But all in all this is a real nice beer.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jimj21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

jimj21, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Vengeance526, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

tzieser, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of kingothewoods
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

kingothewoods, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of BladeRunner
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

BladeRunner, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Beernoisseur, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of tconboy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

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!

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of stoutman
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

stoutman, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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!

HeroJH, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

pandashaver, Jan 13, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,785 ratings.