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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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6,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,470
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 894 | 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 sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle with a best by date of February 2011, poured into a perfect pint glass. Clear orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Not a whole lot of bubbles/carbonation and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma was of malts and spices typical of the style, with no hop smell. Taste was nice and crisp, with no bitterness and a strong malt presence, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth; medium body with a dry malt aftertaste.

I think this is a good representation of an Oktoberfest; very easy to drink that goes well with the fall weather.

sommersb, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of jmarvin4189
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearace - a brilliant orange color with 1 finger of head.

Aroma - A sweet malty and nutty aroma

Taste - A caramel nutty taste, nothing too special. its a very suttle flavor with not much explosion to the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbination very smooth and has a little warming sensation.

Drinkability - not too dark but still has some of the dark beer qualities which makes it easy and enjoyable to drink.

jmarvin4189, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Brilliantly clear pumpin liquid with gold-tinged sunglow highlights. Faint off-white crown recedes almost instantly to a vague collar and delicate surface slick.

Interesting mix of pale and caramel malt lend honey and bread notes to the aroma. Vague caramel candy hints as well.

Ritz crackers, caramel, and bread crusts lead into a smooth grassy bitterness that persists into the finish. The noble hops are lasting and lend a subtle complexity to an otherwise lackluster effort. No toast, and the finish is somewhat sweet despite the hops.

Light bodied, but soft and slightly creamy. Carbonation seems a bit low.

Easy drinking, but not terribly interesting even for the style...

augustgarage, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice copper amber color with a head that is not quite pure white. The head fades slowly to leaves a thin layer over the beer and leaves nice lace on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is full of toasty and nutty malt. Caramel, toffee and herbal hops are also present in the aroma, but it is overall a bit subdued.

The flavor is full of rich malty character. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and toasted bread. Mostly sweet, but with bit of a floral hop character as well. This beer has a nice malt character that I find to be very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. This beer did not seem exceptionally dry, but the finish is strikingly so with sticky malt and herbal hops hanging on my palate.

This is pretty drinkable, but the finish is a bit of a turn off. This is still a really solid beer, and for the price I think it is a great one to pick up if you are in the mood for an Oktoberfest.

zoso1967, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad bought a 6 pack of this and decided he wasn't a big Oktoberfest fan... 5 free bottles for me! Pours a copper-amber colour with thin ring of head. Mild lacing around the glass. Head dissipates a bit quickly. Smells of earthy hops with some caramel. This tastes somewhat like a Helles I think, but maybe I'm wrong. Nice carbonation level. Easy to put several of these back (unless you are my dad I guess).

kwjd, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was on tap at Sportsmans Irish Pub in Ludington, MI. There's something wonderfully absurd in ordering an American interpretation of a German lager at a faux-Irish pub.

This Sam Adam's Octoberfest came served in an imperial pint glass and looks incredible. There is very little head, actually just a ring of bubbles around the top of the glass. The color is a deep appealing copper hue and this lager is amazingly clean looking. Gazing through an imperial pint glass, this looked very impressive.

The scent was just as inviting. Aromas of spice and tropical fruits persist, but there's a lot going on here, so much so that it's difficult to pinpoint specifics.

Unfortunately the taste of this brew didn't live up to the complex aroma that it was giving off. I should mention that lager-style beers really aren't my thing. However, the look and smell of this really gave off the impression that it was going to be something special. What I got was an above average but unremarkable tasting lager. It seems to be pretty good for the style, but it isn't making a believer out of me.

Carbonation was moderate, though it was still a bit more than I care for. As such, the mouth-feel was a turnoff. It was a pretty crisp beer, and the flavor was strong enough to overcome the carbonation, but ultimately this really just isn't my cup of tea.

weizenbob, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick brown syrup with decent carbonation and foam in the bottle.

Smell: Good caramel malt. Lots of it actually. Not really many hops here. Very sweet overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thick caramel syrup. Makes this a bit too watery and uncarbonated. It's still good overall, with nice hops.

Drinkability: Highly refreshing (and filling) at a footall tailgate.

Overall: Like I said, refreshing, especially during the fall. Would definitely drink this during the right time. Definitely better than Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

tjsdomer2, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mixed 12 pack a week ago. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a nice clean copper with a fingers worth of white head that left a collar that stayed till the end.

S- Lots of sweet caramel malts and lots of breadyness. The smell isn't that profound.

T- Typical marzen, a good balance of caramel malts and toasted bread, rounded out by a little bitter hops that helps tie all the flavors together.

M- A little on the thin side and a little under carbonated.

D- Well it is a marzen so it would have to be a complete fuck up for it to not have good drink ability. I would easily accept the challenge to drink a 6 pack.

Overall i thought this was a good Octoberfest beer, spot on for its style, besides its mouthfeel. A tasty and easy to drink beer.

StoutHunter, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of montecristo2
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I love October and this is why-Octoberfest Beers!

This is a nice offering- pours a off white head, two fingers in width.

Smells bready, malty, and a bit of caramel.

The smell doesn't last once you get halfway down- I miss that smell and wish it would stay.

Amber/copper color, very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

This is a malty beer- 5 styles used for this. I definitely find this to be the predominant ingredient and you can taste it. I get a little hop bitterness, but very little. Maybe that could be more pronounced?

For an octoberfest style, this is a good one to drink all night. It is a low alcohol, tasty and totally drinkable. Worth a try.


montecristo2, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of whisperjet
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a clean orange/copper with a foamy white head. Head stuck around for a while and leaves a bit of filmy lace.

s: Warm and sweet scents of caramel and bread. Smell is inviting and really pleasant as soon as it's poured, but doesn't have a lasting effect. Would have liked a more lingering scent.

t: Tastes sweet and smooth with rich and bready flavors. Crisp and slightly hoppy. Can taste a slight touch of alcohol. Good flavor combination for the fall season. Leaves a nice roasted taste lingering.

m: Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant amount of carbonation. Surprisingly rich feeling.

d: This beer was very easy to drink. Flavors all nicely complement each other and blend well with the feel of the beer. Perfect addition to fall weather. Only downside is that it is fairly one -note. Would certainly drink again.

whisperjet, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge, The Big, OR. 10.11.2010.

One finger off-white head, fairly quick dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orangish light amber body, pretty light for the style, several streams of small carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is malt dominated, bready, a bit of caramel with mild floral hop presence. Taste mirrors nose, a small bit of roast, caramel, not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Pretty drinkable, but not very memorable.

jdense, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought for $3 to celebrate the season. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a clear copperish brown colored body with a large eggshell colored head on top. the head takes its while before fading and leaves behind small, random spots of lacing.

S- semi sweet toasted bread like malts are the first thing that greets my nose. after that comes cereal grains and some earthy and grassy hops.

T- the toasted bread like and cereal malts come to the front here. after that i get some of the earthy and grassy taste that i associate with noble hops. a little bit of caramel in here also.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- not the most complex beer, but one that is fun to drink. it reminds me that fall is coming every time i see it on the shelf for the first time that year.

jwinship83, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of A380
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice dark gold with a good head with ok lacing. nothing special. pretty good i find but it could use some work. tastes like some sweet brown sugar and caramel and some bitter tastes but im not sure what it is. The two flavors definitely conflict. Im not a huge fan and it drinks kinda heavy.
meh. i was definitely expecting better.

A380, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of heebes
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich medium amber, foamy head with good carbonation.

The nose is of yeast, hops a carmally sweet aroma.

The taste is of a full bodied Marzen, slight biscuity aftertaste. Flavors of the roasty malt and hops come through. Quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Has a somewhat chewy feel but also goes down smoothly.

On it's own this is a great take on the Octoberfest style. Had a good 3-4 in a session last night and enjoyed it thoroughly.
A good fall beer.

heebes, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ox bottle into 16 oz glass.

Nice Amber-orange-brown hues. Clear with 1 finger head.

Smell is Very mild you can barely catch the malt, hops, nut & fruit notes.

Easy on the taste buds. Not much heft. Nothing really stands out, just very mild malts, hops, nut and fruit notes.

Good carbonation. leaves nothing good or bad for aftertaste.

Drinks fine. Not much to get excited about. Will drink this when I find it on sale. But, it's not on my A list.

fourplayed, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Decent single finger head which dissipates quickly. Little lacing throughout, cloudy orangey-amber beer.

S: Faint honey sweetness

T: Mild roasted malts, decent hop finish, simple but good.

M: low carbonation and rather thin

D: Kinda one dimensional but one of the best readily available oktoberfest beers around here.

jiggahertz, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a medium amber, very bright, with copper highlights and two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, faint spice, fruity esters. Not terrible, but underwhelming.

Taste -- Toasted malt, doughy bread, red grape, faint plum and spice. Some metallic and mineral flavors in the mix.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Didn't really care for this one. No great missteps, but nothing exciting going on. However, if you find yourself at a bar where this is the only craft tap - as happened to me last weekend - it's a welcomed treat.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before Jan 2011. Pours a copper orange with one finger of white head. Clear with what looks like ample carbonation.

Smells include malts, biscuits, sweetness, some grassy hops, caramel, and toasted grains. Nice boutique of aromas.

Tastes like a quality Marzen/Oktoberfest--true to the style with a nice backbone of malts with some caramel/toffy sweetness and a nice shot of bitterness to balance things out some. Finishes with a nice biscuit-like dryness. Toasty and malty, this is cool-fall weather reliable standby.

Mouthfeel has a nice crispness to complement the snap of cool air outside. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability--one of the most drinkable in this style category that I have had. Goes down very easily. There is just something quintessential about the fall time and this beer. Call it nostalgia or just a quality brew--either way, this one scores repeatedly.

JohnnyP3, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of greengorilla
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice copper color with a good thick white head and nice lacing.

It smells good and malty.

This is what I believe an Oktoberfest beer should taste like. It has a great balance of bready malt taste with the right amount of spicy hops.

I like the mouthfeel, and it is very drinkable. This is a great beer.

greengorilla, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft. Pours a brownish amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Biscuity, malty type notes in the nose along with some nut. No lace as the head settles in my glass. The taste is slightly sweet with flavors of lightly toasted grains with some biscuit. Maybe a slight touch of floral as well. Ends pretty cleanly and dry. Not bad and an easy drinker but nothing out of this world.

kbutler1, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it. A very nice example of the style. Picked up a couple bombers recently as they were fresh and cheap. This is the third Oktoberfest I've tried and the best so far. Pours a great orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head. The beer is perfectly carbonated and has nice head retention, lacing to the bottom of glass. Taste is mostly malt with a hit of hop bitterness. Very tasty. May be my new favorite Marzen. I'll just have to crack the next bomber to confirm!!

DJED69, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest is widely available and a pretty good example of the style for people that are just starting to venture from the mainstream path. It's a very malty beer with a lot of breadiness and chewiness. The beer is moderately sweet with touch of noble hop flavor and bittering. I think beter examples of the style maintain that rich toasted malt flavor without the sweetness and more acute bittering. An easy to drink beer that would probably please most people

Soonami, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by February 21st into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-orange with about 3 fingers of head. Head retains to about a centimeter worth. Looks really great.

Smell: It's kind of a let-down smell wise actually. Some slightly sour hops and some nutty malts. Doesn't really smell that great to be honest.

Taste: But thankfully, it tastes fantastic! I'd hesitate to put this in the same realm as a normal Oktoberfest, there's a lot in common with the Sam Adams Boston Lager here for sure, but for what it is it really tastes great. It opens up with some sweet, nutty malts, with some fruits and spices in there. A bit of bitter hops come in at the end to temper the sweet hops. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Goes down very smooth and refreshing. No complaints at all, it feels just heavy enough for the style, without any unneeded heft.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable for the style, I tend to have a problem drinking too many Oktoberfests because the spices start to grate on me, but this one is very easy to drink.

This is a great, widely available beer that's got a lot to offer. Check it out.

shand, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap last night at The North Star, a bar over by North Station. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark amber color. Thin white head. Slight bit of lacing. Smell had just a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar to it, but not very much. Taste was slightly above average. A dose of malt hits the palate, but there really was not a lot of other flavors. The mouthfeel was a disappointment, as I found it be be thin and slightly watery. Drinkability was decent, as it's smooth and easy going down. SA Octoberfest is an acceptable version of the style for the mass market, but there are much more flavorful Märzen beers out there made by local breweries, which should be sought out instead.

morebeergood, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - deep amber/dark copper color, clear. Good head and good carbonation.

Smell - Hoppiness is present, but not overwhelming. Maybe a hint of a nuttiness to it.

Taste - Very smooth, only slightly bitter at the beginning. Good combination of barley. Almost no aftertaste. Doesn't seem to have a lot of additives, just higher quality hops.

Mouthfeel - very well-balanced, but only slightly on the creamy side in texture. Very smooth.

Drinkability - There seems to be a fair bit of complexity here, but only for a hoponista. Otherwise though, a good-tasting beer, smooth, and not terribly filling.

Nerudamann, Oct 08, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,470 ratings.