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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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6,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,322
Reviews: 2,006
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 810 | 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 BigBass
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'v been waiting for this to show up at the beer store all month. Last year it came in stock early and i could'nt beleive my eyes. Anyway, I got impatient today and drove an hour roundtrip to get.

Pours a rich brown but not to dark with a descent head that disappears quickly.

Smell is what I'v been waiting for all summer..lots of yeast, bread, toffee. YUM smells like fall is just around the corner.

Taste is similar to the smells with a good amount of carbonation and the alcohol is right up front. Finish is clean and crisp.

The guys at SA worked hard on this one...this is my favorite beer from them and I look forward to it every year.Hopefully they start getting it in around here next week.Cheers.

BigBass, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Clear brownish-amber with a thick two fingers of white head. Looks great.

S- Lots of bread and malt with some cinnamon and spicy hops. Little bit of a Budweiser-type smell apparent but overall very good.

T- Bit of a carbonation bite followed by lots of bread and cereal, slight hop bitterness at the end. Taste seems a little thin.

M- Carbonated and light. This really reminds me of Budweiser now.

D- You could go through a six pack easily.

Not quite what I was looking for as far as Oktoberfest beer goes but it's still not bad.

Yojimbo1941, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a beautiful amber color, clear, with a pretty good head and moderate lacing.

Smelled orangey and malty, with some sweet caramel. almost like someone put a splash of orange juice in the beer, but without that citrus bite.

Tastes very nice, a nice octoberfest addition, although not world class. Still, the caramel malts, touch of spices, and sweet flavors are very nice within the style and indeed for any style.

Feels fairly thick and creamy, could be a bit better in this area but no real complaints.

Drinkability is quite high, especially since where I found it (down south) the 12-packs of this were about $4 cheaper than buying individual six packs of the same brand! Regardless of price, it's a good octoberfest that I'll certainly drink plenty more of.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

The Sam Adam's Octoberfest pours a clear amber in the glass with a creamy white froth that possesses some staying power. Aromas of freshly baked bread, caramel, toffee, light dried orange peel, integrated roasted nuts, & some nutmeg follow through on the palate. The beer has a medium light body, good balance between the sweet malt & crisp/dry finish, & long finish. Overall, a pretty good beer with great balance & character. Recommended.

BevMoAndrew, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Fazulka
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer - I've had it before and bought a case of bottles. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Poured with some head that dissolved quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The beer looks exactly as an Octoberfest beer should - a rich dark amber color.

Smell - Rich strong smell of malt, molasses and caramel. I don't detect hops.

Taste - Tasting this reminds me of the brewing process. The taste is a nice grainy / barley / cereal taste that makes me think of tasting the used grains after the mash. There is a present malt taste. There is an aftertaste of the beer that makes me think of Sam Adams Boston lager, although not nearly as strong.

Mouthfeel - The beer is smooth, and thick. There is a light carbonation, but it is not under carbonated.

Drinkability - Easy to drink for a fairly strong beer. The low carbonation makes it go down easily.

Fazulka, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Landfill21
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the second octoberfest beer I have had the pleasure of tasting this season.

Pours into a dark amber color and has a nice head that leaves no lace down the sides of the glass. Has a malty, toffee smell. Goes down very smooth and you can taste the malt and toffee tones. Is a excellent beer to drink on a hot day. Drinkability is awesome and it is easy to drink 4-5 of these at a sitting.

Would highly recommend this beer to anyone. Is not available for very long and is often hard to find. Stock up when you can.

Landfill21, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend left this Brew in my truck, On ice, after working 10 hrs. on a 90 deg. day. Sweet Jesus....what a nice surprise. Copper amber with a creamy tan head that leaves sliding lace on the glass. Toffee, bready yeast and mild hops are all present in the nose. Nice and malty with a bit more hop bittering than the traditional German take on the style. Medium light bodied and creamy. 1 Marzen I will buy year after year.

beergod1, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breaking tradition I will just state this is one of the greatest examples of a Marzen/ Octoberfest I have tasted and they are rapidly coming to be my fave... from the rich warm amber pour to the malty smells and tastes. Its warm flowing thrugh the mouth, Make this a very drinkable beer. I get it in 6 packs and cannot find it very readily so tend to stock up for those fall bonfires and grilled brats that make the season so tastefully great.

nukem5, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite SA seasonal. And while Oktoberfest has never been a particular favorite style of mine, there are certainly much better options out there.

The color is probably the best part of the beer. A nice caramelized toffee color promises a nice malt presence.

The beer smells of some sweet malts but not much else. It's a pretty weak-smelling brew and left me wanting more. It tasted about the same, some mild malt and a little undefined spicing. Basically it felt like they used a lager base beer and just amped up the malt and removed some of the hops. I am beginning to recall why I never buy this beer. (Luckily this one was free at a charity event).

It drinks easily enough but the carbonation left me feeling more full than a beer with such little body warranted. Plus because the flavor profile is so poor, even though I could drink a bunch more, I really don't want to.

Spider889, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of caramel malt and some hoppiness. Definitely what I'd expect.

Taste is pretty straight forward. Caramel malts abound, though not sticky sweet...somewhat metallic as well. A small amount of hops are present, though pretty minor. Some grain is also apparent at the end. A little bit of stickiness stays around on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel somewhat thinner than I expected, to be honest. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, though still tasty and good enough for quaffing.

I recommend this beer as a solid Octoberfest. It may only be August but I cannot wait until fall!

NODAK, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Sam's Harvest collection 12-pack, also available seasonally in a 6 or 12-pack.

A= copper-orange, fair head; very clean.

S= sweet malts and maybe a touch of vanilla, some floral hops.

T= slightly dry, hints of sweetness, nice caramelized malts, slightly grassy.

M= slightly dry and yet the slight sweet remnants, caramelized malts, not much different than the taste.

D= Not my favorite beer by far, but fairly acceptable.

If you're not enjoying this, ask for a slice of lemon.

therica, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Fort Lauderdale at my sisters residence.
Pours a clear orange/amber with a great tan or off white head with superior retention ans lacing.

Aroma has some bready malts and some distant herbal hops. I get some moderate roasty, bready malts along with some light hops.

Taste is creamy smooth and maltyas in aroma there is a hint of hops. Dry and on the sweet side.

jadpsu, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of revdrkevind
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

s- I've had this both on tap and from the bottle, and this beer doesn't much care how it's served.

a- Fairly remarkable. Great coppery orange-brown suits the occasion, and a rather soapy head dissipates quickly to leave no lacing. The weak head suits the style, to my eyes.

s- Unremarkable. Mostly caramel, but nothing to write home about.

t- Very bitter and caramel and spicy-earthy, with tons of roasted malt. It's an okay flavor on its own, but it really pairs quite extraordinarily well with bratwurst and burgers and other festival treats. By itself, I'd say the beer is unbalanced and leans hard on the spice and roasted malt. With food though, it's like having a light beer and your food and a great seasonal sauce slathered on all at once. You can drink Octoberfest by itself, and it's a good beer considering it's usually on special when it's in, but do try it with some nicely grilled treats if you can.

Warming the beer actually gives it some surprising depth as the flavors mellow and mix a bit, and having this beer warm will probably give you instant ideas for the next time you grill brats. Personally, I enjoy this beer so much when it's in that warming isn't usually an issue, but I always kick myself for not remembering it's good at any temperature.

m- The actual feel is a bit watery in my opinion, but you'll likely miss that from the lingering burnt malt and spice flavors. This beer has a high character without affecting drinkability.

d- I've had a few rip-roaring nights on this stuff at festivals (and even served it as well as consumed it), so I can attest that it's a great companion beer to last through the night. However, it's really only good seasonally, as it's just not balanced enough to stand on its own without the novelty factor. Love it when it's in, and look forward to next season. And hey, it's great even as it goes warm, so feel free to enjoy the festival as this beer will stay there for you.

verdict- Food pairings turn this mostly average beer into a great seasonal treat.

revdrkevind, May 17, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Pours a deep orange/amber with a small tan head which dissipates
quickly leaving a broken top cover and minimal lacing.

Nose is clean, with a rich caramel malt and earthy hop aroma.

The flavor is expectedly malt forward, with a sweet caramel and melon
flavor preceding an earthy note from the Noble hops.

The mouthfeel is course and gassy at cold temperature, but becomes
softer and heavier as it warms.

This is a great interpretation of a very classic style, and is quite
easy to drink at a cool temperature. When its cold it doesn't seem to
mesh well. At proper temps its quite a tasty treat.

Flashsp2, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of smithza9
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


smithza9, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tykees88, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

FreshHawk, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of vishneda
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

vishneda, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of NOOGIE
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NOOGIE, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

callmescraps, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of garbercury
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

garbercury, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

ccrida, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chefhatt, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LordAdmNelson, Dec 10, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,322 ratings.