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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,252 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,252
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 776 | 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 hops4me
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a little head. Small lacing.
S - smells of caramel and toffee. Sweet graininess. Some floral hops.
T - sweeter then most. Maybe a slight butterschotch flavor. Not so much it is a turnoff but more then most. It should be alittle cleaner.
M - medium bodied.
D - Good. Solid year after year. There are better ones but it is still good.

hops4me, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, good carbonation and good head.

Smell: Bready.

Taste: Bready, slight toffee flavor. Moderate sweetness. Kind of buttery flavor.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, like most Sam Adams beers.

Another from the fall sampler. I'm not a big octoberfest beer fan, this one seems pretty typical to the style. Maybe a little more butter than there should be. Worth a try.

Mdog, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of thesyko56
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with two finger head.

S: Very floral and sweet

T: Sweet and very malty. Very slight hint of hops.

M: Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Nice representation of a Märzen

I typically do not like malty beers but this has a nice taste. Even though it is not very hoppy it is still very good.

thesyko56, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a 2-finger light yellow head.

The smell is roasted toffee malts with a hint of chocolate & light fruit, maybe white grapes. The taste is roasted malts with some slight sourness from the hops along with again, a light grape flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp & has a bit of burning acidity.

This is a fairly drinkable Oktoberfest; it has some possibilities as a session brew.

theghost3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Crystal clear amber color. One finger of off-white soapy head with AWEFUL retention and moderate lacing.

3.0 S: Grainy and slightly metallic. Not really anything good going on here. Just grainy and slightly metallic.

3.5 T: It isn't as sweet as unfermented wort, but it is too sweet. It tastes a lot like straight up malted 2-row and crystal malt. By this I mean it tastes like the actual grain and not like beer that has been fermented. It's not terrible, but it's not what I want from an oktoberfest.

4.5 M: Medium body. Very good creaminess and good carbonation as well.

3.0 D: Too sweet for the style and I don't know how much beer I'd want to drink that tastes like grain.

DavoleBomb, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Octoberfest of the year for me. Appearance is deep copper, with a white frothy head. Smells of malt and very light hops. Taste is a bit watery, but very balanced in flavor. Caramel and malty with a subtle spiciness. ABV is okay @ 5.7%.

Overall, this one leaves a little something to be desired. It seems like SA Octoberfest is a year-to-year thing, sometimes hit or miss. You can always count on this one for a good session beer for the season, though not my favorite by far. I'm a hops guy.

ExtraStout, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy orange amber. A finger width of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet nothing major

Taste: Sweet malty taste. Some minor hops finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable and after two you can see the evolution of the beer's taste.

t3hcho53non3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of philibum13
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my opinion, Octoberfest doesn't measure up to a lot of other Sam Adams beers. Granted that's still saying a lot about the beer in itself because it has a lot to compare to under the Sam Adams brand. With Summer Ale being my favorite, I guess Octoberfest does make that good transition to Winter Lager. Still, it's not the seasonal beer that I look forward to, but I still enjoy.

philibum13, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of BigAl723
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fixed my cousin's laptop and she bought me some SA Octoberfest.

A: It pours a golden amber. A real nice looking head about two and a half inches thick. Mostly white.

S: Heavy malt and sweet spice. Pretty pleasant smelling brew.

T: Full flavored. Sweet malt coats my mouth. A sweet hop finish also lingers.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Real nice feeling to it.

D: Very drinkable. Well balanced.

Overall, this is a real good beer. Perfect for a get together whether you grab a 12 pack or a sixer, you're good to go. A nice low ABV beer that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.

BigAl723, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured an attractive golden caramel with over 1-1/2 inches of just off-white head that had great retention but minimal to no lacing.

A pleasant grainy aroma enters the nose. The taste was a little softer than the scent led me to expect, but still nicely grainy and slightly sweet.

The light and smooth body was a little better than expected. Drinkability is excellent, whether having 1 or several, this brew is a nice companion. A beer worthy of your time.

beertunes, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a fluffy, lasting light cream head.

Aromas of toasted grain, light caramel, and subtle but telltale Sam Adams yeast. Sweet caramel entry, sweeter than the nose would indicate, leading into savory toasted grain, and lightly nutty on the finish.

Light to medium in body, with mild carbonation lending itself to a moderately rich mouthfeel. A pretty good, drinkable Oktoberfest.

wnh, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of mjurney
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Rusty-amber color, clear, quite of few bubbles, fairly nice head, lacing is alright.
[Smell]: Malty with hint of spicy hops.
[Taste]: Caramel malts, bready, hint of earthly, spice and sour fruit (green apple-like), slight taste of metallic. Finish off crisp and dry, but a little sweet.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is good.
[Drinkability]: Pretty good drinking beer.

mjurney, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of crossovert
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just by the title of "Octoberfest" you know this one will not be true to original form. Comes in a neatly decorated 12 ounce bottle. Best before March of 2010. The bottle proclaims it was brewed in "American tradition".

It doesn't look unlike a normal Oktoberfest. It has a large 3 finger head that quickly dissipates and a dark amber body. Lacing looks "dirty".

Smell is a bit sweeter, and almost pale ale like than most Oktoberfests. It literaly reminds me of an Eastern pale ale mixed with a Boston Lager rather than an Oktoberfest/Maerzen. Not sure what they were going for here.

Taste is rather absurd for an Oktoberfest. it tastes overly buttery and nutty. Also it is watered down and metallic. The hops are the only decent thing about this beer. The mouthfeel isn't too offensive, I figured it would be more carbonated but it has a similar mouthfeel to a traditional German Oktoberfest. The aftertaste of this beer isn't very good though, and there is something just off in the taste, I am content with drinking just one.

Overall this one fails as an Oktoberfest, for Sam Adams it is of decent quality. Overall a very offensive beer per the style, even when fresh.

crossovert, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I normally do not buy Sam Adams beer, however; I decided to buy it because of the Octoberfest beer.

The beer poured very well, a nice foamy head, had a nice smell to it. The color was an awesome amber color beer which looked great in a chilled glass.

There is no overpowering after taste, it's very crisp and palatable.
It's a very drinkable beer that would be great to serve good friends.

I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone wanting a good drinking beer.

BeerskiBrewski61, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields a two-finger cream colored head that quickly recedes, the beer itself is a very deep, almost reddish amber.

Smell is mostly faint spices, with a mild brown sugar-like presence.

The taste is almost a pumpkin-spice flavor upfront, followed by mild biscuit malts and a distinct diacetyl presence on the finish. I remember having this on tap and thinking that the diacetyl flavor was extremely overpowering, here, though, it seems to complement the other flavors of the beer more gracefully.

Mouthfeel is somewhat medium-bodied; I think this one could have benefited from a little less carbonation, actually.

Overall drinkability is good; I could certainly see having two or three of these in a sitting without getting tired of the flavors. Ultimately, this is a solid fall standby, but not anything earth-shattering.

kurp001, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark orange, with a small tan head that settles to a lace island. Brew has minimal lacing.

Smells malty, with some floral hops.

Brew is very smooth, has a subtle balance of the malts and hops. A tade bit understated in the flavor department, I think this brew makes up for that with its good tatse and easy drinkability.

This brew is case worthy - not an overly flavorful brew for this style. But it is extreamly drinkable and tasty enough. Yet another stellar brew from SA.

magine, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of howandmeg
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- rich amber color. Enticing.

Smell- Average Octoberfest style with hop aroma.

Taste- A little bitter with a full flavor. Well balanced. A slight roasted flavor.

Drinkability- Starts off good, finishes easily when coming to room temperature.

Not bad for an Octoberfest beer. I like a beer which satisfies the full palette and this beer does it. Two or three of these would make a good night.

howandmeg, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of shroompod
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a reddish tint. Small head , a little lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet malts , honey.

Taste is mildly malty , crisp finish with very little aftertaste.No hop profile is evident.

Mouthfeel is light , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

shroompod, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of JMD
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich copper color with small white head that fades quickly. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Faint aroma of toasted carmel malt and some spice.

T: Carmel malt and bread. Hints of vanilla and other spices. Finishes with some light hops.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Good texture for the style.

D: Sam Adams Octoberfest is consistantly good. It's not the best Marzen out there, but still a solid offering.

JMD, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Notes

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Parkersburg, WV. Served in a 23oz hefeweizen glass, sigh.

Appearance: Amber color with nice head leaves a tad bit o lacing.

Smell: Not much here in this year's batch, some malt and some herbal notes.

Taste: About the same as the nose, tastes watered down. I was hoping for a little more, and I know that this beer company can do more.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sigh.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy, like water, too bad water isn't what I wanted.

Thoughts: I love Sam Adams beers, in my area the BBC was the most available craft beer for years. I am saddened at this beer, in years past it has been much better.

earthboundagain, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of ommegoose
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head formation and retention was low. Good color though. Copper with good clarity.

Sweet. Some grain. Little, if any, hops.

Malty, of course. Bready and a little bit caramelly. Lightly hoppy on the finish. Finishes rather short, with slightly musty grain and some earthy hops. It tastes like it's supposed to and all, but it's a bit bland.

The body is on the lighter side, making for a quaffable beer. That's what I want from an Oktoberfest. Really smooth carbonation.

I want to dock points for the incorrect spelling of Oktoberfest. But this is their thing I guess (Double Bock). It's a drinkable beer. I could have a few in a sitting. Not something I'd run out and buy annually, but it's competently done, and cheap, and better than some other common ones.

ommegoose, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear deep amber brown color. 2 finger tannish head that dies down after a short period. Lacing all over the sides of the glass stick and fall back into the glass from time to time.

S- Big caramel malt upfront. There is a burnt toast smell with this as well. Very faint piney hop hint to this as well

T- Like the aroma there is a big sweet malt upfront. Slight metallic hint to this. Herbal hops in the back of this as well. Nice toffee flavors come through in the middle and dies down in the backdrop of this beer.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation level is almost dead on with the style. I could maybe use a spec more carbonation to be honest. Malty tones come over everything while on the palate. Good malty aftertaste in this beer.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that people who don't like the style or crafts even enjoy. Sam Adams once again hits the nail on the head with this style. Good job Sam Adams...good job.

alleykatking, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Lldeegan
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured a nice deep orange with a finger of white head, tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer, light malt, maybe some caramel.
The taste beats the smell by far. The lack of aroma led me to be very surprised, by a nice sweet caramel taste, sweet malt and very little bitterness in the finish. Leaves a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. It is has a pretty good drinkability, nice to have a few as the summer is ending.

Lldeegan, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of cdrogers
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance/color: Very deep orange-amber in color, which definitely reminds me of something to drink in the fall.

Smell: Is sweet smelling but not too overpowering.

Taste: It has a good balance of bittering and aroma hops, so I have to say it has a very balanced taste. The caramel definitely comes through in the malt and the head is held nicely with a good pour. Just like most Samuel Adams brews, when the head is nicely formed the aroma shines. Regardless, it's still an excellent taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and sweet on the tongue. It reminds me of brown sugar.

Drinkability: Definitely a seasonal beer. The sweetness would be too much to drink regularly.

Final thoughts: Definitely recommend this one to everyone. It's something really special and enjoys a good glass.

cdrogers, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of baos
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce into Falstaff goblet.

A: Dark Orange-amber in color with two fingers white head that dwindles down pretty quick with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Bit of toasty malts and a bit of hops.

T: Pretty good. Malty with hints of redman and herby hops. Kind of bland but still a good beer. I just would like more flavors here.

M: Could use a bit more.

D: Pretty good. I could have a sixer in the pumpkin patch, and throw pumpkin guts all over the tourists.

baos, Sep 22, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,252 ratings.