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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,555 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,555
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 934 | 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 gfreed
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dug this out of an icy tub at a party; it was swimming in a sea of Bud and Michelob. Saved! thought I, but... wrong was I. This had all the aromatic charm of a Coors Light, which is to say it smelled like socks, and all the taste of beer made with the finest corn and rice that money can buy, only it doesn't *have* any corn and rice in it. This is about as close to a Marzen as cold oatmeal. Given the options, I may have had better luck with the Michelob. Boo.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Pours with amber color and a 2 finger head that falls not too fast. Nice smells of grain, caramel, brown sugar, dark malts slight hops. The taste lines up pretty well with some alcohol taste and very slight metallic aftertaste. Lightbodied, good carbonation, I like a slightly thicker Octoberfest. It's a decent beer.

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey amber colour with an off white head that dissipates quickly and is quite fizzy in character.

Smells slightly grainy with honey, a tad bit of floral hoppiness and a little bit of an apple like smell.

Tastes is initally very malty with brown sugar, carmal malts and breadiness/biscuitiness up front. Finishes with a very slight metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant, and is slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied but quite pleasant, carbonated nicely. Not overly thin.

Drinkability is high but given that the beer is not really impressive that is not all that much of a big deal.

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

Pours a clear amber-orange with a thin fizzy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet, smells of bread and a hint of honey. Very faint floral hoppiness started to become apparent after some warming.

Taste is very malty, more specifically bready malt with a touch of sweetness and spice. Couldn't pick up very much in the way of hops.

Thin-bodied and slightly overcarbonated IMO.

Goes down very easy despite the maltiness, but I just wish there was a touch more hoppiness to balance things out and add a layer of complexity.

Photo of cratez
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the LCBO. Pours a clear amber hue with orange highlights and one finger of cream coloured head. No lace on my glass. Smell and taste are herbal, grassy, and slightly floral hops, biscuit, bread crusts, caramel, toasted oats, a honey-like sweetness, cereal grains, and a crisp hop spiciness to even things out. Mouth feel is creamy, medium, foamy carbonation, some bite on the palate, drying semi-sweet finish. A tasty, satisfying and easy drinking O-Fest, which is exactly what the style calls for. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Blackstone Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours an amber/golden orange color with a half finger tan head that dissipated incredibly fast. Left a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Beer. Nothing special, just smelled like a macro beer.

T: Malts, biscuit/bread, a tiny bit of sweetness, maybe some caramel, pumpkin, and a bit of butterscotch. Bready finish.

M: Decent amount of carbonation, a little chewy, I'd say medium bodied.

D: Not hard to put a few back if you want. I wasn't a fan so one was my limit.

I wasn't a fan of this, which was disappointing. I love Sam Adams summer ale so I had high expectations for this brew but I would describe it as average at best.

Photo of BDJake
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent pumpkin-brown with a small beige head that dissipated far too quickly

S- very malt-forward, with some butterscotch and caramel notes- fairly akin to many imported versions

T- a little more tart than the German versions i've had before, with little in the ways of hop character

M- medium bodied, coats your tongue fairly well, with a malty aftertaste

D- great for weekends eating sauerkraut and drinking out of boots- it's a worthy beer for the fall season, even if it doesn't make a good year-round type of brew

Photo of y2jrock60
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Orangish hue, with a white airy head that laces nicely.

S- Zero hop signiture, lacked any real aroma; reminds me of a macro lager, not impressed at all.

T- Light sweet malt with a watery feel. No hops!

M- Very light-bodeid.

D- Dinkablity is a little above average.It has more of a sweetness and malt signiture than most macros but im not impressed.

This beer is very dissapointing. Almost every Sam Adams product taste the same, especially their ales. I'm dissapointed with all Sam Adams brews with the exception of Cream Stout, Summer Ale, and Noble Pils.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice copper color, filtered and clear, with good foamy head.

S: Both malt and hops make appearences here. The malt comes across as biscuity and bready, and the hops are floral and somewhat spicy in the nose.

T: Lots of flavor, and nice malt flavor here. There is biscuit and bread flavor, with a tiny bit of malt sweetness, before finishing out to a clean noble hop bitterness.

M: Low to medium body, crisp and clean on the mouth.

D: The malt is very present here, but the drinkability is not detracted from, considering the smoothness and crispness of this beer. I couldn't slam a ton of them. but they are drinkable enough.

Photo of Shrews629
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice amber, copper color with some red highlights peeking through. Slightly off white head that didn't hang around too awful long, but did settle to a fine ring. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass however.

Smell - Picking up a fair amount of malt along with that dry earthy, "leafy" smell. Touches of caramel malt coinciding with the bread and biscuit nose that have become more prominent as the beer warms.

Taste - Again picking up the malt with what I detect as butterscotch. Rather pleasant I think. A little bit of the breadiness coming through at the end, which I tend to favor.

Mouthfeel - Medium, dry, crisp, chewy mouthfeel. Nice dry maltiness really sticks to the tongue until the next sip.

Drinkability - I could put a few of these back during one setting with no problem. Personally, I think Sam Adams does a great job with most of their seasonal brews. I actually really appreciate all they do for craft brewing. This beer really sets the mood for those crisp, cool Fall afternoons.

Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orangy apricot, not much head leaves fast. Small ring. Spotty lace.

S - Extremely light hops and malt characters. Not much there.

T - Nice light sweet malt bittered well at the end.

M - A lighter beer, good carb and sufficient balance.

D - Not overly alcoholic and not too hard on the palate.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shade lighter than the Boston Lager, but it looks remarkable similar. Great head retention.

The aroma is sweet and bready, a little toasty with a hint of cane molasses.

The taste is sweet malt with a light herbal bitterness in the finish. Very bready, almost doughy. Slight metallic tinge in the finish. While enjoyable as it is, I wouldn't mind a bit more bitterness to balance the malty sweetness.

Medium bodied, carbonation is on the low side.

A decent and enjoyable drinker, if not something to get too excited about.

Photo of skenyon1811
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer makes me salivate looking at it. Sam Adams Octoberfest has that perfect clear brownish orange color. It pours a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Good retention.

S: Good strong aroma when first poured, but mellows out quick. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Not much of a hop smell to it. It has a tiny alcohol scent to it as well.

T: Needless to say, it has the very distinct Samuel Adams' taste to it. It does provide a little more than that though. It has a smooth roasted taste with a little bite from the hops. The aftertaste is the best part, nice caramel note left after the bitterness of the hops fades. You get a little bit more out of every sip.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel. Kind of heavy on the carbonation. Very similar to most Samuel Adams.

D: I like this as a session beer. It does make you a little gassy but I can put that a side and pick up a sixer.

This is by far one of Sam Adams' best beers. Cheers!

Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a "shaker' pint glass
Orange/copper in color, with a nice-looking head of frothy foam
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel notes
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, caramel and toffee notes, creamy, with a subtle hop note that provides balance to the sweet malt. Nice overall flavor and very easy to drink. A couple of these went down rather nicely while waiting for a table the other night at a "beer challenged" restaurant. Not bad.

Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a nice red hue with a small off-white head that has very low retention. Falls to a small ring and cloud.

S- Pretty standard for an Oktoberfest. Lots of buttery caramel malt. Some dark fruit. It just leads you to thinking of sweetness. This one has some cheaper malt hints, probably due to adjuncts.

T- Follows the nose. Lots of malt up front, caramel and grainy. Bready and buttery notes. Pretty high sweetness. Some earthy and grassy hops. Some dark cherry-like fruit notes. These flavors are nice but the obvious adjunct malt flavors lingering in the background throw it off completely.

MF- Moderate, somewhat creamy body with high end carbonation. Just a bit bitter.

DB- A flavor suitable for autumn but the sweetness and adjunct lager-like malt flavors hurt it. It tastes "cheap" at points but I still wouldn't call it a bad beer. I guess you get what you pay for here. The fruit notes also remind me a bit of cough syrup or something.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful orange color, thick lingering eggshell head, decent lacing, and reasonable clarity. A real pretty beer.

S: Not much nose, mostly sweet. Some toffee.

T: A mild beer all around, mostly sweet. Some toffee and raisins. Very mild on hops, imparting a gentle vanilla. Finish is pleasant and roasty.

M: Average body and carbonation.

D: A sweet and mild beer. Not abrasive, but also not the most interesting offering.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,555 ratings.