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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,334
Reviews: 2,006
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 71
Gots: 814 | 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 BetterDarker
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams lager glass

Appearance- Beautiful golden red, crystal clear, light carbonation, little head, no retention

Smell- Nice solid sweet malt.

Taste- Delicious, solid malt bill, slight sweetness with good balance

Mouthfeel- Excellent and crisp

Drinkability- Much better from a bottle than when I had it on tap. When I had it on tap one was more than enough, though one is not enough when drinking the bottled offering.

BetterDarker, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: SA Octoberfest is a rich orange/maple color with a solid 2 finger creamy head that slowly falls to a frothy cap of foam over the top. Spots of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Sweeter in aroma than most marzens, it showcases some light caramel and just a twinge of the earthy Munich malt so common to the style. There's also a hint of earthy/herbal hoppiness present. Definitely average for the style, but it gets a bit of a bump for being clean and well balanced.

T&M: A light caramel flavor melds with a dry, slightly earthy/grainy presence mid-palate. There's a black tea-like component in the dryness, as well. A touch of lightly herbal hop flavor is noticed, but not that present. All flavors are somewhat subdued, but it's still flavorful enough. Definitely and clean, crisp, and well balanced marzen. Body is light-ish with a carbonation level that's appropriate--never too aggressive.

D: Overall, definitely a quaffer. Not the most robust or bold marzen you'll find, but one that drinks well enough.

BamaBeerBuff, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of TheMadJack
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Beer is orange-red with some visible carbonation. The head was more exuberant than other samplings I've encountered from this brewery and I had to do some emergency foam control after the pour. The foam quickly subsided to a film across the top of the glass.

The beer has a mild scent of biscuits and something planty that I can't quite place.

First taste of the beer is sweet and just a little tangy, not unlike yams, over a light base of biscuits. There is almost no hop character. There is a slight aftertaste of green grapes.

The beer is smooth, with very little felt carbonation. It has a nice weight to it on the tongue.

The sweetness of this beer seems to imply an intention to be had with food, as does it's rather straightforward and simple flavor and aroma. Understandable, considering the name. I'd imagine it's phenomenal with brats and mustard, covered in kraut. If I try it this way, I will probably revisit this review. Until then, the sweetness will definitely limit the number of that I can drink without something in between to keep me interested.

TheMadJack, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish brown with a light tan, 3/4 inch head that recedes relatively quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is rather weak, I picked up the typical Sam's scent coupled with a touch of caramel malt, and a hint of spice. Taste is of caramel malts, witha touch of honey up front, hints of roasted malts are present and a slight touch of floral hops. Nothing really truly jumps out about the taste. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a nice crisp feel to it. This is a nice beer to sit with, even though nothing truly jumps out.

Jayli, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a distinct reddishness when held up to the light. 1-2 finger thick head that fades quickly. Smell is malty and sweet - seemed a bit floral, too.

Very good taste - it's clearly more malty than hoppy, but a good balance has been struck. Some of the reviews here are pointing out a distinct sweetness, but I didn't really pick up on that - it could be that my tastebuds were out of whack, though. No bitterness. Mild carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

Mavajo, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of poriggity
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of bottles at Costco. Let them chill overnight, and drank straight from teh 12 oz bottle the next day. Nice malty and carmel sweetness, with a semi thick mouth feel. Very nice combinations of flavors. One of my favorite limited releases from Sam Adams, and I always try to find a case or two when they come out.

poriggity, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep bright copper - perhaps a bit reddish. Nearly no head and minimal lacing. Clean and clear.

S: Sweet Malt

T: Toasted and bready malt goodness

Mf: Medium bodied. Smooth malt taste with a crisp carbonated finish.

D: Smooth and tasty. I could definitely see kicking back a few of these. Very drinkable.

I was relatively happy with this beer. It was distinctly different than the Sam Adams Boston Lager (Vienna Lager) Now if they could stop putting it on shelves in August, it would be a solid OKtoberfest.

CavePainter, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of ectomorph
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming back to this beer over a year later. My 1st time through, I think I had a bad bottle or something.

12oz bottle well within the freshness date.

A - Clear dark copper body with a 1/2 finger off whit head that disappears quickly.

S - Faint honey and maple syrup with a hint of biscuits.

T - Roasty bread goodness with a honey sweetness. Some floral hops add to the mix. Not a malt monster, but close for the style.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes clean.

D - High. Good in any weather, with any food.

ectomorph, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of kindestcut
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours a very bright amber with plenty of effervescence. The white head mostly dissipated after a minute but still clung to life minutes later.

The aroma is malty, definitely sweet, with floral notes. At first taste there is a slight sweetness and a faint bitterness which lingers as a distant aftertaste. There is no dominant sweetness nor is there a flavor I would describe as "delicious."

The mouthfeel is very light bordering on watery. Unfortunately for the Sam Adams, I have had some very good Märzens so I some perspective to work with. I would rate this beer as good but not great.

kindestcut, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a coppery clear amber with a decent off-white, slightly orange head. Aroma is malty with hints of hops and spice. Flavor is firmly malty and has touches of hops and toffee and even a nutty hint. Texture is fairly smooth and rather fizzy and lively. A good beer for the season.

Cyberkedi, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber with a thin head that settles to a thin ring. Smells of firm malt and a little nutty, but also a little light and seltzer-like. The taste is pretty similar with an initial burst of firm malt followed by a seltzery fizziness and some late nuttiness. Kind of amazing how much this falls off. Its also just a bit too dry- it needs a bit more sweetness for the style. A bit fizzy and light in the mouth, this one seems better suited to a hot southern summer than the fall.

Georgiabeer, Sep 27, 2009
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
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,334 ratings.