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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,559 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,559
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 944 | 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 GallowsThief
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft from one of the local Pleasure Island kiosks.

A - Poured a deep amber color with a huge creamy head. Left a nice amount of lacing that did not recede at all.

S - Was much sweeter smelling then I was expecting. Also had a fair amount of earthy smell.

T - Much less sweet then the smell. You can taste the earthy malt in this. Fairly average.

M - A good amount of carbonation here. Has a nice creamy texture. Very clean and light for a fest beer.

D - Sure but there are much better fest beers.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a dark amber with a one finger offwhite head. Looks like the dictionary definition for an marzen.

S- strong malty characteristics, lots of sticky caramel coming through. There's an almost toffee like sweetness to it too...very nice

T- yeah, this is really malty...picking up hints of cinnamon in addition, but I'm mostly getting that strong malt backbone. But its not overly malted, which is a positive. There's a slight sweetness to it too...interesting

M- I've mentioned the maltiness that gives it the body it has...nice backbone. Solid body

D- its my standard marzen for the season...there are better, there are worse, but this is a great example of the style

Photo of Evocatus
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange with a white head. Aroma was pretty good. Picked up hints of fruit and malts. Taste was a mix of malts, fruitness, and slight hop bitterness. Good body, not too thick or thin. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Photo of Reaper16
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ The Downtown Pub, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours an expected bronze/copper color, though a touch darker than many other beers of the style. An airy froth of eggshell head, one finger plus, whisps around.

Initial impression of the aroma was that this isn't much different than Boston Lager. The malts that Boston Beer Company uses for their lagers all seem to smell similar. Grainy, nutty, maybe too sweet. Some candy apple fragrance. German hops. Par for the style.

Thankfully, this beer tastes a whole lot less generic. A clean, well-blended malt profile lifts this beer. Warm, browned malts meet richer, nutty flavors. Steely hops undercut the potential buildup of sweetness. Not too much apple ester sort of flavor but enough to keep things interesting.

I didn't once consciously think about the mouthfeel during my two pints of this. It wasn't offensive or distracting. Those kinds of mouthfeels are generally good. Drinkability is darn good. A low ABV% of 5.3 and a clean, easygoing flavor makes for a nice Autumn session candidate.

For me, this is the second best beer that Sam Adams puts out. Easy-drinking & all-purpose.

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

A hard style to get right and this is on the way. Look is proper with a caramel color and an off white head. Palate is the typical stale apple marzen malt and straw. A bitter of husk and a body that carries you through. But this is done correctly at best. Nothing exceptional about it.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a couple of weeks ago just as it was coming out for the season. It was a very nice penny color with a nice malty Samuel Adams type smell to it. (if you had their other beers you know what I'm talking about) Also with that trademark spicy Noble hop smell but dialed back a bit more when compared to their Boston Lager. The taste is better than the smell actually with a really rich malt taste and an amazing body feel for the lower alcohol content it has. The hops are subtle just to add to the malt. Very nice sweet malts as well. On tap it had more of a crisp hop bite to it then it does in the bottle. With that aside it still has a nice Noble hop character to it that balances out the sweet flavor of the beer. Probably my favorite fall beer I've had.

Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap and into a standard pint glass. Happy hours are fun!

Looks: perfectly clear deep almond-ornage in color, with a khaki head that looks stickier than it is, since it dissipates to a heavy layer of foam within a minute, leaving minimal spots of lace.

Smells: like an apple tree, tinged with the colors of autumn. Lots of lager yeast and sourdough bread, with the light nuttiness of almonds and walnuts along with a hint of sweet red apple cider.

Tastes: far nuttier, with some peanuts added in with those almonds and walnut. Also get some lightly toasted wheat bread and dried apples before a snappy finish. All these flavors, however, are just a little light.

Feels: watery. A medium carbonation fizzes up the beer as it moves about the mouth. Light-bodied.

Drinks: easily and quickly. A little light on flavor, but a crisp finish keeps you going back for more.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Drank from Sam Adams glassware.

A: Amber color with orange highlights when the light hits it. Tan foamy head that went from 2-fingers to nothing in no time. Lacing doesn't stick to glass very well.

S: Very clean smell with subtle hints of roastyness. Not very impressive.

T: You can get some roasty notes, but again, it's very subtle and clean. Burnt caramel and not bitter at all.

M: Very watery, moderate carbonation.

D: High drinkability, it goes down very smooth. I'd buy this before any BMC product, it's a little better than those "lunar" series of beers.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, pale malt, grain, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, grain, slight hop, hint of yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, hops and sweet malt are background flavors compared to the pale malt and grain.

Photo of gromis
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this beer has one of the best heads I've ever experienced. Very nice consistency, long lasting; it's mouth-watering creamy goodness!

The nose is a light combination of malt, hops, and a slight fruitiness.

There is a pronounced pleasant light hoppiness all through the taste on this one. Fade is a nice combination of hops and malt.

Definitely would drink this again.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug. Part of a sampler pack.

Appearance: Amber-to-copper in color, it pours with a nice head which fizzes down to nothingness over the course of several minutes. Decent, moderate lacing around the edges, and visible carbonation.

Smell: Very malty. Just a touch of bitter hops, and a mild tone of alcohol.

Taste: Surprisingly rich. You can taste the toastiness. A touch piney, and very pleasant hops (they really shine through here).

Mouthfeel: Just very mellow all the way around. The carbonation doesn't make much of an appearance, but it tastes good enough that that isn't an isn't.

Drinkability: I am not a big Octoberfest guy...haven't had good experiences with the beers before. This one may have the power to cause me to reconsider. I like it! Could have a few of these.

Photo of joshotron
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A reddish/orange color. Has a nice thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Malty aroma with a lot of caramel and spice

Taste: A nice mixture of malts and sweetness with a kind of dough like aftertaste. Tastes like fall

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. Very well crafted.

Photo of DaeHanL
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served on Tap at most establishments in town this time of year.

Appearance: Pours a coppery-orange with little head. Head dissipates quickly into a very thin lacing.

Smell: A slight hint of caramel and a tiny bit of spice. Not a very fragrant brew.

Taste: very malty and a tad sweet. Sometimes i swear i can taste pumpkin spice.

Mouthfeel: very smooth with a medium-body. Doesn't leave a residue in your mouth once consumed.

Drinkability: Most of Sam Adams is over-rated in my opinion. In a city of excellent German-style Märzen, SA Octoberfest is still possibly my favorite. Great if you're in the mood to taste 1 beer, and also excellent if you're looking to toss several back.

Serving type: Pint Glass

Photo of trbergman
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Rich red-orange with a thin, light tan head that quickly dissipates into a creamy lace.

S - Bready, dough-like malt with floral and spicy hop aromas.

T - Well-rounded on the palate, with bready, toasty malt making a strong initial showing. Rich malt character shines through and through, but around the middle it's joined by lemon zest, grass, and leafy noble hop flavors and a refreshing hop bite. Bitterness never steals the spotlight from the malt, but does offer a nice counterpoint and maintains a good balance.

M - Light to medium body, on the lighter end for the style - with crisp, perky carbonation.

D - A tad light and hoppy, but over all a good, thirst-quenching Marzen. A great choice for novices and seasoned beer-lovers alike, and among the best I've had from Sam Adams.

Photo of kmac101
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank Sam Adams Octoberfest in a 24oz bottle and also the 12 ounce bottle. I think that the 24 oz bottle was a lot more enjoyable and had a better finish to it.

Sam October has an impeccable smell which helps with the drinkability, this beer is hard to keep in my glass. I have tried a lot of different octoberfests because it is one of my favorite styles and I think that Sam's Octoberfest is exemplary. One of the best on the market.

Photo of mlazzaro
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"octoberfest" renaming the style. 12 oz bottle.

a- copper color. low carbonation. quality clarity.

s- musci aroma. not very pungent.

t- sweet, watery. slight caramel tones. lager yeast flavor. the end of the sip reminds me a lot of Sam's Boston Lager. tastes watered down. slight sulfury character.

m+d - after having some really good oktoberfests this year; this kind of tastes like an oktoberfest brewed for 'very' general appeal. reserved and somewhat tasteless. glad I only bought one.

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of fluffy foam that settles down to about a finger or a half a finger for a while.

Smell: Caramel and biscuit malt, very sweet with a slight tingle of hops in the nose towards the end.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and bready malt. Love the biscuity malt here, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Hands down my favorite American Octoberfest. Say what you will about Sam Adams, but this is my favorite beer of theirs year after year. I definitely drink my share while it's in season.

Photo of Swill5786
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour produces a good, tight, two finger head with fantastic lacing down the glass. Brew is a beautiful orangish-amber. Nose is floral and spicy hops; slight presence of sweet malts. Taste is malty and then a good bit of breadiness. Medium body with gentle carbonation. Highly drinkable.

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange color. A little more than a finger tan head foams up and has decent retention. No lacing and moderate carbonation.

S - Toasted malts caramel and alcohol. Nothing Interesting here,

T - Follows the smell to the letter. Caramel toasted malts and alcohol. Maybe a touch of odd tasting pumpkin. A slight bready after taste.

M - Pretty good balance here. Medium mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

D - For a mediocre beer this has above average drinkability.

When I first started drinking beer I thought this was one of the best beers. Now that I've had my far share of better beer, this is simply just mediocre.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Burnt amber in color. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Poor head retention. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: The aroma is sweet up front. Not much hops at all. Nice malt backbone. Fairly clean nose. Touch of freshly milled grain.

T: Starts off a little sweet. The lager yeast comes through for a second then it is all about the malt. Little bit spicy. The sweetness really carries throughout. Finished dry.

M: Quite smooth. I look for a little bit more creaminess from the style though. When it was poured it was a little overcarbonated but it calmed down in the glass quickly.

D: Enjoyable. Not the best example of the style I have had but a fresh marzen is always welcome.

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

A: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a couple finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: Solid toasted bread and biscuit malt base with some caramel and light spicy ester aroma. A hint of floral hops and yeast. Not overly impressive, but decent enough.

T: Toasted malt dominates the flavor and gives off a slight nutty toffee flavor. Somewhat sweet with plenty of bread and again, some spice esters.

M: The body is actually quite nice, we'll say medium, with a smooth mid-level carbonation.

D: I don't remember liking this beer quite as much in previous years, but for whatever reason, it did it for me this go 'round.

Photo of chickenflea
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich hops and malt aroma. Pours a rich coppery color with a thin but inviting looking head. Very little lacing and retention. Gives an instant sweet taste with a mildly sour flavor after that followed by some tinny bitterness that lingers. The beer goes down smooth and and if very refreshing. Medium carbonation and light body. A pleasant beer.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a darkish golden orange/amber with a fairly white small head with disappearing bubbles.

Smell: Bready with a slight twinge of herbal/earthy hops. Sweet malt that has a distinct toasted profile.

Taste: Toasted fresh bread with a nice subtle hop undertone (mostly earthy hop notes). Finishes pretty sweet, like fresh rolls you just pulled from the oven.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fairly clean with a light to medium body.

Drinkability: A very nice and appropriate seasonal from BBC. It definitely has a distinct Sam Adams-y note to it (probably due to similar ingredients in their other malt forward brews). Definitely shows that they aren't too bad and priced excellently when you grab one of there non wheat/fruit beers.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange amber color; nice head; sheet lacing
S: malty, sweet, bready
T: very spiced; hoppy and complex; not very sweet
M: the sparkly spiciness makes the mouth hum
D: very inviting

This would pair nicely with something sweet and unspiced, say an ordinary pumpkin pie.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Fall pack poured into Perfect Pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

S: Malty. Lots of bread with a hint of spices.

T: Lots of caramel malt with some bread and a bit of nuttiness.

M: Medium with the right amount of carbonation.

D: High.

I like this one a lot. It is full of caramel and is great for a fall night.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,559 ratings.