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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,595 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,595
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,031 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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.

Photo of jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Crystal-clear orange/amber with 2 fingers of pillowy white head.

S - Subdued nose of sweet malts and earthy hops with a tiny bit of spice.

T - Spot on with the nose ; sweet caramel malt, earthy hops and more spice. Pleasant, but not too complex.

M - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - Nice and drinkable, like most SA beers.

Photo of ProudGreen89
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic

A-pours a nice golden brown with a 1 finger frothy tan head, not much lacing.

S-biscuity, malts and barley are present as are spices and faint hops. Doesnt really surprise or overjoy me here, just a nice aroma.

T-Very nicely balanced with a sweet and malty body and a crisp and dry bitter hoppiness near the finish, its complex yet simple at the same time, also quite refreshing and not heavy on the pallete or stomach which makes it a good session beer but also a good beer to have with a meal.

M-A little lighter than id like for a malt beer meant for fall but still enough of a body there to really grab onto. a fair amount of carbonation but its just the right amount.

D-Overall a great beer to enjoy if you just want one with your meal or to have more if youre out at a nice pub with some friends. Its smooth, tasty and refreshing.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This appears to be a very widely accepted seasonal brew, even reaching folks not crazy into micro-brewed beer.

A - Pours a clear orange amber with a one finger tan head. Good retention but minimal lacing.

S - Caramel and biscuity malt, finished by grassy hops.

T - Bready and slightly toasted with some spices. Finishes dry, hoppy, and sweet. Slightly bitter but very malty.

M - Medium bodied and I like the level of carbonation here.

D - Definitely sessionable, as it should be! Still, it is too malty and sweet for me to really session like the style is meant for.

Photo of bronco94
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass

A - bright clear copper color with a thin light tan-ish white head that faded quickly and left no lacing

S - bready and malty, slight yeasty sweetness

T - malty and slightly sweet, faint hops linger in the taste, nothing too dramatic or spectacular

M - light, smooth, medium to high carbonation. Crisp feeling in the mouth

D - very drinkable due to the moderate alcohol content, balanced flavor and lack of any overpowering tastes. You could probably drink these all night, but I wouldn't want to. A couple in an evening is enough.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured three bottles into my Paulaner maß. Pours deep copper to dark amber with a two finger light brown head that fell to a thin layer.
S: bready sweet malt, and a light bit of fruit
T: malty sweet just a touch of grain barely a hint of hop bitterness
M:smooth and medium carbonation
D: VERY drinkable otherwise i wouldn't have put three in my krug

Photo of gkunkle
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful transparent copper orange color with a tall tan head. One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen, I was very excited to take a sip once I got it into the glass. Smells sweet and malty, with a little bit of spice. Taste is of sweet malt and spice. There is also some hop bitterness in there, but it is just the right amount. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. Overall a great beer that I really enjoyed. Much more accessible than other marzens, such as Paulaner, Hofbrau or Ayinger, but still a great brew. I am almost always impressed by Jim Koch and Sam Adams. They may not make the best beer in any one category, but they make a wide variety of really decent beers.

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

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Crystal clear golden orange color with tight thin white head. Short lived with just a little lace.

Aroma is malty and spicy. Clean lager yeast.

Flavor is pleasant and easy drinking as most of the oktoberfest style tend to be. Malty and sweet, a bit of warm spice like cinnamon and clove.

Crisp clean mouthfeel, medium-light body, moderately carbonated.

Overall a solid example of the style. I think that is something that can be said of just about all of Samuel Adams beers which I think is pretty impressive.

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

I'm starting to think I say the same thing for every Sam Adams beer that I judge. They really know what they're doing at the Boston Beer Company.

It's got a nice amber color, makes me imagine it's fall (even though it's still 90 degrees out here in NC).

The taste is a perfect "Octoberfest" type of beer. It's not something I would want all of the time, but it gives me that nice beginning of fall type feeling.

Bottom line, I'll but it in autumn, but that's it. (Good marketing by them, eh?)

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

Poured into a sam adam perfect pint glass, I got a decent sized head that faded quick before I even took a sip. The beer itself is medium amber in color.

Sweet malt aroma sporting fall spices. Tastes toasted and buttery with a faint sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and lively yet a little thin. Drinkability isn't bad.

Overall this is a fair offering. Occasionally it tastes like a cheap imitation, and other times it's totally enjoyable....depends on the day and the situation I'm in.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

I do so enjoy Quizzo beer. This one pours a clear orange amber topped by a half-finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, citrus peel, red apple skin, and some light toffee. The taste holds notes of light caramel apple (holy hell, it merged!), walnuts, orange rind, and some miscellaneous florals. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, semi-crisp feel. Overall, a nice O-Fest, not among the tops, but good enough for a Fall afternoon o' lazin' 'n' whatnot.

Photo of grizzly700
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always a favorite of mine pours dark copper color with hints of caramel..Head lasts for a little not too long.. Nice body a little heavier than some Oktoberfest beers I have had..Does leave slight not overbearing aftertaste.. This is one of my favorite seasonal beers..

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

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Harvest Collection12 pack:

Pours a highly carbonated, amber orange with a thick tan head. Smell is considerably sweeter than other marzens I've tried yet.. Taste starts off toasty and twists into bitterness. Pretty smooth and creamy feel, more like a pastry than a bread. Finishes quick, drinkability is definitely high. A unique example of the style, IMO.

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

Pours an attractive clear, dark copper/light brown with a small, short-lived head. Aromas are malty, mainly toasty with a faint earthiness; altogether the nose is more subdued than those of my style favorites. Taste is very good; I'd rate it higher if it weren't so simple. The toasty malts dominate the front palate, with a more balanced mid-palate, with a woodier taste on the finish. Texturally this beer is perfect, very full bodied, luxuriously carbonated; eminently drinkable.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured into a glass, the color was medium amber in color with a medium amount of foam that disapated in a short time. The smell of roasted malts and a hint of caramel and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste didn't match the aroma. The taste was a little weak in flavor and a little to bitter. There was the roasted barley malts, but that is just about all. I can't find the caramel and just a touch of spice?

This is not one of there better ales. A little disappointed, but, you can't win them all!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,595 ratings.