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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,097 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of CavePainter
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ectomorph
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of kindestcut
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of theghost3
3.56/5  rDev -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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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.

Photo of BigAl723
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of crossovert
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

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.

Photo of magine
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of howandmeg
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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.

Photo of JMD
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.