Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 6,565
Reviews: 2,022
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 952 | 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 Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, reddish amber-orange color. A tall, frothy head of caramel-tinted foam bubbles up, with above average retention. A few foamy rings of lace trail along the inside of the glass.

S: Some toasty/caramel malt aromas are definitely present. A mild hop presence offers leafy and light earthen notes. A bit of a tartness as well, although difficult to place.

T: The malt flavors take the stage here, and they are equally toasty and caramel-flavored. Sweetness is noticeable at first, but it is kept in check by a dash of hoppiness. Leafy and mild earthy hop notes are present, adding moderate bitterness. There are some complexities at work as well, with tealike tannins and toffee flavors among them.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp and definitely on the dry side into the finish.

D: A pretty solid Oktoberfest from SA. I brought home a smorgasbord of fall seasonals the other day, and this is the first I've gotten down to reviewing. It's nice to begin the switch from summer brews to something a little maltier. This one doesn't set the world on fire, but it's a rock-solid, accessible beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The brew is copper with a small white compact head.

S: A nice light roasted sweet malty smell together with some nice floral hops (a hint of bitter).

T: Sweet light roasted malt, bready and refreshing. Mostly floral hops but there are also bitter ones. Some faint citric notes.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Sweet and bitter aftertaste - really nice.

D: A nice märzen, a bit different from the central european ones - different but not bad. If you like märzen and havn't tried this one - it's a must!

Photo of ChuckR343
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel color with a tan head which dissipates after a minute or two. No lacing left on my glass. Like others, I couldn't quite place the taste I was getting and I think buttery is a good description. A sharp malty taste with little hop flavor. Definitely drinkable, but not session-able as the aftertaste hangs around a little too long. I almost like the sweet malty smell better than the taste.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber with a white collar and no head yet it left one stringy lace ring. Metallic with some noble hop spice--could be the victim of a frosty mug. Inoffensive toasted malt with some minor noble hop spice in back. Seems buttery this year?

I remember this being better. Bummer.

Photo of bobjonesSD
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Someone brought a six-pack of this over for a poker game and there was one left. It's relatively dark amber in color, a relatively uninspiring head when poured in a normal way. Not a lot of scent at all really, a little bit of toasted malt but not much. The taste is better though, layers of malt with biscuit and burnt sugar. Quite smooth and easy drinking - overall a solid effort. Considering the price I wouldn't mind picking up a six-pack or two. The lady might like it even more than I do.

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

A: Nice golden-brown with moderate carbonation with a decent 1-finger head, not terribly firm, but lasts.

S/T: Heavy buttery diacetyl notes, yeasty, with some slight spice and possible lemon. It's quite malty, very sweet with little hop bitterness.

M: Has the body of a lager with a bit of an extra creaminess.

D: Rather boring, but easy enough going down. The aftertaste lasts a while, but it's a bit too heavy on the butter. This beer helped me get into beer a couple years ago, so I give it a slight bump.

Photo of claminat420
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

had this on my bro's boat the other day and just found my notes on it.

A- poured a slight golden /amber color with a thick lacing head.

S- malty with a hint of a orange twist??

T- nothing to special here. tasted a watery malt with just the slightest bit of a caramel taste.

M- light bodied. medium/ high carbonation.

D- i had to rate the drinkability the highest cuz it just reminds me of a light beer flavored water.

Overall- i was expecting alil more from sammy on this one. i remember liking this one when i first started getting into microbrews. tonight i got 4 different oktoberfest's to try. so far if you haven't tried harpoon's i highly recommend it.

Photo of oneeye
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A. Pours a rusty amber with a nice glow about it's appearance. A thin head with very little lace.
S. Not much in the nose. A slight aroma of caramel malts and earthy grains. Smells like a malty lager.
T. The taste is soda like. Sweet with caramel malts. Tastes like chewy caramel candies. Rich toffee notes. An earthy finish. A little sour at the end from the noble hops.
M. The mouthfeel is thin but smooth and creamy.
D. I gave the Sam Adams Octoberfest a 3 for drinkability. A beer that tastes this good should be pretty sessionable. But it's not, for me that is. If I drink more than 3 in a sesh, I start to get the conspiracy theory Sam Adams headache. Even though it's not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, it's definitely my favorite beer from Samuel Adams. I highly recommend this tasty brew.

Photo of Zebus0
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Really pleasant burnt orange color that I should think goes with fall beer. Decent head as welll, not too much, stays around long enough.

S- Not a fan. To me all the Sam Adams beers smell the same, it's all the hops, not a fan of the really BEER smell.

T- Another lighter beer you won't see me review very often, but I was in the mood for a fall beer. It does have a pleasant mild taste, some nice herbal notes as well.

M- Average, a good medium between smoothness and a mouthful of grain, nothing to write home over.

D- Pretty good if you feel like a fall beer, and it's just September. It does have some drinkability, not something that I would reach for just anytime, but it has a place in the fridge from Sept-Nov

Photo of Coutastic
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh fall on Cape Cod..
A little nostalgia here, as Sam Adams was really my first craft experience, and it's my favorite time of year.

Poured 12oz bottle from a 6er in to pint glass

Poured a transparent amber with a generous 2 finger head that faded fast. Smells of bready malt with some earth tones. Taste is much like smell, picking up on some caramel. Good carbonation making the mouth a little dry and leaving an aftertaste of malt.

Drinkability? Will I have another? Of course! Like I said, it's that time of year.

Not at all a bad Octoberfest, not at all the best I've had.

Photo of cavedave
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours clear, dark-amber with reddish cast, topped by a finger of beige head. The head does a quick fade. A gentle swirl leaves sparse bacteria culture-looking spots of foam on the glass.

Nose is a somewhat weak aroma of caramel and bread, with hints of earth, and even lighter hints of citrus at the edge.

Flavor is an underwhelming, but tasty, simple mix of caramel, slightly toasty grain notes on the front of the sip, followed by gentle notes of sweet and bitter, that finish too quickly for a marzen. My mouth waits for a wave of bitter and/or malty flavors that does not arrive.

Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is good, there is a slight metallic taste in the cling. Two neg., one pos., hence the score.

Drinkability, despite, or because of, the flaws in taste and mouthfeel, is really quite good. Its thin mouth and tasty but weak flavor make for a beer that is more refreshing and drinkable than many marzens.

Photo of minnunderground
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear to hazy brown amber color
S- smell of hops carmal and maybe some malts
T- Starts with some hops ends with malts and citrus
M-kinda light but not too bad
D- Seems pretty drinkable i could do for a session with this

I would probably get this again sincce it is readily available and decently priced

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

A- Poured into a a pint glass, Beautiful deep clear auburn color.1 finger head fells moderately fast. A good amount of visible carbonation keeps a slight, sat half, of the beer covered. A touch of lacing.

S- Lots of sweet caramel malts in the nose. Its not very aromatic. It's good its just needs more of what it has.

T- Very clean caramel malts. It starts out big and sweet then comes across with the roasted caramel malts. Very pleasing. The finish is light with a slight residual sweetness.

M- Its a good medium beer, with what feels like a touch too much carbonation. More bittering hops would be better at keeping the finish dry.

O- this is a very pleasing beer. Very good caramel malt taste to it. It could have a touch more hops to the finish, they are almost not present and it seems could benefit by drying out the finish a bit more.

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

Amber color with a foamy off white head.

The smell is caramel malt with a little bit of bread, not very strong.

The taste is very thin and watery. The malt is caramel and a touch of honey. It has a light touch of figs.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and as I already said, a little watered down. I was expecting something more full bodied.

No issues with drinkability. Easy to consume quite a few.

This was a decent tasting beer, but I wish the flavor was more pronounced.

Photo of simskl
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. I love the arrival of fall so that I can grab a 24 of Octoberfest.

It pours a beautiful amber color with a small short lasting cream colored head.

The smell is very malty with a sweet overtone that doesn't last long because I drink the first one far too quickly.

This beer is very much of the Marzen type, very little hop in the smell but it can be tasted with no real bitterness. The test is not quite sweet and very deep.

Very easy to drink, and very very tasty. I love this beer.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of the latest Sam offering at my local pub. Poured a beautiful amber color. Nice head but not much on the nose. Taste is simple bordering on watery - not a lot going on here. Still , a very quaffable beer. Could easily throw back 3-4 of these, though my 16 month old started fussing as soon as I got my 2nd pint.

Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest tasting away, starting with the Sam Adams. Review is on the bottle poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark coppery red with great clarity that shows the ample amounts of carbonation running throughout. The initially monstrous (I'm a hard-pourer) off-white lofty head fades immediately to a watery skim and leaves behind chunks of spotty lace along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Really nice honey-roasted grains smell pleasantly toasted and crisp. There's not much to mention in the way of hops, but there is a distinct metallic presence in the aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's a really nice, refreshing quality to this marzen. Feel is pretty bright with a full-feeling quality. The hops not so present in the smell come through subtly as sweet citrus that adds to the brightness of the flavors and feel. The malts, however, play clear center-stage in the beer. They are nicely toasted and sweet without being too heavily roasted or too caramelly sweet. I like the balance a lot. Feel starts to fade fast though - gets waterier quickly as I drink.

Drinkability: Super-high, as expected for the style. A little too sticky in the finish to give it a 5, but really nice and surprisingly light and refreshing. Good transition from summer to fall.

Photo of bamadog
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass - here's to finally being done with duty! Cheers!

Appearance: Pours a deep coppery color with some hints of ruby; body is pretty clear and shows some moderate carbonation bubbling slow up in straight lines from the bottom; comes with a nice one finger head that is off-white and fades to a nice moderate and full skim on the surface, leaving behind an oily film on the sides of the glass that won't allow the spotty lacing to hold.

Smell: Not pulling much out of the nose at all really, just a little bit of a toasty/grainy aspect - very lager-esque...

Taste: Not much in terms of flavor either - doesn't really stand out to me as the seasonal offering and is more or less reminisicent of a standard lager - some nice toasty graininess, very light maltiness adds a tad of sweetness to it, but beyond that nothing is jumping to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy and smooth; nice carbonation that isn't too sharp keeps the body lively; slightly tingly and leaves a fairly sticky residue throughout the mouth - the body is actually quite solid in this beer and one of the better aspects to judge it by.

Drinkability: A pretty quaffable beer from Sam Adams, but nothing to really get excited about in terms of it being a seasonal when there are much better offerings from other breweries that seem to add something more worthwhile to their Oktoberfests. I could easily sit through several of these in a night though as the flavors are nice and the ABV is manageable.

Photo of mdquigley
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sight: Poured into a pint glass, this beer is deep amber, almost orange. Head is slight and disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty, but it's not strong. This is certainly not going to be a swing-for-the-fences honest-to-god Marzen. It is pleasant, however.

Taste: Delicious maltiness, tinged with a little bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste lingers for a few seconds and is malty. Not a powerful taste, will disappoint if you're looking for a hearty brew. It was too cold when I began drinking. After warming up the beer released some gentle spiciness; notes of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated, but highly drinkable. Again, not the fullest of beers, drank three and was extremely happy as well as satiated.

Overall: This used to be my favorite beer. Along with Fat Tire and Young's Double Chocolate, it was my intro to beer. Will always buy a six pack when I'm looking for something familiar, inexpensive, and moderately filling -- not to mention tasty. One of the better Sam Adam's out there.

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

A - Nice ruddy brown with sparse head and minimal lacing.

S - Aroma reminds me of plums and dried chili peppers.

T - Pleasant maltiness with hoppiness in the background. Tending toward sweet but not unbearably so.

M- As a fall brew should be; a little more weighty.

D - I'll quaff this brew in season and I appreciate its relatively low alcohol content for the shear pleasure of being able to have several if I wish

Photo of sisuspeed
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed this along with Left Hand's, Harpoon's and Otter Creek's Oktoberfest beers.

Poured this into a pint glass. The color is a red amber, slightly darker and clearer than the others I tried. Lots of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass, but absolutely no head, and I gave this a generous pour.

The aroma is almost untraceable. But what I do pick up is some sweet malt smell, but that is about it.

The taste is malty and a bit fruity with some spice thrown in. I also taste something that seems like a cross between pumpkin or squash, and sour milk. It's not unpleasant, but different. A little bit of hops dancing around in the background, but mostly unnoticeable.

The mouthfeel is definitely the most watery of the four Oktoberfests I had this afternoon. Overall though, the drinkability is decent. When I try to summarize this beer the image/flavor that comes to mind is sweet malty, slightly sour pumpkin. It is odd. I wouldn't say it is bad, but definitely different. Maybe this bottle hasn't been stored properly, or maybe this is what Sam Adams Oktoberfest is like. Either way, I would only want one of these in a sitting and overall, I'm not very impressed by this beer. There are much better Oktoberfest options.

Photo of abuliarose
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a rich orange with very slight head, but many big bubbles coating the inside of the glass. Things die down quickly as it would seem to flatten as I type. Smells slightly sour with faint traces of malt.

Tastes lightly malty and malt-nutty over citrus notes with an almost imperceptible bitter aftertaste. I can really taste the sourness I am smelling, though... almost like milk gone bad. Not appealing at all.

Otherwise, the mouthfeel is light and carbonation is so gentle and rounded that it's watery-smooth. The overall flatness and my urge to pour it down the drain when I whiff it make the drinkability low for me. Maybe I had a bad bottle but man, this would not be my first Oktoberfest choice.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish-amber color with a thick pillowy head. Head leaves a nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Has a sweet smell with strong hops notes. Smells pretty damn good. Some malts are also present.

Taste: Has a pleasing sweet taste with just a little bit of hoppy bitterness. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with almost no noticeabl carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid Oktoberfest and another good beer from Sam Adams. Like most of Sam Adams' beers, this beer isn't the best of its style but still is a good representation of the style.

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

Over at a buddy's place and elected to pull this out of the fridge in favor of the Bud and Miller Lite there. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, orange/amber color. Bubbly one inch head on it. Quick dissipation, sides o the glas left clean.

S - Smooth, sweet malts. A little bit toasty, not a whole lot of hops or citris in this one.

T - Toasty malts, a lot of caramel. Little bit of hops, more than I was able to pick up on the nose. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium bodied, a little more full than I was expecting. Leaves the mouth quickly.

D - Easy to get down, and can do more of these. Nothing fantastic, but a solid offering from the folks at Boston Beer. Like almost all Sam Adams brews, can always drink with no complaint.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I felt the first chill in the air this season, so being excited for fall beer season (I sound like a Sam Adams commercial, but I do love the beer seasons) I decided to pick up the SA harvest collection pack. After breaking a bit of sweat playing tennis, an octoberfest with dinner outside just seemed right.

Octoberfest pours a medium amber color with a nice, fluffy white head, but it ends up dying down to a disappointing lace.

Aroma is malty sweet with some slight spiciness. I'm thinking nutmeg....can that be right? Well, I checked it out by cracking some nutmeg in my hand and smelling it after the beer, and yes...there seems to be some nutmeg character. (Or at least I convinced myself there was) Also a tiny hint of cherry pits.

Flavor is caramely with a big sweetness. Slightly dry and bitter finish reminds me of what a dry leaf would taste like...ok, the whole seasons thing is really getting in my head now.

Mouthfeel is about average. A nice body, maybe a little light, but it would be improved by less carbonation to really bring out that smoothness and big lager character.

This beer is a nice seasonal offering. It doesn't pique my interest enough to want to session right now, maybe it's too early in the season (hasn't even started yet).

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,565 ratings.