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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 4949
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
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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MeatHunter

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic liquor store with an awesome variety of craft beers. Over the years, I have tried many beers from Sam Adams and to me, they all had one familiar taste. HOPS. Don't get me wrong, I like hops, when it's applicable to the style, but it just seems like Sam Adams uses them liberally in most of their beers. The other day I decide to pick up a 6 pack of Octoberfest. Have wanted to try this for some time as Octoberfest/Marzen is one of my favorite if not THE favorite style of beer.

All I can say is WOW. Truly impressed. Now I may be a bit biased on my review being that this particular style sits well with me, but there was nothing out of place with it.

Color. A perfect clear Amber.
Mouthfeel. Not malty, not watery.
Taste. Sweet, but not. Biscuit flavor/smell initially. A subtle sweetness on the backside.

This is a beer, in my opinion, that should appeal to all palates. I WILL be stocking up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:54:31 | More by MeatHunter
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not your typical Oktoberfest. The first and last thing I notice here is the hops. And do I love hops. This one really hits the spot. The 12oz bottles just aren't enough. I have to get the big glass and do two at a time with this one. the beer finishes clean with a distinct hop after flavor that is the ugh factor that is often associated with to many micro-brews. I look forward to this one every year. But I usually wait till my "real" German Oktoberfest run out. This can't compete in the European market I am sure - but as far as American Oktoberfest beers goes. I would have to rank this as a second place contender ender after St. Arnold's Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 08:36:36 | More by AtrumAnimus
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donchata

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was of an orange amber hue. The appearance is one of golden orange with a touch of maroonish haze color. The smell was rich with spice and wheat with a strong undertone of herbs. The taste and mouthfeel where both very, very nice. Filled with flavor with no hint of bitterness. My overall impression was excellent. Go buy some!.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 16:15:45 | More by donchata
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful orange color, light carbonation, decent tan head with noticeable lacing. Rich caramel malt in the nose with a hint of SA's trademark hops. Nice moderate mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, with a rich caramel malt on the tongue. A touch of bitterness adds to the drinkability. It feels and smells as if it would be sweeter, but it is not. It's very refreshing. A touch of alcohol as it warms in the glass, but almost imperceptible. Does not detract from the great taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2007 00:42:03 | More by tugdriver7
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blakesell

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tall belgian glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a good 3 finger high head of foam on the top. Quickly collapses to strange oil slicklike splotches on the top of the beer. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell- Rich carmelly malts and a good hop presence, a hint of clove as well in the aroma.

Taste- Rich maltiness and hop character all thru this beer. Very nice taste. As it warms there is more amber/vienna malt character that seeps thru and sweetness kicks in.

Mouthfeel- Thick and coating and yet the beer itself is light-medium bodied. Hops coat the palate and there is even carbonation in the beer. A slight astringency adds a slight drying finish.

Drinkability- This beer has a high drinkability and could be an easy drinker for all day, especially in the fall when the beer is geared towards. Brisk weather and this beer are an excellent pairing. Now to find some wurst!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:29:25 | More by blakesell
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty Oktoberfest, this is one of my favorites from Sam Adams. This dark orange, almost copper-colored creation pours a nice, if typically brief Sam Adams head, and has a good aroma that is at once fruity and somewhat spicy. The taste is impressive, rather sweet with citrus and a bit of caramel but also with a slight bite. The texture is a touch syrupy, but not too overbearing, and nothing that would keep me from grabbing a couple more afterward.

A fine beverage, one that always reminds me of playoff baseball watching my beloved Yankees. Well worth buying a six or a twelve-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 05:06:22 | More by Gehrig
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, rich amber color with white head that retains well.

Nose is a pleasant musty sweet caramel, maybe old polished wood too. Some fresh brown bread in there as well.

Palate is a luxurious malty richness with hops that hide well so the malt can shine. Malt sweetness is just right in this beer. Again, some fresh bread flavors emerge as they do on the nose. This is a good example of the style, even though it's not a German example.

Finish is medium length with a residual sweetness that teases you to take another sip of this fine lager. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 06:11:15 | More by yemenmocha
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark amber/copper color with decent lacing.

S- Sweetbreads, cinnamon, sweet spice, raisin, light hops. Very malt driven.

T- Nice sweet doughy malt, cinnamon, raisin, apple, all things October.

M- Velvety smooth maltiness.

D- A bit high on ABV, but I'd fest with this, no problem. Definitely will have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 03:16:54 | More by Greggy
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beernut

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fan-fucking-tastic!! I basically love any Sam ADams beer that is out there,so my review will always be scored high.
Pours a lovely amber color, with a white head that doesnt stay long. Aroma of caramel and sweet malt. Has a tatse of spices and caramel that makes you want another one right away. Goes down smooth. Thank you Jim Koch!! Fall is my favorite, the best beers come out at this time.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 13:03:19 | More by beernut
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drxandy

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to standard pint, pours an orange amber shade, cream colored head fades

smells of malts, slight hops, biscuit/caramel

tastes of roasty malts, true to style, biscuit caramel malts, highly drinkable, creamy, good choice of hops

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, loads of flavor, very sessionable

great balance and one of the best easy to find oktoberfests!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 20:28:36 | More by drxandy
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass with 1/2 inch of barely off-white head. The beer is vibrant amber/orange, the epitome of autumn.

Aroma is rich and malty. Bread crust, toast, caramel, and even some light toffee. A little bit of spicy German noble hops also peek through.

The taste follows the aroma with bready, toasty and caramelly flavors. It's perfectly balanced and the malt flavors are really nice, rich, and complex. Hops are present with a light spiciness.

Medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel and crisp, mildly sweet finish.

I may have a little bias on this one as it's the beer that originally got me interested in craft beers and brewing. It's one of my favorites to have around in the fall and a great one to have while watching football. An all around fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 19:24:29 | More by bump8628
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greengorilla

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice copper color with a good thick white head and nice lacing.

It smells good and malty.

This is what I believe an Oktoberfest beer should taste like. It has a great balance of bready malt taste with the right amount of spicy hops.

I like the mouthfeel, and it is very drinkable. This is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 13:32:26 | More by greengorilla
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halo21

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Enjoyed from a bottle in the Sam Adam's perfect pintglass - Poured strong with a thick fluffy white head. The beer shone in a bright rust orange with lively carbonation. Very inviting!

Smell:Sweet toasty malts with a slight metallic hop along with a hint of bread yeast.

Taste:Toasted malt sweetness with a bit of herbal hops on the end. A drying finish leaves your mouth coated with a sweet toffee to bread flavor. Yeast character comes through a bit more as it warms up.

Mouthfeel:Creamy smooth, lively. Medium bodied; perfect for this style.

Drinkability/Palitability:Very high.

Notes:This year, they got it dead on. Perfect balance on the flavor, the mouthfeel had the perfect weight with that creamy head, and the drinkability is through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:38:25 | More by halo21
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated for January 2012

Coppery amber in color, decent head with nice lacing. Taste is crisp clean and semi sweet more malty than not. Leaves pleasant aftertaste. A full body and rich taste, not the same as actual German imports however!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:59:13 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Johnnyboy12

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Octoberfest is very delicious. I taste its original lager taste mixed with small amounts of fall spices. Very easy to drink if your a lager or ale drinker like myself. i wouldn't expect anything less from Sam Adams their beers are always brewed i think the best on average

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 16:53:12 | More by Johnnyboy12
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great style mastered by the Boston Beer Company. Pour was nice orange and amber hue. Very copper to strong orange when back lit. Nice white head that dimished rather quickly. Minor lacing of the pint glass. Smelled sweet like molasas and caramel cream candy. Lots of malt character present in this brew. Starts out with the sweet malt flavor that rolls smoothly across the tongue just like an Oktoberfest should. Nice smooth finish has a rather big chewy kind of falvor to it. Very drinkable and I enjoyed this beer to the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 13:35:25 | More by bigone4
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GLD

Ohio

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

A- Very dark amber, Short lasting head, little to no lacing
S- Little berry almost wine like aroma
T- Slightly sweet, notes of caramel, good malt flavor towards end
M- Light almost dry, Slight bitterness. Very pleasant over all
D- Not too heavy or filling and at 5.4% ABV not too over powering

In all very good example of this style, I find myself looking forward too it's release each year.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 03:17:32 | More by GLD
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rdub

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at a local Texas Roadhouse. I always have one of these when it shows up around here. Nice amber color with a half inch creamy head. Glass must have been clean since it stayed around quite awhile. Nice malt flavor with very low bitterness. Not so heavy. Could drink quite a few of these to celebrate the upcoming fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2007 16:14:07 | More by rdub
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aquaderek

California

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass... It has a very nice reddish brown coloration. The nose is spicy maltiness, with slight hops in the background. The taste is a very balanced tasty fall mix. The mouthfeel is the right amount af carbonation and slightly viscious. This is a pretty drinkable beer and I will drink more than a few this October.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 03:19:35 | More by aquaderek
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ClavisAurea

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 brew on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: reddish copper, good head, moderate lace

Smell: caramel, malts, brown sugar

Taste/Mouthfeel: caramel, malt, low hops, sweet

This is an excellent Oktoberfest lager. Well lagered and on point with Sam Adams quality.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 18:52:24 | More by ClavisAurea
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured clear copper hue with a two finger head that had some nice lacing. No activity could be seen.

It had a nice malt and hops scent. Balanced and mild.

It had a very robust and well balanced taste of malt and hops. It was smooth and medium bodied with a nice clean malt finish.

Very drinkable. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 02:35:55 | More by Rennpferd
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised by this one. I really am not the biggest fan of Sam Adams beers, they tend to really never impress me until today.
WOW, this one is by far one of my favorite beers after having tasted it. NIce floural hops and good amber color, this one may be me new Octoberfest o' choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 00:22:53 | More by skeetermoses
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sfsean28

New Jersey

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

I bought the 22oz bottle almost everyday for the past two weeks. Its been a few years since I had a SA Octoberfest and I was very pleased with it. The color looked great the pour left a nice foamy head. My first taste and I can notice the malt right away. A hint of sweetness. After each sip I wanted more. Next stop I have to try it on tap.

I was very impressed with beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 05:39:16 | More by sfsean28
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grizzly700

Pennsylvania

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..

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 16:19:11 | More by grizzly700
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this American twist of an Ofest lager.
Brillantly clear copper in color with a decent head that doesn't stick around for ever.
Nice brew day malty aroma as I enjoy in a true amber, marzen or alt.
Tastes as it smells with a nice medium caramel malt and toasty biscuit flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium light and clean, appropriate to style but I prefer a tad more body.

A go to easy to get Marzen IMHO. I look fwd to this one every year :)

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:58:38 | More by unclejimbay
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