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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,404
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 388 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of IrishRedRock


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Amber, equal balance of hops and malt in the aroma. Very smooth going down the hatch, but as an Oktober I thought it should have some more malt flavor. Certainly not a bad brew, it tastes good...but it seems this is more of a "drink but don't think" Oktoberfest, ie. a fancy seasonal for the BMC crowd.

10-16-2002 23:46:47 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Strix


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A pleasant surprise. I haven't particularly enjoyed the last few Oktoberfest beers I've tried, but this beer was nice. Nicely balanced I guess, and although it had the same notes of nuts and spice as the other Oktoberfests I've tried, it lacked the unpleasant aftertaste I've picked up in other brands. This beer actually had some nice complexity to the taste - roasted malts, nuts, spice? and hops. I had about given up on the style, but this shows what is possible with it.

10-14-2007 04:53:44 | More by Strix
Photo of mherring


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours out a nice amber/burnt orange color, with a finger width or so of head. I didn't really detect much on the smell, maybe a faint hint of malts. The taste is nice, malty, but not too much so, with a good finish. It maybe could have had a little stronger malt taste, but it still hits the spot. Mouthfeel is pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary, but drinkability is pretty high. Overall it's a solid beer that I wish was around more often, but then again, thats part of the fun of Oktoberfest.

09-05-2007 02:14:10 | More by mherring
Photo of Fnord


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance - Deep red, with a persistent lacing around the edge.

Smell & Taste - Caramel, grass, apricots, and alcohol. A pleasant hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - It'd be easy to drink this one all day.

Notes - A tasty oktoberfest that has the added bonus of being easy to find. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even Red Lobster had it. Like many Sam Adams beers, it can serve as a good baseline for its style.

10-26-2009 15:43:44 | More by Fnord
Photo of gkunkle


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

09-10-2010 06:28:25 | More by gkunkle
Photo of engisch

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a reddish amber with a fine lacing head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Flavor is also of caramel and malts with a nice balancing of hops bitterness. The bitterness is masked nicely by the sweetness of the malts. This is one of the freshest Marzens that I can get, and in addition, probably partly due to freshness, it is one of the better oktoberfests. I have to give Sam Adams a big thumbs up on this one. Another great beer that I enjoy a few every year!

10-20-2008 03:47:48 | More by engisch
Photo of rebelthrower


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Clear reddish copper in color. Head is a off white in color. Very little lacing

S - Lightly toasted malts, bready, and caramel.

T - Malty at first, some caramel and sweet in the end.

M - crisp and clean. Smooth taste. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing.

10-01-2011 06:12:01 | More by rebelthrower
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some bread/biscuit aromas. Taste is the same with some citrus zest hop flavors that come in to play. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Oktoberfest style beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

10-08-2011 19:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of steelreign

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Oh yeah - it's that time again. SA Octoberfest pours almost blood red with some shades of brown and a thin wispy white head. Aroma contains roasted malt, some hops and some earthy tones....not much else. Taste is malty, semi-sweet, and very little hops to balance it. Adequate carbonation, and very easy going down. The ABV and the fact that it is so easy to quaff down yields a 5 on the drinkability scale. You can drink alot of this one. Not a bad offering from SA at all...

09-22-2003 13:19:48 | More by steelreign
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a clear amber color with almost no head

S: Some nice bready malts, spicy hops, and a generic lager smell

T: Bready malts come through first and go on throughout, with a spicy hop presence that is fairly weak. Tastes like fall in a bottle in terms of all the bready malt goodness with that slight hop bite

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great fall seasonal and one of the few lagers (i.e., not a sweet malt bomb of a doppelbock) that I actually enjoy

08-23-2011 20:36:12 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of DocJitsu


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

2011--Pours a copper amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Classic Märzen aromas. Toffee and ripe fruit. Mouthfeel is magnificent for the style. Two years ago, Boston Brewing messed with the recipe causing the mouthfeel to to be too scrubbing and biting. Now just the right amount of creamy, which is enhanced by the toffee flavor, yielding to a mild scrubbing. I love how this is a beer to experience rather than just drink or swill. The appearance, aroma, mouthfeel and flavor are all complimentary, creating an inclusive sensory experience and a beer with excellent drinkability. Outside of Spaten, this is the best Oktoberfest I've had.

2012--Pours a clear golden copper with a 1/4", quickly dissipating, caramel-colored head. The nose is characterized by brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, and banana. The mouthfeel is so soft, thick, and wet, with just a hint of carbonation on the back of the tongue. Very, very pleasant. A nearly perfect balance of brown sugar, ripe date, and cinnamon comprise the flavor. There's no overdone, gimmicky pumpkin or cinnamon. It's a very classy Oktoberfest. And, thank God, there is not that usual, off-putting hop presence that is so often prominent in Sam Adams beers. This year is a huge improvement over last year. Thank you Boston Beer Co! Overall: 4.0; up from 3.75 from last year.

04-25-2012 01:48:04 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of JBogan


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured a deep amber color with a 2 finger head which left rather quickly. A few swirls of the glass and it returned easily. Average lacing.

This had a pleasing smell, slightly malty but not on the order of say, a Rogue Dead Guy.

The taste was even better than the smell, mostly malt but with a slight hop edge in there.

Not much carbonation nor a whole lot of mouthfeel, just average I'd say.

Like most Sam Adams offerings, this went down well. An above average brew which would be easy to knock down in quantity.

09-08-2007 19:25:04 | More by JBogan
Photo of tubacharlie


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Light caramel smell with a hint of fruity hops.

A decent off-white head develops over the clear, amber brew. Good lacing and retention as the head recedes.

At first sip, a good dose of hops bitterness as the creamy carbonation foams in the mouth. Nice malt presence in the middle palate, with caramel notes and a slightly sweet finish.

Right on the style, but not exceptional.

10-09-2011 01:59:52 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

bought a sixer in Seattle and have been enjoying this beer with many Fall dishes. Considering the reasonable price , this is a well made O fest beer that is easy drinking yet packed full of those nutty flavours that occur in this style. The finish is tiny bit sweet which suits the style and I like the balance in the mouthfeel. One of the best I have tried in this style.

11-02-2006 01:07:05 | More by canucklehead
Photo of allengarvin


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Very pleasant walnut amber color, with a quickly fading head however. Aroma is malty, most caramel but with a touch of toasted bread. Malty initial flavor, somewhat sweet and a little sticky, light toasted flavor, with low-moderate bitterness balancing it. Finishes clean and drier than expected. Neutral texture with a firm body.

One of the better of the early recipe Sam Adams beers, I've always found. Not exceptional but no obvious flaws or faults.

10-03-2006 01:25:11 | More by allengarvin
Photo of goschool


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On-tap at TGI Friday's in Thousand Oaks, CA. The establishment was not choice.

Appearance: Clear copper to orange with a white head that doesn't wait long to disappear.

Smell: The light nose bares sweet malts- biscuity, caramel, and toasty, light fruit, and noble hops.

Taste: There are sweet malts up front, which turn toasty and biscuity in the middle as fruits and grains come in. The finish is dry and hoppier than most, but it's not a hoppy style.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium-bodied and it feels smooth and creamy, with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Everybody is saying that this year’s Sam Adams O-Fest is the best they have ever made. This is the first time I’ve tried it so I can’t vouch for years past, but I can say that this is a solid sessionable märzen that’s as good as some of the Germys like Spaten.

10-19-2006 07:11:48 | More by goschool
Photo of beermanbrian


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to gdrakeman for this one. He's been bugging me about giving it a try. I'm sure I had it at some point in the past but can't really say it left any kind of impression. Had it on tap last night while out to dinner so figured tonight would be a good night to review the bottle.

Pours a nice dark copper color and foams up with a surprising nice little head that sticks around a while. Eventually falls to a very thin film on the top. Looks about as exiting as it gets for an Oktoberfest i guess. Smell is strong on the malty side. Taste follows suit. I've seen some complain that this is too sweet but frankly I think it has a pretty good balance of hops. Nice bitterness in the back of the mouth and finish. I was ready to be down on this one just to spite gdrakeman but i have to admit that it's a pretty good beer. Nice seasonal sipper.

10-14-2006 00:49:40 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of FSUmac


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN....

Appearance: Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a 1 finger head. Not much retention.

Smell: Malty and sweet with some molasses.

Taste: Malty like the style should be. Caramel with a slight slight hint of hops. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is well balanced. I really enjoy this beer when it comes out every year. It's a nice change up for all of the IPAs.

10-04-2008 00:31:03 | More by FSUmac
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

this is a great octoberfest. looks pretty standard, autumn orange color with a lacey off white head that lasts awhile. smells like big german caramel malts and bready yeast. flavor is complex and not nearly as sweet as so many octoberfests are. i pick up so many fall flavors in this, like pumpkins, squash, and brown sugar, but that may just be a product of the season. mouthfeel is right on for the style, its lighter in body but not thin, just really drinkable. carbonation is pretty relaxed in this. its one of those beers that demands a huge glass. letting a one liter draft get a little warm as it drinks is how i always wish i was having it.

08-24-2012 15:57:09 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of pwsoldier


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours a clear copper with a large, creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and patchy lacing.

S - Caramel, buttered toast, and some very faint grassy notes.

T - Caramel and buttered toast persist, with some spice adding some subtle complexity to it. A hint of lemon is also present in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, dry finish. Carbonation does a good job of keeping the sweetness in check.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of Marzens, but I like this one a lot.

10-06-2008 04:09:52 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of Shaw


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This has improved a lot since I last reviewed it.

Pours a deep amber in color with a light brown head that reduces to bits of foam in my glass.

Light, sweet aroma of malt and fruit.

The taste is good. It's rich, but not cloying. Light fruity taste reminds me of grapes. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Solid body with nice amount of heft.

Overall this is a solid Oktoberfest beer. Nothing wrong here.

10-01-2010 03:17:46 | More by Shaw
Photo of Brutmasta

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A-Clear amber/rust color, one finger white head. The appearence really makes you think of fall, which I guess is the point. A really good looking beer!

S-Biscuits right off the bat, followed by fall oriented scents like nutmeg and pumpkin pie. After taking some really big whiffs I feel like I'm laying in a big pile of leaves!

T-Medium bodied with average carbonation. The classic Marzen spices hit you right off the bat, there's also a surprising salty taste. Finishing very clean with a tad bit of alchohol.

M-Nothing really special here, a bit of carbonation when it first hits the palate, but finishes very silky and clean!

O-Overall one of the best non imperial octoberfests' that I've had, blows Leinenkugel's and Harpoon's versions out of the water. Might take a back seat to Dogtoberfest though...

10-20-2011 02:20:08 | More by Brutmasta
Photo of Amish_Ambush


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Reviewed on: 09-01-2006

Taste: Toffee, Caramel with a slight hop edge. Malty toastiness and a subtle, light sugar water taffy in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Smell: Slight Toastiness. Slight Hops. A little bit of caramel.

Ap: Small head, medium lacing. Burnt orange in color.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth.

Drinkability/Notes: I will get this again before is disappears off the shelves. A good effort. Thank

01-06-2013 02:13:38 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of inebrius


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Deep copper-amber leaves a partial lace. Malty biscuit nose. Sweet malt start turns gradually bitter hop and lingers shortly. Creamy and tasty SA Octoberfest is a quality beer IMO. I am truly glad to have a beer of this merit readily available.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

04-15-2002 18:39:13 | More by inebrius
Photo of association330


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours a deep red-orange with a one-finger head that quickly fades to a thin film with a ring of foam on the sides of the glass. Leaves light spots of lacing.

S - Caramel malt, bread, spice, some fruity characters, touches of maple syrup and molasses. Aroma could be less subdued though.

T - Bold and sweet caramel malt, bread, molasses, a kiss of bittering hops on the swallow to balance out an otherwise sweet, grainy finish

M - Medium-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. Quite smooth and a tad warming.

D - Very easy drinking with solid flavor and mouthfeel.

I'm sure this doesn't stand up to some of the marzens from Germany, but it's pretty darn good. I see a few more six packs of it in my future going into fall.

09-05-2008 20:56:59 | More by association330
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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