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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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5,531 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,531
Reviews: 1,941
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 455 | 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 JohnGalt1


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for about $1.40... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2 Finger head atop a crystal clear amber red brew.

Aroma is pretty much all toasted malts.. bready... no hops.. very appropriate.

Malty out of the gate.. with toasty notes mid palate and a fairly dry finish... some very low spicy hoppy flavors.. Medium body with a smooth carbonation.. very clean.

This brew deserves better reviews... it is waayy better than some German imports I've had lately... maybe because this one is fresh, but I am not sure.. IMHO, this is a pretty spot on Octoberfest.


08-27-2008 08:06:55 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

2002 release. Orange-amber color and a white head with many large bubbles. Head stays well for a bit, but eventually goes down to a thin lace. Apparently this one needs a good hard pour to retain a head. Malty smell with some hop character and fruitiness. Lots of toasted malt flavor that is typical of Sam Adams beers. Sweet hop flavor that has just the right amount of bitterness, which seems to increase as you drink more. Lots of flavor here, but not quite as much as I would expect from a Sam Adams beer. Still a good brew in my opinion, and definitely worth trying.

09-04-2002 13:01:34 | More by hyuga
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a thick, off-white head and a semi-cloudy orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rather neutral. Taste is quite good, with a preponderance of hops and some barley as an under-taste. I loved the spicy aspect to this lager. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Samuel Adams Octoberfest finishes refreshing and wet. I could really feel the alcohol punch in my head on an empty stomach this morning. Overall, a very nice offering.


11-21-2010 16:25:56 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of sweett3k


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Sam Adams brew. Micro Macro ? I do not know. To me all Sams kind of have that same yeast note smell and flavor. A unique distinction for this beer. Looks like a red beer. Very light and crisp for an Octoberfest style beer. Pours a small head that disapates to hardly any lace. Notes of signature yeast and caramel. Taste like a darker Sam Adams Boston Lager. Kind of nutty. Easy to drink multiple of these. Decent .

09-20-2011 21:09:02 | More by sweett3k
Photo of Kromes


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head. The aromas are pretty simple. A sweet caramel/toasted malt aroma and a little bit of a yeast aroma. The taste is of caramel malt at first and that gives way to a smooth not too bitter finish(actually the finish is a little bit sweet also). The hop flavors become apparent in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is just about right. A light feel that goes down easy with a little bit of carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I would have no problem drinking this in mass quantities.

10-02-2009 16:06:41 | More by Kromes
Photo of hoser

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Samples picked up today for an Oktoberfest article. I remember this beer being meatier. Faint notes of sherry, highly poundable with a great mouth drying bitterness. My third one today and thinking about a fourth.Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemutlichkeit!

08-26-2010 03:21:57 | More by hoser
Photo of joekfsu


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with 1.5 cm off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel, that balances out at the finish. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, some lacing noted. Drinkable and one of the better Marzen's I have had this year.

10-20-2007 01:43:00 | More by joekfsu
Photo of tykees88


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a beer that I really like. I know there are probably better octoberfest beers out there, and I will be trying them. But for the price of this beer and the fact that it was readily available i think this beer is one that i will get again every fall. It's a very drinkable beer. Drinking this beer at a tailgate would be the way to go.

02-16-2010 15:05:23 | More by tykees88
Photo of adam42381


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Excellent beer. Probably the best offering of Samuel Adams that I've had thus far.

Appearance: Nice orange-brown color. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell: Malty and toasty. I detected a hint of wine which was odd but nice nonetheless. Also a bit of sweet caramel on the nose.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet yet toasty malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Midrange mouthfeel. Not too light, but definitely not heavy. Maybe not quite as thick as I would have liked but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Very high. It was quite enjoyable. I'm sure it would be excellent on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

09-24-2006 23:47:06 | More by adam42381
Photo of obrike


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Had one at my dad's during a visit yesterday.

Copper pour, fairly light head that did not last too long...very spotty lacing.

Fairly tame scent...sweet malt and not much else...maybe cinammon?

Wow, much more flavorful than I anticipated based on look and smell. The sweet malt was there, as was an almost spicey, peppery flavor. I really thought the combo was pretty good. Fairly carbonated, very sessionable. I woulda had a few more if there were any left.

Nice effort here by Sam Adams. I'll get this one again if I see it on sale.

10-03-2011 01:50:13 | More by obrike
Photo of AChamberlain


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an "enjoy before" date of Feb 2007.

A: It had a divine deep honey color, it reminded me of a fall leaf.

S: Typical honey and malt smell. Very promising.

T: Honey ain't there, what?!? The flavor I was expecting was not there. It was not bad though, just not what I was expecting.

MF: Light to medium bodied. Loose and smooth.

D: Very much so; a great oktoberfest to guzzle.

10-09-2006 02:31:27 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a dark copper/amber and produced a large fluffy, almost off white head. Small amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell is mostly toasted malts and sweetness.

Taste is malty with a nice mild amount of sweetness. Perhaps some hints of caramel and a little hint of hop bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a little bit of a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. It goes down quite easy and is a tasty brew. It may not be the best example of the style but I would definitely have it as a session beer!

11-01-2009 23:39:12 | More by MrStark
Photo of Spineypanda


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Probably one of my more favorites from Sam Adams.

Has a golden amber color with a thin somewhat lacy head.
Smells of malts and a hint of spice.
Has the taste of a big malty deliciousness :). A bit of the spice taste to it but not a whole lot, which is a plus. This is a bit of a thin beer on the mouth and hardly what I would want in my mouthfeel but still not bad.

Hope next years is as good as this one!

11-21-2009 04:19:37 | More by Spineypanda
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
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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