1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

6,480 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,480
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 896 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Octoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,480 | Reviews: 2,013 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wabritton
4/5  rDev +9%

wabritton, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of j_therk
4/5  rDev +9%

j_therk, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz., best by Feb. '07. It pours a clear copper with medium carbonation and is capped with a half-inch khaki head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is malty up front: toasted, caramelly, and earthy, with green/floral hops in the background. The flavor consists of toasted, earthy?, caramel?, and nutty malts with spicy, grassy, floral (heather?) hops that are lightly oily and leave a mild bitterness. It has a medium body with prickly carbonation and leaves a medium finish, and is overall a nice, flavorful märzen.

mmmbeer, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of clegolfski
4/5  rDev +9%

clegolfski, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.

S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.

T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.

kylehay2004, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of poorbuthappy
4/5  rDev +9%

poorbuthappy, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of tjacobs610
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, sort of rusty. Very thick caramel colored head with lots of lacing

Smell: Very malty aroma, with some sweetness to it. Has hints of grain with an almost musty hint to it as well

Taste: Very malty taste, not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Has a bit of a sweeter finish that’s also very metallic

Mouthfeel: Very frothy and fairly thick feel. Has a good bit of carbonation that allows the head to last quite a while.

Overall: Very good beer, nothing fantastic but it’s a solid one that can always be enjoyed.

tjacobs610, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of AU98
4/5  rDev +9%

AU98, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +9%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +9%

hopley, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of thearsenal
4/5  rDev +9%

thearsenal, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ChopsMeister
4/5  rDev +9%

ChopsMeister, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of tellis100
4/5  rDev +9%

tellis100, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to this beer every year and this years effort is one of the best in recent memory. Pours a deep coppery orange with a big fluffy head. Nice sweet, toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Taste is very smooth and with a little more the malty sweetness than hop bitterness as it should be. Slight warming from the alcohol. Very drinkable on a cool autumn day. Good tailgating beer.

clemtig76, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +9%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doublicious
4/5  rDev +9%

Doublicious, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright shiny copper body, lively carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of off-white froth.

Aroma of fresh bread, and freshly mowed hay and grass. Not a huge nose, but an inviting one.

Rich caramelly malt start, with some depth to it, sweet without cloying. Earthy, noble hops follow to balance the sweet without overpowering, and deliver a satisfying snap at the finish. Sweet and bitter merge and entwine and ride off into the aftertaste together. Shows that clean and crisp can have flavor.

Good light/medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability, though maybe a bit too heavy for unlimited liters.

A solid widely available American version of the classic Octoberfests. Prost !

RonfromJersey, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Jinxxor
4/5  rDev +9%

Jinxxor, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TheBeermin
4/5  rDev +9%

TheBeermin, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of RobTheKnob
4/5  rDev +9%

RobTheKnob, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of rwake58
4/5  rDev +9%

rwake58, Aug 06, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,480 ratings.