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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 603 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of casadebia
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest is an overall good attempt at this type of beer. It gets the basics right but somehow has almost a generic feel. The appearance and smell are nothing to write home about but get the job done. The taste is very well balanced but seems to be missing something. THe mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for this type of beer. Overall the drinkablility is very strong because it dose not really overpower the senses.

casadebia, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - appropriate to the season, this beer is a dark coppery orange color with a thin tan head, with plenty of carbonation

S - a great hoppy, toasted aroma, with a great malt presence and a subdued hop profile, inviting, definitely

T - a great malty sweet taste, and balanced nicely with the mild hop profile, full bodied and tasty, a great octoberfest

M&D - i love this beer, this is my favorite Sam Adams offering, a great beer that is easy back and quite smooth, a great transition beer for BMC drinkers

sinstaineddemon, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of bcgoldtoe
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive beer. While it's not as sweet as a true Octoberfest, this is perfect for the American palate.

A= Beautiful. Golden brown intermingled with a lighter reddish brown. Terrific head and nice lacing.

S=Very pleasant fruity scent.

T= I would like a little more of the syrupy sweetness (if the beer had more of a flavor like its scent it would be just about perfect). It's still excellent. Hops are present but are not overpowering. Finally, a balanced beer.

M/D= Thicker than I expected, which was a nice surprise. It's a sipping beer, but you could put away a couple easily.

bcgoldtoe, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Buffalow Wild Wings and loved it. It pours a very nice clear amber and the head is a beautiful frothy cream colored head. Very smooth for sure and very drinkable its has some sweet notes and a little spice. I found this to be very enjoyable and will definatly savor this one this year.

ryantupy, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of homersimpson
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange with a thin layer of beige.
Spicy, citrusy with a bit of sweet malt in the nose.
Medium, heavily carbonated, chewy body
Bunches of malt with some fruit and spice in the mix too. A bit of caramel adds a distinct sweetness. Finishes clean, with only a light dryness left.
Always interesting to see how each year's version turns out.

homersimpson, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of Gish
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful copper with a small and quickly dissipating head.

S - Brown sugar, malts, and a bit of metal? It can smell great one minute and kind of metallic the next.

T - Very malty while still being refreshing and crisp. Maybe a tad sweeter than I like but overall very enjoyable!

M - Medium bodied, could use a bit more carbonation in my opinion.

D - One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while, these are guaranteed not to last long in your fridge!

Gish, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of jb413
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bar was out of Harpoon. But ended up being a nice fill-in.

A - Fantastic look with a dark amber color, some rising bubbles and a big three finger foamy head with good retention.

S - Nose smelt good but don't recall much beyond the usual malt / hops.

T - Nice toasted and caramel malt flavors and a good finish. Some hints of darker fruit. The right amount of balance. A little richer and of a higher quality than expected. Tasty and above average for me.

MF - Medium through and through with a bit of creamy texture and nicely matched carbonation. A bit less drinkable than others in the style I've had but it works well.

O - Great looking and tasting. A winner from Sam. Surprisingly edged out the Harpoon and left me wanting another.

jb413, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Pahn
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, very fizzy and active off-white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a translucent copper. With time, all traces of head disappear as if the beer is flat. No lacing.

Smell: Strong, lagery sweet smell. Not much going on.

Taste: Very flavorful, with lots of creamy malt goodness balanced by subtle, herbal hops. There's a wealth of diverse and strong flavors of bread and grain, along with faint hints of spiciness and balancing hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated and creamy. Heightens the flavor.

Drinkability: Sam Adams Octoberfest is a standby for me, and this bottle delivered as well as any I've had in the past.

This is likely my favorite Märzen (though for some reason I've never tried Ayinger's), and is one of my favorite beers from Sam Adams. Lots of flavor, and goes well with food.

Pahn, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Kfenn
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Kfenn, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Mmcdonald79
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Mmcdonald79, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Gator_Nation
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Gator_Nation, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Kuno777
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Kuno777, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Dwill8684
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Dwill8684, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Bill_Loves_BamaBeer
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Bill_Loves_BamaBeer, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of WestBeerdedman
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

WestBeerdedman, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops along with some toffee and caramel malt.

The flavor is not quite what I expected. I get a lot of toffee, caramel and bready malt - as expected - but I also get some cinnamon and allspice. I have had this beer numerous times over the years and I never remember it having the spicy components. Regardless, it was very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of bisq
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

bisq, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my mind, this seems mellower than recent years. I find this a boon because I seem to remember my palate growing tired after one or two bottles from the previous batches. Perhaps something has been sacrificed, but overall I think it's a plus, at least in the drinkability department. Cushy head atop a crystal clear amber liquid, slight musty aroma. Tangy malts with just the right trace of spices to let you know you've got a Fest beer grasped tightly in your mitt. The taste profile goes through its cycle quickly, ending up with a photo finish containing faint echoes of the flavor, nice and gummy. Even though Sam has been troubled recently in the PR department, I'm enjoying their specialty beers (read: anything other than Boston Lager and Light) more than ever. Think I'll have a Cream Stout a little later on.

Thrasher, Sep 03, 2002
Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a cool bar (although not very beer friendly) on the riverfront in Peoria called Martini's.

Cinnamon orange in color, this had a 1/2 finger head that didn't stick around too long. If it had a green head it would look just like a pumpkin.

Smelled weakly of pumpkin pie filling and spices. I gave it a fairly low score in the smell department not because I didn't like the smell, but simply because there wasn't much of it. I couldn't really smell much besides the very faint pumpkiny spice and a little bit of hoppy zest.

Tastes pretty damn good! Raw pumkin pie filling, spiced pumkin bread, orange rind. This is more heavily hopped than I would have expected. IMO it had a pale ale quality to it, but with autumnal pumkin spice. Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation is adequate but on the lighter side.

This is a great fall beer that I will surely have again! This tastes more like pumpkins than the Blue Moon pumpkin ale I had the other night.

Note: I picked up another sixer of this 9/9/07, and I'm convinced that while it's a great session beer and a good stab at one of my favorite styles. Not one of the best fest biers, but it is widely available and cheap. This is an autumn staple in my house.

pmcadamis, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's - West, enjoyed on NFL opening night

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...big clear amber body, pretty dark, creamy beige-tan head with a lot of retention and very nice lacing

smell: toasted malt, carmamel, earthy leaf aroma, light hop presence behind the scenes, apple, wood. Overall pretty faint

taste: Well, It's not mindblowing but its pretty well made and very enjoyable. Bold toasted malt dominates the flavour, very seasonal feel with a twig/leaf thing going on that works out well, roasted nuts, caramel apple, thick malt backed by noble hops. I like it.

mouthfeel: medium-full body, slick but smooth

drinkability: high, good fall seasonal

dirtylou, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.

First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.

Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.

A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of nimrod979
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a large frothy, slightly of-white head. Mostly fades away after a few minutes but has a little bit of lacing.
Aroma is sweet malts. Caramel and barley.
Taste matches the aroma. Quite malty, as expected. Caramel. Slightly bready and somewhat sweet with even a hint of raisin-y flavor.
Soft and creamy on the palate> medium body. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Very subdued and underlying hops bitterness towards the end. Overall a very solid seasonal from Boston Beer Co.

nimrod979, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of NICKV1117
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never tried Samuel Adams Octoberfest until it showed up at the local Ralph's. Really like this brew. Nice deep amber color. Pleasant smell. The taste took a little getting used to but soon became a very nice series of flavors. Malty, slightly fruity and a touch of caramel. Great carbonation. Give it a try.

NICKV1117, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of rrlavoie
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

rrlavoie, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Erish
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a large pint glass at Famous Daves in Bolingbrook. Reviewed from notes.

A: clear amber color with reddish highlights, the thick head falls into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: toasted grain, less fruity than the bottled version, with a nice earthiness and a zesty floral/herbal hop note.

T: plain unbuttered popcorn, toast, good malty sweetness, orchard fruit, a nice earthy hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Marzen. Better than the bottled varieties.

Erish, Sep 03, 2011
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,882 ratings.