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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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5,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,411
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 394 | 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 nriech


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Nice medium amber color. Much darker than I was expecting. Small head that disapated quickly.

Smell: Hops, caramel, malt. More like fresh baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Deep malty character. A little bit of hops and sweetness that was well balanced. Lots of good flavor for the style but not overpowering. No bitterness at all. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Definately the best Oktoberfest beer Ive had. Much more flavor than most but not so much as to put it in another category.

02-26-2007 16:39:15 | More by nriech
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Received a nice deep orange brew with a fair off-white head, no lacing.

Smells faintly of malt and some hoppiness.

Some sugary malt flavors, but the sweetness is limited. Very good toasty bread notes and these flavors remain in the finish. Finish is almost a dry toast taste.

Medium body, limited carbonation in this draft glass.

You can put a few down. Had some boneless buffalo wings and this cleared the palate well. Decent beer, worth having one or two each time the season rolls around.

09-27-2008 21:43:52 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a very nice, clear copper with a khaki head, showing some lacing. Smell is bready malt and faint hops. Initially full of toasty, slightly toffeeish, caramel malts then drying into an earthy, spicy, yet restrained hop finish. This years also seems to have a bit of nuttiness to it. Perhaps it's always been there, perhaps not, but it's fantastic. A tad bid of acidity is in the mix and is most present in the finish, but I quite enjoy it. Mouthfeel is on the full side for an Ofest, but this remains very drinkable.

Always an enjoyable beer, i manage to pick it up at least once or twice when it comes out.

09-04-2006 20:18:19 | More by numenor1
Photo of jpaltan


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

dark copper, sparse head, thin white film on top. i seem to remember prior years of this having a more vigorous pour. smell is malty and bready, a bit buttery too. taste is buttery, bready, malty with a small hop backbone that kicks in at the end a bit. the finish dies down into a sticky sweetness. slight metallic taste, kind of coppery. mouthfeel is a bit sticky, carbonation is good. drinkability is above average

08-15-2009 03:44:45 | More by jpaltan
Photo of francisweizen


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

2003 version: on-tap at an applebees in Newtown. This is a nice dark amber colour with a small tan head of foam. The aromas are all malts with only slight hops to be found. The taste is *malty*, and very one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is much better on tap and is decent, the drinkability also benefits.

12-19-2003 17:38:35 | More by francisweizen
Photo of CityBoy1986


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is January 2010.

The pour is a nice dark orange with about two fingers' head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose starts with a sweet smell before changing to one of bread and spices. The taste contains the same flavours, but the sweetness hangs around as the bready and spicy notes appear. They meld before leading to a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation to create a crisp beer. Drinkability is good; it leaves me wanting more.

While not specifically true to the style of most Märzens, this is a nice beer that will be a staple of the autumn (until early October when the Winter Lager is put out, anyway (-: ).

08-22-2009 00:07:08 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber. About a 1/2 inch of head. No retention and no lacing.

S) Light aromas with this brew, but what is on the nose is quite pleasant. It is primarily malt and some sweet bread.

T) Lightly roasted malt. The sweetness has me thinking of corn bread. There is not much hop presence, but what is there gives this beer a nice earthy quality.

M) A medium bodied beer that is not heavily carbonated. It is smooth start to finish, nice aftertaste too.

O) This is almost certainly my favorite Samuel Adams beer, and one of the better American made Oktoberfets you can enjoy this time of year.

09-11-2011 00:37:03 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of merddyn2002


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This is so far my favorite octoberfest. It's a good balance between malty and hoppy without being overly bitter. Great aroma and almost nutty / spicey flavor. It's not what I expected an octoberfest to be (this was my first one) but I decidedly liked it and would buy it again for sure.

09-25-2010 20:01:38 | More by merddyn2002
Photo of Halcyondays


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz. bottle, orange and blue colour, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA, single,

A: Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange, with a nice white head into a pilsner glass.

S: Smells of malts predominately, a hint of hops, and a bit of smoke character I felt as well.

T: Malt is the word here, lots of caramel, but not as robust as I would have liked, easily drinkable, nothing offensive, taste is good overall, has nuance.

M: Typical lager, light and smooth, easy to drink.

D: An good Oktoberfest marzen, I've had better and I've had worse, nice colour in it, a traditional colour, I'll definitely buy some when they come out in the fall each year.

09-02-2007 07:42:25 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of webbcreative


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a nice deep copper, amber color, with 2 finger white head.

Aroma - Really nice toasty, malty smell, and has a pretty good amount of sweetness aroma as well.

Taste - Again, malt forward, with sweetness coming into play, but not overly sweet in my opinion. Toasty bready flavor. Enough hops to just balance out the sweetness.

Drinkability - I could definitely [and have] throw back several of these in a sitting without a problem.

Overall, I remember now why this is the beer that got me into the craft scene. This is a really good beer, nice malty profile, which I am drawn too in general. But I think I may have built this beer up in my head since the first time I tried it, as I can see now it's not "The best beer in the world" as I thought when I first tried this. ;)

11-01-2009 22:38:14 | More by webbcreative
Photo of CaptainHate


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Last year at a get together with some friends at which we listen to music and drink beer, we sampled three Marzen/Oktoberfests: Sam Adams, Shiner and Great Lakes. At the time, Sam Adams came off as the least interesting of them; it wasn't bad per se, just not as interesting as the others.

Tonight I was out and requested it when I found out it was available on tap. It was served in a Sam Adams glass with a rich copper color and an adequate head. The smell was as expected but the taste made it seem like there was a bit more going on than I had remembered from the earlier bottles. Also it complemented the chicken and shrimp dinner very well.

08-15-2013 01:18:47 | More by CaptainHate
Photo of enoerew

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

- A: Creamy white foam 1"+ lasting ~5 minutes, notable red through light, no lacing.

- S: Fruity, light hoppiness, nuts

- T: Smooth balance, clean aftertaste, cherry, complex maltiness

- M: Light body, minimal carbonation, low acidity

- O: Tasty and beautiful form of a well-known seasonal. Well balanced and alludes to the rich tastes of Autumn.

08-27-2012 01:12:34 | More by enoerew
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Deep ruby color with a white head. Smells like Munich malt (not surprisingly). Sweet taste and a thicker mouthfeel make it stand out compared to the Spaten Oktoberfest I had just before it. More hop bitterness is present in it compared to its European predecessor as well. It's also more carbonated. Pretty decent beer that's on tap in a lot of places.

10-12-2009 17:52:52 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of abrand


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 ounce frosty from a local bar served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with very good visibility through the pour. Creamy 2 finger head that bubbles over the glass and lines it as well. Smells of malts and breads. Very good sniffer. Quaff is also malty with a sweet finish. Not much lingers for aftertaste. Not much alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is medium and consistent for the style. Drinkability is pretty high with a solid taste and good for a tight budget.

10-01-2009 02:19:25 | More by abrand
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

355ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the LCBO. Pours a clear amber hue with orange highlights and one finger of cream coloured head. No lace on my glass. Smell and taste are herbal, grassy, and slightly floral hops, biscuit, bread crusts, caramel, toasted oats, a honey-like sweetness, cereal grains, and a crisp hop spiciness to even things out. Mouth feel is creamy, medium, foamy carbonation, some bite on the palate, drying semi-sweet finish. A tasty, satisfying and easy drinking O-Fest, which is exactly what the style calls for. I will definitely buy this again.

10-06-2010 18:48:57 | More by cratez
Photo of bmills1608


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer is a really nice orangy-amber color, when I poured it, the first thought I had was pumpkin.

Smell is fresh malt, almost cake like, not a real sharp or over powering nose, but smooth and soft.

Taste is rich and malty, somewhat complex in what seems to me was a quick wave a baking spices flashing across my taste buds. After the first sip I swear I could taste autumn. Really nice and smooth. I was drinking this in the cool of my basement when outside it's August and 90 and the summer can't end fast enough for me now.

Finish was sweet with a bit of chocolate and caramel in the finish, maybe even a touch of fruit.

08-22-2002 05:47:17 | More by bmills1608
Photo of WaveRebel51


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

My favorite SA brew. The reddish-orange hue is nice, and has a decent malty, nutty aroma. The subtle sweet, malt taste reminds me of toffee, with a nice, hop spice and bitterness in the finish. I normally prefer hoppier stuff, such as Pale Ales and IPAs, but this is a very nice change-of-pace brew and a perfect compliment to a cool, fall evening.

10-19-2007 03:14:01 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of kinger


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I've enjoyed this seasonal for years and always get excited when I first see it on the shelves. Big malt presence with a lot of character make for an enjoyable marzen. Malty aroma semi-sweet and inviting. Amber color with a minimal light tan head and grand lacing. Full well rounded mouthfeel smooth and easily drinkable. Generous malts blended with a light hop presence give way to a creamy malty tasty treat. Still one of my fall favorites.

08-12-2008 19:43:07 | More by kinger
Photo of niqhoward


3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

08-12-2014 16:33:26 | More by niqhoward
Photo of Brenden


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

The review is the same as from the bottle. The difference is that, firstly, I didn't get quite the same head as I poured myself; secondly, aromas and flavor, while the same, were stronger from the tap.

This is a dark amber-brown color with a tight brown head that stays a while at two fingers and leaves some patchy lacing partway down the glass.
There are some grains underneath a predominantly malt aroma backed by hops. It's straightforward.
The flavor holds a little more balance and complexity than the aroma, and the variance of malts works nicely. Along with a bread / biscuit there's a gentle nutmeg-like nip just underneath.
This is a decent blend of smooth and crisp in the mouthfeel, though neither is prominent. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate and body is medium.
Overall I like this brew, and it's a tasty one, but it's all a little light and muted. A macro drinker could definitely handle this, and it would serve well as a gateway brew to bolder beers, especially Oktoberfest beers.

08-27-2009 19:51:04 | More by Brenden
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Thick brown syrup with decent carbonation and foam in the bottle.

Smell: Good caramel malt. Lots of it actually. Not really many hops here. Very sweet overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thick caramel syrup. Makes this a bit too watery and uncarbonated. It's still good overall, with nice hops.

Drinkability: Highly refreshing (and filling) at a footall tailgate.

Overall: Like I said, refreshing, especially during the fall. Would definitely drink this during the right time. Definitely better than Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

10-14-2010 04:53:57 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Had a couple a pints of these on tap at "Quench" a restaurant and martini bar in Waterbury, CT. The look and smell were typical; the beer tasted fresh, however, and there were distinct cramel-brown notes with a chewy middle and a dry finish. There wasn't much bittering going on, but there was some sflavor hop which contributed to the smokey overall non-sweetness. This one would be better to drink solo than to pair with food, I had the grilled pork chops with mushrooms and gorgonzola, with angel hair and anchovies; the meal was fantastic, but I kept going back to the glass of water instead of the Sam's octoberfest/

09-08-2006 11:54:08 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a rich medium amber, foamy head with good carbonation.

The nose is of yeast, hops a carmally sweet aroma.

The taste is of a full bodied Marzen, slight biscuity aftertaste. Flavors of the roasty malt and hops come through. Quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Has a somewhat chewy feel but also goes down smoothly.

On it's own this is a great take on the Octoberfest style. Had a good 3-4 in a session last night and enjoyed it thoroughly.
A good fall beer.

10-11-2010 20:07:21 | More by heebes
Photo of Stubbie1


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

2003 bottle.

Pours a deep orange color. A slightly off white head appears at the top of my glass. The head leaves and some thin put constant lacing. The aroma is all sweet malt with maybe a very slight hint of caramel present. The taste is malt for start to middle with a hint of bitterness in the finish. There is a small creamy feeling in the mouth at the end. This beer is nicely carbonated and very enjoyable to drink. Nice!

09-14-2003 22:45:56 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of rmckay09


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

I am a big fan of Octoberfests, I make it a point to try all kinds from different brewerys whenever I can. This is one is by far the best I have tried. The initial aroma is enjoyable and makes you look forward to the taste that is going to follow. The taste is very smooth and fulfilling with the multitudes of malted barley in it. The drinkability is very high because it is smooth and delicious.

11-07-2010 03:42:15 | More by rmckay09
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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