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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,821
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 574 | 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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Photo of Guden
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light almond brown with a small off white head. Looks nice but not great.

S- Munich malt fills the nose with hints of noble hops. Very fitting and enticing if not overly strong.

T- Lots of caramel and malt with a little bread up front, a bit of dark fruit and hops comes in at the end to balance.

M- Fairly low body with a medium level of carbonation. It fills the mouth and feels nice but I wouldn't mind it being a little more full bodied.

D- Very drinkable, fairly light but with ideal balance and enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Guden, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle notched best by Mar.09 served in a nonic glass. Poured a very clear medium amber color with coppery hues and a thick froaty white head with goos retention leaving a crown of lace atop the glass.

Good moderate malty aromas toasty and nutty with a pleasingly sweet fruity carmelled malt.

Clean taste upfront with a zippy tanginess has a complex malty tastes some toasty and nuttyness, no standouts a tad on the weak side with some dry fruitiness. Well balanced with a pleasing crisp bitterness with some earthyness. A very drinkable O-fest was a touch on the light side

jcdiflorio, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from harvest pack bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing along the glass.

S - Malts, caramel, and a faint smell of nuts.

T - Sweet taste of caramel and maybe some brown sugar. Very nice malt character throughout the drink

M - Smooth with a medium body.

D - Very drinkable to say the least. Haven't had too many Octoberfest's but this is probably my favorite so far. I'll be having more when I pick up another harvest pack.

BennyL1, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour during a brief lay-over at PHL - served in a tall weizen-style glass for some reason...

A - short lived thin layer of film on top of the glass, hoisted by a deep orange, clear brew

S - bright malts showing off some caramel, honey-topped biscuits...subtle fruitiness (apples)

T - sweet malts bringing caramel, biscuits, honey, and some (untoasted) nuts...bready with a finishing kiss of grassy hops

M - light bodied, smooth and clean with moderate carbonation

D - this will probably be a lot of people's first experience with the style - and thats probably a good thing. easy to drink and a solid gateway to other (better) Octoberfests.

Stigs, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average-size lighter beige head sits on top of a burnt amber/orange color.

Aroma features candy-like malts, caramel and toffee mostly. Really nice, but a little too mild, would like this to be a lot stronger.

Flavor delivers a very malty beer which, like the aroma, reminds mostly of caramel and toffee. Nice richness to it, has a nice toastiness and even a little maple in there. Moderate carbonation delivers the flavors well enough, but like S.A.'s Winter Lager, flavors are more satisfying as it warms.

So very drinkable, so very above-average, like most of the Samuel Adams stuff. And like most of the S.A. stuff, not a mindblower despite its very good qualities.

Metalmonk, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Rootdog316
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours to a brownish-amber color with a huge head formation and a generous stream of carbonation that cascades up the glass. The nose is nutty and slightly sweet, the palate even more laden with those nutty-malty melanoidin flavors imparted by the Munich malt. There's a touch of chocolate too, a slightly thinner than desired body, and a finish that is balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This is actually a very good Octoberfest beer, and one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I look forward to it's release every September.

Rootdog316, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Mavajo
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a distinct reddishness when held up to the light. 1-2 finger thick head that fades quickly. Smell is malty and sweet - seemed a bit floral, too.

Very good taste - it's clearly more malty than hoppy, but a good balance has been struck. Some of the reviews here are pointing out a distinct sweetness, but I didn't really pick up on that - it could be that my tastebuds were out of whack, though. No bitterness. Mild carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

Mavajo, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper hue with a steady 1/2 inch head; lacing is nearly non-existent

S: Bready, toasty malts with some subtle tea, brown sugar, and toffee aromas--but mostly toasted malts--a bit subdued even for the style

T: Much more toasted bready malts--lots of biscuit with some subtle citrus undertones along with a touch of toffee and brown sugar

F: Decent medium body--especially for a lager

O: This is a great American version of a marzen: crisp, nice body, toasted malts, mmm

dbossman, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of bradford
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at my buddy's party
Looked okay. A bit cloudy and muddy but some of that might be attributed to a shitty tap
Smell was sweet and a bit spicy
Taste was smooth, dry, sweet, and tasty
Mouthfeel was very nice. Typical lager feel but very welcome and delicious
Drinkability wasn't great because I was in the party mood and not the beer rating and geeking out mood

bradford, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Carlton1964
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lace and color. Had a very nice aroma. Nice body...not to thick and to thin. Although this beer does nothing wrong....it does not excel at anything either. But I would be ok if I was stuck with a few cases of it. VERY enjoyable....just nothing to get excited about.

Carlton1964, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of danny013
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a dimple mug pint glass. Beautiful perfectly clear orange/reddish body fills the glass, topped with a thick khaki colored head. Head slowly falls back into beer, leaving a think covering over beer, light lacing. Nice looking pint.

Smell is of light malts, some fruity esters, gentle hops, and a thin, watery grain flavor lingering in the background. Overall, very simple.

Taste is surprising balanced as the beer hits the palate: gentle roasted malts intermingle with plenty of maltiness and some rich grape/raisin flavors, balanced out nicely with some spicy hops. Rich carbonation guides the beer down a leaves a nice tingling, sweet malts and some spicy hop notes creep through on the finish and linger for a second. As those fade out, a thin/watery grain profile comes through, somewhat similar to corn/rice? What? Definitly don't remember this in previous years brews.

Mouthfeel is very nice, actually. Body is nice and thick, almost sticky/creamy that is balanced out nicely by a good amount of carbonation that lets the brew roll around the mouth.

Drinkability is nice, a great tasting beer that is widely available. Very easy to put back.

This is my favorite seasonal beer from SA, and is a close second overall from what they have to offer (after the cream stout). I have noticed it getting better from year to year and it is definitly good this time around - the only thing that is surprising to me is the watery corn/rice profile that seems to be hiding in the back of the beer. Am I the only one noticing this, or is it just a thin malt base?

Overall, great, easy to find, and decently priced. I'll definitly be picking up some more of this!

danny013, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish amber with very little carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet maltiness, caramel. The slightest of hops is there, very gentle, wafting through the dominant malts. The flavor follows through, and I believe the best desription is tha flavors of King's Hawaiian Bread. And that's a compliment- I love that bread! It's moderately dense, sweet, and chewy- the bread that is. But it's also a pretty good description of this beer. Pretty simple in its composition- I'm not spending much time trying figure out what that flavor is halfway through the swallow. Real basic. I like it. Very easy drinking, and enjoyable on a cool night.

Dukeofearl, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


JohnGalt1, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of hyuga
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

hyuga, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


RonaldTheriot, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of sweett3k
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 .

sweett3k, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kromes, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of hoser
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

hoser, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

joekfsu, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of tykees88
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tykees88, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of adam42381
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

adam42381, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

obrike, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AChamberlain, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of MrStark
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

MrStark, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Spineypanda, Nov 21, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,821 ratings.