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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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2,072 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,072
Hads: 7,106
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,619 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of chrisjws
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pub glass from a 12oz bottle

A: Deep orange, brown in color. Clear as can be, see through with no haze at all. Two fingers of frothy white head and plenty of carbonation coming up from the bottom.
S: Caramel malts, toffee, hints of spice, sweet bready malts
T: Follows the nose perfectly. Leads with a heavy dose of caramel, complimented by spice from the hops and a sweet finish mixed with caramel in the aftertaste.
M: Medium to light feel, carbonation is present but not playing a huge roll. Helps create a nice smooth sip with a sweet finish that lingers between every sip.
O: One of my more favorite Sam Adams beers. They do Oktoberfest beers as good as almost any American brewer out there. Prost!

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Photo of EmGM
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: light, slightly orange-y Caramel color
Smell: caramel, very light hops
Taste: lightly malty flavor, sweet but not too sweet, hops perfectly balance the beer
Aftertaste: can definitely taste the malt with the aftertaste but it doesn't linger terribly long
Overall: I always eagerly anticipate this beer release in the fall. It is my favorite octoberfest brew. I am so looking forward to this years release!

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Photo of MikeDL
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer to drink in the fall, the smell that it gives off after you pour it into a glass is pretty unique. Also the taste is great, there is really not a lot of beers that come close to the great taste of a Samuel Adams Octoberfest.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks, smells, and tastes like Autumn. The perfect fall beer and for me the most eagerly anticipated each year from BBC. Picked up an extra case to enjoy well into spring - right around their 'enjoy before' date matures - and reminisce about cool fall temps. Solid, solid beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into smooth-sided 15 oz stein. Very clear, lucid burnt orange. Low to medium retention, short, off-white head. Not very aromatic, faint caramel and sweet bread. Less sweet, more spicy than a lot of other Märzens I've had lately. About like a Euro Pale Lager, just with that toasty goodness. Fuller end of medium bodied. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Thirst-quenching. Comparatively clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Caramel colour pour with minimal white head. Negligible carbonation. Smelled of sugar, caramel and hops. Sweet tasting beer, with a trace of caramel. Thin texture, light body.

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Photo of robinsonmike
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No "Beer Snob" review here. Bottom line, It's good. The best, readily available, Oktoberfest beer you will find. Perfect fall beer with a smooth finish. You will love it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this beer gets no love on BA. Oh well...I guess its all just opinions. In any case, this seems to be a classic, easy-to-drink Octoberfest. Color reminds me of Autumn right off the bat. Some malt, not much hops, on the nose...basically what you would expect. Nice rounded mouthfeel and malt flavor, although nothing exciting or memorable. IMHO, should be rated a bit higher on BA than it is.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, filtered bright orange, forms one finger of head which completely dissipates, no lacing.
S - Malts, sweetness and a slight caramel note.
T - Malts, hops, pilsner notes, sweetness and caramel.
O - An easy drinking, well balanced beer. Very sessionable.
V - Medium.

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Photo of mchegash
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.8/5
Pours a very clear deep red-orange. About 2/3 a finger of head when initially pour. All the head dissipates within 30 seconds. Can see a slightly sparse amount of carbonation rising at a slightly slower than average rate. Nice color, perhaps a little darker than I was expecting for an Oktoberfest. I would have liked more head retention as well.

Smell - 3/5
Dark caramel malts. Perhaps a hint of fruitiness and spice. Did not smell much more than that. Not a bad smell, but it seems quite faint. I would have liked a stronger smell.

Taste - 3.75/5
Dark caramel malts. Light to moderate sweetness. Some alcoholic fruitiness as well. Flavor is not as strong as I would like, but overall, a good taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-full in body. Sip has a crisp start with a creamier finish. Carbonation is light, but at the right level for this beer.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, another decent beer from Sam Adams. I appreciated the fullness of the body, and the taste. I would have made the taste a bit stronger and a bit different, and made sure that the beer had a stronger aroma.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There's really not much that is truly remarkable about this beer. A very safe Sam Adams interpretation of the style. The semi-opaque, copper colored liquid does bring a whisper of Autumn and the changing of the leaves. Beyond that, it's a decidedly average beer. Quite sessionable actually, with a nice mix of pleasant, yet tame qualities. Oddly though, there is a metallic twang to this beer that I can't quite explain. In that respect, it's reminiscent of an adjunct lager drank straight from a can (which I occasionally find enjoyable). However, the buttery diacetyl flavor, tangy bite and mild amber malt characteristics give this beer much more character than your average BMC. The light spices that poke through on the finish are a nice touch that keep you coming back for more. Quite an interesting beer. It simultaneously manages to be innocuous and common, yet has just enough character and style to keep you going back for more. I guess that's why Sam is among the kings of craft. They have found a way to make subtle flavor and artistry appeal to the masses.

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Photo of gmattkennedy
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It's almost ok. Spice is overpowering to the pint of annoyance. There are so many other good beers in this flavor range to mess with this one again.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I still look forward to this hitting shelves every fall, but not as much as I used to. It's a really easy beer to drink because it's not overpowering in any way, but you can get better Octoberfest beers.

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that recedes quickly, leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smells ever so slightly of pumpkin spice, barley, maybe a hint of caramel.

Tastes of brown bread and barley, Munich malts, well balanced, subtle.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, decent drinkability.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. No head. Not much color other than dark gold but nothing special

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Not something good to talk about.

M- Nothing special

O- Guess I bought this to try and will not again. Not much of anything here. Just a beer with some spices

Food Pairing

This beer is not worth pairing which is not a usual comment from me.

Enjoy if you wish

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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours deep amber with a light tan head that fades and laces fairly well.

S: Roasted malt, a little dark fruit, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Earthy, grainy, roasted malt, a little fruity, with a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite crisp and drinkable.

O: Might not be the best or most authentic, but does just fine as a session brew at an equally inauthentic but fun Oktoberfest party.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually have been drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest on occasion, when I find it on tap, and last night I was at the local Longhorn and thought, what the heck, I'll drink it again and rate it. It's a better choice than Blue Moon.

Appearance: Light amber, one finger off-white head, bubbles rising to the surface slowly, like seltzer water.

Aroma: Light, almost imperceptible fragrance of bitterness, some (very miniscule) sweetness.

Taste: Well, it's a Sam Adams. It actually doesn't taste much like an Octoberfest, truth be told. A little grain, a little sweetness, not much else. It's certainly a passable brew, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, some bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

Overall: I would take this beer over other drafts at a local steakhouse, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Like I said, the difference between the Sam Adams Octoberfest and the standard Sam Adams is pretty much nonexistent.

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Photo of Cuaumedina
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Good representation of bottled autumn, märzen/oktoberfest beer with notable aromas of honey, beautiful copper color, well carbnated, light to medium body, sweet pumpkin notes. Nice overall, ill get it again next year.

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Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev +9.3%

This a good example of an Oktoberfest. It has the traditional taste, and in my opinion, does not bitter out as it gets warmer, like some other Marzen's do.

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Photo of dd43
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not an exceptional marzen, but I wasn't expecting one. In terms of being "to style" I guess you could say it hits the high notes, but doesn't make for a particularly memorable performance. Somewhat lacking in terms of flavor, it's just kind of weak. Sierra Nevada does this much better in terms of US brewers making widely available octoberfest beers, but get yourself a good German version and you won't look back.

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Photo of m0fugga
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

A- brownish red with a finger of foam that remained through out. Good lacing.

S- Sweet, bread-like scent. Touch of autumn spice, cinnamon.

T- Clean beginning which quickly turns into a sugary, yeasty corn finish which lingers like that last drunk that won't leave your house after a party even though it's well past 02:30.

M- body is light and crisp which gives its initially clean encounter.

Not terrible, in fact after my first tasting, I had about 4 more but I'm not really a fan of autumn beers and am thus a bit biased. However, it's pound cake like consistency really left a bad taste in my mouth overall.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

I'm a fan of Octoberfest beers, so I wanted to try this one, and I wasn't disappointed. It's maybe a little too one-dimensional, as you taste the sweetness of the malt and the caramel more than anything else, but it's a good take on the style. I could have a few of these with some tubed meat and be pretty happy.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -18%

Meh. Not all that impressed; like most Sams this is a dumbed down version of the real deal that's marketed to the newcomer to the micro- scene. Would order it if there's no other Marzen's on tap and the month happens to be October. But otherwise, meh.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear dark golden with a decent white head. Pleasant smell of sweet caramel notes followed by some nuttiness. Taste follows nose with a sweet caramel/nuttiness, follow by an earthy smooth clean finish. Mouth feel is pretty smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Overall a decent Oktoberfest for Samuel Adams with a great price tag to boot. Not a bad seasonal if you just want an easy drinking malty brew, cheers!

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Photo of enjambed
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Serving: fridge temp bottle poured into standard pint glass (forgot to check date on bottle)

Appearance: Dark, rich Orange with some red. moderate pour produces a 1 finger off-white head that settles down to some persistent lace. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Light toasted aroma, maybe some bread. A little light.

Taste: Malty overall, a little on the sweet side and not much toastiness. Pretty clean without much complexity.

Feel: Medium-light, not very creamy. Finish is dry and does not overstay its welcome.

Overall: A solid, and dare I say it, commercial version of the Oktoberfest. There are a good number of richer and arguably more flavorful Oktoberfests out there, but at 5.3%, what do you expect? This would be a good idea to pick up as a 12 pack for a football tailgate or something along those lines since many people would find this beer agreeable and nonoffensive. While I would definitely drink this again if someone offered it, I probably would not buy it for myself.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,072 ratings.