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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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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 7,104
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Dogsgogrrrr
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light(er) amber brown color with a good, dense head.
Smell: If poured correctly, this beer releases some solid, pleasant esters. A pretty good indicator of what's to come.
Taste: Good, caramel malt backbone with buscuity aftertones. Relatively strong flavor, with minimal bite.
Mouthfeel: An even amount of carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.

A great addition to the Samuel Adams family, something to look forward to each fall. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you're unlucky enough to find yourself located in an area plagued by a limited beer selection. If you're a fan of Oktoberfests, give this beer a chance.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a couple of weeks ago just as it was coming out for the season. It was a very nice penny color with a nice malty Samuel Adams type smell to it. (if you had their other beers you know what I'm talking about) Also with that trademark spicy Noble hop smell but dialed back a bit more when compared to their Boston Lager. The taste is better than the smell actually with a really rich malt taste and an amazing body feel for the lower alcohol content it has. The hops are subtle just to add to the malt. Very nice sweet malts as well. On tap it had more of a crisp hop bite to it then it does in the bottle. With that aside it still has a nice Noble hop character to it that balances out the sweet flavor of the beer. Probably my favorite fall beer I've had.

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Photo of ccm414
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle...

A- Dark amber/brownish in color. Pours with a 2 finger head that recedes down to a thin layer. Doesn't really leave any sort of lace on the glass at all. It'd be nice to see a little more head retention, but still a nice clean look.

S- Holy malt batman! Very malty as expected, with some sweet caramel scents and some hints of burnt toast.

T- Sweet malt just like the smell. Nice and bready with some light bitterness. Very true to the Marzen style.

M- It's getting colder, the beers getting heavier. Not really heavy by any means, more of a medium body. Nice carbonation and a bit creamy feel.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent beer for this time of year. This one is my go-to move for an Octoberfest. Can't get enough of them, probably my favorite brew from Sam Adams.


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Photo of mralphabet
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in chilled Pint glass

A- Medium amber in appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head that evaporated very quickly with no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T- Very Malty on the tongue, earthy, with a wee bit of hops present and very carbinated. Nice aftertaste.... a little spice when warmer

M-Creamy, medium body.... Very smooth

D-This is a very drinkable brew. This one will be a mainstay come next October

I really Drank this chilled in my first review... (Grown a lot... no more chilled glasses)

Drank this right after Lein's OctoberFest...
Would hat to rank it higher than SA....
A: Better looking this time... Head did dissipate pretty quickly.
S: Same as above
T: Not a lot of hops here, mainly Caramel toasted malt..
M: Little more watered down, it did get smoother and creamer as it warmed.
D: Still a very drinkable brew..

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Photo of brealbg
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

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Photo of JesseP09
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the Boston Beer Company's most drinkable brews. Octoberfest has a delicious pumpkin-spice taste and feels rich like the season it was brewed for in your mouth. The smell and appearance are pretty standard offerings for Sam, nothing too special. But all in all this is a real nice beer.

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is somewhat pale copper. The foam sinks down to a two finger thick, smooth head.

The smell is full of fresh hops, some bread and a burned flavour.

The carbonation is… crispy. Crispy with small bubbles, and it is rather refreshing.

The taste is full of burned malt. The sweetness is moderate for the style. The bitterness is quite soft. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness with tones of citrus.

I think that this is a very, very good dark lager beer, as one could have expected from Samuel Adams. But is it an oktober bier? I must say: Probably not.

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Photo of madsquish
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always been a fan of the Sam Seasonals. This particular beer had a great first bite to it. It also helps that it has a high alcohol content, you will be buzzed before you know it. You notice the dark color as soon as you poor into your glass, and the aroma reminds of the fall. Great beer to drink while watching football.

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Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to find a bottle of this in a backwoods supermarket. I wrangled a sixer away to offer with dinner. It pours a rich, warm copper color with flashes of red when held to the light. Little if any foam is aroused during the pour, and lacing is minimal.

The aroma is of pleasant roasted and nutty malt with a slight spice of hops. Taste is a welcoming buffet of clean malt flavors. Some roasted pilsner malts really create a pleasant flavor, which clears the pallatte with a dry hop quench.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.3%abv

Appearance- A lively, vibrant burnt orange, ironically the same hue as the Fall foliage. A thick two finger head with good retention and carbonation.

Smell- Smells of a fresh bready malt with sweet caramel notes in the background. A bit of peppery spice as well.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor with caramel and a bit of sugar prominent. Some dryness in the back end with a touch of corn as well which tells you this is still a lager if you weren't already aware octoberfest are. Finishes smooth with the ever so slightest detection of hops.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. The beer is thin but has enough taste that it is not watery. Easy drinking.

Overall- A fine example of the style that highlights the Fall Season. Full of flavor with an outstanding malt flavor. Great Marzen.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Cheers to the 2011 batch! My first glass of the season (even though it's slightly before the season) on 8/10/11 pours into my Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" a clear and bright rusty orange amber under a sparse head. Swirling the brew around I pick up on aromas of bright crisp fall spiced malt and herbal hops. That's an Oktoberfest aroma all right...This seems to flow along the palate somewhat smoother than last year's edition and I do believe that there's a really complex and robust brightly spiced malt body present here. Tastes of bright bready malt with notes of caramel, nutmeg? and perhaps toasted chestnut deliver a very savory finish. Fall is right around the corner...

3.5 A: Into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass, this poured a clear orange amber color under a quickly disappearing head.

3.5 S: A moderate nose of roasted caramel malt and crisp hops that shined through.

3.5 M/ 4.0 T: A crisp, lightly hopped, and mildly sweet malt feel upfront that flowed into a delicate but firm, chewy malt center before finishing with a malt dominated but tame bready aftertaste.

3.0 D: Malt echoed in the mouth after a couple of these and bordered slightly on overstaying its welcome but was an overall pleasant session. I tried my first Sam Octoberfest of the season with a bratwurst and pan fried curry potatoes and they both went together very well.

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Photo of eagles22
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a case of SAs Ofest becuase last years was good enough so why not this year..
Smell: i had alot of smell of malts,toffee
Taste: is very good for this Octoberfest very creamy and smooth
Feel:mouth wasnt thin at all very good beer with a hearty meal or just sittin back an chillin i could drink this beer all day
and drinkability is you can drink it all day!!

Great Ofest mr.koch

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bold, clear auburn color with little head or lace. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and a hint of nuts and spice. It's flavor is a malty sweetness with just a touch of hop bitterness. There are notes of roasted malt, spices, nuts, and caramel. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a good beer, a good representation of the style. Recommended!

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Photo of templar316
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep amber, with a tall white head that dissapates quickly and leaves slight remnants. Aroma is very soft a little bready malt, and pumpkiny but hard to bring forth. The flavor is nice definately my favorite Sam seasonal. Initial sweetness leading to nice bready malts. A mere hint of hop bitterness leading to a smooth finish, lingering biscutty notes make you want to have another swig. It's nicely balanced and easily sessionable.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After 3 years of enjoying this beer, I am revising my rating. If I'm not drinking Ayinger or Paulaner, then I'm probably going for this or Free State. That should be plenty to go by for anyone who has tasted their share of Marzens out there. Drink good beer! -DelMontiac

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Photo of thefullmontiii
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My personal favorite beer. Wonderfully balanced warm aroma that gently whiffs of the hop character. Beautiful slightly browned head, and a lovely amber color. The warmth of the malt followed by a smoothly bitter hop bite comes on nicely, and leaves only a slight aftertaste making you want more. Not too heavy, but definitely nowhere near what you'd call light. Perfect compliment to a meal, or to be consumed on it's own.

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Photo of emsroth
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into mug

App: Dark amber with a fluffy white head. Perfect clarity. Everything I look for in a marzen

Smell: Sweet caramel malt dominates. A slight floral/herbal hop scent rides below. Almost smells like a bock/doppel. A bit heavy in the caramel scent. Too thick without any lager crispness.

Taste: Greeted by a rush of carbonation which leads to a light, crisp malt profile. Taste like typical german caramel malt; that almost sour flavor. Ends with a perfect husky dryness that is almost equally matched by an earthy hop bitterness. The huskiness truly reminds one of fall and dry, autumn leaves

Medium body that ends superbly crisp. Solid carbonation. Slight film from the husky malt.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnce: Nice head, decent retention.

Smell: Nice fruity almost pumpkinish with caramel malts coming across on the nose.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts come through. Sweet with a mild hop bitterness. Nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, could be a little crisper, but it goes down really easily. Sessionable beer.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a reddish/copper color with a 1-inch soapy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some nice bubbles at the top.

S: Nice rich roasted malts, some hops and a bit of caramel makes up the smell.

T: A lot like the smell, get some roasted malts up front and some caramel sweetness. The back end gives off a yeast or bread type flavor with a little bit of dryness on the aftertaste.

M: light carbonation, medium body and lots of simple flavor that makes this beer very drinkable.

O: Always a fan of Octoberfest, a little early in the release by Sam Adams, but the Summer collection has been getting a little old for me. Very enjoyable beer and I will be getting a lot more!

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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very impressed. IMHO this is one of Boston Breweries most sessionable easy drinking beers. It is smooth creamy and sweet. A friend of mine who is not a big beer drinker (much-less craft beer), fell in love with this and now she is becoming an enlighten convert. Point is; this is a very inoffensive, easily approachable beer that (I believe) will satisfy most palates to an acceptable degree, making this a perfect choice for taking to parties with macro-drinking friends. On to the break down:

Appearance: Pours a coppery amber with a slightly golden orange hue to it. Magnificent head.

Smell: Full, thick, malty sweet aroma. Strong suggestions of caramel and subtle hints of fruits. There is something else in the aroma that I think smells like pumpkin.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Extremely foamy, thick sweet malty feeling and tasting. Very nice and easy drinking. It is not too sweet but plenty sweet enough. There are also a hand full of spices, not the most complex Octoberfest I’ve ever had but this is certainly an easy drinking one!

Drinkability: This is a particularly easy drinking beer. I highly recommend taking it to social events during its fall season.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of loren01
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber color with 1 finger width head, good lacing down the glass
S: Sweet and malty. Caramel and nutty scents in there
T: Big toffee/caramel sweetness. Slight hoppiness toward the end
M: Light to medium bodied, goes down very easy
D: This is an extremely drinkable/sessionable beer for me, one of my favorites from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of steanu
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's got a nice orange color and it has a bit of a pumpkin scent to it. I think it was supposed to taste like Pumpkin but I could not taste it. It tasted a lot like the Samuel Adams Brown Ale which I also love. It's a great beer overall just not what I was picturing.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultra fresh bottle. Poured a deep clear copper with carbonation bubbles galore. The impressive rocky white head settles down fairly quickly to a thin white layer.

The aroma is all malt. Sweet caramel and hints of bread go around. Very nice.

The taste is full of sweet malt. I am reminded of caramel and tofee. There is also a great toasted flavor which are followed by just the slightest suggestion of noble hops. It finishes clean.

This brew is nice and creamy on the palate. It is ultra smooth and very easy drinking.

Kudos to the folks at the Boston Beer company. This beer was excellent this year, the best I can remember. I must say that this is my favorite beer in their lineup. I hope it is this good again next year. This goes to show that a mass produced beer doesn't have to be bad. Give me this one any time!

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Photo of larcoal
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the Sam standards, yet only issued in the fall. I can drink this any day, all day. It has quite a lot of body, yet is not as filling as some and there's certainly no "bite" to the taste. A fresh 'fest will give you a nice creamy head that should last through most or all of the drink, depending on your thirst. I recommend everyone pick up a few 12-packs yearly.

If you're trying to convert a friend away from standard US domestics, this isn't a stretch. Have them try a few. If we all band together, we can stamp out Miller Lite forever!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitely one of my favorite Octoberfest beers right here.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.