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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,252 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,252
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 776 | 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 frankiepop
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been very tough on Sam Adams, but I'm pretty high on this beer, and I am likely -on my next visit- here to up the score after my 2nd Octoberfest beer.

Beautiful amber darkish fall beer that glows like a lava light. Finished with a smooth and thick wonderful caramel taste. Very sweet. If you enjoy Modelo Negra, for example, then you will love Octoberfest.

This beer would go nicely with a wonderful cd called TIME TRAVEL by Gunter Muller & Otomo Yoshihide on a cool fall night while the fire roasts in your craftsman style home.

frankiepop, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Clear, bronze color body with a thin, off-white head. Retention is awful. No lacing. Carbonation is very light.

Aroma:
Crisp and to the point... Sweet caramel malts! A slight nuttiness is aloft.

Taste:
Again - crisp and to the point. This beer is simple and isn't afraid to be just that. Tasty roasted caramel up front with a zesty, earthy hop presence at the end. The flavors are bold and begging for your attention!

Mouthfeel:
Refreshing! Medium-body with way more carbonation than the eye will lead you to believe. Clean finish. Beautifully balanced.

Overall:
Second to only Millstream's Octoberfest, Samuel Adams has a fantastic product on their hands with their Octoberfest. Incredibly easy to drink and well balanced, there is always room in my fridge for this.

alphagnome, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of jackndan
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest (2002): As deep orange a beer as you’ll ever see, with an off-white head with good retention and stickiness. This beer has an aroma of pumpkin pie spices, and fresh bread. Very pronounced malt flavor, with great spiciness. The beer has a hint of alcohol warmth, and it carries through to the aftertaste. This beer has always meant fall to me, and this was very fresh. But I’ve found through long experience that this beer ages very well. Buy it now because it’ll be gone in October, but it’ll last till June. Prosit!

jackndan, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of u2carew
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body, copper in color. Thin sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Caramel. Toffee. Nutty. Subtle apple notes.
T) Munich malts - caramel, toffee. Nutty. Bready. Hints of tree fruit. Subtle hops in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Dry and Chalky in the finish.
O) A well craft Octoberfest. I will always drink one of these.

u2carew, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Ottertude
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a coppery orange color into my pint glass with an off-white head that left some nice lacing on my glass.

This has a more pronounced smell than some of the brews that I have been drinking lately. It smells bready and somewhat floral.

Ah, the taste. This is a malty treat. Some biscuit and caramel malt flavor with a kiss of hops to help balance all the malts. Tasty! Nice medium mouthfeel. I can drink a few of these. This is going well with my pizza tonight.

This is my favorite Samuel Adams Seasonal and the only one I actually look forward to drinking at the end of summer each year. I admit that I have only tasted a few Octoberfest beers but I really like this one.

Ottertude, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of tconboy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with nice head, slow retention, and good lacing. Smells of malty fruity roasted goodness, and tastes about the same. Nice balance, lively, medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink. An enjoyable beer, one of my favorite from the Boston Beer Co. Cheers!

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of rabidawg
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nut brown with a hint of ruby. Decent carbonation. Smallish head that settled to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Malt-heavy, with a nice sweetness with a nice dark earthiness. Hops take a back seat, with the slightest greenness present. Some nice fruity notes giving way to a hint of grain at the end.

Taste: More sweet malts, with a nice crispy roastiness to the bier. Carbonation bites the tongue, but settles into creamy, mouth-filling goodness. Hops squeeze the cheeks and tongue in the end, and lend a certain freshness to the finish.

Notes: Not a bad O'fest, and much better as it warms. If memory serves me, the draft (last year, at least) was significantly more impressive than the bottled version.

rabidawg, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of PvtVile
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown bottle and poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

A: It pours nice clear amber colored with a thick head.

S: I am not getting too much smell out of it but can still pick up some toast and malt smells.

T: The first taste is some buttery cracker kind of like eating a Ritz cracker, I also taste some malt and hints of caramel.

M: Coats the mouth and is a bit chewy.

D: This is a very good drink. I have been drinking this all week as an every day drinker. I have had some other O-fests this season but this one is probably one of the better ones.

PvtVile, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Scheity
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite things about Boston in the fall is this beer. It mixes perfectly with the layers of red and orange and brown that carry through the air, with a taste full of spice (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin). Should be served a little bit warmer than one might be used to, just to evoke the harvest flavors.

Color's a nice golden tan with a nose that betrays the somewhat syrupy sweetness that follows up the first wave of taste.

Overall, Sam does a good job capturing Boston's fall in a bottle. Now, I'd prefer something like Smuttynose Pumpkin or Ipswich Harvest, but it's a very workable fall brew.

Scheity, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of tbeck
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown but clear with a good, brown/white carbonated head. Has a sweet, malty smell that is not overpowering and a bit of hops. Taste was very well balance, primarily malty sweetness with cereal grains and a slight hop. Good texture, on the thin side but light and smooth. Not a heavy beer, so more than a couple is okay and it is very enjoyable.

tbeck, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of cracgor
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a nice dark tan...almost an orange hue to it. Darker offwhite head that pours out nice and forms a thick layer that stays on top and forms nice lacing.

Smell: a sweet hop smell is first thing I notice followed by a clean and delicious smelling malt.

Taste: I really like the taste of this beer. It is maltier than it smells. The hops are not very bitter and tastes a little citrus like.

Mouthfeel: very good and refreshing. medium body. It is just meaty enough to feel like a real beer while staying refreshing and easily drinkable. I could drink this all day.

cracgor, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of BigBass
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'v been waiting for this to show up at the beer store all month. Last year it came in stock early and i could'nt beleive my eyes. Anyway, I got impatient today and drove an hour roundtrip to get.

Pours a rich brown but not to dark with a descent head that disappears quickly.

Smell is what I'v been waiting for all summer..lots of yeast, bread, toffee. YUM smells like fall is just around the corner.

Taste is similar to the smells with a good amount of carbonation and the alcohol is right up front. Finish is clean and crisp.

The guys at SA worked hard on this one...this is my favorite beer from them and I look forward to it every year.Hopefully they start getting it in around here next week.Cheers.

BigBass, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of thespaceman
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured From Tap at Local Bar

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color, a similar appearance to the Boston Lager but a little darker, nice lacing around the glass which seemed to stick to it as I drank more.

Smell: Those sweet spices are definetley here. I can definetley smell caramel and bready hops, almost a butterscotch scent in the florals, great smell!

Taste: Starts like any Sam Adams until the beautiful taste kicks in, taste is very smooth and robust, not edgy and not weak, a perfect blend of spices make this Octoberfest stand out from the rest.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, almost to a cream consistency but it isn't.

Drinkability: Still to date one of the best Octobers around, hasn't changed in years and why should it? This beer gets more appealing each autumn, other breweries should take notes, Sam Adams is the one to beat this fall.

thespaceman, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm so glad this brew is out. I've been anxiously awaiting its arrival..

Very clear, beautiful amber color...nice puffy head...good looking Marzen..

Deep rich malty aromas...some hoppiness but just a little..smells very sweet...nice..

Faint hoppiness gives way to sweet malts that remind me of a good hearty dark bread..nice sweet finish..

Very sessionable delicious brew...the best American take on the style I've had yet...I'm still partial to Paulaner but this is very good...

Tilley4, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasure it is to be able to review a fresh Oktoberfest rather than something that came over on a slow boat.
Nice orange/amber colorwith a smallish head that melts to a ring of lacing.
Aroma is fresh sweet toasted malt with a little light fruit and floral scents.
Taste is sweet toasted malt that isn't overly sweet and gets an addition of floral flavors before being balanced out by just a touch of hops.
Aftertaste is mostly a light sweetness.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly rich and creamy.
This years SA Octoberfest is one extremely flavorful brew.

IntriqKen, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a rich, clear amber with a two fingered off white/light tan head that drops slowly.

Aromas of caramelly malt, biscuity grain and toast. No hop aroma.

Flavors of deep caramel malt, biscuit and toast, a balancing bitterness, but very malt forward.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a great example of an O'fest beer. Sets the American standard.

JamnesCameron, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with a slightly foamy head and decent lace. Malt, fruit, spice, hops, and alcohol all in the nose and taste. Nicely balanced, very smooth, and highly drinkable. Very good, what you would expect from Sam Adams.

Lupe, Sep 06, 2002
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a very thick off white colored heading.Leaves very good lacing all throughout.

Smell is all malt. Toasted malts hit's you at first followed by a sweeter caramel aroma that finishes it off.

Taste again very malty with a slight sugary kiss on the lips.A perfect ending of hops that balances this maltiness perfectly.

Mouthis very smooth and bubbley.Slick on the tongue and leaves a slight sting on the tongue of the noble hops used.

Drinkability for me is great. I love this time of year because this is one of my heavy favorites from Sam Adams and I wish I could get this more often.

TheFightfan1, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of mattkoon
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off "fall" is my favorite time of year for bee. There are so many great seasonals out there and the sam octoberfest is no exception. The first thing I notice about this beer is it's fantastic color- it's a beautiful coppery orange. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is a strong malted barley richness- but it still manages to be very drinkable and smooth. I always keep this beer on hand all season long.

mattkoon, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of n811
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass revealing a beautifully amber drink with a nice head. Smelled of delicate hops and malty sweetness. Taste is more malty than the nose, with a very clean aftertaste. As things progress the hops begin to shine through. Head left a nice delicate lacing.

This is a go-to Oktoberfest.

n811, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Shluffy
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Shluffy, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Smixam
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pint glass.

A - Almost as good as a beer can look. Rich, clear brown body with a tan 1-2 finger head. Very inviting.

S - If there's a weak point for this beer, I guess it has to be this. Not that it's bad, just nothing special - Malty and earthy, very typical of Octoberfest brews.

T - Solid malt profile, very rich but not overpowering. Very subtle alcohol content lets you really taste this brew. Small amount of hops simply to balance the malt, and a very earthy finish. Aftertaste isn't great, but isn't strong either - think 'brown ale,' and that's it. If you can 'taste' fall, this is it.

M - Solid throughout, this one hangs around for a bit after you drink it. Nothing bitter or heavy about it though, just a nice nutty/oak finish, much like a brown ale.

D - Again, can't tell the alcohol content with this one. Nothing keeping you from drinking this beer all afternoon - it's fine alone and can be paired with almost anything - chips, burgers, steaks, chicken - you name it, it'll work.

The best of the seasonal brews from Mr. Adams, by far.

Smixam, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh fall is here...

A - Rich copper color that fads to a leathery brown, nice 1/2 head with small bubbles in a couple columns, sticks well

S - Very rich malty sugars, bread, pumpernickel, rye

T - Really rich malt, hops lightly end the beer, but this is all about the malt. Light toffee and butter richness

M - Above avg carbonation for the style, makes this very refreshing and easily quaff-able

O - A really excellent American Marzen, true to the style and one I'd have again for sure

DrewSnyc667, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of xsists
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark golden amber color that has a slight reddish hue to it. The white frothy head disapears quick but the brew continues to bubble due to the carbonation.

S - Sourdough-esque with a rich bounty of spices. Slight orangey smell up front that gives way to the rest of the scents. The smell is quite inviting and makes you want to take a sip.

T - This brew tastes just like it smells. Sourdoughy with the great array of spice. The spice sticks around for a while and then disapears into a great long lasting aftertaste that just begs for another drink.

M - Carbonation is heavy and the beer is very crisp. Not a lot of body but quite refreshing.

D - This brew posses the ability to allow me to drink it all night. It is very crisp, tasty and light. A 6-pack is easily drank in one sitting with this great brew.

xsists, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Atom_Bomb, Sep 15, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,252 ratings.