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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 4953
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of techtatu


4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice caramel color and not much head. The smell was just overall pleasant. The taste was surprisingly good for what I call a main stream beer.

Yet another beer that I would enjoy drinking with friends at a bar and, or at a get together. Maybe at a poker game also.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2008 17:03:52 | More by techtatu
Photo of n00tz


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber bodied light head that diminishes over a minute or so leaving enough to lace the glass I poured it into.

S - Roasted malts and caramel scents are picked up.

T - Very smooth malt flavors of caramel, bread, and something sweet that I can't put my finger on..

M - very herbal feel with enough hops presence to be wonderfully balanced. not thin but not syrupy by any stretch.

D - Excellent introduction to SA's seasonal brews. I'll be coming back for it again.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2008 02:03:30 | More by n00tz
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 brew on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: reddish copper, good head, moderate lace

Smell: caramel, malts, brown sugar

Taste/Mouthfeel: caramel, malt, low hops, sweet

This is an excellent Oktoberfest lager. Well lagered and on point with Sam Adams quality.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 18:52:24 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of Deuane


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with small light tan head that reduced to a thin ring leaving decent lacing.

S-Very light and subdued.Hints of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of brown sugar. Hops non-existent.

T-Sweet caramel malts with hints of brown sugar, maple syrup and biscuits. Hops only an afterthought of a light spiciness.

M-Medium-light body with good crispness and a sweet lingering finish.

D-A bit too sweet for my liking but it isnt annoying. The sweetness works for a pleasant, almost molasses cookie like flavour. A clean, crisp easy drinking and non-offensive brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 15:24:53 | More by Deuane
Photo of ffejherb


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Corvette Grill in Annville, PA on 9/4/08. Served in the new Sam Adams glass.

A - Deep amber/copper-colored body with one-finger creamy light beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left some nice lacing. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - While the aroma is rather subdued, I do pick up on some bready and caramel malt, molasses, maple syrup and some spices. No hop presence at all.

T - Pleasant malt flavor with hints of sugar cookies, molasses, brown sugar, caramel and bready malt goodness. For some reason, I also get ginger snaps from this. Overall, this has a very sweet, malty flavor with vitually no hop bitterness whatsoever.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and, although somewhat chewy, a mild syrupy texture that borders watery territory. Quite sweet on the tastebuds with no residual bitterness present.

D - Superior drinkability, but overall a really simple style. Sam Adams pretty much hits the mark with this one. Is it any wonder why this is one of the more popular fall seasonals in the world of craft beer?

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 04:08:54 | More by ffejherb
Photo of glid02


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Fontaine's in Atlanta.

Pours a good dark amber color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a ring of bubbles around the glass. Lacing is good just above the beer, but isn't that sticky.

Smells very malty - both bready and sweet. Some caramel notes as it warms.

Tastes very malty as well. Sweet at first then mellows as it warms. Some caramel taste as well, with a smooth finish. Just a touch of bitterness at the end as well. There's a slight off taste every now and then that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is just right, but it could be a little thicker. Goes down very smoothly though.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. No egregious flavors that don't belong. It goes down easily and quickly.

Overall a solid Oktoberfest beer. The quintessential harbinger of the best season of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 23:59:48 | More by glid02
Photo of MisterClean


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at via rosa

A - Beautiful copper hue, with a good amount of head, and nice lacing.

S - Nectarines, pears, and light maltiness.

T - Nectarines, pears, granny apples, which finished with a malty kick.

M - Nice, left moistness.

D - Not too big on beers that come close to Marzens, but this one is very good for an oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 05:42:14 | More by MisterClean
Photo of jackorain


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at my local Houlihan's. I had this on October 26th, 2007 and just got to adding from detailed notes taken at that time.

A-Really nice red-amber glowing color. Nice tan head lasted a very long time and fell to a substantial 1/4 inch coat that stayed for nearly the entire drink. Where the head receded it left a very attractive lacing effect.

S-Classic lagerish aroma up front, clean Biscuit and caramel malts follow and dominate.

T-Nice malty noce, biscuit and caramel, a little sweet, some fruitiness also enters in the middle. A nice, mild, crisp bitterness finshes it out. Quite tasty.

M-Creamy, with a nice even carbonation. Medium body. Really quite nice.

D-This may be the best Oktoberfest I had this year. I've seen from year's past that this one is considered a dumbed down Ok, but definitely not this year. I had a few with my dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 17:42:38 | More by jackorain
Photo of smc143


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt and pretty much on the sweet side. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, with little hops to be found by me. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. It is very smooth, medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. It has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I wish I could get it all year round.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 18:46:15 | More by smc143
Photo of tronester


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Marzen is a dark reddish orange in color. Had no head when served to me. Smells of faint grain. This is a malt fan's beer. Quite a rich, sweet grain flavor, with a hint of hops to round it off. Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Quite drinkable as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 04:31:30 | More by tronester
Photo of nickynick


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color, although a little lighter then other Oktoberfest beers I have had. Smell seemed very sweet to me. Almost no malt in the nose. Smell more of brown sugar, almost too sweet. The taste matched the smell, a little to sweet, but more malt was present in the palate then the nose. Mouthfeel was ok, a little think and sticky. Drinkability was good as well. It went down pretty smooth. This beer seemed to be missing something that other Oktoberfest beers have. It had almost no bite, or spice, that I have noticed in others. I would drink this beer again, might even buy it again, but It will not be my first choice for an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 12:40:57 | More by nickynick
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice octoberfest beer. It pours a deep amber color with a thick caramel colored head that takes some time to diminish. It smells of malts and hops mixed beautifully together. The taste backs this up. It is fresh, crisp, and delicious. It certainly quenches my thirsts for a nice beer. The blending of the malts and hops is really excellent and has a sort of sweet and bitter aftertaste that makes me always want a second glass. This one was expertly carbonated and had a really good feel in my mouth. I just wish it wasn't seasonal, or if it was, they just extended the season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 21:44:30 | More by erosier
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Extremely mild aroma of toasted grains and sliced apples.

Taste: Equally mild flavor. Light, light taste of toasted grains with a hint of sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Mild floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Came across as dull and lifeless with little personality to help it stand out amongst a virtual sea of other Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 21:52:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 16:08:54 | More by bradford
Photo of Spidey13


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a very pretty, red/brown autmn leaf color. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel, malt smell.

T: Like the nose, very sweet. Getting close to too sweet for me, but not quite there.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D: I really liked this beer. Not something I would drink year-round, but nice for a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2007 04:37:59 | More by Spidey13
Photo of brewshakes

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at dinner tonight at Ruby Tuesday's on draft. I asked for a Dog Fish Head 60 Minute IPA but the waiter soon came back and told me they were out so I went with this. I have had it in a bottle before but never of tap. On tap was much better. The beer came a nice orange color. By the time it made it to the table whatever head there was was gone. The smell was sweet with some grain. The taste was pleasant with nuts and spice. A lot better on tap. A good seasonal!

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 23:22:58 | More by brewshakes
Photo of BravoTwo


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap with prime rib and potatoes. Good combination of the beer with the food, to pair the heavier beef with this beer.

A - Good appearance, but could have been a little bit darker. Light copper color, with minimal head.

S - Toasty smell, with good fall aroma. Caramel spice notes

T - Malty, with a toasted grain flavor. Crisp with a clean finish, definitely a Fall taste.

M - Crisp, with good carbonation without being overpowering / overcarbonated.

D - Good drinkability, although I only wanted one. I could have had another easily, and I think on a cool night (maybe outside) the drinkability would be higher for me.

Overall, a very nice beer that is a solid Octoberfest style beer. Not as good as others I have had esp. Octoberfest from Swashbuckler's, but definitely worth a try. Plus, the availability is good on this beer being more widely distributed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 19:56:22 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap tonight at Doc's here in Austin.

I have had this beer many times before in the bottle; and, while it is very good out of a bottle, it's even better on tap. I realize that's nothing new for a lot of beers, but the big difference between the bottle and on-tap for this brew was the mouthfeel. Out of the bottle, it sometimes tastes a bit thin. On-tap, this brew is absolutely perfect as it's substantial, but not overdone. Awesome blend of sweet malty flavors perfectly balanced by just a kiss of hops. A must have on-tap for anybody who likes (or thinks they might like) an O-Fest brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 06:21:20 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of Overlord


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today. No real head, somewhat flat looking. Amber appearance.

Taste was much better than expected. Nice caramel, definitely on the sweet side, mostly roasted malt. Very quenching. I could have gone for a few more. I detected a hint of fruit sweetness ... maybe apple. Couldn't be sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 04:20:36 | More by Overlord
Photo of hiikeeba


4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up amber with a thin light tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt, but otherwise pretty clean. No hops. The roasted malt leads off and the hops finish. I thought this was a well balanced beer with a full mouthfeel. This is very drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 03:22:41 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of michaelc916


4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a local Richmond Oktoberfest. Having had this out of the bottle a few times I never cease to be impressed with the malty flavor that comes through. Great copper color, poured with a two finger head that had good staying power. On tap the hop aroma (Saaz) I'm guessing really hits the nose nicely.

Oktoberfest and Maerzen are my favorite styles of beer and this is a very good one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 16:42:56 | More by michaelc916
Photo of animal69


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on-tap; a nice warm amber color w/ a creamy head; nice malt aroma w/ some hop undertones; the taste is slightly different than the bottled version being less "watered down" malty w/ a butterscotchy taste; nice full body (something the bottled version lacks) ;personally i could drink this beer all winter long, maybe a litte too much for summer...

Edit 09/12/08 : this years offering is sweeter w/ more diacetyl and a bit tart with lots of dark fruits, kinda syrupy tho...

Edit 09/10/09 : 09's batch has been dried out a bit more, has more nuttieness, and a less sweet flavor with fewer fruits but still has a faintly diacetyl note

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 02:32:45 | More by animal69
Photo of tapman


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad copper color in appearance, but a little light for my taste, I like mine with a little more sugar and thus a darker, more caramel color. Head is white and thin with moderate lacing.

Buttery Munich malts mix with a light touch of caramel barley. Hops could be English in origin, bready and mixing with the Bavarian style malts, or just not very apparaent at all. Also smells very sweet, almost like sugar was added.

Very sweet. Taste is slightly larger than the aromas in the nose. Malts are sweet and bready. Hops are pretty standard and are probably the regular ones that they use for the boston lager.

Feels like the standard boston lager mouthfeel. Not as fun as their stouts and other brews.

I've had this back to back with a Newcastle pint and I gotta say that I liked this one better. I'm not sure about from the bottle next to a Newcastle bottle, but the pint was definetly better. A slightly above average better brew that turns into an ausome brew when on sale for $3 for a 22oz. at the local bar and grill.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 21:51:49 | More by tapman
Photo of JamesS


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams makes a very nice Octoberfest. It has a wonderful scent, a nice earthy aroma to it. It's a wonderful copper/orange color, perfect for a fall beer. Nice clean taste, although it's not as deep as other marzens I've had, especially locally produced. Still, it has some deep tone to it, nice hints of spice and what I think of as a slight caramel taste. It goes down smooth, better than a macro-brew, but only average for a nice fall beer. Well worth it, especially as I feel it's one of the best mass-produced octoberfests and would be easy for anyone to find.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2007 00:47:01 | More by JamesS
Photo of beerphilosopher


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very lively and bright amber color with an almond-color head that seems to dissipate rather quickly ... leaving spotty lacing inside the pint glass. The nose is malt, up front, but clearly has a generous dose of hops to balance it out. Slightly nutty notes here as well. The palate is precisely what the nose tells you - malt goodness, followed by drying, floral hops. Nice. Mouth feel is on the acidic side with more than ample carbonation. Finish is dry and leaves a lingering herbal and malt combination in the mouth. I'd estimate this to be a pretty decent American Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, which is the idea ... nothing challenging here, but there doesn't need to be. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 02:30:16 | More by beerphilosopher
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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