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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: 7,100
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,616 | 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 Nickholland
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, smells ok, but the taste is a little too syrupy sweet for me. Not crisp enough on the back end to make it a marzen lager, more like an amber ale. It's ok, but I've had many that are better.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here. Pours a decent-looking auburn with thin off-white top. Aroma has some good caramel notes, but is dominated by a smell similar to adjunct brews. Flavor is decent, with some nice toasted notes. The over-carbonation ruins an otherwise okay beer. The finish is harsh simply due to bubble-count.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A quite opaque beer with a distinct amber color. Limited head that dissolves quickly.

Smells very much like one would expect from an Octoberfest. Toasty and floral scent.

I feel like the carbonation entirerly dominates this beer, so much so that any additional flavor is in the background. Which is a huge shame since this could be quite a compelling beer. After the carbonation-boom, it's quite subtle - but that might be attributed to the fact that the initial kick numbs your buds.

This beer looks and smells the part, but the feel is disastrous.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking light amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing is kinda messy, but still nothing bad to look at it.
The smell had some sweet breadiness, light nuts, and some apples (not sure where that's coming from), hmmm...
The taste was mainly the same as the smell.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a low carbonation, feels good, somewhat sticky.
Overall, for the most part, its a good one, easy to find practically anywhere. Also, FYI, if you find that you grab a sixer and don't like this one, throw it in some beer bread, you'll be surprised how well your beer bread will turn out.

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Photo of DeadGuyRising_54
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites ever, and perfect for fall Sunday Mornings

Each one tastes like another

My biggest complaints: it's not as easy to find as I'd like, and I can't drink more than 12 without the bar running out, getting the "over served" lecture etc

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Photo of jancona
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm partial to German Octoberfest beers, though SA captures the basic idea pretty well. The flavor has hints of sweet breadyness and caramel with a bit of hop to finish. The taste never quite emerges fully for my taste buds. I do like the feel - bit of carb in it. Easy to find and not bad.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-retaining head, with small bubbles and a transparent caramel color. The scent is fairly mild though it comes up with some well-toasted malt and faintly coffee-like notes. The taste is very rich in malty flavours with some deeper chocolate tones. The feel is heavy on carbonation with a shortly lingering taste. It's an alright beer when it comes down to it, though I'm fine with it being a seasonal.

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Photo of Buck89
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange-amber clear color with a reasonable off white head that fades quickly. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of nutmeg and spice. Taste is sweet malt with some dark bread, toffee and nutmeg. Seems a bit thin but leaves a reasonable sticky finish.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish-red color into a pint glass. Thin cream color head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing but what is there hangs on nicely. Good carbonation throughout tasting process. Initial taste is a little hoppy at first but mellow out nicely to a dry sweet finish. This is only my 2nd Octoberfest brew so I'm still learning. Overall I think that this is a very drinkable beer and feels a little lighter than the Sierra Nevada Octoberfest that I've been drinking. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's amazing that the bouquet of Octoberfest (sorry, years of drinking wine before recently returned to craft beer) actually has a note that is reminiscent of pumpkin. Very appropriate. Octoberfest specifically and the Boston Beer Company in general need to be appreciated for their unique craft paradigm. Octoberfest is the antithesis of a hoppy IPA, actually featuring far less hops than Sam's trademark Boston Lager. It's all about the malt. The aroma is malt-driven. The beer is thick and rich. The five malts featured here show so clearly. It's hopped just enough to provide the requisite neutrality. It's neither bitter nor cloyingly sweet, but rich. The flavors are as unique in today's marketplace as in 1989. This beer is 15 IBU, not 65 like the starkly different Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Variety is the spice of life, and this autumn brew is subtle. This is a really old-school, five-malt, more traditional than the Germans (now serving Helles at Oktoberfest in Munich) hyper-quality-malt beer.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice, smooth easy drinking example of the style. Some light sweetness in the flavor and I really like the smell of this beer. Easy to pound down several in a sitting.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice Oktoberfest beer. A little bit of caramel adds the sweetness here, with a pretty subdued malt profile. Would have liked some more malt, but still very nice.

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Photo of Nyg
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For an oktoberfest by Sam Adams it's not bad. I hate the early release date it's still summer but it's good and wouldn't turn one down, still a decent Marzen with nice fall mix of spice taste and smell. Light with a bit of a lighter Amber color

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color (how's that for alliteration?), about an inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Malty/bready aroma with a hint of hops. Tastes like malt, toffee, caramel, a little bit roasty with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. A little chewy, medium bodied, and goes down smooth as silk. This has been one of my favorite Octoberfest beers for over 2 decades, and I think it surpasses or at least compares favorably to any of the German marzens I've tried. None of them has had a stronger malt backbone. It manages to be satisfying yet highly drinkable, the way I picture this style being before it was lightened up. An underrated classic.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another rendition of Sam Adams Octoberfest yet again. It is a solid brew all the way, regardless of what some may say. It is readily available and inexpensive. It is tasty and golden and malty and a little sweet or caramelish on finish. It is mild and easy to drink and without a high alcohol content. After the 3rd one you'll know it though. This is a great beer on tap to have at restaurants with a good sandwich or appetizer and such.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle Best before January notched (hope that's 2016)

Pours a somewhat clear orange-amber body with small white head that dissipated quickly Very little lacing

Smells is not overly prominent. Mainly roasted malt. A little grass. a little fresh bread.

Tastes has the malts as little more roasted then they smell. There is a very slight hint of caramel sweetness, (if you blink you'll miss it)and a slightly bitter hop finish. (once again very much under the radar) I think this is consistent with the style . I went back and forth between giving it a 3.75 and a 4 for taste...

Basic medium feel. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall a solid American Marzen

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Photo of Myotus
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date December 2015) into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of light brown foam that dissipates into a line within 20 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is light and spotty.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of bready malts, pale malts, and pale malts with hints of spicy and bitter hops.
TASTE: Inital taste is of strong pale malt flavors that mix with mild caramel malt and bready malt flavors. Mild spicy hop and subtle bitter hop flavors enter immediately after as all initial flavors persist in strength.
FEEL: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. This is incredible creamy and goes down smooth. This has a nice, thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: The pale malts are way too strong on this one. Tone them down and it would be WAY better.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell was malts. Taste was completely different. Spice, light pumpkin, malt, good balance. I had this from the can, and it was much better that when I drank it on draft. Probably one of my favorite Marzen/Octoberfests.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper/amber color. Hints of sweet malty caramel on the nose. Definitely a Marzen. Can taste the malts, caramel, and bread flavors. Reminds me of my time in Germany. Purchase these every year.

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Photo of joe_hurd
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber color when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing. Semi sweet with hints of caramel. Classic Oktoberfest taste and style. Deserving of two brats with kraut. Please.

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Photo of CorknCapSouthingtonCT
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I hate to admit it but when I got these in the other day.....first week of August I was a little disgusted since there's still another month of summer, but I couldn't resist. It's my favorite beer, and although I would have preferred it on tap, I had to have it.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to compare and contrast some of the Octoberfest brews that are starting to become available. I grabbed this one, because I love Sam Adams. This one has a mild 5.3% ABV. Let’s see what I noticed.

Look-It pours a clear and rich copper amber color that reminds me of the red/orange brown of the leaves that fall in autumn. The large head settles into a thin film quickly and leaves moist fine lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of toffee and caramel malts slightly. There is a bit of spiciness on the nose as well.

Taste-It has a fluid flavor with a slightly more noticeable hop component which was surprising. The hops paired well with the spices like nutmeg which I picked up on.

Mouthfeel-This medium-bodied beer has low carbonation and a slight lingering coating on the tongue with a sweetness that is appropriate.

Overall-It is a standard Octoberfest beer, but coming from Sam Adams it has a bit more grassy hops in it than the other Octoberfest beers that I have tried. It is nothing mind-blowing, but it is drinkable and goes down smooth. Enjoy!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a nice dark copper color with a small white head. Smell is toasted bready malts with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is much the same with some nice sweetness to the malts. Feel is medium with not much carbonation. Overall a good readily available Octoberfest, but there are certainly better options out there.

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Photo of Cobratrooper
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is always a solid staple. Lots of other craft Octoberfest change each year/ batch to batch. I feel that this one is always pretty much the same. I use it as a yearly measuring stick by which to compare this years crop of Octoberfest brews.

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Photo of October
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice touch of caramel to balance out the malts here. Finish is crisp, and the mouth feel is softer than most lagers. For the price point this is a darn good o-fest.

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