Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,564
Reviews: 2,022
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 957 | FT: 1
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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a moderate sized head. The aroma is of caramel, mollasses and melon. The taste is sweet and bready. Barley husk and herbal hops mingle with light citrus flavors. Bitterness is light throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite an active carbonation.

This is a decent Octoberfest. Its a definite malt fest. With a bit more depth and complexity it could be world class.

Photo of lstokes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange, small head, I found that the smell and taste were both dominated by fruity esters. There's a tiny bit of hop, and a bit of caramel that sneaks up on you, but overall I found it an unbalanced beer. I am not sure that I would drink it again if given the choice.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with one finger of sticky white foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is fruity, sweet.

First sip is also dominated by a fruity sweetness. I don't particularly like it. The fruity esters dominate, and there is a lingering sweet flavor. There is a nice body to the beer.

Having just had the Victory Festbier right before drinking this one, I find a huge difference between the two... Victory did it right.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear orange with a nice 2-inch foamy white head. Lots of small, speedy bubbles of carbonation rush to the top of the glass. Head retention is good, lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Rich smells of caramel, bread, and toffee. Light citric and herbal Noble hops. Sweet overall.

T: Caramel and toffee. Grassy, citric hops are more apparent than they were in the nose. Finishes with all of these flavors working in tandem, as well as some drier bready and grainy malts.

M: Moderate with good carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

D: Good, but not as easily quaffable as other examples of the style.

Notes: A decent beer. Distinct caramel aromas and flavors are a bit too dominant, but otherwise this is a solid offering. I actually enjoyed this year's batch much more than past releases. This beer is everywhere, but I find that I actually enjoy it out of the bottle much more than on tap. It often seems bland and watered down on tap, for whatever reason.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice amber color, semi dark with a nice inch of white foam.

S - Smells pretty sweet full of sweet caramel and rich barley.

T - The sweetness of the caramel and malts make this beer very drinkable. I also enjoyed the small bite of hops and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Delicious/

D - As of now I only have a few left but they are very drinkable. In fact I love how I had this on tap and its only slightly better than the bottle. Very affordable and drinkable brew that is also in 22oz sizes! Yum.

Photo of rmckay09
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Octoberfests, I make it a point to try all kinds from different brewerys whenever I can. This is one is by far the best I have tried. The initial aroma is enjoyable and makes you look forward to the taste that is going to follow. The taste is very smooth and fulfilling with the multitudes of malted barley in it. The drinkability is very high because it is smooth and delicious.

Photo of SamN
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled stein.

Clear autumn highlights of amber and dark ruby. Fine and slightly fizzy head , doesn't last long. Great hues, great clarity. Smell is a little weak; upfront adjuncts of sour grapes, some faint nuts and caramel malt aromas. Taste has much more going for it over aroma. Starts with faint fruit, than toasty sweet nuts and grains, moving to a good balanced hops flash and then fading out on a spicy almost cinnamon note. Lots of movement, more interesting tastes, but shallow and not very rich or natural tasting. Medium bodied with a pleasant bite at the end. Drinkability is fairly good, certainly not a bad märzen-style beer.

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

The beer is clear light amber, with a quickly settling off-white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet malty, honey and nuts, some orange and a whiff of hay.

Upfront sweet toffee, brown bread, orange marmalade, a slight bitter finish.

Low carbonation, medium bubbles and body, a dry finish.

Not bad, a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of Coji
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer should be sold year round, but I do enjoy the treat during the autumn. Its limited availability is part of why this beer remains a hot commodity. My initial pour developed a medium-sized head. It was a light tan, but it dissipated quickly and did not leave any lacing on the glass. I was disappointed with that aspect of the beverage. The color however, was awesome. A slightly burnt amber represents the season very well and it was a beautiful welcome to the beverage.

The aroma was good, possibly because I knew what to expect. If I tried to be objective, the smell is not great, but still good. Octoberfest is lightly carbonated, producing a good mouthfeel, but it was not as smooth as it could have been. While drinking the beer, it is difficult to tell the alcohol content, but after a couple of glasses, it become prevalent. This is one of my favorite beers and I am sad to see its season come to an end.

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

Bottle gifted by the other Matt. Thanks! Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is orange and clear with a minimal head and some lacing. looks ok.

Smells good, kind of like fruits, has some banana in the nose.

Beer tastes pretty good. Medium bodied. It's a little grainy. Beer is really drinkable mouthfeel is good. Not really in a mood to be descriptive tonight. It's good overall. I'd have it again. There are some fruity notes in the midpalate. It's pretty good.

Photo of surlytheduff
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass. Poured clear orange-brown, with a finger and a half of foamy head. Not much residual lacing as it receded. Smelled strongly of malt with a little caramel, nothing else notable. Dominant taste were sweet malts, with a small bit of spiciness and a little hop bitterness. Had a good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with decent carbonation.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A khaki color head, the color of the beer is a burnt amber color. The head stays around for about three minutes or so. It leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: I smell a lot of hop flavoring and also a caramel malt. I smell a hint of alcohol, not too overbearing.

Mouth Feel: lightly carbonated but enough to know it's there. Not too thick of body and its really smooth.

Taste: a caramel, a hint of Cherries and vanilla. There is a slight bitter taste, probably from the hops. It's quite tasty and goes down quite easily. Doesn't have a huge boozy taste.

Drink Ability: I feel I can have a few of these since it goes down smoothly.

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this brew. It has a dark caramel color with medium carbonation and light lace all the way down. The smell has a nice balance of sweet malts and hops. This is a smooth beer with a light mouthfeel which leads to a superb drinkablility. I highly recommend trying this brew you will definetly not dissapointed!

Photo of mbrown26
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went from the bottle into a pub glass. I liked this beer. It was everything an autumn beer should be. I don't think I would consider Sam Adams a craft beer anymore, but I like what they offer.

A: I had this beer a few days ago, but from what I can remember it had a good amber/brown/red color. Head wasn't anything to brag about.

S: Delightful in the nose. Could have smelled this one all day.

T: A great beer with that gave more flavor than alcohol. Definitely a plus for me.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation that makes you give pause to what you are drinking without being overbearing.

D: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Got done with one bottle and would easily want a second.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-copper with a thin white head, not much lacing.

Smells grainy, citrusy, a bit sweet and somewhat medicinal.

Not very impressed by the taste, somewhat orange tasting with some slight biscuity malts and finishes kind of sour with a slight hop bight.

Sort of thing mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable. Overall not something I would try again, definitely not the best oktoberfest I've ever had!

Photo of arboristfish
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This for me is the best Oktoberfest style beers I have ever had! The appearance of this beer is an amber color. The smell is a hint of malt, but mainly focused on the spicy noble hops that are used. The taste of this beer a noble hop spiciness with a delicious malt back bone. This beer is very drinkable and yet has a lot of flavor going for it. Great beer by Samuel Adams.

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

28th review on BA
Bottle to Pint glass.

I was at a family party last night and they happened to have Sam Adams and Blue moon as the go to beer. So not being a fan of either one decided to skip the bottle drinking and be that guy to review at a party and ask for a glass.

App-Medium Amber colored with a single finger head that was very carbonated.

Smell- It smelled like a giant malt bomb to me. I did detect a slight spicy scent with maybe a touch of caramel.

Taste- Not what I remembered this to be at all. It didn't jump out at me like the normal Sam Adams does which I think are pretty decent. It was a bit sweet and didn't retain a lot of flavor.

Mouth- It's on the thin side but I didn't think it would be a big beer by any means.

Drink- I'm pretty thankful I didn't buy a case of this year. It wasn't bad. Just not my cup of tea I guess.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is red with copper undertones. Two fingers to white head dissipated very quickly to leave a skim of lacing and ring around the edge. No bottle cap can float on that.

Smell: Subdued sweet caramel, molasses, and a little dark chocolate.

Taste: Much like the aromas, the typical märzen flavors are very subdued. The caramel comes through, though the molasses and dark chocolate from the smell are faint at best. A spicy hop backbone dominates throughout the pint.

Drinkability: Decent, but it is far from my favorite märzen.

Photo of deadbody
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good but not great beer pretty much sums it up. Picked up a 24 pack of bottles for really cheap. Pours a nice deep amber, small head that doesn't last very long. Slight malty smell, Taste is fine, no flavors really jump out at you, but nothing bad either. Good mouthfeel, not too thin. Very drinkable.

Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber color. Creamy white foam head.

S - A little bit of the caramel malt, but not much after that.

T - A nice spicy, malty taste. Also a sweet caramel finish.

M - Very smooth. Low carbonation & medium bodied.

D - Very much so. This guy is made for the fall and for throwing back a few in the fall.

I happen to like this one, and its a favroite of the BBC line.

Photo of goalie33
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very nice orange/amber color. Not so much head.
S: Some slight aromas of malt, but nothing overly impressive.
T: Malty taste, not too much in the way of hops. It's good, but nothing special.
D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easy.

I'm not going to go running out to buy this again. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't especially good either.

Photo of BillyBob78
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a case of this after having it at a local bar.

I'm starting to like Sam Adams more and more. They have so many different types and styles that you can find something you enjoy.

Appearance was a nice orange/brown color with a nice off-white head with decent lacing.

Taste like a good German lager with nice sweet malty characteristics and a little hops present but not much. A little bit of spices coming through.

Very drinkable and definitely a good fall beer.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Beautiful amber is the first thing that pops out as this brew is poured. Nice sized head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Great, malty smell with a hint of fruitiness. Smells perfectly of fall.

T: Wow! Autumn to a tee. A sweetness and spiciness blend perfectly together on your palate with a bit of a hop finish. Perfectly balanced. The perfect combination of five different kinds of malt.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

D: I could easily put away a few of these, and drinking one will make you want another right away. It's that good.

It's truly a shame that Samuel Adams Octoberfest is only a seasonal beer. A true triumph. After only one bottle, it instantly became second favorite beer behind Boston Lager.

Photo of msjacilynn
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, clean amber with orange-ish hue.

S: out of bottle I got an initial musky scent, but that decreased as I drank. otherwise plenty of malt and caramel.

T: Initially hit with malty-bready taste that leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M/D: fairly pleasant in texture and well carbonated for the style. easy drinking Oktoberfest beer...not the best, but one of the better ones.

Photo of gatorguy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hearty orange color with a nice finger and a half white head that fades and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell has hints of caramel and malts. Taste is strong on malts, with the smell being true has there is hints of caramel. Not much in the way of hops, but has a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not exactly a session beer but can easily drink a few more. I've always been a fan of Sam Adams and Octoberfest is another fine offering.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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