Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,700 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 6,700
Reviews: 2,063
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 93
Gots: 1,266 | 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 Dykemyster17
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic fun beer, one of my favorite seasonals from Sam Adams

Photo of Webchief
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite seasonal beer. An automatic go to.

Photo of mchegash
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.8/5
Pours a very clear deep red-orange. About 2/3 a finger of head when initially pour. All the head dissipates within 30 seconds. Can see a slightly sparse amount of carbonation rising at a slightly slower than average rate. Nice color, perhaps a little darker than I was expecting for an Oktoberfest. I would have liked more head retention as well.

Smell - 3/5
Dark caramel malts. Perhaps a hint of fruitiness and spice. Did not smell much more than that. Not a bad smell, but it seems quite faint. I would have liked a stronger smell.

Taste - 3.75/5
Dark caramel malts. Light to moderate sweetness. Some alcoholic fruitiness as well. Flavor is not as strong as I would like, but overall, a good taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-full in body. Sip has a crisp start with a creamier finish. Carbonation is light, but at the right level for this beer.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, another decent beer from Sam Adams. I appreciated the fullness of the body, and the taste. I would have made the taste a bit stronger and a bit different, and made sure that the beer had a stronger aroma.

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

Everything you desire in a beer. This could be the perfect beer for many.

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty Average. Not amazing, but alright. Still a beer, I guess.

Photo of JimJam10
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer For Marzen lovers

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a classic in my bar when it's available. I love this stuff.

Photo of harjoeb2010
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Too bad it's only seasonal.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There's really not much that is truly remarkable about this beer. A very safe Sam Adams interpretation of the style. The semi-opaque, copper colored liquid does bring a whisper of Autumn and the changing of the leaves. Beyond that, it's a decidedly average beer. Quite sessionable actually, with a nice mix of pleasant, yet tame qualities. Oddly though, there is a metallic twang to this beer that I can't quite explain. In that respect, it's reminiscent of an adjunct lager drank straight from a can (which I occasionally find enjoyable). However, the buttery diacetyl flavor, tangy bite and mild amber malt characteristics give this beer much more character than your average BMC. The light spices that poke through on the finish are a nice touch that keep you coming back for more. Quite an interesting beer. It simultaneously manages to be innocuous and common, yet has just enough character and style to keep you going back for more. I guess that's why Sam is among the kings of craft. They have found a way to make subtle flavor and artistry appeal to the masses.

Photo of CIBoy10
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic by Sam Adams. The can is also beautiful.

Photo of gmattkennedy
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It's almost ok. Spice is overpowering to the pint of annoyance. There are so many other good beers in this flavor range to mess with this one again.

Photo of redhorse107
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An exceptionally smooth and tasty Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

CLASSIC

Photo of Alestorm4069
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Great Beer. Tastes delicious.

Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that recedes quickly, leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smells ever so slightly of pumpkin spice, barley, maybe a hint of caramel.

Tastes of brown bread and barley, Munich malts, well balanced, subtle.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, decent drinkability.

Photo of DaveBar
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. No head. Not much color other than dark gold but nothing special

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Not something good to talk about.

M- Nothing special

O- Guess I bought this to try and will not again. Not much of anything here. Just a beer with some spices

Food Pairing

This beer is not worth pairing which is not a usual comment from me.

Enjoy if you wish

Photo of ciceronewardduff
4/5  rDev +9%

Paired perfectly with sausage stuffing, contrasted sweet potatoes

Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours deep amber with a light tan head that fades and laces fairly well.

S: Roasted malt, a little dark fruit, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Earthy, grainy, roasted malt, a little fruity, with a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite crisp and drinkable.

O: Might not be the best or most authentic, but does just fine as a session brew at an equally inauthentic but fun Oktoberfest party.

Photo of jruss50010
4/5  rDev +9%

Very smooth and drinkable beer.

Photo of ChadwickHines
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

My favorite in the line of Sam Adams. One of the best Octoberfest

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

I actually have been drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest on occasion, when I find it on tap, and last night I was at the local Longhorn and thought, what the heck, I'll drink it again and rate it. It's a better choice than Blue Moon.

Appearance: Light amber, one finger off-white head, bubbles rising to the surface slowly, like seltzer water.

Aroma: Light, almost imperceptible fragrance of bitterness, some (very miniscule) sweetness.

Taste: Well, it's a Sam Adams. It actually doesn't taste much like an Octoberfest, truth be told. A little grain, a little sweetness, not much else. It's certainly a passable brew, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, some bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

Overall: I would take this beer over other drafts at a local steakhouse, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Like I said, the difference between the Sam Adams Octoberfest and the standard Sam Adams is pretty much nonexistent.

Photo of Cuaumedina
4/5  rDev +9%

Good representation of bottled autumn, märzen/oktoberfest beer with notable aromas of honey, beautiful copper color, well carbnated, light to medium body, sweet pumpkin notes. Nice overall, ill get it again next year.

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev +9%

This a good example of an Oktoberfest. It has the traditional taste, and in my opinion, does not bitter out as it gets warmer, like some other Marzen's do.

Photo of Spify
4/5  rDev +9%

First Octoberfest i had, and one of the first beers that got me into beer. Sweet toffee flavor among others.

Photo of m0fugga
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

A- brownish red with a finger of foam that remained through out. Good lacing.

S- Sweet, bread-like scent. Touch of autumn spice, cinnamon.

T- Clean beginning which quickly turns into a sugary, yeasty corn finish which lingers like that last drunk that won't leave your house after a party even though it's well past 02:30.

M- body is light and crisp which gives its initially clean encounter.

Not terrible, in fact after my first tasting, I had about 4 more but I'm not really a fan of autumn beers and am thus a bit biased. However, it's pound cake like consistency really left a bad taste in my mouth overall.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,700 ratings.