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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,456
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 884 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of thatguy3579
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful orange color, thick lingering eggshell head, decent lacing, and reasonable clarity. A real pretty beer.

S: Not much nose, mostly sweet. Some toffee.

T: A mild beer all around, mostly sweet. Some toffee and raisins. Very mild on hops, imparting a gentle vanilla. Finish is pleasant and roasty.

M: Average body and carbonation.

D: A sweet and mild beer. Not abrasive, but also not the most interesting offering.

thatguy3579, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BobZ
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my lager tulip.

Appearance: Deep orange, nice example of the style, good head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt, some spice, a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Follows the smell, malty flavor, mild spice, and a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Really nice American example of the style.

Mouth feel: Good level of carbonation, decently smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, one of the best from Boston Beer.

BobZ, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of dvb
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mahogany in color. Thin head with almost no lacing. Let it sit for a while and it looks like brandy.

S - Not bad. Sweet. I almost smell some Belgian candi.

T - Starts off tasting like a Boston Lager and then settles into a sort of weak maibock. Sweet and malty. Not much in the way of hops - it really could use more.

M - Fairly thin. Not much carbonation.

D - A six pack is about all I would want in any given year. This stuff is just OK.

dvb, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

Pours a nice reddish orange color, minimal white head but good lacing.

Smells of somewhat rich malts and grains, lagery.

Taste is similar, lagery malts, but good rich borderline sweet taste to them.

Feels on the fuller side of average with tingly fine carbonation in the back of the throat.

Pretty tasty beer, easy going and not hard to like. I could session this and enjoy myself.

Cylinsier, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local restaurant.

A - Nice, golden orange color. Not much of a head but waitress was busy so the head may have settled before it arrived.

S - Nice aroma, nothing crazy good but nothing off putting

T - I liked this beer. I enjoyed the SA Summer Ale and this is just as good in my opinion. Nicely sweet but not overpowering.

M - For the lack of head, I felt it had a nice carbonation to it.

M - Not a real "thick" beer, sort of watery but not bad.

D - I polished off four of these while eating dinner and throwing darts afterwards. I enjoyed this beer...no complaints.

BuxMontBeerLover, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has improved a lot since I last reviewed it.

Pours a deep amber in color with a light brown head that reduces to bits of foam in my glass.

Light, sweet aroma of malt and fruit.

The taste is good. It's rich, but not cloying. Light fruity taste reminds me of grapes. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Solid body with nice amount of heft.

Overall this is a solid Oktoberfest beer. Nothing wrong here.

Shaw, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Beer was a clear amber color, with a bubbly, one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, toffee, biscuit and grains.

Taste was biscuit, grains, roasted malt and caramel.

Lightly bitter and sweet finish.

Goes down smooth and easy. Nice and refreshing.

drumrboy22, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber out of the fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. best before JAN 2010.

pours a chestnut bronze color with wonderful glowing hues of oranges and reds. big 3 fingers of off white head that after a bit of time eventually settled to a thin layer. bits of sticky lace on the glass.

in the aroma rich munich malts, toasted grains, caramel, slightly nutty, lager funk.

rich caramelized malt, toasted grains, just a touch nutty, slightly herbal. you can tell its a lager as well. kind of an average tasting O fest but they got all the basics right.

medium to light in body, average carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue.

an easy drinker for the season, thats for sure, but i would pass this up for many other beers. its amazing how hugely popular this beer has gotten and how many non craft drinkers really dig this.

dogfishandi, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of lester619
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Completely clear deep dark redish amber. Thick frothy creamy head that settles at about a half inch and hangs around. Very malty toasted bread aroma. Fresh hot biscuits with a faint hint of maple sweetness. Taste is also very malty. Toasted bread with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Some roasted smoked malt flavors come out. Some understated hoppy bitterness shows up to balance out the finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. Overall, it's a good Martzen. I look forward to fall and Oktoberfests every year. SA's version isn't the best, but it's tasty, relatively cheap, and available everywhere. At leat one sixer of it makes it into my fridge every September.

lester619, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet body and a small head. Some hops detectable in aroma but it's mostly all malt here. It's a light but inviting aroma. Taste is nice--full on flavor with a fairly robust body without being too big to detract drinkability. Texture is silky smooth coupled with a good level of carbonation. Those malts really work well together, giving a bready, just barely sweet full flavor, followed up by a firm bitterness. For me, a good O'fest has to be drinkable by the liter. I think this one can do it, though it's probably too robust for two liters.

JEdmund, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

A: Pours a dark, hazy chestnut with thin patches of off-white head.

S: Strong biscuity sweet malts, a bit of citrus acerbity.

T/M: Like an English digestible biscuit, sweet malts dominate. A little bit of a hop bite ensues with just a touch of green tea bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, not anything spectacular either. A very run-of-the-mill oktoberfest.

thekanna, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of zassenhausen
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First...I must identify myself as an Oktoberfest fan

A-Ruby, nice head, off white, some lacing.

S-Malty, smooth

T-Good, authentic Oktoberfest

M-OK, a little watery, little bubbles.

D-Way too easy to drink. Maybe because I'm fond of Belgian style ales, this was too easy to pour down. Smoooth!

I'm more and more impressed with Sam Adams beers. For a large brewery they do a very good job on many styles.

zassenhausen, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this American twist of an Ofest lager.
Brillantly clear copper in color with a decent head that doesn't stick around for ever.
Nice brew day malty aroma as I enjoy in a true amber, marzen or alt.
Tastes as it smells with a nice medium caramel malt and toasty biscuit flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium light and clean, appropriate to style but I prefer a tad more body.

A go to easy to get Marzen IMHO. I look fwd to this one every year :)

unclejimbay, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stein.

An impressive look to the beer, with a slightly paler than expected amber body, clear as day, with a nice head than kept a cap and laced very lightly. The aromas were a little muted, with bready malt, yeast, caramel and spicy hop on the nose. The body is an enjoyable, though unremarkable balance between sweet caramel flavours and a bit of spice that became cloying over time. Good carbonation, and coats the mouth nicely.

kjyost, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a gorgeous white head

S- Lots of maltiness, full but nothing spectacular

T- Bready, malty, roasted. Finishes with a sweet malt taste

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation, not as full for an octoberfest as I'd like but still good

D- Very drinkable and easy to use to introduce others to a seasonal beer

aepb1, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Kanyon22
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my murphy's irish sout glass

A: a nice copper orangish color with an dirty off white head with loads of bubbles on the side of the glass. Pretty decent look to it.

S: Musky, metallic, clean lager smell. Also a faint sweetness deep in this one, probably have it to cold might have to report back here.

T: Starts of a bready sweet tasting with a hint of licorice in the middle then a quick transition to a nice toasty flavor that lingers on throat.

M: A wonderful medium to full mouthfeel but ends with a drying sticky toastyness all throughout my mouth.

D: Could see myself drinking a lot of these nothing to great but not at all bad, I can't help but love that fall feeling while downing these bad boys.

Kanyon22, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a faint 1F of off-white head over a deep copper/amber colored body. No carbonation present. Head fades to ring with no carbonation. No lacing.

This really lacks any discernable aroma. Got my nose right into it, and barely pulled out a whiff of caramel malt and toffee.

Clean on the palate. Like the aromas, flavor was also pretty light, but good. Slightly toasty, with some light fruits, and a light amount of floral and grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was lively.

Drinkability is good - again, I could use a touch more in the aroma and even flavor, but it's quite drinkable and pretty good for the style.

BeerImmediately, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
On tap at the Barley House

(A)- Pours a clear dark caramel colored amber. A good eggshell colored head with good retention and lots of lacing.

(S)- A light, yet rich malt profile with a very subtle sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell; rustic-like nuttiness in there too.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rich and a good malt profile, yet light and crisp too.

(D)- One of my favorite Oktoberfests, despite me not being a huge fan of Sam Adams; this is the only one I get each year. This years is rather good.

sweemzander, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very deep amber/coppery color with a slight white head retention with light to medium carbonation.

Smell- Hints of malt. Not much hops in the smell profile.

Taste- Fairly malty on the front and back end. Not much in the order of hops (which is typical for this style). Not as malty as I would want. Slightly watery in the mid-taste. I really enjoy the aftertaste of this beer. It's very smooth and leaves a nice malty note.

Mouthfeel- Fairly mild but there is a harsh mouthfeel on the back of the tongue that hovers and distracts from what overall is a very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very high.

Overall- A good Octoberfest. Certainly not in the league of the outstanding German varieties but is a good beer in a pinch. I've had his beer on tap at a craft devoid Buffalo Wild Wings and have enjoyed it both times. Having it by itself and focusing on the beer some of the flaws are more clearly exposed and my opinion is much lower than consuming with food.

clarkm04, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of dfitch81
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Ayinger and Paulaner's Oktoberfest brews. IMHO, when it comes to Märzens these two are the ones to beat - a feat that Sam Adams' Octoberfest does not manage. That said, however, Sam Adams' interpretation has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. This is a highly satisfying, well-crafted Märzen. Even better, its less expensive than the Germans and its brewed right here in the grand ol' US of A.

Color is a perfect autumnal copper-orange. There is room for improvement in the head, which quickly thins and ends up as a whispy ring confined to the sides of the glass. Lacing is entirely absent.

Smell was barely there at first. I had to really bury my nose in the glass to pick anything up. Eventually detected faint aroma of caramel and alcohol. Nose emerged more fully with warming, with the alcoholic character giving some ground to a subtle spiciness (nutmeg, a little cinammon).

Tastes of caramel with a hint of honey, pronounced toasted crackery malts, minimal hopiness - just enough to contain the sweetness. Subtle spiciness detected in the nose is also present here. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation complements the flavor perfectly, and although the palate definetly leads toward the sweet side, this is still quite drinkable.

All in all this is a very good - if not great - beer. Recommended without reservation, would buy this again.

dfitch81, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Sudsy89
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an orange-amber, one-finger white head. Seems to have a medium level of carbonation.
Aroma is sweet malts, matching the flavor.
Don't know if it's supposed to have more of a pumpkin and spice taste, maybe will be more noticeable as it warms a bit.
Overall taste is similar to an Irish Red Ale, IMO, it has the same slight caramel taste, not much hops but enough. Has a medium mouthfeel, would be highly drinkable. A decent Octoberfest,
at an affordable price. I'm pleased with it.

Sudsy89, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a dark copper color. A finger of off white bubbles settled to a skim quickly. A little bit of rising carbonation can be seen within. The aroma is full of malts, some a little roasted, some a little sweet, all evoking the feeling of fall. The flavor is also malty, with a little bitterness in the finish. I feel as though it conforms well to the style. There are some good caramel flavors. The beer has a medium body. Carbonation is present, but on the lower end of the spectrum. A mildly sticky coat provides some good flavors. The beer drinks pretty easily. I enjoy the caramel flavors and don't think I'd tire of them until after a few rounds.

ToasterChef, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Naugled
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer, well made.

Smell is nice but nothing special, malt comes through nicely.

Taste is good but again nothing fantastic. A nice mix of lmalt flavors, but not very intense.

Good mouth feel, a bit light for an Octoberfest IMO.

Very drinkable, and well made.

Naugled, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to pint glass.

Pours amber with a nice puffy cloud of off-white head. Retains pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Bready malt, slightly toasty and floral, light German-style hops, some alcohol? in the nose. Faint, gains some strength over time.

Toasty malts, light caramel, cereal grain, some grassy and floral hop notes, baked bread aftertaste. Flavors start to fall apart towards the end, somewhat of a pattern I've found in a few SA beers.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but has a nice creamy texture from all the malts. Carbonation on the low side.

I have a soft spot for Oktoberfests, the smell and taste instantly remind me of fall. This one in my opinion is solid, a bit bland, but one I will probably get every year because of availability, price and session-ness.

Chico1985, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of cooch69
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on Tap at Smokey Bones. It poured a very dark copper with a medium carbonation. It was really a beutiful color. There was only a small head and it did'nt last very long.
I'll have to say, this beer did'nt really have much of a scent to it. It was caramely and I also smelled a slight sweetness in it. Plus there was a trace of hops in the nose but again not very pronounced scent.
This Oktoberfest hit the spot pretty good. Especially with some of the food there. It was really caramelly and biscuity with a trace of hops in the back. But malt dominates and it did have a really good taste to it. To my liking anyways. I'm never really got into Oktoberfest's as much as I could have, but this year I am starting to appreciate this most festivus style a bit more.

cooch69, Sep 26, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,456 ratings.