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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 4948
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Knapp85


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

The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 18:12:57 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Outchillen


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

This is one of my favorite, if not favorite beers, copper colored, sweet malty, a great balance of malts to make this beer have a nice body, smells amazing, my only complaint is that I wish I could get this year round, the best oktoberfest beer out there

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 23:51:03 | More by Outchillen
Photo of CuriousMonk


2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap numerous times and usually pours 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Going against the tide on this one as there are many Oktoberfests that I hold in such high regard especially the German made ones. Oktoberfests are designed for drinkability and this beer is not even close to that important category. Pours clear dark copper with small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with mild hoppiness. Sweet flavors of toffee, caramel and bread with a slight hop bitterness. Medium body with verage carbonation. Metallic aftertaste which is a turnoff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 20:58:47 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of IIKaRuII


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

A- Such a great look. Filtered with that light amber Oktoberfest look.

S- To me it has this wonderful toasty smell. it makes me think of fall every time i smell it.

T- not your typical Oktoberfest taste. has a deeper and more drinkable taste.

M- I find this beer to be almost a perfect blend of carbonation. it makes your mouth want more after you swallow it.

D- I could drink this beer year round if i could. Seasonal or not, This beer would be highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 06:55:44 | More by IIKaRuII
Photo of jsprain1


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

A- Pours copper-amber color with a very thin tan head that disappates quickly with little lacing though this may be due to the excessively cold glass in which it was served.
S- Toasted malt, and vaguely spicy. Nothing extraordinary, but nothing detracting either.
T- A rather sweet, malty flavor with some bready, biscuity notes carrying through and some hints at spicyness.
M- A bit full at first, finishes maybe a bit light.
O- There is nothing either exceedingly good or bad about this beer. It is middle of the road and that's just fine. The flavor profile is tasty, but simple and lacking in depth, even as it warms. But simple, tasty beers have their place.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 05:34:43 | More by jsprain1
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 05:34:43 | More by 9InchNails
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 19:08:43 | More by kdawg105
Photo of socon67

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 04:02:20 | More by socon67
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 00:07:42 | More by gatorguy
Photo of kellyst


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark orange color with hints of amber and red and a slightly off-white colored head. Decent lacing throughout the beer. Smells of toasted grains which brings thoughts of autumn. Flavor is dominated by toasted grain, with a backbone of caramel sweetness. Almost no hop presence. This beer is a little on the sweet side for my tastes in an octoberfest. Drinkability is pretty good, since I had two of these in short order.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 14:09:52 | More by kellyst
Photo of azorie


2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Every year I try this style:
Most of the time every year the American versions leave me wondering why do I try these every year?

A: Served in a shaker pint glass. dark mahogany-tinted orange, with a small off-white head on top. Light lace.

S: Sweet caramel toasted malt, and little to no hops, very sweet.

T: humm not to style, way too sweet. Lots of coffee candy toffee like malt that overpowers my taste buds. Kind of boozy hot after taste. Tap or bottle both suck down to average to me.

M: medium to semi heavy, medium carbonation

D: not very, way to sweet for the style, I will pass on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 13:41:45 | More by azorie
Photo of tylernim

North Carolina

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

This has a dark copper appearance, and held a thing ring around the glass the entire way. Not much from the smell. Some sweet malts maybe. Subtle spices on the tongue. Some maltiness with something along the lines of raisin, a touch of hop. There is a pleasant carbonation on the tongue, with a light to medium feel. This one has a good drink ability. Don't know that I would pick it up on my own accord, but if I find it at a bar I might have a couple.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 11:39:22 | More by tylernim
Photo of mdaschaf


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with a very small head and little lacing.

S: Malty aroma with a sweetness as well. A very small hop kick as well.

T: Caramel and lightly roasted malts. Not as sweet as the nose. The hops are mild on the flavor as they were on the nose.

M/D: Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall it is a fine fall choice, not amazing, but definitely serviceable. I had this at a restaurant where it was the only "craft" choice. I feel that places like that it is always a good choice, but I probably won't go out and grab it for the house.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 02:49:45 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tilted Kilt in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

This beer is a orange-ish/copper color with a small off white/tan head. Decent head retention and a small amount of lacing. Fairly standard appearance for the style.

The nose is caramel and toasted malt, with some floral and spicy hops. Very clean aroma, seems to be a little sweeter than most Oktoberfests.

The flavor is very similar to the nose, with the caramel and toasted malt flavors being the main attraction. The hops are very mild and hidden in the background. As the beer warms the hops start to open up a little, but still are barely noticeable. There is a overly sweet and fruity taste throughout the beer. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, with the exception of the fruity twang that is at some times overpowering.

Overall this is a decent beer that does little to set itself apart from the pack. Not bad, but I have had many better Oktoberfests this year...

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 15:59:16 | More by CBlack85
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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

A fine looking darkish amber leaning toward red; light tan head.

S - Mild, mainly malt aroma

T - More malty than hoppy; main flavor component is toasted malts. A bit of hops in the finish.

D - smooth and easy to drink

Very good for style which, frankly, is not one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 01:21:29 | More by chinchill
Photo of darkmartin


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

Appearance: Pours to a beautiful dark burgundy with a small, off-white head that hangs around. Some minimal sticky lacing.

Smell: Some earthy malts and nuts. Also some sweet caramel coming through.

Taste: Very nice sweet caramel and nutty malt, followed by very subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorite octoberfests, although a little on the subtle side.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 05:09:19 | More by darkmartin
Photo of weizenbob


3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was on tap at Sportsmans Irish Pub in Ludington, MI. There's something wonderfully absurd in ordering an American interpretation of a German lager at a faux-Irish pub.

This Sam Adam's Octoberfest came served in an imperial pint glass and looks incredible. There is very little head, actually just a ring of bubbles around the top of the glass. The color is a deep appealing copper hue and this lager is amazingly clean looking. Gazing through an imperial pint glass, this looked very impressive.

The scent was just as inviting. Aromas of spice and tropical fruits persist, but there's a lot going on here, so much so that it's difficult to pinpoint specifics.

Unfortunately the taste of this brew didn't live up to the complex aroma that it was giving off. I should mention that lager-style beers really aren't my thing. However, the look and smell of this really gave off the impression that it was going to be something special. What I got was an above average but unremarkable tasting lager. It seems to be pretty good for the style, but it isn't making a believer out of me.

Carbonation was moderate, though it was still a bit more than I care for. As such, the mouth-feel was a turnoff. It was a pretty crisp beer, and the flavor was strong enough to overcome the carbonation, but ultimately this really just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 18:41:08 | More by weizenbob
Photo of jdense


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

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge, The Big, OR. 10.11.2010.

One finger off-white head, fairly quick dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orangish light amber body, pretty light for the style, several streams of small carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is malt dominated, bready, a bit of caramel with mild floral hop presence. Taste mirrors nose, a small bit of roast, caramel, not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Pretty drinkable, but not very memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 13:08:58 | More by jdense
Photo of greengorilla


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice copper color with a good thick white head and nice lacing.

It smells good and malty.

This is what I believe an Oktoberfest beer should taste like. It has a great balance of bready malt taste with the right amount of spicy hops.

I like the mouthfeel, and it is very drinkable. This is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 13:32:26 | More by greengorilla
Photo of kbutler1


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

Draft. Pours a brownish amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Biscuity, malty type notes in the nose along with some nut. No lace as the head settles in my glass. The taste is slightly sweet with flavors of lightly toasted grains with some biscuit. Maybe a slight touch of floral as well. Ends pretty cleanly and dry. Not bad and an easy drinker but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 13:18:46 | More by kbutler1
Photo of morebeergood


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

On tap last night at The North Star, a bar over by North Station. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark amber color. Thin white head. Slight bit of lacing. Smell had just a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar to it, but not very much. Taste was slightly above average. A dose of malt hits the palate, but there really was not a lot of other flavors. The mouthfeel was a disappointment, as I found it be be thin and slightly watery. Drinkability was decent, as it's smooth and easy going down. SA Octoberfest is an acceptable version of the style for the mass market, but there are much more flavorful Märzen beers out there made by local breweries, which should be sought out instead.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 15:02:13 | More by morebeergood
Photo of wcintula

New York

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

Pours with amber color and a 2 finger head that falls not too fast. Nice smells of grain, caramel, brown sugar, dark malts slight hops. The taste lines up pretty well with some alcohol taste and very slight metallic aftertaste. Lightbodied, good carbonation, I like a slightly thicker Octoberfest. It's a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 15:54:04 | More by wcintula
Photo of bundy462


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Leathery brown with an amber hue, nice frothy head.

S: Very malty and sweet, slight herb, soft hop.

T: Sweet maltiness with a very slight hop touch to make a nicely balanced brew. Not very complex, but very well done still. It's somewhat bready wth a touch of herb also.

M: Very smooth, somewhat thin.

O: Drinkable brew, a nice change of pace in the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 01:45:59 | More by bundy462
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 19:06:48 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 04:28:33 | More by thekanna
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 4,948 ratings.