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 Beer_Drinking_Jim
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good seasonal beer, I always pick up a twelve pack when October comes around.

Photo of winningwes91
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Another okay beer. I'd have this over bud any day

Photo of captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this beer gets no love on BA. Oh well...I guess its all just opinions. In any case, this seems to be a classic, easy-to-drink Octoberfest. Color reminds me of Autumn right off the bat. Some malt, not much hops, on the nose...basically what you would expect. Nice rounded mouthfeel and malt flavor, although nothing exciting or memorable. IMHO, should be rated a bit higher on BA than it is.

Photo of unicornjeni
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite fall beers!

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, filtered bright orange, forms one finger of head which completely dissipates, no lacing.
S - Malts, sweetness and a slight caramel note.
T - Malts, hops, pilsner notes, sweetness and caramel.
O - An easy drinking, well balanced beer. Very sessionable.
V - Medium.

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

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