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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 7,101
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,617 | 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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice, smooth easy drinking example of the style. Some light sweetness in the flavor and I really like the smell of this beer. Easy to pound down several in a sitting.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice Oktoberfest beer. A little bit of caramel adds the sweetness here, with a pretty subdued malt profile. Would have liked some more malt, but still very nice.

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Photo of Nyg
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For an oktoberfest by Sam Adams it's not bad. I hate the early release date it's still summer but it's good and wouldn't turn one down, still a decent Marzen with nice fall mix of spice taste and smell. Light with a bit of a lighter Amber color

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color (how's that for alliteration?), about an inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Malty/bready aroma with a hint of hops. Tastes like malt, toffee, caramel, a little bit roasty with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. A little chewy, medium bodied, and goes down smooth as silk. This has been one of my favorite Octoberfest beers for over 2 decades, and I think it surpasses or at least compares favorably to any of the German marzens I've tried. None of them has had a stronger malt backbone. It manages to be satisfying yet highly drinkable, the way I picture this style being before it was lightened up. An underrated classic.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another rendition of Sam Adams Octoberfest yet again. It is a solid brew all the way, regardless of what some may say. It is readily available and inexpensive. It is tasty and golden and malty and a little sweet or caramelish on finish. It is mild and easy to drink and without a high alcohol content. After the 3rd one you'll know it though. This is a great beer on tap to have at restaurants with a good sandwich or appetizer and such.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle Best before January notched (hope that's 2016)

Pours a somewhat clear orange-amber body with small white head that dissipated quickly Very little lacing

Smells is not overly prominent. Mainly roasted malt. A little grass. a little fresh bread.

Tastes has the malts as little more roasted then they smell. There is a very slight hint of caramel sweetness, (if you blink you'll miss it)and a slightly bitter hop finish. (once again very much under the radar) I think this is consistent with the style . I went back and forth between giving it a 3.75 and a 4 for taste...

Basic medium feel. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall a solid American Marzen

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Photo of Myotus
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date December 2015) into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of light brown foam that dissipates into a line within 20 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is light and spotty.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of bready malts, pale malts, and pale malts with hints of spicy and bitter hops.
TASTE: Inital taste is of strong pale malt flavors that mix with mild caramel malt and bready malt flavors. Mild spicy hop and subtle bitter hop flavors enter immediately after as all initial flavors persist in strength.
FEEL: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. This is incredible creamy and goes down smooth. This has a nice, thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: The pale malts are way too strong on this one. Tone them down and it would be WAY better.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell was malts. Taste was completely different. Spice, light pumpkin, malt, good balance. I had this from the can, and it was much better that when I drank it on draft. Probably one of my favorite Marzen/Octoberfests.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper/amber color. Hints of sweet malty caramel on the nose. Definitely a Marzen. Can taste the malts, caramel, and bread flavors. Reminds me of my time in Germany. Purchase these every year.

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Photo of joe_hurd
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber color when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing. Semi sweet with hints of caramel. Classic Oktoberfest taste and style. Deserving of two brats with kraut. Please.

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Photo of CorknCapSouthingtonCT
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I hate to admit it but when I got these in the other day.....first week of August I was a little disgusted since there's still another month of summer, but I couldn't resist. It's my favorite beer, and although I would have preferred it on tap, I had to have it.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to compare and contrast some of the Octoberfest brews that are starting to become available. I grabbed this one, because I love Sam Adams. This one has a mild 5.3% ABV. Let’s see what I noticed.

Look-It pours a clear and rich copper amber color that reminds me of the red/orange brown of the leaves that fall in autumn. The large head settles into a thin film quickly and leaves moist fine lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of toffee and caramel malts slightly. There is a bit of spiciness on the nose as well.

Taste-It has a fluid flavor with a slightly more noticeable hop component which was surprising. The hops paired well with the spices like nutmeg which I picked up on.

Mouthfeel-This medium-bodied beer has low carbonation and a slight lingering coating on the tongue with a sweetness that is appropriate.

Overall-It is a standard Octoberfest beer, but coming from Sam Adams it has a bit more grassy hops in it than the other Octoberfest beers that I have tried. It is nothing mind-blowing, but it is drinkable and goes down smooth. Enjoy!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a nice dark copper color with a small white head. Smell is toasted bready malts with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is much the same with some nice sweetness to the malts. Feel is medium with not much carbonation. Overall a good readily available Octoberfest, but there are certainly better options out there.

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Photo of Cobratrooper
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is always a solid staple. Lots of other craft Octoberfest change each year/ batch to batch. I feel that this one is always pretty much the same. I use it as a yearly measuring stick by which to compare this years crop of Octoberfest brews.

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Photo of October
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice touch of caramel to balance out the malts here. Finish is crisp, and the mouth feel is softer than most lagers. For the price point this is a darn good o-fest.

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Photo of PfBeerMan
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color, smooth and easy to drink, and soft sweet taste. Best part was the smile it put on my face when I saw it in the store and started thinking how much I enjoyed it last year.

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Photo of Awolter
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting for this since last year, and it didn't disappoint! At the price, you can't beat it. Rich copper color, carmel taste, fantastic Oktoberfest.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours orangish gold to copper amber under a thin wisp of a head.
S: Spicy nose with some malt.
T: Bready malt flavors with some kettle sugars and a moderate bitter hop accent.
F: Medium body and fairly low carbonation.
O: An Oktoberfest with more hops than many and less carbonation.

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Photo of hophead723
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Quite clear dark amber with a nice foamy head. This series of beers seem to all have fleeting heads, leaving me to believe Sam Adams is skimping on ingredients and therefore quality.

Smell: Toasty malt aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Hmmm....these beers seem to have a homogonized character. Not much difference between them as if they didn't use an all grain process.

Taste: Watery, mildly spicy, and a little bit of yeast.

Feel: Loose.

Overall: I wouldn't recommend this unless you were eating a piece of pumpkin pie.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one after a longggg day of tree removals. Have no idea where the guy got it since it's only the middle of July, but oh well eh.

Look - Pours see through copper with a two finger slightly off white head and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - Bready and sweet. Smells like Fall.

Taste - Bread crusts and lightly toasted malts and a touch of spice.

Feel - Medium bodied and easy siting with just enough carbonation.

Overall - Well alright. Solid, easy to find take on the style. Have it at a bar this fall, sure you can find it. ;)

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle B and M Stores, Bristol - Pours clear, dark amber with a small white head. Small lacing. High carbonation. Smell - fruity citrus, touch of nuts. Taste - sweet, malty, touch of caramel. Nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks like an Irn bru beer with it's orange tinged body
and couple with the fact that it does in fact taste a little of Irn Bru (obviously a lot less sweet) lends an unusual flavour, not too sure, still quite pleasant though

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Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is one of my favorites from Samuel Adams. I got it in the 'Harvest Collection', and I fell in love with it. It was also my first craft beer. I love how it's not hoppy at all.

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Photo of Donsolo420
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love it around autumn time . Gets me in the mood for fall and the holidays. Nice Amber color and good taste. Definitely a go to beer at that time of year. Nostalgic for me

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Photo of chrisjws
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pub glass from a 12oz bottle

A: Deep orange, brown in color. Clear as can be, see through with no haze at all. Two fingers of frothy white head and plenty of carbonation coming up from the bottom.
S: Caramel malts, toffee, hints of spice, sweet bready malts
T: Follows the nose perfectly. Leads with a heavy dose of caramel, complimented by spice from the hops and a sweet finish mixed with caramel in the aftertaste.
M: Medium to light feel, carbonation is present but not playing a huge roll. Helps create a nice smooth sip with a sweet finish that lingers between every sip.
O: One of my more favorite Sam Adams beers. They do Oktoberfest beers as good as almost any American brewer out there. Prost!

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.