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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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5,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,406
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 390 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

02-14-2011 12:50:49 | More by SickGnar
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2011 01:39:40 | More by KGarrett
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

08-02-2013 20:28:56 | More by balinor
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-25-2012 01:18:18 | More by durwood64
Photo of SykDoc


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Purchased this beer and had it in a pint glass from a bottle.
Beer initially poors with a 1/4-1/2 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. The appearance is a pleasant clear copper.
The aroma reminds of many lagers, having an expectedly malty scent with some caramel.
There is a creamy feel to the beer which is generally medium bodied, but light and palatable. You can catch a bit of hops, as well as carbonation. Beyond that, this beer does seem to come up a bit flat overall. It is a good oktoberfest lager, but defintely could be better with a deeper flavor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a lager but is not expecting a whole lot.

10-12-2008 23:02:40 | More by SykDoc
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-31-2012 22:08:30 | More by baconman91
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-22-2012 02:44:51 | More by fostachild
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-30-2012 22:09:11 | More by Joel12
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-14-2013 05:08:41 | More by Gerred
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitly one of my favorite Octoberfest beers, and possibly the one single seasonal beer that I look forward too the most each year.

11-30-2009 05:19:58 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of TommyW


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A- Lighter amber/oragne with a medium off-white head that clings a bit.

S- Malty aroma with a touch of caramel and spice.

T- Again nice malty taste overall that dominates. Slight bitterness is there to bring a little balance, but there is no huge hop taste other than the bittering aspect.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not a bad Maerzen, but nothing incredible; definitely worth grabbing a 6-er of.

09-07-2010 13:46:28 | More by TommyW
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4/5  rDev +9%

03-11-2014 02:37:21 | More by dbarny76
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

12-19-2011 19:19:11 | More by bigeyedfish89
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-15-2013 00:00:30 | More by NickSMpls
Photo of Jon


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

This seasonal offering pours a reddish-copper color with a huge, pillowy head that leaves considerable lace. The head is rather overwhelming and holds up well. The smell, on the other hand, is lacking. I smell a somewhat nutty malty aroma, but it's subdued. The taste is rather sweet and malty with some fruity undertones. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and lightly carbonated, but it does bring the drinkability up a bit. This is one of the better domestic Octoberfest offerings and is worth seeking out.

09-08-2002 15:07:54 | More by Jon
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Trying a nice Sam Adams after several total recent failures. I'm not looking for a home run, just something nice.

Appearance- A nice rich amber color. A good inch of creamy off-white head that settles into a nice cap. A good looking beer.

Smell- A nice hint of spice. Some toasted malts. It's a little mellow. A little nutty.

Taste- Nice and light. A little creamy, with a hint of spice. Lots of toasted malts, some real sweetness. Very bready with some mild hops. A little tea-like. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. It's creamy without being heavy.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy, but the sweetness, and the hint of spice, makes it so I could tire easily on this.

A nice beer, definitely. Exactly what I'd expect from Sam Adams. They don't usually knock my socks off, but they rarely disappoint. Sam Adams, always a good choice, as the kids say.

01-20-2010 07:41:38 | More by callmescraps

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-14-2011 16:35:44 | More by TEAMHOLT
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4/5  rDev +9%

12-05-2011 00:49:42 | More by mcorwin
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-08-2013 01:54:09 | More by AaronBurr
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-10-2012 22:22:22 | More by milkbone_underwear
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-20-2013 03:41:35 | More by tabhill
Photo of MmmIPA


2.1/5  rDev -42.8%

Clear amber body with a thick white head that stayed there for a while.Nice lacing.This is where the beer goes downhill for me.

Malt and thats it.

Malt and more malt and more malt,not much hop flavor.This beer is entirely too sweet.

Watery mouthful and very sweet.

i wouldnt have this beer again and dont reccommend it to anyone.The sweetness killed it for me.

09-09-2007 15:36:25 | More by MmmIPA
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4/5  rDev +9%

12-29-2012 13:37:42 | More by Sipchue
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-15-2012 01:20:02 | More by troegaarden
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-10-2013 02:39:03 | More by addiwilliams
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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