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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 883 | 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 loganburgh
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

loganburgh, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

TooGood, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

andthevolcano, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a standard pint glass, room temp.

A- A dark copper-amber color with remarkable clarity and pretty lively carbonation. A healthy head, big and linen white in color, left lots of lacing.

S- Standard bready malts, some caramel sweetness, floral.

T- Big malt backbone, breads and grains. A touch of spiciness for the season.

M- Medium feel and good carbonation. Finishes dry and funky.

O- The big head and lacing were impressive, the beer looked good. As SA offerings go, this was good for me. I seem to pick up a 'funkiness' in SA beers that I can't quite put my finger on, this is no exception.

NiceTaps, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Greasy, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of UncleAddie
4/5  rDev +9%

UncleAddie, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

raythealeman, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

jjboesen, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of lauries444
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

lauries444, May 19, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
4/5  rDev +9%

Pillowburn, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of inebrius
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper-amber leaves a partial lace. Malty biscuit nose. Sweet malt start turns gradually bitter hop and lingers shortly. Creamy and tasty SA Octoberfest is a quality beer IMO. I am truly glad to have a beer of this merit readily available.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

inebrius, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pilsner glass, enjoy before January 2011 it looks like.

Deep brown tinted orange. Very clear with an only slightly off-white head fully covering the top and leaving traces on the glass.

Brown sugar on a clean lager cracker base. Rich.

Layered saltine caramel, and rich malt. The finish turns on the noble hops. Nutty.

Dry, bubbly, but not lacking heft.

This beer has some memories connected with it that make it appealing to pick some up every fall. I think it stands just about toe to toe with some German versions I've had.

brewerburgundy, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of gabedivision
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap to a pint glass

pours a pretty clear chestnut color with a 1 finger head that laces around the glass. Smells of rich malts, some nutmeg spice and a good hop balance. Tastes of roasted malts, spice. Feels light on the mouth, easy to drink, smooth, clean. Overall, its ok, nothing mind blowing but totally a nice drinking easy to find Marzen.

gabedivision, Sep 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tenacioustomato, Apr 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

mpenske, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Naes
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours dark amber with orange hues and has a large off white head. The aroma is mildly malty

Its flavor is dominated by maltiness, but also has a nutty characteristic with a bit of bready flavor as well. Light in the mouth feel department, but generously carbonated.

Naes, Sep 08, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Poured into my official Samuel Adams Octoberfest mug. It pours an amber/copper color with a thick off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam.

S-Extremely malty and sweet, with some caramel.

T-This is all about the malts. Its slightly sweet and grainy at first, but as it warms the caramel notes emerge. Its very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M-Just slightly thin but they have a nice amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all day, it makes a great session beer.

Overall, this beer is awesome. It has a great flavor, its not too thick, and has a relatively low abv. so it makes a great session beer. I can't wait to grill some smoked sausage or brats and drink a few of these.

thegodfather2701, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Pauly2X
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich amber color one finger plus head had pretty good staying power.

S- Complex smooth and mellow malt aroma.

T- Great caramel malty sweetness balanced quite well by a good mellow noble hop pressence.

M- Smooth, nuff said!

D- KInda pissed I only bought a single.

Easily the best american Oktoberfest out there.

Pauly2X, Nov 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9%

Popp24, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

tjcamm, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with an off-white creamy head.

This one had minimal aroma: some faint malt aromas. I find that this style is not the most aromatic.

A rich, malty flavor that is somewhat balanced by some lingering hop bitterness. The emphasis here is on the malt - perhaps too much so.

Solid medium bodied and a little too much carbonation.

I did enjoy a pint of this with my meal, but given the malty flavor, I would not have more than a couple. Still, a solid offering.

jkrich, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jmbranum
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear brown-amber liquid with a generous off-white head.

Aroma is the weakest point of this beer. Malty but a few odd adjunct notes. Not bad at all but not especially good either really.

Flavor is better. Malty and rich, but not cloyingly sweet. A little bit of toastyness. A very little bit of maple and caramel. Just a little hops. Nice finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Overall a better than average Octoberfest. I would drink it again.

jmbranum, Sep 26, 2013
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
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.