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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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5,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,821
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 574 | 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.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orangish brown color with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet like carmel. I can also detect smells of bread. The taste is of sweet carmel malt with a little bit of spice and orange peel. Nicely carbonated and would make a great session beer as the weather cools just a bit. Good effort by Boston Beer Company.

hckyfn9999, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev +9%

PaulsBrew, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of allboutbierge
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bar by my school we always go to, Chipper's Pub, has a 1.75 Sam Adams wednesday night special and i tried a couple of these when they came in and took a few home. I was impressed. The dark orange amber color is alluring but alas, the little head that pours disapates quickly but does leave a nice thick lace on the sides of the glass. Has a very malty and fruity taste. Leaves me with an aftertaste of slight carmelness. Some say this beer is a little sweet and it may be too sweet to get drunk off of, but out of respect (and my wallet) i rarely get loaded off sams...hell, thats what yuengling is for :) For the next few months i will definetly be drinking more of these.

allboutbierge, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of jlogan7
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jlogan7, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ejh06752, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cooper, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of a_beckman25
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

a_beckman25, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

SD-Alefan, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-copper with a thin white head, not much lacing.

Smells grainy, citrusy, a bit sweet and somewhat medicinal.

Not very impressed by the taste, somewhat orange tasting with some slight biscuity malts and finishes kind of sour with a slight hop bight.

Sort of thing mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable. Overall not something I would try again, definitely not the best oktoberfest I've ever had!

GodOfBeer, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one that I have a little trouble reviewing. Two years ago the Octoberfest was great, last year's batch was crap, now the curent batch rate's in the category of decent.

It has the mezmorising golden-brown color that makes marzen's s appealing with a small amount of head. The aroma and taste show a small amount of caramel and nutmeg. It has a slight bitternes that other's of this style don't have. As for mouthfeel, it has a very slight chunkyness, as if the ingredients and the water didn't completely mix together, kinda hard to explain.

SA Oktoberfest is a hit-or-miss beer. Sample before buying a case.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Joel12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Joel12, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of NickSMpls
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

NickSMpls, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ramblinwreck101, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Jackal
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of elniko
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Poured cleanly into pint glass, very little head that dissipated quickly. Carbonation very high, was audible when pouring which is rare.

S: Definite breadiness on the nose which is tinge of spice and alcohol apparent as well.

T & M: So far I have been underwhelmed with marzen style in regards to the examples I've had thus far with Ocotberfest brews coming out. I felt quite different about this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial, no watery texture apparent. The carbonation does not overwhelm either. Taste is what I would expect a marzen to be like. Definite malty and bready textures but still crisp finishing. Good job Mr Koch.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is one I will be on the lookout for in the future.

elniko, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of jimmygord
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

jimmygord, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Ewhite2121
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of balinor
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

balinor, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008, I hope.

Orange tinted beer bottle brown. Head up, head down.

Big malt smell. Maybe a cherry. Some sweet fruit.

Malts are big in the taste. I swear I taste that cherry too.

So I don't have a lot to say about this one. Shoot me.

Overall: Sam Adams continues to be a solid go-to

PatronWizard, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of aepb1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a gorgeous white head

S- Lots of maltiness, full but nothing spectacular

T- Bready, malty, roasted. Finishes with a sweet malt taste

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation, not as full for an octoberfest as I'd like but still good

D- Very drinkable and easy to use to introduce others to a seasonal beer

aepb1, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Dbrag
4/5  rDev +9%

Dbrag, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Bromine, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

freshflesh, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of surlytheduff
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass. Poured clear orange-brown, with a finger and a half of foamy head. Not much residual lacing as it receded. Smelled strongly of malt with a little caramel, nothing else notable. Dominant taste were sweet malts, with a small bit of spiciness and a little hop bitterness. Had a good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with decent carbonation.

surlytheduff, Nov 04, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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