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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,221
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 763 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a clear amber with a one finger creamy off-white head.

S. A bit of grain and a touch of sweetness, but not a whole lot of aroma here. A bit of cinnamon-like spice comes out as it warms.

T. A lot of winter-like spice flavor - mostly cinnamon. Not what I expect (or want) in an oktoberfest.

M. Light to medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. I wouldn't pick this up again. It's not terrible, but it's not that good either.

BeerAndBourbon, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of brealbg
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

brealbg, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of SHCC
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

SHCC, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a pint glass, it was a dark reddish/brownish-copper color with little carbonation and a thick smooth tan head that slowly dissipated into an even layer of small bubbles; this one has some very good lacing! The aroma was a bit mild; I only picked up some small hop smells mixed in with some alcohol. It did have a distinct (not strong) roasted hop flavor and some herbal flavors along with some mild sweet fruit flavors. It has a medium body and you can barely taste/feel the alcohol in it.

vickersspitfire, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest tasting away, starting with the Sam Adams. Review is on the bottle poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark coppery red with great clarity that shows the ample amounts of carbonation running throughout. The initially monstrous (I'm a hard-pourer) off-white lofty head fades immediately to a watery skim and leaves behind chunks of spotty lace along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Really nice honey-roasted grains smell pleasantly toasted and crisp. There's not much to mention in the way of hops, but there is a distinct metallic presence in the aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's a really nice, refreshing quality to this marzen. Feel is pretty bright with a full-feeling quality. The hops not so present in the smell come through subtly as sweet citrus that adds to the brightness of the flavors and feel. The malts, however, play clear center-stage in the beer. They are nicely toasted and sweet without being too heavily roasted or too caramelly sweet. I like the balance a lot. Feel starts to fade fast though - gets waterier quickly as I drink.

Drinkability: Super-high, as expected for the style. A little too sticky in the finish to give it a 5, but really nice and surprisingly light and refreshing. Good transition from summer to fall.

kels, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of goschool
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at TGI Friday's in Thousand Oaks, CA. The establishment was not choice.

Appearance: Clear copper to orange with a white head that doesn't wait long to disappear.

Smell: The light nose bares sweet malts- biscuity, caramel, and toasty, light fruit, and noble hops.

Taste: There are sweet malts up front, which turn toasty and biscuity in the middle as fruits and grains come in. The finish is dry and hoppier than most, but it's not a hoppy style.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium-bodied and it feels smooth and creamy, with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Everybody is saying that this year’s Sam Adams O-Fest is the best they have ever made. This is the first time I’ve tried it so I can’t vouch for years past, but I can say that this is a solid sessionable märzen that’s as good as some of the Germys like Spaten.

goschool, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BryanK
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Lambocalrisien, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of grimey68
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

grimey68, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is probably one of the O-Fests that I see the most of around this time of year. I have heard about "tweaking" and "dumbing down" of this beer over the years, but this was my first time trying this one, so I won't have the benefit of past years experience to compare this beer to.

The Octoberfest pours a nice medium amber color that is translucent and has an orange hue. A decent off-white head forms, but only lasts for around 30 seconds. The smell is quite light. I could barely detect some caramel malts in the aroma and that was about it. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery. The initial taste is of caramel malts, which dominate the beer making it somewhat sweeter than most. There is a light nuttiness in the flavor, and an even lighter fruitiness. Hop bitterness is there but nowhere near as pronounced as the other Sam beers I've had. Not enough to provide good balance. Aftertaste has some light dryness and bitterness, but not much. Some light caramel flavors continue, and I thought I caught some DMS in there. This finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

All in all, I thought this was a pretty quaffable brew, but it is nowhere near as exciting as some other Sam Adams beers. To an extent it is almost less flavorful as well. Average for the brewer and the style.

Beastdog75, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of kinger
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this seasonal for years and always get excited when I first see it on the shelves. Big malt presence with a lot of character make for an enjoyable marzen. Malty aroma semi-sweet and inviting. Amber color with a minimal light tan head and grand lacing. Full well rounded mouthfeel smooth and easily drinkable. Generous malts blended with a light hop presence give way to a creamy malty tasty treat. Still one of my fall favorites.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep intense amber, looks ruby in some lights. Bountiful head that does dissipate slowly, but laces like a dream. This is an excellent looking beer.

S- Picking up some grains and malts, nothing offensive or distinct. Smells almost like an adjunct lager.

T- For a second of two, this tastes like a mediocre beer. Some subtle noble hops playing on a malt backbone, the slightest citrus and fruit around the edges. When all hope for this beer seems to be fading, the ruddy, earthy malts rush in and save the day. It is the malty aftertaste that forms the essence of the taste.

M- Medium bodied. Not sticky or to sweet, or dry.

D- A nicely drinkable Oktoberfest, one is satisfying, three is just as good.

Overall: A good example of this style, and a fine beer by itself. Not the very best oktoberfest out there, but a solid one in every regard.

Notes: This was the first craft beer I ever remember drinking, and I fell in love with it then (my dad gave it to me to my surprise; usually I was only able to taste his). I remember loving the complex malts, while listening to the wind blow the leaves around outside on a chilly autumn evening.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of AMCPhD
4/5  rDev +9%

AMCPhD, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Gerred
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Gerred, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Patlee3324
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Patlee3324, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with a slightly foamy head and decent lace. Malt, fruit, spice, hops, and alcohol all in the nose and taste. Nicely balanced, very smooth, and highly drinkable. Very good, what you would expect from Sam Adams.

Lupe, Sep 06, 2002
Photo of ujsplace
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a nice reddish copper, with a thick puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but does leave some nice sticky lace...

S: Sweet caramel, grainy hop bitters.

T: Mild malt sweetness, that tastes of burnt caramel and mildly bitter hops.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

D: Overall, a nice take on the Marzen style. Very drinkable...

ujsplace, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of beerman207
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's Oktoberfest season and I've picked up four different brewer varieties to review in the next few days (or tonight depending on how the night goes :) ).

A - Orangish brown color with a nice frothy head that goes away pretty quick.

S - Has a metallic aroma which comes through with the malt. Not overly impressed with the aroma.

T - Has no hop pressence and is definately all malt and has a little nuttiness in the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Nice and mild.

D - I thought this beer was a lot better last year having it prior to being a member of BA. Perhaps I"m being too hard here but this beer doesn't come close to my favorite thus far which is Spaten.

beerman207, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Hops Restaurant glass. Too bad that place is out of business.

To the beer at hand. It poured a nice dark amber color. Looks like a typical Marzen. Decent head.

Smells like a typical Marzen. Sweet grains and molasses.

Tastes good. Sam's Boston Lager got me into beer and Octoberfest (and Winterfest) got me hooked. I know they're a bigger operation, but you can taste the love. Tastes deep and complex, sweet grains and molasses.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and comforting.

Like I said, this beer got me hooked on beer. Of course I find it drinkable, though now I prefer variety.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev +9%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Photo of BRD14
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kidzord
4/5  rDev +9%

kidzord, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Patches826, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 20, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,221 ratings.