Samuel Adams Octoberfest
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #252
Ranked #39,448
3.68 | pDev: 13.86%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
Notes: In 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince's wedding with a special beer and 16-day party. Our version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor of caramel, creating a brew that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating. Smooth with a roasty sweetness, and light hop character.
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3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well, I am a big fan of Stout's from Octoberfest, but I tried this one as a lager, not bad but not good, really bitter in the end. and leaves a bad after taste that I can only get out of my mouth with hot wings. I would suggest this beer, but I would be lying. it's good at 1/2 off to get you where you need to be, but buying it outside of sam Adams holiday pack. I would never do.

Mar 08, 2020
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pilsner glass.

Look - Very orange-heavy amber body, almost the color of the can. Nice and clear too, no murkiness. The head is immense and almost overflowed on me.

Smell - Metallic, generically sweet, and a light grassy dead-leaf smell. Smells like fall.

Taste - Dirty, slightly bitter, very metallic.

Feel - Thin and still. Makes the unpleasant taste sit around too long.

Overall - A not great beer, but it's ok enough. It's good for cooking sausages though.

Feb 13, 2020
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fedt from Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Octoberfest, September 2019
12oz bottle poured into glass.

L: Deep copper, dark red, clear color. Thick head, good retention and lacing.
S: Caramel and bread, toast, honey, little mild
T: Very bready malt, dried fruit, toffee. not over the top on flavor but decent at its base. Malty sweetness lingers.
F: Medium to thick. Creamy. Finish kinda flat, but enjoyable.
O: Not the best Octoberfest but is a solid beer that's worth having again.

Jan 05, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber, yet copper like color with a frothy white 1 finger head. It smells similar to a loaf of spiced bread with a hint of Pumpkin and has a roasted, malty, caramel/metallic like taste. A great Octoberfest beer, good for enjoyment anytime of the year.

Dec 23, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Pilsner glass. Pours a nice medium amber with a substantial off-white head. Caramel malts do the heavy lifting: the initial impression is malty and slightly sweet, with a bit of spice and fading to a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is actually dry and slightly bitter. Very enjoyable.

Dec 17, 2019
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a keg in a movie theater of all places. Limited craft choice so I ended up with this.
Pours with a nice foamy head. Very light lacing. Light Amber in color.
Smells sweet, malty and light spice.
Tastes malty, sweet, light, and very subtle spicy.
Feels creamy, smooth, light.
Not terrible, but was hoping for maltier, spicier. I do like the smooth creamy and malt forward taste.

Dec 13, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head, which dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Just a bit of spice.

Taste is malt forward, slight spiciness. A bit sweet and mildly bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dryer finish than expected.

An ok marzen. I will certainly pick some up next season.

Dec 13, 2019
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Billet from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I first had this on tap at a restaurant, I liked it a lot more than I expected so I started buying it at my local store also. In the glass it looks about perfect for a Marzen, it has a really nice copper color and excellent clarity. In the past, I thought this one was a bit too malty but it seems right on style this year. Very enjoyable.

Nov 23, 2019
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In a word - reliable. Poured from bottle with best date of Jan 2020. Nice brief 2-3 finger head on pour with deep copper color in a cold glass. Nice mouth feel and pleasant afterglow on taste. Not too bitter, malty, but still pretty balanced. Overall I like it in the Fall as the weather cools off. Glad it’s not a year round option. Matches well with a nice warm bisque and the toasty food tastes of Thanksgiving.

Nov 07, 2019
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well it seems as if Food Lion never learns.
They always buy a semi full of this and then put it on sale until April.
It's OK for a dark lager, malty and not too bitter.
But as a Marzen it is lacking in fullness and hops.
Tasty in a sweet beer kind of way.
Yes too sweet and too malty for a Marzen.
But OK as an AAL Lager.

Oct 29, 2019
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Sir-Buddly-Longfellow from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not at all terrible, but feels like I just ate a loaf of carbonated bread. Filling, and makes it look & feel like you didn't do your push-ups for the day. Taste is solid, but there's much better out there... Ichabod (which is subtle and less filling), or Screamin' Pumpkin are better alternatives.

Oct 24, 2019
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beershrine from California

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really want to like this beer but for me it is to sweet. The un-fermentable's are high in this beer just for fun I put on my scope and it reads 1.030 gravity. Hops are also on the high side high to be a German Style marzen beer. I'm knocking of 1/2 point for each,... 4 rating- could be a great beer but there is to much going on.

Oct 22, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 3/2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with a two finger, wheat colored head, strong retention, but surprisingly little lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel malt, apricot, and honey.
T: Semisweet. Palate largely follows the nose, except maybe dark bread rind note. Very light bitterness is a nice counterpoise.
M: Light bodied with moderate effervescence. Solid, almost creamy, mouthfeel.
O: A solid Oktoberfest offering. Just a personal preference, but like it on the malty side.

Oct 16, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep Boston amber color with a nice white head. SRM of 15.5 (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of Honey and cinnamon buttered brown bread. Fresh butter and bread. There's some grass and toffee. Even some red hop citrus on the end (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of rich butter caramel and toffee brown bread. Touch of red citrus on the finish.Yet it finishes nice and dry. Absolutely delicious rich and roasty flavors without being too strong or sweet. (4.50)

Feel: Lighter-bodied and good carbonation. A little bit of bitter red hop citrus on the finish. (3.75)

Overall: One of the better Oktoberfests I've tried this year. Fantastic, delicious, rich German flavors without being too sweet. I'd say this one ranks among the best American Marzens I've had for the year. (Final Rating: 4.23)

Oct 12, 2019
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brewerang from Florida

2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks nice...deep amber and a white, frothy head, but the flavor is disappointing with a subdued sweet, caramel malt that doesn't live up to the appearance. This needs a few more IBUs and/or fuller body to be satisfying. As it is, the beer is very watery and falls well short of most German examples of the style.

Oct 07, 2019
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Wigglejig from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent Oktoberfest, for sure. Is it the best "pump-kin beer" as I heard someone call it, no it is not, but it is a decent oktoberfest beer. I would even say it is one of the better ones you can get year in and year out. Enjoy at your own risk.

Oct 06, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A beautiful, bright copper-orange. A one-finger, eggshell head.
Smell: Almost metallic, with notes of birch bark and light malt.
Taste: Again, almost metallic, but not bad. The malt hits you right away. Quite dry, but really nice. It's got some beef to it.
Feel: Lighty carbonated, very smooth. Not really complex, but refreshing nonetheless.

Overall, not at all what I was expecting. Really enjoyable - a great start to the fall season. One sip of this brings football and leaves to mind.

Sep 28, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look is outstanding, medium slightly off-white head, deep amber, red, crystal clear, very pretty. Smell is also very good, up front malt, toasted bread, dark brown sugar, very slight licorice, and a little toffee. Unfortunately the taste does not follow the nose. It’s not bad but it’s not very good either. There is some toasted brown bread and licorice/anise (slight). The body is very light for the style, I think it’s too dry. For the style, I think it needs some more sweetness to it. There are much better examples of the style out there.

Sep 27, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled, best by 2/20

Clear amber with two fingers white head
Light malt, caramel and fruit scents
Slightly sweet malts, lightly hopped, stone fruit
Smooth, lightly carbonated, flavor does not develop with warming
Uncomplicated, pleasant.

Sep 24, 2019
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Curt_rowe from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: I really think that this one looks beautiful in a glass and has perfect color for the style. The head pours thin and leaves damn near instantly, if you care about that.

S: Pretty thin on the nose this one smells of roasted malts with a touch of dark fruits and not much else. Pleasant aromas, just to me smells watered-down overall.

T/F: To be what it is, this beer is pretty palatable. Strong malt character with a hint of sweetness on the finish.

Overall, though I don't love this one I do look forward to seeing it come around every year. I would obviously take the German Marzens before this but if you are at a chain restaurant with a limited tap, you'll most likely find this- which is better than most of the other taps they will run.

Sep 23, 2019
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Beautiful golden amber. Head not retained much, some lacing inside the glass

S: Sweet and malty

T: Sweet and malty, not remarkable. Lacks any subtlety

F: A tiny bit soapy, from mass production?

O: I would chose it over US "domestic" beers, but this is a below average example of an Octoberfest. But it there is nothing else, then it is OK, but needs to be chilled. I could only drink it well chilled.

Sep 22, 2019
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Rickmeister from Virginia

4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sam Adams Boston Lager is my favorite semi-macro domestic lager hands down. But their Octoberfest is so tasty I stock up on a case to drink throughout the year. I smell and taste remind me of autumn. t pours a copper color with lacing left on the glass as you drink it. A smooth beer that reminds me of fall. The finish of the beer is so smooth. The only better of this kind is the Oktoberfest beer brewed by the Sierra Nevada in conjunction with a different German brewer each year. This year SN collaborates with Bittburger which gets a 5 rating. I

Sep 17, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer. Always look forward to this coming out in the fall. Toasty, flavorful, wonderful mouthfeel and just plain enjoyable. Personal favorite offering from sam adams.

Sep 16, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: darker golden light color with mild carbonation and head
S: nicely blended between irony hops and sweet malts
T: follows smell with a malty backend
F: rich smooth lightly flow with lightly carbonated dance on tongue
O: a good blend

Sep 15, 2019
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Bito24 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not a big Sammy A fan except for his winter lager which is great, but this is a damn good brew. Great taste, the right carbonation and a silky feel. Better from a 12 oz bottle than draught. If you’re in to the fall offerings then lay out the ten and change and enjoy the rustling of the leaves and the cool crisp night air! The Winter Lager will be here before you know it! Can anyone say snowblower?

Sep 14, 2019
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