Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #251
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,623
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
Reviews:
2,318
Ratings:
5,828
Status:
Active
Rated:
Tuesday at 09:56 PM
Added:
Sep 10, 2001
Wants:
  157
Gots:
  2,268
SCORE
83
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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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Rated: 3.55 by FredTetusky1952 from Michigan

Tuesday at 09:56 PM
 
Rated: 3.22 by Slyde180 from Texas

Saturday at 04:21 PM
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Rated by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This years batch taste a little different.
Sep 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by MasonMF

Sep 22, 2022
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Rated by Taijidragon from Virginia

2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Uninspiring when compared to Gold Standard Spaten. Malt flavor weak, beer clean taste. Hope fine but just No Oompah!
Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Brumaster77 from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a solid golden amber color with finger or two foamy head. Smells of a toasty caramel scented malt. Tastes the same with smoothness similar to a Irish red but slightly different. An absolute fall classic and is loved by most. There is a reason this is a common draft amongst establishments in the fall. Boston does it well with this Sam Adams seasonal.
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint shaker and had to pour in stages as the head was so aggressive. The color was beautiful copper with the manilla colored head, looks enticing.
The aroma was ideal for a Märzen style, the malts and caramel and touch of spice, oh, this smelled good.
The taste was okay, a letdown after the hard sell- the aforementioned malts were there but rather undefined. It was curious after the aroma was so spot on and the taste just dropped off. Weird.
The feel was excellent, no worries there.
Smooth and so easy to drink.
OA, very strange, parts of this excel but somehow the flavors can’t back the rest up.
Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.49 by DrOfGolf from Delaware

Sep 11, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.82 by steverx8 from England

Sep 08, 2022
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Reviewed by jgl55

1.18/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Did I just get a bad batch or do I need a tastebud transplant?

It doesn't even smell or taste like beer. I can't even tell you how it tastes as I can't find the words to do so.

I was drinking Bell's Octoberfest last week. Enjoyed it very much.

Thought I would save a few dollars this week, but ending up throwing away $12.99 for Samuel Adams.

Ugh.
Sep 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.22 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by emwilke from Nevada

Aug 30, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by duglius from Texas

Aug 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by kp7 from Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I returned to SA Octoberfest after about 10 years away, and I can't say that the time has done it any favors. I remember a good quality Marzen with a nice flavor profile that, yes, sometimes had its off years, but on the whole was a steady performer in the American O-fest scene.

The only constant from the beer I remember is the great look, a beautiful dark amber. The rest just seems muddled. For me, the taste is a bit off, with a flat malt expression that doesn't have much character or depth, and too much bitterness on the finish. Maybe they've increased the hop bill to meet current tastes? Well it doesn't suite my palate. While nicely medium bodied, it has an unfortunate tendency to syrup-coat your mouth after the swallow.

Would I choose this over a lot of other standard party/bbq offerings? Absolutely. But with so many great, small craft options these days, it might be another 10 years before I buy SA Octoberfest again.
Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap (alledgedly tapped yesterday) at Hoffbrau Bar and Grill in Westminster, CO

On arrival a fine one finger head was present that relatively quickly dissipated to a ring around the rim and very light covering. Carbonation is lazy and fine in a reddish brown amber body. No lacing.

Aroma has some nice lightly estery Germans tyle lager yeast with a very low hopping rate. A nice nutty roasted malt is peeking its head through pretty aggressively.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a low hopping rate, and a surprisingly flavorful but pleasant German style lager yeast that plays a big role here. Once the fermentation character passes a big wave of nutty roasted malts takes over.

Feel is insanely drinkable with a medium body for easy drinking but a bit more body for that oktoberfest. Very soft and smooth. Not the sweetest but the malts are mouthcoating. On the medium finish it starts drying out a bit.

Overall this is a very nice malty oktoberfest. Flavorful and it tastes German. Very light hops as per style, but it doesn't go great with hoppy amber lagers as I just found out.
Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by mwb1100 from Washington

1.52/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Created an account just to say that I agree with the review posted by ABeingWhoDrinksBeer in Dec 2021.

Overly malty and enough sweetness to ruin the brew. I also get a hint of chocolate, which doesn't work for me in a beer.

Looks good, but that's about it.

Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest is awash in IPAs, which makes it hard for someone like me who's not a huge IPA fan to find a decent craft beer that isn't an IPA. I spotted this in Costco and figured, "I like Sam Adams, how bad could this be?" and proceeded to buy a case of 36 (!) bottles.

I sure hope one of my buddies like this... I can't bring myself to dump it down the drain.
Aug 22, 2022
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Rated by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Equal to the great lakes Oktoberfest
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An ok entry level Oktoberfest style beer.
It's missing the malt complexity of a true German beer of this style, but overall it's not bad. There's better by far.
Aug 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by cdarezz

Aug 14, 2022
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Rated by Legendary_Geko from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
I mean, it's just regular Sam Adams but somehow worse
Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.7 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.59 by Mallow14

Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.76 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bought pint of draft at a minor league ball game, so I paid way too much for a beer. Rich golden, reddish, tan color with off white foam that diminished after a few minutes. Pleasant aroma and taste was malt leading with a smooth finish. Enjoyable brew, would buy a 6 pk for a better deal.
Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by GABronco

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I saw this at the store today and had to buy the 12 pack. Excellent beer—good head, medium carbonations, malty with hints of sweetness and slightly bitter.
Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by 60sFolks from Texas

Aug 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.67 by Shiredave from New York

Jul 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Jul 13, 2022
 
Rated: 2.46 by kirkgarner

Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by TheMatts

May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by fattyuter

May 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
 
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 8146 ratings