Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Lager - Märzen
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Ranked #41,661
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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3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Easy to find this time of year. Looks fine. Smells okay. Kinda sweet, but decent taste. Its a beer you wouldn't bitch about if it was the best thing on a menu at a casual dining restaurant. Most usually have Guinness, which I'd take over this, but its a solid beer at the price point.

Oct 02, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off, it is a very appealing pour to me at least. Burnt orange almost amber color with an off white head that dissipates in moments to a ring. No lacing to speak of. The head is soft and frothy almost like coffee foam.
The aroma is hard to describe. Reading some reviews allowed me to kind of put a finger on what I was getting here. It definitely is a baking soda like smell with some toasted bread and caramel undertones. Honey and citrus rind round out the bill.
Taste is honey up front, lingering caramel throughout. Some biscuit or toast undertones, no hop bitterness or floral notes that I can detect.
Feel is soft, velvety, and very full. I was impressed with the body as well.

Sep 26, 2021
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1.35/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Looks great nice dark color and clear. That's where the pros end. Has a musty smell of old pennies or something. Tastes the same way with this humongous soda like sweetness on top of it. Very thick and not appealing for more. Hacker pschorr and founders much better 2021 options of the style.

Sep 25, 2021
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Grounder from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this a malt/sugar/caramel bomb? Damn right it is! Is this anywhere close to a German okto? No way! That said, in a world where craft brewers pump out $10-15 pack of thin and one-dimensional "our version of marzens" it remains a safe buy. Not a the best buy, that would be imports, but safe.

Sep 18, 2021
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a plastic cup at an outdoor event. It pours a translucent orange-amber with a thin, light khaki head and modest lacing. The nose is subdued but offers notes of caramel and toasted white bread. The taste i on the sweet side with mostly caramel and sweet, bready malt. There is little in the way of nuts, spice or bitterness. Its mouth feel is lite and fairly crisp with a proper level of carbonation and the 5.3% ABV is appropriate. Overall, Sam Adams O-fest is rather one-dimensional. It's rather sweet and lacks the depth or complexity of flavor offered by the better examples of the style.

Sep 18, 2021
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

1.16/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is an embarrassment to the Oktoberfest industry. This should not be allowed to be brewed in America. It does not taste anything like Oktoberfest biers. Reinheitsgebot was made to make sure BS beer like this would not be allowed to be brewed in Bavaria. Anyone who scored this high and enjoyed this should stick to juice boxes and fruit snacks. SHAME ON YOU!

Sep 18, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Transparent amber color. Aroma of spicy and herbal hops with a light bready malt backbone. Taste of dark fruits, plum, and cherry. A bit on the sweet side, not overpowering, but sweet for a marzen. Light bodied and light in character. Could benefit from more body and complexity, not not awful.

Sep 10, 2021
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber color. Dense beige head which quickly dissipates. Notes of caramel and burnt toast. Finish is a bit watery and features an off-flavor that I can’t quite identify. Acceptable, but not a great representation of the style.

Sep 03, 2021
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1.8/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This seems to be everyones favorite come fall and to me it is the absolute worst marzen i have ever had. everyone compares other marzens to this but the reality is this is the worst representation of a true oktoberfestbier. it lacks the most important character, drinkability.

Sep 01, 2021
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Shelbs90 from Montana

4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks golden. smells very hearty almost nutty and woody. very smooth. hint of caramel notes. one of my favorite fall beers. just gives the whole fall vibe

Aug 30, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by January 2022"; drank 8/27/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a small khaki head; almost no lace.

Autumn leaves, mild caramel & faint baking soda notes in the nose.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Autumn leaves, mild caramel & faint baking soda flavors.

This was OK, but had an off taste & smell that kept it from hitting the heights of it's German counterparts.

Not one I'll seek out.

Aug 28, 2021
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daringer from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can’t say much more than what’s already been said—Sam’s Octoberfest is just a good example of the style.
Not too much one way or the other, it’s an easy drinking beer for late summer into late fall. Semi-sweet, biscuity, with a decent hop backbone to carry those malts. Color is right on—darkish ruby red.
If you haven’t tried it, you should. It’s available just about everywhere, in the US at least.

Aug 08, 2021
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BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What most consider a Ocktoberfest standard in our area. All restaurants carry it. Nice and malty and bread. Nice head. Copper in color and very clear.

Jan 03, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The last one in the frig, I went through plenty of these this fall.
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. This Marzen started off with over one finger of tan foam over a medium amber clear beer. The carbonation is very steady, the head slowly settled to a nice solid cap with slight lacing left behind.
The aroma is very noticeable from a distance, a nice sweet bread malt. Just what I hope for from a Marzen!
The flavor is as good as it looks sweet malts up front, with minimal hops on the end to cut the sweetness for a very good finish.
The feel surprises me, it leans toward the creamy side and the carbonation is noticeable also.
This is one of the better Oktoberfests, a solid Marzen. I wonder if Sam and the rest of the sons of liberty sampled a few of these before there famous night down on the Boston Harbor?

Dec 02, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

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

I’ve really become a fan of Marzen style beers this fall and Sam Adams rarely disappoints. This was a malty smooth fest beer with a delightful dark almost reddish color. You get sweet caramel notes that fill you with autumn goodness. This bread-like malty beer that warms you up when the weather is cold! A real seasonal treat that is a classic that is so delicious.

Nov 17, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy tea brown hue with a fluffy white head. Nose is sweet bread-like malt, with a background of chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor is very similar, with a mild hop presence coming thru on the back end. This years version is certainly better than last years. SA takes a lot of bumps on BA, sometimes we’ll deserved, but not for this one. Widely available and solid.

Nov 16, 2020
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Served on draught, 2 finger cream head, dark orange beer. Smell matches the taste; complete malt bomb.. and not in a good way. Quite possibly the worst marzen ive ever had, hops are not noticeable whatsoever. Sickly sweet, one dimensional unbalanced marzen. Cloying sweetness overpowers your palate and its really a task to complete a pint of this. Big fan of their boston lager but just about every other offering of theirs is subpar if not lower. Would rather have a yuengling oktoberfest. This is the last time i give this swill a chance. Avoid this one.

Nov 02, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, clear amber from the bottle, minimal head formation, no retention. Nose is raisin, stone fruit, sweet treacle, even a bit of marmite; minimal hop presence. Taste follows nose - raisin, plums - and finishes with some dark bread. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, which helps balance its sweeter notes. A strong, sweeter take on the style.

Nov 01, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. copper in color, clear, a small but frothy head with good retention.
Smell - malty, caramel and toffee-like sweetness. fragrance of the malts reminds me of a good toasty bread.
Taste - rich malty flavor, with a nice clean finish. simple but to the point.
Feel - medium bodied, medium high carbonation, and standard on ABV at 5.3%.
Overall - a solid offering from Sam Adams, and one that I wish would be around all year long.

Oct 31, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a tan colored 1/2 inch head. Smells rich of caramel malts, fair amount of hops, bread aromas as well; unfortunately it also smells like the inside of a glass bottle. Taste is very rich in sweet malts, very well-balanced amount of hoppy bitterness for this style of beer, has a nutty taste to it also. Medium-bodied with a crisp & refreshing feel to it.

Oct 28, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Nice two finger head when poured, but it dissipated quickly with small amount of lacing left on glass. Nice dark amber color in the glass. Aroma is a bit tinny with not much else happening. Tastes metallic with a hint of spiciness throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth with a little bite in the beginning and malty finish and no real lingering aftertaste. Overall, an OK marzen that is very drinkable but not too memorable.

Oct 27, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Enjoy before JAN
L: rich caramel colored body, thick foamy beige head
S: sweet caramel, toasted grain, spicy hops
T: very sweet: caramel, grain, rye bread crust, spicy/earthy hops
F: fuller body, sticky sweet, ample carbonation, sweet finish
O: too rich and too sweet

Oct 16, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A few days ago from notes) I was sitting in my backyard drinking from my 1 1/4 liter mug (poured three). It was hot for October 97 degrees (36 Celsius), so this thirst quenching Märzen / Octoberfest came in handy, Samuel Adams Octoberfest, ABV 5.30, IBU 16. I know Octoberfest is over with and it was canceled anyway, but I am celebrating a belated Octoberfest in my backyard that will probably last until December. The flavor is toasted bread, nuts, caramel, maybe mild grassy hops.

Look: amber with a thick and fluffy white head

Aroma: toasted bread, nuts

Taste: toasted bread, nuts, caramel, mild grassy hops.

Overall: A beautiful and tasty Märzen, nice medium to full body, thirst quenching

Oct 16, 2020
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Climber32 from New York

4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is outstanding. Has a clean finish and complex character. It has always been my go to for the fall. It may not be the most traditional octoberfest, but is an overall great beer for the fall months.

Oct 13, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty amber red with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells like caramel and slight hints of chocolate. Taste is carmelly and malty with very slight undertones of coffee. It's slightly less carbonated than most, and it's incredibly drinkable. Not bad at all and definitely one of the best at the price point.

Oct 12, 2020
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