Samuel Adams Octoberfest
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #316
Ranked #40,211
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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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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DFred from California

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

Pours dark, orange copper in the glass--kicks up a nice head of foam. Tasty--a little bit sweeter than I thought it would be--but this is my first Marzen--overall good--looking forward to another!

Oct 12, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.
Best before: March

It pours copper and very clear, showing plenty of visual carbonation. The cream-white head is less than 1 inch but hangs around for a while and leaves a bit of lace. Malty caramel and a bit of spice makes up the moderate strength nose. Malt forward and medium sweet to taste, biscuit and caramel with spicy and floral hop flavor being more pronounced at the dry finish. The body is medium light with high carbonation that seems to keep it from being creamy. Though I don’t seek this one out I have drank plenty of it over the last couple of decades. Decent overall and a safe option. Probably better than I usually give it credit for.

Oct 11, 2020
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adrock314 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a fluffy head.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of grassy, herbal hops. Overall the nose is a little subdued.

Flavor mirrors scent. Waves of sweetish malty goodness. Caramel. A little nuttiness. Brown bread. Mild hop bitterness holds it all together and prevents a cloying mess. Finishes sweet with a lingering honey-like aftertaste.

Full-bodied with zippy carbonation.

Overall I think it's a nice representation of the Märzen version of the style.

Sep 19, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark amber with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has some bread and toast aspects with an herbal component in the background.

Taste: It has some toasty bready aspects in the flavor with herb and cherry in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate body.

Overall: A good tasting drinkable oktoberfest ale.

Sep 19, 2020
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k1001001 from Tennessee

4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first foray into Märzen / Oktoberfest type lagers, and it was a great first start. The beer is a nice orange / amber color and clear. The taste has the typical toffee flavor, but on the lighter side of the style. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, just like it should be. One tip: leave it in the bottle for a few days, it tends to taste a little better. I love this beer!

Sep 11, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimple mug from a 12 oz bottled notched for February Enjoy by month. Beautiful dark copper color with a slight haze from too cold of storage. Thin head that dissipates quickly probably again due to the temperature. Aroma is malt - caramel and toasty and flavor follows suit. Little disappointed that the flavor doesn't last, not much on the finish. It seems to lack the crisp bitterness that you get from the Boston Lager. Mouthfeel seems too thin for the look, smell, & taste of the beer. This is OK for the availability and price, but I will opt for most other Oktoberfests if I can get them.

Sep 09, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a weizen glass

2.5 fingers off-white head that quickly disappears, medium amber body, transparent

aroma of sweet caramel, slightly "dusty", some mild spicy hops lurking in the back?

taste is nutty, reminiscent of raisin bread

clean, smooth, and crisp

Sep 03, 2020
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ChuckDardenne from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a feeling I wouldn't especially like any Oktoberfest beer. I don't have the best pallet so I usually prefer foods and drink with a little more punch. I tried smelling this beer and really didn't detect anything. I suppose a little malty. I don't have the best sense of smell. The actual taste ... Okay. I find it a little too sweet. This beer leaves me feeling like the head. Hardly any and then it disappears. The carbonation is quite low. Not quite but a bit of a syrupy feel. Part of me feels guilty. I really think I just don't like the style. Like the beers that have cherries thrown into the brew.

Aug 28, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

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

Poured a bright translucent copper color with a one finger off-white head that lingered for a few minutes. Nose of toast, malt and a bit of grass. Sweet malt and slight grass flavor that lingers on the finish. Moderate carbonation and feel with a dry finish. Not getting the smoothness as others have commented. Drinkable, but there are others that are much better.

Aug 24, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by February 2021.

Body looks good, rich amber coloring. Head quickly dissipates to a ring and faint covering. No lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts.

Taste follows the nose, good and malty, on the sweet side. There is a hint of bitterness toward the end.

Mouth medium, finish has that slightly sour aftertaste I often get with marzens.

Overall, an okay drink, not something I would drink too often though.

Aug 23, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Appearance: Pours a deep Boston amber color resembling cherry cough syrup 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: 4.08)


Appearance: Pours a deep Boston amber color resembling cherry cough syrup with a nice white head. SRM of 17. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of bread, spiced caramel, cherry, cream, and grass with hints of flower. Strong caramel and butter here. Hints of toffee. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose but with more hoppy, grassy bitterness. Still a lot of buttery caramel and toffee brown bread, but nice citrus/flower hops to clean off the palate and allow it to finish with a slight toasty & bitter finish. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied, but strong carbonation and hop bitterness to clean the palate of the malts. Finishes actually rather dry for the body. On the finish, red hop citrus to bitter at the end like last year. (4.00)

Compared to Odell Oktoberfest 10/1/20: Pours a darker, more amber color. Stronger aromas of red fruit hops. More cherry and cream. Not more alcohol though. Less bread and smoothness. Winner: Sam Adams

Compared to Victory Brewing's Oktoberest 10/14/20: Pours a similar color. More caramel, brown sugar, sweet bread. Less grassiness, lemon, and tartness. It's overall sweeter.

Compared to Sam Adams Boston Lager 11/12/12: Pours similar but slightly more amber color. Extremely similar aromas/flavors of toasty bread, red citrus, whipped cream, caramel, pie crust, grass, and pine. Difficult to differentiate on the aroma. Maybe if we're pulling hairs this one has slightly more red citrus and less brown bread. Slightly more red citrus, grass, German bread. Slightly more Ale flavor?

Overall: This is again one of the stronger, darker, and better American Marzen beers. Rich flavor with a decent amount of red fruit hoppy bitterness/spice. Not exactly true to the festbier code, and more like the Sam Adams Boston Lager with just slightly more red citrus, grass, and bread. Slightly less brown/malty. For an American Marzen I think this drinks as one of the best. (Final Rating: 4.19)
*Compare to a dark Oktoberfest or Anchor Steam*

Aug 23, 2020
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BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Amber in color with a tan head and little to no lacing

S - Toast, Malt

T - Toast, Malt, and Light Hops

F - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O - Not the best Oktoberfest I’ve had, but still really enjoyable as are most offerings from Sam Adams. Aroma and flavor of toast and malt, but some spicy hops came out in the finish.

Aug 22, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Having tried another Americanized semi-large brewery that doesn't belong to the Independent Brewers guild, I was a little hesitant to try yet another Americanized version of this märzen, but here we go.

From the start, the color is a better copper color, with fine rows of champagne bubbles running upward to the now off settled off_white head. You get a more malt-forward smell, which is delightful too with notes of pretzel bready rich maltiness.

The flavor is considerably better, oddly smooth caramel malt notes and just the right pinch of old-world spicy hop notes that are not overwhelmingly in your face. Along with it comes a smooth mouthfeel, semi-dry finish, with a mild rush of carbonation throughout each sip. One plus side is this is far from syrupy and at 5.3% abv it may be on the lower end of fest beers but it is very good.

Aug 06, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I ever bought. Always glad when I see it return.

The color is a deep burnt umber, not much head or head retention. The smell is sugary pale.
Taste is where it's all at with this rich roasted malty sweetness with a well balanced hint of hops. Definitely one of the better readily accessible Oktoberfest styles.

Aug 06, 2020
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