Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 2,227 | Ratings: 7,879
Photo of DaveyCream
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average when it comes to Oktoberfest beers. Standard look. Fine smell. Nice taste and pretty smooth. I'll usually drink it once or twice around that time, but usually no more than that. In relation to other Samuel Adams seasonal beers, this one is definitely one of the not as great ones. However, I really enjoy their seasonal beers, so this is still better than several other Oktoberfest beers I have had. Pretty above average, but no greater than that for me.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown with an amber tint when held up to the light. A finger of white head.

Smell: Sugar, spices, and a little hop scent.

Taste: Bready malt, orange peel, and spices.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: Tasty and mild. A good way to start someone on better tasting beers.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another SA beer that I enjoy probably more than most on ba. Usually pick up a 6 or 12 in October each year. Always good, always satisfying, just a very good overall brew. Not quite outstanding, but very good.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger light beige head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: toasted grains;

T: toasted grain from start to finish; mild spiciness; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: good, but there are many better options;

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Photo of Wattie83
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my gateway to Oktoberfest beers back when. This year's tasted good. Looks darker than many Ofests, a deep brown, almost burnt orange color. Nice khaki head faded to lacing. Smell is malt. Pretty much just malt. Taste is sweet malts with a slight hop bitterness in the finish, but not as balanced or clean as its German counterparts. Feel is, to me, rich and chewy. Decent carbonation to hold it together though. Overall, still a good beer I'll go back to. Prefer the Germans, but Sam is a good American Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of DrWho
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer, refreshing not a hint of bitterness. Smells really good, has a good feel to it and is lightly carbonated. Drank it straight out of the bottle and I could see myself drinking this one a regular basis, to bad it is only a Fall release.

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Photo of odannyob
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very tasty on the malt side and inbetween a big quafting brew and an easy sippin' brew, too. Pleasantly comfortable to look at, too. Sam should maybe make this one available all year; meanwhile PROST!

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Photo of MaltMartyr
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This May have improved. It’s got the Umph of a classic Märzen with just enough sweet, but hop balance to bring in the season or create a memory. It may be my go to if no Ayinger. I’ll revisit that classic, for a double check, but just had it, so I’m surprised.

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Photo of tasteless
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion this is the paramount of Octoberfest beers ! Everything else out there should be compared to this one. If you like a sweet malty brew, this one's for you ! It's only available in the fall, so hurry !

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Photo of WJL2112
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall like it. Always have. Poured nice almost amber color into chilled glass. Decent head that fades quickly. Nice malt flavor. Crisp, refreshing, goes down easy. Nice, dependable Octoberfest from SA.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Label is notched for a best buy date of February, 2019.
Clear, pale amber colored body. Quick pour brought out a two finger head of off white foam. This settles to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind irregular spots of lacing on the drinking side of the glass.
Subtle aroma of lightly roasted malts. A little toasty.
Rather bold taste of lightly roasted malts, that go to caramel. Some spicy hops. Slightly metallic. A little bitter in the after taste.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This beer really emphasizes the malts, which are sweet and bold. The label says "Hearty & Smooth Marzen". I would say more hearty than smooth.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 8/25/12: Pours a clear maple syrup brown producing 1-2 fingers of tan, short-lived, frothy head that leaves little lace. Aroma is toasted and caramel malts with a hint of cereal and dark bread; there is a fruit and floral hint in the background.Taste is toasted caramel malt, thin notes of brown sugar, raisin and roasted nuts followed by a little spicy hop bit and a peppery finish that rolls over into the aftertaste with a little lingering bitterness.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After branching out last fall I can say this is one of the most notably weakest Oktoberfests I have had. My own has variety and style more so than this one. Compared to the its German counterparts, Sam loses this bout against them.

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Photo of singletary
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a reddess cooper color with a foamy off white. The smell is malts not too strong. The taste is smooth malts flavor again not to strong. Overall a good drink for the fall.

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Photo of Jboadway
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a couple 12oz bottle into chilled stein. Clear amber about an inch of head that doesn’t stay long. Smells toasted malt and spices. Taste toasted malt over powers a bit and leaves it feeling a little heavy apron finish. Overall, for a beer that’s a dollar or less a bottle it’s good and I buy a case every year when I comes out. For an Oktoberfest it’s heavy and lacking in flavor and finish. It might just be me but I swear Sam Adams was better 3 or 4 years ago....

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Photo of Premo88
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tight nonic
(best before March notched on label ... I'm assuming March 2019)

L: clear light copper, definitely darker than gold but only by a shade or two; topped by 1-inch head of beige head; clarity is stunning, clear as water; no major sticking or lacing

S: bread malt, very fruity sweet like an English pale ale; as it warms a bit of caramel

T: lightly toasted malt sweetness, no major hop bite at first; as it warms, the hops start piling on top of each other and give it a building earthy aftertaste; almost a pecan pie flavor ... it's far from molasses or brown sugar but just a shade "darker" than plain white sugar sweetness; at times the malt fully takes over the flavor, washing away that building hop earthiness, and it's again like a sweet bite of pecan pie or even icing from a German chocolate cake ... a maple syrup flavor

F: relatively light and crisp, loads of carbonation, simple with nothing out of bounds

O: fine representation of the style with the malt dominating the aroma and flavor early and the hops building late

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Photo of spectru
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber, brown, tan head dissipates but leaves a film, slightly lacy; Has a fresh but not strong aroma; Mild carbonation; A pleasant flavor, slightly malty. It's not outstanding but it's good - I'll do it again.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured crystal clear amber with a small head. Good caramel malty aroma and taste. Maybe a bit sweet. Not as dry as say SN's this year but still an easy and enjoyable drink. Probably one of my favorite beers from BBC.

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Photo of mehak
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber color (a bit lighter than a Doppelbock). Smells of malt and grapefruit. The taste is a good balance between malt/bread, grapefruit, and caramel. Medium body, light carbonation. Overall this is a delicious brew and I was pleasantly surprised that the hops were not overpowering for me.

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3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by JAN notched on the label.
1" off white/sand color head decent retention down to 1/4". Clean, crystal clear amber/orange Oktoberfest.
Caramel, a mineral/stony aroma...spicy, earthy hop profile.
Rich malty flavor...caramel, brown sugar, bread. Some chewy flavors here and a subtle hop spice. Very nice.
Medium body, clean finish, carbonation is just right to style...not quite dry but never cloying either. A pleasure to drink.
Real good American Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish amber. Rising bubbles, slow and few. Foamy finger and a half, lingering willowy.
Crisp caramel malt in abundance.
Well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of kevin3046
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber with head that eventually disappears. Good lacing that also disappeared during drinking. Decent smell. Watery and fizzy mouthfeel. Tastes of toasted malts and caramel. Mildly hopped. Ok beer but not the best that Sam Adams has to offer. Points taken off for the overly fizzy and watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of KEH
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably one of my favorite beers. If I could get it all year around, I'd probably be dead! It pours a deep copper color. You can definitely smell the malts and a touch of hops. The malt is definitely the key player in the flavor. It's a wonderful beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of Nvrmind16
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a lager its pretty good. Not high on the ibu but very smooth and yet still somehow hoppy. Not great for pairing with food but bettwr than average.

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Photo of carlr93
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A nice caramelly marzen. In comparison to Great Lakes Oktoberfest, this is good but not as good as there’s. But we all have different tastes and this may well suite those who prefer a caramelly taste without it being to heavily sweet.
Enjoyable and smooth!

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