Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #226
Ranked #25,019
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
May 09, 2022
Sep 10, 2001
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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Ratings by hman43:
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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

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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3.81 by not2quick from Missouri on Apr 12, 2022
3.25 by Spencer96 from Ohio on Feb 16, 2022
3.86 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Jan 27, 2022
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4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Killgora

Might be my favorite beer. I get excited for it every year. Smells of wheat with a slightly sweet malt. Pours an amber color and makes a nice firm head. Has a good solid full bodied, malty, and bready taste. Simple yet strong and hearty. It just screams falls. The weather is cooler, the colors of fall are in full swing. It just screams fall to me which is my favorite time of year. It might not be the most complex flavor but being a Märzen it's not supposed to be. It's simple yet sturdy. Makes me think of light rain on freshly fallen leaves. Put on your jacket sit out on the deck, or porch if you have one and enjoy this beer on a rainy fall day. Just makes me feel at peace when I do.

Jan 05, 2022
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1.76/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by ABeingWhoDrinksBeer from New York

The worst Oktoberfest beer I've had. Smells tolerable... looks fine, but the taste and texture is repulsive. Utterly flat, flavorless, and this weird, artificial viscosity to it that seems artificial. Imagine the people at Sam Adams going "Let's mass produce an Oktoberfest beer with just malt liquor, caramel color, and thickener". A strange, sour aftertaste that is reminiscent of rotten tomatoes/pennies. Repulsive. This explains why a 12 pack was on sale for 10 bucks. This is not a good beer. Avoid like the plague.

Dec 28, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

12oz bottle

Pours over a finger of creamy off-white head into my Boston Lager glass. Retention is wonderful so far, after a few minutes I’ve barely lost any head. Initial lacing looks very nice. Body is a deep orange, nearly brown. Looks great so far.

Nose is deep malts, fresh baked bread, slightly earthy. While I often get a caramel aroma from Oktoberfest’s, something I absolutely don’t mind, apparently it’s “inappropriate” for the style. That said, there is none here, so I guess good ol’ Sam has the most accurate depiction of this beer. The aroma is just super straight forward, clean, and very nice.

Flavor is definitely malty, bready, but not quite as clean. There is something just a tad off too, it almost tastes like tomatoes, which apparently can be a DMS issue. Perhaps a creamed corn flavor too if you look for it. Not bad, certainly rough around the edges though.

Carbonation is about medium. Body is medium-light. A nice small touch of sweetness. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is solid, and to style.

Drinkability is nice enough, it tastes decent and it’s pretty balanced.

Appearance turned our great. The head eventually died down, but the lacing was thick down the glass.

The flavor cleaned up a little bit as the beer warmed, those bready flavors replaced the odd ones, but it still wasn’t perfect by any means. Not bad.

Dec 06, 2021
3.43 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela on Nov 25, 2021
3.59 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2021
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3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BiologyBob from Texas

Pours with a nice head, but it does not linger. Amber clear in color. It has good flavor, but I expect more malt from an octoberfest. This is drinkable, but fairly mute overall.

Nov 19, 2021
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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

Toasty and sweet with a slight hint of hazelnut... doesn't do much to stand out from the sea of similar oktoberfest biers. Very drinkable and forgettable.

Nov 18, 2021
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2.29/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Coolbreez from Illinois

Has Sam Adams changed the formula? This year's Octoberfest does not meet expectations. 12 oz. bottle poured into tumbler. Little head and no lacing. Taste was flat. Disappointed in this beer that I used to enjoy over the years.

Nov 05, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MNAle from Minnesota

Deep amber, clear, with sparse tiny bubbles rising to a tall, thick, off-white head with excellent retention. Not much lacing.

The aroma is not too strong, but it is quite good. Bready, toasty, with some caramel.

The taste is very malty with lots of bread and caramel. The caramel is more obvious than in the aroma. The flavor carries through to the finish, with just a very slight bittering detected. The aftertaste is, as the initial taste, bready malts with caramel. On the sweet-dry scale, the finish is sweet, but not cloyingly so. The sweetness is well controlled. The overall flavor is pleasant and enjoyable, but relatively straightforward without complexity at all.

The mouth feel is thin, while also being coating.

Overall, I can see why this beer is popular with the public, while also not being a favorite of the beer enthusiast. I am enjoying it, but it wouldn't be a repeat purchase. (I like the Adams Festbier much better. That one I might buy again, if available separately.)

Oct 31, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

12oz bottle served in a tulip. January is ticked as the "enjoy before" month. I bought it last month.

Pours a brownish amber with a smallish head. Very clear. Smell is mostly grain, and a little earthy.

Taste is grain/toffee/nuts, definite earthiness, and maybe a burnt toffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Overall, it's not terribly exciting, but it's a solid and worthy beer.

Oct 30, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

I haven't had a Sam Adams for ages, and then I think there was a choice of one (possibly two). This poured a transparent copper and developed a one-finger toasted cream head that evaporated quickly. The scent after popping the cap was... well.. generic beer like any macro-brew would give off. Once in the glass, though, I picked up whiffs of vanilla, clove, and nutmeg and a ripe fruit... dare I say pumpkin (certainly seemed more that way then the pumpkin beers I've tried recently). As quickly as the head dissipated, I was surprised to feel some effervescence when it first hit the tongue. A nearly cloying sweetness (like ripe fruit) followed and dominated the flavor initially but settled down to leave a slight bitterness at the end. In some ways it is reminiscent of a hard apple cider.

Oct 27, 2021
3.38 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Oct 26, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JustinClarkHome

This is one of favorite Octoberfests. There are others I like more, but this one never disappoints, is easy to find, good from a bottle, better from a tap. It is a tasty, reliable beer when the cool weather hits.

Oct 22, 2021
3.53 by ohbigun from West Virginia on Oct 10, 2021
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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by bluestringer from Georgia

Excellent. One of my favorites.

Oct 08, 2021
3.37 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Oct 07, 2021
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3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by damnathan

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
3.95 by gcnr on Sep 30, 2021
3.49 by Chris7482 from Illinois on Sep 28, 2021
3.68 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts on Sep 27, 2021
3.77 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Sep 27, 2021
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3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by BigIronH from Michigan

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 -63.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
by Tcricci220

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
3.62 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois on Sep 24, 2021
3.4 by Mattpodos from North Carolina on Sep 21, 2021
3.55 by ArztZiegler from Ohio on Sep 19, 2021
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Grounder from Illinois

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
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 8111 ratings