Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #253
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,591
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
Reviews:
2,330
Ratings:
5,835
Status:
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Rated:
Yesterday at 12:55 AM
Added:
Sep 10, 2001
Wants:
  157
Gots:
  2,270
SCORE
83
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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 hunteraw:
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Reviewed by hunteraw from China

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Nice looking beer, hard to determine whether it's more red or orange in the glass, very clear. Decent head, but lackluster retention and lacing. I find the color striking.

Smell: Some malt and nutmeg aromas, but fairly clean as a lager, with some noble hops in the background.

Taste: At first my friend and I were surprised at how little flavor we were getting out of this one. It tasted almost watery - after warming in the glass for a bit, though, flavor finally started to come out and continued to improve down to the bottom of the glass. Definitely don't serve this one at refrigerator temperatures. Malt is the big stand out, of course, with some earthiness, and a very clean finish. Somewhat toasty, with enough hops to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty high, but not my favorite of the Sam Adams lineup. Didn't meet my expectations, at least.
Sep 01, 2006
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L - Poured from a glass bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a little cloudy with a red tint. 1-finger head. Minimal lacing

S - The scent comes forward with sweetness. Overall malty caramel

T - The taste is more on the malty side. Definitely sweet as well. A bread taste in there. Light on overall flavors. Biscuit/cracker malts more as I think on it.

F - Medium mouthfeel with medium-to mild carbonation.

O - Overall this is a solid mix of sweetness with malt in an overall pleasing package. Very drinkable, and this is one of my favorite all-around beers. Definitely recommended as I keep it in my regular rotation.
Wednesday at 08:53 PM
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Reviewed by Osprey2900 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Every year I have this and every year I tell myself to buy an extra case or 2 just to keep and have throughout the holidays. This beer is underrated people say it's overly sweet I disagree, I find it to be a delightful beer that I can drink time after time. It's not as heavy as others but imminently drinkable and enjoyable, one of my favorites.
Nov 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Nov 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Oct 30, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.73 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 2.68 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Poured from a 12 oz bottled chilled, 2-3 fingers length of foam risen. A little lacing as the beer dissolves.
Smell: Notes of caramel, toffee, malts.
Taste: Taste followed the smell with less sweetness then the aroma gives off. Really decent beer.
Feel: light to medium bodied beer.
Overall: Not bad! Was expecting sweeter from reading the reviews here but actually is pretty balanced and not overly sweet.
Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Clear amber, frothy off white head with great retention. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: Malt forward with slight floral hops aroma.

Flavor: Malty with toasted bread and spicy hops. Semi-dry; sweet without being overly sweet. Restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Soft & creamy feel.

Overall: Review this beer vs similar ones in style category. I've been drinking this beer for years a just realized I never reviewed it! This is one of SA better versions (2022); as they checked off the Marzen style boxes quite well. Visually pleasing, pouring clear with a big frothy off white head with excellent retention. Has a very pleasant toasty malt & floral hops aroma. Toasty malt and spicy hops flavor. Avoids being overly sweet and finishes drying. Drinks very easy. Clean fermentation profile. No flaws. This is a solid beer especially for the price.
Oct 16, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a tap into a beer stein glass at Outback Steakhouse in Fitchburg, MA. Poured orangish brown with minimal head; served colder than probably should've been. Tastes of sweet malt and spices with light cracker taste. Pretty good and expect flavors more enhanced if served warmer.
Oct 14, 2022
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Rated by lflotron from Florida

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Way to much caramel and syrup combined with an offensive bitterness. Not good.
Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark Amber with ample beige head and lace. Aroma is caramel and malt. Taste is smooth, slightly sweet and malty. Creamy feel and not boozy at 5.3% ABV. A solid marzan.
Oct 07, 2022
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Rated by Msanders7

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Overly sweet, but very smooth and overall good flavor. This is for sure a dessert beer if that is a thing.. Think port but with beer.
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Tall tap hit at an Applebees.
Inch of foam. Orange like a punkin.
Smells sweet, nondescript and plain.
Tastes OK. Just OK. Caramelly, a light roast is obvious, did I mentally feel and taste syrup? Really?
Feel is the salvation. It’s velvety, mid fizz.
Overall.,. Mid. Glad I tried it, but I don’t want 3 in a row.
Oct 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by cmsfish from Minnesota

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Can(s)
Consumed on: 01 Oct, 2022
Glass: 0.5 L Fest Mug
Serving Temp: 50.4 F


Look:
Very dark but clear reddish-copper that comes across as burnished. The head started as 3 fingers of light khaki fizzy foam and quickly dissipated to a thin ring-and-island. Some lacing remains on the glass.

Smell:
Sweet, caramelly, and malty. There is a light touch of spice that almost comes across as baking spice(s). There are also some faint notes of hay in the background.

Taste:
Mostly a mild but persistent sweet toasted caramel note with some doughy malts backing it up. A very vague hint of spices can be detected if one tries to do so. The hops are dominated by the malts here, but do serve to restrain them somewhat and keep things from becoming sickly sweet. The sip does dry a tad towards the end and finishes malty with a very light spicy note.

Feel:
Smooth and soft. A shade sticky. The body is medium.

Overall:
A classic. Absolutely drinkable. A fine fall beer. Just not what I look for in a Märzen. It is too sweet for that. And not dry, spicy, and bready enough.
Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours fairly amber-ish. Clear. Limited head and lacing.

Aromas of caramel and toasted malts and grassy hops.

Slightly sweet for the style, but checks the boxes on the style flavors. Solid caramel malt flavor balanced by subdued but sufficient grassy and earthy hops.

Thin on the palate, but very drinkable.

Better than mediocre, but mostly just decent. Very drinkable, but completely non-descript.
Oct 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by FredTetusky1952 from Michigan

Sep 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.22 by Slyde180 from Texas

Sep 24, 2022
 
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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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