Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
7,607 Ratings
Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Sam's Harvest collection 12-pack, also available seasonally in a 6 or 12-pack.

A= copper-orange, fair head; very clean.

S= sweet malts and maybe a touch of vanilla, some floral hops.

T= slightly dry, hints of sweetness, nice caramelized malts, slightly grassy.

M= slightly dry and yet the slight sweet remnants, caramelized malts, not much different than the taste.

D= Not my favorite beer by far, but fairly acceptable.

If you're not enjoying this, ask for a slice of lemon.

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Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on-tap tonight at Cemeno's in Joliet, IL.

A= This beer poured a clear copper color with a creamy 1/2" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim. Not much lacing to speak of.

S= I found aromas of bakery malts, toasted nuttiness, and an overall mild sweetness.

T= This was an appropriately malty brew, with notes of toasted nuts and bread throughout. Just the slightest bit of hop presence kept this one well balanced.

MF= Medium bodied, medium carbonation level, smooth and even mouthfeel.

D= This was a great choice to enjoy with pizza and a fall baseball game. I have had some great Oktoberfest beers this year and some really mediocre ones. This one was a solid performer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a nice reddish copper, with a thick puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but does leave some nice sticky lace...

S: Sweet caramel, grainy hop bitters.

T: Mild malt sweetness, that tastes of burnt caramel and mildly bitter hops.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

D: Overall, a nice take on the Marzen style. Very drinkable...

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Photo of ScottP
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Redemption575
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of winomark
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper hue, with a fleeting 1/4" off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted malt aroma, some caremel notes. No hops evident.

Taste: Bright carbonation, raw malt palate with the slightest of hop flavors. Little or no finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, with some toasty, sweet malt to give some body, but no hops for balance.

Drinkability: One of my least favorite O-fests, possibly a domestic style vs. German, that has more balance.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of toasted grains, a large dose of sweet malts, some caramel, bread and a pleasant hop bitterness. This marzen is medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a shot if you are at all a fan of the style.

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Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today. No real head, somewhat flat looking. Amber appearance.

Taste was much better than expected. Nice caramel, definitely on the sweet side, mostly roasted malt. Very quenching. I could have gone for a few more. I detected a hint of fruit sweetness ... maybe apple. Couldn't be sure.

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Photo of grayburn
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pretty good representative of the rest of SA's lineup, not great, but far from bad.
A nice copper color with a dense white head.
The taste and smell and both balanced more toward maltiness, nothing crazy, but very clean and simple.
The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste and a touch over carbonated, but still a nice fresh fest beer.
I could drink a few of these without problem.

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Photo of walleye
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I haven’t rated this yet I have been drinking this for a couple of years now (my wife likes this) that is the main reason I buy it and so do I good session beer. from the bottle poured a nice amber, with off white head. aroma, a nice maltlyness, with a touch of caramel and hops. flavor, malts, toffee, caramel, hops. like the bitterness the hops give this. another good beer from S A

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Photo of Yancey82
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber red and very clear. A nice head forms, then fades. There are no bubbles in this beer at all once the head leaves.

Smell: Some caramel malt that smells kinda sweet. Anything else? Not much.

Taste: It actually tastes pretty good. Pretty simple and straightforward. Pleasingly sweet and nice malty flavors. Nice and clean finish. Low bitterness. Not a lot of complexity, but easy drinking, and good.

Mouthfeel: It would be better, but is hurt by the low carbonation. It almost feels a little flat. Not sure where the head came from, cause this thing is almost lifeless.

Drinkability: More carbonation would go a long way, but it really tastes pretty good. Inexpensive seasonal sessioner.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh as a daisy tasting good. SA's October (September) fest is an annual 12-24 pack purchase for me, reminding me again its malt time. I usually drink it up and progress to the German examples of this fantastic style, promising myself once again I'm attending the Munichfest next year. Then another year rolls by. Samuel Adams's fest is a fine brew that holds its own against some of the Bavarians. I could drink it by the litre. Oh, by the way, thank you SA for your Atlanta Airport oasis on a recent cross country flight.

Stuck in 'Lanta,
Call a halt.
Tis the season
Have a malt.

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Photo of mchegash
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.8/5
Pours a very clear deep red-orange. About 2/3 a finger of head when initially pour. All the head dissipates within 30 seconds. Can see a slightly sparse amount of carbonation rising at a slightly slower than average rate. Nice color, perhaps a little darker than I was expecting for an Oktoberfest. I would have liked more head retention as well.

Smell - 3/5
Dark caramel malts. Perhaps a hint of fruitiness and spice. Did not smell much more than that. Not a bad smell, but it seems quite faint. I would have liked a stronger smell.

Taste - 3.75/5
Dark caramel malts. Light to moderate sweetness. Some alcoholic fruitiness as well. Flavor is not as strong as I would like, but overall, a good taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-full in body. Sip has a crisp start with a creamier finish. Carbonation is light, but at the right level for this beer.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, another decent beer from Sam Adams. I appreciated the fullness of the body, and the taste. I would have made the taste a bit stronger and a bit different, and made sure that the beer had a stronger aroma.

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Photo of RollienCoal
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head with not much retention, and not much lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - toasty malt bread, some plums and pears, hint of caramel.

Taste - plums, toasty malt bread, and some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but not great, which holds down sessionability for me.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jacktoberfest in a plastic cup

Appearance: amber with a tan one finger head that lingers; decent lacing

Smell: malty, bready; some spiciness

Taste: Very smooth, malts come through with an almost sweet finish. Light hops

Mouthfeel: medium, really coats the tongue

Overall: I was never too excited about this one from a bottle. But on tap, the freshness really comes through. Smooth, yet robust. A nice fall beer. A really solid seller at the beer garden I was pouring at.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sAws
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the colors of Autumn, its a really nice looking beer. Has a creamy head and good carbonation. Smell is very faint and not much going on, I expected to smell the 5 malts stronger than this. Taste is delicious with malts. No single overpowering malt flavor just a complex of many malt flavors. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for this style with a slight creaminess. Overall its a great beer that I enjoyed the more I drank it. Will be a definite buy every fall.

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Photo of numbers
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Megandebari
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of jdense
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge, The Big, OR. 10.11.2010.

One finger off-white head, fairly quick dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orangish light amber body, pretty light for the style, several streams of small carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is malt dominated, bready, a bit of caramel with mild floral hop presence. Taste mirrors nose, a small bit of roast, caramel, not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Pretty drinkable, but not very memorable.

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Photo of shadwow13
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pgroove
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother recommended this to me as his favorite beer, and although it is good, it ain't all that special.

Like most beers of this type, malts dominate, and they are particularly spicey which is pleasing. The hops are more than a touch too subtle however, almost nonexistent as a matter of factor.

It strikes me as a great session beer if you are looking to do some crushing.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,607 ratings
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