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 lhaqq
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber brown.
S: The only smell that I can pick up is malt. While this is the predominate smell, it isn't too strong.
T: Tastes also of malt, but also a nutty, toasted bread flavor.
M: Really creamy, and noticeably carbonated.
D: Had this at a party; definitely really easy to drink, but I think a good mix of complexity and drinkability (i.e. enjoyable flavor but would be easy for anyone to pound plenty).
Best beer I've had from a keg.

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

The Octoberfest poured an amber color with a good 1-2 finger foam head that was quick in disappearing. It had some tight bubble lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was definitely malty all the way up the nose. It had some baked bread and caramel smells. The taste was smooth and full bodied. It had a sweet finish with a light hop balance on the way out. Overall a very enjoyable Fall brew.

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Photo of philibum13
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my opinion, Octoberfest doesn't measure up to a lot of other Sam Adams beers. Granted that's still saying a lot about the beer in itself because it has a lot to compare to under the Sam Adams brand. With Summer Ale being my favorite, I guess Octoberfest does make that good transition to Winter Lager. Still, it's not the seasonal beer that I look forward to, but I still enjoy.

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

A: Amber color has nice clarity. Frothy off-white head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Sweet, with notes of toffee and caramel. A slight peppery smell helps balance the sweetness.

T: Mostly malty. A bit like regular SA, but with a sweeter kick of toffee and caramel. Bitterness provides balance and a bit of spicy hop flavor. Finishes with a lingering caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body with the right amount of fizz. Feels a little syrupy.

D: A nice session beer. A fairly safe take on this style. Certainly worth a revisit next October.

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

From a 12 ounce bottle scored “Feb” into my crystal mug, it’s a clear amber color with low carbonation. Large tan head fades slowly to a thick and clumpy cap with some scattered lace. Pretty attractive beer. Nose evinces the expected powdery, dry malt and notes of toasted bread. Taste is malt-heavy with a slightly buttery or butterscotch flavor. Dryish, light bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Mouth is middle-of-the-road, leaning toward semi-viscous, smooth and with low carbonation. Drinkability is very good; it’s tasty and easygoing. I could enjoy most of a 6’er in a sitting.

Overall: A decent Marzen, worth a try.

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

A: Nice golden-brown with moderate carbonation with a decent 1-finger head, not terribly firm, but lasts.

S/T: Heavy buttery diacetyl notes, yeasty, with some slight spice and possible lemon. It's quite malty, very sweet with little hop bitterness.

M: Has the body of a lager with a bit of an extra creaminess.

D: Rather boring, but easy enough going down. The aftertaste lasts a while, but it's a bit too heavy on the butter. This beer helped me get into beer a couple years ago, so I give it a slight bump.

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

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a clean, rusty amber, with a moderate head of fizzy foam. The head settles to a thin skiff of suds, leaving minimal lacing behind.

S - Lots of toasty, sweet malt, with some nutty and mildly spicy qualities coming through. A good balance of caramel malt and mild earthy hops.

T - Comes across the palate very malty, with the hops adding a mild herbal earthiness at the end. Sweet, toasty grains, crystal malt, spice, and light nutty notes. Some off notes here and there, but overall a drinkable, malty brew.

M - Medium bodied, with a nice, assertive carbonation. Finishes a bit dry, with a lingering hop presence, though subtle.

D - I'm certainly no expert on this particular style, but what better way to familiarize myself with it than reviewing the most popular Oktoberfest on the market. While this wouldn't be my first choice for a fall brew, I found it enjoyable enough.

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Photo of GreyGhost4
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a clear, amber color with a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head, with decent retention, leaving bits-o-lace on the glass.

Lots of toasted grains and caramel on the aroma. Pretty sweet overall, but rather simple and clean.

The flavor is malt-centric, with a fair amount of caramel and a nice toasty quality. Relatively sweet, and next to no hop character.

The beer has a nice texture, although it seems a tad flat. A nice, clean flavor but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/29/08.

Pours a clear deep copper color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly, moderate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet toasted malt with some floral hops.

Taste is better than the aroma. Plenty of sweet malt, caramel, malty biscuit, and some floral hops to finish. A bit of nuttiness also. Very nice and balanced taste. Feel is smooth with ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit heavy, but still easy to drink. Just not something I could drink several of.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Another solid beer from Sam Adams.

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

Fairly dark amber colour in the glass. Head dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing in the glass. Sweet aroma with a bit of spice and fruitiness. Flavour is also slightly sweet with mostly malt flavours. Finishes with a very slight dry, hop finish. A very drinkable beer and certainly one of the better 'fest beers this season.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale orange body topped by a bubbly white head that doesn't stick around for long.

S: Funky earthy English hops with just light malty notes. The Noble hops definitely prevail.

T/M: Changes a lot as it warms up a bit. Serve cool and let it come to cellar temp as you drink it. English hops are more prevalent, leafy and grassy, but not adding too much bitterness. Malts take more of a backseat compared to other marzens. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, very slight creaminess. Nothing too spectacular, but not bad.

Decent session beer; very easy to put back a few. There are plenty of better ones out there though.

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

Bomber poured into my lager tulip.

Appearance: Deep orange, nice example of the style, good head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt, some spice, a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Follows the smell, malty flavor, mild spice, and a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Really nice American example of the style.

Mouth feel: Good level of carbonation, decently smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, one of the best from Boston Beer.

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Photo of Willvoll
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap this beer is far better. From a bottle it is way too carbonated imo

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Enjoy before JAN. I've had this many times and didn't realize I've never given an official review!
A - foamy ivory head caps a copper colord body
S - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasty grain, spicy and earthy hops
T - sweet and malty with tons of caramel and toffee flavor along with toasted grain, spicy yeast, and earthy noble hops
M - fuller body, moderate carbonation, finishes with nice balance
O - one of the better American brewed Oktoberfestbiers in my opinion. After a couple, it does get to be too rich and too sweet, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this with an italian dinner in a water glass. The pairing was a little odd, but it worked decently.

I get a decent amount of European hopping in the nose. There is a decent amount of nuttiness as well. It was kind of mellow with as many different smells there.

The flavor is a good example for the style in a very non-challenging way. It is perfect for the audience. This combination makes this beer an easy drinker.

Overall, this is a decent example of an Oktoberfest type beer. There is nothing different about this beer... it is very simple.

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Photo of Iamjlopez12
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of eweneek83
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one pours a penny copper colour, lots of bubbles in the body, a good sized head that sticks around for a while (which is good)

Smell - This one smells like a mix between their Boston lager and toasted breadcrust, a little malt also.

Taste - tastes a lot like the Boston lager too, a bit more body. The malts are balanced really well and not too overpowering. I simple, clean, decent taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer doesn't linger long but the mouthfeel is good. It feels thin to me, but I've been drinking motor-oil like stouts lately. The buttery toasty aftertase comes in for a 2nd showing quickly then goes away.

Drinkability - Great. These are dark enough to not suck, and carbonated great, plus the creamy head mixed with the lager drinkability makes this one good. Oops... have I had 2 already?

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice, smooth easy drinking example of the style. Some light sweetness in the flavor and I really like the smell of this beer. Easy to pound down several in a sitting.

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Photo of JimR
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with a rose tint, very clear. The head is a massive fluffy off white monster. Looks nice.

S: Definitely some dark bread aromas, as well as a sweet slightly caramel smell. There is a light floury note as well.

T: Bready and sweet, with caramel notes and a light fruitiness. There is a nice raison taste in there as well, though very slight.

M: Medium in body, and high carbonation.

O: Overall a very enjoyable beer, although it is not earth shattering, it is certainly well made and tasty.

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Photo of Usernames
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celt44
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I'd like to say that this year's SA Octoberfest is far and away, much better than last year's.
Appearance is a dark amber with a frothy head typical of most SA beers. The head disappates quickly but the lacing lasts throughout.
Aroma is not strong and hardly noticable.
Taste of malt stands out the most. Thoughts of pumkin pie come to mind (although this may be subliminal due to the season).
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is very typical of other SA beers - not overbearing.
All in all this is a good seasonal - appropriate for October and always superior to the typical fare offered at most bars in my area. Always a treat to see this one on tap - just like ALL SA beers - much better from a keg. Great session brew for a long autumn's night around a fire.

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Photo of BColton1
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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