Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BA SCORE
49.2%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 7,548 ratings
Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,398
Reviews:
2,163
Ratings:
7,548
Liked:
3,711
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
13.9%
Alströms:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,018
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,548 |  Reviews: 2,163
Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +9%

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

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

Had this on tap in a Sam Adam's pint glass.

A - Clear, deep amber with a finger or two of white head. Retention is decent with some lacing.

S - Vague sweetness; some dark bread in there a long with a slightly nutty aroma.

T - Sweet and a little buttery. A nice toasted malt overtone. Some dark bread from the nose as well, with a hint of spicy hops creeping up in the background.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer. Decent flavor but certainly not too much to think about at the bar.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest Brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 5.3% This brew pours out a light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with grains and some sweetness. There is not much to the smell of this brew. The taste is smooth and rich with spices. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing over powering . The mouthfeel is nice and pleasent and crisp. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. Samuel Adams Octoberfest was better than what I expecting. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" beige head. Nice clear amber appearance. There's almost no smell, even after warmed, but what I do get would amount to malt. There's a slight hint of malt in the taste but nowhere near the five kinds of malt they claim in the ads. Wee bit of spicing. Hey, it's fine, a drinkable beer, and it does match the Fall season, but nothing blows me away here.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orangey amber color with perfect clarity for a fairly dark brew. Depending on how carefully you pour it you can get a very thick frothy head with multiple sized bubbles or if your careful like you'll get a just an about 1 fingered head that goes away in about a minute or two. Either way you'll get a light caramel colored head with better than average lacing. The smell is very good, roasted malts take up the bulk of the smell. To me it smells like fall. Taste is very good too. More malty than hoppy like most Octoberfests, not quite as well balanced as the traditional Boston Lager but still fairly well balanced and a good brew. Mouthfeel is good, I'd consider it a slight step above a medium bodied beer with excellent drinkability, I could drink this all day. A usual standby for me every fall until I get sick of drinking it. A very good Octoberfest.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served mid-Oct. at some bar in Manattan; presented in a stein.

A: Clear, oily amber with a big, fluffy white head.

S: Rich German malts and spicy German hops are jumping out of the mug. Smells like a Märzen should.

T: Following the nose...Malts provide cracker and toast note. Lots of melanoidin presence. Hops are pretty big for the style and provide an assertive spiciness.

D: Quaffable and thirst-quenching stuff. This is how a Märzen should be - if you can't drink the whole stein...its unbalanced.

Overall: A quality brew from SA. Many of their beers seem a little watered-down for their respective styles. This, meanwhile, seems a little more extreme than many of the traditional offerings.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

From notes on 9/28/13

Decent. Poured out of there new sweet looking can. Props for the design. Color is darkish brown with brownish white head. Not much aroma. Very malty flavor.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You just have to love all octoberfest beers

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Photo of dd43
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not an exceptional marzen, but I wasn't expecting one. In terms of being "to style" I guess you could say it hits the high notes, but doesn't make for a particularly memorable performance. Somewhat lacking in terms of flavor, it's just kind of weak. Sierra Nevada does this much better in terms of US brewers making widely available octoberfest beers, but get yourself a good German version and you won't look back.

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

Photo of griffey123
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JayKay412
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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 jneiswender
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that was notched to drink by March (drank in November). Poured into a pint glass.

Light foam head that dissipates quickly. Amber, brown topaz color. Reddish brown. If I could give an award for beautiful beers this may be the blue ribbon winner. I just love they way this beer looks.

Smells sweet and malty. Slightly spicy cinnamon note as well.

Nicely balanced beer. Make no mistake, is about the malts here. Very bready (almost like a vanilla cupcake). Almost a slight maple syrup like undertone. There is some good hop character here though. Nice bitterness throughout.

I am not very learned with this style. I do however find it incredibly tasty. I enjoy drinking it every fall. Great fall session beer. The fresher the better. Check the drink by date.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - deep amber/dark copper color, clear. Good head and good carbonation.

Smell - Hoppiness is present, but not overwhelming. Maybe a hint of a nuttiness to it.

Taste - Very smooth, only slightly bitter at the beginning. Good combination of barley. Almost no aftertaste. Doesn't seem to have a lot of additives, just higher quality hops.

Mouthfeel - very well-balanced, but only slightly on the creamy side in texture. Very smooth.

Drinkability - There seems to be a fair bit of complexity here, but only for a hoponista. Otherwise though, a good-tasting beer, smooth, and not terribly filling.

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Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Mattymystique
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bsm80x
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of tmryan21
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nice amber color with a white head. A really nice looking beer.

Smell: Toffee, bread, malt, and caramel. Nothing overpowering here.

Taste: Just the smell. Nutmeg, caramel, and malt come though.

Feel: Lighter bodied and good carbonation. Goes down extremely easy.

Overall: A timeless classic for the fall. I always make sure I have a few of these each year.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 49.2% out of 100 with 7,548 ratings
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