Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BA SCORE
3.67/5
7,595 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:
#31,845
Reviews:
2,180
Ratings:
7,595
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,042
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,595 |  Reviews: 2,180
Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by Jan 2018. Sam Adams glass.

A: pours a deep Amber with streams of carbonation capped by a two finger thick frothy sandy head that retains supremely well. Lacing, not so much.

S: caramel sweetness with a faint hint of lager yeast; perhaps even a little hint of maraschino cherry or dried plum. Noticeably sweeter on the nose than the other Marzens I've had in recent weeks.

T: sweet and malty arrival, but not as sweet as the smell. Rich and bready, with a slightly sour toastiness and a little noble hop spiciness right on the end. Finishes a little thin though, with some slickness but not much in terms of lingering flavor.

M: really shines here; hefty feel of a Marzen, but retains the clean feeling of a lager. A little residual slickness is a minor detraction, but willing to overlook that. Carbonation is spot on.

O: this is not the best American Oktoberfestbier I've had, but it's up there. Affordable, widely available, and tastes like it was designed for drink with or after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of Pdurm33
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddoJay
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of C_Pel
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dyerpunk
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark amber body. Crystal clear. A bit darker than normal for the style but vibrant. One finger foamy, beige head dissipates quickly leaving a constant ring.
the smell is grainy, malty and sweet with a hint of hops that comes off as metallic.
Heavy in body, with moderate carbonation, it does not beg another sip. Heavy, bready malts and an unbearable astringent flavor that finishes and takes over the beer.

I have had this beer many times over the years and it is hit or miss. This is the first time, however, that I can say it is worth picking up again and it will probably affect my fall and winter seasonal pack purchases.

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Photo of Mojopin88
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sheppard
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber hue. Smells like brown bread. Lots of caramel and toffee, a little nuttiness. Not much in the form of hops, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a middle of the road Oktoberfest.

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

Photo of jnorris404
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smb71481
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rmarquardt17
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlmontague
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Caveworm
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is three fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a deep amber body.

Smells like traditional caramelized marzen malts, but also with a touch of pretzel dough malts. Both balanced by light hop notes.

I taste a slightly sweet version of the smell, as expected with the malts. Quite a clean finish for a richer brew.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll go ahead and rate Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
with a 4.5

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Photo of wafers
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark amber like most american marzen it is on the darker side
S: malty, with a light roast not much hop
T: Slight sweet upfront Bread like or cracker malty middle with a roasted malt finish.
F: medium to full
O: A good standard for american Marzens with a heavier roast but not as nuanced and balanced as some of the german originals. This was enjoyable for a fall beer have some every year.

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Photo of samciatu
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CiscoBR
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer lacks deffinition. It is pleasing overall but not outstanding. The color is somewhat related for an octoberfest beer but I wouldn´t buy a 2nd six pack. Pair this brew with some havarti for an extraordinary marriage that lingers well into next drink and bite.

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Photo of ale_addin
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rboudreaux85
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ramseye4
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice easy drinking beer for lat summer/early fall. What it lacks in complexity it makes up with a clean finish and beautiful amber color. It doesn’t conjure up memories of German Oktoberfests I’ve had, but it stands on its own as a decent beer.

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Photo of DOSchlueter
2.41/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BobW696
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RikMack
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,595 ratings
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