Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a clear amber with a half finger white head. Aromas consist of spicy noble hops and bready caramel malts, but was kind of faint. Flavors consist of the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and light crisp finish.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark amber in color, no head to speak of.

Smell: Smells like a slightly sweeter version of the Boston Lager.

Taste: Sweet forefront, slightly malty background. Perhaps a little too sweet for my liking.

Feel: Smooth, creamy.

Overall: Sam Adams are good beers and this is no different. It's a little sweet for my liking, but to each his own.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown/orange color with a decent caramel head. Smells of sweet sticky goodness with malt and little pumpkin flavors mixed in. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, pumpkin, malty blend. The finish is very smooth and easy, very pleasant mix of flavors and easy sipping beer. Great beer to kick off fall season.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Sam Adams beer. It's got just the right amount of everything for a moderately priced, everyday kind of beer. Excellent look and feel for an autumn beer, though not as heavy as some others in the genre.

The flavor has hints of pumpkin and oak, with a nice finish that sits longer on the palate than you think it should. Distinctly subtle in its charms, so those of you who can't taste anything that doesn't shrivel your gums might not enjoy it as much.\

Overall this is a nice little beer that is just right for an autumn afternoon watching football or putting up halloween decorations.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown body; wispy head. Roasted grain scent; some musty esters. Brown sugar taste; some pumpkin pie spice hints such as ginger and cinnamon. Medium body; crisp and coarse on the palate.

Hand this on-tap at Leon Gessi pizzeria while waiting for a couple of pies to go. A decent oktoberfest overall but with nothing really setting it apart from others. The head was really weak yet flavor-wise it made the grade.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks a great reddish-amber with golden head.

Smells somewhat yeasty, pleasant caramel is present, as well as some vague fruitiness.

Very malty, pumpkin-like quality in the middle, sweet caramel coming in towards the end, capping off the taste.

Feels mediumish bodied.

As per their norm, Sam Adams delivers a crowd-pleaser. Not cheap, or low-end, but not artisan-level either. Enough taste to keep a beer nerd interested, but not enough to overwhelm the uninitiated.

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Photo of jakej0305
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber and caramel color with a thick head that thins out. Smells very much of fall spices and caramel with a hint of malt. Taste is lacking. Too much malt, not enough anything else. For this to be a Sam Adams, it misses the mark on taste. Everything else about the beer is good.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has the potential to be such a good beer, the malt flavor is just amazing. There are notes of a variety grains, caramel sweetness and it just plain tastes like fall; without a bunch of nonsensical spices added in. Unfortunately it is way too weak to actually taste it. If this thing had some body and some decent yeast, October might suddenly be worth celebrating.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like a lot of Samuel Adams beers but this one misses the mark. Does not taste authentic at all. Not malty enough, a little too bitter, too much carbonation t o have the requisite smoothness for a Maerzen. And there is a faint roasted-grain taste which has absolutely no place in Oktoberfest. No funky off flavors so well brewed...just not German-tasting at all.

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Photo of Squire123
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is of deep golden amber with bountiful white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is malt foremost, caramel, toffee malt in the sweet sense without hop sharpness.

Flavor is full on malt with depth and richness. This is full flavored and it's good flavor. I get little hop presence on entry, mid palate, or in the finish which is clean and short. Hops are there but too shy to give more than a glimpse of their presence. There is a residual darker malt sweetness (molasses?) in the aftertaste that doesn't linger very long.

Texture is medium to full depending on your perspective.

Overall this is a very flavorful beer packed with malt sensations that range from light through rich to dark with an underlying sweetness that isn't really there, just the sense of it due to the lack of hop sharpness to moderate the full on malt flavor. All malt flavor, like all hop flavor, can leave a brew with a feeling of one noteness though this one does bring some complexity to the table. Not of sustaining interest to the beer enthusiast perhaps but a good one for general consumers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gives those amber caramel colored vibes, nice clarity, 1/2" white head. More caramel sweet marzen like notes.

Taste was a smooth ride of mildly sweet caramel malts. Not roasty. Chill malt ride. Toasty.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A go to in the late summer months for me. I always seem to buy it when it first come out each year. Color is a caramel with nice lacing. It tastes of roasted malt and caramel. Overall a well balanced beer and one of Sam Adams best beers. Moderately priced as well.

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Photo of RIMH
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As dark beers go, this is one I'll have if it's on tap or around in a bottle. Its bitterness is on the borderline for my tolerance, but it's a nice, earthy fall beer that I enjoy every time the weather starts to change. It's not entirely too heavy like dark beers normally are, so I can indulge in more than two.

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Photo of AJ_S
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque with deep caramel color and light carbonation, medium-bodied. This Märzen-style offering from Sam Adams Brewery smells and tastes malty with a smooth and creamy finish and bubbles that don't overwhelm. Maybe it was the glass I was using, but I wasn't able to pour a head suitably large enough for the style. Either way, the complex finish is the star of the beer and left me wanting more!

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the caramel notes, just enough, not overbearing. Goes down smooth and leaves you appreciating it enough to have another or maybe another, another.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: amber color with about a 2 finder head.

S: Very malty. Roasted grains

T: malty bomb just as expected from the nose.

M: medium carb. Pretty smooth

O: I used to look forward to this beer every fall. My palate has changed a lot it seems so I don't seem to enjoy this style as much as I used to. Even still, this is a solid example of the style, and will probably continue to revisit year after year.

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Photo of laramis
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle a very deep copper or rust color. There was a finger sized head that was off white. The beer was very clear and left good some lacing.

S: Very bready on the first whiff. There is strong notes of toast and a hint of dark sweetness; it gives one the sense of autumn, which is appropriate. Underneath all of this there is a strange spice scent adding complexity.

T: Despite the heavy bread scent the bread flavor is not as prevalent as one would expect. Malt is strong throughout. The spice notes are more noticeable in the taste. Throughout there is a slight toast and sweetness flavor.

M: Not to carbonated with a medium body. Smooth all the way down leaving some sweetness on the palate.

O: Drinkable, approachable, and unoffensive. By balancing the bread, sweetness, and malt and also including the hop spice it should keep most everyone happy, if not super satisfied. On the whole its enjoyable.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L- deep shiny reddish copper thin off white head sticky lacing
S- sweet malt caramel
T- yeasty some sweet malt barely any hop bitterness on the finish
F- medium bodied creamy feel light carbonation
O- on ok beer not as good as i expected

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a delicious and well brewed beer. I remember hearing the joke what do American beers, and canoe's have in common? They are "darn" close to water. At the time Sam Adams was the exception internationally holding the torch for beer in America. Today with the craft beer movement, American beers are far and away the best in the world.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams may not make distinctive beer, but they definitely get it right with many of their products. Octoberfest is definitely a beer where they really get it right. The roasted malt, rich flavour, and faint spiciness combine to make a very respectable Marzen.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber/copper color with a powerful thick cloud of activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head that last around 15 minutes, with some very good leggings. Flavors of ginger bread, caramel, pumpkins, sweet roasted grains, ginger, cinnamon, lemon, apple, noble spices. Pleasant sweetness coupled with good sharpness. Slick smooth full body with prickly carbonation. A little oily and syrupy. Light finish that lingers a little, ending with a faint grassy and roasted malty feel with soft fruity sharpness. Overall excellent quality craft. Delicious and super fresh. Balanced flavors with a nice intensity. Filling yet tender, pleasing and easy to drink.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber, copper. Clear with one finger head which retains well. Looks really nice.

nose is typical lager like with grassy qualities, heavy malts.

Taste follows. Not very impressed. Adjuncts, not much nuttiness. Bitterness is a little off. It does have some flavor though, just doesn't really have anything that stands out.

medium body, right for the style, but aftertaste is a bit unpleasant lingering adjunct lager like taste.

this is an ok beer. Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest is much better. this one didn't have much roasty qualities and whatever hops were used kind of just added bitterness without much any other taste.

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Photo of Spike
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught in JFK.

Pours dark amber/brown. Very clear and still. Minimal head.

A little treacle malt smell but not much of note.

Tastes of mid-dark malts, mild treacle, a little smokiness. Sweet, becoming cloying over time.

Medium body with low level of hops. Some chewiness. Mild bitter finish.

Nothing special. Bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good beer.

Darker color with a thick, chunky head that dissipated to a collar quickly. Some lacing.

Smell and taste don't exactly match. Smell is bready, and the taste has a bit of a spicy kick to it. Some toasted favors throughout. Enjoyable.

Great feel. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Not too filling.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is Sam Adam's take on a Marzen but thos doesn't stray too far in finish or flavor from their original Sam Adams lager. However it is bolder, richer, and just a little bit more remarkable. Delicious it will not be the best Marzen,oktoberfest style beer you will ever try but it is a worthy effort from the popular brewery.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,450 ratings.
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