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 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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Photo of MorganJ
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a pint glass. Uniform amber color and expected of a marzen. Like another reviewer, I drink a lot of beer and this was probably one of the first Octoberfests I drank many, many years ago.
I love the octoberfest/marzen style and this is a good marzen -- one that is readily available if out at a bar in the Fall. I don't bag on Sam Adams, as they've done so much for the craft beer industry and still make decent, drinkable (albeit large volume) beer.

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Photo of 1759stout
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical Sam Adams flavored beer. Not much different than regular lager with added flavor. I asked at the brewery and was ignored. Look and smell are good but lack the taste.

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Photo of Jonboy418
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know Fall is around the corner when this starts to pop up in my grocery store. Brings a good sense of nostalgia since this Sam Adams launched me into the world of beer outside the Macros. This was the beer that started it all for me.

That said, this starts to hit the shelves in late-August, which is still the depths of summer in Florida. Before we even get a tiny bit of relief from the heat, November brings their Winter Lager.

It's a good beer, but more of an emotional review for me. It's not the best Octoberfest I've had, but this is a good and cheaper method of introducing yourself to the Marzen style. It's an old-faithful that I know will be there every year. And every year I will always get a six-pack and move on.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber with some orange. Smells of caramel malts. Taste is of roasted malts and caramel. Body is medium and very rich in flavor. Very good for an American oktoberfest.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12 pack $13.99 Safeway.
Orange amber color
Small head, low carbonation
Medium mouthfeel
Slightly sweet taste, caramel malty taste
Overall an ok beer. Good transition from the lighter summer beers to the heavier winter beers.

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Photo of sg82
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a dark amber. Tight but consistent head.

S - Smells of caramel

T - Rich malty taste that lingers on the pallet. Pleasant, slightly bready aftertaste.

F - very little carbonation but a pleasant texture.

O - A good marzen. Widely distributed each October. Although I am sure the German Marzens are better tasting at the source. This did not have the tinny taste that I've become accustomed to when purchasing German-made beers off the shelf in Canada.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this quite a few times and didn't realize until now that I never rated it here. It's orangey amber, smells like malt/bread, tastes sweet and smooth, also like malts and bread, feels medium-light (aka very drinkable). Probably my second favorite widely-available American Oktoberfest, after Sierra Nevada of course.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams - Octoberfest. 5.3% ABV. Standard pint glass ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Reddish amber color, appearing golden through light. Arrived with small amounts of thin white lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and grain.

Feel: Very smooth, with some carbonation.

Taste: Malty and very minor bitterness, but balanced by sweet caramel hints, along with trace amounts of fruitiness on the back end. The aftertaste is very nice, reminding me of a fresh salted pretzel.

Overall: This was the first Octoberfest style beer I have tried, and honestly knew nothing about it. I typically prefer darker beers, but was interested in trying something out of my realm. I'm glad that I did, because I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of santomark
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its alright. Maybe its the fact I'm in Cali and it's still upper 90s when this comes out. Can't really enjoy this one a hot day. Its a thick body with none of the thick body payoff.

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Photo of puck1225
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good Octoberfest beer. On draft, poured a pleasing clear orangish gold color, nice head and lacing. Malty and slightly sweet, a classic Octoberfest flavor. A bit of fruit. I will buy it again.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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