Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
7,594 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of GerryPendry
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color (how's that for alliteration?), about an inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Malty/bready aroma with a hint of hops. Tastes like malt, toffee, caramel, a little bit roasty with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. A little chewy, medium bodied, and goes down smooth as silk. This has been one of my favorite Octoberfest beers for over 2 decades, and I think it surpasses or at least compares favorably to any of the German marzens I've tried. None of them has had a stronger malt backbone. It manages to be satisfying yet highly drinkable, the way I picture this style being before it was lightened up. An underrated classic.

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A fantastic color, nice thick head didn't last long. no lacing.

smells slightly sweet, kind of malty

has a sweet flavor, bitter finnish

mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, kind of sour to begin and a bitter finnish.

not a bad beer. a good introduction to the octoberfest style, not the benchmark, but inexpensive and tasty.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite SA brew. The reddish-orange hue is nice, and has a decent malty, nutty aroma. The subtle sweet, malt taste reminds me of toffee, with a nice, hop spice and bitterness in the finish. I normally prefer hoppier stuff, such as Pale Ales and IPAs, but this is a very nice change-of-pace brew and a perfect compliment to a cool, fall evening.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle notched Best by January. Drank on December 9th, poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange/amber with a one-finger offwhite head which quickly dissapates into a thin layer across the top of the entire beer. Lacing is pretty consistent throughout the session. A very nice looking beer.

S: Smells like caramel and yeast but I thought it was lacking a bit.

T: What it lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste. Nice malt and autumn spice characteristics, following by some slight hop bitterness.

M: Light/Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Drinkability is pretty damn high on this one. Could easily spend the whole night drinking these.

Overall, it fits in well with Sam Adams' other beers. While not the best, they're usually pretty reliable and make some very enjoyable beers. This is one of them.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Pours a deep, reddish amber with a foamy off-white head.
S - Malt with some floral notes. A very mild bitterness in the background.
T - Sweet maltiness rounded out with some dark fruit notes, particularly fig.
M - Thinnish body with a fairly substantial amount of carbonation.
D - The best Oktoberfest I had this year, this is an enjoyable beer, if not incredibly stimulating in the taste department.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,594 ratings
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