Review: Octoberfest, Samuel Adams


  • Style: Lager (Märzen)
  • Bitterness: 15 IBU
  • ABV: 5.3% ABV
  • Malts: Two-row Harrington and Metcalfe pale malts, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
  • Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh
  • Calories: 187 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: "Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor. The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter. — Samuel Adams

Random thoughts: Oktoberfest started last Saturday. I celebrated by attending a bike-in beer festival called BiKETOBEERFEST. You can celebrate the season by drinking one of the many recently released Oktoberfest brews. This beer is part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection variety pack.

The tasting: Deep amber in color, clear, with plenty of effervescence. It has an off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is very malt forward—mainly the caramel and toasted varieties, along with some toffee and light grassy hops. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. It has sweet bready malt in the middle that's balanced by spicy and grassy hop bitterness. Octoberfest is light to medium bodied, has a smooth mouth feel, and finishes with caramel malty goodness. It’s crisp and very drinkable.

Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! I like Samuel Adams because their beer is consistently solid and is widely available across the country. So when you’re ready to celebrate Oktoberfest, strap on your lederhosen and grab a Samuel Adams Octoberfest!

What's your favorite Oktoberfest beer?

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  1. Really?? Did you actually try it or just read what the company wrote about it? I'm sitting here with one next to me. It is extremely unimpressive as Octoberfest beers go. Perhaps if someone has never had an Octoberfest beer and has nothing to compare it to they would like this. Drink a Paulaner or a Spaten Oktoberfest, or better yet, go to Germany for the real Oktoberfest to learn what these beers are supposed to taste like. I really like SA but this is definitely not their best work. Quite disappointing.

  2. Really. I taste every beer I write about. Unfortunately, I have not been to Octoberfest. I wasn't attempting to compare this to other Octoberfest beers. Just tasting it on it's own. Thanks for mentioning your favorites. I'll give them a try. Cheers.


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