Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Boston Beer Company
Boston, MA, United States of America

Vital Statistics

Release: Fall Seasonal
ABV: 5.3%
Bitterness: 16 IBU
Color: 20 SRM

From the brewer

In 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince’s wedding with a special beer and 16 day party. Our version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that’s perfect for the season, or whatever you’re celebrating.

Average Scores

Overall: 56 (logged 8 times)
Draft: 56 (logged 3 times)
Bottle: 57 (logged 5 times)

Who's been drinking this

Sometimes you pick the least bad beer. But what is up with the color? That can't be natural.
Bottle at Work
Seemed totally different on draft. Maybe I had a bad bottle before? Less funky hops, less hop expression in general, leading to a bready - but maybe almost too sweet - malt flavor. Quite drinkable though!
It was...sweet? I'm not sure. It did wash the BBQ down properly, so there's that.
Bottle at Pre-wedding picnic, Sonoma
Not bad. Not the best Oktoberfest beer but a decent commercial interpretation of the style.
A little too much icky funk on the smell. Taste is better, reminiscent of a chewy steam beer, heavy on malts but still aromatic. A slight, unpleasant sourness, along with the funk, made this flat for me.
Metallic sort of aftertaste, like chewing on aluminum.