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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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5,980 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,980
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 657 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Reviews by Yojimbo1941:
Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Clear brownish-amber with a thick two fingers of white head. Looks great.

S- Lots of bread and malt with some cinnamon and spicy hops. Little bit of a Budweiser-type smell apparent but overall very good.

T- Bit of a carbonation bite followed by lots of bread and cereal, slight hop bitterness at the end. Taste seems a little thin.

M- Carbonated and light. This really reminds me of Budweiser now.

D- You could go through a six pack easily.

Not quite what I was looking for as far as Oktoberfest beer goes but it's still not bad.

Yojimbo1941, Aug 20, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of MikeyBadnews
4/5  rDev +9%

Sam Adams Octoberfest.

I'll probably catch a lot of crap from the beer snobs but I expect it to be overridden by mass adulation from the people in my area (boston) for how high I rate this, and granted my views are skewed by a nostalgic feel this beer gives me, but I think this is a tremendous Americanized interpretation of the classic German Marzen for which it’s styled after. I don’t have a lot of other beers of this style to compare it to so maybe it’s the absolute bottom feeder of it’s class, but we’ll overlook my naivety and just focus on the beer itself.

One of Sam Adams more popular seasonal brews Octoberfest pours a dark ruby red that softly fades into a medium bodied copper. Poured at a finger and a half head into an Octoberfest styled dimpled beer mug (thanks Michele) my nostalgic side takes over as the summer humidity is immediately sucked from the room and the crisp apple picking morning fall air is ushered in in a zephyr of fall winds with the falling autumn leaves dropping at my feet, Glorious!

Beer has a chewy citrus to toffee flavor that finishes thick and sticks to the pallet and throat. Tastes like a 1 pm Sunday afternoon football kickoff…. Or a caramelized sugar coated and pan fried pear chased with heavy malts.
Smell is similar and quite appeakling

To me this beer *IS* fall. Popping open a can or bottle of this closes the door on BBQs and beach parties. Days at the pool and drenching humidity and ushers in football, leaf raking, frosted morning windshields and hoodie weather.


Cheers!

MikeyBadnews, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A- Dark ruby red as Sam Adams says on their site. Had a frothy, 1 finger head that died. Head was rocky and pillowy. Egg shell colored head.

S- Big malts. Toffee like sweetness, toasted notes. Brown bread crust.

T- Light hop presence. Toffee like sweetness. Toasty. Has graininess as well. Lightly fruity.

M- Medium on the body. It is crisp clean and refreshing. Not quite as dry as American lagers.

Overall you can tell that your drinking an American interpretation of the classic fest beer from Germany. It's got standard Octoberfest flavors, but with a bit more hop presence and a fruity taste. Not bad at all, but not one I need to rush out to get this fall.

ThomasMetal75, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -18.3%

mojohawk21, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of civilian2b
4/5  rDev +9%

civilian2b, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, light orange body with a big head that held on long and laced the glass.

Smell – Lightly toasted malt in accordance with the style.

Taste – Smooth, creamy, lightly burnt malt flavor. There’s a little caramel touch at the end, but mostly just the smooth, easy, malt taste. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and very creamy.

Drinkability – This went down quickly, which is the telltale sign of a good Oktoberfest beer. When I lived in Germany, I used to drink these warm on tap (the bartender would warm it with a heated tool dunked in the beer specifically for that purpose), and they would often go down after just three or four gulps. I wasn’t trying to chug the mug, but they were just that smooth.

Comments – I drank this at room temperature, and it was very reminiscent of the Oktoberfest beers that I had in Germany. Excellent example of the style.

RoyalT, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tectactoe, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of ricke
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber color with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Malts, fudge, lots of bready aromas, floral and leafy hop notes.

T: The taste is somewhat sweet with notes of bready malts, fudge, grains and floral hop notes. Some earthy hints as well. The finish is gently bitter with notes of grainy malts and leafy hops.

M: Moderate body, medium carbonation.

D: A decent beer. Quite tasty and easy to drink. Not the most interesting style, though.

ricke, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Octoberfest of the year for me. Appearance is deep copper, with a white frothy head. Smells of malt and very light hops. Taste is a bit watery, but very balanced in flavor. Caramel and malty with a subtle spiciness. ABV is okay @ 5.7%.

Overall, this one leaves a little something to be desired. It seems like SA Octoberfest is a year-to-year thing, sometimes hit or miss. You can always count on this one for a good session beer for the season, though not my favorite by far. I'm a hops guy.

ExtraStout, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Tiernan, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

tbryan5, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

J2L, Oct 22, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

GameOfBeers, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of explosivebeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams line. This beer has a light, clear brownish-amber color with little head. The aroma is all malt, mostly caramel. The body has a load of malty goodness, again caramel, and a small but significant underlying bitterness to balance. It is easy to drink and generally enjoyable.

explosivebeer, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +9%

kcc, Mar 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of blackearth
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the 2009 offering. Pouring into the perfect pint showed a dark orange-amber body with a rocky off-white head. Aroma is mainly sticky-sweet malts. Medium bodied with big toasted and caramel malt flavors and a hint of spice in the sweet finish. No hops detected anywhere. Overall a pretty good beer.

blackearth, Sep 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,980 ratings.