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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
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5,413 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 396 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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BlackJeremiah

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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

A: Dark amber in color, nice frothy head on top. Great lacing as I drink.

S: Biscuits, bread/yeast, some caramel notes. Nice malty smells, with a slight floating hint of citrus/orange and a touch of clove.

T: A pastiche of malt characters ranging from the bakery to the candy shop. Bread, orange cake, citrus peel, biscuits, caramel, and spiced cider. Fantastic fall flavors--the BBC did well this year.

M: A little drying in the aftertaste, but light-bodied and refreshing on the palate. Nothing too special.

D: I'd really like another, and another, if my fiancee doesn't finish them first.

10-02-2006 18:35:09 | More by BlackJeremiah
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metallistout

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer has seemed to change it's flavor over the years, or maybe it's just me.

This beer pours a medium copper color with a decent head.

Smells of malt and a little hops.

Tastes very malty, a little spice, not sure what that might be. Not a lot of hop presence. I would prefer the amuont of hops that Koch uses on his Boston Lager, mixed with the sweet malt and cripsness.

Not a bad beer, but I have had better Oktoberfests.

12-04-2005 23:28:50 | More by metallistout
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $7 in early Fall 2010.

Sam Adams Oktoberfest comes with a lot of hype and it always delivers. It pours a dark amber with a semi strong scent of spices. It has a reasonably heavy taste of different spices that deliver a good beer with a smooth finish. Great for the fall season and a must try for any Oktoberfest lover.

11-18-2010 20:44:50 | More by Lemke10
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navinsula

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

beer was a nice light copper color with a one finger head that didnt last long

the smell was a bit sweet and malt heavy with very little hop aroma

tast is somewhat sweet upfront and a nice dry finish

overall this is a pretty good beer especialy if your looking for something you could drink a few of

08-27-2011 02:47:49 | More by navinsula
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored bubbly head that dissipates pretty rapidly into a slick of bubbles across the surface. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Full of malt with grain, toasted bread, and caramel aromas. There are maybe some earthy, floral hop aromas as well.

T – Follows the nose and adds some. Sweet nearly all the way through with grainy, bready, nutty, and toasted malt flavors. There’s a subtle earthy and spicy hop bitterness that comes through at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a grainy and slightly bitter and spicy finish. Grainy sweet malt and spicy, earthy, bitter hop flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer. It has all the hearty and tasty malts that are supposed to be there. The subtly bitter finish was a little different touch, which was nice. I wish the head characteristics were a little better. Overall, this is a nice fall beer from Sam Adams.

09-29-2012 02:40:53 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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BillyBob78

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Bought a case of this after having it at a local bar.

I'm starting to like Sam Adams more and more. They have so many different types and styles that you can find something you enjoy.

Appearance was a nice orange/brown color with a nice off-white head with decent lacing.

Taste like a good German lager with nice sweet malty characteristics and a little hops present but not much. A little bit of spices coming through.

Very drinkable and definitely a good fall beer.

10-27-2010 14:00:44 | More by BillyBob78
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Served from a 12oz. bottle with a best by date of February 2011, poured into a perfect pint glass. Clear orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Not a whole lot of bubbles/carbonation and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma was of malts and spices typical of the style, with no hop smell. Taste was nice and crisp, with no bitterness and a strong malt presence, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth; medium body with a dry malt aftertaste.

I think this is a good representation of an Oktoberfest; very easy to drink that goes well with the fall weather.

10-18-2010 03:15:26 | More by sommersb
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Another purchase while in Milwaukee.

Appearance - Cloudy with an orange-amber color. The head is minimal but there are wisps of remnants that bright the surface.

Smell - The scent is sweet and malty. Solid aroma that makes this brew very tempting.

Taste - Spicy and flavorful. It even has a timid pungent side. I like it.

Mouthfeel - The feel is mildly rough but not enough to take anything away from the over goodness of this Sammy.

~ This beer is one of the reasons I'll be trying more and more of The Boston Beer Company's brews. I'm impressed with the overall uniqueness of this beer.

12-08-2007 23:36:04 | More by cdkrenz
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A: A two finger head. Deep red colour with good retention.

S: Slight caramel nose, with a sweet malt hint.

T: Caramel flavour with the biscuit lager bite to it. A nice sweetness comes through at the end to combat the lager bite.

M: Slightly watery but crisp

D: Yep

09-20-2008 15:59:50 | More by swizzlenuts
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bnes09

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Reddish amber in color with good clarity. Weak head forms, little retention and no lacing.

Smell is pretty clean with some bread and caramel notes.

Caramel malt produces a well pronounced sweetness. Bread grains with a slightly toasty character. Roasted almonds and dates. Hops are earthy and just enough to balance.

Lighter to medium bodied. Smooth texture and good carbonation.

A good brew. Complex and balanced.

09-11-2011 01:38:34 | More by bnes09
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vfgccp

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A - It has an iced tea look to it, some head on the initial pour with medium retention, and a mediocre lace.

S - Very light on the nose, slight bready notes and hints of nutmeg. Notes of dry leaves.

T - Has an amber malt flavor, the bread notes come out in the flavor as well, a bold orange zest flavor throughout starting with the initial taste.

M - A great feel for an octoberfest, it has nice carbonation with a nice body and decent feel on the palate.

O - A good representation of the style, very drinkable and smooth. Nice mix of bready malts with touches of earthy and citus notes.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

10-30-2011 23:07:06 | More by vfgccp
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Served in a half liter Beer Mug

A : burnt orange with a heavy but short lived head

S : faint hops and caramel

T : spice and hoppy bitterness nicely balanced

M : clean and fresh

D : very good drink-ability

If not for Sam Adams who else would market Oktoberfest in August

08-30-2011 02:35:57 | More by Extrajoker00
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz brown bottle
This beer pours a dark amber color. The light tan head starts out good but doesn't last, leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mainly of malt with a little spice. The taste is mainly malty and on the sweet side. It is medium bodied. This is a tasty Oktoberfest and the one that I purchase most often.

09-23-2004 03:36:26 | More by afinepilsner
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armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Poured a light brown color with a light brown head

S - Smell is of sweet malts

T - Sweet malt at first then some hops to finish off

M - Medium carbonation pretty smooth going down

D - Good taste and pretty smooth make this an easy beer to drink

10-20-2007 03:40:35 | More by armock
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

It seems like every year the batch is different, two years ago it was aweful, but last year and this year seem to be back to its usual.
Color is a clear amberish brown, with a white head that fizzed away pretty fast and left some lacy patches. Smell is faint roasted malt, a bit burnt caramel or caramel popcorn. Taste form this was good, very smooth with good rich, sweet malt thats mild and pleasing. Some drying hop presence in the finish but is not strong enough. Thus bringing it to the feel, a little empty and slightly watery, lighter/medium body, smooth, clear and clean with some dryness and sweetness mixing at the end. Its a very drinkable beer, I always get it when it first comes out. But its no Snake River.

04-05-2003 11:31:54 | More by tavernjef
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nriech

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Nice medium amber color. Much darker than I was expecting. Small head that disapated quickly.

Smell: Hops, caramel, malt. More like fresh baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Deep malty character. A little bit of hops and sweetness that was well balanced. Lots of good flavor for the style but not overpowering. No bitterness at all. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Definately the best Oktoberfest beer Ive had. Much more flavor than most but not so much as to put it in another category.

02-26-2007 16:39:15 | More by nriech
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Received a nice deep orange brew with a fair off-white head, no lacing.

Smells faintly of malt and some hoppiness.

Some sugary malt flavors, but the sweetness is limited. Very good toasty bread notes and these flavors remain in the finish. Finish is almost a dry toast taste.

Medium body, limited carbonation in this draft glass.

You can put a few down. Had some boneless buffalo wings and this cleared the palate well. Decent beer, worth having one or two each time the season rolls around.

09-27-2008 21:43:52 | More by OtherShoe2
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numenor1

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a very nice, clear copper with a khaki head, showing some lacing. Smell is bready malt and faint hops. Initially full of toasty, slightly toffeeish, caramel malts then drying into an earthy, spicy, yet restrained hop finish. This years also seems to have a bit of nuttiness to it. Perhaps it's always been there, perhaps not, but it's fantastic. A tad bid of acidity is in the mix and is most present in the finish, but I quite enjoy it. Mouthfeel is on the full side for an Ofest, but this remains very drinkable.

Always an enjoyable beer, i manage to pick it up at least once or twice when it comes out.

09-04-2006 20:18:19 | More by numenor1
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jpaltan

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

dark copper, sparse head, thin white film on top. i seem to remember prior years of this having a more vigorous pour. smell is malty and bready, a bit buttery too. taste is buttery, bready, malty with a small hop backbone that kicks in at the end a bit. the finish dies down into a sticky sweetness. slight metallic taste, kind of coppery. mouthfeel is a bit sticky, carbonation is good. drinkability is above average

08-15-2009 03:44:45 | More by jpaltan
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

2003 version: on-tap at an applebees in Newtown. This is a nice dark amber colour with a small tan head of foam. The aromas are all malts with only slight hops to be found. The taste is *malty*, and very one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is much better on tap and is decent, the drinkability also benefits.

12-19-2003 17:38:35 | More by francisweizen
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CityBoy1986

Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is January 2010.

The pour is a nice dark orange with about two fingers' head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose starts with a sweet smell before changing to one of bread and spices. The taste contains the same flavours, but the sweetness hangs around as the bready and spicy notes appear. They meld before leading to a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation to create a crisp beer. Drinkability is good; it leaves me wanting more.

While not specifically true to the style of most Märzens, this is a nice beer that will be a staple of the autumn (until early October when the Winter Lager is put out, anyway (-: ).

08-22-2009 00:07:08 | More by CityBoy1986
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber. About a 1/2 inch of head. No retention and no lacing.

S) Light aromas with this brew, but what is on the nose is quite pleasant. It is primarily malt and some sweet bread.

T) Lightly roasted malt. The sweetness has me thinking of corn bread. There is not much hop presence, but what is there gives this beer a nice earthy quality.

M) A medium bodied beer that is not heavily carbonated. It is smooth start to finish, nice aftertaste too.

O) This is almost certainly my favorite Samuel Adams beer, and one of the better American made Oktoberfets you can enjoy this time of year.

09-11-2011 00:37:03 | More by RoamingGnome
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merddyn2002

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This is so far my favorite octoberfest. It's a good balance between malty and hoppy without being overly bitter. Great aroma and almost nutty / spicey flavor. It's not what I expected an octoberfest to be (this was my first one) but I decidedly liked it and would buy it again for sure.

09-25-2010 20:01:38 | More by merddyn2002
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz. bottle, orange and blue colour, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA, single,

A: Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange, with a nice white head into a pilsner glass.

S: Smells of malts predominately, a hint of hops, and a bit of smoke character I felt as well.

T: Malt is the word here, lots of caramel, but not as robust as I would have liked, easily drinkable, nothing offensive, taste is good overall, has nuance.

M: Typical lager, light and smooth, easy to drink.

D: An good Oktoberfest marzen, I've had better and I've had worse, nice colour in it, a traditional colour, I'll definitely buy some when they come out in the fall each year.

09-02-2007 07:42:25 | More by Halcyondays
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a nice deep copper, amber color, with 2 finger white head.

Aroma - Really nice toasty, malty smell, and has a pretty good amount of sweetness aroma as well.

Taste - Again, malt forward, with sweetness coming into play, but not overly sweet in my opinion. Toasty bready flavor. Enough hops to just balance out the sweetness.

Drinkability - I could definitely [and have] throw back several of these in a sitting without a problem.

Overall, I remember now why this is the beer that got me into the craft scene. This is a really good beer, nice malty profile, which I am drawn too in general. But I think I may have built this beer up in my head since the first time I tried it, as I can see now it's not "The best beer in the world" as I thought when I first tried this. ;)

11-01-2009 22:38:14 | More by webbcreative
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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