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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 4949
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate carbonation and frothy head that doesn't last too long but leaves some lace. Copper/orange color and more malt than hops in fact the hops are barely noticable. Nose has some fruitiness but it is barely noticeable. Finish is smooth with some sweetness but not cloying.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 18:10:46 | More by jdhilt
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has grown on me year after year. Medium head that quickly fades. Burnt golden color. Aroma could be more pronounced. Malty, sweet, and satisfying. Good balance with a soft, creamy finish. Subtle bittering hops emerge at the end of a lingering aftertaste. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 12:13:56 | More by Suds
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very nice deep clear copper hue. A decent white head that is well retained. Nice toasted malt aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a body of about medium. Taste is pretty average. Subtle toasted tones. Some maltiness. Minimal bitterness. Nothing really stands out with this one, but by no means will I be dumping this down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 19:45:44 | More by Bighuge
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jackndan

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest (2002): As deep orange a beer as you’ll ever see, with an off-white head with good retention and stickiness. This beer has an aroma of pumpkin pie spices, and fresh bread. Very pronounced malt flavor, with great spiciness. The beer has a hint of alcohol warmth, and it carries through to the aftertaste. This beer has always meant fall to me, and this was very fresh. But I’ve found through long experience that this beer ages very well. Buy it now because it’ll be gone in October, but it’ll last till June. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 20:18:08 | More by jackndan
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a really nice orangy-amber color, when I poured it, the first thought I had was pumpkin.

Smell is fresh malt, almost cake like, not a real sharp or over powering nose, but smooth and soft.

Taste is rich and malty, somewhat complex in what seems to me was a quick wave a baking spices flashing across my taste buds. After the first sip I swear I could taste autumn. Really nice and smooth. I was drinking this in the cool of my basement when outside it's August and 90 and the summer can't end fast enough for me now.

Finish was sweet with a bit of chocolate and caramel in the finish, maybe even a touch of fruit.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 05:47:17 | More by bmills1608
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inebrius

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper-amber leaves a partial lace. Malty biscuit nose. Sweet malt start turns gradually bitter hop and lingers shortly. Creamy and tasty SA Octoberfest is a quality beer IMO. I am truly glad to have a beer of this merit readily available.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 18:39:13 | More by inebrius
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frank4sail

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz. Bottle. Malty slight hint of cardboard (Oxidation?) Below average for the style. Decent mouthfeel, but nothing there of any positive taste. Not one of Sams best. I'm now sorry I got a case of this stuff.... It looks alot better than it tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 20:58:30 | More by frank4sail
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was pleasantly suprised byt how authentic it was.Nice malty flavor and good color.I like most Sam Adams products.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2002 15:53:11 | More by oberon
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Brent

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid American take on the style. Moderately sweet with a little less malt backbone than average for the style, but smooth and good natured.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2001 10:48:41 | More by Brent
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BKotch

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty, with a fair smack of hops in the finish, but a bit too fruity for the style. Still, a very good beer and a heck of a deal at under $10 for a 12-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2001 18:49:28 | More by BKotch
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xXTequila

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow...talk about malty. It was alittle heavier than I liked. It tasted similar to their winter lager, without the spices of course.

Update: 9/27/2002
I have noticed that this years Octoberfest is alot sweeter and has more of a caramel flavour. It tastes alot more like a ale than a lager. It actually tastes alot like their stock ale now.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 17:10:17 | More by xXTequila
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gwfrankpsu

California

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer, rather chewy and malty. This is the first I've had this in a long time, really very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2001 09:52:39 | More by gwfrankpsu
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bcm119

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001. Very malty, as it should be. The malt flavors are up front, sweetish, ripe and fruity, with an alcoholic flavor as well that leads into the firm hop bitterness. Hops are present only towards the end, lacking any flowery flavors in the nose, but definately accomplish what they're in there for: cutting through the slightly syrupy body for a decent finish. Nice for those early fall cool spells.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2001 21:35:31 | More by bcm119
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AaronRed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color makes this beer appear warm and inviting. Sweet and malty, -well balanced. Also, very crisp in some ways. I drank it with a Bison burger, and it's flavor lasted until the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2001 15:20:16 | More by AaronRed
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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