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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,577 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,946
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 477 | 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:
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1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

09-07-2012 00:49:36 | More by harrylee773
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New York

1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

10-08-2013 00:07:36 | More by John_Squires
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1.43/5  rDev -61%

Wow, I am so surprised by this offering from Sam Adams.
Appearence is a nice copper color with a thick cream colored head.
Mouthfeel is very watery.
Aroma is hard to describe because is almost non exsistent.
Taste is the most disapointing. Is mostly water with little carbonation and a God Awful metallic taste that I can't get out of my mouth.
Unfortunatly, I bought a 12 pack of this nasty beer. I am hoping I have a neighbor with no taste to pawn this one off on.

08-31-2008 22:32:51 | More by Nibbley
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1.44/5  rDev -60.8%

08-21-2014 23:35:24 | More by Ernsty52
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1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Living in the Pacific NW and in the mood for a seasonal spirit to drink during Monday Night Football after a long day of work on this particularly blustery October night.

Disclaimer, I never buy Sam Adams, been drinking beer for about 6 years I've had and enjoy pretty much everything. The reason is simple. I like to buy local and living in Pac NW, this might as well just be puddle water.

S: Bottled, pour into a glass, no head
A: Beautiful copper tone
S: None, maybe I'm plugged up
Taste: Now here is where I have issue, there is none, a mild malt flavor and where are the spices as advertised?
M: Not creamy, not dry, not anything unfortunately, slightly sweet

Overall: The reason I haven't bought Sam Adams in all my beer drinking years is mostly pride. I think they are trying to mass market a craft product, because you know, all beer makers have a beard and love their job enthusiastically. Let this be another great East coast example of commercialization. I'm sure all you Chowd's over there love drinking this stuff... during the humid summer's maybe. Come on over to Portland and you will learn what craft beer is all about because this is a complete farce.

10-16-2012 01:19:51 | More by nqdell
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1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

04-04-2013 13:16:36 | More by grizzlybunny
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1.73/5  rDev -52.9%

Dug this out of an icy tub at a party; it was swimming in a sea of Bud and Michelob. Saved! thought I, but... wrong was I. This had all the aromatic charm of a Coors Light, which is to say it smelled like socks, and all the taste of beer made with the finest corn and rice that money can buy, only it doesn't *have* any corn and rice in it. This is about as close to a Marzen as cold oatmeal. Given the options, I may have had better luck with the Michelob. Boo.

10-10-2010 02:15:25 | More by gfreed
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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

05-09-2013 02:25:35 | More by tommyguz
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1.78/5  rDev -51.5%

Had this on tap at laundry 101 in Kent. Nothing like getting drunk while you wait for your laundry to finish.

Appearence - More yellow than orange when compared to the bottled version. A slight filmy head with little lacing. Appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Nothing worthy or noticeable stands out. Light fruits. Its missing the malts and sweet notes from the bottle variation.

Taste - okay. I was very impressed with this beer when it came out this year, and even titled it as my favorite Sam Adams beer. But this isn't the beer that I love. Must be a funky tap or something because this tastes like fruity champagne that was poisoned with alcohol. No delicious malts. No autumn, leafy breads or grains. Just uncomfortably fruity and fizzy. I call a bad tap here.

Mouth feel and overall - its okay once you get used to it. But this is nothing like what the bottle version I love tastes like. This is low quality, probably due to the locations error on a bad tap and pour. I won't be getting this again, not here anyways.

09-05-2011 18:24:14 | More by Jesse13713
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1.93/5  rDev -47.4%

I'm never quite sure what to expect from Samuel Adams anymore. It seems the more popular they get, the lower the quality of their beer gets.

Such is true with this year's edition of the Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. It begins nicely - the look is great. It has an orange lager color with a medium sized head.

There isn't much to smell here. It just sort of smells like a Boston Lager.

The taste is very thin and lacks any festive qualities that make a Marzen different from a straight-ahead American lager. Its very thin and runs off the tongue before I can truly get a flavor on it.

Not impressed....not repeating.

10-04-2004 04:08:17 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-16-2012 02:47:40 | More by alesaram
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

07-18-2012 18:03:59 | More by Djenx
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

02-11-2013 20:18:28 | More by Gardmark59
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-11-2013 20:25:32 | More by GDPete
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New York

2/5  rDev -45.5%

03-20-2013 23:37:46 | More by BGsWo22
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-17-2013 14:17:36 | More by gnikola
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-31-2012 04:47:19 | More by slimntubbs
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

04-09-2012 20:31:59 | More by smartassboiler
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New York

2/5  rDev -45.5%

09-29-2013 21:14:56 | More by Salud24
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New York

2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-30-2012 21:42:05 | More by TobinMitnick
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Pours and smells lovely but is shockingly sweet. If you, like I, don't like sweet beers stay away despite the high ba rating and respectful abv.

09-01-2014 04:11:54 | More by holysin
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.5%

Regardless of everything else the problem here is the HUGE diacetyl presence. Had a sixtel of this on at my house for about 2 weeks and really tried to get around it but could not. returned it for a keg of Ramstein O'fest and this is much better. A friend had the smae issue and the 2 places in the area I tried it on tap it was the same way. Not nearly as noticeable in bottles. Question is...is this lack of quality control at certain brewing sites? I believe they are brewing in the Lehigh Valley now at the old Rolling Rock place but not sure. This is the second year in a row where the diacetly presence has been overwhelming, a shame because this used to be one of my favorite seasonals from them.

10-21-2009 18:38:28 | More by crenegar
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Lots of blurb, advertising and fanfare; So I bought some to try.
Oh No, what a huge, bitter disappointment - if you can pardon the pun.

A massive foaming head that at one point threatened Mug-Mutiny. But it laced the glass well, and had an inviting look. Aromas are… Where are the aromas?????? Hmmm… (Deep Sniff). Poured a clear looking, deep Amber-Reddish Color, that again, looked very good, no complaints there. Still, No Aroma though (Deeper Sniff) … I’m trying. Initial taste is of a sickly sweetish, bee… nah - fluid. Weird. What the heck is this supposed to be?, its not like any Märzen/Oktoberfest I have had before. I get some hops in the middle but not many, perhaps just one. Where the hell is that Aroma?? (Snorting the Beer now!!) - Nope still can’t find it. Very lightweight mouth feel, that disappears almost instantaneously. Some cloyiness in the residual tastes, more annoying than pleasurable.
Is this an Oktoberfest LITE ???????

My friends in England, would say of this beer that, “It is all mouth, and no trousers”.
Mediocre or, perhaps, I just do not “understand” this beer??!??? I don’t know. But I do know I don't like it.

Promises, but just does not deliver for me. It will NOT be purchased again!!.

10-16-2002 20:41:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-03-2012 01:52:33 | More by purppy
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

08-28-2014 06:19:57 | More by manlytomb
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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