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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,467
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 891 | 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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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

GuinnessSmurf, Oct 04, 2004
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

nrm5060, Oct 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

meno19, Oct 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Gardmark59, Feb 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

GDPete, Oct 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

smartassboiler, Apr 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

brianmef, Oct 30, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
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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.

holysin, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of crenegar
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

crenegar, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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!!.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 16, 2002
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

whskinan, Oct 31, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

purppy, Dec 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

manlytomb, Aug 28, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

wingnutz27, Dec 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

RedWeizen83, Jun 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

DaveD56, Mar 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Hopinista, May 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

rusty3335, Feb 10, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,467 ratings.