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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,596 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 6,596
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,038 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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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.

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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.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Am I the only one that seems to think this beer has gone down hill over the last two years? It's just always tasking skunky now, not good.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

I'm surprised at just how uninteresting this beer is. It smells like bread dough from yesterday, and tastes like it too. Just very bland with a metallic aftertaste. Poured from a bottle into a glass. The color and body are okay, but overall this just a step up from your average cornerstone macro, nothing special.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle but I don't see what the big deal is here. I'd try another in case I want to change my review, but I don't really want to spend money on another one of these when Sam Adams makes other brews that I actually like.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was not impressed by this beer at all. Unfortunately, the beer distributor was closed so I had to go to 7/11. I saw sams octoberfest and decided it was the most appealing beer in the fridge so I thought I would give it a shot.

It smells like a bud light and doesn't taste much different. The taste is flat, bitter, and just does not go down well. It is tasteless to tell the truth. I guess I am becoming a beer snob because this beer is straight up bmc to me now. I had a sierra nevada before this and the SN was leaps and bounds ahead of this. It is just not tasty, it is dry and leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

I don't like this beer and wouldn't buy it again.

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2.06/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

SA O-fest is one beer I look forward to every year. This year's version, however, can be charitably described as mediocre. No significant nose,very flat taste and an unusual watery mouthfeel made me sorry I bought a whole case. Very disappointed in what is customarily a dead-on example of a superb beer style. Not this year, however. It will go into the sauerkraut and brats preparations.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,596 ratings.