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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,101 | 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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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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Photo of botham
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a crystal clear amber color with two fingers of light orange head that remain for a few minutes and leave moderate lacings. brilliant in color.

aroma is malty, with caramel and very light aromatic hops present. overall, the brew is sweet in profile with a lightly bready quality that acts as a base.

taste is malty and lightly sweet, with caramel malts and a lightly fruity character that works well with the malts. finishes with a nice mix of floral hops and malty undertones, true to a great marzen.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy in texture, with a smooth finish of mildly warming malts and residual bready malt and floral hops.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth drinking marzen with enough body to sustain the richness of malts, while remaining light enough to still be a great autumn brew. cheers!

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ajmoody76
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Freshness date was notched for February 2005. This beer has plenty of life left.

Amber colored with a solid, fluffy head.

Smells like toasted bread, malt, and a little bit of caramel or syrup.

Nicely balanced with a sweet malt presence and a tad of nutmeg or spice. Slight hop presence on the finish, but the malt flavors dominate. This brew used noble hops and four malts.

Respectable 5.4% ABV brew on this Sam Adams seasonal. Drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown/amber color, with a light tan two-finger head that disappears rather quickly, leaving trace amounts of spotting.

Smell: Smells like pumpkins/pumpkin spice, yeasty, and very malty.

Taste: A definitely high amount of malts hits, with a backbone of pumpkin-like flavor. This is quite a malty brew, and quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and body, I can drink a bunch of these in one sitting no problem.

Overall: A very nice brew that definitely reminds me of the fall.

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

Pours nice amber color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little lacing to speak of.

The smell is of bready malt.

The taste reflects the bready malt with a twinge of smooth caramel in the finish.

The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but not oppressive. This brew goes down very smoothly and clings a bit from the heavy malt.

Overall this is a pleasant harvest brew that is very easy to drink and have several of. There is not all that much to it and is rather one dimensional, but well worth the purchase as a fall staple.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of MrOH
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a finger and a half of off-white, tight foam.

Sweet and toasty malt. A really deep and rich aroma. Quite nice.

Slight tang. Sweet, bready malt. Just enough hops to balance it out. Slight earthy taste as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, but gives the impression of being heavier.

Quite a nice fall beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but good.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ColForbin
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is a staple session beer for me in the fall - you can find it everywhere, and it is usually on sale. It pours a crystal clear orange-red with a slightly tan head that is fairly large and fluffy at first, but quickly fades to a thin coating on top of the beer. Aroma is malt sweetness, with some caramel notes and a twinge of spicy hops. Flavor is very malty and sweet, a bit too sweet for my liking, with some nutty flavors as well. Slightly cloying sweetness in the finish, with a bit of hops. All in all, a solid fall seasonal and a good session beer.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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

This beer pours a deep red-copper color with a creamy, dense head. Mildly malty aroma with notes of noble hops. Taste follows through with a slightly sweet malty palate, pleasantly bready, along with earthy, spicy, leafy hops. This beer finishes grainier, on the dry side. Overall, quite solid. Medium body with ample carbonation, goes down real, real easy. One of the better beers that are this widely available.

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

The bar by my school we always go to, Chipper's Pub, has a 1.75 Sam Adams wednesday night special and i tried a couple of these when they came in and took a few home. I was impressed. The dark orange amber color is alluring but alas, the little head that pours disapates quickly but does leave a nice thick lace on the sides of the glass. Has a very malty and fruity taste. Leaves me with an aftertaste of slight carmelness. Some say this beer is a little sweet and it may be too sweet to get drunk off of, but out of respect (and my wallet) i rarely get loaded off sams...hell, thats what yuengling is for :) For the next few months i will definetly be drinking more of these.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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

Picked this up to try an Oktoberfest since the selection was slim. This beer pours a clear copper color with a small tan head that quickly disappears with very little lacing. Smells of malt bread and a nice herbal aroma, a little sweet. Taste is malty, toasted malts and bread with a nice herbal flavor. Mouthfeel was of medium body and nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall worth a try but nothing exceptional.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of skenyon1811
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer makes me salivate looking at it. Sam Adams Octoberfest has that perfect clear brownish orange color. It pours a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Good retention.

S: Good strong aroma when first poured, but mellows out quick. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Not much of a hop smell to it. It has a tiny alcohol scent to it as well.

T: Needless to say, it has the very distinct Samuel Adams' taste to it. It does provide a little more than that though. It has a smooth roasted taste with a little bite from the hops. The aftertaste is the best part, nice caramel note left after the bitterness of the hops fades. You get a little bit more out of every sip.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel. Kind of heavy on the carbonation. Very similar to most Samuel Adams.

D: I like this as a session beer. It does make you a little gassy but I can put that a side and pick up a sixer.

This is by far one of Sam Adams' best beers. Cheers!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.