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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

5,186 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,186
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 265 | 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.

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ScorpyX

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bronze pour with a thin white head which quickly gives way. Plenty of bubbles in this one.

S: Pleasant smells of grain and malt.

T: Surprisingly crisp, almost a lager taste to it. Aftertaste brings the malt and slight pumpkin flavor one might expect with a touch of caramel. Pretty typical taste for an amber, but that's nothing to complain about.

M: Medium-bodied, but leaning toward the lighter side. Has a clean crispness to it.

D: I'd be happy to sample this again. One of the higher quality Sam Adams I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 04:55:17 | More by ScorpyX
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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Georgia

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

Pours a crystal clear dark amber. Very similar to iced tea. Pillowy, light tan head that falls to a thin ring. Little to no lacing.
Aromas of toasted bread, toffee, caramel. Very light hop presence. Quite malty, but not very sweet.
Very malty, but not overly sweet flavors. Again, toasted bread, but the caramel/toffee flavors seem to come through more to create more sweetness than in the aroma. Light hop presence.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The flavors wash off the palate rather quickly, but the beer is not watery at all. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable, as a good O-fest should be. Good, but inoffensive, flavors make this a drinker all day in the halls.
There may be better O-fests out there, but I like this one and wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 01:19:08 | More by gabeerfan
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage; scores 4/4/3.5/3/3
2010: 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0
I've averaged these for my overall rating of the beer.

12 oz bottle (2009) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep ruby-amber body with good carbonation topped by a finger and a half of sticky off-white foam; decent retention and good lace. Nice but unremarkable looking beer.

S: Rich, grainy malt, with a hint of spice on the finish; smooth, crisp, and refreshing aroma.

T: All malt, much sweeter than the nose; caramel up front, followed by a mellow toastiness and a crisp, dry finish. Not bad at all, but nothing exciting.

M: Medium bodied, a little sharp with the carbonation. A little sticky.

D: I miss hops; even in a malt-forward style like a Marzen, I look for at least a subtle hop profile to keep things balanced. My mouth feels coated with grain, and I know that another sip won't remedy the situation. I'm not craving another one of these (but I suppose a couple more wouldn't kill me).

Notes: I still haven't found an O-fest that I really love (unless you count Avery's Kaiser, but that's a different animal entirely), and this one continues to be one of my favorites - it's tasty and relatively inoffensive. Still, this isn't a seasonal that I get excited about.

Cheers!

Edit: Update for the 2010 iteration.

This year's Sam Octoberfest is considerably better than I remember it being last time around. The malts are dryer and nuttier, there's a distinct German hop presence, and the the mouthfeel is far smoother and better-carbonated. It's an all-around better beer: 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful dark copper color, perfect for the season. A nice tan had that lingers for a while and some nice lacing, most likely due to the sweetness.

S - Caramel, malty, a hint of hops. Not too strong though.

T - Malt dominates the flavor profile. Its starts with a heavy malt taste, then you can taste the hops closer to the finish although there aren't a ton. A little harsh on the finish but sweet throughout and overall very good.

M - Medium and smooth, I like it.

D - This is my fall beer. I love to try new Marzens, especially from other local brewers but I always keep falling back on this. I find it to be very drinkable, it's a medium bodied beer that doesn't fill me up too fast.

Serving type: on-tap

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,186 ratings.