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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,226 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,226
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 764 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DerwinWentworth, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of brandonati
3/5  rDev -18.3%

brandonati, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Eriktheipaman, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of reynolds2121
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

reynolds2121, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of pasurfer114
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

pasurfer114, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest fan of Marzen/Octoberfest beers, this one came in the fall 12 pack. While it's one of my least favorite German styles, I know it well because a couple years back Trader Joes had mini-kegs of Paulaner Octoberfest on sale for 10 bucks and I couldn't pass up that opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a thin white head, dimishes quickly but has a bit of staying power with the somewhat rabid carbonation.

Nose; lightly fruity, soft caramel, touch of grains.

Taste; herbal hop presence, some grains, toastiness, caramel, light fruits...apples. In the finish a touch of alcohol comes through, it's pleasantly warming, but that really shouldn't be there at the mid level abv.

Mouthfeel; crisp and slightly slick.

Overall; not half bad, one of the better beers so far in the pack, much better than the dunkelweizen for sure. Style wise, still not much of a fan. Maybe if I were at Octoberfest and had a big old mug of it and a brat I'd think differently...I'm sure I'll make it over there one of these years.

pixieskid, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Dope, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of KomodoDragon
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep copper, clear

S - Malty grain smell, burnt toast

T - Caramel Malts - with alcohol coming thru and very little else of substance. Roasted grain feel and little balance or finish

M- creamy and smooth and little carbonation

Not one to go back to despite the fit for the season.

KomodoDragon, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

hinemk76, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of rooster1970
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rooster1970, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber with a small white head. It's fairly transparent but looks good.

The smell is sweet malt and grass.

The taste is rich malts, a little caramel, quite sweet with a little bitterness.

The mouth feel is pretty light with medium carbonation.

Over all the beers ok, I really like Octoberfests and this one is easy to get, even a bit early. Definitely not my first pick if there's better.

Dave1999, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear red amber with a foamy tan head with good retention
S-caramel, hint of spice, bit faint overall
T-sweet malt up front met with a subtle hop bitterness that provides excellent balance
M-light-medium bodied
O-really well balanced and very drinkable. Nice beer from Sam Adams, although there are some better examples of the style

atr2605, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3/5  rDev -18.3%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Danno48
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks a clear deep amber with a mild head that dissapates in a few moments.
S- Very pleasant. Complex sweet malty fragrance with a hint of floral character.
T- Mild, sweet, malty, light hop character, no bitterness. Most of the real flavor comes at the end... Finishes with a very light caramel note.
M- Very smooth and drinkable. Light for the maltyness of the beer which is expected from a good marzen.
O- I love the style and this is a great example. Sweet, drinkable, beautiful beer.

Danno48, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Beer4Mike
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Beer4Mike, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of iBodhisattva
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

iBodhisattva, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

RussBecker1, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a solid copper color with a foamy tan head that recedes to a film. Light lacing on the glass.

The beer smells slightly metallic, and faintly sweet of malts. Some toasted grains on the back end.

Taste is very metallic. The toasty, bready, malty caramel is not as present as much as I would expect. The toasty grain element in the finish at least forgives the metallic-tasting beginning.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, somewhat light bodied.

Overall, a good beer to buy in 12 pack cans for the price. Probably what I call your "average" marzen. Not complicated, a little to metallic, but certainly a good deck beer on the weekend.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Powerstroker90, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

prisoner1572, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

ChopsMeister, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Sara
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Sara, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Patrick2012
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer for autumn. i wouldnt be super anxious, waiting for this to come out every august through october but it's an average beer. kind of a red amber color but the appearance was my favorite part. go ahead and get a pack or two for your friend's halloween party.

Patrick2012, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Listers, Aug 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,226 ratings.