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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,491
Reviews: 1,939
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 436 | FT: 1
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Drinkable and some taste from roast, sam adams to me is positioned as a transition from macro to craft beer. Bit of hop bitterness, even Sourness leading to some fruit juice in finish. Well malted and suitably carbonated. No colour, and thin mouthfeel.

10-31-2005 03:46:40 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-10-2012 14:35:38 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some bread/biscuit aromas. Taste is the same with some citrus zest hop flavors that come in to play. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Oktoberfest style beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

10-08-2011 19:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

11-20-2011 18:12:34 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Rust-colored with a good head.

S: Malt aromas with some of that nice Octoberfest sweetness.

T: Lots of malt. Some bread/biscuit with some hops and a good deal of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but a little heavy to session. Glad to pick this one up every year.

04-24-2009 01:59:02 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%

11-26-2011 17:44:42 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste has some sweetness and malty flavors with notes of caramel. Only some hints of bitterness from the hops are noticeable, although there seems to be enough of a balance to keep the sweetness from being cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

09-05-2011 10:42:45 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Translucent orange with hints of amber and of red. There's an absence of bubbles within the beer itself, yet it's capped by a light caramel-colored head of frothy foam. Unremarkable, but adequate lace. Octoberfest has a standard-issue appearance for the style, but looks to be quality-made all the same.

The nose is toasted malty, lightly spiced and somewhat soft-spoken. It doesn't impress me in the least, but there are no major missteps. A growing sense of unease is overtaking me. Samuel Adams brews good beer, but this offering hasn't endeared itself to me yet.

The flavor profile is acceptable, but lacks personality and cohesiveness. It's toasted grain malt-dominant (sweet underpinnings) and lightly hoppy (mildly bitter, clean, dry finish). The body/mouthfeel is firm without being full initially, then loses its way mid-mouthful to end on the thinnish side. This beer is all over the map and sorting out its qualities is an interesting undertaking. While 'interesting' is on my list of positive beer qualities, it isn't high on that list.

Sam Adams Octoberfest is a lackluster beer to some extent. There are better versions out there and I'm convinced that BBC is capable of better as well. It's still drinkable and has no serious faults, but it isn't a seasonal that I'll return to.

10-26-2004 17:07:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a reasonable sized head that doesn't last long and fails to do much in the lacing department

Smell: Biscuity toasted malt with a vague waft of grassy noble hops

Taste: Starts with a nice biscuity flavor that picks up a bit of caramel sweetness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the noble hops kick in to provide a nice balance; this is a touch sweet but well within the style guidelines and avoids the common mistake of some other craft brews to build up the caramel malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One fine Oktoberfest for those who like the style

09-25-2006 22:43:58 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-20-2014 08:53:22 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-09-2012 00:10:35 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smooth caramel notes with light toffee notes. Taste is very smooth with nice caramel malt notes and light toffee with balanced level of sweetness. Body has a smooth texture which is really nice with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer but really easy drinking beer.

10-17-2012 20:12:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

A fair attempt for an Oktoberfest, but it cannot compare to traditional German brews. Looks brightly copper-orange. Vigorously carbonated. Fizzy head retention. Aromas are modestly of the bready, toasty, creamy, and crisp character that I like in Oktoberfests. Tastes much the same. Modest malt character (not biscuit malt), has a grain husk flavor with mild astringency. Lacking hop character of the Noble variety. Creaminess and cleanliness is not to the calaber of true Oktoberfest beers. Although the characters are lacking, and despite a few flaws, it's still a fair beer.

09-09-2005 22:39:30 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

2007 edition

A - Poured a very clear pumpkin colored amber with a smallish white head that quickly faded leaving behind only a thin coating of lace across the top. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom on this one.

S - Lots of grain, earth tones with a touch of spice, nothing really out of the ordirnary, just a nice spiced lager. A good all around malted aroma.

T - Very decent. A crisp clean taste with lots of malts and the slightet of a dry spiced back. Some grassy notes in the front and a nice amount of roasted taste.

M - Vry clean crisp and very well carbonated. A nice touch of thines added to the feel rather then detracting from it.

D - Outstanding, you could have this one all niht.

Overall this ws your classic oktoberfest beer, and again sam adams sets the bar very high with its version. This is always a staple of the fridge this time of year, as it should

09-30-2007 23:47:02 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a couple finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: Solid toasted bread and biscuit malt base with some caramel and light spicy ester aroma. A hint of floral hops and yeast. Not overly impressive, but decent enough.

T: Toasted malt dominates the flavor and gives off a slight nutty toffee flavor. Somewhat sweet with plenty of bread and again, some spice esters.

M: The body is actually quite nice, we'll say medium, with a smooth mid-level carbonation.

D: I don't remember liking this beer quite as much in previous years, but for whatever reason, it did it for me this go 'round.

09-13-2010 21:55:55 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

12-02-2011 17:49:56 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-19-2013 03:27:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-18-2013 05:10:31 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.

S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.

T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.

08-13-2011 22:04:38 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

(On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Extremely mild aroma of toasted grains and sliced apples.

Taste: Equally mild flavor. Light, light taste of toasted grains with a hint of sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Mild floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Came across as dull and lifeless with little personality to help it stand out amongst a virtual sea of other Oktoberfest beers.

10-22-2007 21:52:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-20-2013 00:15:23 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!

05-24-2011 18:12:57 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15%

was pleasantly suprised byt how authentic it was.Nice malty flavor and good color.I like most Sam Adams products.

02-27-2002 15:53:11 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

I do so enjoy Quizzo beer. This one pours a clear orange amber topped by a half-finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, citrus peel, red apple skin, and some light toffee. The taste holds notes of light caramel apple (holy hell, it merged!), walnuts, orange rind, and some miscellaneous florals. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, semi-crisp feel. Overall, a nice O-Fest, not among the tops, but good enough for a Fall afternoon o' lazin' 'n' whatnot.

09-09-2010 18:28:14 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-15-2011 00:55:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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