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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,106 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest is widely available and a pretty good example of the style for people that are just starting to venture from the mainstream path. It's a very malty beer with a lot of breadiness and chewiness. The beer is moderately sweet with touch of noble hop flavor and bittering. I think beter examples of the style maintain that rich toasted malt flavor without the sweetness and more acute bittering. An easy to drink beer that would probably please most people

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

A - This beer poured a deep bronze-amber color that produced a white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced where malts, caramel and toffee

T - The taste of this beer was great mix of bready malts, caramel and toffee, and a little bit of maple sugar sweetness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Another highly drinkable beer from Samuel Adams, a very flavorable Oktoberfest that is quite sessionable

Photo of TripelMark
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light marzen. Nice amber although clear color, with decent head. Certainly not as full-bodied as many German options, nor as creamy in mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good. Easy drinking and satisfying and pretty refreshing. A good product from Samuel Adams.

Photo of BierReise
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear deep orangish amber with a small head that dissipates to nothing. Nutty malty aroma. Thin and unimpressive with a good amount of malt but an awful metallic and bitter aftertaste. Used to be great years ago, good example of what can happen to a good brewery who loses sight of the beer in exchange for expansion and distribution as well as macro marketing.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly smooth, easy-going palate features some nice caramel, a tasty toasted malt character, and just a touch of nuttiness.

Nicely toasted with a great caramel character. As with many Sam Adams brews, this one isn’t the absolute best example of the style, but it’s a pretty faithful interpretation and quite solid in general. I know a few macro drinkers who make a wise exception and pick up some of this one when it comes out.


Photo of stevehagy
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the look of this brew. It's nice and golden with a head that just stays forever. Smell is a bit nutty, some malt. Taste is a bit malty, very slight hop aroma, some nuttyness, and a slight astringency in there not sure what from. (might be the hops)
It is however quite drinkable and surprisingly refreshing.

Got a 12 pack of these so i'll be enjoying this on the weekend. Not a bad brew at all.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

From notes on 9/28/13

Decent. Poured out of there new sweet looking can. Props for the design. Color is darkish brown with brownish white head. Not much aroma. Very malty flavor.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head with not much retention, and not much lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - toasty malt bread, some plums and pears, hint of caramel.

Taste - plums, toasty malt bread, and some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but not great, which holds down sessionability for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.