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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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6,252 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,252
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 776 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

LostHighway, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish red in color with minimal tan head that quickly dissipates.
Sweet, lightly roasty malt and earthy hop aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, lightly roasty, biscuity, toffee malt. Some earthy hop balance and crispness, but sweet overall. Touch of spiciness as well. Sweetness lingers on the palate a bit at the finish.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Fairly smooth and clean with good drinkability.

Overall, a solid Octoberfest, but nothing special.

PhantomVodoo, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of fluffy foam that settles down to about a finger or a half a finger for a while.

Smell: Caramel and biscuit malt, very sweet with a slight tingle of hops in the nose towards the end.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and bready malt. Love the biscuity malt here, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Hands down my favorite American Octoberfest. Say what you will about Sam Adams, but this is my favorite beer of theirs year after year. I definitely drink my share while it's in season.

Axic10, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

byronic, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

A- Dark brown/tan/caramel color. Really cool fluffy tan head with a decent amount of lacing after a fairly aggressive pour.

S- Smell was overly malty (almost too much) with a medicinal like quality to it that just did not do it for me. Very sweet and candy like.

T- Typical octoberfest brew here. A ton of malts, sugars, and spices. Big bready aspect to this beer that was almost too much. I found this one lacking balance and overly sweet.

M- Syrupy and medium bodied. Sticky at times but somewhat easy going down on the throat.

D- Sessionable brew here. I would not pass this one down but did not find it to be outstanding.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of BobZ
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my lager tulip.

Appearance: Deep orange, nice example of the style, good head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt, some spice, a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Follows the smell, malty flavor, mild spice, and a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Really nice American example of the style.

Mouth feel: Good level of carbonation, decently smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, one of the best from Boston Beer.

BobZ, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of yuenglingade
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

yuenglingade, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

squack, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheDoak, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of aqualung23
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

aqualung23, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of donteatpoop
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey blush color with good a retention of white head.

Smells like beer. Hops, mostly. Nothing special.

Tastes good, the hops are present but not overpowering, the malt provides a light caremal sweetness to it.

Feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Surprisingly one of the best Octoberfests that I've had this year.

donteatpoop, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of TripelMark
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TripelMark, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of sweethome
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color in to my new Samual Adams glass. A nice white head of a couple inches, flows to the top of the bulbous glass. Head retention is pretty good - provides some lace as well.

Nose is a bit metalic, alcohol, a backing of sweet malts. Not as rich as what I expect from a fest. Just a bit harsh.

The flavor delivers some sweet malts, a rich bread flavor. Traditional german malts. Just a touch of hop in here - again sticking to the tradition versus some americanized versions - seems to me Sam O'Fest has had a bit more hop in the past?

This beer delivers flavor throughout the palate. It feels full, but not overbearing. A decent session beer if you can take the sweetness without the palate cleansing of hops. Again, true to style.

sweethome, Sep 06, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mikehillman, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +9%

whallgren, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cjac, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of anhigdon
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

anhigdon, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

fellowrs, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -18.3%

TooGood, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

wisegreensoul, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap enjoy by month of "Jan" poured into a Becker Glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Caramel malt and breadiness

Taste: I find a that a noble hop bitter comes right at the tip of your tongue then there is a rich caramel malt in the middle with a slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation but has a lighter mouthfeel than I expected

Overall: There's a nice amount of caramel flavor with a slight noble hop bitterness to help balance it out. I personally would prefer a little more depth in the mouthfeel.

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

tjcamm, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

andrewjraab, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rudy0908, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JVoyager, May 17, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,252 ratings.