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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,470 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,470
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 894 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

bigeyedfish89, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Patches826, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Skillz, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to see the local watering hole had run out of Sam Summer and now had Oktoberfest on tap--my first marzen of the year. The beer is a dark brownish amber with a thin cap of off white head. Not much lacing. Nose is slight but is a nice nutty and slightly doughy aroma. Taste is a nice sweet malt with a slight caramel roast and a slight nutty finish. Some grassy hops are barely detectable. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, a little fizzy, with a medium/thin body. This is another decent seasonal from Sam Adam's that has the advantage of widespread availability. I'm sure this won't be my last for the year.

cubedbee, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of gfreed
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dug this out of an icy tub at a party; it was swimming in a sea of Bud and Michelob. Saved! thought I, but... wrong was I. This had all the aromatic charm of a Coors Light, which is to say it smelled like socks, and all the taste of beer made with the finest corn and rice that money can buy, only it doesn't *have* any corn and rice in it. This is about as close to a Marzen as cold oatmeal. Given the options, I may have had better luck with the Michelob. Boo.

gfreed, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this American twist of an Ofest lager.
Brillantly clear copper in color with a decent head that doesn't stick around for ever.
Nice brew day malty aroma as I enjoy in a true amber, marzen or alt.
Tastes as it smells with a nice medium caramel malt and toasty biscuit flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium light and clean, appropriate to style but I prefer a tad more body.

A go to easy to get Marzen IMHO. I look fwd to this one every year :)

unclejimbay, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Greasy, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

EFR94, Oct 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

loganburgh, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Coldsnack, Sep 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

TooGood, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber with an off white medium head. Excellent lace. Smell is very mild for the style, some malt and very subtle other smells, but like I said very mild for the style. Taste is OK, malt and hops, possibly some vanilla, but again mild for the style. This is a very drinkable beer. Its not a great brew and Sam Adams is capable of much better, don't get me wrong it is still very good but it tastes like they purposly "watered" it down to try and appeal to the masses a bit more (what the hell, it works for AB). It is still fun to drink and nice to see every year at this time and I do still look forward to it.

sabrills70, Oct 12, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

KingBiscuit, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TripelMark, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a standard pint glass, room temp.

A- A dark copper-amber color with remarkable clarity and pretty lively carbonation. A healthy head, big and linen white in color, left lots of lacing.

S- Standard bready malts, some caramel sweetness, floral.

T- Big malt backbone, breads and grains. A touch of spiciness for the season.

M- Medium feel and good carbonation. Finishes dry and funky.

O- The big head and lacing were impressive, the beer looked good. As SA offerings go, this was good for me. I seem to pick up a 'funkiness' in SA beers that I can't quite put my finger on, this is no exception.

NiceTaps, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

andthevolcano, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

UncleAddie, Feb 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

raythealeman, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

jjboesen, Sep 24, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

lauries444, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Pillowburn, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of inebrius
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper-amber leaves a partial lace. Malty biscuit nose. Sweet malt start turns gradually bitter hop and lingers shortly. Creamy and tasty SA Octoberfest is a quality beer IMO. I am truly glad to have a beer of this merit readily available.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

inebrius, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pilsner glass, enjoy before January 2011 it looks like.

Deep brown tinted orange. Very clear with an only slightly off-white head fully covering the top and leaving traces on the glass.

Brown sugar on a clean lager cracker base. Rich.

Layered saltine caramel, and rich malt. The finish turns on the noble hops. Nutty.

Dry, bubbly, but not lacking heft.

This beer has some memories connected with it that make it appealing to pick some up every fall. I think it stands just about toe to toe with some German versions I've had.

brewerburgundy, Aug 31, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,470 ratings.