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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,786 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,786
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 559 | 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  rDev +9%

Blueribbon666, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bkwhoppa66, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of vtfan77
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

A- Very attractive translucent red-orange with about a half inch of head.

S- Tons of sweet, bready malt hits the nose along with a touch of spiciness from the hops and a metallic twinge.

T- More malt, this time with a toasty character. Starts out sweet but finishes fairly dry and a little bitter (although there is a bit of residual sweetness). Solid, malt-forward taste.

M- Nice, smooth medium body. Not heavily carbonated, which suits this beer.

D- Easy drinking all the way. Perhaps a little high in alcohol to be considered a session beer, but it's still pretty damn quaffable.

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Although I haven't had too many Marzens or Oktoberfests, this ranks up there with the few that I have had. It's just a good beer, plain and simple. Recommended, especially if you're a fan of malty beers.

vtfan77, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours clear with a reddish tint. Small head , a little lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet malts , honey.

Taste is mildly malty , crisp finish with very little aftertaste.No hop profile is evident.

Mouthfeel is light , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

shroompod, Sep 25, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Brinks, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Zanico, Aug 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

craftbrew502, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

wellsnb, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mkirkland80, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

AMCPhD, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Greasy, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of pweis909
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

This is my re-evaluation of SA's Octoberfest. I'll preface this by saying that the last time I tried it, I detected some odd smells, which had some impact on how I rated the beer. In this review, the brew fares much better.

This poured a big foamy head with big bubbles that don't really last that long. As always, I'm a sucker for amber colored brews, so I'm not going to fault it's appearance, either.

Last time, the smell that I found offputting was a phenolic, plastic bandaid smell that persisted in each of three bottles. This time around, I smell the malt and no plastic. I also faintly smell something that reminds me of metal, but this is not distracting me from enjoying the malt.

The malt tastes yummy. Mmm. It is sweet but hops balance it with bitterness to prevent anything that might seem cloying. No trace of the metal smell in the taste.

Refreshing, drinkable.

pweis909, Sep 30, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

bigeyedfish89, Dec 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

milkbone_underwear, Mar 10, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A brillant copper/reddish color. The malt stands out in the aroma and pretty much dominates the scent through out each smell. The flavor, the malt is very evident, with a slight twinge of bitterness from the hops, which leaves the palate nice and dry. The feel is like an oxymoron, thick water is the best way to describe the feel. Fairly easy to drink, but the lack of hop flavor doesn't seem to balance the flavor out.

cameraman, Sep 16, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Nice orangish brown color with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet like carmel. I can also detect smells of bread. The taste is of sweet carmel malt with a little bit of spice and orange peel. Nicely carbonated and would make a great session beer as the weather cools just a bit. Good effort by Boston Beer Company.

hckyfn9999, Aug 29, 2006
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4/5  rDev +9%

PaulsBrew, Dec 03, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

The bar by my school we always go to, Chipper's Pub, has a 1.75 Sam Adams wednesday night special and i tried a couple of these when they came in and took a few home. I was impressed. The dark orange amber color is alluring but alas, the little head that pours disapates quickly but does leave a nice thick lace on the sides of the glass. Has a very malty and fruity taste. Leaves me with an aftertaste of slight carmelness. Some say this beer is a little sweet and it may be too sweet to get drunk off of, but out of respect (and my wallet) i rarely get loaded off sams...hell, thats what yuengling is for :) For the next few months i will definetly be drinking more of these.

allboutbierge, Oct 12, 2002
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ejh06752, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cooper, Sep 22, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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