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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
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5,201 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 271 | 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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jmmy3

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-29-2012 11:26:00 | More by jmmy3
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dragomni

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-02-2012 23:08:23 | More by dragomni
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-28-2013 19:34:59 | More by ramblinwreck101
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packetknife

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After neatly six years of finding this beer out of a bottle near revolting, I found it tapped and pleasant. Crystalline orange-amber color with a near-white frothy head that faded slowly, laced evenly and well. Just barely malting on the nose with some oat bread mixed in. Light but pleasant smell. Same on the tongue but a bit stronger with a slight hop on the finish. Very smooth but not at all thing. Well carbonated but not too much. It must've been drinkable because it was gone every time you looked for it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 20:27:56 | More by packetknife
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hdofu

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer was odd, a little sweet, not much head left when it got to the table, what did remain was a thin white lacing on it's surface. The beer color was also an unusual redishorange color. The smell was sweet malt. Tasted mostly malty and bitter sweet had a bit of a hop finish. Felt sort of watery without the carbonation some beers pack. Overall the beer is resonably drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 17:27:13 | More by hdofu
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outsider

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-09-2012 22:38:08 | More by outsider
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich copper color with a finger's width of white head. A small amount of lacing and a pretty short retention. Immediately after pouring the sides of the glass were covered with bubbles, and they continued to form at the bottom and make their way to the surface.

S: Malty, rich and sweet. Nothing more needs to be said.

T: The taste starts out really strong, bringing in the roasted malts and a good deal of sweetness. Unfortunately once the initial burst of flavor disappears the beer is left tasting like a typical adjunct lager.

M: Has some body, but not much carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but just OK. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 21:08:36 | More by DaveBlack
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 10:14:25 | More by mater
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Danno48

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks a clear deep amber with a mild head that dissapates in a few moments.
S- Very pleasant. Complex sweet malty fragrance with a hint of floral character.
T- Mild, sweet, malty, light hop character, no bitterness. Most of the real flavor comes at the end... Finishes with a very light caramel note.
M- Very smooth and drinkable. Light for the maltyness of the beer which is expected from a good marzen.
O- I love the style and this is a great example. Sweet, drinkable, beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 21:14:22 | More by Danno48
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-19-2013 22:33:28 | More by cofeeguru
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bkrbdan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-27-2012 22:39:36 | More by bkrbdan
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Dbrag

Maine

4/5  rDev +9%

03-30-2012 00:02:01 | More by Dbrag
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Huffs

New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass and a nice off white head developed with mild lacing and retention. Great caramel / copper color which was clear. Aroma was mild with hints of caramel and malt. Tasted very malty with a slighty toasted toffee taste on the back. Some spicy and caramel hints. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a mild and sweet aftertaste.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 20:56:07 | More by Huffs
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

02-08-2013 20:03:59 | More by AMCPhD
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Ewhite2121

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-02-2014 18:19:56 | More by Ewhite2121
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber with nice clarity, thin off white head, no real lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malts, but a good mix of different malty aromas, very light bread but clean overall

T: Rich malts come through from the first sip, sweetness. Some balance with the hops that make it through, but I didn't really pick up an major Noble hop flavors.

M: Decent carb, but not too crisp, lighter body, works well with the flavor and keeps it light feeling but not quite what i'm looking for.

O: Good drinkability. The crispness enhances it and the flavors are all what I would expect them to be. I have used this for a session beer before but as a true Oktoberfest there are better options.

Notes: Used to be one of my favorite beers. It's amazing how your tastes can change over the course of a year of BAing. Still a great beer and it will always be one of my favorite fall beers, but not quite as dark and complex as I remember.

Update: Re-reviewed again, and its still not nearly as good as when I first tried it, but my tastes haven't changed much in the last year.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 22:19:04 | More by dpodratsky3
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Augustiner719

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer # 3 from my mixed pack.

Pours a really nice orange, golden yellow color with a just off white head and a nice amount of lacing. Really great look to this beer. The aroma is slightly pumpkin and yams with some caramelized malts and a nice corn muffin and sweet potato aroma. Also has a really nice bitterness underneath the high malt profile. The flavor is very good on this. I like it better than last years. Not a complex beer by any means but focused and has that great marzen caramel malt flavor with a touch of hops. Fresh and tasty. The mouthfeel is right on with my favorite German oktoberfests. Has a great acidity on the finish that levels out the big malt profile. Drinkability is great on this. Really smooth, tasty and balanced. Such a good Oktoberfest and really a nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:06:38 | More by Augustiner719
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Color is quite a deep amber -- very dark for an octoberfest -- a bit out of style. Half an inch of eggshell colored head that dissipated quite quickly. Left a bit of lacing behind with each sip. Nice but a bit atypical for an octoberfest.

Smell is all crystal sweetness. Malty, which is very nice, and kind of caramelly sweet, which doesn't seem quite right for the style.

Taste is a lot like the aroma but with a bit of hop bitterness that wasn't present in the aroma. I like the flavor a lot, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. In lots of ways it's more like an East Coast Amber Ale but made with a lager yeast. Very well brewed, clean flavors but not an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel hits the Octoberfest style very well. Rich, full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Really nice.

Drinkability I'm also giving a bit of a boost to. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink even if it's out of style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:30:46 | More by mklinger
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chickenflea

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich hops and malt aroma. Pours a rich coppery color with a thin but inviting looking head. Very little lacing and retention. Gives an instant sweet taste with a mildly sour flavor after that followed by some tinny bitterness that lingers. The beer goes down smooth and and if very refreshing. Medium carbonation and light body. A pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 21:53:06 | More by chickenflea
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paresis

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-28-2013 20:45:27 | More by paresis
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-15-2013 00:00:30 | More by NickSMpls
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Orange-amber color and a white head with many large bubbles. Head stays well for a bit, but eventually goes down to a thin lace. Apparently this one needs a good hard pour to retain a head. Malty smell with some hop character and fruitiness. Lots of toasted malt flavor that is typical of Sam Adams beers. Sweet hop flavor that has just the right amount of bitterness, which seems to increase as you drink more. Lots of flavor here, but not quite as much as I would expect from a Sam Adams beer. Still a good brew in my opinion, and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 13:01:34 | More by hyuga
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drxandy

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to standard pint, pours an orange amber shade, cream colored head fades

smells of malts, slight hops, biscuit/caramel

tastes of roasty malts, true to style, biscuit caramel malts, highly drinkable, creamy, good choice of hops

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, loads of flavor, very sessionable

great balance and one of the best easy to find oktoberfests!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 20:28:36 | More by drxandy
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-10-2012 22:22:22 | More by milkbone_underwear
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-28-2012 01:34:05 | More by koes0024
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,201 ratings.