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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,988 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,988
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 659 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

boudreaux, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of beerman207
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's Oktoberfest season and I've picked up four different brewer varieties to review in the next few days (or tonight depending on how the night goes :) ).

A - Orangish brown color with a nice frothy head that goes away pretty quick.

S - Has a metallic aroma which comes through with the malt. Not overly impressed with the aroma.

T - Has no hop pressence and is definately all malt and has a little nuttiness in the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Nice and mild.

D - I thought this beer was a lot better last year having it prior to being a member of BA. Perhaps I"m being too hard here but this beer doesn't come close to my favorite thus far which is Spaten.

beerman207, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mzeld
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mzeld, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Xandrose, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Greasy, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -18.3%

NeverSettle, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of AMCPhD
4/5  rDev +9%

AMCPhD, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Gerred
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Gerred, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Shawnspl, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of lstokes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange, small head, I found that the smell and taste were both dominated by fruity esters. There's a tiny bit of hop, and a bit of caramel that sneaks up on you, but overall I found it an unbalanced beer. I am not sure that I would drink it again if given the choice.

lstokes, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to special Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...pleny more room to go in mug so I pour another 1/2 in. Amber with Orange tones in color, slightly off-white head that stays around for a while leaving some lace behind. Smell is of bread and grains, real earthy tone to it, dont notice much malt. Taste is similar. Very bready and grainy, herbal and earth notes. Malt is present in taste but not so much so. A little let down there. Very light and crisp tasting. Not an amazing beer and it doesnt have a standout taste but I do give a 4 for drinkability as it was easy to put back a few of these and not get sick of them.

bunnyhustle, Oct 06, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9%

pcsnyder, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

cofeeguru, Jun 19, 2013
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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%

nodder, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of vtfan77
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Cooper, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Brinks, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

NickSMpls, Sep 15, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,988 ratings.