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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,872
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 600 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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

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

Greasy, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3/5  rDev -18.3%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of pweis909
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

milkbone_underwear, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

NickSMpls, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of cameraman
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of jlogan7
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jlogan7, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Dbrag
4/5  rDev +9%

Dbrag, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of allboutbierge
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ejh06752, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Joel12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Joel12, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

a_beckman25, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-copper with a thin white head, not much lacing.

Smells grainy, citrusy, a bit sweet and somewhat medicinal.

Not very impressed by the taste, somewhat orange tasting with some slight biscuity malts and finishes kind of sour with a slight hop bight.

Sort of thing mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable. Overall not something I would try again, definitely not the best oktoberfest I've ever had!

GodOfBeer, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one that I have a little trouble reviewing. Two years ago the Octoberfest was great, last year's batch was crap, now the curent batch rate's in the category of decent.

It has the mezmorising golden-brown color that makes marzen's s appealing with a small amount of head. The aroma and taste show a small amount of caramel and nutmeg. It has a slight bitternes that other's of this style don't have. As for mouthfeel, it has a very slight chunkyness, as if the ingredients and the water didn't completely mix together, kinda hard to explain.

SA Oktoberfest is a hit-or-miss beer. Sample before buying a case.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 12, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ramblinwreck101, Sep 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%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of elniko
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Poured cleanly into pint glass, very little head that dissipated quickly. Carbonation very high, was audible when pouring which is rare.

S: Definite breadiness on the nose which is tinge of spice and alcohol apparent as well.

T & M: So far I have been underwhelmed with marzen style in regards to the examples I've had thus far with Ocotberfest brews coming out. I felt quite different about this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial, no watery texture apparent. The carbonation does not overwhelm either. Taste is what I would expect a marzen to be like. Definite malty and bready textures but still crisp finishing. Good job Mr Koch.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is one I will be on the lookout for in the future.

elniko, Aug 31, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BeerGreg, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

balinor, Aug 02, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,872 ratings.