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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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6,551 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,551
Reviews: 2,017
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 928 | 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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Photo of theghost3
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a 2-finger light yellow head.

The smell is roasted toffee malts with a hint of chocolate & light fruit, maybe white grapes. The taste is roasted malts with some slight sourness from the hops along with again, a light grape flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp & has a bit of burning acidity.

This is a fairly drinkable Oktoberfest; it has some possibilities as a session brew.

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Pillowburn
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of AKuehn47
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BDIMike
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual, Sam Adams continues to impress me. I feel that they may be one of the most overall consistently good breweries in America. They don't have a bad beer in their very exstensive line. The Octoberfest did not look very impressive, but that was the only fault I found with it. It has a malty, rich taste and goes down incredibly smooth.

Photo of beertaster13
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper red with a tannish head that is about inch thick. Lacing is good. The smell is very apple/dark syrup/molasses malts, very sweet smelling, baked apple pie. The taste is sweet, nice molasses sugar sweet with hints of apple. The hops make the beer not overly sweet. Medium bodied and not bad for a beer you can find at the local supermarket.

Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear copper bronze color with a rocky loose 3/4" light beige settled head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Blossoming notes of pale roasted malts and sweet caramel hovering over a faint fruity spiciness. Very intriguing and inviting.

There's the healthy malt presence I was hoping for. Nice balance of sweet (very faint) toffeeish and (stronger) caramel malts sharing its space with a delicate dryness provided by a well placed hop profile. Very clean and fresh flavors that don't struggle for attention.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft, medium body with just enough fine carbonation to provide an airy, fluffy mouthfeel. Delicate dry finish that finishes very clean.

Drinkability is also excellent. Not at all filling with enough flavors to satisfy vets and beginners alike.

Overall I was very impressed with this 'Octoberfest'. Dry enough to distinguish itself from the sometimes confusing Amber style and enough of a malt presence to stand next to the best of them. Good interpretation of a delicate and easy to foul-up style.

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of 1fastz28
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

probably the first octoberfest i ever tried, never got around to reviewing it till now. pours a nice amber color with a white fluffy head, aroma is of a biscuity maltiness, slight sugary caramel also in the nose. taste if malty again, i can't decipher any hop note at all. mouthfeel i a bit watery, and could use some body. drinkability is high cause it is a pretty good all around beer at a good price sam again does a nice job

Photo of EFR94
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of thecarster1
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger cream colored bubbly head, beautiful brown/orangey/amber coloring, looks like fall, loads of carbonation at the beginning then it calms down, nice wispy lacing retention, ring around the glass that stays til the end of the beer, leaves little head trailing on the glass.

s- fresh bread, smooth caramel malt, sticky sweetness.

t- tastes like fall, sweet caramel malt, syrup like sweetness, fresh baked bread, slight biscuit, nice and smooth.

m- great medium body, slight chewyness.

d- great, i chose to crack my first one today because for the first time it feels like fall outside, couldn't imagine drinking this in the hot weather but it's perfect for fall, one of the better oktoberfests i've had.

Photo of visualmartyr
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mpenske
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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!)

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.

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.

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 :)

Photo of DLS168
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a thin white head.

S - Mostly sweet malts and some breadiness.

T- Just like the smell. Sweet maltiness with a light mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O - Affordable and available everywhere. A nice beer for the fall months.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,551 ratings.