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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,264 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,264
Reviews: 2,005
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 782 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Snellgg5, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

freshflesh, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with foamy head that dissipates quickly

S - Smells of caramel malts, biscuity, and a hint of hops.

T - Caramely sweetness with a biscuity taste. It's ever so slightly hoppy with some floral hops and just a touch of fruits.

M - Crisp and whole. It's very refreshing.

Overall - Just a good, decent Marzen. It's not flashy, but it's refreshing as we get a break from this heatwave.

BeerBuckeye, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Goobastic
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Goobastic, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of cantfindme
3/5  rDev -18.3%

cantfindme, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of HoustonTX
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color with a large fluffy white head. Excellent carbonation, and some trails of lacing. Smell is spot on for an Oktober. Stale malts, and a hint of hops. Taste is different. Sweet caramel malt backbone upfront, with almost a vegetable-like bready undertone. Flavor is pretty one dimensonal, and bland. Noble hops sweep in towards the end, providing a small amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp. Drinkability is average.

This is an average Oktoberfest. I recommend you try one at least once.

HoustonTX, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of DannyDan
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper hue with a foamy white head that has good retention and fine lacing. The smell consists of caramel, grains, sweet malts. The taste starts out with caramel, some sugars, apples, and dates. I get some hops in the back that keep the beer from being too sweet, but gives it a nice balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. A very enjoyable beer for the fall season.

DannyDan, Sep 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Greasy, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

strohme2, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of goalie33
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very nice orange/amber color. Not so much head.
S: Some slight aromas of malt, but nothing overly impressive.
T: Malty taste, not too much in the way of hops. It's good, but nothing special.
D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easy.

I'm not going to go running out to buy this again. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't especially good either.

goalie33, Oct 27, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

darcange, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

sobeleg, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

grimey68, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of zerk
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am baffled reading the reviews of this one... and wondering if I got an off 6 pack. The beer is great to look at... translucent amber / ruby with a thin, lacy head... but in all other respects was very unimpressive. Somewhat malty in flavor and aroma, with very noticeable medicinal (almost like maraschino cherries) overtones that almost make the beer undrinkable. Some hops bitterness in the finish as well, which is kind of out of character for the style. Pretty thin, with medium to high carbonation. This is one that I have really enjoyed in the past, but if it's supposed to taste the way this 6-er does, I won't be drinking it anymore.

zerk, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of Jarod
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden orange color which seemed to glow, it was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was tight and compact, off white /cream in color and about 1 1/2 inches thick and well lasting. There was a nice sheety lace left behind that lasted to the end of the glass. The aromas were not as strong as I would have thought and liked, but noticable and pleasing, I nosed lots of rich and sweet malts, spices and some light hops. The tastes were more pronounced, ton of mixing malts and spices, from sweet malts to rich malts and defined spices, caramels, and some notes of dark fruit (as it warmed), hints of hops (mostly a spicey hop, but slight floral became noticable as it warmed) swirled in and out near the middle and end of the swallow and turned to a dry hop flavor as a last taste down the throat. Some malty aftertaste and dry hops were left. The body was light medium, not as thick compared to others of this style I have had. Drinkable and worth a try every year.

Jarod, Dec 01, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

midnitesun11, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AWB3, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a clear amber with a one finger creamy off-white head.

S. A bit of grain and a touch of sweetness, but not a whole lot of aroma here. A bit of cinnamon-like spice comes out as it warms.

T. A lot of winter-like spice flavor - mostly cinnamon. Not what I expect (or want) in an oktoberfest.

M. Light to medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. I wouldn't pick this up again. It's not terrible, but it's not that good either.

BeerAndBourbon, Dec 17, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

loganburgh, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of brealbg
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

APPEARANCE:
*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

AROMA:
*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

TASTE:
*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

FLAVOR:
*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

brealbg, Nov 04, 2011
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,264 ratings.