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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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6,477 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,477
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 896 | 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 Pauly2X
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich amber color one finger plus head had pretty good staying power.

S- Complex smooth and mellow malt aroma.

T- Great caramel malty sweetness balanced quite well by a good mellow noble hop pressence.

M- Smooth, nuff said!

D- KInda pissed I only bought a single.

Easily the best american Oktoberfest out there.

Pauly2X, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +9%

Popp24, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

tjcamm, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with an off-white creamy head.

This one had minimal aroma: some faint malt aromas. I find that this style is not the most aromatic.

A rich, malty flavor that is somewhat balanced by some lingering hop bitterness. The emphasis here is on the malt - perhaps too much so.

Solid medium bodied and a little too much carbonation.

I did enjoy a pint of this with my meal, but given the malty flavor, I would not have more than a couple. Still, a solid offering.

jkrich, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jmbranum
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear brown-amber liquid with a generous off-white head.

Aroma is the weakest point of this beer. Malty but a few odd adjunct notes. Not bad at all but not especially good either really.

Flavor is better. Malty and rich, but not cloyingly sweet. A little bit of toastyness. A very little bit of maple and caramel. Just a little hops. Nice finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Overall a better than average Octoberfest. I would drink it again.

jmbranum, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of BobZ
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my lager tulip.

Appearance: Deep orange, nice example of the style, good head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt, some spice, a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Follows the smell, malty flavor, mild spice, and a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Really nice American example of the style.

Mouth feel: Good level of carbonation, decently smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, one of the best from Boston Beer.

BobZ, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Larrydoherty, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JVoyager, May 17, 2012
Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

squack, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of JHendu
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

JHendu, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of yuenglingade
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

yuenglingade, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of LostHighway
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

LostHighway, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

cmq103, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of andrewjraab
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

andrewjraab, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Rod_J, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of wingman14
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt with some caramel notes. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, no hops to really be found which is a contrast to most Sam Adams beers. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth, a medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. This beer has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I could drink these all year round. One of my favorite beers, a great flavor, a beer that always delivers. Cheers!

wingman14, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -18.3%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -18.3%

NeverSettle, Sep 25, 2012
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.

TreyIsWilson, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DaveAnderson, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

wilfonzo, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium orange-amber with a persistent head. Smells of faint spice, malt, and hops. The balance is good in this Oktoberfestbier, neither malt nor hops overpower the other. However, it is lacking in 'oomph'. The spice is noticeable and is a welcome accompaniment. I'd like more spice and also stronger malts and hops. But, it is still a decent beer that I'd drink again.

aquatonex, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of jimmygord
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

jimmygord, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -45.5%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Ewhite2121
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,477 ratings.