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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,106 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber-orange color with an inch of foamy white head that dissipates quickly. the smell is not strong at all, but there are faint hints of malt and spices. Very subtle.

This is a solid, tasty Octoberfest. There is a mix of spices and sweetness that compliment each other nicely. It finishes with a slightly hoppy undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall another quality, highly drinkable seasonal from Sam Adams. Could have many more of these in the fall, and probably will.

Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nukem5
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breaking tradition I will just state this is one of the greatest examples of a Marzen/ Octoberfest I have tasted and they are rapidly coming to be my fave... from the rich warm amber pour to the malty smells and tastes. Its warm flowing thrugh the mouth, Make this a very drinkable beer. I get it in 6 packs and cannot find it very readily so tend to stock up for those fall bonfires and grilled brats that make the season so tastefully great.

Photo of jmathis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Ultimate
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful orange color, light carbonation, decent tan head with noticeable lacing. Rich caramel malt in the nose with a hint of SA's trademark hops. Nice moderate mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, with a rich caramel malt on the tongue. A touch of bitterness adds to the drinkability. It feels and smells as if it would be sweeter, but it is not. It's very refreshing. A touch of alcohol as it warms in the glass, but almost imperceptible. Does not detract from the great taste.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its that time of the year even if mother nature is calling for unseasonably warm weather.

Pours an amber colored beer with a nice thick off white, almost tan head. Eventually it recedes to a finger depth. There is a nice web of lacing left after finishing this brew.

Smells of caramel malts and noble hops, which meld together pleasantly.

Tastes of more caramel malts, which give way to a nice drying hop bite. A solid Octoberfest falvor that is neither nondescript or lacking. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a near creamy consistency. Highly drinkable and enjoyable autumn brew. I love keeping a six in the fridge for guests or when I'm in the mood.

Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Stunner97
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with light bubbles to be seen streaming up the glass, white head starts thick but fades and remains thin white lacing,

Smell- slight malt, musty, and grain and husk

Taste- starts up malty up front and has some nice hops and dryness on the back end keeps things in check, very well balanced overall in the flavor, not as sweet as some octoberfests and not thats not necessarily bad thing

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, not as heavy as some octobers

Drinkability- this is very easily drinkable for sure, im not sure its the best of the best of the style but its probably one of the most drinkable for sure, the flavor is enjoyable and balance to the extreme, one i could certainly session all night long where some marzens can get to be bit to much so in terms drinkability this is probably my favorite

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DeFaz
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams sets the bar high, and maybe my expectations are just a bit too high for this brew. It has plenty of malt flavor, and the malt provides sweetness that is only half checked by the hop bitterness that comes in later. Typical autumn flavors of caramel, toffee, and maybe pumpkin as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some astringency biting the tongue. Overall, I like the fact that it is easily available, but with Great Lakes Oktoberfest hitting the shelves this week, I'm going to have to go with that one instead this season.

Photo of BSuter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of iKrystin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BeerGreg
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. No head. Not much color other than dark gold but nothing special

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Not something good to talk about.

M- Nothing special

O- Guess I bought this to try and will not again. Not much of anything here. Just a beer with some spices

Food Pairing

This beer is not worth pairing which is not a usual comment from me.

Enjoy if you wish

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tapman
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad copper color in appearance, but a little light for my taste, I like mine with a little more sugar and thus a darker, more caramel color. Head is white and thin with moderate lacing.

Buttery Munich malts mix with a light touch of caramel barley. Hops could be English in origin, bready and mixing with the Bavarian style malts, or just not very apparaent at all. Also smells very sweet, almost like sugar was added.

Very sweet. Taste is slightly larger than the aromas in the nose. Malts are sweet and bready. Hops are pretty standard and are probably the regular ones that they use for the boston lager.

Feels like the standard boston lager mouthfeel. Not as fun as their stouts and other brews.

I've had this back to back with a Newcastle pint and I gotta say that I liked this one better. I'm not sure about from the bottle next to a Newcastle bottle, but the pint was definetly better. A slightly above average better brew that turns into an ausome brew when on sale for $3 for a 22oz. at the local bar and grill.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Remdog
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.