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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,208 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,208
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 280 | 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.

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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-17-2013 15:03:26 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and formed a nice creamy, off-white head that stayed around pretty well. The beer was a coppery orange color.

The smell was pretty subdued.... but a sweet scent like honey, malt and caramel was most prevalent.

Taste: quite good. Nice sweet caramel/honey with a malty finish

Mouthfeel: about right for a marzen. Not too highly carbonated. Nice.

Drinkability: I could have a ton of these.... nothing objectionable. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 11:25:56 | More by TheBierBand
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a clean, rusty amber, with a moderate head of fizzy foam. The head settles to a thin skiff of suds, leaving minimal lacing behind.

S - Lots of toasty, sweet malt, with some nutty and mildly spicy qualities coming through. A good balance of caramel malt and mild earthy hops.

T - Comes across the palate very malty, with the hops adding a mild herbal earthiness at the end. Sweet, toasty grains, crystal malt, spice, and light nutty notes. Some off notes here and there, but overall a drinkable, malty brew.

M - Medium bodied, with a nice, assertive carbonation. Finishes a bit dry, with a lingering hop presence, though subtle.

D - I'm certainly no expert on this particular style, but what better way to familiarize myself with it than reviewing the most popular Oktoberfest on the market. While this wouldn't be my first choice for a fall brew, I found it enjoyable enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 22:16:33 | More by Converge
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

12-31-2011 08:11:00 | More by smithmd4
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a wonderful clear red color that is unfortunately the highlight of this beer in my opinion. The head is rather shy and does not stick around for much longer than it takes to pour the beer into a glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent although there is a little bit of a toasted caramel aroma.

The beer tastes very clean, no esters from yeast are present. The flavor is of caramel and a slight bit of toast. Overall it leans towards the sweet side and does not clean off your pallet enough to want to take another sip right away.

Overall this beer is okay, not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:47:38 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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BrooklynPanch

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-21-2014 03:47:10 | More by BrooklynPanch
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SamN

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled stein.

Clear autumn highlights of amber and dark ruby. Fine and slightly fizzy head , doesn't last long. Great hues, great clarity. Smell is a little weak; upfront adjuncts of sour grapes, some faint nuts and caramel malt aromas. Taste has much more going for it over aroma. Starts with faint fruit, than toasty sweet nuts and grains, moving to a good balanced hops flash and then fading out on a spicy almost cinnamon note. Lots of movement, more interesting tastes, but shallow and not very rich or natural tasting. Medium bodied with a pleasant bite at the end. Drinkability is fairly good, certainly not a bad märzen-style beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:10:08 | More by SamN
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-02-2012 20:41:52 | More by olympicgatorade
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Leftofthedial

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-18-2011 10:09:50 | More by Leftofthedial
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velcrogrip

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-16-2014 14:59:53 | More by velcrogrip
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Beer was a clear amber color, with a bubbly, one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, toffee, biscuit and grains.

Taste was biscuit, grains, roasted malt and caramel.

Lightly bitter and sweet finish.

Goes down smooth and easy. Nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:25:15 | More by drumrboy22
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nasty15108

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber color with a head of slightly off-white foam. Good clarity, carbonation and lacing.

S - Malty and slightly metallic. Tiny hints of dark ripe fruit also detected.

T - Malty and herbal up front. Finishes with dry and slightly bitter with some alcohol presence.

MF&D - Solid Octoberfest choice. You can't beat the price either.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:18:43 | More by nasty15108
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DioS

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-28-2012 18:53:19 | More by DioS
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-11-2012 01:33:18 | More by 2neardead
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Mudawg

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

02-29-2012 21:27:17 | More by Mudawg
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TechBrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-24-2013 00:34:57 | More by TechBrew
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams October Fest Pours an amber red from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Light tan head goes to over two fingers with small frothy and tightly packed bubbles that lace the glass walls well.

Nose has more of a hops note than I am use to with Oktoberfest beer and obstructs any other aroma. Palate is a toasted thin sweet malt and a slight hops.

Samuel Adams October Fest has all the good looks of an Oktoberfest, but just some of the good tastes of one, for a so-so beer of the style because of the hops competing with the sweet malt for the tongues attention.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 00:13:14 | More by BeerBob
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trbergman

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Rich red-orange with a thin, light tan head that quickly dissipates into a creamy lace.

S - Bready, dough-like malt with floral and spicy hop aromas.

T - Well-rounded on the palate, with bready, toasty malt making a strong initial showing. Rich malt character shines through and through, but around the middle it's joined by lemon zest, grass, and leafy noble hop flavors and a refreshing hop bite. Bitterness never steals the spotlight from the malt, but does offer a nice counterpoint and maintains a good balance.

M - Light to medium body, on the lighter end for the style - with crisp, perky carbonation.

D - A tad light and hoppy, but over all a good, thirst-quenching Marzen. A great choice for novices and seasoned beer-lovers alike, and among the best I've had from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:17:06 | More by trbergman
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

01-25-2012 06:05:45 | More by jskennedy
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

12-03-2012 17:32:00 | More by PaulsBrew
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velosuds

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle. My first of this style. A nice lager.

A- Nice dark pour, as in a ruby chesnut hue, with a two finger head. Nice appearing; as in, made ponder anew the lager style beers.

S- Smells sweet of caramel and malts, with slight fruitiness from the hops and grains, than less so from the yeast. Aroma had me thinking more ale than lager.

T- Very much lager in the taste, which never compares to ale, in my opinion, but the flavor was good, and much more developed than the all too popular, according to the commercials, adjunct lager style.

M- Good carbonation, but not quite crisp enough for a lager, but I liked the mouthfeel of this, more as a beer, than a lager.

O- I would rate this 3.75, but expect my overall rating to be higher than I would assign. A good, but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 06:07:26 | More by velosuds
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9%

03-18-2013 12:28:57 | More by beertardis
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tabhill

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-20-2013 03:41:35 | More by tabhill
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-26-2011 01:38:15 | More by Neorebel
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beerbtl

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-24-2013 01:58:27 | More by beerbtl
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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