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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

5,203 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,203
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 273 | FT: 1
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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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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
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Lelampp

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-27-2013 17:34:05 | More by Lelampp
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-10-2012 06:53:36 | More by MaxOhle
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jar2574

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried a lot of Sam Adams products. Personally, I think they should stick with what they do best, the original Sam Adams Boston Lager. In my opinion that's a damn good beer. Other Sam Adams products...not such good beer.

But I guess if they can introduce decent beer to the masses who usually drink Bud or Miller, then Sam Adams is doing us all a service.

On to the beer -- unexceptional but adequate in every way. It looks, smells, and tastes perfectly average.

Dark orange / amber color is supposed to remind you of fall. Very little head retention though, and the beer's smell is uninspiring. There might be a touch of malty sweetness to the smell, but perhaps a touch of skunkiness as well. The only way you detect any of that is if you try really hard.

Taste is smooth and malty with a slight touch of sweetness. I know this is advertised as a "malt lover's dream," and I'm not that much of a malt lover. But still, they also brag about five malts being packed into this beer, and I'm not sensing that much complexity.

The mouthfeel is average; average creaminess, carbonation and aftertaste.

I could always drink it in a pinch, and I would appreciate it if the alternatives were larger American macro brews. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 01:54:18 | More by jar2574
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MJR

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orange-amber shade with great clarity. A foamy off-white head starts off a good size and sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, a bit of toffee, sweet malt, and corn.

Taste: The strongest flavor is the sweet malt, with it's caramel and toffee notes, but a corn taste is a close second. Too much sweetness overall. That's disappointing, considering this used to be a really good Octoberfest offering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It would be a lot higher if the unmistakable corn aroma and flavor wasn't there.

This beer caught a lot of heat this year when many people detected corn in the recipe. You can say what you want about the Boston Beer Company...I know what corn tases like, and they used it here. Too bad....

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 12:20:12 | More by MJR
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 floz. Pint Glass.

A: Dark red with two finger off white fluffy/creamy head. Lacing is good.

S: Aroma is slightly metallic. Malts and hops are present. Almost smells burnt like.

T/M: First thing that hits me is a kind of metallic taste. After that this brew gets very malty and sweet. Burnt grains and hops are used. Also kind of crisp. Good tasting Octoberfest.

D: Very average beer in general. Their are much better octobers out there. Not bad though, just average. I actually try to have this brew a few times during the season.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:19:07 | More by mnrider
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2013 17:11:46 | More by irish01980
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-02-2013 03:50:24 | More by ThisMoonlife
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jmw4437

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-12-2013 22:05:11 | More by jmw4437
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DocJitsu

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011--Pours a copper amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Classic Märzen aromas. Toffee and ripe fruit. Mouthfeel is magnificent for the style. Two years ago, Boston Brewing messed with the recipe causing the mouthfeel to to be too scrubbing and biting. Now just the right amount of creamy, which is enhanced by the toffee flavor, yielding to a mild scrubbing. I love how this is a beer to experience rather than just drink or swill. The appearance, aroma, mouthfeel and flavor are all complimentary, creating an inclusive sensory experience and a beer with excellent drinkability. Outside of Spaten, this is the best Oktoberfest I've had.

2012--Pours a clear golden copper with a 1/4", quickly dissipating, caramel-colored head. The nose is characterized by brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, and banana. The mouthfeel is so soft, thick, and wet, with just a hint of carbonation on the back of the tongue. Very, very pleasant. A nearly perfect balance of brown sugar, ripe date, and cinnamon comprise the flavor. There's no overdone, gimmicky pumpkin or cinnamon. It's a very classy Oktoberfest. And, thank God, there is not that usual, off-putting hop presence that is so often prominent in Sam Adams beers. This year is a huge improvement over last year. Thank you Boston Beer Co! Overall: 4.0; up from 3.75 from last year.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:48:04 | More by DocJitsu
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-04-2014 06:31:00 | More by cwguy5
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caverog

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-14-2013 02:44:20 | More by caverog
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $5.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours an amber ale color with a large very light brown colored head, solid head retention, lacing on the bottom half of the glass. The beer was faint of malt, like a weak doppelbock.

The taste is the same as the smell with a medium-heavy carbonation. The beer is nice on the palette but the moderately heavy carbonation fizzles it a bit. Solid drinkability, it did not feel like the beer was a 5.7%abv, so it gains a half a point from the rest.

Final Thought: It is a solid beer, but I would rather pay the same amount for the Boston Lager, but the variety/seasonal quality will always get me back to this one every year...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 04:45:48 | More by mobyfann
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a distinct reddishness when held up to the light. 1-2 finger thick head that fades quickly. Smell is malty and sweet - seemed a bit floral, too.

Very good taste - it's clearly more malty than hoppy, but a good balance has been struck. Some of the reviews here are pointing out a distinct sweetness, but I didn't really pick up on that - it could be that my tastebuds were out of whack, though. No bitterness. Mild carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 13:03:47 | More by Mavajo
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance-Light orange with about a 1 finger off white creamy head. Dissipates almost immediately but leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell-Bready, Malty, slight spice. Very subtle aroma.

Taste-Very much a clone of the taste, just a little more pronounced. Bready, Malty, some spice.

Mouthfeel-EXTREMELY drinkable and very nice mouthfeel. This is why I love this beer. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall-Fond memories drinking this in Connecticut all day watching football. Whether or not it's the best tasting beer, it'll always have a place in my heart. Great sessionable fall beer. I can drink this all day, and I probably will on a few Sundays this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:31:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
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BryanK

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

08-10-2012 00:29:25 | More by BryanK
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,203 ratings.