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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,425 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,425
Reviews: 1,933
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 408 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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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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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.

First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.

Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.

A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.

10-01-2005 03:41:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a clean copper color with a 1 finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin ring and leaves a pretty good deal of lacing.

As expected, lots of malt upfront in the nose. A very bready profile.

Taste reveals a nice caramel sweetness along with notes of bread, honey and a little toffee. Not too overpowering but definitely a very malty offering.

Medium body and carbonation. This is a nice fall seasonal, always better paired with a nice meal. I drank another by itself and didn't find it quite as enjoyable so for me this is always a meal compliment.

02-23-2009 18:49:00 | More by Vengeance526
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SamN

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-05-2011 03:56:59 | More by ThirdEyePA
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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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Danno48

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

A- Looks a clear deep amber with a mild head that dissapates in a few moments.
S- Very pleasant. Complex sweet malty fragrance with a hint of floral character.
T- Mild, sweet, malty, light hop character, no bitterness. Most of the real flavor comes at the end... Finishes with a very light caramel note.
M- Very smooth and drinkable. Light for the maltyness of the beer which is expected from a good marzen.
O- I love the style and this is a great example. Sweet, drinkable, beautiful beer.

08-19-2012 21:14:22 | More by Danno48
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Jason_Quad


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2012 19:08:16 | More by Jason_Quad
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A nice, light marzen. Nice amber although clear color, with decent head. Certainly not as full-bodied as many German options, nor as creamy in mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good. Easy drinking and satisfying and pretty refreshing. A good product from Samuel Adams.

11-01-2012 20:38:48 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

This came from a 12 oz bottle with a February '07 best-by date. Poured a clear, invited reddish-orange. Small white head with little retention. Light smells of malt and warm spices. Taste focuses, too, on the malt. Hints of caramel. Not as strong as it could be, but very refreshing. Small fizz on the front of the tongue, but overall a bit creamy. A nice beer, very easy to drink, perfect for the fall, not too complex. Like most Sam Adams beers, I would gladly pick it up again.

09-18-2006 22:56:32 | More by ndekke39
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abrand

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 ounce frosty from a local bar served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with very good visibility through the pour. Creamy 2 finger head that bubbles over the glass and lines it as well. Smells of malts and breads. Very good sniffer. Quaff is also malty with a sweet finish. Not much lingers for aftertaste. Not much alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is medium and consistent for the style. Drinkability is pretty high with a solid taste and good for a tight budget.

10-01-2009 02:19:25 | More by abrand
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ricke

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

A: Amber color with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Malts, fudge, lots of bready aromas, floral and leafy hop notes.

T: The taste is somewhat sweet with notes of bready malts, fudge, grains and floral hop notes. Some earthy hints as well. The finish is gently bitter with notes of grainy malts and leafy hops.

M: Moderate body, medium carbonation.

D: A decent beer. Quite tasty and easy to drink. Not the most interesting style, though.

09-02-2009 22:26:26 | More by ricke
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: A khaki color head, the color of the beer is a burnt amber color. The head stays around for about three minutes or so. It leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: I smell a lot of hop flavoring and also a caramel malt. I smell a hint of alcohol, not too overbearing.

Mouth Feel: lightly carbonated but enough to know it's there. Not too thick of body and its really smooth.

Taste: a caramel, a hint of Cherries and vanilla. There is a slight bitter taste, probably from the hops. It's quite tasty and goes down quite easily. Doesn't have a huge boozy taste.

Drink Ability: I feel I can have a few of these since it goes down smoothly.

11-03-2010 05:34:43 | More by 9InchNails
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Listed as 5.5% on the bottle, BB of Sept. 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very nice amber-ruby colour with a fairly large off-white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace, but getting retained as a fairly thick collar.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma over a solid base of caramel malts. Some bread-like character and a hint of plum, but kind of muted over all.

Tastes primarily of toasted caramel malts. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a brown bread quality. Slight lemon zest character comes through in the dry finish.

Fairly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry and syrupy resin feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a slight floral note.

Definitely not my favorite example of the style, I think it's too thin and doesn't have robust toasted/bread/fruit characteristics, but it's still an enjoyable, clean-tasting and highly drinkable effort.

10-12-2011 18:17:53 | More by bryehn
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dragomni

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-02-2012 23:08:23 | More by dragomni
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packetknife

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

After neatly six years of finding this beer out of a bottle near revolting, I found it tapped and pleasant. Crystalline orange-amber color with a near-white frothy head that faded slowly, laced evenly and well. Just barely malting on the nose with some oat bread mixed in. Light but pleasant smell. Same on the tongue but a bit stronger with a slight hop on the finish. Very smooth but not at all thing. Well carbonated but not too much. It must've been drinkable because it was gone every time you looked for it.

09-25-2005 20:27:56 | More by packetknife
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hdofu

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

This beer was odd, a little sweet, not much head left when it got to the table, what did remain was a thin white lacing on it's surface. The beer color was also an unusual redishorange color. The smell was sweet malt. Tasted mostly malty and bitter sweet had a bit of a hop finish. Felt sort of watery without the carbonation some beers pack. Overall the beer is resonably drinkable.

09-28-2008 17:27:13 | More by hdofu
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-08-2012 04:49:42 | More by rob99er
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bkrbdan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-27-2012 22:39:36 | More by bkrbdan
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber with nice clarity, thin off white head, no real lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malts, but a good mix of different malty aromas, very light bread but clean overall

T: Rich malts come through from the first sip, sweetness. Some balance with the hops that make it through, but I didn't really pick up an major Noble hop flavors.

M: Decent carb, but not too crisp, lighter body, works well with the flavor and keeps it light feeling but not quite what i'm looking for.

O: Good drinkability. The crispness enhances it and the flavors are all what I would expect them to be. I have used this for a session beer before but as a true Oktoberfest there are better options.

Notes: Used to be one of my favorite beers. It's amazing how your tastes can change over the course of a year of BAing. Still a great beer and it will always be one of my favorite fall beers, but not quite as dark and complex as I remember.

Update: Re-reviewed again, and its still not nearly as good as when I first tried it, but my tastes haven't changed much in the last year.

08-21-2013 22:19:04 | More by dpodratsky3
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Augustiner719

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer # 3 from my mixed pack.

Pours a really nice orange, golden yellow color with a just off white head and a nice amount of lacing. Really great look to this beer. The aroma is slightly pumpkin and yams with some caramelized malts and a nice corn muffin and sweet potato aroma. Also has a really nice bitterness underneath the high malt profile. The flavor is very good on this. I like it better than last years. Not a complex beer by any means but focused and has that great marzen caramel malt flavor with a touch of hops. Fresh and tasty. The mouthfeel is right on with my favorite German oktoberfests. Has a great acidity on the finish that levels out the big malt profile. Drinkability is great on this. Really smooth, tasty and balanced. Such a good Oktoberfest and really a nice beer overall.

08-24-2010 02:06:38 | More by Augustiner719
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Color is quite a deep amber -- very dark for an octoberfest -- a bit out of style. Half an inch of eggshell colored head that dissipated quite quickly. Left a bit of lacing behind with each sip. Nice but a bit atypical for an octoberfest.

Smell is all crystal sweetness. Malty, which is very nice, and kind of caramelly sweet, which doesn't seem quite right for the style.

Taste is a lot like the aroma but with a bit of hop bitterness that wasn't present in the aroma. I like the flavor a lot, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. In lots of ways it's more like an East Coast Amber Ale but made with a lager yeast. Very well brewed, clean flavors but not an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel hits the Octoberfest style very well. Rich, full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Really nice.

Drinkability I'm also giving a bit of a boost to. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink even if it's out of style.

11-06-2009 02:30:46 | More by mklinger
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chickenflea

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Rich hops and malt aroma. Pours a rich coppery color with a thin but inviting looking head. Very little lacing and retention. Gives an instant sweet taste with a mildly sour flavor after that followed by some tinny bitterness that lingers. The beer goes down smooth and and if very refreshing. Medium carbonation and light body. A pleasant beer.

09-13-2010 21:53:06 | More by chickenflea
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2013 14:47:18 | More by jbarletto
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

2002 release. Orange-amber color and a white head with many large bubbles. Head stays well for a bit, but eventually goes down to a thin lace. Apparently this one needs a good hard pour to retain a head. Malty smell with some hop character and fruitiness. Lots of toasted malt flavor that is typical of Sam Adams beers. Sweet hop flavor that has just the right amount of bitterness, which seems to increase as you drink more. Lots of flavor here, but not quite as much as I would expect from a Sam Adams beer. Still a good brew in my opinion, and definitely worth trying.

09-04-2002 13:01:34 | More by hyuga
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,425 ratings.