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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,413 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 396 | 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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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

A: Rich copper color with a finger's width of white head. A small amount of lacing and a pretty short retention. Immediately after pouring the sides of the glass were covered with bubbles, and they continued to form at the bottom and make their way to the surface.

S: Malty, rich and sweet. Nothing more needs to be said.

T: The taste starts out really strong, bringing in the roasted malts and a good deal of sweetness. Unfortunately once the initial burst of flavor disappears the beer is left tasting like a typical adjunct lager.

M: Has some body, but not much carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but just OK. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

10-11-2011 21:08:36 | More by DaveBlack
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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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Leftofthedial

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +18%

12oz to standard pint, pours an orange amber shade, cream colored head fades

smells of malts, slight hops, biscuit/caramel

tastes of roasty malts, true to style, biscuit caramel malts, highly drinkable, creamy, good choice of hops

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, loads of flavor, very sessionable

great balance and one of the best easy to find oktoberfests!

11-28-2008 20:28:36 | More by drxandy
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-28-2012 01:34:05 | More by koes0024
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BeerGreg

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

08-01-2014 16:16:14 | More by BeerGreg
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-16-2014 01:39:06 | More by freshflesh
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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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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9%

03-29-2013 22:36:39 | More by zestd
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,413 ratings.