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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

5,876 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,876
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 602 | 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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Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -18.3%

TooGood, Saturday at 12:35 PM
Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Listers, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
4/5  rDev +9%

ZachRusk, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of frankthetank86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

frankthetank86, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of sjrodriguez
3/5  rDev -18.3%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown, with off white foam. Sweet candy aroma, with some bready malt and slight fruitiness. Sweet, caramelly and malty. Finish is clean and dry. Pretty good drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty decent o'fest. I enjoyed it.

baiser, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper, amber appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of sugar, malt, bread and spices. Impressive so far.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, bread and various spices. Taste overall is light and simple, but blends together well. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter and dry caramel taste.

This is a tasty and refreshing Oktoberfest, nothing to complicated but nothing offensive. Worth a try.

CrazyMike, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready, typical oktoberfest aroma.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma but with subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Decent representation of an oktoberfest/ marzen style. Not my favorite style but still good.

jamescain, Sep 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

durwood64, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

SickGnar, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +9%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Sipchue
4/5  rDev +9%

Sipchue, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +9%

Dougwillhike, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beer-A-Lot, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of SykDoc
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this beer and had it in a pint glass from a bottle.
Beer initially poors with a 1/4-1/2 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. The appearance is a pleasant clear copper.
The aroma reminds of many lagers, having an expectedly malty scent with some caramel.
There is a creamy feel to the beer which is generally medium bodied, but light and palatable. You can catch a bit of hops, as well as carbonation. Beyond that, this beer does seem to come up a bit flat overall. It is a good oktoberfest lager, but defintely could be better with a deeper flavor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a lager but is not expecting a whole lot.

SykDoc, Oct 13, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Brown120, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of AaronBurr
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AaronBurr, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Danno48
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Danno48, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Huffs
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass and a nice off white head developed with mild lacing and retention. Great caramel / copper color which was clear. Aroma was mild with hints of caramel and malt. Tasted very malty with a slighty toasted toffee taste on the back. Some spicy and caramel hints. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a mild and sweet aftertaste.

Huffs, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

russwilliam, May 13, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitly one of my favorite Octoberfest beers, and possibly the one single seasonal beer that I look forward too the most each year.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 30, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,876 ratings.