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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,449
Reviews: 2,010
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 874 | 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 MsRif
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Casey's in Newtown Square, PA

Poured a golden orange color with a thin head and no lacing. Head pretty much dissipated immediately. Had an aroma of grains, sweet malts, yeast and spices. Tastes of grains, sweet malts, bready-ness and spices. A tiny bit of a metallic taste...not sure if maybe the tap line was messed up or if it was the brew.

I found the mouthfeel to be pretty light. Wouldn't say medium. It's a thin beer for the style. It's a good attempt, but not great. High carbonation. Very drinkable due to how thin it is. Not very complex, and while well-balanced...I found it a bit "watery" I guess. I'll have it if I have to choose between Miller Light, Bud Light and this one...otherwise, I'll probably pass.

MsRif, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Ewhite2121
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of AWB3
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AWB3, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of John_Beeryman
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

John_Beeryman, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of fluffy foam that settles down to about a finger or a half a finger for a while.

Smell: Caramel and biscuit malt, very sweet with a slight tingle of hops in the nose towards the end.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and bready malt. Love the biscuity malt here, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Hands down my favorite American Octoberfest. Say what you will about Sam Adams, but this is my favorite beer of theirs year after year. I definitely drink my share while it's in season.

Axic10, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of jimmygord
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

jimmygord, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Patlee3324
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Patlee3324, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheDoak, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish red in color with minimal tan head that quickly dissipates.
Sweet, lightly roasty malt and earthy hop aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, lightly roasty, biscuity, toffee malt. Some earthy hop balance and crispness, but sweet overall. Touch of spiciness as well. Sweetness lingers on the palate a bit at the finish.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Fairly smooth and clean with good drinkability.

Overall, a solid Octoberfest, but nothing special.

PhantomVodoo, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of my_knew_craft
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

my_knew_craft, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

A- Dark brown/tan/caramel color. Really cool fluffy tan head with a decent amount of lacing after a fairly aggressive pour.

S- Smell was overly malty (almost too much) with a medicinal like quality to it that just did not do it for me. Very sweet and candy like.

T- Typical octoberfest brew here. A ton of malts, sugars, and spices. Big bready aspect to this beer that was almost too much. I found this one lacking balance and overly sweet.

M- Syrupy and medium bodied. Sticky at times but somewhat easy going down on the throat.

D- Sessionable brew here. I would not pass this one down but did not find it to be outstanding.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

liquorpig, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of briiguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

briiguy, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cjac, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of anhigdon
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

anhigdon, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of kidzord
4/5  rDev +9%

kidzord, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of aqualung23
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

aqualung23, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of donteatpoop
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey blush color with good a retention of white head.

Smells like beer. Hops, mostly. Nothing special.

Tastes good, the hops are present but not overpowering, the malt provides a light caremal sweetness to it.

Feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Surprisingly one of the best Octoberfests that I've had this year.

donteatpoop, Oct 21, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Lelampp, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of sweethome
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color in to my new Samual Adams glass. A nice white head of a couple inches, flows to the top of the bulbous glass. Head retention is pretty good - provides some lace as well.

Nose is a bit metalic, alcohol, a backing of sweet malts. Not as rich as what I expect from a fest. Just a bit harsh.

The flavor delivers some sweet malts, a rich bread flavor. Traditional german malts. Just a touch of hop in here - again sticking to the tradition versus some americanized versions - seems to me Sam O'Fest has had a bit more hop in the past?

This beer delivers flavor throughout the palate. It feels full, but not overbearing. A decent session beer if you can take the sweetness without the palate cleansing of hops. Again, true to style.

sweethome, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of mikehillman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mikehillman, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

cmq103, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +9%

whallgren, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DLS168
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev +9%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,449 ratings.