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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,201 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 271 | 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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gr0g

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color. Pretty good head retention. Sparse lacing. Malt, fruit, and hop notes in the aroma. Floral hop contribution. Toffee and some dried, ripened fruit.

Loads of caramel-ish malt with just the right amount of bitterness to balance things out. Picks up some breadiness/graininess on the back end. Maybe I never noticed or paid attention to such things before, but more recent vintages have picked up some nice fruity, estery notes not unlike a strong English bitter. This and the skillful hopping separate this from the pack of bland, one-dimensional examples of the style. Carbonation is nice, not at all harsh. Very pleasant to drink.

Marzen is a style I cut my craft beer teeth on, and Sam's is still my favorite domestic 'fest. It's up there with likes of top German-brewed examples such as Ayinger's. Like Boston Lager, this is a very underappreciated yet excellent and widely available brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:03:39 | More by gr0g
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blameo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-05-2013 16:56:00 | More by blameo
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-22-2012 17:21:32 | More by Cooper
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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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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-05-2014 18:08:25 | More by WuBByG999
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 01:31:32 | More by uwmgdman
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rcatalano

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-11-2012 21:21:21 | More by rcatalano
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a rich amber with golden and copper highlights and a frothy off white head.

Smells of crystal malts, and yeasty bread.

Taste is toasted bread up front with a chewy malt mouth feel, some slight hop bitterness and a touch of caramel. Very good roasted malt caramel flavors - tastes like fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 21:55:04 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours light golden yellow into the glass. One-finger head of eggshell-white foam dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace and some larger bubbles on the surface. Beer is an explosive amber orange and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Straight-ahead toasted malts and simple caramels. Some breadiness as it warms up. Nose is soft, but easily identified.

T - Nicely toasted malts with caramels and a bit of butterscotch/toffee. Nothing complex, but quite tasty. Just enough bittering hops in the background to balance the sugars. Maybe just a drop of dried apricot mixed in. I'd like the flavors each to be richer, but as they are, they're fine.

M - Rather fizzy and mouth-filling carbonation. Structure is a bit on the lighter side, but not thin. Smooth and drinkable. A touch of sugar in the finish lingers a bit, but in the background, and not at all cloying. Pretty clean.

O - All too often, most taps at a tavern are still dominated by the big boys. Fortunately, it's becoming pretty common to find one reserved for the Sam Adams Seasonal. When fall rolls around, and it's the Octoberfest, I'm thankful there's been at least this much breakthrough. It's reliable. It's tasty and refreshing for what it is. Many have done worse, and most of the taps around it prove it. Yes, it's pretty simple and two-dimensional, but it's consistently well-executed, and it's a relief to find available so I don't have to settle for Yuengling or that green bottle. Would be great to take to a party of BMC drinkers for a Saturday afternoon of football watching and grilled brats and turn them on to something they can actually taste. In a good bottle shop, it's not even a consideration. But when out for a burger and a beer, it's a friendly port in a storm of swill.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:32:23 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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ejw127

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-16-2012 03:48:09 | More by ejw127
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-07-2012 05:09:06 | More by bckayaalp
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-20-2013 02:39:49 | More by LooseMoose1978
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-24-2014 12:14:46 | More by jmsedgwick
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truesolution

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-06-2012 01:02:16 | More by truesolution
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-10-2011 23:41:41 | More by brokentee
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2014 16:49:46 | More by chrishiker1409
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stella77artois

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 15:28:19 | More by stella77artois
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-29-2012 09:52:26 | More by StoicBeast
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

07-12-2012 15:05:01 | More by mrosenfeld32
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

10-21-2012 19:18:16 | More by reitzbrewing
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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9%

03-29-2013 22:36:39 | More by zestd
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

06-12-2014 16:57:17 | More by Dougwillhike
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pours a clear, amber-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace, pleasant carbonation.

S: Malty caramel and some sweet hay.

T: Light caramel malt straight through, a bit thin but not bad. Very little hop bitterness.

M: Light and well carbonated, a bit of oil on the finish.

O: Pleasant but nothing to write home about. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn down another, either.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:45:58 | More by AmericanGothic
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jeanphony

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-19-2012 18:56:40 | More by jeanphony
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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