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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,830
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 578 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Brown120, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of russwilliam
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

russwilliam, May 13, 2013
Photo of Jon
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seasonal offering pours a reddish-copper color with a huge, pillowy head that leaves considerable lace. The head is rather overwhelming and holds up well. The smell, on the other hand, is lacking. I smell a somewhat nutty malty aroma, but it's subdued. The taste is rather sweet and malty with some fruity undertones. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and lightly carbonated, but it does bring the drinkability up a bit. This is one of the better domestic Octoberfest offerings and is worth seeking out.

Jon, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of callmescraps
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying a nice Sam Adams after several total recent failures. I'm not looking for a home run, just something nice.

Appearance- A nice rich amber color. A good inch of creamy off-white head that settles into a nice cap. A good looking beer.

Smell- A nice hint of spice. Some toasted malts. It's a little mellow. A little nutty.

Taste- Nice and light. A little creamy, with a hint of spice. Lots of toasted malts, some real sweetness. Very bready with some mild hops. A little tea-like. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. It's creamy without being heavy.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy, but the sweetness, and the hint of spice, makes it so I could tire easily on this.

A nice beer, definitely. Exactly what I'd expect from Sam Adams. They don't usually knock my socks off, but they rarely disappoint. Sam Adams, always a good choice, as the kids say.

callmescraps, Jan 20, 2010
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

mcorwin, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Number3red, Oct 28, 2012
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
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4/5  rDev +9%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

tabhill, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of MmmIPA
2.1/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear amber body with a thick white head that stayed there for a while.Nice lacing.This is where the beer goes downhill for me.

Malt and thats it.

Malt and more malt and more malt,not much hop flavor.This beer is entirely too sweet.

Watery mouthful and very sweet.

i wouldnt have this beer again and dont reccommend it to anyone.The sweetness killed it for me.

MmmIPA, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
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.

Chickenhawk9932, Sep 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

troegaarden, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jmmy3, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jordanmckell, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Stoneman78
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2007 Release
A- Clear copper amber hue with a moderate amount of white head that is mostly diminishing and some small lacing
S- Nose is of sweet and toasty malts, breads, and some subtle citrus and pine hops that are less apparent as it warms
T- Initial taste is of acidic/tart sweetness, transitions to earthy/organic tones, some dry bittering hops in the middle, and finishes with a watery, grassy, earthy flavor that lingers briefly
M- Medium-light bodied with a very watery texture, adequate carbonation
D- Very easy-to-drink Marzen style beer, the alcohol is almost in the session range and the alcohol is well-masked, however there is nothing about this beer that stands out and it has rather unimpressive flavorings and mouthfeel, there are better options out there in this genre (particularly in the fall season), I would not pick this beer up again in the future

Stoneman78, Sep 10, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Dougwillhike, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber color with an inch thick, fluffy brown/tan head that lasts for about 2 minutes.

Smell - Sweet, malty, some spices.. maybe nutmeg, and grainy.

Taste - Lots of spices.. I think coriander and clove. Quite bitter but also sweet. Very malty with caramel.

Mouthfeel - Kind of thick with mild carbonation.

Overall - Definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers..

jsisko01, Nov 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

MaxOhle, Nov 10, 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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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful transparent copper orange color with a tall tan head. One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen, I was very excited to take a sip once I got it into the glass. Smells sweet and malty, with a little bit of spice. Taste is of sweet malt and spice. There is also some hop bitterness in there, but it is just the right amount. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. Overall a great beer that I really enjoyed. Much more accessible than other marzens, such as Paulaner, Hofbrau or Ayinger, but still a great brew. I am almost always impressed by Jim Koch and Sam Adams. They may not make the best beer in any one category, but they make a wide variety of really decent beers.

gkunkle, Sep 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

canders0927, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Lelampp, Aug 27, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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