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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,574
Reviews: 1,946
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 476 | 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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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a fairly clear orangeish color with about a quarter inch of dissipating beigeish head.
Smell is sweet, with some syrupy aroma, like maple and caramel.
Taste is also sweet. Malt is helped with a nice sampling of maple, and some brown sugar.
Finish is a little muddy with a decent sweet after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, a definite sessioner.

06-09-2009 16:31:36 | More by ThaBobfather
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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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king75

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-13-2013 21:46:43 | More by king75
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 10:14:25 | More by mater
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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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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%

05-13-2012 03:02:32 | More by gutbuster
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dubmax

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9%

08-03-2012 03:44:30 | More by dubmax
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-18-2013 02:50:04 | More by timjim1327
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.

First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.

Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.

A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.

10-01-2005 03:41:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a clean copper color with a 1 finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin ring and leaves a pretty good deal of lacing.

As expected, lots of malt upfront in the nose. A very bready profile.

Taste reveals a nice caramel sweetness along with notes of bread, honey and a little toffee. Not too overpowering but definitely a very malty offering.

Medium body and carbonation. This is a nice fall seasonal, always better paired with a nice meal. I drank another by itself and didn't find it quite as enjoyable so for me this is always a meal compliment.

02-23-2009 18:49:00 | More by Vengeance526
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SamN

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a dimpled stein.

Clear autumn highlights of amber and dark ruby. Fine and slightly fizzy head , doesn't last long. Great hues, great clarity. Smell is a little weak; upfront adjuncts of sour grapes, some faint nuts and caramel malt aromas. Taste has much more going for it over aroma. Starts with faint fruit, than toasty sweet nuts and grains, moving to a good balanced hops flash and then fading out on a spicy almost cinnamon note. Lots of movement, more interesting tastes, but shallow and not very rich or natural tasting. Medium bodied with a pleasant bite at the end. Drinkability is fairly good, certainly not a bad märzen-style beer.

11-07-2010 01:10:08 | More by SamN
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-05-2011 03:56:59 | More by ThirdEyePA
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Jason_Quad


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2012 19:08:16 | More by Jason_Quad
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velcrogrip

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-16-2014 14:59:53 | More by velcrogrip
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours a deep amber with a thin white head.

S - Mostly sweet malts and some breadiness.

T- Just like the smell. Sweet maltiness with a light mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O - Affordable and available everywhere. A nice beer for the fall months.

11-30-2013 03:54:21 | More by TreyIsWilson
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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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ndekke39

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

This came from a 12 oz bottle with a February '07 best-by date. Poured a clear, invited reddish-orange. Small white head with little retention. Light smells of malt and warm spices. Taste focuses, too, on the malt. Hints of caramel. Not as strong as it could be, but very refreshing. Small fizz on the front of the tongue, but overall a bit creamy. A nice beer, very easy to drink, perfect for the fall, not too complex. Like most Sam Adams beers, I would gladly pick it up again.

09-18-2006 22:56:32 | More by ndekke39
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abrand

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 ounce frosty from a local bar served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with very good visibility through the pour. Creamy 2 finger head that bubbles over the glass and lines it as well. Smells of malts and breads. Very good sniffer. Quaff is also malty with a sweet finish. Not much lingers for aftertaste. Not much alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is medium and consistent for the style. Drinkability is pretty high with a solid taste and good for a tight budget.

10-01-2009 02:19:25 | More by abrand
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ricke

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

A: Amber color with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Malts, fudge, lots of bready aromas, floral and leafy hop notes.

T: The taste is somewhat sweet with notes of bready malts, fudge, grains and floral hop notes. Some earthy hints as well. The finish is gently bitter with notes of grainy malts and leafy hops.

M: Moderate body, medium carbonation.

D: A decent beer. Quite tasty and easy to drink. Not the most interesting style, though.

09-02-2009 22:26:26 | More by ricke
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

06-12-2014 16:57:17 | More by Dougwillhike
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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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stella77artois

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 15:28:19 | More by stella77artois
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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
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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