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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,595 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,595
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,031 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear copper bronze color with a rocky loose 3/4" light beige settled head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Blossoming notes of pale roasted malts and sweet caramel hovering over a faint fruity spiciness. Very intriguing and inviting.

There's the healthy malt presence I was hoping for. Nice balance of sweet (very faint) toffeeish and (stronger) caramel malts sharing its space with a delicate dryness provided by a well placed hop profile. Very clean and fresh flavors that don't struggle for attention.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft, medium body with just enough fine carbonation to provide an airy, fluffy mouthfeel. Delicate dry finish that finishes very clean.

Drinkability is also excellent. Not at all filling with enough flavors to satisfy vets and beginners alike.

Overall I was very impressed with this 'Octoberfest'. Dry enough to distinguish itself from the sometimes confusing Amber style and enough of a malt presence to stand next to the best of them. Good interpretation of a delicate and easy to foul-up style.

Photo of EFR94
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

Photo of thecarster1
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger cream colored bubbly head, beautiful brown/orangey/amber coloring, looks like fall, loads of carbonation at the beginning then it calms down, nice wispy lacing retention, ring around the glass that stays til the end of the beer, leaves little head trailing on the glass.

s- fresh bread, smooth caramel malt, sticky sweetness.

t- tastes like fall, sweet caramel malt, syrup like sweetness, fresh baked bread, slight biscuit, nice and smooth.

m- great medium body, slight chewyness.

d- great, i chose to crack my first one today because for the first time it feels like fall outside, couldn't imagine drinking this in the hot weather but it's perfect for fall, one of the better oktoberfests i've had.

Photo of Patlee3324
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cubedbee
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to see the local watering hole had run out of Sam Summer and now had Oktoberfest on tap--my first marzen of the year. The beer is a dark brownish amber with a thin cap of off white head. Not much lacing. Nose is slight but is a nice nutty and slightly doughy aroma. Taste is a nice sweet malt with a slight caramel roast and a slight nutty finish. Some grassy hops are barely detectable. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, a little fizzy, with a medium/thin body. This is another decent seasonal from Sam Adam's that has the advantage of widespread availability. I'm sure this won't be my last for the year.

Photo of LostHighway
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of gfreed
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dug this out of an icy tub at a party; it was swimming in a sea of Bud and Michelob. Saved! thought I, but... wrong was I. This had all the aromatic charm of a Coors Light, which is to say it smelled like socks, and all the taste of beer made with the finest corn and rice that money can buy, only it doesn't *have* any corn and rice in it. This is about as close to a Marzen as cold oatmeal. Given the options, I may have had better luck with the Michelob. Boo.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this American twist of an Ofest lager.
Brillantly clear copper in color with a decent head that doesn't stick around for ever.
Nice brew day malty aroma as I enjoy in a true amber, marzen or alt.
Tastes as it smells with a nice medium caramel malt and toasty biscuit flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium light and clean, appropriate to style but I prefer a tad more body.

A go to easy to get Marzen IMHO. I look fwd to this one every year :)

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with an off-white creamy head.

This one had minimal aroma: some faint malt aromas. I find that this style is not the most aromatic.

A rich, malty flavor that is somewhat balanced by some lingering hop bitterness. The emphasis here is on the malt - perhaps too much so.

Solid medium bodied and a little too much carbonation.

I did enjoy a pint of this with my meal, but given the malty flavor, I would not have more than a couple. Still, a solid offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber with an off white medium head. Excellent lace. Smell is very mild for the style, some malt and very subtle other smells, but like I said very mild for the style. Taste is OK, malt and hops, possibly some vanilla, but again mild for the style. This is a very drinkable beer. Its not a great brew and Sam Adams is capable of much better, don't get me wrong it is still very good but it tastes like they purposly "watered" it down to try and appeal to the masses a bit more (what the hell, it works for AB). It is still fun to drink and nice to see every year at this time and I do still look forward to it.

Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Mlawrence
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Coldsnack
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,595 ratings.