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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,448
Reviews: 2,010
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 873 | 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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

kidzord, Aug 27, 2014
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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
Photo of Lelampp
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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

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

DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

fellowrs, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of BryanK
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Snellgg5, Nov 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DeadWalkerAir, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rogerthegill, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rudy0908, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

creepinjeeper, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of PintOHops
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a clear dark amber color, it produced a pretty poor head, equally poor retention, and the lacing isn't worth mentioning. Little carbonation could be seen, almost looked flat minutes after pouring. Smelled of soft, but tart, fruity grape/raisin, following is a dominate malt aroma, very grainy & biscuit like with soft caramel and moderately sweet smelling.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of a bit of citrus as it hits the tongue, then a not so rich but dominate flavor profile of caramel, molasses, and biscuit. Very one noted and not complex flavor profile at all, hardly any hop bitterness noticeable, but just enough for decent balance. All flavors seem to linger a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp, then sorta heavy and a bit silky, would have enjoyed a bit more carbonation here. Around full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is an outstandingly session able brew! One could drink 3-4 of these beers and enjoy everyone of them, things I didn't like about it where the appearance and the overall taste. The appearance was lacking horribly as noted above, and there just wasn't any complexity to the taste, it just hits you with an instant flavor of caramel/molasses/biscuit. I thought this Octoberfest was decent but I know there are better, still wasn't bad, and I did enjoy it, so if it's all you can get it's still pretty good.

Cheers and happy Octoberfest!

PintOHops, Oct 06, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

fostachild, Sep 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jpaulsen, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MightiestBeard, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light marzen. Nice amber although clear color, with decent head. Certainly not as full-bodied as many German options, nor as creamy in mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good. Easy drinking and satisfying and pretty refreshing. A good product from Samuel Adams.

Beer-A-Lot, Nov 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BeerGreg, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

strohme2, Oct 15, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,448 ratings.