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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,467
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 892 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jxc5, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Yagman3000
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a tap into a 22 oz. Tall glass stein.

Appears a light brown with sone shades of deep burnt orange in there as well. A tiny little bubbled head remains, especially around the outside.

Smells of sweet malts with a thin band of hoppy bitterness. There's a touch if the harvest in here.

Tastes sweet at first and then settles out into a duller malt tone. A touch of peppery hoppy bitterness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel has a noticeable until fizz. It's well carbonated. To gue feels the hops at the end.

Overall a decent beer but, at this point, nothing in the major leagues compared to a small batch. I'll stick to Boston Lager with Sam.

Yagman3000, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of pfaucett
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

pfaucett, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Bones10
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Bones10, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of zacalabeer76
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zacalabeer76, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Mike412
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Mike412, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of rabidawg
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nut brown with a hint of ruby. Decent carbonation. Smallish head that settled to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Malt-heavy, with a nice sweetness with a nice dark earthiness. Hops take a back seat, with the slightest greenness present. Some nice fruity notes giving way to a hint of grain at the end.

Taste: More sweet malts, with a nice crispy roastiness to the bier. Carbonation bites the tongue, but settles into creamy, mouth-filling goodness. Hops squeeze the cheeks and tongue in the end, and lend a certain freshness to the finish.

Notes: Not a bad O'fest, and much better as it warms. If memory serves me, the draft (last year, at least) was significantly more impressive than the bottled version.

rabidawg, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of jim102864
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass and noted the nice copper hue with a thin, slightly bubbly head. The carbonation bubbles cling to the glass throughout the exprience. The aroma speaks of hay, copper pennies, somewhat metallic and grassy. Interesting combination of aromas. The taste is slightly nutty and grassy. There is some carbonation mixing in which impacts the mild bite in the finish to a certain degree. Not an overly malty flavor. The mouthfeel is carbonated, moderately bitter in the finish, quick and slippery in that it doesn't leave any lasting impression after the swallow. It's a nice seasonal brew that is not overly exciting. Still, it is quite drinkable. Also not a session brew but worth the price for a pint.

jim102864, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

guzzleacoldone, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is January 2010.

The pour is a nice dark orange with about two fingers' head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose starts with a sweet smell before changing to one of bread and spices. The taste contains the same flavours, but the sweetness hangs around as the bready and spicy notes appear. They meld before leading to a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation to create a crisp beer. Drinkability is good; it leaves me wanting more.

While not specifically true to the style of most Märzens, this is a nice beer that will be a staple of the autumn (until early October when the Winter Lager is put out, anyway (-: ).

CityBoy1986, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of shortkut
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

shortkut, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of paxchristi
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.oz bottle into tankard.

Appearance: Dark amber orange. Definitely malt-centric from its appearance. However, the head was quite possibly one of the worst examples of head I've seen. Even for a mid-sized brewery lager, its poor. Disappointed. A brewery like Boston Brew should be expected to do much better than this.

Nose: Totally malt-centric (as can be expected). It's very reminiscent of a very malty amber. Its fairly strong actually. A bit sticky in the nose. Probably from a hint of fruit juice.

Taste: Totally decent. Light malt-centric with some sticky juice and perhaps a bit of hops in the back. I like the balance. Its its strong point for this beer. The flavors jive well together.

Mouth: Clean, crisp, and very well carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy this beer. However, its not so good that it stands out amidst the sea of other Octoberfest beers. I keep the bottles of the ones that I think are worth remembering. Sadly, this one is going in the recycle bag. However, it really is a fairly solid example of the style. Sam Adams needs to stick to lagers. This really is a pretty good one.

paxchristi, Aug 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Fermenticusrex, Jan 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

tsm2011, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

rjholcomb, Jun 01, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Colin32, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of wailingwench
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Pours a dark garnett red brown color with a thick off-white head. Plenty of lacing,mild carbonation. I believe that SA Oktoberfest is perfect in appearance. Very inviting.

The Nose Knows: The aroma is rich and malty, with distinctive bread notes. Deep and rich roasted malts.

Tongueland: Thick m/f, rich taste, dominated by roasted malts and hints of caramel, with some mild hops thrown in at the finish. An excellent example of the style.

Bender Factor: The only bad thing about SA Oktoberfest is it's availability. I always look forward to three fall things: College Football, pumpkin pie, and SA Oktoberfest.

wailingwench, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of DuffBeer14
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DuffBeer14, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of tdawgydog
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap poured into a 22oz frosted mug @ Outback Steakhouse. I have had this beer in the past and I was never really a big fan of it. This time was different. I'm not sure if it is a difference in the bottled version but in the past I always remember a sour aftertaste. The Octoberfest I had on tap last night did not display the same characteristics. In fact it was quite enjoyable. It pours a nice dark copper, the head had dissapated by the time the beer was brought to my table. The taste is very grainy, but enjoyable. I would probably try it again on tap if not just to confirm that my previous recollection of the beer was incorrect.

tdawgydog, Sep 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Kips, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

stanale, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DougT, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jasoncpace, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TheZzyzxScarecrow
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

TheZzyzxScarecrow, Nov 05, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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