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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

5,815 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,815
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 573 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Jimbo4430, Jun 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

robertaddis, Aug 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

trstar87, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

bobotron, Jul 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

BigDaddyJohn, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

cbord459, Oct 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ZenBiscuits, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Mosul, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

csadkins54, May 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

drone, Sep 10, 2013
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3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

JaredGolia, Monday at 04:37 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Russf3181, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Sivad, Dec 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

colbster92, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

arc3636, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Jsteez
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-deep reddish, medium amber brew with a thin tan head that left minimal lacing on the glass. I was surprised to see there was not much to the appearance here.

S-Faint smell of caramel, toasy malt, and some spice. There was also a nice smell of cherry, too. It smelled quite refreshing and I was looking forward to my first sip. But the taste didn't meet my expectations.

T-Toasty malt, caramel malt, some autumn-esque spice, carmelized nuts, baked nutty taste. The aftertaste was okay: buttered bread with some buttery, toasted nuts. A faint taste of pumpkin.

M-The mouthfeel was disappointing. I thought it was a little too wet for this style. It was too fizzy from the carbonation. At times I felt like I was drinking a fizzy soda water. A slight dry feel was present.

Overall-This is just an average beer, not bad, not great, just a beer to have during the crisp fall months. Note the word "crisp", a word that this beer lacks. I love having nice autumn beer that gives me a nostalgic feeling that reminds me of the smell of fire places and leaves changing colors. This beer did not present that feeling.

Jsteez, Oct 09, 2012
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4.76/5  rDev +29.7%

JordanHageman, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

motothrillz, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of doho95fu
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere at the Boston Beer Company HQ there is a box marked "Oktoberfest Flavor" because it is not in the bottle - and I checked 6 times. It pours a nice color and the head looks great but doesn't last long. Not much lace either. The taste is bland and it just doesn't have that Octoberfest uniqueness. Its drinkable but so is water.... I don't like to bash, but this one is below average

doho95fu, Sep 20, 2002
Photo of ken3c
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bright red-brown in color. The head dwindles to a thin ring with a wisp of foam across the top. There is some light lacing. The color is really the highpoint of this beer.

Smells like roast malt and carmel.

A Sweet malt taste turns slighty bitter more from roast malt than hops.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

I wouldn't search this beer out but I wouldn't turn it down.

ken3c, Sep 23, 2004
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

troobie, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of lester619
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Completely clear deep dark redish amber. Thick frothy creamy head that settles at about a half inch and hangs around. Very malty toasted bread aroma. Fresh hot biscuits with a faint hint of maple sweetness. Taste is also very malty. Toasted bread with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Some roasted smoked malt flavors come out. Some understated hoppy bitterness shows up to balance out the finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. Overall, it's a good Martzen. I look forward to fall and Oktoberfests every year. SA's version isn't the best, but it's tasty, relatively cheap, and available everywhere. At leat one sixer of it makes it into my fridge every September.

lester619, Sep 30, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ghowehattrick, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

EL48823, Jan 28, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,815 ratings.