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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,258
Reviews: 2,005
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 778 | 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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2/5  rDev -45.5%

purppy, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Uncledoobz, Jul 24, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev -19.3%

sirhc3034, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

RupertRonco, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

MillerMan16, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of nriech
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice medium amber color. Much darker than I was expecting. Small head that disapated quickly.

Smell: Hops, caramel, malt. More like fresh baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Deep malty character. A little bit of hops and sweetness that was well balanced. Lots of good flavor for the style but not overpowering. No bitterness at all. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Definately the best Oktoberfest beer Ive had. Much more flavor than most but not so much as to put it in another category.

nriech, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basic 12oz bottle into a basic pint. Good 1/2" of burnt-cream head and a crystal-clear body that's just a shade lighter than iced-tea brown. A little lace, though the head didn't hold.

Smell is lots of sweet malt and perfumey hops. A few hints of harshly toasted grains, and something mineral-ey, perhaps overboiled grains?

Taste is quite mellow and plain. The malt sort of disappears behind a little bit of alpha riding on some bready grains and just enough yeast for it to be noticable. Hoptaste is a little citric, a little grassy, but not enough of anything to be sure. Aftertaste starts towards sweet but then gets a bit acrid and dry.

Feels nice enough on the tongue, heavier than most big domestic brews. Carbonation could be a little more excited.

All in all, exactly what I'd expect from BBC and at this price. Good, predictable, and fantastically easy to throw back with some burgers, chips, salsa, and other such things. Very balanced, almost to the point where it's hard to tell what's what.

ojiikun, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Hokies
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a deep reddish copper color with a small white head that lasts with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some chocolate and a grassy scent.

The taste is dominated by the sweet malt taste with some roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is somewhat balanced out by a light citrus hop taste.

Their is a good amount of carbonation in this beer with a nice creamy feel to it. This is a nice Marzen and one that is easy to drink.

Hokies, Oct 08, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites...Its a sentimental beer for me..

Pours a deep copper- amber with an offwhite head that sticks for a bit and laces all the way down.

Not much coming from the smell dept. Hops 1st and foremost. I also pick up a few notes of malt and caramel.

Its taste is great....Smooth medium mouthfeel with caramel coming through with slight bitterness. Malt backbone of the beer comes through in the end along with a strong bready aftertaste.

Great beer. I know there is better out there I'm sure (just like every other style) but I really love this beer. My favorite from SA and my favorite of the season.

jhammel01, Sep 30, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep red, with a persistent lacing around the edge.

Smell & Taste - Caramel, grass, apricots, and alcohol. A pleasant hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - It'd be easy to drink this one all day.

Notes - A tasty oktoberfest that has the added bonus of being easy to find. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even Red Lobster had it. Like many Sam Adams beers, it can serve as a good baseline for its style.

Fnord, Oct 26, 2009
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,258 ratings.