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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 271 | FT: 1
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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-07-2013 23:30:11 | More by pmorey
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-05-2013 16:48:16 | More by Dracarys
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-06-2013 18:29:12 | More by ScottyBonzai
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

04-09-2014 19:17:00 | More by hopmandu
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4/5  rDev +9%

06-17-2014 00:51:29 | More by TP_43
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- orange amber, 1cm head in a pint glass. The head dissapated quickly
Smell- strong scent of caramel malr, whiff of hops but not much
Taste- malt, malt and little more malt. Toasted and caramel malt dominate. The hops are more of an afterthought.
Mouthfeel- great, pretty smooth and refined
Drinkability- could be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 02:59:13 | More by swamiswamu
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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an medium orange copper color with a nice three-finger head that has little retention but extensive lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts along with some raisin fruitiness... alcohol is quite apparent on the nose.

Lots of malts in the taste with some hops flavors thrown in to balance it out... not bad but lacking in complexity. Unfortunately I've become accustomed to dopplebocks for my malt fix and this just tastes like a watered-down dopplebock.

Mouthfeel seems thin and watery.

Pretty easy to drink several... definitely better than any macros out there, just not quite what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 22:38:00 | More by whiplash3825
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-14-2013 17:47:12 | More by 1mrbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-17-2012 02:31:04 | More by zhumphrey
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2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ox bottle into 16 oz glass.

Nice Amber-orange-brown hues. Clear with 1 finger head.

Smell is Very mild you can barely catch the malt, hops, nut & fruit notes.

Easy on the taste buds. Not much heft. Nothing really stands out, just very mild malts, hops, nut and fruit notes.

Good carbonation. leaves nothing good or bad for aftertaste.

Drinks fine. Not much to get excited about. Will drink this when I find it on sale. But, it's not on my A list.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:57:08 | More by fourplayed
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear but deep amber color with small off-white head that falls quickly leaving no lacing or chunks atop the beer. Smells of sweet malt and a bit bready - not a whole lot going on. The taste is pleasant but doesn't wow me by any means - sweet and malty with scarce help from the hops, just a subtle tasty beer for the fall. The mouthfeel is nice - smooth, crisp, with good carbonation. Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, to me, is a beer that is nice to have waiting after a fall evening in the treestand chasing the big buck with my bow.


Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:13:36 | More by antlerwrestler19
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2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep copper, clear

S - Malty grain smell, burnt toast

T - Caramel Malts - with alcohol coming thru and very little else of substance. Roasted grain feel and little balance or finish

M- creamy and smooth and little carbonation

Not one to go back to despite the fit for the season.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 03:09:02 | More by KomodoDragon
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-30-2012 16:24:13 | More by beerborn
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-24-2012 07:19:13 | More by FritzSteinhoff
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-01-2012 11:34:35 | More by Will96
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange with a small cream colored head with decent retention and great lacing.

On the nose is wheat, sweet malts, some spice and hints of pumpkin.

Tastes of wheat and some malt. Nothing much going on here really.

Very carbonated. Really bites the tongue. Watery.

This is a decent beer. Very session-able. Would drink again but nothing to seek out obviously.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:06:34 | More by dowen17
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

09-04-2013 16:30:04 | More by Patsnsoxfan
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-08-2013 22:11:10 | More by Jdra
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4/5  rDev +9%

03-03-2014 23:40:00 | More by mountaincoffee
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh yeah - it's that time again. SA Octoberfest pours almost blood red with some shades of brown and a thin wispy white head. Aroma contains roasted malt, some hops and some earthy tones....not much else. Taste is malty, semi-sweet, and very little hops to balance it. Adequate carbonation, and very easy going down. The ABV and the fact that it is so easy to quaff down yields a 5 on the drinkability scale. You can drink alot of this one. Not a bad offering from SA at all...

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2003 13:19:48 | More by steelreign
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

10-19-2013 17:36:55 | More by crwrunner
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sulphur and strong malt. Floral hops character.

Appearance: Big pillowy off-white head. Minimal lacing. Burnt orange color. Very clear.

Flavor: Getting a lot of floral hops off of this, unusual for an oktoberfest. Bready, very slightly toasted. Sweet medium-caramel flavor stays on the tongue and lips. Clean and crisp. A little bit of sulfur from Aroma.

Mouthfeel: On high end of thin side. Lots of carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: Missing a lot of the complexity I look for in Oktoberfests. I remember a better beer from previous years, with more toasty flavors. The hop flavor is off-style but adds interest to an otherwise boring beer. Mouthfeel misses the mark but overall a well made lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:53:30 | More by rlshep
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

The new American standard for Octoberfest has arrived for the 2009 season.

A: Deep red-amber color with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing. Beautiful clarity to the beer.

S: Light caramel malts with a slightly roasted scent. Sweet and bready, with almost no discernable hops presence.

T: Sweet and bready, a little caramel as the smell would suggest. Hops are present in the taste and provide a nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth finish. Almost no aftertaste.

D: As drinkable of a marzen as you'll find on the market.

While Samuel Adams often gets downgraded by a lot of beer geeks and gurus for being little more than a nice stepping stone between mainstream beer and craft beer, the fact is, they're as big as they are for a reason. They are experts in lagers and the Marzen is likely their best lagered offering. I usually try 10 or 15 Oktoberfest beers each year, but the Sam O-fest provides an excellent standard to match up to, and really should be appreciated for the excellent beer that it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:58:11 | More by BWMKappaSig
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sammy glass. Pours a coppery amber color with minimal head.

Very malty and bready smell witha weak hoppness.

Malt flavor witha smooth caramell flavor. Also a little spiceyness in the mix. Very pleasant and somewhat refreshing. No real hop taste in the beer, but typical for an octoberfest.

Very smooth and medium bodied.

Great offering by BBC, one of my favorites of theirs. Also a bit crisper than most Octoberfest beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 04:12:29 | More by Blitzstyle
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-06-2013 21:21:16 | More by wroywel
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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