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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,183
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 265 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

02-07-2012 16:32:49 | More by turdadactyl
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-15-2012 18:00:06 | More by FuturePilot
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-05-2012 03:45:03 | More by CoryK86
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-07-2012 00:58:29 | More by BanrionMAB
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2013 02:29:29 | More by chiva
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-07-2013 17:58:01 | More by broadway848
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-02-2014 19:10:42 | More by joseph_french
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

10-19-2013 17:36:55 | More by crwrunner
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A color befitting the bright orange decorating the label and cap. A vibrant almost orange amber with a good head that lingers with tight bubbles and a firm lace.

S - Caramel malts, slightly fruity/bubblegum yeast. apple, fresh baked bread, slight metallic nose.

T - Very mild malts with lingering hints of fruit. These are followed with a characteristic zingy malty Sam Adams finish that leans to the dry side with caramel malts shining through. Hardly any hops/bitter.

M - Rounded, good vibrant carbonation, without much bitterness.

O - A good fall beer, screaming malt profile with the characteristic Sam Adams zesty fresh bite.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:19:42 | More by doopydoogle
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber with tan head that retreats rather quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: caramel malts

Taste: caramel malts mask hop flavoring, I also detect some black tea notes and toffey undertones.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated, but nice presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking pleasant tasting marzen. Nice to have at this time of the year. I won't miss it too much though come

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 03:32:35 | More by beersheppard
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red color. Decent head, for a lighter beer.

S: Sweet and malty, but not very strong.

T: Lots of that sweet malt again, on the tip of the tongue. The perfect amount of hops-- not too much, well-balanced. Develops a nutty taste after awhile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Good mix of carbonation.

D: I could definitely drink this all night. This is the one Sam Seasonal I really miss when it isn't being sold.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 03:47:10 | More by dananabanana
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-30-2012 01:46:58 | More by beaulabauve
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New York

5/5  rDev +36.2%

02-24-2013 22:02:50 | More by CountryRock2001
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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