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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 6,555
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 935 | 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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Photo of hopmashian
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

October is my favorite month as I like the fall season. A really nice time of year to sample Oktoberfest beer.
Samuel Adams has a version that pours dark amber with a head that disappears quickly.
Smell is vanilla and malt.
Taste is well balanced between hops and malt. Very slight bitterness followed immediately by sweetness.
Mouth feel is a little thickish, but not overly so.
Over all not my favorite, sort of middle of the pack. But very drinkable.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
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.


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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of dowen17
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of steelreign
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...

Photo of rlshep
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.

Photo of BWMKappaSig
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.

Photo of Blitzstyle
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.

Photo of losdizzel
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one of Sams seasonal beers ,just before fall and football and, of course Oktoberfest yea! . Color is a very nice looking ,smells like a beer kinda sweet slight hops . mouthfeel nice .

Taste is very nice ,considering its a Sam Adams not a big fan but still gota try it ,mostly not a big hop fan. Good malty finish to it the came damn close to this one for me that is . The five malted barley realy dose it .

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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