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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,187
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 264 | 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:
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-13-2013 00:19:01 | More by AndrewC
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fixed my cousin's laptop and she bought me some SA Octoberfest.

A: It pours a golden amber. A real nice looking head about two and a half inches thick. Mostly white.

S: Heavy malt and sweet spice. Pretty pleasant smelling brew.

T: Full flavored. Sweet malt coats my mouth. A sweet hop finish also lingers.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Real nice feeling to it.

D: Very drinkable. Well balanced.

Overall, this is a real good beer. Perfect for a get together whether you grab a 12 pack or a sixer, you're good to go. A nice low ABV beer that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 22:53:31 | More by BigAl723
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-27-2012 17:45:07 | More by meaghan2k
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-26-2012 23:19:30 | More by exodus1369
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great addition to the world of beer by the Boston Beer Company. Octoberfest is a great, dark, mix of spices that is good on any cool fall day. A bold taste and a wonderful smell. It is great beer to enjoy at a football game or just hanging with some friends.


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:47:50 | More by smithza9
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2012 13:08:36 | More by beaker30
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice clear amber color with a nice and frothy white head. Smells of sweet caramel and toasty malts, also get that crisp lager smell, I take a sip and get a medium bodied mouthfeel with sweet caramel and some slight malts, altho I can realy get a noble hop taste, maybe hallertau or tettnager hops, some noble variety, ends in a long lasting caramel taste which makes me want another drink. To be honest i think this beer needs more malty bready taste and less aroma addition hops. While this is a good october fest Im possitive Sam Adams could do better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 05:06:27 | More by Cummins9110
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-06-2012 06:33:56 | More by adiamant1989
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4/5  rDev +9%

12-09-2011 02:16:00 | More by shoop12
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4/5  rDev +9%

04-21-2012 18:58:07 | More by Nathanhlind
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-10-2012 02:35:17 | More by bgfresh
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

07-10-2012 01:56:20 | More by TheBeermin
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-02-2012 00:14:52 | More by JackStraw
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

09-14-2012 20:06:39 | More by ScottWaltz
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4/5  rDev +9%

10-08-2012 19:18:37 | More by tcsather
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

11-03-2012 19:30:29 | More by beedster14
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

05-21-2013 19:28:08 | More by jonkerbaugh
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-06-2013 18:14:37 | More by McHenry
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-30-2013 22:30:45 | More by Dpatt70
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-11-2014 03:11:26 | More by Gunnar12
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4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle...

A- Dark amber/brownish in color. Pours with a 2 finger head that recedes down to a thin layer. Doesn't really leave any sort of lace on the glass at all. It'd be nice to see a little more head retention, but still a nice clean look.

S- Holy malt batman! Very malty as expected, with some sweet caramel scents and some hints of burnt toast.

T- Sweet malt just like the smell. Nice and bready with some light bitterness. Very true to the Marzen style.

M- It's getting colder, the beers getting heavier. Not really heavy by any means, more of a medium body. Nice carbonation and a bit creamy feel.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent beer for this time of year. This one is my go-to move for an Octoberfest. Can't get enough of them, probably my favorite brew from Sam Adams.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 22:41:11 | More by ccm414
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-14-2012 13:44:21 | More by joerebman
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought the 22oz bottle almost everyday for the past two weeks. Its been a few years since I had a SA Octoberfest and I was very pleased with it. The color looked great the pour left a nice foamy head. My first taste and I can notice the malt right away. A hint of sweetness. After each sip I wanted more. Next stop I have to try it on tap.

I was very impressed with beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 05:39:16 | More by sfsean28
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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mahogany in color. Thin head with almost no lacing. Let it sit for a while and it looks like brandy.

S - Not bad. Sweet. I almost smell some Belgian candi.

T - Starts off tasting like a Boston Lager and then settles into a sort of weak maibock. Sweet and malty. Not much in the way of hops - it really could use more.

M - Fairly thin. Not much carbonation.

D - A six pack is about all I would want in any given year. This stuff is just OK.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 05:44:30 | More by dvb
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I want to like samuel adams... I don't know what it is about it, it tastes good and all..., its just kinda got that "for the masses" taste..., but i'm being a snob, and old sammy a's been doing this for a long time, so i gave their harvest variety 12 pack a shot. I started with the octoberfest.

A. clean, very little head, lightlightlight brown.

S. sweet malts, caramel, sweet butter.

T. it's tasty, but not too adventures. sweet malty light brown ale flavor... I wish i could say more. can't taste the hops, it's not overly sweet, it has a nice balance about it. I think it's flavor is a good starter for people who say they don't like "good" beer...

M. this might be my favorite part to this beer. it's smooth and satisfying in the mouth.

D. E A S Y ! ! ! if you're payin', keep em' coming...


Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:06:25 | More by aaron12
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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