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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,631 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,631
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,104 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of TylerHagler
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DrkLgr
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of frinknasty
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoffman
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pour, head rises to one finger and dissipates very quickly, no lacing at all, the glass is left looking freshly washed. Color is a beautiful red/amber. Smell is faint, sweet camelized malt and faint hops. The taste is nice, sweet, with a mild hop finish. The carbonation bites a little on this one, maybe too much. The mouthfeel is smooth and decent, not overly full more watery than I would have thought. This one is an easily drinkable beer in quantity and will be fun to take to a gathering this weekend. Nice and something different for the season.

Photo of afdempse
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into pint glass

Head quickly flees, leaving a barely noticeable wisp. Reddish-brown color.

Slight brown sugar in the aroma, not much else there.

Flavor seems rather one-dimensional, but clean. Emphasis is on sweetness from the malt, but there's not much melanoidin or other grain flavors as I would expect from an Oktoberfest. Spicy hops make a very short appearance in the finish and linger for a few seconds in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good for a beer of this style. The body is full, but not overly so, and the finish is semi-dry without excessive sweetness.

Sam Adams might have played it a bit safe with their Octoberfest this year, as I remember previous vintages having more in the flavor department than this one. It's still drinkable, but I'd love to see a bit more spiciness from the hops and perhaps some continental malt character in the flavor and finish.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a very clean dark amber color, 2 finger head that dissipates down to a thin layer of bubbles and foam after a minute. This one makes some nice lacing too.

The aroma has a light sweetness to it. Hints of caramel and malts with a light hop aroma.

The taste is mainly malts. There is a nice spiciness to it as well which makes my tongue tingle a bit. I can detect very slight hints of a caramel like flavor as too. The hop flavor seems pretty light to me, but it is there. Semi bitter on the finish. Carbonation seems moderate, good mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good too.

Overall a pretty nice seasonal offering from Sam Adams, of the 4 this one has always been my favorite.

Photo of Deus1138
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-copper color. Lots of head and carbonation continually adding to the head.

Smell is bread like, malty, maybe a little musty.

Taste is mostly malty, bread like, slightly toasted, and caramel. Hops make a muted appearance, but more so than in other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with just enough zing from the carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. It's not quite fall yet, but I'm looking forward to enjoying this seasonal release all through the falling of the leaves and chilling of the temperature. Maybe not the best Oktoberfest there is, but one of the easiest to find and certainly well done and enjoyable.

Photo of pgrow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Schade
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of BeerTaster727
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Schumatrix
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Cjalbers
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SamAdams327
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of mchengcit
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kevkize
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PorterThwarter
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Tang07
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SA Octoberfest poured very nicely. It was a nice dark copper, with a very thick head which hung around for a while.

I had this beer pretty cold and think that it may have tasted better slightly warmer to release more of the flavor and aroma.

The beer has a strong malt flavor and and is quite tastey.

I look forward to drinking more of this during in the crisp fall nights of NC.

Photo of NEO68710
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six months past the expiration date but still pumpkin-y squash-y and gooey butter rum tasty. Feels like autumn and in my man-heart it's leaves falling and old men smoking pipe tobacco at the fishing docks wondering where summer went. There's crisp air and scraping sounds on sidewalks in here, light sweaters and argyle socks, sundown at six-thirty-five and stew with bread. Other than the C in Octoberfest this plays by the rules and gets top grades. No dunce cap or reasons to send in the gendarmes for thee.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little lacing to speak of.

The smell is of bready malt.

The taste reflects the bready malt with a twinge of smooth caramel in the finish.

The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but not oppressive. This brew goes down very smoothly and clings a bit from the heavy malt.

Overall this is a pleasant harvest brew that is very easy to drink and have several of. There is not all that much to it and is rather one dimensional, but well worth the purchase as a fall staple.

Photo of carlborch
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear pour. Copper color and moderate carbonation. 2-inch tan head forms, but dissipates rather swiftly to a thin, creamy, covering. Malt, caramel and spice in the nose. Hints of bread, pumpkin pie, and dried fruit. Minimal Belgian lace. Medium body. Very nicely balanced palate with a pleasant lingering of malt and pumpkin-pie-spices. Tasty. The hop notes are high restrained.

Photo of ttu94
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always loved Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer. This is one of the beers that made be really start to notice that there is more to beer that penny pitcher night at bash riprocks in Lubbock.
I had this offering on tap at the Angry Dog in Dallas. Pours a clear dark amber color that has a decent head. Nice malty smell. The taste is great. Malty sweet with perfect carbonation. Inviting mouthfeel and a beer I could have all night.

Photo of katybee
3/5  rDev -18.3%

honey amber with thin golden head which quickly dissipates...
light-bodied, low carbonation
light flavored, biscuity malt approach with lightly lingering raisin, but slightly souring on the finish...
the beer was too mild and thin for my taste, with not enough spicey or hoppy punch to keep it interesting and sippably longlasting...
I'll go on to the next....

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,631 ratings.