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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,599
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,045 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bozebus17
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultra fresh bottle. Poured a deep clear copper with carbonation bubbles galore. The impressive rocky white head settles down fairly quickly to a thin white layer.

The aroma is all malt. Sweet caramel and hints of bread go around. Very nice.

The taste is full of sweet malt. I am reminded of caramel and tofee. There is also a great toasted flavor which are followed by just the slightest suggestion of noble hops. It finishes clean.

This brew is nice and creamy on the palate. It is ultra smooth and very easy drinking.

Kudos to the folks at the Boston Beer company. This beer was excellent this year, the best I can remember. I must say that this is my favorite beer in their lineup. I hope it is this good again next year. This goes to show that a mass produced beer doesn't have to be bad. Give me this one any time!

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

Appearance: Beer had a very tall foamy head, good lacing, copper / amber red color.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt with some fruity hops aroma.

Taste: Rich malt with a subtle sweetness. Mild bitterness (takes restraint for Boston Beer Brewery to not overdo the hops)

Mouthfeel. Crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer.

Photo of rustymoore
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with a thick yet light in consistency head. Some lacing throughout. The smells of note are fruits such as grape and plum. Tastes sweet with raisen and floral essence. Brown sugar and caramel notes as well. Quite smooth on the pallate but I couldn't drink this consistently because of the sweetness. I like it but not in great amounts.

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

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH. Poured in to a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass and shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. pours a clear dark amber color with a half inch of off white head that quickly dissipated. Scents of spices, nutmeg, malt, citrus. tastes of spices, raisin, slight cracker taste, very slight citrus. moderate carbonation. quite an enjoyable beer for the fall. wonderful images of colorful leaves and large pumpkins come into mind when drinking this beer.


Photo of pgrow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of njmoons
2.46/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have had a lot of Sam Adams beers over the years, but this is the first one I would call bad.

I had a pint on tap at a local bar.

It looked good reddish brown with good long lasting staying power.

The aroma was as expected, some malt

The taste was thin, not much malt or hop flavor. Just plain bland, as I continued to drink I kept trying to find some distinctive flavors, none there. The finish was not a crisp as I would expect from a quality lager.

I will avoid in the future.

Photo of losdizzel
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of davidtarantino
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of drwolfe
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of awaer
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bwood06
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - reddish amber in color. clear. creamy/foamy head that dissipates slowly. moderate to high carbonation. 4/5

S - Malty and grainy. Herbal hops. White bread. Biscuit. Somewhat subdued. 3.5/5

T - Toasted malt. Herbal hops. A bit grassy. Almost no bitterness. Somewhat sweet but more hoppy than most Oktoberfests that I've had. 3.75/5

M - Very dry, clean and crisp. Moderate carbonation. 4/5

O - Refreshing, especially with dinner. Fairly light for an Oktoberfest beer. 3.75/5

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3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of hops4me
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a little head. Small lacing.
S - smells of caramel and toffee. Sweet graininess. Some floral hops.
T - sweeter then most. Maybe a slight butterschotch flavor. Not so much it is a turnoff but more then most. It should be alittle cleaner.
M - medium bodied.
D - Good. Solid year after year. There are better ones but it is still good.

Photo of hellomcfly
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Very attracted dark amber color with a fluffy head that dissapated quickly. Little bit of lacing.

S - Bready and musty. A slight spicy smell.

T - Fairly tasty sessionable brew that's available all over the place. Bready and malty. A little bit of caramel and a little bit of bitterness in the background. A mellow tasting beer. This beer as tasted better in the past. I don't know if that is me or the beer.

M - I wish it was a little fuller. Pretty thin. It is however smooth and pretty refreshing for a fall beer.

D - Highly drinkable. Reminds me of the fall. I could drink several.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of airforbes1
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a robust, deep orange color. Very clear. The aroma has a biscuity smell, along with some floral hops. Good on both accounts.

This is only the third Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer I've had, but I'm impressed. The taste begins with toasted malt, has bitter hops in the middle, and finishes with a slight mineral notes. Flavorful, yet drinkable. I could see myself pounding these if I were in the right mood. A great beer at the price point.

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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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,599 ratings.