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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,947 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4947
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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beertaster13

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper red with a tannish head that is about inch thick. Lacing is good. The smell is very apple/dark syrup/molasses malts, very sweet smelling, baked apple pie. The taste is sweet, nice molasses sugar sweet with hints of apple. The hops make the beer not overly sweet. Medium bodied and not bad for a beer you can find at the local supermarket.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 04:56:21 | More by beertaster13
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cbl2

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: Fall 2003

Appearance:

Crystal clear medium brown in color with an inch tall white head.
Smell:

Overly hoppy for the style; malts are there, but masked.
Taste/Mouthfeel:

While the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and supple, the flavors to me are all wrong. This is over-hopped to the point that it almost tastes like an IPA. The malts do arise mid sip, but it is too little too late to save the day IMO. This one finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 23:51:42 | More by cbl2
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twi1609372

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer, nothing more can be said. very strong flavor, appropriate for the octoberfest. strong with a nice taste, what more can you want? it's always a pleasure to see this coming out in the fall, i have to have some every fall, it's a one of a kind brew, good for the thanksgiving time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 07:48:25 | More by twi1609372
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange gold color pour, hoppy slightly citrus aroma, nice round malty citrus spicey taste. Sam Adams always seems to pack in a nice full bold flavor. The taste stayed full and bold to the very end. Sam Adams is truely one of the treasures of the world brewing market.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 03:18:17 | More by grynder33
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours an amber with orange tints. No head or lacing to speak of.
Smells of caramel, hops and malt and tastes the same. Very smooth and pleasant feel to this beer. The overly sweet taste takes away from its drinkability. I couldnt see myself having more than one of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 04:50:11 | More by fdrich29
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Zorro

California

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

Pours a clear dark red/orange brew.

Smell is malty and floral with a mild spiciness. Mild banana scent is also present.

Taste is very malty with a touch of browned sugar. There is a bitterness here that counter-balances the sweetness. There are some woody and earthy tastes present also.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable brew that I will buy again. A very well executed beer, almost a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 03:58:28 | More by Zorro
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003: This brew is a brown color, with a foamy cream colored head. The nose is caramel malts. The taste is dominated by the malt, the hops are present but dont make a big impact. Acidic almost metallic bite in the back. Not a bad brew but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 22:32:33 | More by Tballz420
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Pours a glowing copper color. Very little head, no retention and minimal lace. Aroma is syrupy sweet caramel with a mild citric hop note. Falvors was heavily dominated by a sort of roasted or burnt caramel flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Little bit too syrupy sweet in the mouthfeel with a kind of watery finish. Not bad beer bnut doesn't seem all true to style and just to watery and syrupy to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 04:45:27 | More by CRJMellor
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palma

New York

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber. Smooth looking beige color head that leaves a lasting lace.

Smell: Very sweet smell. Very malty. Roasted nuts and a little spice.

Taste: Malty. Sweet with nutty notes. Burnt aftertaste. Nothing shocking to the tastebuds. I was expecting a little more from the Boston Beer Co.

Mouthfeel: Beginning is very smooth. End is not so much. Above average carbonation. And a little thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 05:23:00 | More by palma
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

2003 version: on-tap at an applebees in Newtown. This is a nice dark amber colour with a small tan head of foam. The aromas are all malts with only slight hops to be found. The taste is *malty*, and very one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is much better on tap and is decent, the drinkability also benefits.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2003 17:38:35 | More by francisweizen
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear cope color with a creamy off-white head that leave good lacing. The aroma is sweet, with carmel malts, and a bit of grainy astrigency. The sweet caramel malts are the forefront in the flavor with a light spicy dry hop bitterness in the finish. It is easy drinking and smooth. A decent brew, but not a top Oktoberfest.

Sampled 9/19/03

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 21:35:18 | More by BeerBuilder
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homersimpson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003
Reddish orange with a thin layer of beige.
Spicy, citrusy with a bit of sweet malt in the nose.
Medium, heavily carbonated, chewy body
Bunches of malt with some fruit and spice in the mix too. A bit of caramel adds a distinct sweetness. Finishes clean, with only a light dryness left.
Always interesting to see how each year's version turns out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2003 01:17:17 | More by homersimpson
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Gusler

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003: The beer pours transpicuous deep amber to burnished copper, the head modest in size and semi-creamy in consistency, the color a very light tan, the resultant lace a thin sheet to drape the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet with lots of malt, start is also sweet and rich in malt, top middling. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a so-so beer, drinkable and decent enough to rate at least and average score from me.

Release 2002: The beer pours a nice translucent deep amber color, the head is portly, frothy, the lace in thick sheets, the color beige. Nose is malt and light hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is mildly carbonated, a tad dry, slim on the hops, drinkable beer, but a bit to sweet for me.

Release 2001: Different label, same beer. Nice malt nose and a decent hop presence, not a great beer, not bad either. The beer pours a copper-brown color with beige head and fair lace. Drinkable and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 01:20:43 | More by Gusler
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a very light copper color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the side of the glass. The smell is malty with some hops in the background. The taste is light and malty, with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The body is fairly good, and the drinkability is pretty nice. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 01:40:01 | More by SheepNutz
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a middle of the road o'fest from the BBC. i remember it being bigger and bolder in years past, but this year's is still respectable. it pours an amber colour with very little head and instantly gives of a malty smell, with a sweetness lingering throughout. these characteristics are apparent in the taste as well, along with a slight syrupy quality. this is a rather smooth o'fest that whilst not the most aggressive attempt at the style, it's still enjoyable and it's also nice to know that once october hits at least one o'fest will be farily easy to find on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2003 21:20:17 | More by guinness33
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kbub6f

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, light tan, noisy, crusty head on a deep, deep, clear, red-brownish base. Sticky, foamy lacing. Nice. Peanuts in the nose lead to a sweetish, nutty front, sweet malty middle and fresh, bitter, nutty finish showing some bitter chocolate, especially at temperature. A quite nutty octoberfest. It's fairly malty, but not very sweet. It's a step up from the run of the mill, maybe, but why play it safe on seasonals?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 17:04:40 | More by kbub6f
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StevieW

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Nice glowing orange color. Medium, full, bubbly biege head. Creamy and foamy. A good looking beer in the glass. Moderately sweet smells, hints of toasted bread smell. Taste is mushy, carmel malt, toast, and more hints of sweet carmel. Decent sweetness, but flavors were mushy. Feel was a bit watery. Flavors feel apart. I used to be impressed by this beer, but I think I have outgrown it. Still better than average. Overall flavors were muddled.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 15:13:12 | More by StevieW
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden orange amber color with a huge, lively and long lasting head. Fruit and spices in the aroma with hints of caramel and cocoa. The body is medium light in maltiness, but is full of flavor with some oiliness in the aftertaste. Light and drinkable, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 16:55:19 | More by pezoids
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An intriguing Oktoberfest, to say the least. This is not one I would normally try, but we must do what we must do in order to advance the BA cause. This brew poured out a rich amber/copper color, and left a respectable head and a lace that lingered for a good bit of time. The aroma and flavor are just about what I expected from this Sam Adams brew. Nothing overly extravagant, nor inspiring. If anything, this brew was a bit on the sweet side.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2003 23:00:23 | More by goindownsouth
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oldgrowth

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brownish orange color. Little head , some lacing. O.k. nose fruity - apple & banana. Malt was toasty carmel like. Sour toasted malt tasting. Some linguring bitterness A little on the creamy side. Very drinkable. Could drink them all afternoon. It a O.K. beer, certainly a traditional kinda octoberfest. Not really exciting either though.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:27:34 | More by oldgrowth
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JAL67

Massachusetts

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

Great beer from SA! Love it. It's a nice change of pace from the Summer Ale. I really enjoy this beer. Has an amber color and with the 5.7% has a bit of a kick to it.

The color is very good, typical amber(fall colors). Nice to have when raking leaves as I did today...warms you up on a Fall day.

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 03:12:13 | More by JAL67
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marburg

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty amber tones with a rapidly disintegrating head that starts big, fluffy, and off-white and retreats to a small-ish film. Lightly hopped aroma laced with bits of holiday spices and a clear malt presence (as it should be, dammit!) Fairly filling for a medium-bodied lager. Very smooth and malty sweet. Not spectacularly complex or original or even perfectly on-style but pretty cohesive and very well balanced. Toasted malts and just the slightest estery quality rounds it out nicely. Hops don't quite clean up the finish all the way. With the familiar Sammy label staring you in the face, this is probably a good Marzen to use on unsuspecting folks in early-fall beer conversions.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 22:16:14 | More by marburg
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freed

Oregon

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

Managed to find a bottle of this in a backwoods supermarket. I wrangled a sixer away to offer with dinner. It pours a rich, warm copper color with flashes of red when held to the light. Little if any foam is aroused during the pour, and lacing is minimal.

The aroma is of pleasant roasted and nutty malt with a slight spice of hops. Taste is a welcoming buffet of clean malt flavors. Some roasted pilsner malts really create a pleasant flavor, which clears the pallatte with a dry hop quench.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 01:38:58 | More by freed
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dedalus

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of the bottle a deep orange, with a nice, fluffy head. moderate, creamy lacing.

not a lot of aromas, but i got it at an applebee's and they pulled it out of an ice cooler, so that's probably what i can blame the weak scents on. what i could detect was a slight, timid hop presence (noble hops, if i remember the label correctly) and a faint whiff of sugary malt.

good, medium-thick mouthfeel, although i suspect it could benefit by being a little thicker.

almost no detectable hops in the palate. lots of clean, nutty, creamy, sugary malt, in both the palate and the finish. just the smallest bit of hop flavor emerged in the finish; the strong but clean sweetness was given a touch of complexity by this late, light bitterness.

this beer wasn't very complex or challenging, but it tasted great, and there's nothing wrong with that! i kind of felt like i could drink it all day, but there are a lot of other oc(k)toberfests that i'd like to try this year.

all in all, if you can't get your hands on an authentic german/bavarian o-fest, this is a good beer to try. good, clean, sweet, and just complex enough to escape being boring. the autumn beer to reach for when you want something that's easy to drink, but isn't cripplingly dumbed-down.

cheers,

s.d.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 14:58:36 | More by dedalus
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sabrills70

North Carolina

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

Poured a medium amber with an off white medium head. Excellent lace. Smell is very mild for the style, some malt and very subtle other smells, but like I said very mild for the style. Taste is OK, malt and hops, possibly some vanilla, but again mild for the style. This is a very drinkable beer. Its not a great brew and Sam Adams is capable of much better, don't get me wrong it is still very good but it tastes like they purposly "watered" it down to try and appeal to the masses a bit more (what the hell, it works for AB). It is still fun to drink and nice to see every year at this time and I do still look forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 01:57:16 | More by sabrills70
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