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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,796
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 564 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Last year at a get together with some friends at which we listen to music and drink beer, we sampled three Marzen/Oktoberfests: Sam Adams, Shiner and Great Lakes. At the time, Sam Adams came off as the least interesting of them; it wasn't bad per se, just not as interesting as the others.

Tonight I was out and requested it when I found out it was available on tap. It was served in a Sam Adams glass with a rich copper color and an adequate head. The smell was as expected but the taste made it seem like there was a bit more going on than I had remembered from the earlier bottles. Also it complemented the chicken and shrimp dinner very well.

CaptainHate, Aug 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Johnroby, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

flyersfan900, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Akfindlay, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

jgunther71, Aug 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Newenglandcraftbrew, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

EBeckett3, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HumanParaquat, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Anvilfarm, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Greasy, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Lanstrum, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

hoosier222002, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hugh37, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AWB3, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Weston19
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Dark copper, about a two finger head that had great retention throughout the entire time. Very clear as well.

S: Malty, bready, slight hint of caramel.

T: Sweet, very bready and biscuity, caramel, hardly any hop flavor or bitterness.

MF: Smooth, creamy, no alcohol taste, and no bitterness.

O: This is a great Oktoberfest beer and I thought the strong malty flavor was great for this style of beer. I've had other beers of this style but this Sam Adams version has more robust flavor in my opinion. A good beer to have with lightly seasoned meats and poultry.

Weston19, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AmishRockstar, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of asteroidgalaxy
4/5  rDev +9%

I look forward to this every year. Most of the places I go for beer have way too many IPA. Don't get me wrong I still love IPA but it is very refreshing to have something different. This is one of the best fall beers around. Good starting point for people new to craft beer.

asteroidgalaxy, Aug 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Rand_ale_Thor, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

Copper color with a two finger thick off-white head with low to medium retention.
Light aroma of molasses, vanilla, raisins and roasted malts.
Predominant flavor of caramels with notes of roasted malts, pumpkin, herbal hops and some pine. Hints of peppery yeast and citrus.
Lighter body than expected with good carbonation.
I wasn't really thrilled by this beer. Too much caramel, with a sweetness that is not really counter-balanced by other variables. Not bad though.

FLima, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

andyhonig, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Craigory, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Keith_R, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rgille2, Aug 11, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,796 ratings.