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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,454 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 881 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

deapokid, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Aisha, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of CitizenGrain
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

CitizenGrain, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of rjcohen
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pretty beer. A deep fall-leaf orange, off-white head, minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: Not a very deep aroma. Malt, bread.

Taste: This is not a very flavorful beer at all. I've started to pick up more fruity flavors as I've drank more of this, but it is still not too interesting - kind of an undefined fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, not over-carbonated. The lightness is very pleasant actually.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer that will remind you of the season, but it does not have the flavor to back it up in repeated drinking.

rjcohen, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of geuze_gone_wild
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

geuze_gone_wild, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of itsscience
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

itsscience, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of scaliasux
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber. Clear. Medium tall, cream-colored head, persistent.

Smell - Sweet medium-roasted malts. Toast and bread.

Taste - Sweet light malts with a good dose of slightly bitter toast. Bit of a cloying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Malty and hits the general area of a Maerzen. Flavor's not quite right, though - lacking depth maybe.

scaliasux, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a reddish-brown amber color; with a thick foamy head that quickly disappears.

Smell - The thing you smell the most is the sweet malts.

Taste - This beer reminds me of honey-wheat bread. The sweetness and sweet aftertaste of he malts matches well with the initial hops taste.

Mouthfeel - It is a good bodied beer. Not that much carbonation, and it goes down easy.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer. It perfectly matches the season as well as the fall foods.

Captain_Komamura, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of vader06
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

vader06, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of greenboat
4/5  rDev +9%

greenboat, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering served in a mug. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white cap of froth. Some patchy suds of lace stick to the glass.

The nose is quite muted with a bit of herbal hops, minerals and buttery diacetyl that blends to more of a scent of toffee as it warms up.

The taste is quite buttery and includes plenty of malt that imparts flavors of toffee and caramel. There is a soft touch of herbal hops present and a slight mineral feel towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modes tamount of carbonation. It is crisp and nice but really buttery almost to fault for my palate.

stakem, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of SDVargo
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this beer might be my favorite. However that might be skewed because of it only being a limited availability. It has a great color coupled with a smell that just smells like Sam Adams bottled Fall. The flavors go together nicely and will have you trying to figure out what each one is until you get too inebriated to care. I love this beer. And this year I've tried several other brands of Octoberfest beers and found myself preferring this one over all of the others. All of the taste combined with the price makes the beer a hit.

SDVargo, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raul never really liked this beer. Nah, not so much. Syrupy like a tootsie pop left in the sun and, well, that's about it. Raul ain't even gonna bring his baby mama into the equation because there aren't any redeeming qualities about this thang.

It's aite and all, and by that Raul means drinkable; but like the fountain of youth, Raul wants something that will make him want to dig in for more.

RaulMondesi, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Methical
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Methical, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of jtennyson99
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jtennyson99, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of beerkill666
4/5  rDev +9%

beerkill666, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Nikxed58
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was part of the Fall seasonal variety pack at a wholesaler (yay for fall beer styles!). I had high expectations for this beer because of the brand and prior experience. Sam Adams Octoberfest did not disappoint!

A - poured from the bottle with a very tiny head, maybe 1-2 cm at most. The color is just gorgeous, a brown similar to that of Jack Daniel's whiskey.

S - a complex smell that seems to have a little "more" than other oktoberfests. There is everything that I expected from a traditional oktoberfests but with an increased sweetness and spiciness that differentiates it from other beers. Just taking a whiff of this makes me want to down the whole thing!

T - that spice noted in the smell comes through in the taste, as do the hops. There is a hint of sweetness similar to caramel which brings a nice balance to it.

M - this is a full bodied beer that is perfect for the Fall's colder weather. There is a very satisfying feeling of drinking something substantial and hearty.

O - great beer to enjoy during the fall. I would recommend picking up the Sam Adams variety pack at wholesaler; you can't beat the price. $1.05 or so for each bottle, including this wonderful brew, is a great price and well worth every cent.

Nikxed58, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Jersh67
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jersh67, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of LibraLady
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

LibraLady, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of TOJO12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TOJO12, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Beermaine
4/5  rDev +9%

Beermaine, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of BodiesLexus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BodiesLexus, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

In_Control_Mike, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of qchic
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper with modest head that disappears. All biscuit malt in the aroma with some alcohol. Some fruitiness, bready malt, and nuttiness come through in the flavor. Why did I just sense cooked tomato? Weird. Medium body makes it quite drinkable. Nothing earth shattering, but it'll do on a fall evening.

qchic, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of JF1917
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

JF1917, Oct 27, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.