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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,597 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,597
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,041 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

This beer pours up a beautiful copper with a large tan head. Elaborate lacing is left as the glass is emptied. The nose is fruit and roasted nuts, a pretty pleasant if understated smell. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and syrupy. Taste is very sweet with sweet roasted malt from begiining to end. My main issue is that it tastes a little one dimensional. I'd like it to have a bit more assertive finish. But I enjoyed it overall and would take another if offered.

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

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a copper-orange color with a brew with a thick two finger off white head. The head slowly over time to leave a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of roasted malt with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Mixed with this is a light earthy and herbal aroma as well.

Taste – The flavor begins of a biscuit flavor with a good presence of a roasted malt. There is a lighter sweetness of caramel and some brown sugar up front. As the taste advances the sweetness fades and some flavors of a slightly bitter earthy flavor and some nice spicy flavors come to the tongue. Toward the end of the flavor, the roastiness intensifies and when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaves a roasty and spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower than average side. The thicker body was quite nice for the roasty and spicy flavors, although a little bit more carbonation would have made it a bit more refreshing.

Overall - Smooth with some nice roast and malt. While not the very the best Oktoberfest in my opinion, it is quite nice. A good go to for more session style drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of rramsey
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the best Octoberfest's I've had. Pours with an orange hue. Good carbonation. Taste is good. It is an enjoyable beer for the style. Mouthfeel is average. I enjoy this beer during this time of year. I will buy more next year. I can drink several of these at a sitting. Marzen is not my favorite style of beer but is a good beer and I enjoy drinking it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy before Feb notched on label.

A - Autumn in a glass, this clear lager shines with is a robust rusted amber color which is capped by an off-white head of tiny bubbles. Spotty lacing collects around the pint above the thin, left over skim.

S - Fall is captured upon first whiff. Light Vienna malts provide an excellent base of faint toast and biscuit notes while the Munich malts offer quite a bit of mild sweetness which swirls throughout. A touch of earthiness suggests some hops but they're generally absent. A touch of mineral harshness trails off but this beer is generally very clean.

T - Maltiness continues to develop with it's Vienna base, once again pushing toasted qualities along with an overall sense of breadiness. The Munich malt's sweetness drops back from what the aroma suggests for something a little easier drinking while the finish opens up to hops just a hair more. Herbal notes and grassy earthiness are timid to say the least, but offer balance. Again, the beer's light mineral harshness becomes just a bit intrusive.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a delightfully malty but refreshing feel that really works well as a sessionable oktoberfestbier. Just a little dry earthiness on the finish goes a long way to keep the beer balanced and inviting.

O - Embodying the essence of fall, the malty aroma encourages the mentality to shift from light, crisp beers to maltier lagers before turning to full, rich stouts and the like. If there wasn't the pesky mineral finish that's almost metallic at points, I'd really, really love this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good Oktoberfest; one I can drink quite a bit of in season, it's just held back from greatness.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of mitch3114
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A- Nice clear amber, red-orange color, off-white head that diminishes over a few minutes

S- Smells very malty, caramel, bread

T- tastes like that smell, less intense. Not many individual flavors stand out. Taste is good and balanced. For 5.30% this seems stronger, 7 maybe, as the taste of alcohol shows up on the finish

M- Smooth, refreshing, malty medium bodied

O- A decent offering from Sam Adams and for the style. One of the only "craft beers" that my wife will drink. She actually looks forward to it coming out each year. A great beer to have with dinner on a cool fall day, but not something I would ask for or purchase on my own.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,597 ratings.