Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,565 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,565
Reviews: 2,022
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 953 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sAws
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the colors of Autumn, its a really nice looking beer. Has a creamy head and good carbonation. Smell is very faint and not much going on, I expected to smell the 5 malts stronger than this. Taste is delicious with malts. No single overpowering malt flavor just a complex of many malt flavors. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for this style with a slight creaminess. Overall its a great beer that I enjoyed the more I drank it. Will be a definite buy every fall.

Photo of fitz284
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date, but clearly meant to consume by the day Oktoberfest in Germany ends!! Hooray for beer!

Initial pour is highly carbonated, with a generous head, amongst a brownish amber color. Head eventually recedes next to nothing, but carbonation ends up being plentiful. Pretty standard in color - although I could use with a much *nicer* head for a marzen - but overall well presented.

Strong malts make up the backbone of the aroma, but there's other notable flavors to speak of as well, among them biscuits, pumpkin spice, caramel, cinnamon, and brown, burnt sugar. With all those sugars and spices, it's clearly sweet towards the finish, and no alcohol presence is around to overpower those aromas. There's not as much hoppiness as I wished for, but it's still pretty close to how marzens are.

The flavor is exactly the same as the description for its aroma, with the notable exception that it's slightly smoky during the finish. There's a warming alcohol sensation at the back of the throat. Malts are very strong here, with hops playing a minor presence in the beer's main flavor. Did I mention biscuits?? This is very much like a basket of fresh biscuits, but it's definitely more enjoyable than other notable amber ales (such as Fat Tire) due to its nicely thick body, as well as generous carbonation that makes it a delightful drinking experience. I would suggest drinking this far colder under room temperature so the assault of malts don't arrive as quickly as they did for me.

All in all, a very balanced, easily drinkable tribute to marzens and Oktoberfest seasonal beers. While not my all-time favorite, it's still an undeniably well made offering from Samuel Adams. A crowd pleasure for sure, despite being too a little malty for me, personally. Recommended a try.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

The beer poured a clear reddish amber in a crystal mug. The white bubbly head only builds one finger high and dissipates fast, leaving no lacing.
The smell is of roasted malts.
The taste is dominated by this roasted malt backbone, with hints of spice and caramel. A mild hop gives some balance.
Overall a nice fall brew, very drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

A: Pours a clear dark copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderare aromas of caramel malts with an almost maple syrup like sweetness.

T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. The hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish but not overpowering - well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and very sessionable - nothing super here but nothing bad either, very much an average beer in the style. Pretty well balanced in flavors between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aspect
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking beer, copper in colour with a nice size head that lasts quite some time, great lacing.

S -Some carmel, sweet malts, brown sugar

T- Can taste exacally as it smells, very nice.. brown sugar and carmel and a slight orange peel note, nice and balanced, smooth beer.

M- Nice and soft on the mouth, a medium in body with a slight carbination

Great beer, I've enjoyed quite a few of these and can always rely on Sam adams for a good brew. Give it a try!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,565 ratings.