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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,188
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 266 | 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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paxchristi

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.oz bottle into tankard.

Appearance: Dark amber orange. Definitely malt-centric from its appearance. However, the head was quite possibly one of the worst examples of head I've seen. Even for a mid-sized brewery lager, its poor. Disappointed. A brewery like Boston Brew should be expected to do much better than this.

Nose: Totally malt-centric (as can be expected). It's very reminiscent of a very malty amber. Its fairly strong actually. A bit sticky in the nose. Probably from a hint of fruit juice.

Taste: Totally decent. Light malt-centric with some sticky juice and perhaps a bit of hops in the back. I like the balance. Its its strong point for this beer. The flavors jive well together.

Mouth: Clean, crisp, and very well carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy this beer. However, its not so good that it stands out amidst the sea of other Octoberfest beers. I keep the bottles of the ones that I think are worth remembering. Sadly, this one is going in the recycle bag. However, it really is a fairly solid example of the style. Sam Adams needs to stick to lagers. This really is a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 21:17:25 | More by paxchristi
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer pours a copper coloring, rich and vibrant. Lots of carbonation on the pour, with a healthy, thick, dense two inch head that quickly settles down into a film covering. Aromas of rich caramel and smokey malt fill the nose, with some light nutty highlights. Flavors are light and crisp in mouth, with a rich malt character strongly profiled, and highlighted by some light spicing and a smokey background. The aftertaste is very sweet, but not overpowering, and the beer has a clean and crisp finish, with a slight drying at the end. Very decent, and very light and crisp for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:19:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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brewmandan

Iowa

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

as oktoberfest brews are my favorite, this one is one of the better oktoberfests brewed in the u.s. that i've had. good amount of malt, as an oktoberfest should have. amount of bitterness from the hops is just right. mouthfeel is good. i could drink several of these in an afternoon without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:14:42 | More by brewmandan
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Groomsy

Kentucky

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

12 oz. bottle with "Best by" of January, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear copper, almost light brown with highlights of orange in the light. Topped by a one-finger head of white foam that fades fairly quickly with spotty, wispy lacing in its wake. Carbonation is persistent and steady to the top of the glass. A nice looking brew.

Aroma: Along the same lines as some other offerings from SA, but enhanced - fruity hops (think green apples), a touch of grass, some caramel and grain sweetness, and just a kiss of fresh baked bread. Definitely has "fall seasonal" written all over it; just balanced enough to stake off any cloying sweetness from the malt, though a very malty beer overall. Digging it.

Taste: The malt takes the forefront of the taste with flavors of caramel and toffee, sugary and sweet. This is followed by a flash of herbal and grassy hops, which linger into the finish where flavors of bread hang around on the back of the tongue with some subtle flavors of honey. Very "full" and rounded malt flavor here, just kept in check by the hops. Not super-filling, but very crisp and refreshing. A nice drinking lager.

Mouthfeel: Rich medium body, but still crisp and refreshing. Maybe a little too heavy for sessionable drinking, but definitely fitting for a fall brew, and on par for Sam Adams' beers. Some kick from the carbonation, but not fizzy. Finishing flavors are slightly cloying, but not too bad.

Overall: Another nice seasonal from Sam Adams, and my personal favorite from their seasonal line-up other than Noble Pils. Not as good as I remember it being on tap, which I'll have to try again. Nevertheless, a supremely drinkable and full-flavored fall beer that's good for just about anything and can be found anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:58:54 | More by Groomsy
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pint glass. Yadda yadda yadda.

A: Crystal clear burnished copper with burnt umber undertones. Pours with one finger of light tan head that falls as fast as foliage.

S: Mildly pungent with faint spices and tones of caramel malt.

T: Faint must accompanies the opening, quickly followed by toasty, biscuity caramel malts and a thin snip of bitter hips... I mean, hops.

M: Medium and a little creamy, with soft carbonation.

O: Better than I remember. Sam Winter will always be my favorite SA seasonal though.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:06:15 | More by DirtyPenny
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated for January 2012

Coppery amber in color, decent head with nice lacing. Taste is crisp clean and semi sweet more malty than not. Leaves pleasant aftertaste. A full body and rich taste, not the same as actual German imports however!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:59:13 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Phinner

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this beer after pouring into a glass -- great color, clarity and smell. At first, it tasted exceptional with full bodied maltiness and good hop balance. But the aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired - somewhat astringent and overall unpleasant. I would not go out of my way to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:39:24 | More by Phinner
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Chris585

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company Glass....

Appearance is dark amber with minimal head and little retention. Smell is pretty good with that great Sam Adams Malty twinge....when I drink their beers, I always have that in the back of my head, Stocky Bearded guy pouring malts in....carrying barley up a flight of stairs....tuggin on the overalls and smiling because he loves his job....anyways...

Taste is of malty goodness, not too sweet, not too much carbonation, little head, but thats ok too...tasty as always from Sam Adams...just a respectable brewery that I have always went to, even though I havent tasted all their offerings, this brew is GOOD...nothing extraordinary, a little too dry without the hops, but TASTY.

Of all the variety of Octoberfest beer, this one is another of my cant waits.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 20:40:41 | More by Chris585
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dahlen22

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale orange with a small head.

Aroma: Malty caramel and some mild fruity hops and some grassiness.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with toasted bread, malts, a slight hint of citrus hops and the warmth of the alcohol in the finish.

Overall: I am not the biggest fan of Samuel Adams beers (except the Scotch Ale which I LOVE), but I have to admit, this one is pretty good. Easy drinking and crisp, this is a beer that I could drink all night long. A good domestic take on a German Octoberfest style beer. This one is a keeper. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 19:04:44 | More by dahlen22
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theotherone87

Pennsylvania

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

I have this beer twice this year sofar, I have had it on tap and in a bottle.

Appearence- A nice solid brown with light copper tones and a nice finger and half head.

Smell- A very nice fall smelling medium hoppy beer. Brings a nice joy to my nose. Take a deep breath as sipping it and the senses really come alive.

Taste- A nice marzen beer with a touch of hops. A very decent tasting octoberfest beer.

Mouthful- Theres some carbonation not too overpowering though. The beer comes alive in a nice big gulp.

Overall- I like this beer a lot. I like it better on tap then from a bottle. I would recommend it and buy it again. If you new to marzen/octoberfest beers this might be a good one to start with as it is not too hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 16:14:47 | More by theotherone87
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aval89

California

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber with 2 finger head.. carbonation clinging to the glass..head settled to a thin film.

S: sweet malts..toffee.. slightly metallic.. hint of noble hops.. some spice.

T: toffee & sweet malts upfront.. slightly toasty malts in the mid palate.. finishes sweet with some hops & a slightly metallic twang..a bit chalky as well.. the spice is minimal but is mostly present towards the finish

Mf: light medium body .. smooth carbonation..

O: a decent beer.. nothing to exciting though.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 09:54:35 | More by aval89
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navinsula

Indiana

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

beer was a nice light copper color with a one finger head that didnt last long

the smell was a bit sweet and malt heavy with very little hop aroma

tast is somewhat sweet upfront and a nice dry finish

overall this is a pretty good beer especialy if your looking for something you could drink a few of

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:47:49 | More by navinsula
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Yagman3000

New York

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

Served from a tap into a 22 oz. Tall glass stein.

Appears a light brown with sone shades of deep burnt orange in there as well. A tiny little bubbled head remains, especially around the outside.

Smells of sweet malts with a thin band of hoppy bitterness. There's a touch if the harvest in here.

Tastes sweet at first and then settles out into a duller malt tone. A touch of peppery hoppy bitterness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel has a noticeable until fizz. It's well carbonated. To gue feels the hops at the end.

Overall a decent beer but, at this point, nothing in the major leagues compared to a small batch. I'll stick to Boston Lager with Sam.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 23:49:49 | More by Yagman3000
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mattkoon

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off "fall" is my favorite time of year for bee. There are so many great seasonals out there and the sam octoberfest is no exception. The first thing I notice about this beer is it's fantastic color- it's a beautiful coppery orange. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is a strong malted barley richness- but it still manages to be very drinkable and smooth. I always keep this beer on hand all season long.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:35:43 | More by mattkoon
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a chain restaurant, the best beer on the menu.
Came served in a 16 oz mug, an amber orange color with a minimal tan wisp of a head that was gone before my lips touched the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malty with an earthy herbal hop presence. Smells a bit sweet. Taste is bready and mildly malty with an herbal hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. Medium body and carbonation with a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent beer, but their are certainly better beers in the style. I would drink this again given the choices I had tonight but would easily skip this in a better venue.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 22:55:14 | More by johnnnniee
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jeremyk00

Maryland

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

Initially there is a slight sweet malty presence that gives way to a medium bodied mouth feel carrying the malt throughout. All in all it is a very drinkable beer and not too heavy but in the same breath, its not so light that it loses character. It holds up as an Oktoberfest style beer without being overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 16:21:27 | More by jeremyk00
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losdizzel

Oklahoma

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

This one of Sams seasonal beers ,just before fall and football and, of course Oktoberfest yea! . Color is a very nice looking ,smells like a beer kinda sweet slight hops . mouthfeel nice .

Taste is very nice ,considering its a Sam Adams not a big fan but still gota try it ,mostly not a big hop fan. Good malty finish to it the came damn close to this one for me that is . The five malted barley realy dose it .

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:10:42 | More by losdizzel
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Guden

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light almond brown with a small off white head. Looks nice but not great.

S- Munich malt fills the nose with hints of noble hops. Very fitting and enticing if not overly strong.

T- Lots of caramel and malt with a little bread up front, a bit of dark fruit and hops comes in at the end to balance.

M- Fairly low body with a medium level of carbonation. It fills the mouth and feels nice but I wouldn't mind it being a little more full bodied.

D- Very drinkable, fairly light but with ideal balance and enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:09:45 | More by Guden
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airforbes1

New York

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

Pours a robust, deep orange color. Very clear. The aroma has a biscuity smell, along with some floral hops. Good on both accounts.

This is only the third Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer I've had, but I'm impressed. The taste begins with toasted malt, has bitter hops in the middle, and finishes with a slight mineral notes. Flavorful, yet drinkable. I could see myself pounding these if I were in the right mood. A great beer at the price point.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:48:25 | More by airforbes1
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of head that quickly fades to a thin lace. Smells of caramel and possibly toffee. Taste is rich caramel but not sweet; very mild hop character for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

This is definitely a sessionable beer; rich and smooth, it's a decent octoberfest brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 22:11:22 | More by tdm168
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with light bubbles to be seen streaming up the glass, white head starts thick but fades and remains thin white lacing,

Smell- slight malt, musty, and grain and husk

Taste- starts up malty up front and has some nice hops and dryness on the back end keeps things in check, very well balanced overall in the flavor, not as sweet as some octoberfests and not thats not necessarily bad thing

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, not as heavy as some octobers

Drinkability- this is very easily drinkable for sure, im not sure its the best of the best of the style but its probably one of the most drinkable for sure, the flavor is enjoyable and balance to the extreme, one i could certainly session all night long where some marzens can get to be bit to much so in terms drinkability this is probably my favorite

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 20:45:10 | More by Stunner97
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MP72

Pennsylvania

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

A- Copper color with 1/4" rocky white head into a Hofbrau .5 liter mug.

S- smells of metal and not much else.

T- a little caramel and slight hops but little else.

M- very good and a nice carbonation level as well.

O- For all the hoopla this one seems bland and boring to me and I have been loving german lagers for a while now. Seemingly no depth to this at all. On a positive note it is an easy drinker. You could have several without any sweetness catching up with you.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 15:33:08 | More by MP72
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warbird07

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass...

appears ruby red..nice cream colored head, good lacing..

smell is quite nice..malty, sweet,bready.subtle hop aroma...very appealing..

taste is..sweet..malty sweet..gentle hop flavor..slight bitter finish..smooth(hey it is a lager)

mouthfeel is great..smooth like the style..light to medium body..very appealing and drinkable..

I must admit..I am biased to this particular brew..it has been one of my favorites for many years..I have had alot of martzens..this is one of my favorite..

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 03:04:16 | More by warbird07
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centbeerfest

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Excellent thick head and a fine deep copper very clear color with ample carbonation.

Served at about 50 degrees. Very creamy with a little less malt than I would have liked at the finish. Tastes fresh and overall a very good drinkable beer that is not too filling and representative of the style. Maybe just a little on the simpler side than I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:31:31 | More by centbeerfest
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with almost no head

S: Some nice bready malts, spicy hops, and a generic lager smell

T: Bready malts come through first and go on throughout, with a spicy hop presence that is fairly weak. Tastes like fall in a bottle in terms of all the bready malt goodness with that slight hop bite

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great fall seasonal and one of the few lagers (i.e., not a sweet malt bomb of a doppelbock) that I actually enjoy

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 20:36:12 | More by BEERMILER12
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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