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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,135
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 245 | 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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Dogsgogrrrr

Tennessee

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

Appearance: Light(er) amber brown color with a good, dense head.
Smell: If poured correctly, this beer releases some solid, pleasant esters. A pretty good indicator of what's to come.
Taste: Good, caramel malt backbone with buscuity aftertones. Relatively strong flavor, with minimal bite.
Mouthfeel: An even amount of carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.

A great addition to the Samuel Adams family, something to look forward to each fall. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you're unlucky enough to find yourself located in an area plagued by a limited beer selection. If you're a fan of Oktoberfests, give this beer a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 02:27:04 | More by Dogsgogrrrr
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gpogo

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep red-orange amber color. Large creamy off-white head that dissipates to a small covering.

A- Toasted German malts. Some Vienna.

T- Up front there is a malty sweetness. Finishes dry, this seems to be enhanced with the toasted malts. A bitter aftertaste from the hops.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. Creamy texture throughout, including the head.

D- A rather decent Oktoberfest. Enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:30:30 | More by gpogo
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youngleo

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found that if you gave this brew a hard pour, it made all the difference in the world with head quanity and lacing. Actually very nice. Was copper brown in color. Smelled of malt and a little sweet. But mostly malt. Tasted of malt and slightly sweet. With hints of caramel. Felt thin in the mouth. Not heavy at all. Carbonation was good. It wasnt my favorite Octoberfest but definatly worth checking out. Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 18:39:56 | More by youngleo
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BeenJammin

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice copper brown with a decent 1 finger head

S - Smells very clean with a lot of malts and a sort of grainy lager smell.

T - Has a toasty and carmelly backbone with a hint of grain. Just a small flower hop taste.

M - Very clean and light bodied.

D - This is very drinkable. I could down a sixer of this in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 04:18:44 | More by BeenJammin
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Berticus

Florida

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

The ABV is lower than they could have made it because the flavor is so full.
Its an awesome blend of malt and hops and really is the perfect flavor to embody the fall season.
Its not my favorite seasonal but it is definitely my favorite octoberfest so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:52:35 | More by Berticus
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark, burnt orange color, a little more toward the brown side. not a tall head, but pretty dense for what is there. excellent lacing.

S: very heavy on the sweet, malty smells, very grainy smelling, very few hops, if any, not bad, but not very interesting either.

T: very malty, some definite roasted characteristics, nice underlying smoke. malts linger on the palate nicely. sweet. a definite honey flavor. no bitterness. very smooth in general.

M: thick, rich and heavy, coats the mouth. not too shabby.

D: this is a fairly drinkable beer, but not one of my favorite styles. pretty mellow, smooth, and easy drinking though. all in all not too bad. i'd pour a few of these down if on a night out.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:34:53 | More by pokesbeerdude
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into my new unmarked goblet reveals a dark copper, opaque body. A thin head reduces to a filmy cap which sticks a little to the inside of the glass. Aroma is of fruit mainly, with a little malt, and a vague notion of clove. Mouthfeel is decent for a lager, with good carbonation and a little depth. Taste is like the nose, a touch of clove, wood, vanilla, and a very weak attempt at spice. Aftertaste smacks of alcohol and a very mild hop character. As a lager I like this very much, but as a seasonal, there are many better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 01:56:07 | More by ljbrisson
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

Off the tap this beer was a bright orange-amber color like pumpkin paste, good clarity with an off-white head. Mediocre retention but decent lacing. Malty and slightly musty aromas with hints of sweetness lurking. The taste was mostly sweet malts, caramel in particular, earthy and taut flavors like a vitamin. Dry and bitter finish is slightly metallic. Medium body and semi-smooth but nothing stellar.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 00:52:48 | More by thekevlarkid
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tpd975

Florida

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

A: Nice golden copper hue with a nice tall head when poured from the tap. Good retention and lots of bubbles. A smattering of lace is left behind. A touch of alcohol could be detected.

S: Big malty aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Nice big biscuity malty taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is a dash of bittering hops as well to provide nice balance.

M: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

D: A nice change of pace Octoberfest brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 19:52:13 | More by tpd975
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

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

A: Golden orange with a yellow/tan 1-finger head with carbonation moving throughout at varying paces.

S: Light malts all around, little sweetness, vague fruitiness.

T: Earthy and caramel malts, cookie-like breadyness with a disgustingly light hoppiness in the background.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish but palatable.

D: As with most Marzens, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 13:36:25 | More by phantomwyse
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an excellent, rustic amber color. On draft, so nothing more than a thin wispy head.

Aroma is very clean and malt-dominant with a little hop pine and...what's that...some spice? Really?

There's that spice again-a little clovish but surprisingly hearty. Decent amber malt base - maybe a little hop pine but not a whole lot.

Very clean on the palate with a full woody finish. Little aftertaste. Stands up with warmth.

One of the more pleasing BBC offerings to me. Packs a little more weight than I'm used to for the mild flavor profile but it's definitely an enjoyable sessioner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 12:14:56 | More by IBUnit63
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dananabanana

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red color. Decent head, for a lighter beer.

S: Sweet and malty, but not very strong.

T: Lots of that sweet malt again, on the tip of the tongue. The perfect amount of hops-- not too much, well-balanced. Develops a nutty taste after awhile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Good mix of carbonation.

D: I could definitely drink this all night. This is the one Sam Seasonal I really miss when it isn't being sold.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 03:47:10 | More by dananabanana
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ajmoody76

Illinois

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

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:23:53 | More by ajmoody76
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daythree16

Tennessee

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color with a creamy one-finger head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell is caramel, a little toasted malt, and some grain husk. Taste is sweet, but well balanced with some German hop bitterness on the finish. Straight forward and pretty good

Medium bodied with great drinkability. Would definitely make for a great session lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 18:52:53 | More by daythree16
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akronzipfan

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - pours an oranginsh-brown with a light tan head, that is fairly frothy but not long lasting. Moderate lacing.

s - Fall spices with a burnt roast background.

t - Nice balance with the malted hops and spices.

m - Low carbonization and somewhat weak bodied, but all in all not bad.

d - pretty good beer to have at your own Octoberfest

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 15:41:10 | More by akronzipfan
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Clear copper color. Head is a tight big toe width head that is fading quickly.

S- I smell some malty goodness, with a little dark fruit smell that has been coated in a gooey caramel jacket. Smells tasty.

T- The taste is a bit flat, there is a good amount of malt, but that fruityness is not there, and the caramel is not present in the taste either like it was in the smell.

M- Very thin feeling, and there is almost no carbination, which isn't too bad, but a little more would be nice.

D- Easy to drink if you want to drink something quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 21:49:07 | More by Wetpaperbag
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a reddish-amber color. The head was decent. The smell was somewhat fruity, but nothing overpowering. The taste was a little bland to me. Nothing that stood out and spoke to me, but I don't usually care for Oktoberfests anyway. The finish had this lagery presence that came out of no where and that didn't suit me well. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 15:25:41 | More by HoppyMcStout
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep amber with coppery highlights, crystal clear with a nice thick creamy off white head leaving some oily lacing.

Smell is nice, of bready malts and perhaps some caramel sweetness.

Taste is all about the malt, sweet up front with a touch of bitter on the finish. Some caramel overtones and a touch of sour on the palate. Hops appropriately take the back stage. Warming mellows it out nicely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a bit over carbonated on the tongue. It is nicely crisp.

Very drinkable and with the change of seasons in the air a nice change from the IPAs and pale ales I've been drinking all summer. Perhaps not the best of the Fest beers but enjoyable nonetheless.

Edit: I've had a chance to drink several six packs of this brew this season and my appraisal of it is higher than it was initially, I've been enjoying it very much!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 01:37:54 | More by BlackBearForge
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright orange amber color. Poured a bit less than a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly to a skim around the edges of the glass. Broken light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and some dark fruit tastes. Some astringent spices.

T: Big, slightly sweet malts up front. Slightly hot finish.

M: Medium body. Might be a little light on the carbonation. Dry warming finish.

D: Very drinkable, and in quantity. Dry, warm finish leaves me ready for the next drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 23:56:48 | More by Haybeerman
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cbn

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice clarity, beautiful bright copper color, large head induced by vigorous pour retreats to thin off-white cap.

Light malty aroma with a dry soapy end note.

Sweet carmel malt with lemony bitterness and a cornbread end-note.

Carbonation gives a soft bite to the tongue, otherwise smooth and clean, with a medium to light body.

Easy drinker although fairly pedestrian. Not a bad beer, nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 15:11:32 | More by cbn
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

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

A good Sam Adams that captures the style is is going for quite well.

A- Dark red-orange-brown that looks like the color most leaves change to in Autumn. Very clear

S- Smell is of caramel and sweet rolls

T- Taste is like the smell but the hops become noticeable with a bitter citrus pinch on the tongue

M- Feel is light with a slight feel of syrup.

D- Drinks real well with a relaxed flavor and light body

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 01:10:37 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice creamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet, bready and caramel malts. Maybe something in there thats sweet citrus?

T- Follows the nose well and pretty well balanced out with a dash of hops in there.

M- Medium body and nice carbonation.

D- A solid brew and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:51:58 | More by nrbw23
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nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber color with a head of slightly off-white foam. Good clarity, carbonation and lacing.

S - Malty and slightly metallic. Tiny hints of dark ripe fruit also detected.

T - Malty and herbal up front. Finishes with dry and slightly bitter with some alcohol presence.

MF&D - Solid Octoberfest choice. You can't beat the price either.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:18:43 | More by nasty15108
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

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

Light amber color with nice off white rocky head, great retention. Seems to have a malty aroma, is that possible? Taste is really malty sweet, some caramel, little nuttiness, but mostly sweet.

It has a thick mouthfeel to me and it finishes very sweet wich severely reduces drinkability for me. I like one, but more than that and the sweetness builds to a level of annoyance with me.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:43:55 | More by Chugmonkey
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh more Oktoberfest brew and I'm on a Sam Adams kick of late to boot. Pours pure copper into the SA specialty glass. A big fluffy off-white head peaks a few cm above the rim and fades very slowly, leaving a scattering of rocky lacing behind. Smells of malts, caramel, and a bit of tea. Tastes sweet with just enough bitterness to keep it from being boring. Goes down smooth with a light-to medium mouth-feel. I'm really digging this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:40:30 | More by stephens101
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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