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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,644 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 6,644
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,151 | 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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2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber with a white two finger head that fizzles out extremely quick, with no lacing.

S - Malts, grains, and bread; smells like fall.

T - Caramel, malts, and a decent hop balance finishes really crisp and clean.

M - Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation smooth and refreshing.

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

Poured into a mug.

Brown and clear. Foamy white head. Nice carbonation climbing to the top.

Smells faintly malty and roasty. A hint of hops.

Tastes like an octoberfest. Smooth flavor, sort of sweet, touch of herbal hops.

It's light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This is an octoberfest. Any typical Marzen gets a B with me. None of them blow me away and I don't think I've ever regretted drinking one.

Photo of tjacobs610
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, sort of rusty. Very thick caramel colored head with lots of lacing

Smell: Very malty aroma, with some sweetness to it. Has hints of grain with an almost musty hint to it as well

Taste: Very malty taste, not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Has a bit of a sweeter finish that’s also very metallic

Mouthfeel: Very frothy and fairly thick feel. Has a good bit of carbonation that allows the head to last quite a while.

Overall: Very good beer, nothing fantastic but it’s a solid one that can always be enjoyed.

Photo of Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with a rose tint, very clear. The head is a massive fluffy off white monster. Looks nice.

S: Definitely some dark bread aromas, as well as a sweet slightly caramel smell. There is a light floury note as well.

T: Bready and sweet, with caramel notes and a light fruitiness. There is a nice raison taste in there as well, though very slight.

M: Medium in body, and high carbonation.

O: Overall a very enjoyable beer, although it is not earth shattering, it is certainly well made and tasty.

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3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bar was out of Harpoon. But ended up being a nice fill-in.

A - Fantastic look with a dark amber color, some rising bubbles and a big three finger foamy head with good retention.

S - Nose smelt good but don't recall much beyond the usual malt / hops.

T - Nice toasted and caramel malt flavors and a good finish. Some hints of darker fruit. The right amount of balance. A little richer and of a higher quality than expected. Tasty and above average for me.

MF - Medium through and through with a bit of creamy texture and nicely matched carbonation. A bit less drinkable than others in the style I've had but it works well.

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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

APPEARANCE:
*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

AROMA:
*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

TASTE:
*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

FLAVOR:
*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

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

The only issue I have with Samuel Adams seasonal beers is the
freshness, or often the lack thereof, and its pronounced effect on the product. Time takes the subtile edge off of these mass market/craft beers, particularly the aromatics and finish. I've had very good ones and poor ones. It is Beer O'Clock on Friday and my draft Octoberfest's appearance is deep and rich in its plain 20oz glass. It has a subdued head, as the draft seems well chilled. It has a smooth and pleasant caramel sweetness that turns slightly tannic bitter in the finish that does not linger. It is not dry. I find it a tad over hopped for the style, a tendency with Sam Adams. The taste flourishes at a cool temperature. Like most Sam Adams I find it to be a solid representation of the style and certainly worth drinking.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,644 ratings.