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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,877
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 601 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber with nice clarity, thin off white head, no real lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malts, but a good mix of different malty aromas, very light bread but clean overall

T: Rich malts come through from the first sip, sweetness. Some balance with the hops that make it through, but I didn't really pick up an major Noble hop flavors.

M: Decent carb, but not too crisp, lighter body, works well with the flavor and keeps it light feeling but not quite what i'm looking for.

O: Good drinkability. The crispness enhances it and the flavors are all what I would expect them to be. I have used this for a session beer before but as a true Oktoberfest there are better options.

Notes: Used to be one of my favorite beers. It's amazing how your tastes can change over the course of a year of BAing. Still a great beer and it will always be one of my favorite fall beers, but not quite as dark and complex as I remember.

Update: Re-reviewed again, and its still not nearly as good as when I first tried it, but my tastes haven't changed much in the last year.

dpodratsky3, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of DavidBart
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DavidBart, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Rosquin
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Rosquin, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of pottergator
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

pottergator, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of kodt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kodt, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of remyleboux
4/5  rDev +9%

remyleboux, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

memphischas, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of dowen17
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange with a small cream colored head with decent retention and great lacing.

On the nose is wheat, sweet malts, some spice and hints of pumpkin.

Tastes of wheat and some malt. Nothing much going on here really.

Very carbonated. Really bites the tongue. Watery.

This is a decent beer. Very session-able. Would drink again but nothing to seek out obviously.

dowen17, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

thebouch01, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ISmith87
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm someone who gets livid with when people describe a beer to me as smooth or when people ask for a beer that's "smooth". Usually I point them towards the bud light and do everything short of flipping them off.

A - 3.75 - burnt orange color basically no head.

S - 2.50 - nothing. A little bit of alcohol and corn.

T - 3.0 - caramel, pumpkin, straw, corn. Very light, basically no flavor.

M - 3.25 - high carbonation, no bitterness, plain sweetness, no aftertaste

O - 3.25 - pretty basic no flavor even for an October fest.

ISmith87, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Bear1964, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of lic217
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

lic217, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of cjs61679
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

cjs61679, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of biertrinkenja
3/5  rDev -18.3%

biertrinkenja, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheDoak, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of kjrod20
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

kjrod20, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +36.2%

DuffDaddy, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Zanico, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Wrex68
3.12/5  rDev -15%

Wrex68, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Oelschlager
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Oelschlager, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Jakey2005
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I generally enjoy Sam's version of an Oktoberfest. Nice copper color, malty and slightly roasty taste. I find it interesting the number of commentators on here that find it necessary to dislike this beer because it is produced by Sam. I brew my own Oktoberfest, lived in Germany, been to the real Oktoberfest in Munich, and still enjoy this offering from Sam. Not my hands down favorite. I reserve that for Ayinger. But Sam has won multiple awards for this beer and I think they were well deserved.

Jakey2005, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of zero_signal
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zero_signal, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MidwestBA, Aug 19, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,877 ratings.