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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,479 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,479
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 896 | 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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2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

Manninp, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of CupcakeNY
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decided to try this, though I have not been that impressed with Sam Adams lately. And I was once again disappointed. Poured a medium brown, with little head, whatever there was quickly dissipated. Nose was a bit malty, with yeasty notes, but not overpowering or complex. Mouth feel was much thinner than I expected, watery, and relatively tasteless. Finish was somewhat unpleasant, a bit sour. All in all, I would not buy it again.

CupcakeNY, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of inluvwithagypsy
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%

inluvwithagypsy, Sunday at 05:06 AM
Photo of Mindblown84
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

Mindblown84, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of chris11554
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at barbecue restaurant in midtown that just put it on draft and was very excited. Unfortunately I was unimpressed. It has a nice dark amber color but the aroma was bland. The taste wasn't bad but it also wasn't special at all or what I was expecting. Therer was no extra matliness or hoppiness. It was as if they took regular Sam Adams and put carmel coloring in it. It's an extremely drinkable beer and it goes down easy. A good everyday beer but definetely not a specialty beer in my opinion.

chris11554, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of RickPat10
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

RickPat10, Aug 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

WuAnquo1, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

dankjohn, Sep 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

JGrummell, Sep 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

drone, Sep 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

andant, Nov 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

JingoWingo, Sep 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

waddellc2, Oct 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MJR
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orange-amber shade with great clarity. A foamy off-white head starts off a good size and sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, a bit of toffee, sweet malt, and corn.

Taste: The strongest flavor is the sweet malt, with it's caramel and toffee notes, but a corn taste is a close second. Too much sweetness overall. That's disappointing, considering this used to be a really good Octoberfest offering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It would be a lot higher if the unmistakable corn aroma and flavor wasn't there.

This beer caught a lot of heat this year when many people detected corn in the recipe. You can say what you want about the Boston Beer Company...I know what corn tases like, and they used it here. Too bad....

MJR, Dec 16, 2002
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

buzzed, Sep 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Razonulzer, Sep 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

KCM, Sep 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Coemgen, Oct 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Massbmx, Aug 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

jpd026, Dec 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

klawburke, Jul 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

dcellis, Jan 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Shineonsolar, May 24, 2012
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,479 ratings.