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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,419 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 5,419
Reviews: 1,933
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 404 | 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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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.38/5  rDev -35.1%

Reviewed 10/12/2005 (bottle):

Light aroma with straw and a toasted smell, little head which was off-white in color, only slightly fizzy, average density, red hue, not sweet, moderate bitterness, slightly acidic, light to medium body, soft carbonization. In the past with Sam Adams' seasonal beers, it seems they go flat quickly after the start of the season. This was dated good by Feb, but tatsted not as fresh.

11-09-2008 17:43:31 | More by jujubeast6000
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njmoons

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

I have had a lot of Sam Adams beers over the years, but this is the first one I would call bad.

I had a pint on tap at a local bar.

It looked good reddish brown with good long lasting staying power.

The aroma was as expected, some malt

The taste was thin, not much malt or hop flavor. Just plain bland, as I continued to drink I kept trying to find some distinctive flavors, none there. The finish was not a crisp as I would expect from a quality lager.

I will avoid in the future.

08-29-2009 04:23:15 | More by njmoons
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

red-orange color. good clarity. good off-white head. good lacing.

medium malt aroma. clean lager aroma, that is predominant in the bouquet. no hop aroma. very light toasted aroma. subtle caramel/toffee aroma.

taste is initaily slightly sweet. low malt flavor. low hop bitterness. no hop flavor. finish is sweet. balance is toward the malt and the crisp finish overpowers the thin(delicate) flavor of the beer. the taste is pretty non existent on this one, and what flavor there is, is most notable that of adjuncts.

medium mouthfeel. crisp finish.

overall this is not an oktoberfest worth drinking.

09-24-2011 05:37:57 | More by spitInTheOcean
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

"octoberfest" renaming the style. 12 oz bottle.

a- copper color. low carbonation. quality clarity.

s- musci aroma. not very pungent.

t- sweet, watery. slight caramel tones. lager yeast flavor. the end of the sip reminds me a lot of Sam's Boston Lager. tastes watered down. slight sulfury character.

m+d - after having some really good oktoberfests this year; this kind of tastes like an oktoberfest brewed for 'very' general appeal. reserved and somewhat tasteless. glad I only bought one.

09-15-2010 14:54:26 | More by mlazzaro
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

A - Deep copper, clear

S - Malty grain smell, burnt toast

T - Caramel Malts - with alcohol coming thru and very little else of substance. Roasted grain feel and little balance or finish

M- creamy and smooth and little carbonation

Not one to go back to despite the fit for the season.

08-20-2012 03:09:02 | More by KomodoDragon
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CupcakeNY

New York

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

09-21-2009 13:57:04 | More by CupcakeNY
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chris11554

New York

2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

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.

09-08-2006 10:58:11 | More by chris11554
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-26-2013 02:05:45 | More by SuomiHobbit
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-08-2012 22:32:18 | More by WuAnquo1
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dankjohn

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-26-2013 01:11:54 | More by dankjohn
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JGrummell

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-05-2013 23:41:25 | More by JGrummell
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drone

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-10-2013 01:15:44 | More by drone
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andant

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

11-27-2012 23:04:53 | More by andant
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JingoWingo

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-20-2013 19:47:41 | More by JingoWingo
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stampfler07

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-05-2012 01:12:51 | More by stampfler07
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MJR

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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....

12-16-2002 12:20:12 | More by MJR
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buzzed

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-12-2012 02:28:59 | More by buzzed
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KCM

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-26-2012 22:47:20 | More by KCM
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

08-23-2012 01:31:00 | More by Massbmx
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klawburke

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

07-12-2013 16:06:20 | More by klawburke
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dcellis

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-30-2012 20:04:13 | More by dcellis
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Shineonsolar


2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

05-23-2012 23:16:45 | More by Shineonsolar
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geuze_gone_wild

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-29-2013 05:19:05 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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Beer_Belly

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-02-2012 05:42:34 | More by Beer_Belly
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kabritz

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-15-2013 19:21:06 | More by kabritz
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,419 ratings.