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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,246
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 774 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

KevinDanger23, Nov 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

nineworldseries, May 13, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

BraveGator, Apr 20, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Rekrule, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of BierReise
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear deep orangish amber with a small head that dissipates to nothing. Nutty malty aroma. Thin and unimpressive with a good amount of malt but an awful metallic and bitter aftertaste. Used to be great years ago, good example of what can happen to a good brewery who loses sight of the beer in exchange for expansion and distribution as well as macro marketing.

BierReise, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of abuliarose
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a rich orange with very slight head, but many big bubbles coating the inside of the glass. Things die down quickly as it would seem to flatten as I type. Smells slightly sour with faint traces of malt.

Tastes lightly malty and malt-nutty over citrus notes with an almost imperceptible bitter aftertaste. I can really taste the sourness I am smelling, though... almost like milk gone bad. Not appealing at all.

Otherwise, the mouthfeel is light and carbonation is so gentle and rounded that it's watery-smooth. The overall flatness and my urge to pour it down the drain when I whiff it make the drinkability low for me. Maybe I had a bad bottle but man, this would not be my first Oktoberfest choice.

abuliarose, Sep 07, 2009
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2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since the cold air has arrived early and October is almost halfway through, I figured I'd better get in some seasonal beers. I drank this Octoberfest at the same time as another so I could sample the differences.

Poured from a 16.6 oz bottle. Little head of foam.

Color: deep copper. clear and clean appearance.

Nose: slight floral tones.

Taste: A little nutty with a slight bit of fruit.

Mouthfeel: not a whole lot there. Very smooth and creamy. Nice finish.

Drinkability: Very easy. Seem to me that this could be a session beer (I could be way off). I could have quite a few. There just didn't seem to be all that much there in this beer. I didn't find it very interesting. Drinkable not flavorful.

MaineBirdMan, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of mckenziac
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from Sam Adams's "Harvest Collection" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent copper color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a faint, sweet, malty aroma. Kind of expecting more here.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front with a sweet, malty taste. Finishes bitter with toasted and sweet malts and nutty flavors. A bit cloying in sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated with a medium body to it.

Overall: Definitely not the best O-fest out there and definitely not one of Sam Adams's standouts. It's fine enough in the fall variety pack, but definitely not something I'd seek out on its own.

mckenziac, Sep 10, 2012
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2.36/5  rDev -35.7%

24garcia, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Px2GrafX
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

presentation: on tap

appearance: poured a cherry dark wood color with copper highlights in a pilsner glass. (all beers in the restaurant were poured in pilsners, so i didn't say anything.) head was a good 1" when it arrived at the table. off-white in color, and lasted for a few minutes before dropping to a thin capper. laced surprisingly well.

smell: not much to say here. not very aromatic but smelled sort of metallic much like an american micro lager. there were touches of sweetness and fruit, maybe grapes, but the fruit isn't to style. no hop aroma.

taste: again, not overly impressive. there's still that anoying cheap lager metallic taste. it was hard to get past this. there was a lot of malt character, some spice and just a touch of hop flavors in the finish. some noticible diacetyl flavors, though.

mouthfeel: the best thing about this beer. medium creamy body with just enough carbonation. the swallow was moderately smooth as well.

drinkability: this began more drinkable than it finished. the metallic taste was rough. alcohol didn't hinder, but aftertaste was less than appealing. buttery bitterness made this hard to finish.

overall: to start, this isn't one of my favorite styles. i'd like to review this again from the bottle to see if any of the negatives were from the restaurant or the tap. the buttery and metallic flavors made this hard to tolerate, and they aren't normal for this style. better luck next time.

Px2GrafX, Sep 10, 2005
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2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 09, 2008
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2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

njmoons, Aug 29, 2009
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2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

spitInTheOcean, Sep 24, 2011
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2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"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.

mlazzaro, Sep 15, 2010
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2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

KomodoDragon, Aug 20, 2012
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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
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2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

Mindblown84, Aug 28, 2014
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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
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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
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,246 ratings.