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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,787
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 559 | 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.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

BojanglesO7, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Nitty703, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

hemorhoidzz, Aug 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

schmidtmattsays, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnnyK, Aug 17, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: A clear, dark copper body with one finger of somewhat lasting head that dissipated into a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, roasty.

Taste: Follows nose very closely, roasty, malty, caramel. Next to no hops present, but far from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, yet very drinkable. This beer has moderate carbonation and no alcohol detectable on the palate.

Overall: There's nothing that I can say bad about this beer, yet not a whole lot that I am overwhelmed by. This is a highly drinkable, enjoyable beer that warrants multiples at a party or other get together. There is some amount of excitement surrounding this beer's release every year that can only be justified by it being the most readily available yet tasty example of this style.

Hesperus, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

one4thegutter, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nodder, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

52P48, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Tywilly132, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mattknueven, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Basshooker, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JasonTaverner, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

bjmh, Aug 15, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

APPEARANCE: Rubier red than expected with a full finger of eggshell colored head that fades very slowly. Thousands of tiny bubbles run up the side.

SMELL: That Munich malt comes through very strong with a sweet, but slightly woody smell. Not much else going on here.

TASTE: Wow. What a well balanced beer! The malt is certainly driving this beer, but there is enough hop bitterness to make this one extremely drinkable. A slight grassiness comes in after the first wave of sweet malt hits the palate. The aftertaste is clean, but leave the palate wanting.

MOUTHFEEL: Pretty much spot on. Medium-bodied, supremely drinkable.

OVERALL: I never expect much from Sam Adams, but once in a while they knock one out of the park and this is a perfect example of that. This is what a Marzen in the American market should taste like. Well done Sam.

StoneTSR, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Peter, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Trish, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ImperatorScab, Aug 15, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Last year at a get together with some friends at which we listen to music and drink beer, we sampled three Marzen/Oktoberfests: Sam Adams, Shiner and Great Lakes. At the time, Sam Adams came off as the least interesting of them; it wasn't bad per se, just not as interesting as the others.

Tonight I was out and requested it when I found out it was available on tap. It was served in a Sam Adams glass with a rich copper color and an adequate head. The smell was as expected but the taste made it seem like there was a bit more going on than I had remembered from the earlier bottles. Also it complemented the chicken and shrimp dinner very well.

CaptainHate, Aug 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Johnroby, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Sparrow_Feather, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

BradShook, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

flyersfan900, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Akfindlay, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

jgunther71, Aug 14, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,787 ratings.