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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,120
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 237 | 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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jcparish88

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-03-2012 16:43:02 | More by jcparish88
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tgraven

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -45.5%

11-03-2012 14:32:33 | More by tgraven
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profondo

Sweden

4/5  rDev +9%

11-03-2012 09:17:18 | More by profondo
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-03-2012 02:09:18 | More by gritz147
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FennelDTD

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall an OK beer, not great on any aspect, but presents as a fairly full flavor Octoberfest. Does have a slightly off smell when first opened, but the taste presents a better profile. Hints of spice, not overly hoppy. Nothing impressive, but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:33:23 | More by FennelDTD
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MaximalC

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours transparent copper in color with a modest off-white head. Aroma smells of grassy, slightly skunky hops and some caramel. Tastes much like it smells, but worse. A funky hop stank presents up front, asserting itself through excessive carbonation. The malt aspect tastes less like caramel and more like raw sugar--quite offputting. The finish is a heavy does of wheat must. The sensation is kind of like what I would expect if I buried my head in a box of cheerios and inhaled deeply--less than appetizing. Finally the wheaty vapors subside and the process repeats itself with the next sip (sip being the operative word here).

I'm not confident I would have picked this out as an oktoberfest in a blind tasting, but then again I'm not a big fan of oktoberfests, so maybe I might have. Suffice it to say this brew has next to nothing going for it, coming off more like a beefed up light macrobrew than an homage to German brewing tradition. Not quite as bad as Sam Adam's chocolate bock, but pretty close.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:30:16 | More by MaximalC
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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a SA glass

A: Pours with a pretty nice looking head that is only slightly off-white and somewhat quick to fade. The body is a very clear ambery/dark orange. Decent amount of carbonation visible.

S: Grain and doughy malts about sum up the nose here.

T: Bread dough malts, toasted grain, sweet tea, barely present earthy hops.

M: Really feels like a solid lager should. Slightly less than medium body, not thin, somewhat calm carbonation, slightly drying finish.

O: While not my first or favorite example of the style, I certainly would want to try more Marzens if this was the first I had had.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:30:49 | More by CMUbrew
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-01-2012 22:25:38 | More by snowmaggedon
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light marzen. Nice amber although clear color, with decent head. Certainly not as full-bodied as many German options, nor as creamy in mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good. Easy drinking and satisfying and pretty refreshing. A good product from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 20:38:48 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-01-2012 10:43:57 | More by Snellgg5
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mojohawk21

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-01-2012 02:06:43 | More by mojohawk21
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-31-2012 23:17:24 | More by Gtg642
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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-31-2012 21:49:44 | More by tommyd313
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Nihilistkid

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

10-31-2012 21:30:18 | More by Nihilistkid
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jtd335

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-31-2012 11:05:56 | More by jtd335
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber, with another fizzling head that leaves behind no lacing as it falls apart in about half a minute. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells faintly of caramel and nuts. But only just. The flavor is much more notable: I get nutmeg-laced bready and toasted malts with a striking absence of earthiness and plenty of extra caramel. In other words, this beer is somewhat sweeter than the usual Marzen on the market. But some folks like that sort of thing. It gets a cinnamon dusting sort of flavor garnish as the glass warms up towards room temperature. Another middle of the road Marzen in a market already full of middling Marzens.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 05:30:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before - Mar.

Appearance: Pours a thin-looking, watery copper color. Head is somewhat weak and recedes quickly to nothing. Unfortunately, this beer looks like most bar-grade pints. Put this next to a Yuengling amber lager, and I don't think I could tell the difference.

Smell: Somewhat malty, but overall unimpressive. The aroma is very faint.

Taste: Slightly sweet cinnamon malt flavor. The taste is unoffensive and makes for an easy drinking beer. Decent, but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Actually a decently thick mouthfeel. Surprising for the way it looks and tastes. Probably the standout characteristic for this beer.

Overall: It comes off just too weak and watery for me. For some reason, I feel this way about a lot of Sam Adams beers. Craft for the masses? I'm ordering it at a Pizza Hut, but not too many other places.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 21:20:57 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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kpartsch


4/5  rDev +9%

10-30-2012 00:37:57 | More by kpartsch
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dipso123

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-29-2012 23:11:10 | More by dipso123
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ArfArf

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-29-2012 13:13:23 | More by ArfArf
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HungarianCount

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-29-2012 04:24:35 | More by HungarianCount
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ejh06752

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-29-2012 01:02:05 | More by ejh06752
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carlborch

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear pour. Copper color and moderate carbonation. 2-inch tan head forms, but dissipates rather swiftly to a thin, creamy, covering. Malt, caramel and spice in the nose. Hints of bread, pumpkin pie, and dried fruit. Minimal Belgian lace. Medium body. Very nicely balanced palate with a pleasant lingering of malt and pumpkin-pie-spices. Tasty. The hop notes are high restrained.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:13:01 | More by carlborch
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-28-2012 16:36:04 | More by Number3red
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bkrbdan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-27-2012 22:39:36 | More by bkrbdan
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,120 ratings.