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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,245
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

n2pux, Tuesday at 06:44 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

picklepastry, Tuesday at 08:26 AM
Photo of enjambed
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Serving: fridge temp bottle poured into standard pint glass (forgot to check date on bottle)

Appearance: Dark, rich Orange with some red. moderate pour produces a 1 finger off-white head that settles down to some persistent lace. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Light toasted aroma, maybe some bread. A little light.

Taste: Malty overall, a little on the sweet side and not much toastiness. Pretty clean without much complexity.

Feel: Medium-light, not very creamy. Finish is dry and does not overstay its welcome.

Overall: A solid, and dare I say it, commercial version of the Oktoberfest. There are a good number of richer and arguably more flavorful Oktoberfests out there, but at 5.3%, what do you expect? This would be a good idea to pick up as a 12 pack for a football tailgate or something along those lines since many people would find this beer agreeable and nonoffensive. While I would definitely drink this again if someone offered it, I probably would not buy it for myself.

enjambed, Tuesday at 05:16 AM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Slundbe2, Tuesday at 01:53 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Monday at 11:24 PM
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3.04/5  rDev -17.2%

TheCusack, Monday at 11:03 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

LakeCreekBev, Monday at 11:03 PM
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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%

Kahmelion, Monday at 01:53 PM
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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Nick_Bousquet, Monday at 12:37 PM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

the_benskii, Monday at 08:13 AM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%


Jules07, Monday at 04:41 AM
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Upslion, Monday at 04:37 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +23.2%

_iBeer22, Monday at 03:41 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

murphius1118, Monday at 03:28 AM
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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

JPatRich2, Monday at 02:27 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date January 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with 1 finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until almost no head remained, there was no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread, then just a light kiss of hops.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good Octoberfest beer, true to the style, reasonably priced at $12.99 for a variety 12 pack. It's not my favorite style but I enjoy it during the season.

HoppyBastard, Monday at 02:26 AM
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Freiberger14, Monday at 01:12 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

csurowiec, Monday at 01:12 AM
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Kutch, Monday at 12:12 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

andrewdanks, Sunday at 11:24 PM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Jc0p, Sunday at 09:55 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Served cool from 12 fluid oz can into 500ml pilsner mug. I thought I could get two cans into the mug, stupid imperial measurements!

A) Amber with big white head. Lots of bubbles coming up. A lot darker than most German Oktoberfest specials.

S) Quite a heavy malt odour, attenuated by acidic carbon dioxide and metallic notes.

T) Good - malty lager is a credible attempt at the Munich style. Pleasantly mild aftertaste.

M) Quite meaty for a lager and again this follows the original German style.

O) A good American representation of the style - I understand that this is available at a cheap price in the US compared to the German imports, so fill your boots.


Malt_Man, Sunday at 09:23 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Nightkota, Sunday at 07:48 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

galonzo25, Sunday at 05:29 PM
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,245 ratings.