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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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5,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,785
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest. Not Oktoberfest...but Octoberfest.

"...blends rich malts for a hearty, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating. Cheers!"

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance (3.75) : Deep, rich firey amber red color with a large malty head about three fingers high. Leaves licks of lacing as it recedes at a moderate pace.

Smell (3.25) : I wish I could pinpoint this smell that seemingly all Marzens have and it's so similar to fresh/clean/chlorine water. Someone's gotta know what I'm talking about. This one is pretty strong on this, but as the head recedes I get the following : roasted caramel malt, heavy nutmeg, more of the pretty ocean water, toasted grains. Minimal hop smell. A clean smelling beer with hints of roast and spices.

Taste (2) : Ugh. What happened? No, not a fan here. Artificial spice punches your face right away with loads of bitterness. It's bitter soured pumpkin with traces of stale nutmeg. It's like they tried to make an amber pale ale, and add spices to create a festive beer. Out of the bottle it's slightly better with some added roast pumpkin. Overall though this is a terrible tasting Marzen.

Mouthfeel (3) : Mouthfeel isn't too bad, it's somewhere between creamy and carbonated. Very watery though. Finishes a bit syrupy.

Overall (2.85) : I was excited to try this beer, and I'm trying to like it - I really am. But unfortunately the taste of the stale spice and the bitter sour pumpkin did it in for me. I dont know what the hype is about it, its very gross. Very mawkish and distasteful. Skip it.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Friday at 04:08 AM
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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9%

I always look forward to picking this up when it becomes offered on shelves. I drink so much of it through the fall that it somewhat gets tiring, but it is a great beer and one of the best Octoberfest beers out there. I love the carmel and malt flavors.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,785 ratings.