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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,978
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 654 | 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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Photo of Murrhey
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger cream-colored head with low retention. Walnut-colored body with moderate clarity and middling carbonation.

S- Some caramel malts, spices and warm notes.

T- Warm, caramel and malty. Has a bit of a spicy note at the end of the taste.

M- Thicker and bubbly.

O- Not much to say about this. Middling.

Murrhey, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of JGrummell
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

JGrummell, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of michaelfcasey
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

michaelfcasey, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Botulizard
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark, almost murky brown. Not much head or lacing to speak of.

S: Doesn't smell like much, there's a faint aroma that I think smells a bit like corn, but it's very subtle.

T: It doesn't taste bad, but it's not a remarkable taste either. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Robust and full. Average carbonation.

O: Got this beer as part of a seasonal sampler. I don't think I'd seek it out to buy on its own, but I don't think I'd refuse it if someone were to offer me one again. I could take this beer or leave it, really. There are better Octoberfests to be had.

Botulizard, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +9%

Yoda22, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of blameo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

blameo, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Chadbeer7
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Chadbeer7, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jwren5
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Jwren5, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djgustafson, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of jayman6
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jayman6, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Madskill
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Madskill, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Patsnsoxfan
4/5  rDev +9%

Patsnsoxfan, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of bob_d_j
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bob_d_j, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of swedishmailman
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

swedishmailman, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kraticus41, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

chudson1992, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bconsidine, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Bromine, Sep 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Spartan13, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JMUbrewz, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jhcfc1, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zrbeer1579, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of rx-beer
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein.

A - Gives about an inch of lasting off-white head over a dark amber body. This beer is clear with light carbonation and mild lacing. Head fades into a thin layer.

S - Malty caramel aroma with a touch of bread.

T - Sweet, malty caramel flavors jump out at you from the start. Don't feel this to be excessively sweet. Toasty and biscuity touch lingers until the next sip and is balanced out with a very mild yet persistent bitterness.

M - LIght carbonation and medium-to-full body that is quite chewy.

O - I'm really enjoying this year's Oktoberfest from Sam Adams. I'm partial to the amber Marzens and their caramel flavor so this one just hits the spot for me. I definitely wish this beer would be offered year-round and am looking forward to see what Jim Koch and the guys at BBC come up with for next year. Glad I still have a few of these left in the fridge.

rx-beer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour results in a 3/4 inch off-white head that sticks around pretty well. The beer is a somewhat pale yellowish-brown with a little bit of red.

I detect quite a bit of cooked corn aromas and flavors here, with maybe a little diacetyl. Very little hop aroma/flavor, and generally lacking any toastiness or complex malt flavors. A little bit of sourness in the aftertaste, with a bit of sweetness from the malt.

I'm not very impressed with this beer- it's drinkable and that's about it. Boston lager and ale is much better. I tried this last Fall and was similarly disappointed- I had hoped that bad feedback would have led the brewers to reconsider their recipe. This tastes more like a really corny malt liquor rather than an Octy. Boo! There are MUCH better Octoberfest brews out there.

archyquaffer, Sep 02, 2013
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,978 ratings.