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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

5,830 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,830
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 578 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

freshflesh, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of surlytheduff
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass. Poured clear orange-brown, with a finger and a half of foamy head. Not much residual lacing as it receded. Smelled strongly of malt with a little caramel, nothing else notable. Dominant taste were sweet malts, with a small bit of spiciness and a little hop bitterness. Had a good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with decent carbonation.

surlytheduff, Nov 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Rod_J, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap enjoy by month of "Jan" poured into a Becker Glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Caramel malt and breadiness

Taste: I find a that a noble hop bitter comes right at the tip of your tongue then there is a rich caramel malt in the middle with a slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation but has a lighter mouthfeel than I expected

Overall: There's a nice amount of caramel flavor with a slight noble hop bitterness to help balance it out. I personally would prefer a little more depth in the mouthfeel.

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Poured a nice amber color and had nice white head to it.

Smell -Malts with a slight hint of hops

Taste -High malt flavor with hint of spices and hops

Mouthfeel -Medium body with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability -I love Sam Adams Oktoberfest it's a good beer.

Beerbuddha, Sep 08, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

BeerGreg, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nodder, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Listers, Aug 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

frankthetank86, Sep 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

byronic, Wednesday at 12:41 PM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown, with off white foam. Sweet candy aroma, with some bready malt and slight fruitiness. Sweet, caramelly and malty. Finish is clean and dry. Pretty good drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty decent o'fest. I enjoyed it.

baiser, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper, amber appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of sugar, malt, bread and spices. Impressive so far.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, bread and various spices. Taste overall is light and simple, but blends together well. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter and dry caramel taste.

This is a tasty and refreshing Oktoberfest, nothing to complicated but nothing offensive. Worth a try.

CrazyMike, Oct 16, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready, typical oktoberfest aroma.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma but with subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Decent representation of an oktoberfest/ marzen style. Not my favorite style but still good.

jamescain, Sep 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

ZachRusk, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

durwood64, Jan 25, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

SickGnar, Feb 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Sipchue, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of SykDoc
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this beer and had it in a pint glass from a bottle.
Beer initially poors with a 1/4-1/2 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. The appearance is a pleasant clear copper.
The aroma reminds of many lagers, having an expectedly malty scent with some caramel.
There is a creamy feel to the beer which is generally medium bodied, but light and palatable. You can catch a bit of hops, as well as carbonation. Beyond that, this beer does seem to come up a bit flat overall. It is a good oktoberfest lager, but defintely could be better with a deeper flavor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a lager but is not expecting a whole lot.

SykDoc, Oct 12, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AaronBurr, Sep 08, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitly one of my favorite Octoberfest beers, and possibly the one single seasonal beer that I look forward too the most each year.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 30, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lighter amber/oragne with a medium off-white head that clings a bit.

S- Malty aroma with a touch of caramel and spice.

T- Again nice malty taste overall that dominates. Slight bitterness is there to bring a little balance, but there is no huge hop taste other than the bittering aspect.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not a bad Maerzen, but nothing incredible; definitely worth grabbing a 6-er of.

TommyW, Sep 07, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,830 ratings.