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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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5,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,508
Reviews: 1,939
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 447 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

11-01-2012 20:38:48 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-10-2012 06:53:36 | More by MaxOhle
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

08-07-2013 16:38:26 | More by KolbMarley
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3.23/5  rDev -12%

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date notched on label.

Deep burnished amber. Thin off white head.

Toasty / biscuity nose. Toasty malt & carmel right up front. Biscuity & a little bit nutty. A touch of spicy hops. Off dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent & dependable.

11-07-2005 02:11:26 | More by xgrigorix
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours to a brownish-amber color with a huge head formation and a generous stream of carbonation that cascades up the glass. The nose is nutty and slightly sweet, the palate even more laden with those nutty-malty melanoidin flavors imparted by the Munich malt. There's a touch of chocolate too, a slightly thinner than desired body, and a finish that is balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This is actually a very good Octoberfest beer, and one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I look forward to it's release every September.

09-10-2005 01:43:37 | More by Rootdog316
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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours out bronze/copper in color. Head is off-white with average retention. Stays around for awhile. No lacing. Nose is a bit light. Light hops with a metallic twang and some faint grainy malts. Taste is slim too. Distant hops mixed with more pronounced caramel malts this time around. Pretty simple. Not picking up any complexities at all. Mouth feel is good. Pretty smooth with clean carbonation. Not bad at all. This one just didn't do it for me. There are way better Ocotberfest style beers out there.

09-15-2011 21:38:02 | More by depechemode1983
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I've tried a bunch of different Octoberfests now including Spaten, Beck's, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, and Samuel Adams. The Americanized Samuel Adams one was a decent one. It wasn't the best I've had but I would recomend it. I first took a few sips directly from the bottle like I usually do then I took in the aroma directly from the bottle. I then poured it into a Samuel Adams glass that I own. The color was a deep amber copper. I liked that. The taste was a mild toffe and caramel with a smooth finish. It wasn't overly sweet or overpowering. I enjoyed it but it wasn't as flavorful as say the Black Lager or the Cherry Wheat. It is a good beverage for a cool autumn day however.

09-10-2006 21:33:24 | More by Portertime
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

A: SA Octoberfest is a rich orange/maple color with a solid 2 finger creamy head that slowly falls to a frothy cap of foam over the top. Spots of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Sweeter in aroma than most marzens, it showcases some light caramel and just a twinge of the earthy Munich malt so common to the style. There's also a hint of earthy/herbal hoppiness present. Definitely average for the style, but it gets a bit of a bump for being clean and well balanced.

T&M: A light caramel flavor melds with a dry, slightly earthy/grainy presence mid-palate. There's a black tea-like component in the dryness, as well. A touch of lightly herbal hop flavor is noticed, but not that present. All flavors are somewhat subdued, but it's still flavorful enough. Definitely and clean, crisp, and well balanced marzen. Body is light-ish with a carbonation level that's appropriate--never too aggressive.

D: Overall, definitely a quaffer. Not the most robust or bold marzen you'll find, but one that drinks well enough.

09-29-2009 23:58:17 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

A- Looks a clear deep amber with a mild head that dissapates in a few moments.
S- Very pleasant. Complex sweet malty fragrance with a hint of floral character.
T- Mild, sweet, malty, light hop character, no bitterness. Most of the real flavor comes at the end... Finishes with a very light caramel note.
M- Very smooth and drinkable. Light for the maltyness of the beer which is expected from a good marzen.
O- I love the style and this is a great example. Sweet, drinkable, beautiful beer.

08-19-2012 21:14:22 | More by Danno48
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-26-2012 01:34:47 | More by JALIEN
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-09-2013 04:54:50 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2013 14:47:18 | More by jbarletto
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-16-2013 16:43:44 | More by nodder
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-15-2014 23:51:03 | More by DCdevyl78
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a fairly clear orangeish color with about a quarter inch of dissipating beigeish head.
Smell is sweet, with some syrupy aroma, like maple and caramel.
Taste is also sweet. Malt is helped with a nice sampling of maple, and some brown sugar.
Finish is a little muddy with a decent sweet after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, a definite sessioner.

06-09-2009 16:31:36 | More by ThaBobfather
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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

A: Rich copper color with a finger's width of white head. A small amount of lacing and a pretty short retention. Immediately after pouring the sides of the glass were covered with bubbles, and they continued to form at the bottom and make their way to the surface.

S: Malty, rich and sweet. Nothing more needs to be said.

T: The taste starts out really strong, bringing in the roasted malts and a good deal of sweetness. Unfortunately once the initial burst of flavor disappears the beer is left tasting like a typical adjunct lager.

M: Has some body, but not much carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but just OK. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

10-11-2011 21:08:36 | More by DaveBlack
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-13-2013 21:46:43 | More by king75
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4/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 10:14:25 | More by mater
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4/5  rDev +9%

07-12-2012 15:05:01 | More by mrosenfeld32
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4/5  rDev +9%

05-13-2012 03:02:32 | More by gutbuster
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4/5  rDev +9%

08-03-2012 03:44:30 | More by dubmax
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-18-2013 02:50:04 | More by timjim1327
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-21-2014 03:47:10 | More by BrooklynPanch
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.

First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.

Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.

A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.

10-01-2005 03:41:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a clean copper color with a 1 finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin ring and leaves a pretty good deal of lacing.

As expected, lots of malt upfront in the nose. A very bready profile.

Taste reveals a nice caramel sweetness along with notes of bread, honey and a little toffee. Not too overpowering but definitely a very malty offering.

Medium body and carbonation. This is a nice fall seasonal, always better paired with a nice meal. I drank another by itself and didn't find it quite as enjoyable so for me this is always a meal compliment.

02-23-2009 18:49:00 | More by Vengeance526
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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