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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,484
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 897 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Rod_J, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of wingman14
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt with some caramel notes. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, no hops to really be found which is a contrast to most Sam Adams beers. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth, a medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. This beer has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I could drink these all year round. One of my favorite beers, a great flavor, a beer that always delivers. Cheers!

wingman14, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -18.3%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DaveAnderson, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -18.3%

NeverSettle, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of my_knew_craft
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

my_knew_craft, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a thin white head.

S - Mostly sweet malts and some breadiness.

T- Just like the smell. Sweet maltiness with a light mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O - Affordable and available everywhere. A nice beer for the fall months.

TreyIsWilson, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

wilfonzo, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of John_Beeryman
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

John_Beeryman, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium orange-amber with a persistent head. Smells of faint spice, malt, and hops. The balance is good in this Oktoberfestbier, neither malt nor hops overpower the other. However, it is lacking in 'oomph'. The spice is noticeable and is a welcome accompaniment. I'd like more spice and also stronger malts and hops. But, it is still a decent beer that I'd drink again.

aquatonex, Oct 17, 2004
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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

jimmygord, Aug 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

100200300, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

TR0219, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Luigi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber color and a sticky off-white head. Malt aroma comes off fruity, almost plum like. A faint amount of hops. The taste is about the same. Very fruity malts that are grape like. A faintness of hop pulls through the malts. Kind of a metallic aftertaste. Over all this is a slightly above average Oktoberfest beer. It just seems like it was better a few years ago.

Luigi, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of atr2605
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear red amber with a foamy tan head with good retention
S-caramel, hint of spice, bit faint overall
T-sweet malt up front met with a subtle hop bitterness that provides excellent balance
M-light-medium bodied
O-really well balanced and very drinkable. Nice beer from Sam Adams, although there are some better examples of the style

atr2605, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Patlee3324, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

j0hnc2468, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of jmalex
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first taste of this beer in a long while. I'm pretty sure I missed it the past year or 2 so hopefully this is an eye-opening experience for me.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear red amber into a Sam Adams glass. The head is impressive though I'm sure the etchings on the bottom of the glass helped. It starts at one finger and drops to a hearty collar and nearly full surface covering. Looks great.

SMELL: Less than intense aromas come out of this one. It's somewhat bready and toasty and has a hint of underlying sweetness. Other than that, I'm not getting too much from this.

TASTE: The taste is much more characteristic of an authentic Märzen. Bready malts come on strong as does a toasty flavor. The one complaint is that it gets a bit harsh on the finish displaying some of the flavors commonly found in lower quality lagers. That's a minor detail, however, in what is a nice tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouth seems a bit thin with a lower carbonation than I'd like. I might even go as far to say it's watery.

DRINKABILITY: There are some really good things happening with this beer, but there's also some bad. Overall it's a nice beer that I'd certainly never turn down. As far as American versions of Oktoberfests go, this one is no where near the bottom rung, but it just can't measure up to some of the authentic German versions.

I enjoy getting to try beers that I'd only ever had before "my eyes were opened" to craft beer. All in all, I continue to be impressed with the Boston Beer Company and the success they have with so many different styles.

jmalex, Oct 05, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Into the mug with gusto- a finger of cream white head atop a deep bronze colored liquid.

S- A weak smell with some notes of generic soft wheat bread, and malt syrup. I realize a mug might not be the most conducive to aromas, but even so I'm really struggling to pick up much of anything.

T- Here the beer shines through- there's caramel, overripe cherry, sourdough bread. A good bit of malt flavors, and some bitter earthy hops to boot. Mostly the caramel is the strongest, but not in an overbearing way at all.

M- Fairly sweet and syruppy. I think I could live with that in a stronger beer/O-fest, but it doesn't quite fit this one.

O- A decent Ofest with some good flavors, just not quite enough power in the aroma, and the mouthfeel was kind of off for me.

zdk9, Oct 07, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Casey's in Newtown Square, PA

Poured a golden orange color with a thin head and no lacing. Head pretty much dissipated immediately. Had an aroma of grains, sweet malts, yeast and spices. Tastes of grains, sweet malts, bready-ness and spices. A tiny bit of a metallic taste...not sure if maybe the tap line was messed up or if it was the brew.

I found the mouthfeel to be pretty light. Wouldn't say medium. It's a thin beer for the style. It's a good attempt, but not great. High carbonation. Very drinkable due to how thin it is. Not very complex, and while well-balanced...I found it a bit "watery" I guess. I'll have it if I have to choose between Miller Light, Bud Light and this one...otherwise, I'll probably pass.

MsRif, Oct 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of fluffy foam that settles down to about a finger or a half a finger for a while.

Smell: Caramel and biscuit malt, very sweet with a slight tingle of hops in the nose towards the end.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and bready malt. Love the biscuity malt here, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Hands down my favorite American Octoberfest. Say what you will about Sam Adams, but this is my favorite beer of theirs year after year. I definitely drink my share while it's in season.

Axic10, Sep 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

liquorpig, Sep 26, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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