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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,179
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 262 | 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.

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beerbtl

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-24-2013 01:58:27 | More by beerbtl
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Lelampp

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-27-2013 17:34:05 | More by Lelampp
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-10-2012 06:53:36 | More by MaxOhle
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jar2574

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried a lot of Sam Adams products. Personally, I think they should stick with what they do best, the original Sam Adams Boston Lager. In my opinion that's a damn good beer. Other Sam Adams products...not such good beer.

But I guess if they can introduce decent beer to the masses who usually drink Bud or Miller, then Sam Adams is doing us all a service.

On to the beer -- unexceptional but adequate in every way. It looks, smells, and tastes perfectly average.

Dark orange / amber color is supposed to remind you of fall. Very little head retention though, and the beer's smell is uninspiring. There might be a touch of malty sweetness to the smell, but perhaps a touch of skunkiness as well. The only way you detect any of that is if you try really hard.

Taste is smooth and malty with a slight touch of sweetness. I know this is advertised as a "malt lover's dream," and I'm not that much of a malt lover. But still, they also brag about five malts being packed into this beer, and I'm not sensing that much complexity.

The mouthfeel is average; average creaminess, carbonation and aftertaste.

I could always drink it in a pinch, and I would appreciate it if the alternatives were larger American macro brews. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 01:54:18 | More by jar2574
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BrooklynPanch

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-21-2014 03:47:10 | More by BrooklynPanch
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MJR

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orange-amber shade with great clarity. A foamy off-white head starts off a good size and sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, a bit of toffee, sweet malt, and corn.

Taste: The strongest flavor is the sweet malt, with it's caramel and toffee notes, but a corn taste is a close second. Too much sweetness overall. That's disappointing, considering this used to be a really good Octoberfest offering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It would be a lot higher if the unmistakable corn aroma and flavor wasn't there.

This beer caught a lot of heat this year when many people detected corn in the recipe. You can say what you want about the Boston Beer Company...I know what corn tases like, and they used it here. Too bad....

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 12:20:12 | More by MJR
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 floz. Pint Glass.

A: Dark red with two finger off white fluffy/creamy head. Lacing is good.

S: Aroma is slightly metallic. Malts and hops are present. Almost smells burnt like.

T/M: First thing that hits me is a kind of metallic taste. After that this brew gets very malty and sweet. Burnt grains and hops are used. Also kind of crisp. Good tasting Octoberfest.

D: Very average beer in general. Their are much better octobers out there. Not bad though, just average. I actually try to have this brew a few times during the season.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:19:07 | More by mnrider
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2013 17:11:46 | More by irish01980
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-02-2013 03:50:24 | More by ThisMoonlife
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DocJitsu

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011--Pours a copper amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Classic Märzen aromas. Toffee and ripe fruit. Mouthfeel is magnificent for the style. Two years ago, Boston Brewing messed with the recipe causing the mouthfeel to to be too scrubbing and biting. Now just the right amount of creamy, which is enhanced by the toffee flavor, yielding to a mild scrubbing. I love how this is a beer to experience rather than just drink or swill. The appearance, aroma, mouthfeel and flavor are all complimentary, creating an inclusive sensory experience and a beer with excellent drinkability. Outside of Spaten, this is the best Oktoberfest I've had.

2012--Pours a clear golden copper with a 1/4", quickly dissipating, caramel-colored head. The nose is characterized by brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, and banana. The mouthfeel is so soft, thick, and wet, with just a hint of carbonation on the back of the tongue. Very, very pleasant. A nearly perfect balance of brown sugar, ripe date, and cinnamon comprise the flavor. There's no overdone, gimmicky pumpkin or cinnamon. It's a very classy Oktoberfest. And, thank God, there is not that usual, off-putting hop presence that is so often prominent in Sam Adams beers. This year is a huge improvement over last year. Thank you Boston Beer Co! Overall: 4.0; up from 3.75 from last year.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:48:04 | More by DocJitsu
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-04-2014 06:31:00 | More by cwguy5
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jmw4437

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-12-2013 22:05:11 | More by jmw4437
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $5.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours an amber ale color with a large very light brown colored head, solid head retention, lacing on the bottom half of the glass. The beer was faint of malt, like a weak doppelbock.

The taste is the same as the smell with a medium-heavy carbonation. The beer is nice on the palette but the moderately heavy carbonation fizzles it a bit. Solid drinkability, it did not feel like the beer was a 5.7%abv, so it gains a half a point from the rest.

Final Thought: It is a solid beer, but I would rather pay the same amount for the Boston Lager, but the variety/seasonal quality will always get me back to this one every year...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 04:45:48 | More by mobyfann
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a distinct reddishness when held up to the light. 1-2 finger thick head that fades quickly. Smell is malty and sweet - seemed a bit floral, too.

Very good taste - it's clearly more malty than hoppy, but a good balance has been struck. Some of the reviews here are pointing out a distinct sweetness, but I didn't really pick up on that - it could be that my tastebuds were out of whack, though. No bitterness. Mild carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 13:03:47 | More by Mavajo
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance-Light orange with about a 1 finger off white creamy head. Dissipates almost immediately but leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell-Bready, Malty, slight spice. Very subtle aroma.

Taste-Very much a clone of the taste, just a little more pronounced. Bready, Malty, some spice.

Mouthfeel-EXTREMELY drinkable and very nice mouthfeel. This is why I love this beer. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall-Fond memories drinking this in Connecticut all day watching football. Whether or not it's the best tasting beer, it'll always have a place in my heart. Great sessionable fall beer. I can drink this all day, and I probably will on a few Sundays this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:31:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
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BryanK

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

08-10-2012 00:29:25 | More by BryanK
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-22-2012 17:21:32 | More by Cooper
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-28-2013 19:34:59 | More by ramblinwreck101
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 01:31:32 | More by uwmgdman
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with golden and copper highlights and a frothy off white head.

Smells of crystal malts, and yeasty bread.

Taste is toasted bread up front with a chewy malt mouth feel, some slight hop bitterness and a touch of caramel. Very good roasted malt caramel flavors - tastes like fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 21:55:04 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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ejw127

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-16-2012 03:48:09 | More by ejw127
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-24-2014 12:14:46 | More by jmsedgwick
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truesolution

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-06-2012 01:02:16 | More by truesolution
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rcatalano

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-11-2012 21:21:21 | More by rcatalano
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brokentee

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-10-2011 23:41:41 | More by brokentee
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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