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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,595 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,595
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,030 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Profchaos20
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Johnroby
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tall belgian glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a good 3 finger high head of foam on the top. Quickly collapses to strange oil slicklike splotches on the top of the beer. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell- Rich carmelly malts and a good hop presence, a hint of clove as well in the aroma.

Taste- Rich maltiness and hop character all thru this beer. Very nice taste. As it warms there is more amber/vienna malt character that seeps thru and sweetness kicks in.

Mouthfeel- Thick and coating and yet the beer itself is light-medium bodied. Hops coat the palate and there is even carbonation in the beer. A slight astringency adds a slight drying finish.

Drinkability- This beer has a high drinkability and could be an easy drinker for all day, especially in the fall when the beer is geared towards. Brisk weather and this beer are an excellent pairing. Now to find some wurst!

Photo of BobZ
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my lager tulip.

Appearance: Deep orange, nice example of the style, good head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt, some spice, a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Follows the smell, malty flavor, mild spice, and a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Really nice American example of the style.

Mouth feel: Good level of carbonation, decently smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, one of the best from Boston Beer.

Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jbarletto
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BigGold
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Ludwigkpa
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Quaffer
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was a simple, copper beer that produced a one-finger beige head. It disappeared quickly, eventually leaving only a ring of foam around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: The smell was composed of sweet and caramel malts with a touch of dark fruit and cherries. There were occasional aromas of cracker and roasted malt, but they were very faint. At first, I thought that the smell was rather one-dimensional, but as the beer sat, it gained more complexity.

Mouthfeel: There was a creamy smoothness at the front of the tongue that picked up some bite as the beer moved back into the mouth. Then, after the beer was swallowed, there was a light tingle on the tongue.

Taste: There was not much going on in the taste department. A corny, malty sweetness dominated the flavor from start to finish. As the beer started to really warm up, a bit of bitterness joined the finish, but it was very mild.

I think that I will pass on this beer for the rest of the season. Kind of bland, in my opinion.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

probably the first octoberfest i ever tried, never got around to reviewing it till now. pours a nice amber color with a white fluffy head, aroma is of a biscuity maltiness, slight sugary caramel also in the nose. taste if malty again, i can't decipher any hop note at all. mouthfeel i a bit watery, and could use some body. drinkability is high cause it is a pretty good all around beer at a good price sam again does a nice job

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a pint glass, it was a dark reddish/brownish-copper color with little carbonation and a thick smooth tan head that slowly dissipated into an even layer of small bubbles; this one has some very good lacing! The aroma was a bit mild; I only picked up some small hop smells mixed in with some alcohol. It did have a distinct (not strong) roasted hop flavor and some herbal flavors along with some mild sweet fruit flavors. It has a medium body and you can barely taste/feel the alcohol in it.

Photo of Jmbbabson
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of King_KongDCO93
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/orange color with a nice 2 finger tight head. Has nice nutty and fruity aromas. Has a strange mouthfeel for an Octoberfest, but the flavor reveals light hops with light caramel on the nose and crisp fruitiness with medicinal aftertaste. Light to medium bodied and is semi-sticky on the tail. More crisp than others of this style. Not too bad, but way below great. Cheers!

Photo of theghost3
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a 2-finger light yellow head.

The smell is roasted toffee malts with a hint of chocolate & light fruit, maybe white grapes. The taste is roasted malts with some slight sourness from the hops along with again, a light grape flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp & has a bit of burning acidity.

This is a fairly drinkable Oktoberfest; it has some possibilities as a session brew.

Photo of Pillowburn
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AKuehn47
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BDIMike
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual, Sam Adams continues to impress me. I feel that they may be one of the most overall consistently good breweries in America. They don't have a bad beer in their very exstensive line. The Octoberfest did not look very impressive, but that was the only fault I found with it. It has a malty, rich taste and goes down incredibly smooth.

Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beertaster13
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper red with a tannish head that is about inch thick. Lacing is good. The smell is very apple/dark syrup/molasses malts, very sweet smelling, baked apple pie. The taste is sweet, nice molasses sugar sweet with hints of apple. The hops make the beer not overly sweet. Medium bodied and not bad for a beer you can find at the local supermarket.

Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear copper bronze color with a rocky loose 3/4" light beige settled head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Blossoming notes of pale roasted malts and sweet caramel hovering over a faint fruity spiciness. Very intriguing and inviting.

There's the healthy malt presence I was hoping for. Nice balance of sweet (very faint) toffeeish and (stronger) caramel malts sharing its space with a delicate dryness provided by a well placed hop profile. Very clean and fresh flavors that don't struggle for attention.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft, medium body with just enough fine carbonation to provide an airy, fluffy mouthfeel. Delicate dry finish that finishes very clean.

Drinkability is also excellent. Not at all filling with enough flavors to satisfy vets and beginners alike.

Overall I was very impressed with this 'Octoberfest'. Dry enough to distinguish itself from the sometimes confusing Amber style and enough of a malt presence to stand next to the best of them. Good interpretation of a delicate and easy to foul-up style.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,595 ratings.