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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,471
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 894 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

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

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

j0hnc2468, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

my_knew_craft, Sep 10, 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
Photo of zdk9
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
Photo of MsRif
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
Photo of Axic10
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

briiguy, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheDoak, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish red in color with minimal tan head that quickly dissipates.
Sweet, lightly roasty malt and earthy hop aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, lightly roasty, biscuity, toffee malt. Some earthy hop balance and crispness, but sweet overall. Touch of spiciness as well. Sweetness lingers on the palate a bit at the finish.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Fairly smooth and clean with good drinkability.

Overall, a solid Octoberfest, but nothing special.

PhantomVodoo, Sep 06, 2003
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

A- Dark brown/tan/caramel color. Really cool fluffy tan head with a decent amount of lacing after a fairly aggressive pour.

S- Smell was overly malty (almost too much) with a medicinal like quality to it that just did not do it for me. Very sweet and candy like.

T- Typical octoberfest brew here. A ton of malts, sugars, and spices. Big bready aspect to this beer that was almost too much. I found this one lacking balance and overly sweet.

M- Syrupy and medium bodied. Sticky at times but somewhat easy going down on the throat.

D- Sessionable brew here. I would not pass this one down but did not find it to be outstanding.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 29, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

liquorpig, Sep 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

cmq103, Nov 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cjac, Sep 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

anhigdon, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

creepinjeeper, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

kidzord, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

aqualung23, Dec 24, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey blush color with good a retention of white head.

Smells like beer. Hops, mostly. Nothing special.

Tastes good, the hops are present but not overpowering, the malt provides a light caremal sweetness to it.

Feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Surprisingly one of the best Octoberfests that I've had this year.

donteatpoop, Oct 21, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Lelampp, Aug 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DeadWalkerAir, Jul 09, 2014
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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