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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,221
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 763 | 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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Photo of kinger
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this seasonal for years and always get excited when I first see it on the shelves. Big malt presence with a lot of character make for an enjoyable marzen. Malty aroma semi-sweet and inviting. Amber color with a minimal light tan head and grand lacing. Full well rounded mouthfeel smooth and easily drinkable. Generous malts blended with a light hop presence give way to a creamy malty tasty treat. Still one of my fall favorites.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep intense amber, looks ruby in some lights. Bountiful head that does dissipate slowly, but laces like a dream. This is an excellent looking beer.

S- Picking up some grains and malts, nothing offensive or distinct. Smells almost like an adjunct lager.

T- For a second of two, this tastes like a mediocre beer. Some subtle noble hops playing on a malt backbone, the slightest citrus and fruit around the edges. When all hope for this beer seems to be fading, the ruddy, earthy malts rush in and save the day. It is the malty aftertaste that forms the essence of the taste.

M- Medium bodied. Not sticky or to sweet, or dry.

D- A nicely drinkable Oktoberfest, one is satisfying, three is just as good.

Overall: A good example of this style, and a fine beer by itself. Not the very best oktoberfest out there, but a solid one in every regard.

Notes: This was the first craft beer I ever remember drinking, and I fell in love with it then (my dad gave it to me to my surprise; usually I was only able to taste his). I remember loving the complex malts, while listening to the wind blow the leaves around outside on a chilly autumn evening.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +9%

AMCPhD, Feb 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Gerred, Sep 14, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Patlee3324, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with a slightly foamy head and decent lace. Malt, fruit, spice, hops, and alcohol all in the nose and taste. Nicely balanced, very smooth, and highly drinkable. Very good, what you would expect from Sam Adams.

Lupe, Sep 06, 2002
Photo of ujsplace
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a nice reddish copper, with a thick puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but does leave some nice sticky lace...

S: Sweet caramel, grainy hop bitters.

T: Mild malt sweetness, that tastes of burnt caramel and mildly bitter hops.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

D: Overall, a nice take on the Marzen style. Very drinkable...

ujsplace, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of beerman207
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's Oktoberfest season and I've picked up four different brewer varieties to review in the next few days (or tonight depending on how the night goes :) ).

A - Orangish brown color with a nice frothy head that goes away pretty quick.

S - Has a metallic aroma which comes through with the malt. Not overly impressed with the aroma.

T - Has no hop pressence and is definately all malt and has a little nuttiness in the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Nice and mild.

D - I thought this beer was a lot better last year having it prior to being a member of BA. Perhaps I"m being too hard here but this beer doesn't come close to my favorite thus far which is Spaten.

beerman207, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Hops Restaurant glass. Too bad that place is out of business.

To the beer at hand. It poured a nice dark amber color. Looks like a typical Marzen. Decent head.

Smells like a typical Marzen. Sweet grains and molasses.

Tastes good. Sam's Boston Lager got me into beer and Octoberfest (and Winterfest) got me hooked. I know they're a bigger operation, but you can taste the love. Tastes deep and complex, sweet grains and molasses.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and comforting.

Like I said, this beer got me hooked on beer. Of course I find it drinkable, though now I prefer variety.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 25, 2009
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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