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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,182 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,182
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 263 | 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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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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gr0g

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color. Pretty good head retention. Sparse lacing. Malt, fruit, and hop notes in the aroma. Floral hop contribution. Toffee and some dried, ripened fruit.

Loads of caramel-ish malt with just the right amount of bitterness to balance things out. Picks up some breadiness/graininess on the back end. Maybe I never noticed or paid attention to such things before, but more recent vintages have picked up some nice fruity, estery notes not unlike a strong English bitter. This and the skillful hopping separate this from the pack of bland, one-dimensional examples of the style. Carbonation is nice, not at all harsh. Very pleasant to drink.

Marzen is a style I cut my craft beer teeth on, and Sam's is still my favorite domestic 'fest. It's up there with likes of top German-brewed examples such as Ayinger's. Like Boston Lager, this is a very underappreciated yet excellent and widely available brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:03:39 | More by gr0g
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brokentee

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-10-2011 23:41:41 | More by brokentee
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Vogt52

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-11-2014 22:10:59 | More by Vogt52
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stella77artois

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 15:28:19 | More by stella77artois
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-08-2012 04:49:42 | More by rob99er
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-29-2012 09:52:26 | More by StoicBeast
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caverog

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-14-2013 02:44:20 | More by caverog
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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9%

03-29-2013 22:36:39 | More by zestd
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-20-2013 02:39:49 | More by LooseMoose1978
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tabhill

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-20-2013 03:41:35 | More by tabhill
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, amber-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace, pleasant carbonation.

S: Malty caramel and some sweet hay.

T: Light caramel malt straight through, a bit thin but not bad. Very little hop bitterness.

M: Light and well carbonated, a bit of oil on the finish.

O: Pleasant but nothing to write home about. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn down another, either.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:45:58 | More by AmericanGothic
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-07-2012 05:09:06 | More by bckayaalp
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

10-21-2012 19:18:16 | More by reitzbrewing
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TequilaTom

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-17-2013 02:00:29 | More by TequilaTom
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-17-2013 15:03:26 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far all of the Sam Adams brews have not done me wrong. This one does not disappoint. Pours the proverbial coppery amber that is very clear and shows a good amount of carbonation. I was able to pour a large 2 inch head that was tannish and left an abundance of lace to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is at first malty then somewhat fruity, maybe apples. The taste is much the same with a slight hint of caramel that is sweet. The malt is there as well as some fruity undertones. The hop flavor is mild to non existent. This one starts strong but finishes a little week, but, overall a good beer that I would drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 22:38:34 | More by abcsofbeer
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

06-12-2014 16:57:17 | More by Dougwillhike
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours light golden yellow into the glass. One-finger head of eggshell-white foam dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace and some larger bubbles on the surface. Beer is an explosive amber orange and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Straight-ahead toasted malts and simple caramels. Some breadiness as it warms up. Nose is soft, but easily identified.

T - Nicely toasted malts with caramels and a bit of butterscotch/toffee. Nothing complex, but quite tasty. Just enough bittering hops in the background to balance the sugars. Maybe just a drop of dried apricot mixed in. I'd like the flavors each to be richer, but as they are, they're fine.

M - Rather fizzy and mouth-filling carbonation. Structure is a bit on the lighter side, but not thin. Smooth and drinkable. A touch of sugar in the finish lingers a bit, but in the background, and not at all cloying. Pretty clean.

O - All too often, most taps at a tavern are still dominated by the big boys. Fortunately, it's becoming pretty common to find one reserved for the Sam Adams Seasonal. When fall rolls around, and it's the Octoberfest, I'm thankful there's been at least this much breakthrough. It's reliable. It's tasty and refreshing for what it is. Many have done worse, and most of the taps around it prove it. Yes, it's pretty simple and two-dimensional, but it's consistently well-executed, and it's a relief to find available so I don't have to settle for Yuengling or that green bottle. Would be great to take to a party of BMC drinkers for a Saturday afternoon of football watching and grilled brats and turn them on to something they can actually taste. In a good bottle shop, it's not even a consideration. But when out for a burger and a beer, it's a friendly port in a storm of swill.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:32:23 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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jeanphony

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-19-2012 18:56:40 | More by jeanphony
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

01-22-2012 01:53:37 | More by Milkysunshine
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

07-12-2012 15:05:01 | More by mrosenfeld32
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-04-2013 15:22:32 | More by Bjlps
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2013 14:47:18 | More by jbarletto
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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