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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,133
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 245 | FT: 1
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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-08-2012 17:25:02 | More by BigBarley
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-22-2012 06:13:28 | More by 6demonbag
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-30-2012 15:46:22 | More by wakajawaka76
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 20:38:48 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before February, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear brownish red with a ¾ inch off white fluffy head that slowly sputters down to a thin sheet, laces in thick rings…almost like stripes

S—caramel and holiday spices, sweet with a little sour twang that comes out

T—very well balanced…I was expecting it to be more sweet than it is, caramel is present, but not to dominate. The autumn spices are in there, too. It got a little bland toward the end

M—smooth, but a drier finish, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad at all, glad I tried it and I will enjoy the rest of the 6er. I do, however, prefer a sweeter oktoberfest brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 02:04:58 | More by hanco005
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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2013 04:12:38 | More by radiofish
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-19-2012 18:56:40 | More by jeanphony
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4/5  rDev +9%

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

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-20-2013 02:39:49 | More by LooseMoose1978
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2013 14:47:18 | More by jbarletto
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-23-2013 23:17:40 | More by jkd03c
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle, Pours a clear orange/copper color, lots of tiny bubbles spiral upwards to form a thick, tan foamy head that settles pretty fast. Not lacking any malt aromas, sweet caramel, toffee, and German malts. Medium bodied. A taste of caramel and German malts dominates this beer. Just a touch of herbal hops in the finish. Leaves a ligth nutty aftertaste. Balanced perfectly. Smooth and easy drinking. One of my favorite beers, I love this time of year.


Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 22:01:52 | More by SteveO1231
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4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice amber/orange, Nice head that disapates to minimal lacing. Looks like Fall in a bottle.

S - Very malty...sweet.,,,some hops noted.

T - Malty. Excellent toffee and caramel notes. Nice balance. Just enough hop bitterness to keep the malts in check. Great solid beer.

M - Slightly creamy...medium body.

O: A nice solid Oktoberfest at a great price. I love this stuff and will miss it when gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 02:11:18 | More by Brunite
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4/5  rDev +9%

12-16-2011 22:30:19 | More by wo87810
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-20-2013 04:47:30 | More by robertjskelton
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a transparent dark orange or light amber. One and a half white froathy head with good retention and good lacing. For some reason, I'm almost smelling a soap smell to thie beer. I did freshly clean the pint glass but I rinsed it just as well as I normally do, so I'm not thinking it's the glass. There is some carmel scents as well. The taste is a disappointment. There really isn't much to it except a carmel malt flavor with some orange citrus acid flavor. All is really faint. The mouthfeel is a touch watered down.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:15:16 | More by whoneeds8
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

09-11-2012 00:56:33 | More by jlenik
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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with label notched enjoy before January

Sam Adams Octoberfest poured a clear orange-amber with a nice off-white 2-finger head that left nice lacing around my mug. The nose is soft, clean, of light malt and even lighter spice. The flavor is thin [a little flat] - dominated by very light toasted grain and just a hint of sweetness with a mild hoppiness. Mouth feel is light, medium carbonation with a clean dry finish.

Sam Adams Octoberfest is unimpressive for the style, however acceptable. It falls short especially in flavor to the better German Marzens.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:17:41 | More by bushbeer75
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-14-2013 23:53:11 | More by kb2250
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-30-2013 01:21:39 | More by Los1324
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4/5  rDev +9%

10-21-2012 19:18:16 | More by reitzbrewing
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-06-2014 21:16:31 | More by Rborre321
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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear coppery orange with almost no head. Smells barely of sweet malts and a teeny bit of nut.

The taste is rather...vauge? It has little malt profile, is thin, and finishes as if it was never there. Got to love my relatives and their beer buying preferences.

I am not an Oktoberfest expert by any means, but I hope to God that there are much better american examples than this. Perhaps more research is required on my part.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 21:37:34 | More by yankeeheel
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-16-2013 02:09:24 | More by pastramionrye7
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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