Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,478
Reviews:
2,148
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
1,970
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0
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Photo of Alemmer91
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Timtac
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Adam1993
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of syzygy0
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikey440
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 413
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Octoberfest must be my favorite offering from the Sam Adams lineup. As with most Sam Adams brews, this one is a session beer, not challenging to the palate, that goes great with the season. With fairly understated flavor at the outset, it's got an excellent finish and an aftertaste like a baked good that will put you in the autumn spirit. It's best on tap, but for some reason I prefer it out of the can as opposed to out of the bottle. There are surely better Oktoberfests out there for the more refined taste, but I'll always be sure to grab some of these when the leaves start changing. A New England staple.

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Photo of jg24rules
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerguy04
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a finger width white head. Smells carmel and nutty. Tastes similar to the smell. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Overall, this one of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of caburdette51
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluemoonlover555
4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brew_ski
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kaapstadmk
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - a wonderful deep amber color with a 2-3 finger head

Smell - not overly present. Slight toasty smell with an emphasis on the malt

Taste - unfortunately weaker than expected. The malt flavor is not very present and the hops are present, but don't really add much to the presence. As the beer warms, the hop flavours pick up, but it still winds up a plain-ish offering.

Feel - good mouthfeel. An appropriate thickness and fullness for the colour. Slight effervescence on the tongue

Overall - slightly disappointing. Was expecting a lot more flavour and aroma. That being said, it's an easy drinker for someone not looking for an overly fancy beer.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice color nice smell but nothing outstanding. A very forgettable beer like most Sam Adams. If you're going to drink Sam Adams stick to Cherry Wheat or Porch Rocker.

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Photo of jpschouest
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best Octoberfest beers. Nice color and taste.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of basaywhat
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. pours a dark amber and reddish color. Moderate sweet aroma that is grainy and nutty with balancing toffee, caramel and hints of almond and spices. Taste is similar and a bit too sweet for me but not too bad for an American marzen.

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Photo of Mriley_0221
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 1/2017. Pours crystal clear deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy, and lightly slick/silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. Very rich and robust on malt flavors, without being too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pottertaker
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of SEP16 into standard pint glass.

L: Beautiful amber color with finger head that recedes slowly into thin layer. Decent Lacing.

S: Toast, herbal hops and biscuity. Well balanced.

T: Simple malt flavors hit the tongue first. Sweet. Small amount of herbal hops after the malt fades away.

F: Chewy and medium bodied. Sticks to tongue and throat.

O: It is a solid beer. Perfect for fall weather. Not very complex but well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber Octoberfest baseline.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 7,478 ratings.
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