Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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7,474 Ratings
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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:
7,474
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
1,963
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Photo of TheMarkE
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep copper, with a good head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bready malts, spice, slightly fruity.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Slightly nutty and slightly fruity (like some people I know).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

The Verdict: Underwhelming. I keep hoping I’ll come across a Boston Brewing beer that will knock my socks off, but keep getting disappointed. This malty fall brew is drinkable, but just doesn’t really do anything for me.

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Photo of tmm313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of beerme626
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of BeccaH
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BucBasil
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: The beer is a nice amber color with a 3 finger thick off white head that stays strong.

Smell: Bready backbone with fruit all over it. Almost a fruit tart but with a bit more maltiness. Not in a too much way though, just the right balance of sweet and malty.

Taste: Light but very balanced. Bready and toasty up front. The middle has just a slight sweetness to it with some brown sugar and cinnamon toast with a hint of caramelized fruit on the side. Nice toasty malt character in the finish.

One of the best widely available seasonals out there. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mavis Winkles in Independence. Served in a pint glass, and was a bit too cold. Thankfully, the glass was room temp, so I did not need to wait too long for it to warm.

The beer is an auburn-orange color, very fall-like. Mimimal creamy head.

Has a mild malty smell. Some sweet malt comes through.

Taste is surprising decent for a mass-market beer such as this. Mild barley malt taste up front, which sweetens as you drink, ending with a slight hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, but certainly refreshing.

I found this one tasty through the pint, ordering a second. A drinkable session beer I'd order again.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Shy5
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a standard pint glass, room temp.

A- A dark copper-amber color with remarkable clarity and pretty lively carbonation. A healthy head, big and linen white in color, left lots of lacing.

S- Standard bready malts, some caramel sweetness, floral.

T- Big malt backbone, breads and grains. A touch of spiciness for the season.

M- Medium feel and good carbonation. Finishes dry and funky.

O- The big head and lacing were impressive, the beer looked good. As SA offerings go, this was good for me. I seem to pick up a 'funkiness' in SA beers that I can't quite put my finger on, this is no exception.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Rich amber-red with some nice carbonation and little to no head.
S: Buttery-Biscuit smell with malty and caramel touches.
T&M: Strikes the tongue with a burnt hop taste. It's got a iron taste near the end of life of the brew, that turns into a biscuit flavor.
D: I usually look forward to this seasonal brew. It's another winner from the gateway beer company.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a very light copper color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the side of the glass. The smell is malty with some hops in the background. The taste is light and malty, with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The body is fairly good, and the drinkability is pretty nice. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass

This is something that I've had in the past but I feel it's a good one for my first review.

The appearance is a nice amber color with a small amount of off-white foam. The beer itself has no strong smells to speak of but there are hints of orange and pumpkin spices. There are light hop notes as well. The pumpkin spices remind of autumn and therefore excite me greatly for it is Oktoberfest season. At first taste there are plenty of smooth malts that overpower any hop flavor. What hops that do come though arise only in the aftertaste which is the only slight bitterness to be found on the back of the tongue in addition there is a bit of sourness that lingers. The overall caramel malts are definitely the over-abiding taste. The mouthfeel is the appropriate viscosity for the style. The drinkability is quite nice. Sitting down and having a couple during a football game is the perfect way to welcome back the fall.

Overall this is a definite recommendation. This is a smooth easy going beer. This beer is a fair representation of the style, and a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the season.

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Photo of slipperysoup
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of whynot44
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, very nice cinnamon/copper color with a decent creamy head that disappears a little too fast.

Aroma is mild and primarily malt - caramel, nuts with a touch of apple.

Taste, again, is primarily caramel malts, some smokiness, apple taste at the end with just a bit of hops bite at the finish. Aftertaste is light nutty caramel.

Creamy smooth and drinkable. Very nice for a cool fall day.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light caramel color with a large orangeish head. The head is thick, dissipates quickly, with only a little bit of lace.

Smell: Smells sweet and a bit roasted. All kinds of malts.

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet flavor, ending with hints of caramel. Again, all kinds of malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: A good Octoberfest beer and, once again, a solid effort from Sam Adams. This is my go-to O-fest beer.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,474 ratings.
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