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:
7,474
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
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135
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of StevieW
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Nice glowing orange color. Medium, full, bubbly biege head. Creamy and foamy. A good looking beer in the glass. Moderately sweet smells, hints of toasted bread smell. Taste is mushy, carmel malt, toast, and more hints of sweet carmel. Decent sweetness, but flavors were mushy. Feel was a bit watery. Flavors feel apart. I used to be impressed by this beer, but I think I have outgrown it. Still better than average. Overall flavors were muddled.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a small, off-white head. Poor retention with minimal lacing to follow until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell was evident. Smelled like a good Oktoberfest.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste. Hints of honey were also evident. A slightly bittersweet aftertaste, but that did well as a balancer for the malts and the honey.

M: A little on the thin side, but still pretty solid and silky.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Easy-going and smooth. Good taste and good mouthfeel make it a solid session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear cope color with a creamy off-white head that leave good lacing. The aroma is sweet, with carmel malts, and a bit of grainy astrigency. The sweet caramel malts are the forefront in the flavor with a light spicy dry hop bitterness in the finish. It is easy drinking and smooth. A decent brew, but not a top Oktoberfest.

Sampled 9/19/03

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Ruddy garnet in color and crystal clear, presents a few inches of thick, foamy, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet, roasted caramel malts and mealy flesh fruits (apple, pear)and tastes just the same. Pretty spot on, and pretty thick mouthfeel. Refreshing.

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 October 2013

*re-review* (First reviewed 5 Oct 2013, original score 3.61/5)

Appearance: Nice amber color with a head that sticks around for a bit if you pour hard, but slowly dissipates to practically nothing. This one has great color for the style, but I would like to see a bit more head (or at least one that sticks around longer).

Smell: Some good sweet malty smells coming out. No hop presence in the nose, which is good due to the style restrictions.

Taste: I realized tonight that I was drinking this one too cold. I had one that had been in the fridge for only 1.5-2hrs and it was like a totally different beer. Nice maltiness with a good, sweet backbone comes out when this one is served a little warmer than what I had been having. Still a bit sweet for my tastes, but less so than when the beer is colder and you taste more sweet than malt.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and body for the style. This beer drinks smooth and easy, just like an Oktoberfestbier should.

Overall: Overall, a decent shot at the style. Respectable, but not special. I would get this again due to its price and availability. Good crowd pleaser and would go well with fall gatherings for football, paired with chili or red meat. Right now though, the winner for Oktoberfests goes to Victory Festbier.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition of this popular Octoberfest. Best by January -- interesting that the label has "Lager" printed in one corner and "Ale in TX" in another.

*Adding an updated edition here having picked up some newer Sam almost 2 months later. Label marked best by March.

A -- Deep amber to copper color with a thick, light tan head that holds up very well.

S -- Somewhat fruit estery at first whiff, not from hops -- more from ferment or yeast. Earthiness back, some spicy alcohol eeking thru. Fruitiness is still apparent, but there's more malt sweetness dominant

T -- Hmm. Nutty, grainy, "beery" flavor. Tends to remind me of some pub-brewed amber lagers. Some vague fruitiness and slightest diacetyl back. No real sweetness up front, some vague hops in the finish.

More malty sweetness and no diacetyl in this batch, not as thin as the January bottles. Very tasty.

M -- Medium body with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

D -- I'm just a little disappointed in this year's take on the style. The flavor just seems a little lacking, a little weak, though it goes down nicely.

This batch seems more on par with the Sam Octo of years past. Not sure what was up with the first sixer I got, but I'm glad I gave it another chance.

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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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