Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BA SCORE
3.67/5
7,601 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#31,894
Reviews:
2,183
Ratings:
7,601
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,046
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,601 |  Reviews: 2,183
Photo of PvtSnowball
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice amber with decent head and retention. Malty and slightly sweet in taste and smell.

Medium body. Good stuff.

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Photo of cvengeance
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of elmocoso
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003 Bottle

Pre-October.

Coppery color with a huge billowy head on pour. head soon forgotten. Slight collar with lacy blanket left behind.

Rich maltyness in the mouth and nose and a slight metallic and watery taste and mouthfeel.

The taste is all malt in the front - good - with a subtle bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. Not great but not bad. I'm sure could drink quite a few in the right situation.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the usual amber color, slight head retention. Smell is funky old beer smell. Taste follows that, but with a hop bite. I thought fest beers were supposed to be malty, not hoppy. It seems like they left out the malt flavors here. It's not bad overall, just not very good.

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Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, nice red/amber color very clear with a thin head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing
S - actually I don't smell much, slight malty smell I guess
T - Solid taste, nothing overpowering but at the same time it isn't weak either. Rounded maltiness not bitter at all, a little sweet.
M - I like octoberfest beers because you get ale like taste with the smooth qualities of a lager this one delivers in this category.
D - Very drinkable beer as I proved October 27, 2004 a night red sox fans will never forget. It isn't the autumn until I've had a Sam Adams octoberfest

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy brown, amber hues.Two finger off white head.

S: A bit blank...toasted malt, touch of spice. Faint nuttiness.

T: Nutty malt accented by spice. Mid palate is sweet caramel, rolling into a sour mash type of finish. One of the spicier Oktoberfest beers. Lots of breadiness, not as clean or crisp as some examples. Still, good.

M: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: Still a good beer after all this time (and after trying so many other examples of the style). Easily accessible too, which counts for more than a little something.

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Photo of buffcityx
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of alesaram
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Robdrinx
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jgreenward
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of CMundt4994
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jrb378
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rainintheface
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated Feb. '08 poured into SA glass.

A: dark copper/amber with 2 finger light tan head and medium carbonation

S: a bit sweet, caramels and light raisiny aroma

T: similar to aroma but with some toasted malt

M: creamy with a medium body

D: very drinkable. I look forward to this every fall

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Photo of DrewBest
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to absolutely love this beer. I recently realized that I just love Octoberfests...and in fact, this is not a great one. As such, I have lowered my rating several times in an attempt to rate this beer not just in terms of how much I like it on its own, but also its standing within its (particularly well-defined and storied) genre.

Almost no detectable hop aroma. The malts are great-- big and sweet. Mouthfeel is similarly malty and partially coating. However, where I feel this falls short of other 'Fests is the complete lack of both bittering hop character (which should be minimal, but present) and noble hop flavor. This could have been brewed with a similar amount of Cascade without a noticeable effect...if there are nice German hops in here, you wouldn't know it.

Drinkable and tasty but one-dimensional and tiresome.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in early October; must be fresh!

A - deep clear copper, lots of carbonation, little to no head.

S - hint of malt and spiciness.

T - very mellow with only moderate caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. Finishes with some nuttiness.

M - medium bodied with only mild carbonation. It has a hint of oilyness and coats the mouth.

D - definitely goes down easy but also lacks a bit of character.

So-so; decent Okt, but well behind most of the Germans.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Roland45s
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of maniaczak
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of WallstreetB
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Naugled
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer, well made.

Smell is nice but nothing special, malt comes through nicely.

Taste is good but again nothing fantastic. A nice mix of lmalt flavors, but not very intense.

Good mouth feel, a bit light for an Octoberfest IMO.

Very drinkable, and well made.

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Photo of Aleforme
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Erish
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a large pint glass at Famous Daves in Bolingbrook. Reviewed from notes.

A: clear amber color with reddish highlights, the thick head falls into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: toasted grain, less fruity than the bottled version, with a nice earthiness and a zesty floral/herbal hop note.

T: plain unbuttered popcorn, toast, good malty sweetness, orchard fruit, a nice earthy hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Marzen. Better than the bottled varieties.

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Photo of Louski
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Chuck_25
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Taycro
4/5  rDev +9%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,601 ratings
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