Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BA SCORE
49.2%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 7,550 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:
#31,452
Reviews:
2,163
Ratings:
7,550
Liked:
3,711
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
13.9%
Alströms:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,019
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,550 |  Reviews: 2,163
Photo of Drewvel
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doc17325
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of matt062286
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours an copperish red color. Small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Scent of malt overpowers a hint of hops. Small hint of a caramel-like malt in here. There is a sweetness combined with a roasted smell.

Taste - Just as in the smell, malt dominates this beer. They are prevalent and have subtle nuances. The sweeter tasting malts are a bit stronger here than the more toasted flavored ones. Hop flavor is barely noticeable, but their weakness only multiplies the dominance and complexity of the many malts used. (According to the Sam Adams webpage, this beer uses six(!) different malts, so that explains that)

Mouthfeel - this beer is a bit on the watery side. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability - I've had many sessions with this beer, and drinkability is a shining point of Octoberfest. It is "watery" and lightly carbonation so that it goes down well, and is flavorful enough to want to keep drinking it. And hey, that's the whole reason for the marzen style, is it not?

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Photo of mletten
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JohnyFriday
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jeff_Winger
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of baldy00
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generalnotsew
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is a very nice deep dark amber with a fat 1 finger foamy off white head. It really is quite dark. I expected something quite a bit lighter. Smell is very light citrus and some peppery notes. Kind of sweet and tart but also very light. Hard to really get a whiff of smell in this. Flavor packs a pretty decent punch. It is not light and thin except maybe a bit in the aftertaste. Green apple, toasted malts and some graininess on the tongue. A bit of a caramel note in there as well. A good easy drinker for sure. It does seem a bit undercarbonated as well. Otherwise it is pretty solid.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A- Dark ruby red as Sam Adams says on their site. Had a frothy, 1 finger head that died. Head was rocky and pillowy. Egg shell colored head.

S- Big malts. Toffee like sweetness, toasted notes. Brown bread crust.

T- Light hop presence. Toffee like sweetness. Toasty. Has graininess as well. Lightly fruity.

M- Medium on the body. It is crisp clean and refreshing. Not quite as dry as American lagers.

Overall you can tell that your drinking an American interpretation of the classic fest beer from Germany. It's got standard Octoberfest flavors, but with a bit more hop presence and a fruity taste. Not bad at all, but not one I need to rush out to get this fall.

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A-Deep orange, a good solid two fingers of head, nice lacing that holds up

S-good, I get the earthiness that some others mention, don't really pick up on the Marzen that one might expect in this type

T-not offensive, just not very memorable, a bit of bread and some fruitiness, again just nothing to blow you away

M-ok, felt as if it wasn't that festive

D-ok, easy to have a few during a Sunday afternoon of football

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Photo of aminobutyricacid
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tech_Savy
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MWilt
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of danfix99
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Tcsox
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber copper color with a small white head, left a ring with some decent lacing though. Though this one looks good, there's really not much behind it. Taste is a bit citrusy and kind of metallic, a tiny bit tof caramel malt but really weak and watery, almost like seltzer. A sparkly mouthfeel but no real finish, no aftertaste and drinkable only because its light and inoffensive. Depressing, I was hoping for something with a lot more flavor than this.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. best Sam Adams i've had...

A - Rusty, orange/brown color, decent head.
S - Sweet, I smell cherries.
T - Very nice, slight sweetness w/ a light bitter aftertaste, I like this beer.
M - Smooth, some carbonation
D - Very Drinkable, i'm really impressed, not a big Sam Adams fan, but this one's a winner.

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Photo of BDJake
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent pumpkin-brown with a small beige head that dissipated far too quickly

S- very malt-forward, with some butterscotch and caramel notes- fairly akin to many imported versions

T- a little more tart than the German versions i've had before, with little in the ways of hop character

M- medium bodied, coats your tongue fairly well, with a malty aftertaste

D- great for weekends eating sauerkraut and drinking out of boots- it's a worthy beer for the fall season, even if it doesn't make a good year-round type of brew

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Photo of thearsenal
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of woogie359
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of AFDerek
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of pianoguy
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle Best before January notched (hope that's 2016)

Pours a somewhat clear orange-amber body with small white head that dissipated quickly Very little lacing

Smells is not overly prominent. Mainly roasted malt. A little grass. a little fresh bread.

Tastes has the malts as little more roasted then they smell. There is a very slight hint of caramel sweetness, (if you blink you'll miss it)and a slightly bitter hop finish. (once again very much under the radar) I think this is consistent with the style . I went back and forth between giving it a 3.75 and a 4 for taste...

Basic medium feel. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall a solid American Marzen

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Photo of CrimeDog
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 49.2% out of 100 with 7,550 ratings
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