Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found that if you gave this brew a hard pour, it made all the difference in the world with head quanity and lacing. Actually very nice. Was copper brown in color. Smelled of malt and a little sweet. But mostly malt. Tasted of malt and slightly sweet. With hints of caramel. Felt thin in the mouth. Not heavy at all. Carbonation was good. It wasnt my favorite Octoberfest but definatly worth checking out. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of thegrifter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nickadams2
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Amber/burnt orange witha thick white head. Decent lacing,C02 bubbles evident.

S_Bready malt, spice, floral hops.

T_Bready/biscuit malt, caramel, spicy malt, floral hops. Slight roasted flavor.

M_Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D_Good okto to pick up if you are going to be drink in excess or have a low budget. Definitely not the best okto but works.

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Photo of reefa
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of AlphaKing414
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of joshtrich
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of acknight
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gshoes3
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JohnyFriday
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bareju
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Star80
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep copper color, definitely a few shades darker than regular Boston Lager. Smells like a good marzen should, malty with hints off toffee, very very faint alcohol in the nose. Taste is a nice interplay between the caramel sweetness of the malts, but with slight bitterness, from the darker roasted malts (five in all) along with a clean dash of hops on the tongue. This is really a harmony of different flavors, which honestly, can be a bit much at times, at least, the style in general can be. That is not saying that this is not a great beer, which if it weren't so darn rich and full, could be drunk in large amounts in true Oktoberfest style. I've had a good handful of the German ones and this one holds it own!

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Photo of garbercury
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite selections by Sam Adams. To me, this is their best seasonal by far. Lots of bready flavor highlighted by the caramel notes in the taste. To me, this is a great version of an Octoberfest, worthy of a try, particularly with a hearty meal on a fall night.

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Photo of BoOmerG
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sdonegan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of shade13
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of hnandez
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Druss157
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of UPBrewer92
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMili
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of racer2k
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass

A: Copper colored beer that is clean and translucent in the glass. Very small head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted sweet malt with a hint of bitter hops and floral tones. The malt profile is definitely the leader

T: Sweet dark roasted malt with a hint of fresh baked bread and pumpkin seeds. Bitter finish on the back end.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation with a sweet malty profile.

D: Consistently good Octoberfest from Sam Adams but not the best year I have had in my opinion. Still good though!

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Photo of tito42
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by January 2012.

A: Amber, highly carbonated. Amber-hued head sticks around and leaves decent lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, a touch of caramel and plum. Very malty.

T: Bready malts with a hint of caramel, grape, and and some very faint spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Very malt forward with an herbal hops finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with a very spritzy, carbonated finish.

O: A solid Oktoberfest. Nothing too complex or fancy here, but a solid Fall choice.

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Photo of jeddis1
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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