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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 7,656 |  Reviews: 2,191
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Greenster
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of wr3ck00n
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Inglum515
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Try-em-all
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the caramel notes, just enough, not overbearing. Goes down smooth and leaves you appreciating it enough to have another or maybe another, another.

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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

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

This beer poured a nice amber with a bit of red tint to it and had a small, quickly dissipating head. The aroma has some malt aroma and a hint of a fruit sweetness. The taste had a medium malt body with a caramel sweetness to it. There was a medium hop flavor to it with a light/medium bitterness. The mouthfeel was light/medium in consistency and had a medium carbonation. Despite having a sweeter flavor to it, I felt that this beer was very well balanced in all aspects and has a good seasonal drinkability to it.

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Photo of scarletfire79
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slight orangey golden color. decent head and solid retention. good lacing. smells like a malty macro. but balanced. i thought this wasn't going to be as good as it was. the taste is very balanced, the malt nice and the brew fairly filling. pretty much what i'd expect from a octoberfest offering. i guess i'd just like to see everything kicked up a little bit fuller. all in all a good option.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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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4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

this stuff in the candy corn of the beer community. every year it comes around and every year it suckers me back in. sam adams' seasonals are supposed to be good! their summer is great, and sam spring is on a different level all together! however, their attempt at the marzen style is just futile. it's not that great of a style of beer to begin with, but theirs just has a little to much hops, isn't quite full bodied enough and doesn't have enough malt. plus, it leaves a sort of burnt taste in your mouth. definitely not my favorite beer in the world!

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4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite of all brews and I look forward to it's return every year (and just as I was starting to drop a few pounds!) Poured a very nice clear golden amber with a 1/2 head that lasted quite a while. Light lacing that clings throughout the drink.
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation, leaves a clean taste with just a hint of the spices.
Very light spice smell with a touch of hops.
For me this is a great session beer and if you haven't tried it you're missing out!

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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown but clear with a good, brown/white carbonated head. Has a sweet, malty smell that is not overpowering and a bit of hops. Taste was very well balance, primarily malty sweetness with cereal grains and a slight hop. Good texture, on the thin side but light and smooth. Not a heavy beer, so more than a couple is okay and it is very enjoyable.

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

poured a rich copper brown, mainly clear, with an off white head. good lacing.

smells of caramel and malt, some nut or nut extract, and an ioda of pine.

taste is rich and sweet, a little roasted nut, and some caramel flavors.

good mouthfeel, definetly has a good body to it. drinkable.

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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before March

A: Clear, dark red with a fluffy head.

S: Herbal hops and lager yeast byproducts.

T: Primarily buttery, bready malt that avoids being too sweet. There are earthy and herbal hops (which take on an almost medicinal quality as the beer warms) and something like apple cider in the mix too. (The apple cider isn't bad.) The flavors are well balanced.

M: Crisp and prickly.

O: Pleasant and very drinkable.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,656 ratings
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