Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BA SCORE
49.1%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 7,545 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:
#31,361
Reviews:
2,163
Ratings:
7,545
Liked:
3,708
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
13.9%
Alströms:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,015
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gr0g
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color. Pretty good head retention. Sparse lacing. Malt, fruit, and hop notes in the aroma. Floral hop contribution. Toffee and some dried, ripened fruit.

Loads of caramel-ish malt with just the right amount of bitterness to balance things out. Picks up some breadiness/graininess on the back end. Maybe I never noticed or paid attention to such things before, but more recent vintages have picked up some nice fruity, estery notes not unlike a strong English bitter. This and the skillful hopping separate this from the pack of bland, one-dimensional examples of the style. Carbonation is nice, not at all harsh. Very pleasant to drink.

Marzen is a style I cut my craft beer teeth on, and Sam's is still among my favorite domestic 'fests. Like Boston Lager, this is a very underappreciated yet excellent and widely available brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - High point for me. Pours a beautiful amber with an orange hue. Nice almost two fingers of a khaki head that dissipated very quickly. OK carbonation coming up, but looks almost flat.

S - Sweet malts, a little bit of spice in there, a nuttiness is hidden in there. Bready malts play around as well.

T - Pretty disappointed really, has a bit of an non description to it for being a marzen. I honestly feel like this may be a spoiled batch, I remember it so much more fondly last year (maybe my palate has evolved). What I do get out of this is largely malts, sweet malt with a small bitter bite at the end. A slight caramel hint as well.

M - Medium bodied, decent drinkability, but honestly the "flatness" is previously described makes me not want multiples. Good carbonation level.

O - Disappointing really. Was looking forward to this, but honestly, its Sam Adams, they aren't known for being the highest of quality. Don't get me wrong, Sam puts out some decent stuff, but with such a high volume being put out, its inevitable that the quality will lack some.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost orange/copper color. It is very malty but is nicely balanced by the hops. It is another well made beer from Sam Adams. The mouthful is rather full almost like bread. It lacks the crispness of Spaten (my favorite oktoberfest beer). It is close though.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, served in a mug.

Appearance: Amber color with some red hues. Very clear looking. Thin, half-finger layer of head that left a good, persistent lacing down the side of the mug. Moderately carbonated.

Smell: There are some sweet, bready malt aromas. Subtle notes of caramel and spiciness. From what is there, it smells pleasant, but there really isn't much of an aroma to it. Light and lacking substance.

Taste: Very malty upfront, sweet maltiness mixes with caramel/toffee notes, backed by a slight toasty quality. Finishes with a bitterness, complemented with a savory, earthy spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to this one, noticeably thicker than from the bottle. Carbonation takes charge at about the middle of the tongue, giving it a creamy feel as it coats the tongue. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a solid beer. There are better Oktoberfests available, but you really can't go wrong with this one. Readily available while in season and affordable.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 49.1% out of 100 with 7,545 ratings
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