Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince's wedding with a special beer and 16-day party. Our version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor of caramel, creating a brew that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating. Smooth with a roasty sweetness, and light hop character.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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pDev:
13.9%
 
 
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Photo of bmills1608
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a really nice orangy-amber color, when I poured it, the first thought I had was pumpkin.

Smell is fresh malt, almost cake like, not a real sharp or over powering nose, but smooth and soft.

Taste is rich and malty, somewhat complex in what seems to me was a quick wave a baking spices flashing across my taste buds. After the first sip I swear I could taste autumn. Really nice and smooth. I was drinking this in the cool of my basement when outside it's August and 90 and the summer can't end fast enough for me now.

Finish was sweet with a bit of chocolate and caramel in the finish, maybe even a touch of fruit.

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Photo of inebrius
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper-amber leaves a partial lace. Malty biscuit nose. Sweet malt start turns gradually bitter hop and lingers shortly. Creamy and tasty SA Octoberfest is a quality beer IMO. I am truly glad to have a beer of this merit readily available.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz. Bottle. Malty slight hint of cardboard (Oxidation?) Below average for the style. Decent mouthfeel, but nothing there of any positive taste. Not one of Sams best. I'm now sorry I got a case of this stuff.... It looks alot better than it tasted.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

was pleasantly suprised byt how authentic it was.Nice malty flavor and good color.I like most Sam Adams products.

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

A solid American take on the style. Moderately sweet with a little less malt backbone than average for the style, but smooth and good natured.

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

Very malty, with a fair smack of hops in the finish, but a bit too fruity for the style. Still, a very good beer and a heck of a deal at under $10 for a 12-pack.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow...talk about malty. It was alittle heavier than I liked. It tasted similar to their winter lager, without the spices of course.

Update: 9/27/2002
I have noticed that this years Octoberfest is alot sweeter and has more of a caramel flavour. It tastes alot more like a ale than a lager. It actually tastes alot like their stock ale now.

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

This is a nice beer, rather chewy and malty. This is the first I've had this in a long time, really very nice.

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Photo of bcm119
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001. Very malty, as it should be. The malt flavors are up front, sweetish, ripe and fruity, with an alcoholic flavor as well that leads into the firm hop bitterness. Hops are present only towards the end, lacking any flowery flavors in the nose, but definately accomplish what they're in there for: cutting through the slightly syrupy body for a decent finish. Nice for those early fall cool spells.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color makes this beer appear warm and inviting. Sweet and malty, -well balanced. Also, very crisp in some ways. I drank it with a Bison burger, and it's flavor lasted until the end.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,810 ratings