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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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7,638 Ratings
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,498
Reviews:
2,188
Ratings:
7,638
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,070
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Ratings: 7,638 |  Reviews: 2,188
Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with thick off-white foamy head.

Not much of a scent, some toasty malts.

The taste is of toasty, bready malts, faint hops, a little metallic.

Pretty thin, crisp feel with prickly carbonation.

This is a very easy to drink beer. There really isn't anything that stands out.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to special Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...pleny more room to go in mug so I pour another 1/2 in. Amber with Orange tones in color, slightly off-white head that stays around for a while leaving some lace behind. Smell is of bread and grains, real earthy tone to it, dont notice much malt. Taste is similar. Very bready and grainy, herbal and earth notes. Malt is present in taste but not so much so. A little let down there. Very light and crisp tasting. Not an amazing beer and it doesnt have a standout taste but I do give a 4 for drinkability as it was easy to put back a few of these and not get sick of them.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an medium orange copper color with a nice three-finger head that has little retention but extensive lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts along with some raisin fruitiness... alcohol is quite apparent on the nose.

Lots of malts in the taste with some hops flavors thrown in to balance it out... not bad but lacking in complexity. Unfortunately I've become accustomed to dopplebocks for my malt fix and this just tastes like a watered-down dopplebock.

Mouthfeel seems thin and watery.

Pretty easy to drink several... definitely better than any macros out there, just not quite what I was hoping for.

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Photo of hdf561
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while

Surprisingly this is pretty good. Definetly heavier than the beers I normally frequent, but still very drinkable.

The only complaint I have is that it leaves my mouth EXTREMELY DRY even more so than Long Hammer IPA, other than that I would definetly get this beer again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color. Two finger head with a little lacing.

S - Sweet and malty smell.

T - It is a bitter with hops, but it also has a nutty & malty flavor. The sweet taste seems a little like chocolate.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good marzen/octoberfest. Interesting combonation of flavors.

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Photo of jhollick
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is it that time already??!!

Reviewing the 2006 Edition of Samuel Adams Octoberfest. I swear this beer gets sweeter and less hoppy every year. Can anyone confirm this, or is it a matter of changing tastebuds?

Poured with deep copper color with a minimal tan head. There was pretty decent lacing...more than I expected, and it stuck around for the duration of the beer.

Smell is all sweet, with caramel and toasted malts being the dominant smells. It definitely smells like an American style fall beer. In the mouth, this felt a bit watery, and there was a pretty strong tingle from the carbnoation.

Tastewise, this is pretty indicitive of the style. Lots of sweetness, with just enough hop to keep you drinking. There is a noticably buttery flavor aside from the usual sources of sweetness, and a slightly dry aftertaste with an almost veggy like flavor throughout. Not sure if I'd have more than 2-3 of these because of the sweetness. Personally, I'd like a bit mroe hop action on the back end, but maybe that's just not the style. I hope I'm not losing my taste for Oktoberfests. Still, another fine effort from Sam Adams. I'd never shy away from it.

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Photo of dtm426
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber body with an off-white head.

Smell of caramel and tofee, slight roasted malt aroma.

Tastes a little bit like some sort of candy. Caramel and tofee flavors dominate, with just a touch of roasted character.

Fairly dry mouthfeel, pretty smooth.

An easy beer to drink, like most of this style.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003: This brew is a brown color, with a foamy cream colored head. The nose is caramel malts. The taste is dominated by the malt, the hops are present but dont make a big impact. Acidic almost metallic bite in the back. Not a bad brew but not the best.

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Photo of baos
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce into Falstaff goblet.

A: Dark Orange-amber in color with two fingers white head that dwindles down pretty quick with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Bit of toasty malts and a bit of hops.

T: Pretty good. Malty with hints of redman and herby hops. Kind of bland but still a good beer. I just would like more flavors here.

M: Could use a bit more.

D: Pretty good. I could have a sixer in the pumpkin patch, and throw pumpkin guts all over the tourists.

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Photo of wcintula
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with amber color and a 2 finger head that falls not too fast. Nice smells of grain, caramel, brown sugar, dark malts slight hops. The taste lines up pretty well with some alcohol taste and very slight metallic aftertaste. Lightbodied, good carbonation, I like a slightly thicker Octoberfest. It's a decent beer.

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Photo of abastias
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Short lived dirty-cream head with uneven bubbles and light stickiness. Rich, clear amber with ample carbonation.
S: Subdued. Slightly peppery, toasted malt, hay,
T: Caramel, creme brulee, pear, toast. Slight bitter after taste.
M: Full body with crisp carbonation.
O: Caramel malt is very prominent and there is a slight syrupy sweetness. Overall, tasty and not complex aromatically.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.45/5  rDev -6%

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice red, amber color with an off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma. Bready.

The taste is sweet and falls in line with the aroma with a slight earthy note.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation and the lingering aftertaste is nice.

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Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Santiagocpr
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biggmike
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle an amber color with little head. A little too shy on the hops for me, but still very drinkable. On the verge of being sweet. This one grows on you as you drink it. Lightly carbonated and very malty. I would drink it again. I'm not a big Marzen guy but this was pretty good.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a rising tight tan head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of toasted malts and a little herbal hops.

Tastes of toasted malts and small hops. The malt dominates and offers up a sweet taste with toasted flavors. The hops are very hidden in the background and do not act to balance out the sweetness. A pretty good brew, but I would like to have the sweetness balanced out.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Has a lingering sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of GreenThumb
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from the bottle into a pilsner glass and got a very tasty looking beer.

I don't think this is a typical Sam Adams because I actually like it.

The flavor is nutty with plenty of good malty caramel tones and a good crisp mouthfeel. I could drink several. It is not a heavy beer but has good flavors. The color is definately an autumn color; reddish orange. The head pours a creamy off-white and disappears quickly to leave soapy residue on the side of the glass.

The aftertaste is distinctly nutty and malty. Not a bad one for a beer from the Bostonian Brewery.

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Photo of jsanford
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Crystal-clear orange/amber with 2 fingers of pillowy white head.

S - Subdued nose of sweet malts and earthy hops with a tiny bit of spice.

T - Spot on with the nose ; sweet caramel malt, earthy hops and more spice. Pleasant, but not too complex.

M - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - Nice and drinkable, like most SA beers.

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Photo of nickynick
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color, although a little lighter then other Oktoberfest beers I have had. Smell seemed very sweet to me. Almost no malt in the nose. Smell more of brown sugar, almost too sweet. The taste matched the smell, a little to sweet, but more malt was present in the palate then the nose. Mouthfeel was ok, a little think and sticky. Drinkability was good as well. It went down pretty smooth. This beer seemed to be missing something that other Oktoberfest beers have. It had almost no bite, or spice, that I have noticed in others. I would drink this beer again, might even buy it again, but It will not be my first choice for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy orange amber. A finger width of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet nothing major

Taste: Sweet malty taste. Some minor hops finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable and after two you can see the evolution of the beer's taste.

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Photo of sweethome
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color in to my new Samual Adams glass. A nice white head of a couple inches, flows to the top of the bulbous glass. Head retention is pretty good - provides some lace as well.

Nose is a bit metalic, alcohol, a backing of sweet malts. Not as rich as what I expect from a fest. Just a bit harsh.

The flavor delivers some sweet malts, a rich bread flavor. Traditional german malts. Just a touch of hop in here - again sticking to the tradition versus some americanized versions - seems to me Sam O'Fest has had a bit more hop in the past?

This beer delivers flavor throughout the palate. It feels full, but not overbearing. A decent session beer if you can take the sweetness without the palate cleansing of hops. Again, true to style.

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

Had this one after a longggg day of tree removals. Have no idea where the guy got it since it's only the middle of July, but oh well eh.

Look - Pours see through copper with a two finger slightly off white head and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - Bready and sweet. Smells like Fall.

Taste - Bread crusts and lightly toasted malts and a touch of spice.

Feel - Medium bodied and easy siting with just enough carbonation.

Overall - Well alright. Solid, easy to find take on the style. Have it at a bar this fall, sure you can find it. ;)

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,638 ratings
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