Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft served in Sam Adams lager glass
Aroma of malt
Head removed by bartender – what remains is white, frothy, and rapidly diminishes to 2 mm ring
Lacing poor – occasional island and reef of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear, continual bubble generation
Flavor malty, ends slightly astringent; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.0625

EDIT: Review of 2016 vintage
$ 15.12 for mixed 12-pack ($ 0.105/oz) at Spec’s, Schertz, TX
Bottle dated Best Before Feb at 42 degrees into a SA “Perfect Pint”
Aroma – malty but weak
Head large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy settling to frothy, diminishing to a four mm ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body – copper, clear
Flavor – malty, maybe some slight roastiness: no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Just another SA product – acceptable but not exceptional. Two and done.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Yeah, yeah, I know: "Sam Adams isn't even a craft brewery, anymore! They're too COMMERCIAL! They just crank out any old thing and slap a label on it!" TRANSLATION: "They're not the new hot thing." Stipulated. And most "serious craft beer fans" would rather give up a body part than be caught actually LIKING something like this Octoberfest. But, as I'm too old and cranky to give a shit about what anyone else thinks, here it is: Sam Adams Octoberfest is a really FINE example of this style. It's got that hallmark Marzen heartiness, great caramel and citrus notes, and subtle but nicely resiny hops. It, like all great Octoberfest beers, is amazingly easy to drink...which is probably why the roving packs of wet-nosed craft geeks don't like it. But if you're a mature, thoughtful beer connoisseur, you'll like this a LOT. Walk right past the craft "experts" and pick this up for a taste of how a great American brewery does German.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Solid contribution to octobefest for those who don't like pumpkin!

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4/5  rDev +9%

Exceptional Oktoberfest style beer. definitely one of my favorites

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,698 ratings