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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.67/5
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7,637 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:
#32,410
Reviews:
2,188
Ratings:
7,637
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
2,069
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 7,637 |  Reviews: 2,188
Photo of NWest05
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing that after all these years it still sets the bar for an Oktoberfest. Don’t pass it up just because it’s from a larger brewery. Still runs laps around most attempts at this style. Smooth, malty, very well balanced.

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Photo of Johnnyrafer
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griphon
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

L: Clear copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head.

S: Sweet caramel malts. Brown sugar.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet and malty... caramel and toffee... a little earthy. Medium to light in body... easily drinkable. Mild hopping for balance at the end but certainly not a 'hoppy' beer.

O: A pretty typical Oktoberfest beer. Nothing special... a bit too sweet for my taste, but the price was right (free) and it's the proper time of year.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber. Nice, light golden head. No sticky lacing. Aroma is a sweet, brown sugary malt. Taste is sweet and grainy - but not much else really happening. I look for more complexity in my Oktoberfests, and this really doesn't have much. Malt forward and very little hops. It's far from bad though. The sweetness becomes a little overbearing towards the end of the first bottle. Feel is medium with medium high carbonation. Fits the style well. Overall, it's nice to have one of these at a time, but there are better Oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of willcull78
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, I thought it was just all right. Nothing special overall. I guess I was expecting it to have a touch of pumpkin flavor versus a spicy flavor. To me an Octoberfest beer should be about lager - various types of lagers - or pilsners. This is not SA's best beer, like Rebel IPA; however, it is a good serviceable beer nonetheless. The color is a rustic autumn. The overall flavor is light and spicy. The smell is quaint of malts and spice; and the overall feel was average. I certainly would not turn one down if offered but I think I prefer to buy something a little more flavorful.

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Photo of huthuty
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark/medium copper with some lacing
Smells of cereal grains, somewhat dark malt and some hops
Taste is darker than other feistbeers I've drank, a good flavor profile involving dark malt, light cereal malt, and hops
Overall balanced and drinkable one of the better examples of the style

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Photo of adipilla8708
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nooutlet
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color poured into glass with no head! I bought this because I thought it would be closer to a German Lager, because I NEVER buy S.A. I have to admit it was not as good as I thought it would be but not as bad either! Drinkable especially with a 5.3 kick! Little heavier than I like!

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Photo of FreeMoney14
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a keg of this delicious beer at my weeding back in 2015. It may not be the best Oktoberfest but it is still my personal favorite. Great color and smell. The harvest notes really shine through. PROST!!

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Photo of chadbweiner
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbass420
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gundybears
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bryantan
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color. Malt,yeast and bread aroma with something like molasses as well. Taste is similar but there is a noticeable hop presence but this beer is clearly dominated by the taste of malt. Leaves a lingering bitter taste but still a very enjoyable beer to celebrate the arrival of fall with

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Photo of mattfred98
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandpasbury
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good seasonal brew that is widely available. It pours a gorgeous amber color and has a carmel aroma with a hint of nuttiness. This Brew is light on your tongue and is not bitter. I generally drink IPA's buti do like this during the early fall as it goes well with the change of seasons.

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

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mickyge
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by Jan 2018. Sam Adams glass.

A: pours a deep Amber with streams of carbonation capped by a two finger thick frothy sandy head that retains supremely well. Lacing, not so much.

S: caramel sweetness with a faint hint of lager yeast; perhaps even a little hint of maraschino cherry or dried plum. Noticeably sweeter on the nose than the other Marzens I've had in recent weeks.

T: sweet and malty arrival, but not as sweet as the smell. Rich and bready, with a slightly sour toastiness and a little noble hop spiciness right on the end. Finishes a little thin though, with some slickness but not much in terms of lingering flavor.

M: really shines here; hefty feel of a Marzen, but retains the clean feeling of a lager. A little residual slickness is a minor detraction, but willing to overlook that. Carbonation is spot on.

O: this is not the best American Oktoberfestbier I've had, but it's up there. Affordable, widely available, and tastes like it was designed for drink with or after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of Pdurm33
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddoJay
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,637 ratings
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