Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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7,466 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
7,466
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
1,957
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0
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Photo of beerguy04
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a finger width white head. Smells carmel and nutty. Tastes similar to the smell. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Overall, this one of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of caburdette51
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluemoonlover555
4.93/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brew_ski
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kaapstadmk
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - a wonderful deep amber color with a 2-3 finger head

Smell - not overly present. Slight toasty smell with an emphasis on the malt

Taste - unfortunately weaker than expected. The malt flavor is not very present and the hops are present, but don't really add much to the presence. As the beer warms, the hop flavours pick up, but it still winds up a plain-ish offering.

Feel - good mouthfeel. An appropriate thickness and fullness for the colour. Slight effervescence on the tongue

Overall - slightly disappointing. Was expecting a lot more flavour and aroma. That being said, it's an easy drinker for someone not looking for an overly fancy beer.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice color nice smell but nothing outstanding. A very forgettable beer like most Sam Adams. If you're going to drink Sam Adams stick to Cherry Wheat or Porch Rocker.

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Photo of jpschouest
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best Octoberfest beers. Nice color and taste.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of basaywhat
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. pours a dark amber and reddish color. Moderate sweet aroma that is grainy and nutty with balancing toffee, caramel and hints of almond and spices. Taste is similar and a bit too sweet for me but not too bad for an American marzen.

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Photo of Mriley_0221
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 1/2017. Pours crystal clear deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy, and lightly slick/silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. Very rich and robust on malt flavors, without being too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pottertaker
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of SEP16 into standard pint glass.

L: Beautiful amber color with finger head that recedes slowly into thin layer. Decent Lacing.

S: Toast, herbal hops and biscuity. Well balanced.

T: Simple malt flavors hit the tongue first. Sweet. Small amount of herbal hops after the malt fades away.

F: Chewy and medium bodied. Sticks to tongue and throat.

O: It is a solid beer. Perfect for fall weather. Not very complex but well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber Octoberfest baseline.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

No match for SN version but still a decent brew. Thin and slightly oily but taste up front not bad at all. Finish is not as robust as a true Octo should be.

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Photo of AngEo
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

**
09/04/15
On tap at Pete’s. Aroma is just nothing. Faintest malt nose. Dark copper color, though very clear. Taste is barley, hay, fairly bland with an off putting aftertaste. Feel is mostly flat, little creamy to balance.
**

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One finger off white head, dissipated fairly quickly. Little lacing left behind. Orange/copper color, Crystal clear. Tasted is a nice toasty lager, a little bit of a bitter bite at the end. Bready, toast, a little sweet malt. Light body, medium carbonation. A little thinner than I'd like for the style. Overall, a petty good mass produced oktoberfest lager, but there are better out there.

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Photo of flek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,466 ratings.
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