Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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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:
1,956
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0
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Photo of NomadDawg
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of erk0607
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pantalones
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Second-to-last bottle from my six-pack. Best-by date is March of 2017, so should still be pretty fresh.

Color is a burnt-orange sort of thing, one of the darker Oktoberfest beers I've had. Very clear, with a ton of little rising bubbles throughout and a very nice layer of cream-colored foam on top. Really nice-looking beer!

Smell is pleasant, though not standing out as much as the appearance. There's a definite sweetness in the background, a toasty bread/doughy sort of thing coming in ahead of that, and occasionally a little hint of hop spiciness (this is far from a hoppy beer of course, but they are present.)

Most prominent flavors on the first sip are toasty bread and that doughy sort of thing. The sweetness from the smell is not as noticeable in the flavor, though still there in the background. Same goes for that slight hop spiciness, it's juuust barely there.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice overall, though I do have some minor complaints. Very drinkable, seems maybe a tad thin at some times (mostly after the foam has started to shrink away.) Despite the massive amount of rising bubbles in this beer it never seems overly prickly, just has a nice soft bubbliness to it.

Overall, not my favorite Oktoberfest (last year's Sierra Nevada still holds that title so far) but a surprisingly good one considering all the hate it seems to get -- I was honestly really impressed when I had my first bottle from this six-pack, especially after reading so many posts describing it as overly sweet (I didn't find it to be *that* sweet at all.) I have had it before, but it was a month or so past its best-by date and was not as good as the fresher version (though still not bad -- I guess this is a malty enough beer to begin with that it holds up better to age compared to a lot of others), so I figured I should revisit it -- glad I did!

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Photo of Dbash964
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mattroc000
4.76/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer, it has some malty taste, but is not too strong on malt. It has a great full-bodied feel and balances sweetness with the slight bitterness of the hops. A great beer - my favourite as of (09-25-16). Even better than Newcastle Brown Ale! However, it's only seasonal.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my baptism into craft beer.

Though I have moved on to more complex and robust things, I always tip my hat to Sam's Oktoberfest. Caramel malts a plenty! This is a creamy, smooth introduction to the style. You can't go wrong with one.

This beer also serves as an introduction to fall, so you gotta give it some love for that as well!

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Photo of AnotherDisease
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eyerman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle freshness notched for January, poured into a pint glass.

Look: Copper topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that quickly subsides to just a thin layer.

Smell: Clean pleasant smell if a little faint.

Taste: Well balanced, slight hop bitterness on the swallow.

Feel: Medium with light carbonation.

Overall: I find the taste to be quite enjoyable but I'm not detecting much of the toasty flavors described in the style.

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Photo of juicebox
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of _drummer_
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seasonal beers sometimes do it for me, but this one lacked a little. It was a little bitter. The pumpkin flavor was a bit strong and the balance with the hops and malts didn't mesh well. It wasn't at all horrible - some of my friends loved it.

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Photo of PMarcy78
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KnappStout
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dakin
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing. Small steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: Malts, slight tinge of darker fruits. Not much else here.

Taste: Mild taste, not much complexity in the flavor at all. Not a bad thing with this beer though, Light bitterness at first, mellowing out to a smooth drinkable finish at the end. Love a beer with a smooth finish. In my opinion this is a very good tasting commercial beer.

Feel: Decent medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Good cheap drinkable choice for autumn. This is a beer you can bring to enjoy with friends and still be able to please everyone. 6.5/10.

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Photo of gruves33
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jou
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mtarples
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 pk for $11.99...Buck-a-beer! Nice, clear dark brown color with a modest 1-2 finger tan head with decent retention. Very nutty and malty flavor. Small amount of hops which is okay by me. Decent carbonation. For the price an exceptional beer.

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Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JThor80
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat_mcd19
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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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