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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:
#32,737
Reviews:
2,191
Ratings:
7,656
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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140
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Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With fall on the way and summer coming close to an end some of my favorite seasonals begin to emerge. With the weather cooling down Octoberfests and Pumpkin Ales begin to become more and more appealing. I thought that I'd give this beer another try and in turn review it again, now that my appreciation and taste for beer has grown.

The color of this beer is a beautiful crystal clear copper. Kind of like the color of some of the Autumn Leaves that drift by my window. Although the leaves are still green now, the color of this beer reminds me of those falling leaves. Head starts off at two fingers, somewhat off white and creamy in appearance. Lacing is fair. Head retention is somwhat poor. The head slowly decreases in size.

Aroma of this beer is also quite good. It is very potent, as soon as the bottle was opened the boquet of aroma hit me in the face. There's not that many beers that I've had where the aroma is that strong and appealing. It seems that more often than not one has to try to find the aroma, searching for it. Not so with this beer. To the nose it is malty sweet smelling of caramel and a hint of spicy noble hop character.

This beer in my opinion is definitely better on the colder side. The flavors just seem to come out better. Noticeable in the flavor are caramaly and some spicy herbal characteristics. Bittering hops do a nice job of balancing the brew out, keeping the malty and caramel flavors in check.

This beer is smooth and well rounded. It goes down easy and is very drinkable. Its got a medium body although it seems a bit thin. Carbonation is in check, appropriate for the style. This would make for a good session beer were the alcohol a bit lower. A good beer to drink once a year, but with so many others out there of the same style with the same limitability it seems unlikely that I'll buy this beer again this season.

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Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of klewis
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/7/07 freshness date

A: Pours a reddish amber with a fizzy head that quickly disappears. Lacing quickly slides down the glass after each sip.

S: Sort of a dirty musty malt aroma.

T: Malty and sweet with flavors of cereal grains and honey.

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: This gets the same reaction as most other brews from SA. Decent and definitely drinkable, but hardly as good as other craft brewers that produce on a smaller scale. Cheap, and easily accessible, but not noteworthy.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a dark copper color. A finger of off white bubbles settled to a skim quickly. A little bit of rising carbonation can be seen within. The aroma is full of malts, some a little roasted, some a little sweet, all evoking the feeling of fall. The flavor is also malty, with a little bitterness in the finish. I feel as though it conforms well to the style. There are some good caramel flavors. The beer has a medium body. Carbonation is present, but on the lower end of the spectrum. A mildly sticky coat provides some good flavors. The beer drinks pretty easily. I enjoy the caramel flavors and don't think I'd tire of them until after a few rounds.

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Photo of Johncnh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

A: Pours a clear, reddish amber-orange color. A tall, frothy head of caramel-tinted foam bubbles up, with above average retention. A few foamy rings of lace trail along the inside of the glass.

S: Some toasty/caramel malt aromas are definitely present. A mild hop presence offers leafy and light earthen notes. A bit of a tartness as well, although difficult to place.

T: The malt flavors take the stage here, and they are equally toasty and caramel-flavored. Sweetness is noticeable at first, but it is kept in check by a dash of hoppiness. Leafy and mild earthy hop notes are present, adding moderate bitterness. There are some complexities at work as well, with tealike tannins and toffee flavors among them.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp and definitely on the dry side into the finish.

D: A pretty solid Oktoberfest from SA. I brought home a smorgasbord of fall seasonals the other day, and this is the first I've gotten down to reviewing. It's nice to begin the switch from summer brews to something a little maltier. This one doesn't set the world on fire, but it's a rock-solid, accessible beer.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange amber color; nice head; sheet lacing
S: malty, sweet, bready
T: very spiced; hoppy and complex; not very sweet
M: the sparkly spiciness makes the mouth hum
D: very inviting

This would pair nicely with something sweet and unspiced, say an ordinary pumpkin pie.

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Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a Sam Adam's pint glass.

A - Clear, deep amber with a finger or two of white head. Retention is decent with some lacing.

S - Vague sweetness; some dark bread in there a long with a slightly nutty aroma.

T - Sweet and a little buttery. A nice toasted malt overtone. Some dark bread from the nose as well, with a hint of spicy hops creeping up in the background.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer. Decent flavor but certainly not too much to think about at the bar.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" beige head. Nice clear amber appearance. There's almost no smell, even after warmed, but what I do get would amount to malt. There's a slight hint of malt in the taste but nowhere near the five kinds of malt they claim in the ads. Wee bit of spicing. Hey, it's fine, a drinkable beer, and it does match the Fall season, but nothing blows me away here.

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Photo of BryantForestry
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dd43
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not an exceptional marzen, but I wasn't expecting one. In terms of being "to style" I guess you could say it hits the high notes, but doesn't make for a particularly memorable performance. Somewhat lacking in terms of flavor, it's just kind of weak. Sierra Nevada does this much better in terms of US brewers making widely available octoberfest beers, but get yourself a good German version and you won't look back.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orangey amber color with perfect clarity for a fairly dark brew. Depending on how carefully you pour it you can get a very thick frothy head with multiple sized bubbles or if your careful like you'll get a just an about 1 fingered head that goes away in about a minute or two. Either way you'll get a light caramel colored head with better than average lacing. The smell is very good, roasted malts take up the bulk of the smell. To me it smells like fall. Taste is very good too. More malty than hoppy like most Octoberfests, not quite as well balanced as the traditional Boston Lager but still fairly well balanced and a good brew. Mouthfeel is good, I'd consider it a slight step above a medium bodied beer with excellent drinkability, I could drink this all day. A usual standby for me every fall until I get sick of drinking it. A very good Octoberfest.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served mid-Oct. at some bar in Manattan; presented in a stein.

A: Clear, oily amber with a big, fluffy white head.

S: Rich German malts and spicy German hops are jumping out of the mug. Smells like a Märzen should.

T: Following the nose...Malts provide cracker and toast note. Lots of melanoidin presence. Hops are pretty big for the style and provide an assertive spiciness.

D: Quaffable and thirst-quenching stuff. This is how a Märzen should be - if you can't drink the whole stein...its unbalanced.

Overall: A quality brew from SA. Many of their beers seem a little watered-down for their respective styles. This, meanwhile, seems a little more extreme than many of the traditional offerings.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours amber with a one finger head that leaves no lacing and recedes quickly. Aroma of toasted malt and subtle, grassy spice. Taste follows the smell- toasted malt and bready body with a barely noticeable sweetness before a grassy finish. Medium-light body and light carbonation with no aftertaste. It lingered and was a little sticky.
I expected more from this. I kept waiting for the Oktoberfest characteristics to come out, but they never really did. The caramel was super subtle and required some searching. I also didn't pick up any semblance of hops at all. It was one dimensional and boring.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle scored “Feb” into my crystal mug, it’s a clear amber color with low carbonation. Large tan head fades slowly to a thick and clumpy cap with some scattered lace. Pretty attractive beer. Nose evinces the expected powdery, dry malt and notes of toasted bread. Taste is malt-heavy with a slightly buttery or butterscotch flavor. Dryish, light bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Mouth is middle-of-the-road, leaning toward semi-viscous, smooth and with low carbonation. Drinkability is very good; it’s tasty and easygoing. I could enjoy most of a 6’er in a sitting.

Overall: A decent Marzen, worth a try.

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Photo of griffey123
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

From notes on 9/28/13

Decent. Poured out of there new sweet looking can. Props for the design. Color is darkish brown with brownish white head. Not much aroma. Very malty flavor.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You just have to love all octoberfest beers

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Photo of jneiswender
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that was notched to drink by March (drank in November). Poured into a pint glass.

Light foam head that dissipates quickly. Amber, brown topaz color. Reddish brown. If I could give an award for beautiful beers this may be the blue ribbon winner. I just love they way this beer looks.

Smells sweet and malty. Slightly spicy cinnamon note as well.

Nicely balanced beer. Make no mistake, is about the malts here. Very bready (almost like a vanilla cupcake). Almost a slight maple syrup like undertone. There is some good hop character here though. Nice bitterness throughout.

I am not very learned with this style. I do however find it incredibly tasty. I enjoy drinking it every fall. Great fall session beer. The fresher the better. Check the drink by date.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,656 ratings
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