Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
good
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%
 
 
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135
Gots:
1,956
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0
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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear cope color with a creamy off-white head that leave good lacing. The aroma is sweet, with carmel malts, and a bit of grainy astrigency. The sweet caramel malts are the forefront in the flavor with a light spicy dry hop bitterness in the finish. It is easy drinking and smooth. A decent brew, but not a top Oktoberfest.

Sampled 9/19/03

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Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of vma
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Sebas
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 October 2013

*re-review* (First reviewed 5 Oct 2013, original score 3.61/5)

Appearance: Nice amber color with a head that sticks around for a bit if you pour hard, but slowly dissipates to practically nothing. This one has great color for the style, but I would like to see a bit more head (or at least one that sticks around longer).

Smell: Some good sweet malty smells coming out. No hop presence in the nose, which is good due to the style restrictions.

Taste: I realized tonight that I was drinking this one too cold. I had one that had been in the fridge for only 1.5-2hrs and it was like a totally different beer. Nice maltiness with a good, sweet backbone comes out when this one is served a little warmer than what I had been having. Still a bit sweet for my tastes, but less so than when the beer is colder and you taste more sweet than malt.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and body for the style. This beer drinks smooth and easy, just like an Oktoberfestbier should.

Overall: Overall, a decent shot at the style. Respectable, but not special. I would get this again due to its price and availability. Good crowd pleaser and would go well with fall gatherings for football, paired with chili or red meat. Right now though, the winner for Oktoberfests goes to Victory Festbier.

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Photo of A-Sox
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Small frothy head.

Aroma:
Deep maltiness, toasted, semi-sweet, slight spicy and herbal.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Lots of malt character, bready, toasted, brown bread, nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, herbal/spicy. Finish is mostly dry. Medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking, nice carbonation.

Overall:
It's very good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of griffey123
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of GatorCoop
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ypsifly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz dated best before Feb of next year, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper with a small fizzy head that is white but flat in a minute or so. A veiled foamy ring is all that's left. Minimal lace.

The nose is very malty with something metal in the background. Has an almost nutty character. Of the SA lineup, this has a more pronounced nose than the others. Not complex, but I don't get my nose wet trying to get a whiff.

Tastes a lot like it smells. The nutty malts make up the bulk of the flavors, but there's that ghost of a metallic twinge just after the midpoint. There's enough hop towards the back to add some balance and something approaching complexity. The more I sip, it takes on an almost woody flavor. I like it.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, but this could be a halfway decent session brew. Pairing it with the right food would help this one a lot.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TechBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of moodyxc9
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Johncnh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CorgiDad
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Appearance is standard octoberfest. Smell is kind of lacking. Not muck comes to the nose, whomever I did pour into liter boot so a little more difficult to smell. A little more hoppy than most, and that is good. It is a very smooth drink with Carmel taste. The smoothy finish is the best part. Overall not to bad. Could drink several of these.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber red and very clear. A nice head forms, then fades. There are no bubbles in this beer at all once the head leaves.

Smell: Some caramel malt that smells kinda sweet. Anything else? Not much.

Taste: It actually tastes pretty good. Pretty simple and straightforward. Pleasingly sweet and nice malty flavors. Nice and clean finish. Low bitterness. Not a lot of complexity, but easy drinking, and good.

Mouthfeel: It would be better, but is hurt by the low carbonation. It almost feels a little flat. Not sure where the head came from, cause this thing is almost lifeless.

Drinkability: More carbonation would go a long way, but it really tastes pretty good. Inexpensive seasonal sessioner.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mkirkland80
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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