Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of RAFH
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An organish amber color. A tall tan/brown foam head, not much retention. A decent amount of carbonation.

S: Nothing overpowering, but bready malts, noble hops, brown sugar.

T: A decent flavoring of caramel, bread and brown sugar. A good balance between flavors.

M: Leaves a bready flavoring on the palate. Does not stick around too long.

D: Nothing overwhelming with this beer, but certainly not a bad Oktoberfest. I decent session beer for the fall.

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Photo of corywalston
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of oelergud
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A good looking beer with the Autumn colored label, bottle and cap, freshness marked on the label. Clear amber color and off white head.

Smell: This is my first October Fest brew and I have no clue what the style should be like, this seems like a tentative beer, the smell is very mild with just barely a hint of spice.

Taste: Some caramel and a little too much carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Feels like it goes flat pretty fast after having too much carbanation up front. Leaves an aftertaste that to me is neither pleasant nor offensive, it's just there.

Drinkability: A little boring to drink.

Notes: No idea if this is typical of an October Fest beer, I hope not as it was a dull experience.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition of this popular Octoberfest. Best by January -- interesting that the label has "Lager" printed in one corner and "Ale in TX" in another.

*Adding an updated edition here having picked up some newer Sam almost 2 months later. Label marked best by March.

A -- Deep amber to copper color with a thick, light tan head that holds up very well.

S -- Somewhat fruit estery at first whiff, not from hops -- more from ferment or yeast. Earthiness back, some spicy alcohol eeking thru. Fruitiness is still apparent, but there's more malt sweetness dominant

T -- Hmm. Nutty, grainy, "beery" flavor. Tends to remind me of some pub-brewed amber lagers. Some vague fruitiness and slightest diacetyl back. No real sweetness up front, some vague hops in the finish.

More malty sweetness and no diacetyl in this batch, not as thin as the January bottles. Very tasty.

M -- Medium body with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

D -- I'm just a little disappointed in this year's take on the style. The flavor just seems a little lacking, a little weak, though it goes down nicely.

This batch seems more on par with the Sam Octo of years past. Not sure what was up with the first sixer I got, but I'm glad I gave it another chance.

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Photo of atr2605
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear red amber with a foamy tan head with good retention
S-caramel, hint of spice, bit faint overall
T-sweet malt up front met with a subtle hop bitterness that provides excellent balance
M-light-medium bodied
O-really well balanced and very drinkable. Nice beer from Sam Adams, although there are some better examples of the style

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Photo of BigRizz62
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HopBomb515
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Enjoy before Feb of 2008.

Pours a slightly darker color than traditional German. The taste has a little more of a bite... I'm not sure if it's more of a toasty malt or if it's mostly due to a little higher carbonation. I think it's a combo of both. A nice tasty take on the oktoberfest style, though maybe suffers in drinkability a bit over some of the standards like Ayinger, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr.

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall spaten oktoberfest glass.

A beautiful crystal clear dark burnt orange with very small and easily dissipating off white head. Aroma is a little toasty. The taste is pretty bready, hops don't contribute much. This is very smooth and easy to go down. Bitterness if pretty low. Body is on the lighter side of medium but the carbonation seems perfect.
[ serving type: bottle ]

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Photo of MJ64
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into smooth-sided 15 oz stein. Very clear, lucid burnt orange. Low to medium retention, short, off-white head. Not very aromatic, faint caramel and sweet bread. Less sweet, more spicy than a lot of other Märzens I've had lately. About like a Euro Pale Lager, just with that toasty goodness. Fuller end of medium bodied. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Thirst-quenching. Comparatively clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber color, clear

Smell- sweet, malty

Taste- malty

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. Sam Adams usually does pretty good. Good beer for parties and getting together with lots of people and such, I would drink it again.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

It's very good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Harvest Collection12 pack:

Pours a highly carbonated, amber orange with a thick tan head. Smell is considerably sweeter than other marzens I've tried yet.. Taste starts off toasty and twists into bitterness. Pretty smooth and creamy feel, more like a pastry than a bread. Finishes quick, drinkability is definitely high. A unique example of the style, IMO.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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