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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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3.67/5
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7,659 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,812
Reviews:
2,191
Ratings:
7,659
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
2,079
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 7,659 |  Reviews: 2,191
Photo of whynot44
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, very nice cinnamon/copper color with a decent creamy head that disappears a little too fast.

Aroma is mild and primarily malt - caramel, nuts with a touch of apple.

Taste, again, is primarily caramel malts, some smokiness, apple taste at the end with just a bit of hops bite at the finish. Aftertaste is light nutty caramel.

Creamy smooth and drinkable. Very nice for a cool fall day.

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Photo of atr2605
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Bill235
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Rich amber-red with some nice carbonation and little to no head.
S: Buttery-Biscuit smell with malty and caramel touches.
T&M: Strikes the tongue with a burnt hop taste. It's got a iron taste near the end of life of the brew, that turns into a biscuit flavor.
D: I usually look forward to this seasonal brew. It's another winner from the gateway beer company.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of blastoderm55
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of moodyxc9
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CTbrew32
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- dark copper/amber in color. Pours a tan two inch head that has a pillowy/foamy texture to it.

aroma- Pretty high on the herbal/spice hops and some sweet caramel malts.

taste- Toasty/bready malts at first followed by a snap of spicy hop bitterness. Caramel malts are prevalent throughout.

feel- medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, clean, and easy to drink.

overall- very nice oktoberfest style beer that strikes a good balance balance between sweetness and bitterness.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a very light copper color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the side of the glass. The smell is malty with some hops in the background. The taste is light and malty, with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The body is fairly good, and the drinkability is pretty nice. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

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Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass

This is something that I've had in the past but I feel it's a good one for my first review.

The appearance is a nice amber color with a small amount of off-white foam. The beer itself has no strong smells to speak of but there are hints of orange and pumpkin spices. There are light hop notes as well. The pumpkin spices remind of autumn and therefore excite me greatly for it is Oktoberfest season. At first taste there are plenty of smooth malts that overpower any hop flavor. What hops that do come though arise only in the aftertaste which is the only slight bitterness to be found on the back of the tongue in addition there is a bit of sourness that lingers. The overall caramel malts are definitely the over-abiding taste. The mouthfeel is the appropriate viscosity for the style. The drinkability is quite nice. Sitting down and having a couple during a football game is the perfect way to welcome back the fall.

Overall this is a definite recommendation. This is a smooth easy going beer. This beer is a fair representation of the style, and a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the season.

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Photo of slipperysoup
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of godawgs
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light caramel color with a large orangeish head. The head is thick, dissipates quickly, with only a little bit of lace.

Smell: Smells sweet and a bit roasted. All kinds of malts.

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet flavor, ending with hints of caramel. Again, all kinds of malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: A good Octoberfest beer and, once again, a solid effort from Sam Adams. This is my go-to O-fest beer.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local restaurant.

A - Nice, golden orange color. Not much of a head but waitress was busy so the head may have settled before it arrived.

S - Nice aroma, nothing crazy good but nothing off putting

T - I liked this beer. I enjoyed the SA Summer Ale and this is just as good in my opinion. Nicely sweet but not overpowering.

M - For the lack of head, I felt it had a nice carbonation to it.

M - Not a real "thick" beer, sort of watery but not bad.

D - I polished off four of these while eating dinner and throwing darts afterwards. I enjoyed this beer...no complaints.

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Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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 herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of darcange
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CarolinaKev
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,659 ratings
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