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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3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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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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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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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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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - deep amber/dark copper color, clear. Good head and good carbonation.

Smell - Hoppiness is present, but not overwhelming. Maybe a hint of a nuttiness to it.

Taste - Very smooth, only slightly bitter at the beginning. Good combination of barley. Almost no aftertaste. Doesn't seem to have a lot of additives, just higher quality hops.

Mouthfeel - very well-balanced, but only slightly on the creamy side in texture. Very smooth.

Drinkability - There seems to be a fair bit of complexity here, but only for a hoponista. Otherwise though, a good-tasting beer, smooth, and not terribly filling.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber. Nice, light golden head. No sticky lacing. Aroma is a sweet, brown sugary malt. Taste is sweet and grainy - but not much else really happening. I look for more complexity in my Oktoberfests, and this really doesn't have much. Malt forward and very little hops. It's far from bad though. The sweetness becomes a little overbearing towards the end of the first bottle. Feel is medium with medium high carbonation. Fits the style well. Overall, it's nice to have one of these at a time, but there are better Oktoberfests out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep copper, with a good head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bready malts, spice, slightly fruity.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Slightly nutty and slightly fruity (like some people I know).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

The Verdict: Underwhelming. I keep hoping I’ll come across a Boston Brewing beer that will knock my socks off, but keep getting disappointed. This malty fall brew is drinkable, but just doesn’t really do anything for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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