Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #31
Ranked #21,568
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Today at 02:00 AM
Aug 04, 2021
Very Good
Notes: The "fest" in festbier means the barley and hops have been gathered and our growers have their first moment to celebrate another successful harvest. What do they reach for? Festbier. A little more malty, a little more hoppy, brewed to relax and enjoy.

22 IBU
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Rated: 4 by milkbone_underwear from Massachusetts

Today at 02:00 AM
Rated: 3.84 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Sunday at 11:43 PM
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-hued body with an inch of so of white foam.

Smell: Sparsely grainy, bready with a subtly herbal bent.

Taste: Soft, lightly bready barley with a modest hint of honeyish sweetness. Herbal hops, a skosh spiceful and with a tiny touch of mint leaf. Lightly bitter. Lightly herbal, grainy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Tolerable.
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by IvoryBilledWoodpecker from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear, dark golden color, nicely carbonated, decently sized white head dissipates at average rate and leaves no lacing. Nose is very muted all around. This is the same with taste, very light but also clean. Not much to complain about. Average feel. I would definitely drink this lager again.
Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Clear golden-yellow, no head. Smell is lightly sweet with a touch of spice. Taste is heavier on spice: black pepper, clove, touch of hops. It's very sweet but easy to drink. I like it okay, easier to drink then their awful pumpkin brew... still very middling
Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by Skabiski from Maryland

Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 Oz bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is of piney hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Long dry finish. Ok brew.
Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

A little less than expected from Boston Beer, representative of style but average at best and falling well short of the best examples. Seemingly brewed not to offend making it another decent gateway beer from Sam but disappointing to my palate after drinking two German Festbiers earlier today.
Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by cgrunin from Texas

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear gold appearance with an average size white head. Grainy, malt focused aroma that does a good job of whetting my appetite with limited input from the hops. Taste of light toast, a tiny bit of yeast early on and more of a hop presence in the latter stages. Finishes on a spicy note. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel.
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by HalfFull from California

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. This Bostonian Festbier pours a bit more deep golden than typical and offers a light and brief cap of foam. Nose is grainy yet lacks much in the hops department. Touch of lemony hops with a spin.

Taste offers a malty yet subdued delivery for the style, lacking the depth of a typical malt bill. Decent feel yet not much depth as the malt is singular. Bit of spice on the finish. Just...bland.

Overall I usually like the Sam seasonals but this seems to be a work in progress. Good to see more festbiers in the States but this is undercarbonated and lacks malt depth and ends overly sweet and simple. Festbier like Pils is so simple to make yet nobody wants to make it Stateside without forcing two row into the mix. It doesn't work. Respect beer and respect beer styles.

Average out of respect. It's really not........
Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Sep 13, 2022
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Rated by DrStiffington from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very enjoyable - seems more like a marzen but is less caramel heavy than the Sam Oktoberfest.
Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured out a little golden color with a small white head. The aroma is of some malt, some barley, and possibly something like caramel. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Mattalica

Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Straight 4.25s. Very nice beer. Much less caramel than their oktoberfest. Dryer and more crisp, definitely prefer this between the two but I do enjoy them both.
Sep 08, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25
Brilliant brass color, finger of dense white foam, excellent retention, spotty lace
Deep, bready malt, hint of toast and caramel aroma
Tastes like it smells, a bit of spicy/herbal hops. For some reason I'm getting a weird ginger/pepper flavor that seems out of place.
Medium light bodied and appropriately carbonated
Can't get over the weird flavor
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a nice brass yellow from the bottle.
It's not bad at all but feels a bit restrained.
Just a bit more of everything and it would be stellar.
As far as Festbier made domestically, I'd say it's a winner.
I would get it again this year and probably next as well, it they are making it again.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Sep 03, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by ZAP from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L-Crystal clean light amber color

S-Light aroma...Not much malt...a little earthy hop aroma and a bit of lemons perhaps?

T-Malt more evident here...breads...grainy...herbal/earthy hoppiness...comes together subtlety but nicely.

F-Clean, light side of medium bodied.

O-This is pretty enjoyable and a nice drinking beer. I wouldn't compare it to the German versions in this style but it's a good beer in its own way.
Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured in a SAPP glass.

Rich, see-through deep gold color with an amber tint. Lively big bubble carbonation. Thin white cap, modest lacing.

Mostly caramel malt aroma mixed with some fresh green grass. Eurohop touch.

Malt forward that starts sweet then there’s some dry grain. Herbal grassy hop flavor.

Light and sweet to start. Hops and dry grain finish. Pungent and sharp lager feel.

A good look turns into a good drinking lager.
Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 2.81 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Light amber, golden color, with off white foam head that diminished after 2 - 3 minutes. No lacing or foam left except for around edges of beer in pint glass. Malt forward, but not overly so,. Finish was as smooth as one could want. i liked this over SA's Octoberfest beer. Recommend and will purchase again.
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Sweet, bready, hoppy with a slick finish. 5.8% provides nice body and punch to it. A nice robust lager to get loaded on during fest season while having something with additional quality flavors above an AAL.
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This review is for 'fresh' bottles consumed during the 2022 Oktoberfest Tasting Event here on BA

1.5 x 12 oz bottle(s)
Consumed on: 28 Sep, 2022
Glass: 0.5 L Fest Mug
Serving Temp: 51.6

Golden yellow with a 1-finger fizzy white head. The head slowly fades to ring and islands. Lacing is OK.

A fair amount of bread dough with a faint hint of lemon and honey. Fresh cut grass with mild spice and a touch of earth.

Same as the nose for the most part. The grass and spice are more prevalent here and there is also some light zesty notes. The sip dries a bit towards the end and finishes somewhat spicey and zesty.

Crisp and clean. The body is between medium and medium-light but it feels closer to medium

< see previous review, below >


12 oz Can
Consumed on: 19 Aug, 2022
Glass: 0.4 L Fest Mug
Serving Temp: 54.1

Golden yellow with a 4-finger (!) frothy and pillowy white head. The head slowly fades to about a half finger of bubbly foam. Lacing is good.

Bready dough with a hint of lemon. Noticeable grassy and earthy hops.

Lightly toasted bread and biscuity notes with touches of lemon. More malty than the aroma suggests. Notes of grass and earth are in the background. The sip dries a tad at the end. Nice.

Crisp and clean. Body is medium-light.

A decent and drinkable Festbier that is a nice companion to SA's Oktoberfest. This isn't my favorite Festbier but it is nicely done.
Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 3 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: A large, moderately coarse snow-white head with good retention. The medium golden body show a bit of haze, with clouds of fat bubbles drifting lazily to the surface. Scattered bits of foam adorn the glass wall.

Aroma: The aroma offers bread dough notes, cracker malts and pleasant noble hops.

Taste: At the opening, bready malt notes appear, soon followed by grassy and peppery hop flavors. A bit of sweetness presents later in the taste. Towards the finish, there is a mild wave of herbal bitterness, bringing the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, very pleasant, with just a bit of soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example, perhaps a bit out of season for December, but, nonetheless, well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a La Fin du Monde tulip.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by shu from Georgia

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle

Pours about a finger of dense white head into my Boston Lager glass. Retention is very nice, with most of the head remaining after a few minutes. Initial lacing looks pretty nice as well. Body is a brilliant golden orange. Looks great so far.

Nose is a nice blend of cracker, and doughy-toasty notes, with a bit of malty sweetness. Smells great.

Flavor follows suit, although maybe even cleaner, and definitely fuller. That dough comes through wonderfully. Super clean, great flavor.

Even after a little while in the glass, the carbonation is still holding up well, medium-light. Body is pretty light but there is a small sweetness that adds a little depth. Bitterness is low, but definitely shows itself. Really a lovely, soft mouthfeel that accentuates that doughy sweetness.

Drinkability is super high, this is tasty and very well balanced.

Appearance turned out ok, the head faded and the lacing was subpar, but not bad all around.

This is what I want out of a Festbier, this has that extra doughy sweetness you need to separate the style from a more generic lager, something many Festbiers fail to do. Overall a great beer.
Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by imperialking from Illinois

Nov 12, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A deep golden color, darker than the previous Weihenstephan Festbier, but quite good looking - clear with plenty of tiny rising bubbles below a tall white thick head that has good retention, receding below a domed top.

The aroma grassy, bready, and earthy.

The taste is much better. Malty with a bit of brightening from the hops. Bread and a touch of caramel. It is, as the label says, very smooth and mild. Eminently drinkable, malty but not too sweet. It seems to me to be a bit of an in-between styles beer (i.e. between a Märzen and a Festbier rather than a true Festbier). I would guess Sam Adams was not wanting to stray too far from their very popular Oktoberfest.

The mouth feel is substantial, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, one I could have several of in a "session", but lacking the crispness of the best festbiers I've had. Nevertheless, and we'll see how I feel after trying (for the first time) the Sam Adams Oktoberfest tomorrow, but I could see buying 6 packs of this. At this point, I'm sorry to have only 2 left. (The rating doesn't reflect very well how much I am enjoying drinking this beer.)
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Gmann from New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a toasted straw color with honey highlights. Thin white head that settles quickly into a sparse cap.

Light grainy aroma. A bit of biscuit/dough.

That taste has that distinct Munich malt characteristics; a bit doughy with pepper spice. The hops sit in the background and provide a light grassy bitterness.

Light to moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but finishes with a dry grassy bitterness.

A good representation of a festbier. I like that it is a bit toasty.
Oct 30, 2021
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