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RATINGS: 2556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep golden amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest is a malt lover’s dream, masterfully blending together four roasts of barley to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The beer is kept from being overly sweet by the elegant bitterness imparted by the German Noble hops. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the winter’s heartier brews.
Beer vintage abv varies from 5.0% to 5.5%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JtothaDizzo (1) - USA - SEP 8, 2004 does not count
Overall outstanding beer. My fav! Look forward to fall just to have the october fest. Taste is great, texture great, aroma outstanding. A distant second would have to be the Sam summer ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Gold/orange color with a thin head. The first flavors to come out are musty and rich malts. Finish is sweet and malty. This beer can be summed up in one word: malty. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
I think Märzens are just delightful creations. This is a very pleasant, smooth, agreeable Oktoberfest brew with a ’primarily malty’ feel / taste. It’s creamy and though with heft, light enough. It has been compared to an English ale, but I do think there is a considerable difference between English ale and a Märzen and my tendency is to opt for the Märzen. This is a good brew and though it won’t blow you away, it’ll relax ya.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Diacetyl funk goin’ on here. Wassup with that? Was clearly there in both pints I had. Mouthfeel thin but kind of coating. Slight nuttiness, but not enough caramel and what was there got muddled with the butter flavors. Not a terrible beer, but flawed and pretty blah.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
golden orange with weak beige head. nose of dark chocolate and cooked green veggies. Chocolate on the front. Very thin mouthfeel watery lingering bitterness

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Dark amber with a beige head. Aroma was a bit off. Some caramel, some metal, some mineral. Just bnot pleasant. Not enjoyable in the mnouth, Flavor was somewhat putrid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Octoberfest pours a dense ruby/amber with a medium and diminishing white head. The nose is of alcohol and yeast and hops. The beer has that initial Sam Adams fruity/bitter, followed by a fizzy and distinctly malty midrange, and then a syrupy and light trailing bitterness reminescant of an English Ale. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy. The light bitterness sticks to your lips for a ligering aftertaste. Overall, it is very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Damn fine for a mass produced product; pours with a moderate, diminishing head leaving nice lacing; the aroma is mild and toasty; it has a smooth, caramelly, and subtle flavor and leaves with a dryish finish; pretty solid rendition of the style

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1390) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Super super malty with just a hint of hops makes this delectable. Full bodied. Can’t drink more than 2. Leaves you with an awkward aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 22, 2004
2004. Slightly burnt malt smells and flavors. Brownish red in color, medium head. Hints of hops, and creamy feel. Not a bad brew, very good actually.


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