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RATINGS: 2459   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%


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Similar to Sammy's standard lager, but spicer and more bold. Pretty good brew for this company. I prefer their seasonals to their standard fare. Very spicy and earthy. Little bitterness (hops are well balanced). Malt and doughy finish. I wish there was a higher alc. version, but tghis is otherwise very enjoyable and complex for this brewer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Good for a beer, but too hoppy for an O'fest. Reminds me of the regular lager, just with darker malts. Had it on tap at a pub where there really was nothing else. The beer fortunately was very fresh. Hoppy/malty aroma. Hoppy finish. Noble hops, so no real citrus note. Not bad overall.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1833) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Boston Beer Co. brewed an Octoberfest that is a variation of the flagship Lager. The malty flavor and bitterness are evident, but this Octoberfest pours flat. I hope more mainstream Sam Adams outlets carry seasonals like this. It could make my time at a chain restaurant bar & grille a better experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1259) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 A very good brew from Sam Adams! This one is perhaps a little bolder in color and flavor than your typical German variation of this style. Nothing to say that something good can't be improved upon... this brew has a great roasted malt flavor. The sweetness is less obvious here than in others. Worth a try!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2003
I really enjoyed this. it really tasted like the SA Boston lager, only sweeter and just a tad richer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Moderate carbonation and frothy head that doesn't last too long but leaves some lace. Copper/orange color and more malt than hops in fact the hops are barely noticable. Nose has some fruitiness but it is barely noticeable. Finish is smooth with some sweetness but not cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2003
A nice well balanced octoberfest. Copper color with aroma of malt and a little noble hop. Flavor is caramel and bready. A slightly sweet version of the style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
clear copper, small head. sweet and malty with a bit of earthy bitterness, but it's not really enough to balance to sweetness. just okay

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Draft. Brownish orange, decent lacing head. Malty fruity nose and flavor, a bit nutty with a slightly sour finish. Kind of thin, not interesting enough to have another.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Aroma is promising, nice elements of mast and roasted nuts, no hops. Pours light copper with orange tinge. Nice head that is fully retained about a 1/4 inch thick. So far so good. Can't say the flavor fullfills the promise of the aroma. The depth of flavor just isn't there. Kinda taste flat. Thankfully, I only bought one 12 oz. bottle.


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