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RATINGS: 2451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Light amber color.Caramel smell with a hint of malt.Small head.Sweet and smooth going down.Some bitterness on the finish. Decent beer by sam adams.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (749) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I tasted it fresh from the tap at the Cincinnati, Ohio, Oktoberfest yesterday and I liked it!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Tasted at Eric & Wendy's "Go to Hell, Isabel" Party 2003. Pretty, caramel colored lager. Small, but persistent, fizzy, lightly-tanned head. The nose holds notes of metal, toffee, black pepper and light hops. Beefy and robust (with a touch of honey)in flavor, this beer is well-balanced. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish with some light coffee notes.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Clear amber color, everlasting head. Soft malt and caramel aroma with the right touch of hops. Flavor is nicely malty and sweet but isn't complete, something is missing. Finishes just the way an oktoberfest should. This was the last beer in a string of superior (and higher abv) beers but it stil held its own. Go sam!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Deep orange/amber body, little to no head. Aroma is of caramel. Tastes like caramel also, reminding me of a doppel. Somewhat bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2003
(draft) Aroma is lager-y earthy, hint of caramel. Taste is much the same, with an additional spritz of roastiness. It’s not bad, but there’s nothing that makes you want to drink it again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
(bottled). Reddish strong amber color with frothy off-white head. Rich toasted malt aroma leads to a medium-bodied beer with toasted & caramelly malt dominating. There's a faint hint of raisin or prune and a very subdued finishing bitterness. Superb! This tastes like it could've come from Munich.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours a dark orangish with lots of head. A bit of fruit and raisin in the nose. Malty flavor with fruit and small hop. Nice, clean palate. Good seasonal.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Medium orange/copper. Musty vegetables in the nose. Hay and roasted malts in the flavor. Somewhat stale, with corn, vanilla, and vegetables big on the tongue. Drank this side-by-side with Boulevard Bob's 47 Lager, which won.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2003
12 oz bottle, lager mug, best before 01/04, 52 degrees. True to form gigantic, creamy, frothy, off-white head is decently lasting. The body is a clear red-orange with lively carbonation. Caramel, nutt malt (mod); flowery hops (light); toffee and medicinal aromas. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter finish. Typical S. Adams metallic sourness. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: one of the more drinkable Sam Adams brews.


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