BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 What I first noticed was the pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma of this beer. Going down, pleasant hoppiness, but more dominant maltiness, and rich flavors of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nuttiness. The 2008 batch on draft was the best I’ve had of their Octoberfest thus far.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber, with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit on the hoppy side for an Oktoberfest. The body is also a bit light, with toasted notes and caramel flavors becoming more pronounced at warmer temperatures. Also has a hoppy, grassy flavor to it. This is pumpkin rind compared to the freshly roasted seeds of Paulaner.
Time for a fresh Ichabod from New Holland?
waddlcoop (6) - USA - SEP 9, 2003 does not count
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
nicec color and aroma. The head disappears quickly. Carbonation is prickly and a bit much for my liking, as is the thinness of the body. Decent flavor with toasted malts battling with sweet caramel. The caramel eventually wins, which is too bad. Worthwhile if you have no other oktoberfestbiers inthe fidge
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber color with a small off white head. Nose is a hint of caramel. Flavor starts light and sweet then a little hop bite and finishing kinda sweet and acidic.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear deep orangish amber with a small head that dissipates to nothing. Nutty malty aroma. Thin and unimpressive with a good amount of malt but an awful metallic and bitter aftertaste. Used to be great years ago, good example of what can happen to a good brewery who loses sight of the beer in exchange for expansion and distribution as well as macro marketing.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hm. Dark amber. Beautiful color actually. Nutty and malty. I prefer Ayinger's over this one but not a bad offering whatsoever. This one is good but not all that it could be..
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark amber, has a nutty aroma. Looks and smells great, that is all ruined by the first sip. Very sour like something has gone really bad in it. Almost as if the fruits have gone bad. This is the most disappointing of Sam Adams.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark amber, thin white head with nice carbonation. Surprisingly faint aroma for a darker brew - hints of coffee and hay. Flavor is bitter roasted malts, more coffee and floral hops. Medium body, light carbonation. This was a bit of a disappointment.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Bottled.
Dark copper. US hops dominate the aroma, very nice smell but a bit malplacé in a Märzen. The flavour is reminiscent of an American Impy or Porter with it’s roasty hoppy nose. Flavour is fruity/citrusy from US hops and has a roasty tone. Still quite clean malt profile, despite the overkilling aromas.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 7, 2003
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
2003 Edition: Dark Orange-amber body with a mediocre white cap. Smells of malt, spice and some pumpkin seed (seems to be trend this fall). Feels thin in the mouth. Taste is watery malt upfront, turning to chardonnay flavors and ending that way. Very suprising and very uncomfortable for a susposed Marzen. Aftertaste is drying. This is the worst Sam Adams beer I've ever had. Maybe you could drink it if its free, but I cant even recommend that. Sampled on tap at Chilis Restaurant in Woodbridge, VA.