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RATINGS: 2575   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%

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
malty as hell! a good thing for my tastes. this season’s batch doesn’t taste quite as good as the last, perhaps it’s because i’m now used to drinking higher caliber beers? don’t get me wrong, great taste, just not as good as last year. poured a rich head, deep amber color. citrus is present as well as more noticable hops than usual in this batch. very drinkable.winter lager is their best in my opinion though. get it while it lasts.

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