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RATINGS: 2494   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2003
I'm not a big fan of SA stuff, but I liked this beer. Light and crisp flavor that went well with burgers. Would enjoy having it again since its a little easier to find here than most other of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Aroma is mostly malty with some hops evident. Copper body color with a decent head that diminishes with some lacing. Taste is dominated by slight bitterness, pretty good balance, but not a whole lot of taste. Very carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Poured a coppery color, decent white head. Nice bitter taste, good balance of hops and malt. A good seasonal brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Good version of an oktoberfest, espically by a brewery of this size. Pleasing from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Nice and clean tasting. Copper in color. Malty and very little bitterness and the hops are well balanced. Pretty good for Sam Adams. I enjoyed this.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1844) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1307) - 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!

   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.

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