KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Samuel Adams...always a good decision. Dark orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma has a hoppy citrus smell with the head. Once the head is gone it has a sweet malty grain smell. Nice malty taste with some spices and grain, probably the maltiest Sam I have had. Mouthful is creamy and smooth. This is a great brew to quaff.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours translucent copper, medium fluffy off-white head, attractive carbonation, with fairly sticky lacing. Malts and grains on the nose, slightly sweet, maybe a bit nutty. Forwardly sweet, slightly nutty, with a good malt profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, decent body. Finishes quickly, with a little hop zing at the end. For a mass produced Marzen, its fairly good.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
You know what? As usual for Sammy, almost there. A little sweet, good enough body, rich color and more than fair on the tongue and nose. Not the best, but pretty satisfying and drinkable.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop and citrus aroma, nice round citrus malt spicey taste. The Sam Adams products always seem to pack in a nice full bold flavor. Taste and texture stayed rich till the end.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
One of Sam’s best macro’s. Malt, sweet. Too bad it’s not 7% ABV or I would have it more often.