matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I served myself this brew right before departing for the pub last night.
Appearance: Dirty amber in color, Fizzy creamy head, strong lacing. Flavor & Aroma: Malty, sweet, nutty, some notes of molasses and honey. Oily sticky palate, this is another winner for Sam A.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle with a nice off-white head. It had a malty aroma and taste, with a peculiar sour taste in the finish (see previous rating). I normally am not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, but I think Sam made a good one here.
crazyvin (1906) - New York, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
an amber color with a thick white head. Had a nice malty aroma too it. Taste was malty and sweet at first but finished on a sour note, kinda disapponitng.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red amber hue and a medium tan colored head with a fresh malty spicy pine aroma. Sweet and toasty caramel flavor and a decent background hoppy bitterness. Pretty good!
stef92 (127) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep color. Wonderful sweet, hoppy aroma. Very flavorful beer. Can't drink only 1.
omhper (19214) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Reddish brown. Buttery caramel aroma. Roasty with clean crystal malt character. Not even remotely similar to an oktoberfest beer. After a promising nose it just dies.
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze, no head. Has a smoky, burnt chestnut aroma. Taste malty sweet with some smoke in the flavors and crisp, woodsy finish. Not bad, could be a bit overly sweet.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle Picked up a 12 at a local supermarket, poured one into a glass. Was promptly amazed by a beer with complexity and balance of taste, and an excellent red-golden hue. The nose is sugary, shades of honey fading into malt. There's a nice warm sweetness in the taste, with enough light, sharp bitterness to round it out and keep it from being boring. Rather good for such a mass-market brew.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber/ruby color. Almost no head, just some small bubbles floating around. Very sweet malty aroma with notes of black currant, burnt sugar and toffee. Malty and grassy flavour with notes of black berries and herbs. Medium hop-bitterness. A good example of the Märzen style beer.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I cant lie. I'm a Sam Adams fan. The Octoberfest is tasty. Subtly hoppy, with a nice buttery, malty flavor.