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RATINGS: 2563   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%


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Nice fruity and slightly sweet flavor. No bitterness or alcohol detected until it started to warm up, then the alcohol could be tasted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1231) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Great color, nice auburn/orange... maybe ruby... not much of a head though. Nice scent... don't know how to describe it, but it's nice. Taste is decent, better than a few other OKtoberfests I've had. An above average brew, and so far my favorite from the Sam Adams line (I really haven't been much of a fan of the line so far).

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Very malty, carmel, can taste the alcohol in this one. Not very well balanced.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
Quite malty and carbonated. Pretty weak and watery. Caramel in finish. A very boring brew. Not interesting.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
Dark orange coloured. Caramelly malt aroma. Sweet and slightly malty flavour. One-dimensional. Doesn't taste like a German Oktoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Not quite as good as the winter lager, but a very good seasonal beer. The fruity taste leaves something to be desired.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Malty. Low bitterness. Spotty availability. Haven't tasted for a yer or two. Will need to revisit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Orangey/amber w/ no head retention whatsoever. Very light caramel and Munich Malt, a light roastiness, as well as toasty malt aroma. Very well balanced, as an Ofest should be; toasty malt flavor w/ just a hint of caramel and very clean. The malty flavor should be a little stronger IMHO, but not bad. It does have a slight hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste that you don't normally find in German O'fests. Light medium body and a slightly dry M/F, moderate carbonation, but it seems tingly on the tongue, not smooth. Overall better than years past, but sitll not one of my favorite octoberfest beers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2003
My favorite non-German Octoberfest. I drink Paulaner, Spaten and Hacker-Pschorr religously when the leaves are falling. SA's domestic version fits right behind that club in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2003
I was very impressed with this offering. I happened to pick it up in December at 3.99 a 6pack. Pours an absolutly beautiful color, with great lace and excellent head. This beer has the right consistnecy for me as well as a pleasant aroma. Taste is very smooth and malty, with a pleasant hop flavor mixed in for good measure. Really well crafted brew.


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