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RATINGS: 2451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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%


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
I cant lie. I'm a Sam Adams fan. The Octoberfest is tasty. Subtly hoppy, with a nice buttery, malty flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
good beer, and a good variation on the typical everythingtasteslikebostonalefromsamdams. from a bottle, going to drink the next one out of a glass. nice smell, great flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Nice nose but not too overbearing, slight citrus flavor and malty and hoppy. Overall not bad, something I enjoyed and will probably get again

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Octoberfest beer in August? Anyways, very deep amber almost brown color, thick head, rich notes of chocolate and orange. Not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Very nice Marzen. Definite roasty taste. Smooth, satisfying, very good brew. Bought it on a whim. Glad I did.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 Nice octoberfest.Pours out w/a good head,quick to leave(I don't mind)some lace.The color is pretty(Oktoberfest amber)Tastes good for a bottled beer.Had 5 12 oz. drafts tonight and it surprisingly didn't have much of the standard oktoberfest tastes I remember.It reminded me of a top notch killians?(3.0)Very smooth and sluggable though.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Not much aroma at first, slight metal aroma? Tastes much better than it smells. A bitter malty aroma comes through later. Or is that the buzz? Almost no head, but I’m drinking it out of a chalice. Great color for style, good body, not too thin. Easy to gulp down. Nice dry toasted malt finish with a touch of sweetness to round it out. I like this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2003
This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 RERATE 10/27/04: Have they changed the recipe since last year or something? The taste has less depth to it now. It’s also thinner in body. Nuts, this was a disappointment.

Original rating: Once again, a Sam Adams brew takes me by surprise. Because of their size & marketing, I expect SA’s beers to be more macro in quality. After sampling three of their beers now, I guess the best way to describe them is "micros for the masses". Whatever the case, this beer poured a nice orangish copper with a gorgeous, full tan head. The head stuck around ’til the unbitter end. Nice lacing on the glass. Not a whole lot of aroma but a wonderful palate. There was a welcome heft to this beer. Taste is fairly ambiguous but quite pleasant. Smooth & malty with very little hops to be detected. Nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyD79 (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2003
One of the best. Had a nice dark color and a great flavor. I would truly recommend this to anyone.


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