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RATINGS: 2582   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%


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2004
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.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2004
One of Sam’s best macro’s. Malt, sweet. Too bad it’s not 7% ABV or I would have it more often.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Appearance: clear bronzish color, with a full, frothy, cream-toned head. Aroma: somewhat sweet, earthy,vegetal, definitely maltsome, but not quite enough-so. Taste: malty, but again, only perfunctorily, nicely rounded, rather mild. I wish to reach for the descriptor "rich", as I am wont to do with malty marzens, but this never earns it. Rather flat and dull for an Ok..ooops, sorry...Octoberfest. Some snap in the taste, but not enough. Yeah, way too thin for this style. I do believe I’ll have to follow this up with a Summit Oktoberfest to assure me of how good it could get. This version just falls too short.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Bottle: This is one of my top picks from Boston Beer. Dark red/amber in color, this beer pours with a medium white head. Solid aroma as well - spices, sweet malt, hints of fruit. This beer comes across the palate very smoothly with easy carbonation, while tasting sweet, syrupy, and quite malty. The sticky malt is accompanied by spice and caramel fruit notes. Not the best Oktoberfest, but a good Sam Adams.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle - Dark, slightly red/amber in color with a good white head. Aroma is of spices and malt that comes through in the flavor. Smooth drinking. A good effort.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2004
Sampled AIBA 2004. Quite sweet and malty. Syrupy texture. I liked it. However, there is zero chance of this being available in Australia.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I usually wouldn’t buy a Sam Adams unless there was nothing else to chose from at the bar. Someone brought a case over and this was the last one that was sitting in my fridge for about a year. Malty smells and tastes.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2004
This has replaced my Becks Octoberfest as an easy to get ahold of and relatively inexpensive good Ofest beer. Good mix of spices, malts & caramel, with a nice looking amber body.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
This is a ok Oktoberfest. Malty, caramel, and fruity flavor. Finishes bland, light, and clean.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
One of my favorite Octoberfests. Very malty, sweet, caramel-ly. I look forwoed to its release each year.


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