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RATINGS: 2653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Had this on tap. Nice frothy head with good malt nose. Slight sweet aste with choclate hiding somewhere. Paired well with prime-rib.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RONCOD (230) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Amber color with a thin white head. It had a sweet malty, caramel flavor. One of my favorites from Sam Adams.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kane (111) - USA - OCT 22, 2004
I always like it when I see Oktober’s on the shelves as it is my favorite time of year. This is a decent beer, having a sweet malty character to it, that it typical of the style.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 21, 2004
Very clear amber brown with no head. Strange nose of roasted nuts. Med weight with lingering finish. Flavors of light roasted malt, some nuttiness and a possibly butter. Maybe tainted but even then not very impressive.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Not impressed. Surprisingly dark, Copper red color. Sharp taste and aroma. Not the normal malty sweetness of the style. Could not even finish it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brownaler (443) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Had this at a bar that had a 10 cent wing special. It was problably the best thing they had there other than Bass.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Sharp aroma gives the first impression of this beer. An undue amount of hops and a syrupy smell both offset the fact that this Octoberfest looks good in the glass. There is a similar variety of flavors, but the malt and hops never acheive a balance, or the complexity, that are characteristic of a good beer in this style. A healthy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (792) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Distinction is among the factors that keeps me coming back to this falvorful beer. wonderfully crafted taste, beautiful amber color, great going down.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Clear amber color, big off white head. Very malty, lots of caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Fairly sweet, light bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bright shiny attractive label. Pours transparent amber with a tall tan head, slowly dissipates. Aroma is fruity -- apples and caramel, just like Halloween. Flavor is same but is a little thin and watery. Alcohol seems evident in the flavor, but it’s not overpowering given the malts. A decent Oktoberfest from a mass market brewer.


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