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RATINGS: 2580   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 7, 2004
Smooth, dark, slightly sweet, malty. For me, it can start to feel too heavy in the mouth after a couple. Still, it's a great one for sipping on cool fall evenings. Aroma of earth and grass. Not bad at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
I love the taste of this stuff. Good malty flavor, and an earthy texture. Great to marinade brats in too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Pours deep orange/reddish. Good malt flavor, with nice sweetness. Hints of brown sugar, caramel, and cognac. Finishes smooth. I buy a few cases of this every September.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
When poured out of the bottle, generated a good amount of foam and a smooth head the disappeared within a couple of minutes. After that there was no lace left on the glass. The smell is faintly grassy and fresh. Color is exceptionally clear reddish amber with almost no carbonation past the initial pour (looks almost exactly like a strong brewed iced tea minus the ice). The taste leaned distinctly towards toasted caramel malt with a light dose ot delicately floral hops. The best quality about this beer has to be its velvety smooth mouthfeel that is enhanced by the thick malty body, that is much more evident here than in other fest beers I've had. It was almost entirely lacking in bitterness and left no aftertaste. A decent beer for the style.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bodomite (34) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
Copper / Amber color with a nice head! This brew is made in tradion with the german holiday octoberfest. Tastes VERY good tastes slightly sweet with a strong tastes of hopes and a very light smell of yeast and hops. Very good for any occation. Only downside is its only made during the fall season. Overall Good beer if youi see it buy it!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 In bottles. Amber rich color with good head. More malt body than the standard Sam, great fall roadtrip beer. Update 9/2/4- just had this on tap and was quite disappointed. Poor head, lack of flavor.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
I don't know, this was a pretty old bottle for something that doesn't age well...it was ok, but left my stomach feeling weird. I'm sure it would be perfectly drinkable if I had it in, say, October, but it really wasn't very good in late February. Will re-rate next fall. Medium malt, medium hops, with spices, but I couldn't detect anything specific. A color between pumpkins and rust.

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 (1357) - 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.


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