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RATINGS: 2654   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%


3.3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3612) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Draft. Sweet brown sugar malts giving way to caramel malts. Mildly hazy orange copper color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Caramel chewy malts to start. Slightly sweet in the middle finishing with some mild hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Flavorful nutty aroma, consistent head, first Sam Adams in a long time. Need to re-explore this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Never a let down from the Boston Beer company. This one is a tasty treat and one of the better octoberfest beers out there this time of the year.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Poured amber with white head. Smells slightly fruity. Taste the same and goes down smooth. I liked this seasonal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Poured amber with a dense white head that lasted until the end. Aroma was biscuity, light but fresh. Flavor had lots of malt, and nutty, a tad sweet but with a clean finish. Seemed a little thin, but overall a good effort.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
On tap. Pours a clear darkish read with a small head. Aroma is not that prominent, some light maltiness. Taste is too sweet with plenty of caramel, molasses and roastiness. Aftertaste has lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full and round. Not bad, but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Poured amber color with thin but lasting tan head...smelled of malts, caramel, mild nuts...tasted crazy malty...a great Octoberfest (I hate this style)...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
I really enjoyed this brew. Wasn’t anything too special, but it tasted good and went down nice and smooth. I wasn’t expecting it to be this good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Copper tones permeate every facet of this beer. Very flavorful, aroma of hops and fruits- apricot and dates it seems -complex flavor for this beer as well -can taste the wheat, nice harvest.


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