richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing impressive here, a medium aroma, with a nice orange color and light white head, but the flavor only has hints of several different things, with nothing standing out. I would rate this as pretty average fare for Sam, but probably below average against some of the other Fest beers out there.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - NOV 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not my fav. of the Sammy’s brew, but it isn’t bad. The malt is nice..but it could have been a little more pronounced. If you want to start drinking the "darker" beers, this one would be a good place to start.
Loddeer (171) - USA - NOV 6, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark tasting with limited appeal, crisp but left a bad aftertaste (unbalanced bitterness). Could not pinpoint any dominant flavorings. In my opinion, they could have done much better.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear reddish medium amber with a medium diminishing off white head. Aroma of toast, caramel, and dough with a hint of herbs. Slightly metallic. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of caramel, nuts and toast. Very drinkable. Another simple offering from Sam Adams. Decent.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish-amber with a thin white head. Aroma is crisp but very malty. Flavor is dominated by malty sweetness, caramel and toasted malt, with just a bit of hop bitterness. Crisp lager character, only slightly bitter finish. A good oktoberfest, refreshing and flavorful.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Pours dark with a decent head. Light but pleasant malty aroma. Decent fest flavor, but a bit too metallic. Also some astringent graininess.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber color, lightweak malty aroma, light caramel taste, light body, light dry finish.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Tasted October 2004. Thin thick head, dark amber body, aroma is slightly nutty. The taste is too watery for ma taste. Calling this beer Oktoberfest is almost a misnomer when you’ve tasted German Oktoberfestbier.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at T.G.I.Friday’s, Henderson Rd. in Columbus. Dark brown, nearly no head. Extremely buttery/caramel aroma and flavor. Flavor also a bit malty along with the butteryness, but a bit bland. Full-bodied, though a bit low on carbonation. Weird, but also different and not bad.
mrfosters (17) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark amber with a quickly fading off white head.Malty aroma and initial taste that finishes dry and slightly bitter and mediciney.Not horrible but not quite an Oktoberfest.
I noted caramel in the aroma and taste,according to thier website they use caramel 60 malt. However the BJCP guidelines say.."caramel aroma is inappropriate...noticeable caramel or roasted flavor is inappropriate" Hence my not quite an Oktoberfest.
So.. as a dark lager it’s o.k.,but as an Oktoberfest ..they just missed.