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RATINGS: 2581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gmku (296) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2004 Bland, bland, bland. Why buy this when there are so many good German imports at a decent price? Not much aroma. Pretty color, but little head, little flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Ok, tried this again recently, medium copper colored body with a thin off white head. The aroma was light burnt caramel and rotting wood. There was also some old rotting apple. The taste was bad apple cores with some old leathery notes. Unpleasant and a little soapy in the finish. Little head and also has little flavor. Won’t offend non-beer drinkers, but still has a decent amount of character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
I just rolled back into Michigan, and after remembering the good old days with all of my old favorites, its time to snag one of my dad's beers out of the fridge. Starts off with a crispy hop/malt nose, transparent amber/ruby coloring with virtualy no head, malty flavor with good hop bitters, the problem is that the palate is pretty watery and gives the beer a sub-standard reputation, and for that reason alone Sam Adams probably won't get invited to Samuel Smith's birthday party, which will likely become the basis for an episode of "Friends".

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CapFlu (4781) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a thin, white head and a reddish copper body. Horseblanket no, malt nose. Cobwebs and malt taste. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
Creamy yeast surround dirty caramel...Very light hops arise struggling, gasping for air...A bland interpretation of the style...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2003
A very good rendition of an octoberfest style. Nice copper color with a slightly nutty caramel aroma. Taste is malty with a slight toasted malt flavor with some hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Beautiful orange/amber color, thin head that doesn't last, but does exist. A little bitter, pleasantly thick palate. Better than any other lager that's equally easy to find - but still a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Orange color with a somewhat thin head that is barely present. Sweet and malty overall with some spices (nutmeg, cinnamon)that add character. Finish was unpleasant-metallic and a bit acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Nice orangey/coppery color with a white head that doesn't last. A good Oktoberfest - you can taste the quality in it (as with all of the Sam Adam's brews).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Best before 03/04-12oz bottle. Deep copper\amber colour. Poured with almost no head what was there was vey quickly dissipating. Slightly grassy/ hoppy nose. Light to medium body...Fairly bitter to start. Very earthy prescence descent hops-metallic finish. Not unpleasant overall.

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