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RATINGS: 2657   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%


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Dark amber with a modest beige head. The aroma and flavor were fuller than I had expected...nutty, earthy, malty sweet, and spicy. Moderate mouthfeel...semi-dry finish. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2003
This one is a bit darker than its counterparts. The one I had was plenty malty, with a little extra on the chocolate side, and low on hops and bitterness. I expected a little better carbonation. It seemed flat and had a very thin head. Although this beer is truly excellent when on sale for 2$ a 20oz glass, in general I would not recommend it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Very deep amber coloring. Nice malty flavor, but needs some hops for balance. Drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Had this on tap at Logan airport: One of Sam Adams' better beers. Has a decent malty presence and deep copper color. Nice sweetness throughout, but lacking in the refined hop presence. A decent and easily drinkable oktoberfest.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Red to copper color when held to light, not much aroma or flavor but easy to drink and smooth going down.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 (Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a large creamy head. Overall a descent tasting Octoberfest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2003
deep amber brown color with lots of light bubbles. aroma is of toasty malt, and the head is delicate. it's a good fall lager, nice and malty with a little bit of bitterness in the finish. i like this one; it's nice and mild.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3204) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Bottle: Good nose, fruity, toasted malt. Small head. Clear brown/orange. Some lacing. Sour toasted malt flavor. Kinda creamy, some linguring bitterness. Its O.K., A safe Octoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 A mild, but very enjoyable and drinkable Octoberfest. Creamy head and respectably full mouthfeel save this from macrobrew oblivion.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2003
amber with medium off white head. midly malty aroma, taste is mostly of sweet caramel malt with a slight fruitiness. somewhat watery, but decent and drinkable


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