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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%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2003 Batch: Amber colour with orange highlights. Thick dense off-white coloured head of about 2 centimetres. Small bubbles rising from bottom and sides of the galss. Head lasts a long time...about 15 minutes at least. Smells of skunk initially, followed by malt, pumpkin and a touch of hops. Sweet taste, a ton of malt and not too much else. Aftertaste somewhat bland and primarily malty. Overall this is an average Marzen, nothing great, nothing bad. If you are into the style at least you get this at every single location inside America! Everyone has the ability to try this one...so if you want yet another Marzen, try this. I bought my twelve ounce bottles at Giant Food in Manassas, Virginia...but you can probably find it on any street corner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
This was ok. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Got a chance today to try this out at the brewery. This is probably the best copy of a bavarian style that they do. Color is a little dark and reddish for a Maerzen, but flavor is appropriately sweet with nice roasted notes. Low bitterness. A good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
walrusman (12) - Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Very pleased! Nice aroma & very tasty. Had a slight sweetness to it, just enough. I will be buying this every year! Was a big hit at all the football parties last year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2003
The one thing that bothered me about this beer was the somewhat watery consistancy. that and the taste was a little too mild. it was somewhat malty but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
It seems like every year the batch is different, two years ago it was aweful, but last year and this year seem to be back to its usual. Color is a clear amberish brown, with a white head that fizzed away pretty fast and left some lacy patches. Smell is faint roasted malt, a bit burnt caramel or caramel popcorn. Taste form this was good, very smooth with good rich, sweet malt thats mild and pleasing. Some drying hop presence in the finish but is not strong enough. Thus bringing it to the feel, a little empty and slightly watery, lighter/medium body, smooth, clear and clean with some dryness and sweetness mixing at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Good Octoberfest...I've made better, good hops good malt, well brewed....not bitter enough, not eno[ugh kick, but decent price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtomBombOfLove (30) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2003
It may be hard to believe, but this little number tops the Beck's Octoberfest. Who'd have thought something this good came from America?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2003
A nice smooth Octoberfest beer. Nice red/brown color, good head. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Reddish brown and bubbly. This has a sharp alcohol taste that is overshadowed(read: rescued) by a slight sweet roasty flavor I cant put my finger on. It is ok as far as oktoberfests go. Not very fresh, eh whatever.

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