celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a translucent medium copper. Not much head, nor lacing. Flavor was decent. maltiness was not overpowereing. Sweetness in the taste as well, but not syrupy or sickning. Not much hops presence and had a pleasant aftertaste I just couldn't put my finger on. It's been described as fruity, but I don't know if that hits the mark either. This is better than Leinenkugels, and only the 2nd Octerberfest I've had as yet, but I like it enough to drink it again.
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little different octoberfest... seemed kinda thick to me. Pours a nice dark color with decent head from the bottle. Too malty for the style if you ask me. I did, however, drink quite a bit of it last month... strong and tasty would sum it up I guess.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper color, decent head medium bodied with a hint of fruit. malty a little floral. not very hoppy, like other sam adams. good beer.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well there has never been a SAmuel Adams beer that excites me. This was nothing more than a darkened Sam Adams Lager. I was not impressed at all except to say that it was not bad. The taste was slightly metallic even though I had it on tap.
Ingevara (904) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Robust head and a robust aroma with many nuanced flavors. It’s very orange, very malty and a well balaned sweetness. Perhaps not a very classic oktoberfest beer, but surely not worse. I like it a lot.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange hue with small frothy off-white head and some lace. Roasted malt aroma with a touch of citrus and sourdough yeast esters. Taste starts malty sweet then follows with a mildly fruity twang. A bit acidic on finish. Medium-bodied with a dry and fizzy mouthfeel. An okay brew, better than most Sam Adams beers, drinkable much like the now available Winter Lager.
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok saw this for the first time today so had to try a 12 oz bottle ( 2003 of course).
I like the look of this beer..a bright ..crystal clear amber colour..with a lovelly sized off white head..nice carbonation strings present.
Good hearty malty aroma..slightly chocolaty..fresh..good.
mm taste is rather nice malts to begin with than that fades to leave a strange astrigency..its not totally repulsive but its weird none-the-less.
Average on the palate..a little cloying
Its drinkable..but Im not sure if i could mangae more than one..this doesn't even come close to the Spaten or Paulaner Oktoberfests
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very deep amber coloring. Nice malty flavor, but needs some hops for balance. Drinkable.