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RATINGS: 2648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Rich hops and malt smell. Pours a rich coppery color with a thin but inviting looking head. Gives an instant sweet taste that goes down smooth and leaves very slight aftertaste. A good darker beer. Possibly one of the better American Oktoberfests you will find on the market. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBrian (2) - Burlington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2003 does not count
I look forward to this coming out every year, by far the best octoberfest I've had to date, Dark though very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Fairly good beer, but too heavily sweet for me. I'm not an expert on Oktoberfest beers, so I can't comment further.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5689) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Had this on tap while at the Tage Inn in Boston. Deep copper with a small tan head. Nose has light hops and definite malt character. Some very light spice as well. Taste expanded on this - light hops that were noticeable but not dominant, definite spiced malt that was uncomplex but pleasant. Finished with some hop and malt sweetness. Not bad!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2003
I'm not a big fan of SA stuff, but I liked this beer. Light and crisp flavor that went well with burgers. Would enjoy having it again since its a little easier to find here than most other of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Aroma is mostly malty with some hops evident. Copper body color with a decent head that diminishes with some lacing. Taste is dominated by slight bitterness, pretty good balance, but not a whole lot of taste. Very carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Poured a coppery color, decent white head. Nice bitter taste, good balance of hops and malt. A good seasonal brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (550) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Good version of an oktoberfest, espically by a brewery of this size. Pleasing from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Nice and clean tasting. Copper in color. Malty and very little bitterness and the hops are well balanced. Pretty good for Sam Adams. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Similar to Sammy's standard lager, but spicer and more bold. Pretty good brew for this company. I prefer their seasonals to their standard fare. Very spicy and earthy. Little bitterness (hops are well balanced). Malt and doughy finish. I wish there was a higher alc. version, but tghis is otherwise very enjoyable and complex for this brewer.

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