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RATINGS: 2593   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
12 oz. bottle Picked up a 12 at a local supermarket, poured one into a glass. Was promptly amazed by a beer with complexity and balance of taste, and an excellent red-golden hue. The nose is sugary, shades of honey fading into malt. There's a nice warm sweetness in the taste, with enough light, sharp bitterness to round it out and keep it from being boring. Rather good for such a mass-market brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2003
Nice amber/ruby color. Almost no head, just some small bubbles floating around. Very sweet malty aroma with notes of black currant, burnt sugar and toffee. Malty and grassy flavour with notes of black berries and herbs. Medium hop-bitterness. A good example of the Märzen style beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
I cant lie. I'm a Sam Adams fan. The Octoberfest is tasty. Subtly hoppy, with a nice buttery, malty flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
good beer, and a good variation on the typical everythingtasteslikebostonalefromsamdams. from a bottle, going to drink the next one out of a glass. nice smell, great flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Nice nose but not too overbearing, slight citrus flavor and malty and hoppy. Overall not bad, something I enjoyed and will probably get again

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Octoberfest beer in August? Anyways, very deep amber almost brown color, thick head, rich notes of chocolate and orange. Not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Very nice Marzen. Definite roasty taste. Smooth, satisfying, very good brew. Bought it on a whim. Glad I did.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 Nice octoberfest.Pours out w/a good head,quick to leave(I don't mind)some lace.The color is pretty(Oktoberfest amber)Tastes good for a bottled beer.Had 5 12 oz. drafts tonight and it surprisingly didn't have much of the standard oktoberfest tastes I remember.It reminded me of a top notch killians?(3.0)Very smooth and sluggable though.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Not much aroma at first, slight metal aroma? Tastes much better than it smells. A bitter malty aroma comes through later. Or is that the buzz? Almost no head, but I’m drinking it out of a chalice. Great color for style, good body, not too thin. Easy to gulp down. Nice dry toasted malt finish with a touch of sweetness to round it out. I like this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2003
This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest.


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