jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Update: Had this on tap last night and it sucked. Maybe keg was out of condition but i swear a tablespoon of vinegar was added to the beer. The malt flavors were decent but waek, I tasted no hops, it was a below average brew. I will keep original rating until I try it again.
ORIGINAL: A nice clear copper/amber, so-so head,clean, slightly malty nose. Some maltiness in the palate, a biscuity quality going on along with a more then average carbonation bite. Not too bad.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sept 01: I had to try this a 2nd time ’cause I thought I was overrating it. Nope, it’s every bit as good a 2nd (and 3rd) time; gorgeous pumpkin-colored body (wonderful to watch pouring) with good head retention; a great great nutty, spicy flavor reminiscent both of a good brown and a holiday; great finish. Only letdown is a weak aroma. Still, one of the best Octs I’ve had.
Oct 02: Still one of the best, though I think I overrated it last year (I was a newbie...). Doesn’t seem as strong on the palate, little thin, and the malt presence is more subdued. Nice light smokiness though. Still one of the best of style I’ve had.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
This year they got it right! Definitely worth drinking, with a great flavor: liquid bread.
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2002
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
My apologies if I just got a bad batch, but I had one on tap last evening and it may be the weirdest beer I’ve ever tasted. Fizzy and sour-fruity --kind of like a cross between a ballpark Bud and a green apple Martini. Yueeecchhh...! The strange kind of amber color might have been a warning signal, so I’ll give it credit for that.
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Frighteningly one of the more flavorful, bright and deep Oktoberfests I had this year. Real carmelly malts that pitch into a real bitter finish. Way better than last years. The German exports need help.
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Bottle 355 ml
Aroma sweet frontal malty nose, hint of bubblegum and caramel malts with nutty hop accents. Soft with touch of fruity spice. 7-
Appearance good deep amber-red brew with medium white top. Frisky carbonation. 4-
Flavor and Palate : medium light bodied with noticeable carbonation. Bit thin for given alcohol level. Light nutty character. Disappointing. Malt feel did not project as it should.
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Orangey, amber colour. The aroma is metallic, toasty. The body is surprisingly full, with a little bit of creaminess. The flavor is sweetish, a bit bland, with only a slight toastiness and a general lack of malt complexity.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 12, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad, but I was expecting a little better. There is a sweet corn syrup taste that is fairly noticable. Very malty, but not overly hoppy like Boston Lager. It also reminds me of H.C. Berger’s Bombay Express (though not as good as it once was) back before it became non-carbonated piss water.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2002: Absolutely terrible. This is THE worst beer coming out of Sam Adams this year. If it were tasted blind, one would assume this is from the 500 lb gorilla that is AB. Very evident that many malts are used, but what about that rice/corn taste in the foreground? Give me a Spaten anyday.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
In October this beer tastes slightly better than Sam Adams regular!