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RATINGS: 2513   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 16, 2002
This year they got it right! Definitely worth drinking, with a great flavor: liquid bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 14, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 13, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 12, 2002
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
In October this beer tastes slightly better than Sam Adams regular!

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