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RATINGS: 2687   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 13/20
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Deep orange/amber body, little to no head. Aroma is of caramel. Tastes like caramel also, reminding me of a doppel. Somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2003
(draft) Aroma is lager-y earthy, hint of caramel. Taste is much the same, with an additional spritz of roastiness. It’s not bad, but there’s nothing that makes you want to drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
(bottled). Reddish strong amber color with frothy off-white head. Rich toasted malt aroma leads to a medium-bodied beer with toasted & caramelly malt dominating. There's a faint hint of raisin or prune and a very subdued finishing bitterness. Superb! This tastes like it could've come from Munich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours a dark orangish with lots of head. A bit of fruit and raisin in the nose. Malty flavor with fruit and small hop. Nice, clean palate. Good seasonal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Medium orange/copper. Musty vegetables in the nose. Hay and roasted malts in the flavor. Somewhat stale, with corn, vanilla, and vegetables big on the tongue. Drank this side-by-side with Boulevard Bob's 47 Lager, which won.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2003
12 oz bottle, lager mug, best before 01/04, 52 degrees. True to form gigantic, creamy, frothy, off-white head is decently lasting. The body is a clear red-orange with lively carbonation. Caramel, nutt malt (mod); flowery hops (light); toffee and medicinal aromas. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter finish. Typical S. Adams metallic sourness. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: one of the more drinkable Sam Adams brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 What I first noticed was the pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma of this beer. Going down, pleasant hoppiness, but more dominant maltiness, and rich flavors of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nuttiness. The 2008 batch on draft was the best I’ve had of their Octoberfest thus far.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Pours amber, with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit on the hoppy side for an Oktoberfest. The body is also a bit light, with toasted notes and caramel flavors becoming more pronounced at warmer temperatures. Also has a hoppy, grassy flavor to it. This is pumpkin rind compared to the freshly roasted seeds of Paulaner. Time for a fresh Ichabod from New Holland?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
waddlcoop (6) - USA - SEP 9, 2003 does not count
nicec color and aroma. The head disappears quickly. Carbonation is prickly and a bit much for my liking, as is the thinness of the body. Decent flavor with toasted malts battling with sweet caramel. The caramel eventually wins, which is too bad. Worthwhile if you have no other oktoberfestbiers inthe fidge

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Orange amber color with a small off white head. Nose is a hint of caramel. Flavor starts light and sweet then a little hop bite and finishing kinda sweet and acidic.

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