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 (2365) - 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 (6616) - 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 (13426) - 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!
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing special, and not as good as regular Sam Adams. Still nice, but the weak head, overly sweet taste, and biting aroma aren’t that great.
Ernest (6670) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of metal shavings and dirt.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, metallic.
Metallic, dirty, bland, and husky. Zero effort went into this product...this is just something to fill shelf space.
anticop (79) - Porterville, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this beer tastes pretty good