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RATINGS: 2581   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%


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2002
I wasn’t a big fan of this batch. It tasted thin, watery, but quite bitter. You can certainly find a better Märzen than this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 This brewery takes a lot of heat (usually deserved), but I think they have done an excellent job with this year"s Octoberfest. This one has somewhat darker malt than Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, infused with caramel and grain flavors and some hop spice. Very good lacing. Actually quite nice, really.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Has a strong alcohol smell and taste. Very thin consistency. Tastes kinda laundry watery, or what I imagine laundry water would taste like. It messed up my pool game bad too.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (10708) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2002
Has a clear amber colour. Decent head. The aroma is a little fruity with a note of caramel. Feels smooth while drinkink and has a little alcaholic aftertaste. Has notes of berries in the aftertaste as well. Not the best Sam A. i’ve had.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 17, 2002
This one tastes like a watered down stout to me. Pretty good taste, but nothing extraordinary. Sweet and fruity with the slightest hop in the swallow. A good one to give to your yellow-macro buddies.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - SEP 16, 2002
Smooth drinking. Almost a sour flavor to it. A little different taste in the 2002 batch than there was in the 2001 batch.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Distinctive sweetness with a late and light hint of bitterness. Some fruitiness too (late summer fruits, not coincidentally, perhaps). But ultimately more plain than I would have liked. (bottle)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2002
A drinkable octoberfest, but it seems that Sam Adams has produced this one for the masses. This one is definitely missing some things. Not nearly as good as its Boston competiton from Harpoon.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2002
A good attempt at an Octoberfest. I had it on draft and it went down easily enough. However, it is missing the overall body of some of the better Germans.A decent nose tells you what it is, but it remains a little this with some nice fruity flavors. A good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
great beer, definetly great for a few with freinds


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