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RATINGS: 2563   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%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Golden, hazy, decent head. Very floral and crisp nose. Caramel and pears in flavor, well balanced malt profile. Slight bit of hoppiness, nice dry finish, good mouthfeel. Nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 3, 2002
Sweet nose of grass, pine, flowers, and toasted malt. Pours a clear medium ruby copper. The huge off-white creamy head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The balanced flavor starts sweet and finishes with a rich toasted bitterness. Very low acidity. The medium creamy body is very soft and smooth. The finish feels a bit dry. Very quaffable. Excellent brew with much subtle character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Dark golden color. Slightly hoppy-spicy. Great malty sweetness. This style is one of the reasons I look forward to fall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Rerate - Found this to be a bit more cloying the second time around - guess my palate has wisened up. Slightly artifical taste and aroma and sticky mouthfeel. Original 3.8 Deep, dark orange color, slight spicy aroma. Full bodied malty flavor with a strong finish. One of S.A's better brews in my opinion. Glad I bought a whole six.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Beautiful, bright pumpkin coloring. A delicate aroma of spices and a flavor that doesn’t quite live up to its potential. re-rate: I’ve gained more of an appreciation for this beer over time. As an Octoberfest, its not bad at all. The lager qualtiy comes through very cleanly and the maltiness is quite tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Every year I fail to purchase enough of this to keep me happy. Very pumpkin orange color. Nice caramel and bread malt flavors, medium thick body (not thick enough though). not really any hops, but that’s o.k. This is not world class fest beer, but it’s a nice light fall drink

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2002
Better than brooklyn octoberfest but there is room for improvement. Awesome ruby red/deep amber color with decent head which fades after about 5-10 min. COuld have better hops and maltiness in the aroma, and flavor could be improved, but still nice overall.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Crystal clear orange with a fast dissipating off white foamy head. Little carbonation. Aroma of corn. Corn husks, corn syrup and maybe even corn bread. Lifeless liquid. If there’s any hops in this then there’s definitely life on Mars. Adjunct riddled sweetness and frothy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is reminiscent of sucking of spent popcorn kernels that haven’t popped. Medium sticky body. This is not clean, lagered, malty or full. Mild toasted Munich maltiness. Finishes clingy, sweet and pathetic. Replace the ’s’ in Prosit! with an ’f’ and what do you get?

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2002
I consider this one of the better beers Sam Adams makes.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
A nice spiced hoppiness wafts its way out of the glass, which is solid copper and clear as a bell. This smells nice and probably takes a nice picture, even though the head left early. The taste, well, it’s interesting, but plain. A little on the sweet side, with the bitter just barely rising to the challenge of the barley, there is not much afterglow at all. Decent all around, but nothing to get excited over.


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