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RATINGS: 2459   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%


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whundley3720 (4) - Norlina, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
Wow! a very traditional hearty beer. Poured into a Sam Adams glass I get this nice classic golden copper color with a nice 2 inch egg shell white head. Lots of carbonation too. The aroma was I was picking up was mainly yeast and barley malt. A little caramel was present too though. I also got a bit of butterscotch too. In the taste it was what a traditional Oktoberfest should taste like: Light, but very easy drinking and very sessional . I get more caramel than anything else in this beer. Overall a very easy drinking Oktoberfest. A good transition from the summer to fall beers. It’s cheap to get, while at the same time pretty tasty. B+ for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, some chocolate syrup, toasted grains, earthy hops. For what it is, not too bad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Poured dark amber with a foamy white head. Light carbonation. Smells of caramel, and bread. Very light bitter flavor and goes down very easily. Great beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyrish (89) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Dark orange pour, of white head, sticks to the glass. high carbonation. Malt forward, but not malt dominant. slight bitter finish. Reasonable, but certainly nothing special.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flylips (10) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2014
A solid brew for being an American Marzen. Great malt flavor with a bright orange hue makes this an awesome fall seasonal.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (418) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2014
In recent years, Samuel Adams has taken the approach that has now become common for the most successful microbreweries: taking traditional beers and trying to find ways to make them new with unusual ingredients and unorthodox methods. While these practices have led to the creation of some great beers, the desire to create something completely different has resulted in more beers that are unnecessarily strange rather than good. Octoberfest doesn’t try to do that. That’s precisely why I like it. It’s just a good representation of the style with lightly toasted malts and smooth caramel flavor. Sometimes, simplicity brings the best results.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlastairEvans (11) - - JAN 2, 2014
Enjoyable enough, though I think I enjoyed more looking at it than drinking it. 23/30.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mstrcrwly (244) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Not overly malty..love the color..orange, red is visually pleasing..tastes stronger than abv listed.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
NoCSbrew (15) - - DEC 29, 2013
Seems to exceed my memory every year. Smooth pour. Nice crisp hoppy flavor. Can’t drink more than a couple in a sitting though

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ljthiessen (328) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Rating based on notes from some time ago... On tap at King’s Head Pub in Winnipeg. Very nice deep amber colour with a thin head. Banana and caramel on the nose, with a medium-sweet taste and malty flavours. A bit simple, and maybe a bit thin. A solid Octoberfest beer, but nothing special.


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