whundley3720 (4) - Norlina, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Eyrish (89) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Flylips (10) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid brew for being an American Marzen. Great malt flavor with a bright orange hue makes this an awesome fall seasonal.
jbuskirk (418) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
AlastairEvans (11) - - JAN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable enough, though I think I enjoyed more looking at it than drinking it. 23/30.
mstrcrwly (244) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not overly malty..love the color..orange, red is visually pleasing..tastes stronger than abv listed.
NoCSbrew (15) - - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Seems to exceed my memory every year. Smooth pour. Nice crisp hoppy flavor. Can’t drink more than a couple in a sitting though
ljthiessen (328) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.