ads135 (1572) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pretty decent octoberfest. Orangish amber and clear with an average white head. Tastes of caramel and grassy hops with an earthy and spicy aroma.
Shanebrews (63) - - DEC 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I feel like everything about Sam Adams Octoberfest is a bit thin. I agree with many others that it is too sweet. It’s not bad, but I like a number of other such brews better.
Studentofbrrs (82) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 This is a great octoberfest beer, it pours a deep amber and playfully blends many sweet flavours including toffee and some caramel
jerseyjohn71 (76) - barry, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
my home brew was good for my 1st OCT-FEST, this was great,,,im a fan,,,, i look foward to big brewererys MAKING GOOD BREW,,,,
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ontbeermaker (1832) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a medium orange, the aroma was light a bit grainy, the flavour is nice i got a lot of toastiness and it was flavourful, this beer was quite enjoyable
jjarovi (49) - markham, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Far too sweet. In bottle at Honeys in Niagara Falls. Different than previous years?
EdInSaltLake (233) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, caramel, light bread crust/butter flavor, Some bitterness. Subtle lager yeast flavor and aroma.
crhensel (97) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper with a very fizzy tanish head. Overall there is very little aroma, but you can detect a slight sweetness and a little spicy hops. Unlike others in this style, there is very little sweetness but a lot more bitterness. I would recommend this one with food as that enhanced the flavor and began to allow the style to come through. Alone, this is not a remarkable seasonal if other options are available.
ansermadide (1200) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this. In appearance: very clean, looks slightly reddish/caramel in color that’s malty clear. It looks light, with light carbonation. The aroma is more grainy than sweet, with only a touch of the expected Oktoberfest sweetness. It really doesn’t have that great of an aroma. I wouldn’t imagine it’s that hard to make a good-smelling Oktoberfest, especially for a big brewery like Samuel Adams. Still, they can’t seem to have that talent.
In the mouth it’s traditional, but has a dark and earthy bite to it. It finishes almost herbal and slightly sweet, leaving a numbness in the mouth. Not a very sweet Oktoberfest. It’s okay… not worth searching out, but not bad if you need something relatively unaffecting on the palate (in other words, it’s worth drinking with food but lacks character otherwise).
whiskeyrocks (39) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best Oktoberfest hands down.... I’ve tried to many to count and this still continues to be my go to fall beer. Vivid clear caramel color with a perfect 2 inch head when poured. Light body with a slight bitterness. Theres a hint of sweet toffee added to make the perfect balance. If you have never tried this then you havent experienced a true fall brew....