GreatDane1632 (582) - USA - OCT 1, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated from notes taken 10 Oct 13 -- This is my favorite Sam Adams regular series seasonal, although Sam goes downhill in my taste buds every year. On a head-to-head with some German Oktoberfests, this pales in comparison.
vulcanmeister (199) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from a 12 oz bottle a clear copper with a small white head that dissipates over a couple of minutes. The aroma is fresh roast and caramel. The taste is sweet roast, light spices, dried apricots, and caramel. The palate is is medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Nice lingering smooth finish of malt, spice, and a bit of fruit. First time to try this seasonal ale, and I can say it won’t be the last!
tillmac62 (256) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 BBD 1/15. Clear amber pour with a deep dark ruby hue. Excellent head, lacing and retention. Light nose of biscuit and caramel with notes of spice. Light medium body with a somewhat slick texture. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The taste profile is reasonably balanced and complex, but has an aftertaste that is metallic. It begins with a light caramel sweetness that flows into a mild bitterness. The middle is mostly mineral in nature over a light hop spiciness. Throughout the profile is a metallic undercurrent that rises to the forefront in the finish and lingers as an off flavor. Having had this many times in the past, this version is sub par. I’ll consume the rest of the 6 pack and adjust this review as warranted.
The rest of the 6 pack did not have the metallic flaw, so I’ve adjusted the ratings. A good, but not outstanding, Oktoberfest.
davidm (1942) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sweet taste. Missing in body and balance, but quite enjoyable. This is not my favorite style
DMLINAZ (303) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
More flavor than usual for the style, but still smooth and not overly sweet. Some amber quality, and a hint of biscuit. Not my favorite style, but this is ok.
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice amber pour that fills in between summer beers and fest beers. Tasty on those cold fall days. Mild noble(grassy) flavor with some malt backbone. works in a pinch.
beastmaster (332) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In phillys airport on draft. Pour is pumpkin orange, thick creamy head. Aroma is a little lacking. Some spices and orange notes but a little bland and undistinguishable. Light medium body malt heavy, little cinnamon, nutmeg, choriander and caramel. Tastes better than I remember.
wihlan (335) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från Systembolaget - fruktig arom, härligt bärnstensfärgad färg men lite beigt skum. Härlig maltig smak, kanske något söt och en försiktig beska.
eRock_2013 (274) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent octoberfest style beer, indeed the first thing you notice about this one is the exceptionally full caramel amber color with a nice white head and good lacing. Smell is light and fresh caramel malt. Taste is flavorful, sweeter-than-average caramel malt, some nutty accents, toffee, as advertised. Some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable and a recommended domestic example of the style.
UXO (409) - CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear deep amber with a short finger of white head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. Nose is toffee and bread toasted malt with just a very little nuttiness and spice. Taste is similar, starting sweet and finishing mild bitter. Medium to full body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a dry-ish finish.
Nothing too thrilling. Good for a mass-market beer, not bad for a Märzen, and certainly not a terrible lager - but ultimately a lager. At the end of the day, there’s not a lot here to challenge or excite.