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RATINGS: 2575   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%


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Draft. Brownish orange, decent lacing head. Malty fruity nose and flavor, a bit nutty with a slightly sour finish. Kind of thin, not interesting enough to have another.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 If A-B were to make an Oktoberfest, this is what it would be. Simple, sweet, and easy to drink. Caramel malt, floral hops, decent bitter finish, but nothing special. // Rerated October 2006 ... not better. Still wonderful color, this timed draft with almost no head, chalky mouth feel, and just not an Oktoberfest.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Poured a translucent medium copper. Not much head, nor lacing. Flavor was decent. maltiness was not overpowereing. Sweetness in the taste as well, but not syrupy or sickning. Not much hops presence and had a pleasant aftertaste I just couldn't put my finger on. It's been described as fruity, but I don't know if that hits the mark either. This is better than Leinenkugels, and only the 2nd Octerberfest I've had as yet, but I like it enough to drink it again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Orange color with a somewhat thin head that is barely present. Sweet and malty overall with some spices (nutmeg, cinnamon)that add character. Finish was unpleasant-metallic and a bit acidic.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
I just rolled back into Michigan, and after remembering the good old days with all of my old favorites, its time to snag one of my dad's beers out of the fridge. Starts off with a crispy hop/malt nose, transparent amber/ruby coloring with virtualy no head, malty flavor with good hop bitters, the problem is that the palate is pretty watery and gives the beer a sub-standard reputation, and for that reason alone Sam Adams probably won't get invited to Samuel Smith's birthday party, which will likely become the basis for an episode of "Friends".

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
5.2% ABV
Beautiful orange-copper color. Strange aroma, malt and bran, corn flour; lately developing also some hop and caramel. Round body, some sweetness, malt, a good hopping (lightly aromatic), but also a bit metallic.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Clear orange-brown body. Small but lasting beige head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor with a good hop bitter aftertaste. Not very Oktoberfest-ish...!!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Has the color of the traditional marzens and the caramel and spice aroma, flavor more of malt though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, bitter hops, and caramel. Poured amber in color with a small tan head that disappeared slowly. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malts, noble hops, sourdough, metal, and caramel. Light to medium body. Slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malty, metallic finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4975) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2008
Draught at Detroit Airport. Hazy gold with a thin white head; caramel malt aroma; sweet caramel taste well balanced by the bittering hops; dry and biscuity finish. Not very exciting.


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