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RATINGS: 2581   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2008
355 ml bottle. Copper colour. Clear. Small off-white head. Nice rich caramel aroma with a hint of roasted malts. Medium bodied, and quite drinkable. The hops are definitely there, but stays in the background all the way. Malty flavours. Clean nutty finish with a dry texture. Starts out nicely, but gets more boring towards the end.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2009
from the tap ... an amber color with little head. A little too shy on the hops for me, but still very drinkable. On the verge of being sweet. This one grows on you as you drink it. Lightly carbonated and very malty. I would drink it again. not much aftertaste

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2009
A beautiful amber beer that changes to a broader shade of yellow from top to bottom in the glass. It begins with a 2inch white head bur quickly vanishes. Malty aroma. Flavor is leafy, malty, and mild. Draws down clear. Slightly nutty finish. Word.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Draft. 16 oz. Honestly I am not that impressed with this offering from S.A. I had it on three occasions so far this season, and either time it was because there wasn’t much else I would want. This beer is my first Octobefest since drinking "real" beers (or real good beers...), and I think I want to try out some different offerings. I am not to impressed. It poured a nice golden amber orange color with a thick foamy white head. Aroma was sort of funky with a bit of spice? Taste was awkward, leaving me slightly uncomfortable (even still, I order it again, nevertheless). It reminded me of a different kind of beer, something I don’t like, but can’t put a finger on. Overall, pretty blah. I hope that other Octoberfest beers I try will be better.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DBob5150 (208) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Pours nice orange color with thin white head. Pleasant aroma with slight hoppiness. Taste is slightly sweet (hint of coffee & caramel) but not overpowering. Leaves a clean aftertaste. Excellent autumn brew. Impressed!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
olsvammel (4081) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Poured a clear dark golden liquid with a medium sized slightly dirty brown foam that left some lacing. It hada smell of bread, caramell and metall. It tasted of caramell, bread, malt, burned toast and something sweet, sugar for instance. It was smooth and easy to drink but also a bit watery. Decent lager. Edit: Re-rated in 2012 increased score by 0,6

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
knights97 (109) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Smells like a typical domestic beer, pours to a copper orange body, light body beer that is slight carbonated with a hint of caramel

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monkeychugg55 (956) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Pours dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is a lot of cereal and caramel, not much else. Like the Boston lager, but without the hops. Not terrible, but not a great marzen.


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