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RATINGS: 2694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Pours a nice amber with medium-sized white head. Caramel aroma, but nothing stands out. Malty. Slighly bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Had this right after the Paulaner, which probably hurt this beer. Not as malty as I like in an Oct. beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10932) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Bottle. Slightly sweet malted barley aroma. Reddish brown color with moderate head. Slightly sweet caramel and bitter malt flavor. Decent body. 2006 version seems lighter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2005
This is the best beer Sam Adam’s puts out. A good looking beer, but a quickly fading head. The beer smells very nice of hops, a lot of wheat, and malt. The taste is faint on the hops, and heavier of wheat, malt, and some sweetness. The aftertaste is mild and slightly bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2005
on tap at He’s Not Here bar in Chapel Hill, NC. dark amber color. frothy white head. tastes sweet. some orange and caramel falvors. finishes bitter. filling. full mouth feel. just an average beer I’d say.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Ehh. Looks and smells just like the Boston Lager, but with a little more hop sharpness. Taste is sweeter, lots of malt, with a tiny hop-bitter finish. Unimpressed. I’d rather have a Paulaner Octoberfest if I’m going to have a macro.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
appearance is a clear amber with a thin white head that fades very fast. Aroma is faintly of yeast and sweet malt. Taste is light and sweet, hops are barely present. Finish is slightly metallic.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Light brown orange pour with a goodly head. Same distinct Munich yeast aroma that denotes a Marzen. Very smooth malt flavor, not bitter with a light mouthfeel and clean finish. A bit too polished and lacking in character but with excellent flavor. An outstanding seasonal from a large craft brewer.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2005
12z bottle. Nice pour. Good head with tiny bubbles. Amber colored. Light malt nose. Flavor has good sugary caramel notes. Decent hop finish that is not too overly dry. Well rounded and flavorful. My first oktoberfest of the year!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
reddish amber with an off-white slowly diminishing head. A fair amount of lacing. I had worse expectations. lots of sweet malt with some grainy smells as well sweet malty taste and a slightly bitter, watery taste. A little alcohol is present. This is kind of a one-dimensional beer. It’s an Octoberfest, so its not gonna blow me away, but I have had better. The malts are definately too weak here. a little watery, but the carbonation was done fairly well. I could have a bunch of these. I had a couple out of the bottle while watching a football game and eating Taco Bell and it was great. I think its a good session brew for football games, though I would definately take Boston Lager over it. Not bad for what it is. If you are looking for flavor, go somewhere else, but if you want a beer with more flavor than Budweiser, but the same drinkability for those long football game parties, try a Sam Adams.


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