wxman (1793) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inviting copper color with a medium golden head. Aroma is of spice and malt. Not as sweet as others, but still quite malty in flavor. Has a kind of metalic aftertaste that is not unpleasant, just different. Not a great Oktoberfest but certainly a good one.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty aroma with a tinge of something vegetal. Clear amber with an ample thumb thick head. The malt flavors are there, but this is much too thin to "feel" like a fest beer. Some lingering pumpkin-like flavor in the aftertase. Sam Adams often does well when they copy traditional German styles like the Lager and Scwarzbier (a very nice beer) but it doesn’t feel right here. Still I have had far worse attempts.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - Pours dark copper with a fair white head. Aroma is of carmel hops and flavor of sweet caramel malts, a touch of toffee and a bit of vanilla. Palate is medium bodied. Smooth, creamy, and robust. Not bad for the style. A very fine brew.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber color with a good head and nice lacing. Very malty aroma, and malt overpowers most other tastes in this brew. Malt lingers on palate well before dwenling.
Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Pours a nice amber with medium-sized white head. Caramel aroma, but nothing stands out. Malty. Slighly bitter finish.
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this right after the Paulaner, which probably hurt this beer. Not as malty as I like in an Oct. beer.
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.