RATINGS: 2698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Fruity, malty... well balanced flavor. Friends liked it, so that’s always good I guess, for a general "drinkable" beer. Wen’t down pretty easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennisjoel (1413) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Crimson color. Thick long lasting head. Malty aroma. Sweet on the palate. A good bready syrupy flavor. Overall a decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Amber lager. Looks like an Oktoberfest, tastes like a Sam Adams. Somewhat sweeter with caramel flavor and balanced by the hops. Not as bad as Lowenbrau but not as good as Hacker-Pschorr.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 [tap] Pours a dark amber color, not too much head to speak of. Sweet, malty flavors with a slight bitterness. Average, overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Copper color, medium off-white head which fades quickly. Claims to be malty but I found it well-balanced. Nutty caramel flavor. Not bad...for a lager

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2005
A nice light brown color without much of a scent. Definite malted taste but not very exciting.

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