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RATINGS: 2604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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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2.9
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
I dunno. I thought I liked this beer. On draft it has a nice reddish copper with a thin off-white head. Sweet malty nose. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Caramel, spices, light citrus, and bread on the tongue. Mild hop bite. I don’t know. It’s...I dunno. It’s ok. It’s not bad. It’s not good. I dunno.

3.3
pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2005
On Tap at Kahootz: This is always a classic for all beer drinkers. It has the wheatty flavors with a nice bitter aftertaste. It is a clear light brown color with not much head. It also wafts some floral aromas and very slight tastes of soap. It has tons of carbonation which seems to give it a crisp finish.

2.6
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Red orange with a large rocky white head. Grainy aroma. Generic processed grain flavors, with hints of toastiness and bitterness that strive to break the surface of mediocrity. They have the most success in doing so in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery.

2.8
Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2005
bottle-pours dark orange with a small off-white head. a fairly standard sweet marzen malt aroma, but it smells processed. flavors are more of the same, with a small amount of german hops. too much sweetness for the style and again, those extract flavors are detracting. thin body for the most part. the true marzen chacter comes out more as it warms, becoming more pleasant, but still falls short.

3.5
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Well, it’s dark amber. It had a very very small head that quickly dissipated. A very smooth beer with a slight berry taste, but not to much in that regard. Smell is pleasent though.

2.8
tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
All malt in the nose. Kind of on the light side though. Looks good Deep, rich amber color. Not much in the way of a lasting head. Toffe, caramel, roast malts slide across the tongue. On the weak side of the style, but enjoyable.

2.8
Crash (549) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2005
This beer sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2005: This was a typical octoberfest beer for me. It was a bit weaker in taste but, still good.

3.2
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Pale copper- colored head with limited retention. Very pretty clear reddish-amber color. Initial nosing gave me a strong scent of sweet breads and MAYBE some berries, but it quickly dropped off to just plain biscuity. Now the tasting...it is malty enough for an Octoberfest but has a strange bite to it. Innapropriate hops? I dunno. It’s drinkable, but I’ve had a lot better Octoberfests. Try Ayinger.

2.9
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Very smooth character, but it borders on the bland. Sweet, light malt mixes with faint almond throughout the draw, while there is the tiniest bitter kick at the end. And I mean tiny. I thought it might just be a trick of the mind, but it was in every sip. Body is a bit light, but it is masked by a taste to flavorful for the lightness.

2.5
Tejas (1008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Maple syrup and pecan flavor come to mind first. Some roastiness. Zero head and a little malty aroma. Probably won’t ever drink again.


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