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RATINGS: 2609   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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2.8
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.

2.8
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Rated Blind. October 2013. 12oz Bottle. Minimal aroma, in the amber malt range. Flavors are interesting, starting out a little banana and acerbic, which is peculiar. The maltiness is heavy on pears and fruitiness and not so much on bread, toasted sugars, and well developed base malt flavors. A bit seltzery mid-palate. Finishes with some light hop juiciness, but it isn’t quite enough to save what turns out to be an all over the map and slightly off-style Oktoberfest. 6/3/6/2/11




9/17/2005. BLBF. Light dirty malt aroma. Rich amber orange pour. Nutty and somewhat flavorful, but lacking any character or distinguished, just an even malt. Finish has a hint of oak and a touch of dryness from hops.
Re-rate 10/12/2007. On tap. Dirty. Lacking Munich or depth. Gummy hop finish.

3.1
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 16, 2005
(Bottle) Decent off white-head on medium amberish orange body. Bubbly. Some lacing. Not much going on with aroma, maybe some honey, some malty sweetness. Smooth, very drinkable. A little sweet tasting, hops in background. No real distinguishing flavor. Good, not challenging.

3.1
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Poured a clear medium orange/amber with a light quickly-receding white head. Aroma was quite sweet with abundant caramel malt. Flavor was lightly spiced with caramel and some floral hops. Somewhat watery on the palate, but smooth. Decent Oktoberfest, but not as exciting as many other offerings of the style.

3.5
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2005
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Very smooth, drinkable, even when warm. I got a sweet fruity and malty taste. Very watery, expecially toward the end.

3
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Nice looking beer, Amber body with a nice white head. Crisp, sweet aroma with some hop presence. Toasted malt flavor dominates, with a hop kick and some residual sweetness in the end. Very drinkable, but pretty unimpressed with this one and I would choose other octoberfest beers before this one.


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