Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep clear ruby red with a cinammon aroma. Taste was cinammon, molasses, and spice..sweet almost like brown sugar and a bit of hops near the end.
openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overly smooth Oktoberfest style beer. Sweet caramel-flavor with a bit of hoppiness in the aftertaste. A tasty seasonal, and a nice change of pace from other beers of this style. Better than average.
flynnguy (14) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best beer of this style but it is probably my favorite beer by Sam Adams. Very smooth and a little malty. Definately a good introduction to this style
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle) When I taste these beers, I just grab a shaker at random. By chance, I poured this into a Samuel Adams glass. Unfortunately, it didn’t make this beer taste any better. This is about average for the style. It’s moderately malty, sweet, caramely, and mildly bitter, but the flavor seems to fade off quickly for a short-lived finish. Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink. I’m not getting much out of the nose at all, it’s lightly sweet and malty. Amber in color. Small, off-white head holds a thin layer for awhile before eventually fading to a small rim. Some wisps of lacing here and there. All in all, it’s fine, but I can get Spaten Oktoberfest, a better beer for the style, at Trader Joe’s, for a few bucks less.
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 A really good fall beer because it has a fruitiness and spiciness that is reminiscent of the season. Full of malt flavor and just enough hops to make it interesting. This is a must try.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.30.04 12oz bottle. Light caramel color with fizzy, brainy, fading off-white head. Aromas are sour, wet leaves, pepper. Flavors are peppery, sharp, vegetal, cabbage, toffee. Finishes wet.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Descent. While I tend to like more bitterness in an Oktoberfest, Sam Adams does something that few can. It makes a smooth Oktoberfest with enough complexity in its malts to provide a tiny bite through the backdoor. A full bodied and well spiced beer with caramel and nutmeg hints, it’s got enough going for it to make it over the fence between descent American Oktoberfest and shameful attempts that fell short of the style.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber brown color. About an inch of head on top of it. Very sweet. Not entirely to my liking but a decent Oktoberfest style. Nothing really special about it though.
thegreenrooster (4228) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Pour is brown with a small head. Aroma is a bit malty. Flavor is malty but with a lasting hop presence. More hoppy then a typical marzen but its ok for those looking for something different.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 One of my favorites in this style. Nothing signals the coming of fall to me like football and this beer. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-chestnut color with a medium sized tan head that lingered. The aroma was tangy caramel, a bit dusty and had light fruity undertones. . The flavor was tangy, sour caramel, light apple and pear. Sour caramel and tangy fruits on the long finish. Moderately full bodied. Well done.