RATINGS: 2605   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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jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Clear Flat caramel hue, with a small white head. Flowery ,sweet and malty smell. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture with soft carbonation and a smooth finish. Slightly sweet with a short bitter finish. Very good.

wxman (1847) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2005
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
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
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
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
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
Had this right after the Paulaner, which probably hurt this beer. Not as malty as I like in an Oct. beer.

shrubber85 (11615) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2005
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
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
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.

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