RATINGS: 2579   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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openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
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
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 (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
(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 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
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
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
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
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 (4490) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2004
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 (7950) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
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.

PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours dark amber, not much head. Flavor is caramel, nuts, a little fruity. There is a little hop bitterness, the finish is light and dry. A fair offerering.

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