RATINGS: 2698   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Not quite as good as the winter lager, but a very good seasonal beer. The fruity taste leaves something to be desired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Malty. Low bitterness. Spotty availability. Haven't tasted for a yer or two. Will need to revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Orangey/amber w/ no head retention whatsoever. Very light caramel and Munich Malt, a light roastiness, as well as toasty malt aroma. Very well balanced, as an Ofest should be; toasty malt flavor w/ just a hint of caramel and very clean. The malty flavor should be a little stronger IMHO, but not bad. It does have a slight hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste that you don't normally find in German O'fests. Light medium body and a slightly dry M/F, moderate carbonation, but it seems tingly on the tongue, not smooth. Overall better than years past, but sitll not one of my favorite octoberfest beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2003
My favorite non-German Octoberfest. I drink Paulaner, Spaten and Hacker-Pschorr religously when the leaves are falling. SA's domestic version fits right behind that club in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2003
I was very impressed with this offering. I happened to pick it up in December at 3.99 a 6pack. Pours an absolutly beautiful color, with great lace and excellent head. This beer has the right consistnecy for me as well as a pleasant aroma. Taste is very smooth and malty, with a pleasant hop flavor mixed in for good measure. Really well crafted brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Clear orange-brown body. Small but lasting beige head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor with a good hop bitter aftertaste. Not very Oktoberfest-ish...!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
5.2% ABV
Beautiful orange-copper color. Strange aroma, malt and bran, corn flour; lately developing also some hop and caramel. Round body, some sweetness, malt, a good hopping (lightly aromatic), but also a bit metallic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2004 Bland, bland, bland. Why buy this when there are so many good German imports at a decent price? Not much aroma. Pretty color, but little head, little flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Ok, tried this again recently, medium copper colored body with a thin off white head. The aroma was light burnt caramel and rotting wood. There was also some old rotting apple. The taste was bad apple cores with some old leathery notes. Unpleasant and a little soapy in the finish. Little head and also has little flavor. Won’t offend non-beer drinkers, but still has a decent amount of character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
I just rolled back into Michigan, and after remembering the good old days with all of my old favorites, its time to snag one of my dad's beers out of the fridge. Starts off with a crispy hop/malt nose, transparent amber/ruby coloring with virtualy no head, malty flavor with good hop bitters, the problem is that the palate is pretty watery and gives the beer a sub-standard reputation, and for that reason alone Sam Adams probably won't get invited to Samuel Smith's birthday party, which will likely become the basis for an episode of "Friends".

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