Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite as good as the winter lager, but a very good seasonal beer. The fruity taste leaves something to be desired.
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty. Low bitterness. Spotty availability. Haven't tasted for a yer or two. Will need to revisit.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange-brown body. Small but lasting beige head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor with a good hop bitter aftertaste. Not very Oktoberfest-ish...!!
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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".