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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2003
Orange/reddish color, ok head. Aroma is caramel, sweet. Nice, sweet flavor. Not much bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2003
Brownish/darkorange color, with an ok but quite quickly disappearing head. Aroma is malty and fruity, with clear notes of raisins. Flavor is rather mild, has some cocoa in it and turns into some bitterness

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Draft. Brown, muted head, not much aroma, probably injured by the near frozen glass that was used. I was so happy to see a tv after the Isabel outages that I didn't bother fighting the bartender over the glass, my fault. The flavor was a bit caramel, with a distinct note of orange pekoe tea. Not my favorite tea, and not my favorite flavor in beer. Not a bad beer by any means, but an exceptionally unexciting brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dingo (37) - USA - SEP 25, 2003
I LOVE the color of this beer. It's a dark reddish brown, with a nice thick head on the pour. The taste isn't great, but it's good. Smells nutty but has a faint sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2003
A faint aroma of malts, maybe a touch of caramel. Taste is fleeting, not much resemblance to a true german oktoberfest. I think the commercial description said it best...fairly malty, fairly fruity and low to medium taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Deep orange-copper with moderate carbonation. Aroma of fresh roasted malts and nuts. A richly flavored lager, mildly hopped, and surprisingly devoid of the Sam Adams signature cardboard flavor. One of the better offerings from this macrobrewery, but still far short of exceptional.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Very enjoyable oktoberfest. Great malty flavor and good finishing hops. There is a little bitterness at with the finishing but it makes for a good aftertaste. Superb domestic oktoberfest. Wish it was around yearly!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Light amber color.Caramel smell with a hint of malt.Small head.Sweet and smooth going down.Some bitterness on the finish. Decent beer by sam adams.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I tasted it fresh from the tap at the Cincinnati, Ohio, Oktoberfest yesterday and I liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Tasted at Eric & Wendy's "Go to Hell, Isabel" Party 2003. Pretty, caramel colored lager. Small, but persistent, fizzy, lightly-tanned head. The nose holds notes of metal, toffee, black pepper and light hops. Beefy and robust (with a touch of honey)in flavor, this beer is well-balanced. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish with some light coffee notes.

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