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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BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Clear deep orangish amber with a small head that dissipates to nothing. Nutty malty aroma. Thin and unimpressive with a good amount of malt but an awful metallic and bitter aftertaste. Used to be great years ago, good example of what can happen to a good brewery who loses sight of the beer in exchange for expansion and distribution as well as macro marketing.

drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Hm. Dark amber. Beautiful color actually. Nutty and malty. I prefer Ayinger's over this one but not a bad offering whatsoever. This one is good but not all that it could be..

winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Pours a dark amber, has a nutty aroma. Looks and smells great, that is all ruined by the first sip. Very sour like something has gone really bad in it. Almost as if the fruits have gone bad. This is the most disappointing of Sam Adams.

SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Draft. Dark amber, thin white head with nice carbonation. Surprisingly faint aroma for a darker brew - hints of coffee and hay. Flavor is bitter roasted malts, more coffee and floral hops. Medium body, light carbonation. This was a bit of a disappointment.

rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Bottled. Dark copper. US hops dominate the aroma, very nice smell but a bit malplacé in a Märzen. The flavour is reminiscent of an American Impy or Porter with it’s roasty hoppy nose. Flavour is fruity/citrusy from US hops and has a roasty tone. Still quite clean malt profile, despite the overkilling aromas.

JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 7, 2003
2003 Edition: Dark Orange-amber body with a mediocre white cap. Smells of malt, spice and some pumpkin seed (seems to be trend this fall). Feels thin in the mouth. Taste is watery malt upfront, turning to chardonnay flavors and ending that way. Very suprising and very uncomfortable for a susposed Marzen. Aftertaste is drying. This is the worst Sam Adams beer I've ever had. Maybe you could drink it if its free, but I cant even recommend that. Sampled on tap at Chilis Restaurant in Woodbridge, VA.

larsniclas (7153) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Bottled. Dark amber with a beautiful head. Hoppy aroma with hints of peanuts in it. Way too thin and watery. Only some bitterness in the flavour.

matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
I served myself this brew right before departing for the pub last night.
Appearance: Dirty amber in color, Fizzy creamy head, strong lacing. Flavor & Aroma: Malty, sweet, nutty, some notes of molasses and honey. Oily sticky palate, this is another winner for Sam A.

mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Poured from the bottle with a nice off-white head. It had a malty aroma and taste, with a peculiar sour taste in the finish (see previous rating). I normally am not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, but I think Sam made a good one here.

crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 5, 2003
an amber color with a thick white head. Had a nice malty aroma too it. Taste was malty and sweet at first but finished on a sour note, kinda disapponitng.

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