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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Octoberfest beer in August? Anyways, very deep amber almost brown color, thick head, rich notes of chocolate and orange. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Very nice Marzen. Definite roasty taste. Smooth, satisfying, very good brew. Bought it on a whim. Glad I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 Nice octoberfest.Pours out w/a good head,quick to leave(I don't mind)some lace.The color is pretty(Oktoberfest amber)Tastes good for a bottled beer.Had 5 12 oz. drafts tonight and it surprisingly didn't have much of the standard oktoberfest tastes I remember.It reminded me of a top notch killians?(3.0)Very smooth and sluggable though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Not much aroma at first, slight metal aroma? Tastes much better than it smells. A bitter malty aroma comes through later. Or is that the buzz? Almost no head, but I’m drinking it out of a chalice. Great color for style, good body, not too thin. Easy to gulp down. Nice dry toasted malt finish with a touch of sweetness to round it out. I like this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2003
This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 RERATE 10/27/04: Have they changed the recipe since last year or something? The taste has less depth to it now. It’s also thinner in body. Nuts, this was a disappointment.

Original rating: Once again, a Sam Adams brew takes me by surprise. Because of their size & marketing, I expect SA’s beers to be more macro in quality. After sampling three of their beers now, I guess the best way to describe them is "micros for the masses". Whatever the case, this beer poured a nice orangish copper with a gorgeous, full tan head. The head stuck around ’til the unbitter end. Nice lacing on the glass. Not a whole lot of aroma but a wonderful palate. There was a welcome heft to this beer. Taste is fairly ambiguous but quite pleasant. Smooth & malty with very little hops to be detected. Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyD79 (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2003
One of the best. Had a nice dark color and a great flavor. I would truly recommend this to anyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Attractive copper appearance with a maltly, buttery aroma. Taste was rather bland; could probably be mistaken for the Boston Lager. Some toffee-like sweetness with the malt flavor. Nothing distinguishing about the finish or aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (6099) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2003 Batch: Amber colour with orange highlights. Thick dense off-white coloured head of about 2 centimetres. Small bubbles rising from bottom and sides of the galss. Head lasts a long time...about 15 minutes at least. Smells of skunk initially, followed by malt, pumpkin and a touch of hops. Sweet taste, a ton of malt and not too much else. Aftertaste somewhat bland and primarily malty. Overall this is an average Marzen, nothing great, nothing bad. If you are into the style at least you get this at every single location inside America! Everyone has the ability to try this one...so if you want yet another Marzen, try this. I bought my twelve ounce bottles at Giant Food in Manassas, Virginia...but you can probably find it on any street corner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
This was ok. Nothing special.

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