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RATINGS: 2693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikey67156 (9) - Winfield, Kansas, USA - OCT 10, 2005 does not count
pours a beep amber that really puts one in the mood for such a brew. Very thin head, quickly dissolving into dissapointment. Flavor of carmel and toffee as advertised. Pallet is weak and quickly dissapates. Not the best rendition I’ve had.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - OCT 20, 2005
amber red w/ big off white head. yeah, october again! a decent simple ale, very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Bottle 2005: Pale orange amber. Small sticky, creamy beige head. Bread, sweet dough, almost spice, butter nose. These flavors all follow over to the palate, along with faint toffee/caramel-esque, almost cherry notes, toasty grains. Medium body with subtle fruity hops just in time to balance this one out. Im satisfied, but this doesn’t do for me what Ayinger, Hacker Pschorr, or even Paulaner...or Avery, or Ramstein do for me.Good, but not great. Like Oakes says, when you go big, you usually get this run-of-the-mill type boring beer. Quite true.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2005
A bit hoppy for the style, I like that. Medium orange, malty, not too sweet, some wouldn’t like this due to the hops, understandable, not nice to the style, but I enjoyed it. Not one of my favorites, but drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
On Tap. Clear copper color with a medium sized beige head. Sweet malty, nutty aroma. Flavor was also sweet malt with a nice nuttiness that was the only favorable thing I found in this beer. As it warmed it became sweeter and a bad buttery flavor started to come out.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Clean amber color with a small white head. The nose is all malt with notes of caramel, toffee, and perhaps a touch of pumpkin. Malt continues to dominate in the flavor with caramel, toffee, and a touch of nuttiness throughout. Not bad but I just feel like it’s missing something.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Had on tap in D.C. Can’t remeber the aroma. It looked amber colored, the flaver was sweet with a small amount of bitterness. Not a bad "fest" beer

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Aroma is not very strong, but smells of malt. Orangish-Amber in color, almost no head at all. Flavor is malty, crisp and clean, with hints of pumpkin. I expected more to be going on here, can’t compare to a German beer but still a refreshing brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4902) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Bottle. Poured a medium sized ivory head that was mostly lasting, minimal lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a ruby hue. Malt, caramel and hops aroma and ditto for the flavor. Smooth palate. Just so-so IMO.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Clear dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some caramel hints. Sweet light caramel flavor, some light hoppy hints.


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