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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,186 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,186
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 265 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ruby red in color, pours a thin head that struggles to stay. the smell is earthy, caramal, toffee. the taste follows with a woody start and a nutty finish and the caramal toffee sweetness the whole way through. bitterness just enough to keep it drinkable. mouthfeel is medium with a thin bite. i think alot of people miss the depth of this beer becasue it's just another sam adams beer, but this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 04:47:25 | More by DrewsBrews450
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alexipa

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being my favorite style, I felt I needed to finally review the most popular of the American marzens.

A: Crystal clear reddish orange with an off white head the turns to a film quickly. The film sticks around, no lacing.

S: Hmm, not really much of a scent at all. A little bit of bready/caramel malts come through.

T: Smooth, caramely, bisquity maltiness. Very little bitterness, lots of sweetness but stops short of being too sweet. A very crisp finish but no discernible hop character.

M: Very creamy smooth, while keeping a fairly medium body. It's literally impossible to only drink one of these. Perfect crisp carbonation keeps it interesting, though not enough to bother the throat after taking huge gulps. Mmmm.

O: This is just a really good, affordable beer. I drink tons of these every year. While it doesn't quite stack up to the Paulaners or the Hacker-Pschorrs, this is a pretty darn good malty marzen that I seem to crave when the weather cools down.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:07:16 | More by alexipa
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy As Octoberfest is quite good...especially for sessionist. The beer is a nice deep rich clear amber with ok carbonations and thin white head that is lacing. There is not much to smell quite honestly...I know it is allergy season here in IL, but beyond sweet malt....I dont smell anything. The taste sarts sweet then finishes with a good malt that clears the pallet. The mouthfeel is good...lower ABV helps this beer be drinkable. Overall....not to shabby!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:41:43 | More by WoodBrew
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aepb1

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a gorgeous white head

S- Lots of maltiness, full but nothing spectacular

T- Bready, malty, roasted. Finishes with a sweet malt taste

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation, not as full for an octoberfest as I'd like but still good

D- Very drinkable and easy to use to introduce others to a seasonal beer

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:13:11 | More by aepb1
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Octoberfest pours with a very, dark amber color. It has probably one of the most seasonal appearances I have seen so far. It's smell has a great pumpkin/spice aroma: very warm and inviting. However, I found the taste lacking a good seasonal feel. Basically, it lacked a hard spice I really wanted, or at least, expected from it. It has a good crisp texture, however, and really runs down smoothly. Overall, it is an accessible Octoberfest though other seasonal beverages packed a bigger seasonal touch.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 03:32:30 | More by fitzy84
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diabecktic

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
The beer's color is somewhere between a really dark copper tone and amber. A nice tan head forms quickly and then slowly dissapates; the lacing and retention are both adequate/decent. A small amount of rising carbonation is visible.

Smell:
This is a malt-lover's dream. A very heavy, crisp biscuit aroma dominates, but it is complimented nicely by a small amount of spice - nutmeg, perhaps? It definately envokes the feeling of "fall" (whatever it is). Any hop-related smell is present in minimal amounts.

Taste:
The beer's flavor matches its nose quite well. Biscuity tones dominate, though they're complimented with the spices and a hint of carmel-y sweetness. There isn't really a whole lot of bitterness on account of the lack of hop character. The spices definately "make" this beer. There isn't really an aftertaste, but the biscuit and spice flavors linger.

Mouthfeel:
It feels quite heavy in the mouth - more of a creamy type heaviness instead of just high density. This may sound strange, but it makes sense to me; I suppose that I mean it's a "tolerable" heavy and not something that's just really hard to swallow. I suppose it's what I'd expect from a beer of this type.

Drinkability:
This is something you definatley do NOT want to pound. Yes, I know it may be Oktoberfest, but it's best to enjoy this in moderation. If you drank it too quickly, you'd be missing out on the great flavor. The creaminess best augments my assertion of its drinkability.

Summary:
As with most of the other Sam Adams brews, I am quite pleased. I always look forward to the time of year when this beer is on the shelf - definately a "fall" beer no matter how you spell it. I'm sure there are better brews of this variety out there, but it seems to me that Sam Adams does a good job of making it accessable to those who might not normally drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:17:03 | More by diabecktic
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smooth caramel notes with light toffee notes. Taste is very smooth with nice caramel malt notes and light toffee with balanced level of sweetness. Body has a smooth texture which is really nice with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer but really easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 20:12:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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bcm119

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001. Very malty, as it should be. The malt flavors are up front, sweetish, ripe and fruity, with an alcoholic flavor as well that leads into the firm hop bitterness. Hops are present only towards the end, lacking any flowery flavors in the nose, but definately accomplish what they're in there for: cutting through the slightly syrupy body for a decent finish. Nice for those early fall cool spells.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2001 21:35:31 | More by bcm119
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TylerAddisonJ13

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 3-finger slightly tan-white head from a hard pour. Very red - copper - amber color. Beautiful. Clear and gorgeous.

S - Malts spiced with floral/fruity hints and a bit of hops. Could use to be a little more robust.

T - Sweet, smooth (but not creamy) malts. Hidden hops. Bit of alcohol.

M - Just right. Full of character, but not too thick. Smooth and robust but not overwhelming or oily.

D - An easy drink. I could put down a number of these in a row, and never get tired of it.

This has got to be one of my all-time favorites. I look forward to autumn knowing that Octoberfest will once again hit the shelves. Good job, Boston Brewing Co.!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 04:04:23 | More by TylerAddisonJ13
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 23 oz. glass and paired with a French dip sandwich. Deep amber color with a bit more than a finger of head. The smell has a distinct malt fragrance that is typical of this style. The malt dominates the taste and it feels heavy and thick going down. Had two of these with lunch and I'm not sure which was more filling, the beers or my sandwich. I think that SA beers generally don't live up to their hype, but this is one of there better efforts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 03:58:59 | More by 57md
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse at Logan Airport in Boston.

Poured a dark amber, but very clear, body. A small off white head sat atop.

The nose was very sweet and malty. Caramel, some roasted malt, very mellow, hints of brown sugar, wood, touch of alcohol, grass, and some nice noble earthy hop touches, but all very faint.

The taste was very smooth and malty. A tiny soft bitterness. Rather highly carbonated. Wood, earth, caramel, light brown sugar, maybe even a slight slight slight smoke touch, more of a backwoods earthyness.

It ends with perfect balance of malt and earthy hop. It actually has an ever so slight touch of citrus bitterness.

This beer gets much better as it warms. But overall I can't help but think Bud meets Sam Adams kicked up a notch. An odd but still extremely yummy combonation. A great middle of the road Octoberfest by SA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2003 07:52:00 | More by taez555
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CRichardsMN

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Clear golden amber with perfect light carbonation bubbles. Pours a soft head that falls to a ring after 30 seconds or so.

Smell:
Sweet and malty with light caramel. Light yeast and hops.

Taste:
Very sweet with hints of caramel. Just enough hops for balance and tartness. Leaves hardly any aftertaste so you can dive right back in.

Mouthfeel:
Slightly fizzy and very creamy smooth. Leaves a light coating in the mouth.

Drinkability:
Had to check myself as to not guzzle this one. Very good.

Comment:
I've found I like Octoberfests more and more as I try more of them. I only bought a couple singles of this but may be going back for a full case...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:19:54 | More by CRichardsMN
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of the Harvest Collection. I've had it many times in the past, this however is the first review.

A: poured into SA sensory glass- appears a vibrant clear deep amber with a thin white head, a decent bit of lacing and a little bit of head retention. Looks quite nice.

S: the aroma features predominantly malty notes in the form of toast and a hint of molasses, there is also some earthiness in there

T: again, the malts are featured on the palate with some subtle sweetness that is quickly balanced out by a dry bready finish. The balance of this beer is great!

MF: medium body, silky texture, medium level of carbonation

D: here's a well crafted lager from S.A. Not a lot of big bold flavors, but the flavors are expertly balanced which makes for a highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:04:32 | More by homebrew311
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Jordan1985rec

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me first say that I am not typically a huge fan of the Octoberfest style of beer, BUT I do enjoy this particular one. -Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass-
A: Orange and gold, perhaps a touch copper, but not like a Boddingtons, much more on the orange tint. Good head, about two fingers with good retention until the end of the pint.
S: Malty, no real hop scent, good for style, no skunk which is often the case with the German imports that may have been sitting on the shelf since the October last. (Props to SA for using such dark bottles too)
T: Malty, caramel.
M & D: A bit heavy compared to some of the others, but enjoyable. I easily went through the six pack with a friend of mine.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 18:00:32 | More by Jordan1985rec
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becktone

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With fall on the way and summer coming close to an end some of my favorite seasonals begin to emerge. With the weather cooling down Octoberfests and Pumpkin Ales begin to become more and more appealing. I thought that I'd give this beer another try and in turn review it again, now that my appreciation and taste for beer has grown.

The color of this beer is a beautiful crystal clear copper. Kind of like the color of some of the Autumn Leaves that drift by my window. Although the leaves are still green now, the color of this beer reminds me of those falling leaves. Head starts off at two fingers, somewhat off white and creamy in appearance. Lacing is fair. Head retention is somwhat poor. The head slowly decreases in size.

Aroma of this beer is also quite good. It is very potent, as soon as the bottle was opened the boquet of aroma hit me in the face. There's not that many beers that I've had where the aroma is that strong and appealing. It seems that more often than not one has to try to find the aroma, searching for it. Not so with this beer. To the nose it is malty sweet smelling of caramel and a hint of spicy noble hop character.

This beer in my opinion is definitely better on the colder side. The flavors just seem to come out better. Noticeable in the flavor are caramaly and some spicy herbal characteristics. Bittering hops do a nice job of balancing the brew out, keeping the malty and caramel flavors in check.

This beer is smooth and well rounded. It goes down easy and is very drinkable. Its got a medium body although it seems a bit thin. Carbonation is in check, appropriate for the style. This would make for a good session beer were the alcohol a bit lower. A good beer to drink once a year, but with so many others out there of the same style with the same limitability it seems unlikely that I'll buy this beer again this season.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 20:36:08 | More by becktone
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dpasotti

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super-fresh Octoberfest is a perfectly clear copper-orange color with a slight ruby shade. Light gold highlights near the edges. One finger of off-white foam quickly dissipates to a tiny film and leave minimal lace. The aroma is dominated by toasty Munich malt with a little caramel underneath. Definite clean lager character, but there are some esters that remind me of English yeast. Slight herbal hop presence.

The taste is nearly identical to the smell, but the malt turns more to a light caramel flavor with a hint of sweetness. Surprisingly, the heavy toasted malt from the aroma takes a step back here, but it is still the main focus of the beer. No noticeable hop presence, but enough bitterness to perfectly balance. There's just a bit of alcohol, which would be welcome in most Märzens but is unexpected in such a modestly-sized one.

Body is medium in weight and carbonation. There's some creaminess that lingers after each swallow, which really adds some appeal to an otherwise unexciting beer. Good thing "exciting" is not really something Oktoberfests strive to be. Don't get me wrong. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Märzens (or Sam Adams for that matter), this is a solid brew that nails the style. It's also very versatile: mild enough to drink all night, but enough flavor to have with dinner. It is actually great with milder meals like rice & beans or a grilled chicken sandwich. Trust me.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:35:33 | More by dpasotti
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper hue with a foamy white head that has good retention and fine lacing. The smell consists of caramel, grains, sweet malts. The taste starts out with caramel, some sugars, apples, and dates. I get some hops in the back that keep the beer from being too sweet, but gives it a nice balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. A very enjoyable beer for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:44:27 | More by DannyDan
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Guinness4me

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

While I usually find most Sam Adams' a bit too hoppy, this beer gave me only a glimpse of hops before the malt and caramel...and I liked it!

The color was the obligatory amber but also a glimmer of rose'...almost a deep, white-zin-wine color. The head was great at first, but fizzled quickly leaving sparse, dotted lace.

The hops scent was slight and quickly gave way to caramel sweetness with a slight pungency (or is that a zing of citrus?).

The taste was the best part of this beer, other than the appearance. It was a perfect blast of carbonation at the tip of my tongue, a quick, and I mean QUICK burst of hops, then a malt taste that would rival a Whopper malted milk ball. Yummy!

This could be one of the most drinkable Sammy Beers I have found.

10/22/04-I had to edit this review and rate it higher in drinkability. My hubby surprised me with it in the kegorator and I've only grown to love it more. It's so easy to drink, it's dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 02:14:53 | More by Guinness4me
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curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malt with a brown sugar sweet note over top and a touch of metallic-ness.

Taste: Toasted and nutty, but with an ever-present sweetness in the background. Moderate Carbonation picks up in the middle cutting the flavor and ushering in some mild earthy bitterness, the finishing fairly fast with some residual nuttyness.

The Rest: A very simple, medium bodied and easy drinking marzen. It's a touch on the sweet side, but otherwise pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 21:42:28 | More by curasowa
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden orange color which seemed to glow, it was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was tight and compact, off white /cream in color and about 1 1/2 inches thick and well lasting. There was a nice sheety lace left behind that lasted to the end of the glass. The aromas were not as strong as I would have thought and liked, but noticable and pleasing, I nosed lots of rich and sweet malts, spices and some light hops. The tastes were more pronounced, ton of mixing malts and spices, from sweet malts to rich malts and defined spices, caramels, and some notes of dark fruit (as it warmed), hints of hops (mostly a spicey hop, but slight floral became noticable as it warmed) swirled in and out near the middle and end of the swallow and turned to a dry hop flavor as a last taste down the throat. Some malty aftertaste and dry hops were left. The body was light medium, not as thick compared to others of this style I have had. Drinkable and worth a try every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 21:29:41 | More by Jarod
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Liquid came out a peppery orange color, like a melted orange popcicle, clear as a bell, with a good size ghost white head that retained itself throughout.

S: Faint malty puff, bready, and with a slight Amercan hop profile as opposed to a German one.

T: Bready, malty, and not very drying on the finish. I did get a slight bit of vomit on the aftertaste that went away after a few sips.

M: I dug the carbonation on this. The lacing basically fell back into the glass and the sweet elements didn't linger on the palate for too long.

O: The quintessential Americanized Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:50:49 | More by Chaney
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper in color with 1 inch fluffy white head. Looks like a perfect Oktoberfest!

Light toasty malt is about all I get from the aroma. Maybe it's just a style of beer I don't appreciate, but I'm not impressed yet.

Lightly toasted grains with subtle hop bitterness. Fairly clean flavor over all with a bright crisp bitterness. A nice sweetness and subtle fruitiness. What impresses me most is the clean freshness to this beer.

Slightly thin body with subtle carbonation.

It's a very solid Oktoberfest beer with a nice toasted malt profile and slight hop character, but unfortunately I'm not a huge fan of most lagers. Crisp and clean and well constructed.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 16:39:56 | More by jlandis
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ThaSmokinGun

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at Oktoberfest in 2004, hit a bunch of tents (including Paulaner), and I have to say that the best bier that year was in the Hacker tent (Hacker and Pschorr have two different tents and two different beers).

That being said, this is the 2nd best Oktoberfest bier I've had. It is hopped a little more crisply than the German versions, but the malt flavor is spot on. This beer loses its head much more quickly than the German ones did, but they don't have much head either. I'd expect to see about a 3/8" to 1/2" on a liter mug.

Mouthfeel is pretty much the same as what I remember from Oktoberfest, but maybe slightly thinner. Or that could just be my mind playing tricks on me. Either way, pretty .... close to style in my mind.

Drinkability is about the same as the Hacker Oktoberfest. Make sure you designate a driver or bring a 6 pack home :)

To me, the extra hops are not an issue, and this is better than the Paulaner Oktoberfest. To the style purist, Paulaner is very slightly closer to style than this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 05:23:55 | More by ThaSmokinGun
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Walsar

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a much better brew than last years fest.

Typical Sam adams quality.

Nice orange to amber color. Slight hop taste.

An enjoyable quaff that would pair nice with many foods.

The beer is better as I near the half glass - not room temperature but not ice cold.



Enjoy the fall of the year.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:59:11 | More by Walsar
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks gorgeous. Beautiful orange/red body with initially thick head that thins but does not dissappear. Smell is a plethora of hops, yeast, and wheat. Some caramel-like scent there too? Very flavorful. Sweet, malty, and yeasty, with some hop bitterness present. More or less well balanced, and medium bodied. A very decent beer. Definitely among the best Sam Adams beers I’ve ever had. I am impressed. I love fall beers anyway though.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 00:50:44 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,186 ratings.