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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of animal69
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on-tap; a nice warm amber color w/ a creamy head; nice malt aroma w/ some hop undertones; the taste is slightly different than the bottled version being less "watered down" malty w/ a butterscotchy taste; nice full body (something the bottled version lacks) ;personally i could drink this beer all winter long, maybe a litte too much for summer...

Edit 09/12/08 : this years offering is sweeter w/ more diacetyl and a bit tart with lots of dark fruits, kinda syrupy tho...

Edit 09/10/09 : 09's batch has been dried out a bit more, has more nuttieness, and a less sweet flavor with fewer fruits but still has a faintly diacetyl note

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a pint glass with a thick, half inch head. Decent lacing. Looks very much like a Marzen.

Aromas of malt, brown sugar. Reminds me of a doppelbock.

Taste is on the sweet side. Very malty, brown sugar, some toffee. Flavor is also similar to a doppelbock.

Thick, hearty mouthfeel. Smooth with nice finish.

Overall, very drinkable and a nice beer for the Fall. Very reasonable price makes this beer a real bargain as well.

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Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden orange amber color with a huge, lively and long lasting head. Fruit and spices in the aroma with hints of caramel and cocoa. The body is medium light in maltiness, but is full of flavor with some oiliness in the aftertaste. Light and drinkable, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of elniko
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Poured cleanly into pint glass, very little head that dissipated quickly. Carbonation very high, was audible when pouring which is rare.

S: Definite breadiness on the nose which is tinge of spice and alcohol apparent as well.

T & M: So far I have been underwhelmed with marzen style in regards to the examples I've had thus far with Ocotberfest brews coming out. I felt quite different about this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial, no watery texture apparent. The carbonation does not overwhelm either. Taste is what I would expect a marzen to be like. Definite malty and bready textures but still crisp finishing. Good job Mr Koch.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is one I will be on the lookout for in the future.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with nice clarity. A one finger off-white head is creamy and shows excellent retention. Body and carbonation are medium, leaving good sticky lacing. Roasted malt and cascade hop aromas. Sweet roasted flavor, caramel and a balanced hop pressence that carry over into a bittersweet aftertaste. Finishes with some residual sweetness, but quite drinkable. Nothing spectacular, but the bitterness and malt flavor are right on for an O-fest.

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Photo of ProudGreen89
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic

A-pours a nice golden brown with a 1 finger frothy tan head, not much lacing.

S-biscuity, malts and barley are present as are spices and faint hops. Doesnt really surprise or overjoy me here, just a nice aroma.

T-Very nicely balanced with a sweet and malty body and a crisp and dry bitter hoppiness near the finish, its complex yet simple at the same time, also quite refreshing and not heavy on the pallete or stomach which makes it a good session beer but also a good beer to have with a meal.

M-A little lighter than id like for a malt beer meant for fall but still enough of a body there to really grab onto. a fair amount of carbonation but its just the right amount.

D-Overall a great beer to enjoy if you just want one with your meal or to have more if youre out at a nice pub with some friends. Its smooth, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

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Photo of Burt
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 22oz Weizen glass.

Clear amber orange, with a thin off white head that dispersed quickly and left no lacing.

Caramel and malty graininess.

Caramel at first, some sweetness in the middle, gets a light toasted breadiness at the end with a smooth finish.

First Octoberfest of the year and it was pretty good. Sam's never disappoints with this one. Love this time of year.

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Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh...it's that time of the year again.

Samuel Adams makes a great Octoberfest. It pours a very thin brown color with a very sweet taste. It's somewhat nutty, almost like Red Hook's Nut Brown Ale.

I don't think I could drink this year round, it's too sweet, but it's a nice beer to compensate for the colder weather.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 version (01SEP03) is equally attractive. Nose isn't as strong, but still has a toasty malt foundation. Mouthfeel still comes in at a 4, smoothing out the more you drink. Flavor is again good and malty, yet the cloying sweetness of last year is gone. There is a subtle, sharp/spicy characteristic that hits you late, in the back of the throat. Nicely toned-down as the '02 version had a real bite. Poured 3 bottles into a Spaten litre glass stein, and it's going down very well. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Ahhh... the first Sammy O-fest of the season....(16AUG02).... just a prelude to a shit-load of more O-Fest in the next couple of months!!! Poured a luscious dark-copper to amber color, with a huge, off-white, frothy head. Sticks around a bit, with nice lacing! Darker than most O-Fests, including the Munchen originals. Nose has lots of toasty malt, as well as some sharp spiciness from the hops (Tettnang, right?). Body was middle-of-the-road, and slightly rough on the tongue at first, but it smooths a bit as it warms. There is a big, semi-sweet malt backbone to this baby, along with that hop sharpness again. Jumps right out at you! This version has more hop-spiciness than the Munchen varieties, and is quite pleasant. Mmmm-mmmm good! Hello, O-Fest season!!! A big Zum Wohl!!! (Original rating - ?)

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Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer with a spicy pizza when celebrating a friends 40th birthday at the Brickhouse in West Richland, Washington.

A: It poured a clean and clear orange body with a robust two finger off white head composed of sticky bubbles. The head lasted long and supported nice thick layered lacing that went the distance.

S: It smelled of light toasted malts and hints of ripe tart cherries.

T: It was smooth and refreshing with a good balance of lightly toasted malts, hints of caramel and tart red cherries.

M: It was creamy and smooth on the tongue with modest carbonation. It finished surprisingly clean and with no aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing, light and had a low ABV making this a great session brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've reviewed this beer on this site before, but that review has since disappeared, so am writing another. This was purchased as part of the brewmaster 12 pack. 12 oz bottle. OG=14 plato, 180 kcal/12oz. 5.4% ABV. Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Munich-10, 2-row Moravian, and Caramel 60. Hopped with Tettnanger and Hallertau-Mittlefruh.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a nice sized whipped off-yellow head with good retention and nice sheets of lace. The carbonation level is moderate. The aroma is mild with some toasted malts, nuts (almonds?), toast, some herbal hops when swirled, and some sour milk when swirled. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. The taste opens with some spicy but not overwhelming hops up front, then is followed by some nice pale and alber malts in the middle, imparting a decent toast and grain husk note. Bitterness is moderate, and the aftertaste is composed of tobacco and herbal hops.

A decent drinkable oktoberfest. Not one of the smoothest or most drinkable out there (i.e-I'll stick to Ayinger), but a decent mass produced US version of a classic style.

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Photo of Risser09
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - March 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange color with brown hues. The 2" tall ivory head is cakey and shows good retention, with round tentacles of lace.

Smell: Malty aroma is rich with sugar, caramel, lager yeast and brown sugar. A citrus hop finish completes the aroma. Nice.

Taste: Malt flavor is oozing with caramel and smooth lager yeast. A German, subtle, hop bitterness balances the beer to where you want to keep on drinking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bitter, balanced Oktoberfest that S.A. has nailed to the wall. Medium body, foamy carbonation and a bitter, dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a tasty Oktoberfest beer that would pair with lots of foods, from savory dishes to spicy ones. I will drink this again and again.

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Photo of usmittymc
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still waiting for this beer to arrive in MS, so I had to pick some up at Aloha Wine in P'cola, FL.

Serving- Bottle, best by Feb 2008

Appearance- Poured a almost perfectly clear dark amber into a standard room temperature mug. Excellent off-white two finger head that quickly withdrew to light lacing.

Smell- Just as advertised- toffee, caramel, and malt.

Taste- This is a malty brew, typical of the style. The toffee and caramel flavors are present, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Not light, not heavy. Just about right. The perfect transition from the lighter summer brews to the upcoming heavier winter offerings.

Drinkability- As with any other O'fest that I have tried, these beers are made to drink. I enjoyed eight while visiting with friends. However, I think that most BBC beers (White Ale being the exception) tend to be a wee bit heavier than others of similar style, but by no means should anyone pass this one up.

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Photo of Parched
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice ruddy brown with sparse head and minimal lacing.

S - Aroma reminds me of plums and dried chili peppers.

T - Pleasant maltiness with hoppiness in the background. Tending toward sweet but not unbearably so.

M- As a fall brew should be; a little more weighty.

D - I'll quaff this brew in season and I appreciate its relatively low alcohol content for the shear pleasure of being able to have several if I wish

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Photo of vtfan77
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very attractive translucent red-orange with about a half inch of head.

S- Tons of sweet, bready malt hits the nose along with a touch of spiciness from the hops and a metallic twinge.

T- More malt, this time with a toasty character. Starts out sweet but finishes fairly dry and a little bitter (although there is a bit of residual sweetness). Solid, malt-forward taste.

M- Nice, smooth medium body. Not heavily carbonated, which suits this beer.

D- Easy drinking all the way. Perhaps a little high in alcohol to be considered a session beer, but it's still pretty damn quaffable.

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Although I haven't had too many Marzens or Oktoberfests, this ranks up there with the few that I have had. It's just a good beer, plain and simple. Recommended, especially if you're a fan of malty beers.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can on 8-26-16. Wonderful caramel color with a thick foamy tan head.

Bready smell with some sweet malts. Other than that the nose is pretty light without a lot of character.

Taste is roasted malts with a hint of caramel sweet. The taste is like the nose and by that I mean there does not seem to be a lot of complexity here. That being said the taste is of a good beer and I do like the simple roasty flavor.

Mouth feel is slightly thick and chewy, I would call it a nice medium mouth feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It did seem a bit strange to be sipping on this beer while it was 100 degrees outside. However this beer did make me long for our cooler fall days coming up. Also of note is the beautiful color that this beer pours out. I would love to just savor this beers cool look for all of my beers. Seriously it is that pretty!

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep orange/copper color. Off white head,a little soapy. Nice visible carbonation racing up the glass, little sticking to the sides of it.

Aroma is a little soapy and mineraly. Usually not the case in SA beers. Otherwise just light of toasted malt.

As far as taste goes, this is one of my favorite Oktoberfests made by any brewery. It's like a smooth munich/vienna malt milkshake. Tastes of toasted malt with a very heavy body that makes you really in the mood for fall. Some candy-like sweetness. Finishes very clean and heavy with a slightly sweet hop aftertaste.

I'd say the only things this beer lacks is some aroma and a more authentic German feel. That being said, I truly enjoy the heavy mouthfeel of this beer and it's one of my favorites that I wait for every year.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by Jan 2010

A - Pours a clear copper with about an inch and a half white head; retention settles to a thin layer pretty quickly, with slippery lacing

S - Malty for sure, with a bit of a bready note and just a bit of hops

T&M - Malty and a bit sweet, but not in a bad way. Big malt flavors match the aromas and a bit bready too. I think the hop level is almost perfect and balances the big malt profile nicely. Finish is malts all the way, and they hang around for a good long time.

D - This is one of the beers that got me interested in craft, and I remember looking forward to it every year. I'm surprised it took me so long to review it. Great balance with a ton of flavor and an ABV on the sessionable level; I wish I had more.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy before Feb notched on label.

A - Autumn in a glass, this clear lager shines with is a robust rusted amber color which is capped by an off-white head of tiny bubbles. Spotty lacing collects around the pint above the thin, left over skim.

S - Fall is captured upon first whiff. Light Vienna malts provide an excellent base of faint toast and biscuit notes while the Munich malts offer quite a bit of mild sweetness which swirls throughout. A touch of earthiness suggests some hops but they're generally absent. A touch of mineral harshness trails off but this beer is generally very clean.

T - Maltiness continues to develop with it's Vienna base, once again pushing toasted qualities along with an overall sense of breadiness. The Munich malt's sweetness drops back from what the aroma suggests for something a little easier drinking while the finish opens up to hops just a hair more. Herbal notes and grassy earthiness are timid to say the least, but offer balance. Again, the beer's light mineral harshness becomes just a bit intrusive.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a delightfully malty but refreshing feel that really works well as a sessionable oktoberfestbier. Just a little dry earthiness on the finish goes a long way to keep the beer balanced and inviting.

O - Embodying the essence of fall, the malty aroma encourages the mentality to shift from light, crisp beers to maltier lagers before turning to full, rich stouts and the like. If there wasn't the pesky mineral finish that's almost metallic at points, I'd really, really love this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good Oktoberfest; one I can drink quite a bit of in season, it's just held back from greatness.

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Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pils style glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a crystal clear shiny bright copper orange color with a ¼" tan head that soon recedes to small ring and minimal surface cover. Sipping leaves light speckled lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of rich bready caramel malt with faint spicy hop well integrated into the background

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and dominated by the bready malt that has a rich sweet caramel flavor and touches of nuttiness. This is backed up by faint hop spiciness which never dominates, just supports.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a light steady carbonation. The finish is medium length and mostly soft sweetness from the malt tapering off to a dry and lightly spicy end from the hops

Drinkability: I quite like this beer. It is very drinkable and well worth returning to. While it is not a challenging beer it is a solid well made beer and would serve well for an evening's drinking, dining and conversation with friends.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful opaque cider - red color with a very thick, fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention. Lacing very present. An amazing looking beer overall.

S - A very sweet, malty aroma overwhelms the nose. Predominantly roasted malts. Not too much else present here but very pleasant to the nose.

T - The taste lives up to the scent about spot on. A fairly sweet beer with dominant flavorings of roasted malts. Notes of caramel are present, especially on the back-end/ aftertaste it leaves.

M - Medium to full bodied beer, quite rich feeling. A decent blend of carbonation though slightly harsh for me. Very crisp beer.

O - First Oktoberfest style beer I've had before; wasn't sure what to expect buy enjoyed it very much. Would definitely like to try few other renditions of the style. The beer itself has a beautiful appearance and great tastes and scents, although I feel there is something missing. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my girl upon her return from a season in boston, a very timely deal she managed to get her hands on, i'd saved it to savour it with a friend and fellow beer lover.

So the pour was an instant reminder of the usual o-fest offerings the germans pull off. A nostalgic reminescence, since i haven't had my hands on anything of the sort in years now. Dark brown looking, fairly opaque almost dark wood toned, with a generous dark head that does however fade in a rather quick fashion.

The smell is a sweet and somewhat smokey roasted malt, a discrete participation from the hops here but nonetheless there; the overall is a sweet and grainly sensation.

However it struck me as interesting how little it correlates with the taste. one would expect a sweet caramel barley feel to hit you, but while the grainy, barley feel is there, the sweetness hardly is. The overall has a rather prune taste, just a tad sour and not sugary, and ever so slightly moldey. Very subtle hops at the end, hardly bitter at all. Indeed a full bodied and interesting mouthfeel, and a very well conceived beer by SA. too bad there's no chance of landing another one of those for a while for me.

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Photo of beeragent
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to other Oktoberfest beers, this tastes totally different IMO, and not in a bad way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass. The beer pours a dark copper/orange color, forming a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Very little lacing is visible. The aroma is malty, but also appears to have a bit of spices in the mix. Odd because I dont remember last years smelling this way, but its good. The taste is the same for the most part. Sweet malts up front, but still finishing with a sweet spicey/sugary finish. I'm confused as this doesnt taste like an Oktoberfest should. Light smooth mouthfeel. Aside from the odd characteristics mentioned above, this still seems to be a very tasty beer. Decent abv. and flavor make for a very sessionable beer. Overall, not bad. Not what I expected, but still suprised with a good tasting beer. Who could complain?

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.
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