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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

197 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 56
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Jason on 09-27-2002

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Reviews: 197 | Hads: 343
Photo of everythingiszen
5/5  rDev +26.6%

A pint served at Grendel's Den in Cambridge, MA. Ruddy brown in color, maybe a bit of copper thrown in there. Deep malty flavor, mild fruitiness. No head. The Oktoberfest to beat this fall, IMHO. (195 characters)

Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev +1.3%

2014 22 oz bomber into pint glass.

Off white/tan head quickly dissipated with large bubbles.

Aroma is roasted malt, slight sweetness

Initial taste is sweet that transitions into a little bit of a sharpness from the carbonation
Follow up taste is of Carmel and viennA/Munich malt. Slight fruit from the yeast

Good mouthfeel and carbonation, not a bad octoberfest, I would put it in my top 5 picks

-BMFR (411 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good Octoberfest, not overly spiced. Nice 1" tan head when served in a pint glass. Head lasted for most of the beer. Good body and Outstanding mouth feel. Another excellent beer by BBC (194 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Supreme Liquor in Central Square, MA
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Nice and deep copper-brown color, darker than most other in the style. Pours with a white, foamy head that dissipates quick though this could have been from the glass. 4/5

Smell: Smells sweet and caramelly, without being overboard. Some good bready notes in the nose too, with a strong emphasis on dark wheat breads or something like that. 4/5

Taste: Wow, really marvelous flavor! Not like many other US-brewed Oktoberfestbiere I've had. This one is not perfectly to style-it's much too abrasive in some respects-but it is certainly a much better Oktoberfest than what's brewed by other, larger MA based breweries. The beer is dominated by the caramel malt flavors, but has a really pronounced edginess to it, which the representative chalked up to its being lagered. I've never had a lagered beer with quite the bready edge on it as this, at least for the style. While this isn't bad, it makes it almost taste spiced even though it's not. Nonetheless, this beer is miles above other US versions of an Oktoberfest beer without relying on 'innovation'. One major thing- the malt sweetness in this beer really reminds me of a Maibock...and so does the ABV. 4.25/5

Feel: Really excellent carbonation and body. 4.25/5

Overall: An extremely well done Oktoberfest, and one I really look forward to having again. I'll need to pick up a whole bottle of this and see how the edginess asserts itself when served in a proper glass and whatnot, or over time as it ages. Would highly recommend. 4/5 (1,586 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy khaki head that receded slowly to a thin ring; nice lacing;

S: toasty malt, caramel, earthy hops;

T: all malt until the finish; a little boozy at mid-palate; fairly bitter finish for the style;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I was surprised at the booziness since the ABV isn't all that high; the finish is more bitter than most and I enjoyed that; (415 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a good one finger off white head that faded to leave a light creamy blanket.

S - Aroma is fairly typical for an oktoberfest. A bit on the malty/bready side for me.

T - Taste is more of the same, caramel (lots of it), sweeter malts, biscuits, slight toffee. Again, a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel was fairly solid. Nicer carbonation here little sharp on the tongue.

O - Overall, slightly unimpressed by this one. Its a decent Oktoberfest, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes. (620 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap as guest beer at SBC in Southport. Served in a pint glass.

Medium dark amber, lightly brown, some white foam. This is a malt bomb for sure - in the nose and in the taste, Quite buttery to boot. There are hints of caramel and toffee in the mix as well. Lighter carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Solid Octoberfest brew and real good on tap. (350 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a orange brown with a half inch of off white head, that leaves some lacing behind. Smell is brown sugar, raisin, banana bread, and carmel. Taste is balanced nicely, this is large for the style, and malt lovers will love what they have done here. Body is on the large side, a little dry, and very drinkable. This a well done Marzen style beer. If you like malty beers and October beers, a must try. (436 characters)

Photo of jujigatame
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Berkshire Oktoberfest

Bomber into nonic pint

Dark amber color with a finger of slightly off white head. Looks very inviting. Very little lacing.

Smells are a lot of malt and spice with some fruit tossed in. Seems sweeter than I was expecting.

Taste is much sweeter and dryer than I thought I’d get. Lots of fruit and spices. Apple, pear, sour cherry(?), caramel or something dark & sugary…quite a few things competing in here. It honestly reminds me of the profile on some Belgian ales I’ve had. It feels strange to make that comparison but this beer seems to be tracing the same line. There is a sourness/bitterness in here that counteracts the sweet note but it still comes off as cloying to me. The flavors even out somewhat with the beer getting warmer as I finish the first half of the bomber but I’m having a hard time getting past that initial impression.

Rather dry and tart on the tongue for me but have to say it goes down pretty easy. No trace of the alcohol save for maybe a touch of warming in the gut.

Unfortunately the flavor is just not to my liking. After one serving I really have very little desire to drink any more. This is the first Berkshire brew I’ve ever felt that way about. It would probably be worth looking for another Marzen to see if it’s more to do with the style that doesn’t click for me rather than just this one beer. (1,377 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 20, 2012.

Poured into a tall German stein. It has a decent looking medium amber, copper-orange tone with a significant, long lasting fluffy head and slow moving carbonation.

The nose is full of traditional Oktoberfest aromas including sweet caramel malts, yeast, toffee, and biscuit.

The body is creamy and smooth and falls into just under the medium range.

The taste starts out sweet and malty like a good Oktoberfest/Marzen should but then an unexpected earthy bitterness flies in from out of left field and takes it all over. That bitterness lingers. Overall, the beer is quite drinkable. (645 characters)

Photo of Jleo897
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer fresh easy to drink octoberfest. Look forward to it every year. Poured my first one of the year and just as good as last year. The people at berkshire really take pride in there brewing process and it shows with every great beer. I would take this over than almost any other German Octoberfest. Nothing like kicking back on a cool night pouring one these into a pint glass and watching football. GREAT BREW! (418 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the label or bottle but I'm assuming this is fresh because it's early September!

A: Copper-amber in color with a fizzy, off-white head. No lace or retention. Don't know if that's typical of the style.

S: Malt-heavy. Roasted, sweet, sugary, bready.

T: Great balance of sweet and roasted malt. Hops show up in the finish and are surprisingly fresh, tasty, and oily. The malt really shines through, providing a delicious depth of malt flavors. Perfect for cooler weather and let me say, the booze really sneaks up on you after finishing the bomber.

M: Very enjoyable flavors, right amount of carbonation, and easy to drink. As the bottle suggests, the flavors and hops are "just enough to entice you to have another." For the price, I definitely will consider it.

O: This beer met my expectations as they were pretty high when I purchased it. A very good beer by itself and for the style. I'd recommended it to anyone. (931 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a shiny copper color. Head is foamy and off-white. Head is smaller and it retains its thin stature. Inconsistent lacing rings. Body is mostly clear.

S-Sturdy Marzen nose with a slight Pumpkin Ale twist to it (spices are the culprit). Hops are herbal and quite light. Lots of rich, sweet toast. A ton of caramel too. Almost buttery. A bit of booze.

T-A robust Marzen flavor too.Autumn spices and toasted nuts. Biscuit and toast. Sweet, lightly burnt caramel. Light grassy hops. A bit of alcohol. Cola notes too. A really nice overall flavor for the style.

M-Heavier bodied for the style. Light, tingly carbonation. A bit too brash with the alcohol, but I'll take it.

O/D-One of the best Marzens I have run across. Actually, this one probably is my favorite. Berkshire has some great brews. Happy to have tried it. The style is weak, but this one is a star. (867 characters)

Photo of Dools9
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into nonic pint.

A: Beautiful amber, dark copper color. Lots of active carbonation. Fluffy off white head leaves nice lacing and retains very well.

S: Lots of toasty malt, sweet carmel, buttery. Hops are earthy and herbal.

T: Lots of toasted malt, sugary sweeet caramel, bready, biscuity malts, hops are slightly bitter and more herbal and earthy. Its a bit to sweet for me however

M: Medium, smooth carbonation slight alcohol warmth on throat. Very bodied for the style.

O: Solid, strong octo-brew from BBC. Wasn;t really big on the sweetness however, but still an alright beer. Watch out for the abv though, It'll sneek up on ya. (650 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottler served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a clear, deep amber / copper shade while yielding a beautiful 2" creamy head. very strong retention and some patches of lacing. just a real nice looking beer. rich, toasted maltiness leads the way in the nose, followed by some secondary hoppy and caramel notes.

flavor follows, even exceeds the aroma. bold toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of hops in the background. very nice. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a great octoberfest. not quite sensational, but one of the better ones i've come across - a fantastic local brew.

(originally reviewed: 09-19-2011) (646 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving negligible lacework. Transparent dark orange-brown body.

S - Slightly buttery biscuits, toasted malts, some fruity notes that come out as the beer warms up. Clean lager taste, and on point for the style.

T - Taste is better, with stronger malt, biscuit, and toffee flavors, mingling with fruity notes and a bit of hop character in the finish. A nice solid Oktoberfest.

M - Smooth texture, lightly sticky medium body, medium-low carbonation, and no obvious alcohol. Pretty much what I want from this style.

D - One of the better offerings I've had from Berkshire, and competitive with the better local Oktoberfests I've had. Still, it'd be hard to pick out of a lineup. (811 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/31/11 notes. Shared a bottle of this with my girlfriend, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy amber-orange color with one and a half fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice head retention and light lacing left on the glass, looks great.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, light spice, and light fruity. Heavy on the malts but very nice.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, caramel malts, bready malts, roasted malts, light spices, and a hint of fruit. Again, very malty and enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good lager and a really enjoyable marzen. Lots of malts and could have drank the whoel bomber by myself. Would certainly have it again. (833 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours amber in color with a couple fingers of khaki colored head.

S: Aromas of toffee and bread with a subtle toasted malt character. There is a fair bit of yeast as well as some fruity esters such as apples. A touch of caramel in there, too.

T: A bit of a popcorn type flavor, maybe caramel corn when combined with the caramel sweetness. Toffee and toasted bread malts are also present. Some yeast and fruity, sweet esters.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O: A bit one note, but not a bad Oktoberfest. (527 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" off-white head. Hazy burnt sienna color with a hint of red when held to the light. Smells pretty malty. Taste is a very mild malt and has cocoa butter highlights. Texture is velvety and the short finish fades but leaves a pleasant aftertaste of malt. (262 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Poured a translucent brown with one finger head that descended into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, barley, spice , toffee.

T: Spices , clove, nutmeg, roasted barley and malt, slight lactose taste, slight nuttiness, toffee , caramel.

O: Very well done Oktoberfest lager, very creamy feel with a good medium body, just enough carbonation to make the feel perfect. (434 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle marked as best before March, 2012.

Nice pour here, great voluminous head with nice lacing and a deep, amber body.

Smells of rich german malts mostly, some caramel lingers and gives off some lager undertones.

Really potent stuff here, very malty with a touch of earthy hops at the end. A bit of alcohol heat makes for a touch of spice sensation.

Heavy with some burn.

Overall very tasting, although this one seems to be much stronger and heavier than the ones coming from Germany. (505 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from tzieser. Thanks Tom!

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned out to a ring.

S - roasty caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and roasted malt flavors most of the way through with just a hint of bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style. (365 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a Lowenbrau dimple stein.

a: pours a clear amber color (when properly decanted....didn't expect to see an unfiltered lager) with a thick off white head that never really settles.

s: huge malty nose. notes of caramel, bread and other delicious malt-like aromas.

t: incredibly malty yet still expertly balanced. sweet notes of caramel and breadyness quickly subdued by a subtle grassy hop character that gives the brew a nice crisp and refreshing character.

m: good mouthfeel.

what a great (albeit strong) Octoberfest lager. well done. recommended. (584 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I received from rowingbrewer for winning his "Guess My Stats" LIF. A hearty "thank you" to him for including this in the box. Into an unlabeled nonic...

It pours a gorgeous, hazy, copper/amber color with about an inch of fluffy, off-white head that lingers for some time. Patches of wet lacing are left in its wake.

The smell is of floral hops, some spice, a pile of leaves, and doughy bread. A bit of a yeast scent and some slight caramel malt pull it all together nicely. It smells of a fall, which is quite welcoming.

The taste begins with a rush of hops; not overly bitter ones, but a combination of earthy and spicy hops that pack a characteristic ""fall season"" punch. These give way to a great biscuity, bread-like essence in the middle that is rounded out nicely by the faint yeast and caramel flavors. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a misplaced alcohol burn on the finish, that quickly takes one's attention away from the otherwise spectacular taste. It stands out a bit more than I'd prefer, and seems to throw off an otherwise exceptionally balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is also great, with the wondrous combination of being light on the tongue yet smooth going down. A slightly dry finish is left in the mouth.

Overall, a very good oktoberfest. I really wanted to rate this one a bit higher, but that damn alcohol kick in the taste just wouldn't let me do it. Who decided to put alcohol in this stuff anyway? Perhaps another month of storage would've helped this guy mellow out a touch more; regardless, I still enjoyed this one very much, and would not hesitate to give it another shot. (1,624 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a bit darker than many of the american Oktoberfests with a huge billowy off-white head that lasts and laces impeccably.

very toasty, with caramel, bread dough, some slight herbal hops.

very, very smooth flavor. toasty malts with plenty of caramel sweetness and some hops just for balance. one of the best marzens I have had. I could drink this all day. so smooth.

medium bodied with a carbonation thats not quite as soft and velvety as ones from Germany.

I'm gonna revisit this one for sure! Another quality brew from Berkshire. one of the best domestic examples of the style that I've encountered, though different enough from the traditional Marzen. (662 characters)

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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.