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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
89
very good

292 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 47
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-27-2002)
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Reviews by FishGetter:
Photo of FishGetter
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish colored copper with some cloudyness to it. Minimal head, some visable carbination.
Nose fills with rich camelized malts. Some mild hops peak through with a faint yeasty aroma.
Malts push right up front with seasonal roasted caramel flavors. Next is what I can only describe as the BBC yeast strain flavors. Very dominate and always notiable in a BBC offering. Mild touch of alcohol at end.
Somewhat thin in the mouthfeel. Would expect a bit more for such a seasonal offering.
Not there best offering from BBC. A bit off the mark for a Marzen style brew.

FishGetter, Mar 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from the bomber a deep amber color with hints of red shining through. A big 1" fluffy head bubbles up nicely. The smell is caramel upfront with some fruity tones in there as well. Hints of alcohol can be smelled also.

The first taste is quite complex. Caramel malts are leading the way with some notable hops and alcohol. I also taste some bready tones with some fruit esters as well. This is probably one of the best lagers I've had to date and a great example of a tasty Oktoberfest brew.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. It has a nice big body that satisfies me, unlike many of the more watery lagers that I've tried in the past. Drinkability is damn good as well. It's tasty and a perfect companion to sitting out on my porch on this cool October evening. Thanks to ppoitras for the opportunity to try this fine O-fest brew.

orbitalr0x, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of sponberg
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, freshness date notched December (2003, I assume!). Darkish amber, an offwhite head that hangs around for a bit. Malty sweet aroma - sweet tea, bread, caramel. Mmmm...

This beer has just been banned from Octoberfest competition for steroid use. But, as commissioner, I hereby rescind the ban. One big malty brew - plenty of caramel, toasty-bready malt notes, some butteriness in the background, and a very well controlled warming surge o' in the finish. Faint Hallertau hops way in the background as well as a subtle underlying bitterness. Very round, full mouthfeel. It's 22 ounces, and the bottle's too small. Really a fine, fine effort, a bit big for the style but I don't find that to be a problem at all.

sponberg, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of 40451
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--- 2007 ---

appearance - pours a clear, amber color. nice head with great retention.

smell - sweet malts, grain, caramel

taste - sweet maltiness...slightly bready, crisp, finishes with subtle cherry-ish flavor and tad alcohol hotness. Light hop spiciness.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Drinkability - i could drink a couple bombers. i am surprised this beer clocks in at 6.8%

Doomcifer, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a “Purchase Before Month Notched” freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Fluffy creamy colored lace that holds to the glass well, mildly hazed rusty amber color.

Smell: Oh so malty in the aroma, waves of layered sweetness, faint caramel and toasted malt flow into the nostrils.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Big lagered smoothness with a growing crispness in the back, slick malty mouth feel with a full body. Lots of malt on the tongue ranging from a ghost like caramel to a straight-lined toasted grain, bready to doughy. Hops are mellow from the age yet have still held on to the balance, hints of herbal flavor come forth as soon as a warming alcohol drops in and nearly feigns a bock like appearance. Ends with a solid residual maltiness and lingering alcoholic warmth.

Notes: They should call this one an Oktobefestbockbier. This is one hefty no holds bared brew, it shows its strength as well as its age. If you feel up to it give it a try, as for my thoughts … it is on one of the best not only in the NE area but all of the US as far as the style goes. Compare it to imports … its on a different level.

Jason, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBC bomber bottle, with freshness dating notched onto the label. Pours a rich almond shade, off white head and just leaves a minor amount of fine lacing. Nose of light rum, raisins and malt. This a rich, strong, full flavor O'fest brew. Full of malty layers of creamy smoothness. Vanilla, oak, caramel all picked up. I had a chance to sample this brew on tap as well. It was wonderfully creamy and smooth. Fine creation, well worth seeking out and enjoying this fall season

Billolick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Homebrew35
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fingers worth of creamy white head. Slightly hazy deep amber body. Better than average look.

Smells quite nice overall. Sweet sugary Carmel, toffee, molasses, Munich malt.

Tastes very sugary sweet, Carmel, pumpkin pie spices come to mind, maybe vanilla, clove and nutmeg. The typical Octoberfest like flavors come through but in a subtle way. The sweetness is quite pronounced, just the way I like it. If you don't like a sweet beer this is not for you.

Mouthfeel is medium full, medium carbonation. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish tries to keep this one in check.

Overall I'm a fan of this beer. Some have mentioned the year to year variation and that is true but I've liked them all. This one seems sweeter but that may be my palate only. I'll be picking mone more of these up before there gone.
$4 a bomber.

Homebrew35, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

mctizzz, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, brownish red in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, faint spices, and grain

Taste: toasted malt, grain, some cinnamon

Mouthfeel: sweet with a tad bit of bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This to me is an average Octoberfest in every sense. I like the maltiness but am not sure if I would get this again. I like several of Berkshire's offerings a lot better.

tigg924, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into an 8oz alt glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a small thin Light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet, a bit fruity.

Taste is a bit sweet an fruity which I don't love. But it's still got a nice maltiness that's really satisfying, light carbonation. Very easy drinking.

kingcrowing, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy light caramel color with a foamy white head

Smells reminds me of DFH Immort ale sweet with some phenols and maybe a little grape or apple.

Taste is sweet with some caramel and definetly some apple

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with no carbonation

I can easily drink a bomber of this but I don't think I would do two in one night as the alcohol isn't hidden well. Again as all of the BBC bomber offerings this is a killer deal for under $4 a bomber.

WeymouthMike, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of far333
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Copper/honey-colored with a thick and foamy off-white head that rises up high and sticks around for half the glass. Faint doughey aroma, a little sweet. Flavor is accosted by the alcohol. ABV is way too high for this style in my opinion. Flavor is malty, some fruit and caramel, but also a burnt marshmallow undercurrent. There are probably some interesting flavor nuances trying to get out.

far333, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jefftuck47, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of BranfordBound
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

BranfordBound, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden brown color, with a thick, pillow like off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a rather grainy aroma. I detect some sweet caramel malt. It has a mild biscuity aroma as well. Not much hop bitterness.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Grany. Behind the grains, I get some sweet malty flavors. It has a bready flavor that is more noticable than I would have thought.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a bready, and grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Low enough alcohol content, and a mild flavor suit it nicely.

Overall: Thanks go to both Mbrandon2w and Ppoitras for this generous hook up. I am glad that I have another.

OStrungT, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from ampzilla. Thank you good sir.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with amber highlights and a two-finger off-white head. The head sticks around forever, there's still a half-finger left by the time I finish the beer as there are constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells good. Toasted malt, sweet malt, and a combination of caramel and chocolate.

Tastes even better than it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed shortly by a rugged chocolate flavor that segues nicely into mild caramel. The chocolate taste lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for an Oktoberfest and the carbonation is subtle. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This isn't exactly a classic Oktoberfest, but it goes down very easily. I had no problem polishing off a bomber of this.

Overall this is a very good beer with some excellent flavors not normally associated with the style. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A- dark rust brown with some carbination but with very little head, some lacing on the glass. the clarity of this beer was excellent

S- some malty undertones, not to much complecxity but what was there smelled great

T- wow, big malty profile and oh so clean and refreshing. Malt presence reminded me a of a bock beer. Very very good

M- balanced perfectly not to thick or thin

D- an easy drinker dispite its 7% ABV this is one to be careful with. an excellent oktoberfest can rival any other here in the states or germany. Tremendous achivement from my favorite american brewery.

mcarroll10177, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of shredsofautumn
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased 9/29/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- Medium orange/brown with ruby hues in the light- As looked upon from behind the glass of a standard pint glass. Poured fairly gingerly, so about a one finger head.

Smell- tons of toffee, biscuity malt, and earthy notes. slight caramel.

Taste- Maltfest! Balanced, but bold. lots of complex yet slight spice characteristics carefully intertwined within the big mouth-hugging malts that carry through even after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Deliciously creamy. Coats the mouth with its character.

Drinkability- I easily put down the 22 oz. bomber, but could maybe only put down a bottle and a half. The creaminess and boldness prevent it from being a big old session beer for me, but that's okay. I'd rather savor the heartiness of this great Autumn brew and leave the few on-point Oktoberfest imports as the session brews.

shredsofautumn, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of DrewBest
2/5  rDev -49.7%

DrewBest, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 10/11/07 22 oz. bomber> 16 oz. samuel Adam's Boston Lager glass.

This one pours out pretty dark as a wonderful amber color with clover-honey hues that's slightly hazy at the top and clear on the bottom. The head is massive and dense, very tight foam head that dissiptes very, very slowly and eventually leaves a good 1/4" cover with sticky lacing all around. Very nice.

This is a strange but very pungent aroma of semi-sweet, sour dough malt with a big sour-fruitiness, very Belgian Dubble-like with it's big fruity yeast and heady malt. The red-fruit aroma's and sweeter caramel-malt scent pop out after it's warmed up slightly. It's a wonderful smell but it's dominated by the belgian yeast-like ripe and soured fruit aroma.

First off, Wow! This is a very flavorful Oktoberfest style lager. A wonderful smooth and sweet malt with a big fruity edge kicks in; coupled with a very ripe fruity yeast complexity...once again Very reminisant of an Belgian Dubble, even more in the flavor than the aroma with it's big, sweet toffee flavored malt and fruity undertones of ripe red fruits and grapes. The complexity is high for this style and rather surprising. The yeast and hops work together very well to create this deep, sweet-fruity flavor that rides right along with the big malt. The flavors also change dramatically on the palate and excite every part to an equal degree it seems. The aftertaste is that of wheat 'n grains with an oak-wood, smokiness. Yum.

This brew I suppose is medium bodied, but it's really a full bodied lager that is ultra-clean and lively but extremely smooth and silky going down, it has an amazing, luxurious feel. My lips are slightly sticky, always a good thing in my book.

This is hands-down the most big-ass Oktoberfest lager I've ever had, certainly the most satisfying. The flavor is amazing and the feel is too, and at 6.8% the heat is really far in the background, but you can feel it pretty quick, so have fun with this and enjoy slowly.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Guardian
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper color, lots of carbonation present

S- Not overly strong (but I have a cold as I review this). I don't detect the spices that I often do in other Oktoberfest beers. SHocking how little smell there is.

T- VERY smooth. Taste is reminiscent of a a refined Sam Adams Octoberfest. Very nice.

M- A bit of a tingle on the tongue. Very pleasant feel.

D- A very drinkable beer. I wish this came in six packs (I've only seen it in a big bottle). If it did, this would be fairly regular purchase for me.

Guardian, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks for the trade brewfan, enjoyed in my hotel room in Lake Geneva

appearance: pours a hazy amber-copper into a pint glass...thick creamy beige head with pretty solid retention

smell: aromas are faint...light caramel sweetness, toasted grain/malt, faint hopping

taste: big and flavourful...rich and thick caramel malt, creamy body, nice light booze comes through which is extraordinarily complimentary, buttery biscuit, toffee, light hopping...one of the more interesting oktoberfests i have had this year

mouthfeel: very creamy and rich, smooth

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had the same problem as Jwaks (see below). The diacetyl is out of control for an Oktoberfest Lager. This tastes like a sweet Ringwood ale from Middle Ages or Shipyard. Still, behind that is a big dry toffee and cherry malt character that I really wish stood out more. This seems like a case of good beer gone bad.

UPDATE: This batch was recalled. Next time I get a bottle, I'll have to re-review.

tempest, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tenacioustomato, Nov 25, 2012
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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.