Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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88
very good

342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 48
Gots: 28 | 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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Ratings: 342 | Reviews: 198
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.

Photo of Butchlives
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FY10 22oz bomber. Wow! This is one beer you need to seek out - immediately! I've been anticipating the release of Berkshire's O'fest for months as it is one of my absolute favorites and this years version is over the top. A humongous taste of carmel toffee malty sweet deliciousness. Of all the beers I've tasted this year I would have to say this is one of my top 5.

Photo of steinlifter
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured a amber/gold, sudsy tan head, spider web lacing all the way through.
sweet fruity aroma's, a hint of pine wood as well.
fruity explosion on 1st sip, cherries, apples, pine,sweet malt, hops in the back that come through on the after taste.
mouthfeel is bubbly crisp, with a bit of creaminess, and chewy on the end.
drinkability is EXCELLENT! I wait all year for this brew...very good!...I would drink it on a boat, with a goat, in my sox, with a fox..I DO, I DO, LOVE THIS BREW!

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of bditty187
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

“Purchase Before” February is marked on the label.

Golden in hue with tawny influences, there is a slight haze too; this gives it a natural look. Some animation was noticed in the liquid, moved towards the head at a steady pace. The foam was rocky, about three fingers in height; it looks great in my ½ liter mug. Oktoberfest in December, hell yeah! Ah, memories… Head retention was very good; it slowly subsided to a modest cap that lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized. The appearance is ideal for an O-fest. The nose is great. The bouquet is exactly like what I want an O-fest to smell like, plus the potency is as loud as I could reasonable imagine. There is great malt depth with caramel, some toasty/bready notes. Hints of grain and nut. The malt is quite rich in aroma (very nice). I am surprised that the hops are so easily detected; good balance. The hops offer some spiciness and some herbal notes. Alcohol is noticeable as well, heat from an O-fest? Is this from Avery? I’m a little concerned, considering the abv is 7%. On the whole the nose is very satisfying. Inviting. I was sold after the first sip. This is a mighty fine tasting beer. Multiple layers of malt; I counted three. It was shifting gears in my mouth. Caramel sweetness… dry nutty bread… and then an all encompassing assertive blast of alcohol, spice, brown sugar, and herbal hops. Bitterness is moderate and it does a great job of adding layers of flavor and balance. Warming. Dark fruits at the finish. Fairly crisp but not curt, there is a laziness that works well. This might be the most satisfying O-fest I have ever had. Hell, this is one of the best lagers I have ever had. What a great beer, what a devilish beer. I want to sip and savor but I want the drink it like a thirsty madman. This beer is the complete package. Truly amazing. Medium/medium-full in body with sturdy but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is great, it is filling, relaxing, and satisfying. Drinkable? Are you serious? This beer is like suckling the teat of a goddess. Fantastic stuff. I will have to get some more bombers next fall. There are no faults in this beer, aside from the fact it is not available in nebuchadnezzar bottles. If you like O-fests you must try this beer. It is a tad beefy so buck-up, turn up the Polka music, grab a big-ass pretzel, and enjoy!

Thanks ppoitras for the bomber, this was a great addition to the 2004 Secret Santa beer swap.

Photo of abriggs1
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a one of a kind beer. It's right on the border of being an imperial Oktoberfest. I realize this is a strong statement, but I've never had a better one; domestic or German.

Appearance is as beautiful as any Oktoberfest. Warm and inviting.

The smell is extremely toasty, and a bit intimidating. It's unique, but a bit overbearing in it's weirdness.

Taste is extremely roasty and bready. Maltiness up the ass with some smooth hop backbone. it's got a lot of that lager funk that I love mixed in with a heavy flavor profile that's not typical of most lagers.

Mouthfeel is thick and warm. Sharp and smooth at the same time.

This beer is really a grand slam for the style. Germans be warned, you've got some stiff competition from America.

Photo of goldsackb2
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing business in the Northern MA area introduced me to this wonderful beer. I had it on tap from a hotel I was staying at, no more than 10 miles away from the Berkshire Brewery. At first I had no idea I was drinking a BB product, I actually thought the bartender poured me a Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Upon tasting it I was astonished by its well rounded malty and sweet characteristics. In my opinion, it struct the perfect balance between the toasty/caramel flavors brought about by it's malted barley, while being just sweet enough to evoke the experience of its intended purpose, namely, the freshness of the fall.

In terms of drinkability; it was certainly an incredibly enjoyable experience, but it would certainly be difficult to drink more than two or three, that is, without feeling like you ate six slices of pumpkin pie (or any other typical fall pastry).

Photo of bigone4
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice full body seasonal from BBC. 22oz poured a deep orangey brown reddish color not very hazy. Nice creamy head with mild lacing. The head dissipated rather quickly. This beer smells sweet with a nice malt sugary smell. Almost has a buttery honey like aroma with a touch of hops in the distance. Nice mix of malt tones. Some faint maple and a hint of smoke flavor. Tastes great very smooth and really full bodied. There is a thicker malt feeling followed by subtle hop pinch. Really has a nice well balanced tone. Hints of fruit or some sweetness develop in the mouth after a few tastes. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I am glad to see the fall style beers coming around again. I have been anticipating the return of this one especially. Wonder what this beer would be like aged a bit longer? I may have to put a couple 22's away in the fridge until winter. Great brew and recommend giving it a try. After quite a few comparisons this Oktoberfest stands up to them all.

Photo of Kooz
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this from MaddHopper at his Oktoberfest celebration. Good times...

Poured into a liter stein. Very nice-looking beer. Brownish-orange color, slightly hazy. Very nice.

A quick smell delivered a hint of sweetness but seemed fairly mild. The taste though--oh how amazing. This is hands-down the best Oktoberfest I've tried. It's malty up front, then mellows out to a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy.

I would love to have 2 or 3 of these and call it a night.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

just-released 2007 version, 22oz.

uberclear amber. caramelized sweet potato aroma with vanilla and walnut notes. perfect heft with a wave of carbonation that sweeps over the tongue. dry with booze initially.. approaching imperial marzen. finishes with a robust taste sensation, traditional o-fest flavors with an unapproached creaminess and amaretto. despite its size, it refreshes. this is one of the best fall seasonals.. and as one of the first out it sets the bar rather high. this beer is as good if not better than it's ever been.

Photo of NEhophead
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz.
Brown bomber; no best before date indicated.

Thin auburn with straw highlights. Wonderfully orange, white head that refuses to budge. Walls of condensed lacing with impressive strength.

Creamy, semi-sweet toasted biscuit aromas. Clean, noble wheat and grain without mustiness. Hints of caramel and toffee.

Creamy caramel, mild coffee giving a harnessed sweetness. Clean wheat and toasted bread with just a touch of warming diacetyl. Notes of dark fruit: plum, grape, and raisin. No bitterness nor any detection of the 7% abv. Light toffee and raisin in the aftertaste.

Almost full in body; ridiculously creamy and smooth on the palate. Carbonation is at a minimum. I'm at a loss for words at how smooth this lager feels.

Three words: give me more! That's all you need to know. Possibly the best Marzen I've ever had. I can't wait to try this on tap. For those of you reading this review...try this lager, it's in your best interest.

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

UPDATE Sept. 11, 2007...Just wanted to review this years batch because this one has topped my exceptions for Bershire Oktoberfest. Its just a delicious batch, right up there again
and surpassing Gritty's Halloween Ale and Sam Addams and
riding on top with Magic Hat's Jinx as my favorite so far this
year. It must be something pouring it on tap. Creamier, less
alcohol in your face but its there just the same. It has put FLAVOR right at the top and this lager is SO FRESH, I can't say enough
about this one, I could just drink em', good to find something
this tastey, but I'm still samplin'. Half way down the second glass and still a nice creamy head (caramel, toffee, malty, lightly
hopped, but it does have a slight kick in the back end) This is one of my best finds this year,(2007) especially for an Oktoberfest lager. Nice dark amber orange color nice creamy head disapears
slowly as you drink. Its hard to say anything bad about this
batch of delicious lager.
The caramel toasty malty feel is there but there is so many things going on in this mix? Its has a dryness back there, almost like
some ESB(Gritty's Halloween Ale) for example but it doesn't
put you off, its different from all the autumn beers I've sampled
so far. I like it allot and like Jinx from Magic Hat and the Gritty
McDuffy's Halloween Ale, Gearys...but Bershire has a magical mix of flavors that
is not so easily idenified but with the beer warming abit, you
can start picking out the flavors. This one is a special batch for
sure and I will get more. If you drink the 1pt. 6oz bottle you won't
forget it. Love these home brews, nice and fresh! You can start
to feel the change of the seasons with this great Massachusetts Oktoberfest lager.

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!

Photo of Cunningham26
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at publick house in standard US pint glass.

A: a great darker brown color, slightly darker than something like an APA, almost a mahogany
S: great with big malts coming through and a sweetness as well
T: Had this right after an authentic Munich ocktoberfest, and this was miles away more flavorful, with a strong maltiness and a cleansing touch of hops
M: very smooth almost as much as a brown ale made for great...
D: fantastic. Had one of these at the place with hundreds of different beers on tap, and continued with this the rest of the night.

probably my new favorite octoberfest, completely well rounded and almost perfect. only downsides were a lack of proper head room, with almost no head whatsoever. However this was a fault of the pour rather than the beer, so looks like i'll have to give it another shot.

Photo of shredsofautumn
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of mydeadguy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy orange amber with a big and beautiful, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy but a strong malt background, smells really delicious. Taste is sweet and tart (cherries maybe), with a little bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and clean, a little buttery...the head trails lightly as I drink this one down. It returns as I swirl it in the glass.

As this warms, the alcohol starts to be apparent, i didn't really believe this was 7% until now, as it's strength is well hidden.

Drinkability is through the roof, a real thirst quencher. Really a perfect 'after a hard day's work' beer. And one for the turning of summer into fall (tomorrow).
I'm enjoying this quite a bit, wish had bought more than the one 22oz....BBC does it again.

Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice copper color with a small head.

smell - nice sweet malt smell, Some caramel and bread present.

taste - Nice sweet up front taste of malt, some mld hop but well balance beer here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Might be one of the best ocroberfest brews I have had. No preservatives and the freshness is present here. Easy drinking beer.

Photo of Thads324
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely copper with a thin tan head. Big aromas of earthy malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch and some yeasty scents. All the aromas are big and bold, billowing from the glass. A bit of fruits as the beer warms. Taste starts a bit thin, with some smooth and sweet bready malt. A hint of caramel and some nice mellow spices, possible allspice? Only a hint of hop bitterness towards the beginning of the second half of the beer. A subtle yeast flavor towards the end compared to the usual Marzens. Mouthfeel is creamy and easy to drink. A bit thin, but pleasant.
An excellent beer, and although a bit lighter on the body than most others, it's drinkability is great. I'll need a few more bombers, and may let a few mellow in the back of the ol' fridge. Great stuff

Photo of aquatonex
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, I know BBC makes some damn good beer. But, this even surpassed my high standards for their company!

Pours dark opaque brown with minimal head. Very inviting, looks like it'll warm you up. Not much was noticeable in the smell. Then again, this time of year your nostrils are clogged so who can tell what anything smells like? Taste was phenominal. At first, there some toasty accents and then the spice/herbs just roll over your tongue with such a great taste. Also, very smooth and consistent. An extremely satisfying brew!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of gfreed
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a thick body, a dark, fuzzy (unfiltered) color and a tan head that was thick after being poured but went away rather quickly. That *might* be the only drawback to this beer. Light sweetness from the malt, with an aroma containing straw, faint hops and, of all things, peas. There's a little bread, too. The taste is not overpowered by anything, but has a nice malty spine with tangy bitterness and some fruit and pepper (and peas). The carbonation is lively and the alcohol, while present, feels lower than its stated ABV. I could drink this all day, but I'd prefer to alternate with the other wonderful things that Berkshire Brewing creates. BB can do no wrong, in my book. If you live outside their distribution area, I'm sorry for you.

Photo of lewisti
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Crestview CC in Agawam Mass. very soon after tapping and boy was it fresh tasting! I wish I did know the ABV because as Jason says it is bigger than most Octoberfests; had a few one afternoon a couple weeks ago and it really hit me hard when I got home...that hasn't happened since they had the BBC Maibock on tap there in the spring!

Photo of celfan
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious. Wasn't sure what to expect because I didn't catch much aroma when I gave it a sniff, but a great taste of caramel and roasted malt. Hops are present but not overpowering. I've recently moved to Vermont from the midwest and I've found that many of the beers from this area are way to hoppy for my taste. I'm going to buy a couple of cases of this and put em in the basement. Well done Berkshire!

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.