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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

268 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 36
Gots: 7 | 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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Matchews

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-30-2012 04:02:14 | More by Matchews
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-16-2012 22:43:01 | More by milkbone_underwear
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harsley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-26-2013 15:42:16 | More by harsley
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 02:19:09 | More by littlebibs
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2012 20:58:57 | More by jongullotti
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-13-2012 19:41:32 | More by PEIhop
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-06-2012 20:11:11 | More by asafarc2
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Ray7233

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-30-2012 00:20:00 | More by Ray7233
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Jleo897

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:35:55 | More by Jleo897
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-28-2012 03:46:40 | More by thegerm87
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Cunningham26

Massachusetts

4.5/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 01:03:52 | More by Cunningham26
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aquatonex

New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2004 20:42:24 | More by aquatonex
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shredsofautumn

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 18:28:33 | More by shredsofautumn
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 00:08:31 | More by mydeadguy
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 00:02:03 | More by auxiliary
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Thads324

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:57:42 | More by Thads324
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 16:29:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:31:59 | More by gfreed
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lewisti

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2002 09:57:18 | More by lewisti
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celfan

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 21:55:08 | More by celfan
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 00:23:36 | More by Jason
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Pours a very dark copper w/ frothy tan head.

Scent is, in a word malt. Bread, toast, sweet and malty, caramel.

Big malty flavor. Bread, toasted bread, buttered bread, warm fresh dough, mild caramel sweetness... Herbal hop bitterness and alcohol warmth balance out the juicy malt and linger together in the finish intermingling with a spicey black pepper note.

Mouth is big and almost chewy w/ slight alcohol warming.

Very easy to drink.

Easily my favorite Oktoberfest so far this year - big, fresh, juicy and thick. MUST get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:33:19 | More by sethmeister
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.95 at Downtown in Davis Sq. 22oz.

A: Pours a murky orange color with copper hues. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Decent retention.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt notes with an infusion of dark fruit (plums or figs). Burnt sugary notes also.
T/M: Big sweet caramel malt flavors with red fruit, possibly strawberry, on the other bookend. Slight infusion of hops, but they stay well guarded by the sweet notes. Very smooth and delightful. Nice silky smooth wet mouthfeel. The malts dance on the palate. Nice slight spritzyness in the aftertaste. Low carbonation with a medium body. 7% abv sneaks through like a ninja on a dark night. I love that fall is just around the corner!
D: Excellent tasting and easy drinking O'Fest. One of the better ones out there and at the top of BBC's brews. One of the best deals also--for that cheap, this is a must get for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 23:29:17 | More by bjohnson
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: This one pours a deep copper color with red amber hues around the edges. On top is a light foamy head that thins out slowly and is slightly lacey.

Aroma: Big time caramel notes with alight citrus notes. Minor grain notes a bit like the aroma of a fresh baked rye bread.

Taste: Wow this packs a punch right off the bat with a massive crisp mouthfeel. Along with sour notes very citrusy. The maltiness adds a nifty yet subtle sweetness to it. It also has quite a hop character that does not quit which is so wonderful.

Notes: This one is a wolf in sheeps clothing it might look nice but underneath it's a mean customer that is kick ass. It is a very unique marzen alot hopier than other ones so very drinkable. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 03:17:55 | More by horshack7
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only a seasonal? Bloody hell. Pours an orange-hued light brown with a thumb thick head. Aroma is very sweet malts, molasses and just little bits of rum. Flavor is kind of unique for an O'fest. Malts are ever so present and the slight hop bill provides a bit of a bitter bite towards the end. Picking up some wood too. Alcohol burn does not taste or feel like beer, but more like a bourbon feel. Also am getting some more molasses/vanilla and just the slightest nibble of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is very light and moments after sipping I can hardly tell I was just drinking a beer. Body does stretch out the cheeks and caused me to pucker just a bit. Glad I pciked up a few bottles of this beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 02:18:20 | More by MuddyFeet
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.