Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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88
very good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold bordering on brown with a thick tan head. The nose is malty, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, with a distinct tartness, and some fresh baked bread essence. The taste is sensational, sweet caramel, upfront with some hoppy bitterness that is semi-balanced leaning more toward a malty front. The alcohal presence is a bit stong but not overpowering. This is a quality Oktoberfest that is very enjoyable and easily one of my favorites in the style.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice gesture from DrDogbeer, thanks!

22oz bottle poured into a large shapely mug.

Pours a somewhat cloudy deep rusty orange color with a nice full bubbly ivory head. I'm liking the looks of this one.

A lot more on the nose than I expected. A very nice grainy base with notes of cereal, nuts, caramel, faint sugar, and mild alcohol.

Taste is rather substantial. Full cereal grains and some toasty biscuity malt. A touch of caramel and a brief splash of spice at the finish before fading out with some more hearty grain flavor.

A relatively sturdy medium bodied beer with a nice spicy carbonation that doesn't intrude but isn't too weak either. Drinks heartily, with a nice full finish. Heavier than some I've had, but satisfyingly so.

It could possibly be the fall mood I'm in, but I'm really impressed by this one. Nice balance between full satisfying taste and feel, yet remaining incredibly drinkable and very nearly addictive. Too bad I only have the one bottle. It's one of the best beers, in terms of drinkability, that I've had in a long time.

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)

Photo of perrymarcus
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.

Photo of JMD
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich copper color with creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet and malty aroma. Some carmel and butterscotch.

T: Big malt flavor. Layers of sweetness with toffee, butterscotch and carmel. Hints of vanilla as well. Finishes with a soft hop bite.

M: Smooth and creamy, more robust than your typical Oktoberfest.

D: This is an excellent Oktoberfest. Big malt flavors and great creamy texture. Another great offering from BBC. This is one of the best American made Ofests that I've tried.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBC really knows how to knock out seasonal all-stars. According to my packy guy, it came out three days ago, so freshness assured!

App.-Deep orange and caramel colors, does not leave much of a head or lacing. The leaves have yet to change in Western Mass, but this beer is doing a hell of a job reminding me of a fall day.

Smell- Keep in stride with the fall thing, this beer has some serious pine and molasses tones- they are not hiding either. There is also a large wafts of orange and chocolate.

Taste- Reminds me of bock beers I've tried, but not as heavy. The alcohol taste is a little unbalanced, but nonetheless appreciated. The beer lends itself nicely to a bark-like ruggedness.

A very good brew from a very good brewery. If you could put this beer on a clothing rack it would be in the flannel and overalls section. Rugged, comfortable, and enjoyable.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good Oktoberfest. Thanks to ppoitras for the bottle. Pours fairly weak. Little to no head, no lacing, no carbonation. Nice color though, very nice rusty amber color.

The smell is good. Sweet with rich gently roasted caramel malts. A bit of spicy hops. The taste is very good as well. Same elements, but more pronounced. Very smooth, just a little bit dirty.

The body is fairly big for what I was expecting. Seems a bit flat though. This would be really good fresher, I imagine. Still quite good as it is.

Photo of mshallah
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a Ben and Jerry's style label of the two owners. Orange-copper brew with an adequate head. Smells of marmalade on toast with a hop spiciness. Taste is more of the same and it makes for a great fest-beer. I love lagers from small brewers. It's toasty at the core but with a rounded sweetness and the hops provide bitterness to bring about a delicious malt forward balance.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBC's Oktoberfest pours a beautiful dark amber color. Its nice and rich, very inviting. This is a clean, clear dark lager with a good inch of thick white head. It leaves little islands of foam as it dissipates.

The aroma of this beer is sweet caramel, dark bread dough, gingerbread, brown sugar and maybe a bit of rum. Lots of great warm smells, takes me forward to some nice cool nights around a campfire.

Ahh...the taste. Definitely one of my favorite lager styles. This one is rich and flavorful. Lots of sweet caramel notes, touches of dark fruit/esters, some more of the rum and a nice smooth finish that leaves an essence of brown sugar on the lips.

Excellent beer!

Photo of atremains
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to grab this one on my way home from work today, the weather called for it. Pours a nice deep amber/copper with an off-white head with some cinnamon colored swirls. Very thick foam, looks delicious. Smell is apricots and a bitty rum-like, so far so good. Taste is great. Dark and light fruity flavors, malts, and grains. The feel is medium with a small amount of carbonation and an inviting malty finish. This is one of, if not my favorite, BBC beers. I'm just glad its only September first, now I've got a few months to enjoy this beer at my leisure.

Photo of jbertsch
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish amber in appearance. Decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt. I don't think many other reviews on here say so, I definitely got a sense of pumpkin in the aroma even though it's not touted as a pumpkin beer. I also notice the pumpkin, along with squash, in the taste. But the primary flavor is definitely of brown sugary malts. A bit bready as well. Medium-to-bold body. Drinkability is just fine, and the overall impression is great.

Definitely one of the best Oktoberfests lagers out there I've had. I don't think it's quite a traditional oktoberfest, but it is a damn fine brew. Great for the season!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a thin but foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell is malty with hints of spice, caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruit. There’s also a little bit of hops present as well.

T: The initial taste is sweet, but not too sweet with caramel and some fruitiness. Then there’s a touch of hops to somewhat balance out the taste. The sweetness lingers in a mild after-taste.

M: Very smooth & crisp, medium body (but on the light side for an O-Fest), medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, not as filling as most beers in the style and a decent kick as well, I went through the bomber rather quickly and could have gone for another if I had one.

I had picked this one up for a trade with mcallister (an excellent trader BTW) and couldn’t resist the opportunity to grab a bottle for myself. I thought the beer was an excellent representation of the style. I just keep getting more and more impressed with Berkshire Brewing

Photo of reeder
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden brown. a bit hazy.

a nice solid juicy looking head.

smells great. big malts. creamy.

has a great big malty flavor. significant hops. some alcoholic bitterness.

overall very drinkable. definitely the best oktoberfest style beer i've ever had.

Photo of Pahn
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 1/28/12 printed on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and fizzily, leaving no lacing. Pours an almost translucent copper and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Spicy noble hops with some bread and cake underneath. As with the flavor, the hop and malt aromas blend together seamlessly. Not overly complex, but not simple either. Nice and seasonal as well.

Taste: Follows the nose, with spicy hops up front resolving to just baked-bread. Malt tastes occasionally doughy, like the less cooked spots on fresh bread. The abundant spicy hops have almost a peppermint quality, but they're reined in by the smooth mouthfeel and bready malt. Some lagery tanginess, and an occasionally herbal hop dominated finish.

The interplay of malt and hop flavors is very nice; a typical sip goes from spicy German hops to fresh country bread to yeasty tang to herbal hops to dark bread complexity. There's a lot going on, but it blends so well that it doesn't immediately strike you as "complex". Despite the apparent smoothness and simplicity, there's brown sugar notes, caramel, various Autumn-appropriate spices (tasting much like fresh noble hops smell), different bread flavors--more than enough is happening here to keep me interested, and it all tastes good.

The overall impression of the flavor remains balanced and satisfying. It's bold but harmonious. One of my very few complaints is the alcohol heat, which, while mild, is a bit much for the other flavors. It may be stylistically appropriate, but it clashes a little. Also, while the hops and malt are in great balance, the malt flavors could stand to be more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; unexpected and welcomely full and creamy. Light but slightly prickly carbonation. Notably good feel--good enough to make it harder to enjoy, for example, Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Overall: Great take on the style. Despite some very trifling flaws, the whole is very much greater than the sum of its parts with this beer. In other words, its many elements work in exceptional harmony, from the beautiful mouthfeel to the strongly prominent spicy hops to the bready backbone.

As well made a Märzen as you'd expect from the consistently thoughtful and talented brewers at Berkshire.

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of sponberg
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel pour with a small head. Smell is sweet, sweet malt, very inviting aroma. Strong tasty mal backbone throughout, balanced by a slight hop undertone that lingers lightly on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, extremely nice. Smoothness, with light crispness on finish makes this a winner..even better when warm ...bahhh to supe cold beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem of a New England fall seasonal that I was able to pick up and enjoy recently. This one I was most anxious to try as I have really enjoyed everything that I have come in contact with from them so this was naturally my next choice. Served cold and right out of the fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/22/008.

The pour was very nice with a nice brownish tinted light amber coming through right away. Great clarity here allowed me to really get a nice glance at the more then adequate carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass. This formed a very night little puff of white on the top that held its own for a little while before settling down into a nice little layer across the top.

The aroma was rich and malty. Nice tones of bread and grain that were mixed in well with a subtle touch of caramel and spice. Not as big of an aroma as some of the others I have seen, but still very nicely done. The flavor was clean, crisp, and full of depth. Very nice rolling flavor of light caramel that started off the show. This morphed nicely into a tight little grain profile that then became the backbone of the flavor. Some nice light bready taste in there as well as it started to come together. Quick clean finish on here left me looking for more right away and left the palate clean with little in the way of a long aftertaste. Nice light to medium body was not as full as I would have though, but actually turned out to benefit it in the end. Superb smooth and easy drinkability was the way to go here, and this went down with little to no issues.

In the end, another winner here for both my seasonal fest bier quest, and from Berkshire. They are delivering consistent good brews every time and I would love to be closer to them/ Go get this one, very solid offering indeed.

Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a translucent amber orange with a medium white head. Decent retention.

The aroma consists of a big, sweet malt presence with mild orange and spice characteristics. There is a little alcoholic bite in the smell.

This is one of the more flavorful Oktoberfests that I've had this season. Lots of sweet malt mixed with some orange peel and very subtle spices. A slight touch of clove nicely compliments the flavor. There is a sharp note of alcohol that blends into a bitter hop finish.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel with a medium body and lightly syrupy texture. Quite drinkable.

This is a very nice, highly drinkable Oktoberfest. The best I've had this season.

Photo of Sam21
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into large flute.

Appearance - Orangeish amber body with a sticky tan head. Looks the part.

Smell - My nose is immediately assaulted by waves of malty goodness. I'm picking up a lot of mollases sweetness and waves of complex fruitiness. Picking up some grain in the background, but very little lager characteristics. Smells delicious.

Taste - And it delivers! A big punch of rich carmelly sweetness up front. Followed by waves of fruity complexities. There is a big doughy bready malt backbone to this brew. Touch of graininess in the finish with the hops making a short cameo. The alcohol peaks through in the finish adding a warming quality that reminds me of a bock beer. Sweetness lingers a bit. This is one hell of an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied beer with sluggish smooth carbonation. Leaves a coating in the mouth. Very smooth, although a little thick.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer, but quite big in character and alcohol. Goes down smoothly, although a little thick.

Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, gold/amber body with a tall, off-white head that fades to a film.

S- Lots of notes of sweet malt and light molasses.

T- Big malt profile of bready and caramel malts, with notes of light molasses and caramel coming through. Just enough hops to bring a little balance to the malts.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really nice take on a Maerzen from an American brewery that seems to really be making a lot of great beer.

Photo of currysage1
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange, crowned with a 1 1/2 finger cream colored head.

Smell is bread malts, sweet dark malt, light raisin, orange peel, carmel apples.

Taste is a good mix between malts and hops. Peppery up front with a mix into heavy malt, but the hops are there through the whole thing. Bitter apples, with hints of vanilla.

Feel is great, nice and creamy, very satisfying, carbonation is there but does not get in the way of the flavors.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of coachdonovan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the bottle says "Local" and "Fresh" but i'll have to take their word for it since i do not see a born-on or best-by date. pours a nice copper. this beer looks like October. nose and flavor is nothing but sweet, sweet malt. 6.8 abv is well-hidden, since i would have guessed lower. this really is a well-crafted octoberfest; i will be getting more of this (especially at the great price) for my next fall drinking session.

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger head and minimal carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet malt with a bit of smokiness and breadiness in the nose.

Taste is very sweet upfront with some smokiness from the malt. Bready in the middle. Mild hop bitterness but otherwise, a smooth lager.

Mouthfeel is sweet and smoky with hop bitterness at the far back of the mouth.

Easy to drink and enjoy. If you want a decent beer for Oktoberfest, this wouldn't be a bad choice. I'd probably choose it over an imported German version based on freshness alone.

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