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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

270 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 39
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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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Cody. Pours a fairly clear chestnut / orange with a thin white head and lively carbonation. Nose is light roasted malt, light caramel, maybe some chestnuts, pumpkin spices, and a good bittering hop quality. Flavor is roasted chestnuts, pumpkin pie spice, light European hops, good toasted malt, a little grassy. Very well put together. Finish is a bit sweeter than I expected but it's really nice. I was excited for this one as these guys make great lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:31:12 | More by JAXSON
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SABERG

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a modified pilsner glass.

A - Nice amber color,initial head is short lived.
Lacing is miniscule.

S - Sweet malt, some caramel and brown sugar. Very robust in the nose.

T - To start sweet, then a snap that lingers. I like the maltiness, shines through brightly. The finish is lasting and again malty sweet.

M - Linger on the palate, quite balanced. Brown sugar, hints of late fruit. The feel is dessert like.

O - The fine folks at Berkshire have this offering dialed in. Year after year it is balanced and hits the mark at a bullseye.
Keep up the fine work.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 20:52:37 | More by SABERG
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm very enthusiastic about my first tasting of this seasonal product. Great label design which sets the stage for a fall treat. The color is darker than some Octoberfests I've enjoyed - sort of a dark amber offset with a lingering white head. Very enticing. Nothing of note about the smell. The taste is quite complex and hard to describe - definitely more body to the product and no unpleasant aftertaste. On finishing the 22 oz. bottle, I was anxious for more but I'm afraid that it will have to await my next trip to MA as Berkshire's products are unfortunately not distributed in my home state of NH. This is now one of my favorite Berkshire products and next time I'll purchase more than one

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 17:04:25 | More by Greenlabel
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, a deep copper with a nice 1” head on a pint.

Smell – Sweet, malty, cinnamon?

Taste – Pretty sweet, not much bitterness to it. It doesn’t have the overbearing pumpkin flavor some fall beers have – a good thing.

Mouthfeel – Tasty, a bit of spice, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability – Very nice. I have yet to be anything but pleased with Berkshire BC. I had 3-4 from a keg last week and a 22oz’er this week – both terrific and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 00:30:04 | More by msolar
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:23:46 | More by silentjay
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erosier

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a tall and thick tan colored head that takes a while to settle and laces a bit down the glass.
S: The aroma is of sweet malts mainly and a hint of honey in the nose as well.
T: Very sweet malts, a bit of a hop bitterness in the middle and then a nice honey-like finish.
M: Pretty smooth, refreshing, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, wish I had more of this one than just the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 23:52:07 | More by erosier
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duffextracold

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy caramel color with a one finger head.

Smelles like sweet malt, apple juice.

Great taste, sweet, maybe some caramel malt? slight alcohol taste. has a nice hint of cocoa flavor. slightly hoppy, mostly in the aftertaste.

Med- heavy carbonation. smooth bubbly texture that makes my mouth happy.

a little bit less alcohol might be nice, but it's pretty darn good as it is.

i would say this is one of my favorite oktoberfests, another solid beer from berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 01:59:07 | More by duffextracold
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass. 1/4" bone white head on a light copper-orange body. Nice amount of lace, stayed with the beer for quite a while. Minimal carbonation upon pouring.
Aroma of banana bread, biscuits and sugar. Very sweet on the nose, as well as the tongue. Very malty, which is what I was looking for in this beer. Heavier mouthfeel than a lot of Oktoberfests I've had. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Left my mouth a little thick and wanting more beer.
Will definately grab a few of these every year.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 22:05:00 | More by Brewfan
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twelvsies

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBC is such a solid company, and I was not dissapointed in the least with this seasonal brewage (Fall 2004 batch). First of all, I like the nice orange label, gets me in the fall mood. Appears a deep amber color, very inviting. Not much head on this one, which seems to differ from the other reviews I browsed, but whatever. Smells a little sweet and nutty, malty, maybe a bit fruity. Tastes great! Tastes pretty consistent with the smells, nutty and a tad sweet, nothing over the top, a very well-balanced beer. I'm very pumped about this beer right now, I'll be getting more than my share until the Cabin Fever winter brew comes out. Feels good going down the pipes, I could drink this beer anytime. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 00:48:51 | More by twelvsies
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. brown bomber with a bright orange label. Pours a bright copper, not much of a head or lace, slow moving carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit and cooked rice, syrupy sweet, big German character and a slight sting of alcohol. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Taste of syrupy sweet caramel, big German malt flavor, slightly toasted, hints of cornbread. Mild hop bitterness and an alcohol sting in the end. Pretty damn good Marzen/Oktoberfest. Once again the BBC impresses me.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 02:06:10 | More by SteveO1231
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 12:44:34 | More by InebriatedJoker
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scottg

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber color with orange hues and a one finger cloudy white head with good retention. Very malty aromas of chocolate and cherry. Sweet malt, chocolate up front with herbal, lemony hops leads to a chocolate/cherry finish with alcohol taste present. Medium body, medium carbonation there is a chalky mouthfeel. Smooth, easy drinking beer, what an octoberfest should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:33:09 | More by scottg
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mnrider

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber. Orange label with german dudes on it.

A: Dark cloudy amber with off white thin head which turns to nothing with no lacing. Very little carbonation.

S: Malts are the strongest aroma. Sweet caramel and also spiced hops.

T/M: Deep malt taste. Full bodied with sweet caramel. Hops are spiced and keeps the brew in check. Alcohol can be tasted, but is not overwhelming. Very tasty. More bitter than dry but not that bad.

D: Great oktoberfest. One of the best and strongest tasting ones out today. Nice blend of hops and malts gives this brew it's great taste.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:49:09 | More by mnrider
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark amber/brown ...tan head drps to a film.
Smells of carmel malt..possibly some dried fruit.
Tastes very malty and densely sweet....big ass caramel and slight prune....even a hint of anise way in the background.
Flavor very much like a doppelbock.
Body was medium as was the carbonation.
This was a treat ! Will get more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 00:14:50 | More by Hautacam
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Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 17:33:51 | More by Billolick
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Guardian

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 02:33:55 | More by Guardian
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Franchise

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 14:16:05 | More by Franchise
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JMD

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 18:00:57 | More by JMD
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-11-2013 02:06:20 | More by Atomicskis5
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-09-2012 23:18:26 | More by raythealeman
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MenardMa

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-26-2013 17:08:53 | More by MenardMa
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 06:53:13 | More by neonbrown82
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 21:39:44 | More by lightindarkness
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Mikeynas

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-20-2012 23:40:30 | More by Mikeynas
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.25/5  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)

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:10:26 | More by BostonHops
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