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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 47
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of celfan
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

celfan, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  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.

Jason, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of sethmeister
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

sethmeister, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

bjohnson, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of horshack7
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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

horshack7, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

MuddyFeet, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice frothy off white head, some sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and a little herbal hop shining through.

Knock your socks off great flavors here. Sweet caramel malts, sweet chewy bread notes with hints of herbal hop. Warm alcohol punch at the end.

Chewy, slick mouthfilling wonderfulness. No astringency or off flavors in the finish. You can drink these all night long (and these were BY FAR the cheapest of the 22 oz. bombers featured ($4.60 each). Absolutely knock out beer. Too bad it is seasonal, because this would be a regular one for me.

OtherShoe2, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of mcowgill
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy orange/red amber color with large head that disappears quickly. Very little carbonation bubbles present.

S - Sweet malty aroma with a fruitiness present.

T - Big malty taste with hints of caramel and alcohol.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with a crispness in the back.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I have had.

mcowgill, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of ksimons
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear dark amber brown color with a nice amount of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-mostly sweet malts, smells good

T-taste is similar to the smell, sweet and malty, hints of molasses, and leaves a bit of alcohol warming.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very well balanced

D-much better than other US Oktoberfest styles I have tried, big flavors and a nice medium body

ksimons, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ppoitras for the trade.

Pours out a nice amber and sits a foggy orange brown in the glass with a good sized foamy off-white head with nice lacings.

Smells nice a hoppy, all spicy and herbal. Malts are in good form and give off a nice caramel sweetness. Lightly toasted and crisp.

Tastes mildly sweet up front full of raw doughy sweetness. Dripping of caramel along the sides and soothing hop spiciness. Well balanced and warms up with alcohol in the back of the mouth. Finish is dry and lightly bitter with lingering presence of alcohol and malty sweetness.

Ever so smooth in the mouth but crisp on the sides with carbonation that's easy to handle. Well rounded body, full of life. A great Oktoberfest beer and has got the power to keep rolling in brings even more with it. Just plain tasty.

Skidz, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of prisdefer
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%

prisdefer, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of patelc75
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

toasted malt sweetness on the front, pretty dry on the back like most Oktoberfest beers. more bitter than spicy unlike most Oktoberfests. Got it in Pittsfield, MA, but not sure where exactly. Ate it with some chili Lindt dark chocolate, which was a pretty good combination

patelc75, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of JAXSON
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

JAXSON, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of SABERG
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

SABERG, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Greenlabel
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Greenlabel, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of msolar
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

msolar, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of silentjay
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

silentjay, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

erosier, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of duffextracold
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

duffextracold, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Brewfan
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Brewfan, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

twelvsies, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.


SteveO1231, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

InebriatedJoker, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of scottg
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

scottg, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of mnrider
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.


mnrider, Sep 28, 2009
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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