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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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291 Ratings

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 47
Gots: 20 | 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 IBUnit63
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

From a bomber into the Red Oak mug...

Heads up very nicely with a 3-finger, ginger-colored head. Clean auburn/amber body and decent lacing.

Mild cinnamon/clove spice on primarily earthy malt profile and subtle grassy hops. For style scent is rather bountiful.

There is a fair amount of earth at first but beneath this is a soothing, caramel.cinnamon strong malt presence that's quite viscous and slightly nutty (hazelnut?). Carbonation addsd tingle to grassy hops with slight syrup-ish alcohol.

Mouthfeel is also a bit on the peanutty side with some earth presence. Full profile provides a bountiful piney kick on the finish.

This is nicely drinkable for the style...a style that to me isn't necessarily the most drinkable, but the earthiness puts it off a little bit - it is an added layer, so it's independent and stands apart from the true profile of the lager, which makes it a little confusing but actually makes it easier to evaluate the other characteristics of the offering. Still, some Beautiful Chemistry is in order.

IBUnit63, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

This was an amber lager with a large head, but it dissipated quickly and rather loudly.

The aroma was of rich malts, with some deep fruitiness and a small amount of sweetness.

The taste was malty, not bitter, somewhat smooth, but a little grainy. There were hints of hops and the alcohol was noticeable. It was a little too prominent for my tastes... I like it a little bit more subdued.

Not my favorite beer from this brewery.

connecticutpoet, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a clear amber/orange from a 22 oz. bomber -- almost matches the orange label. Man, I love the fall when it comes to beer. Fairly small head, just enough though.

Nice malty smell, kind of sweet almost like caramel. Mmmm...

Taste has that malty caramelly flavor I was getting in the nose, and also a little kick of alcohol -- something I could probably do without. Overall, a nice almost roasty smoothness that is sweet with the warming finish.

Easily carbonated, feels clean in the mouth. Not as drinkable as I like my oktoberfests to be as a result of the higher alcohol content, but still no challenge to drink. The more I drink and the warmer it gets, the less noticiable the alcohol becomes. Still, this beer makes a better sipper than a big gulper.

I typically love just about anything BBC puts out, and this one came with high praise. I'm a little bit disappointed, I guess I was hoping for something a little more easily drinkable. Not a bad beer at all, but not quite what I was hoping for.

JimmieFrisbee, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of BranfordBound
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a bottle marked as best before March, 2012.

Nice pour here, great voluminous head with nice lacing and a deep, amber body.

Smells of rich german malts mostly, some caramel lingers and gives off some lager undertones.

Really potent stuff here, very malty with a touch of earthy hops at the end. A bit of alcohol heat makes for a touch of spice sensation.

Heavy with some burn.

Overall very tasting, although this one seems to be much stronger and heavier than the ones coming from Germany.

BranfordBound, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Pauly2X
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for trade on this.

A- Slightly hazy copper, one finger head.

S- Sweet caramel, slightly overpowered by toasted malts.

T- Lightly sweet caramel on the take transitions to a toasty/nutty middle. There's a slight warming note before the smooth hop finish.

M- No problems here.

D- The bomber sized bottle will pose no problem.

A good Oktoberfest. Check it out if you see it.

Pauly2X, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

I had this Bier this past Sunday, on a glorious late summer afternoon outside. Poured from a 22oz bottle, which had a best before area on the label yet nothing was notched.

Pours a deep copper color; very rich and solid, with a slight haze within. Low, steady carbonation rises up, towards the creamy, 1" tannish hued head. Said head slowly ebbs, to about a steady 1/4", with decent lacing sticking around. Aroma has bready, crackery malt; not overly strong yet still solid. Minimal hops evident. Body a medium all the way, yet with a bit of prickliness on the tongue without being distracting.

Flavor has a reasonable amount of malt, though less than suggested by the aroma. Shortly after a slight, subtle fruitiness becomes evident. Sort of a green apple aspect, which actually lingers a bit, much more than any malt. Found this to be an odd component of an OFest. Not bad, but nothing like the Spaten (vom Faß) I had the previous day.


overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Bierman9, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours clear amber/copper with a thick creamy head that rapidly receded leaving thick lacing. Slightly sweet malt, floral, fruity scent that does not prepare you for the first sip. First sip carmel, malt then strong alcohol with a long bitter finish. The alcohol is really quite pronounced at first but receded as my palate became accustomed to seeking out the other flavors. buttery/toffee?Not like any Marzen I have ever tasted. Did I mention the alcohol. Still a great beer. I will seek more out in VT next week.

Citadel82, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

On tap poured into an 8oz alt glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a small thin Light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet, a bit fruity.

Taste is a bit sweet an fruity which I don't love. But it's still got a nice maltiness that's really satisfying, light carbonation. Very easy drinking.

kingcrowing, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

A: The beer pours amber in color with a couple fingers of khaki colored head.

S: Aromas of toffee and bread with a subtle toasted malt character. There is a fair bit of yeast as well as some fruity esters such as apples. A touch of caramel in there, too.

T: A bit of a popcorn type flavor, maybe caramel corn when combined with the caramel sweetness. Toffee and toasted bread malts are also present. Some yeast and fruity, sweet esters.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O: A bit one note, but not a bad Oktoberfest.

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Consumed 10/9

A: This beer pours a slight hazy deep burnt orange with a 2 finger off white creamy rocky head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves very little to no lacing.

S: Nose is heavy on the malts, caramel malts mostly. There are hints of grains and breadiness in the nose as well.

T: Tastes are abundant of sweet caramel malts but quite a bit of spice that I didn't pick up in the nose. Very, very sweet up front almost blocks out the spicing. Middle has some toasted malts, grains, and biscuit backing. Finish has some hops in it, but blended with some more sweet malts. Leaves a very sweet aftertaste that is slightly distracting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp up front with a smooth finish.

D: This is a decent beer, though the sweet aftertaste for me wouldn't qualify this as a session beer.

Jayli, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

A-pours a dark reddish color with a bubbly pure white head.

S-pale malts, lightly toasted grain, caramel, hay like hops with a touch of citrus.

T-light pale malts with a touch of grain and lots of malt sweetness. notes of caramel and apple with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar. light herbal hops and citrus with a fair bit of bitterenss.

M-medium body very clean and crisp.

D-very sweet and tasty, well balanced and easy to drink.

cpetrone84, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of gotbeer
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

This is not what I expected from an O-fest brew, but it is great all the same.

It's more like a strong ale or APA than an O-fest. The smell has a hint of hops to it, and it looks great in the glass.

It has a nice hop bite with a great malt balance. It's well rounded and tasty. It's drinkability is quite good as well.

A great beer if you can find it.

gotbeer, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Served in the 22 oz. bottles. An awesome murky amber appearance with a quickly thinned-out head. The smell is hard to describe. One can smell a menagerie of malt, fruit, fall spices and grains. It does make it intriguing to drink but it is also sometimes off-beat due to its complicated aromas. The taste also follows suit with the smell, however a really bitter aftertaste follows with sips that hinder a complete enjoyment of the fascinating flavors in this drink. It is pretty carbonated so there is a crispness to the drink. Overall, a bit confused Oktoberfest, but it is pretty good in the end.

fitzy84, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of dental
3.7/5  rDev -7%

dental, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Dithyramb
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Bomber acquired through a BIF (sorry to whomever sent it, I really should put some post its on these guys) and sat at cellar temp in the basement for a couple of months. Cloudy amber hinted chestnut with a pretty light head and some minimal lacing. Big oktoberfest aromas, all the bready malty goodness one would expect.

Very light mouthfeel touched off with a brew that was more complex once it warmed a bit. Caramel and bread was here, but there was also some citrus fruits half way through. Lighter than one would expect mouthfeel wize, which made it more drinkable. However, this was detracted a bit by a stronger boozy feel. A lot less hoppy than the other reviews seem to be.
Drinkable and would be very much so on a cool fall evening.

Dithyramb, May 11, 2006
Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a 1pt. 6fl.oz. into a Goose Island Pint glass.

The color is a dark reddish orange with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet with some nice malt flavor in the nose at first and some pumpkin flavor and a little bit of brown sugar in the background.

The taste is more brown sugar with a sweet malt flavor. Pumpkin is a big contributor to the overall flavor profile but there are some other flavors that comes out toward the end of the sip. The is a touch of Cinnamon and a hint of other spices.

There is a good mouth feel is a bit light and feels like a easy drinking beer that is not as complex at it actually is.

Duhast500, Oct 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

mctizzz, Mar 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jefftuck47, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tenacioustomato, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Goldfishman, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jrand2621, Yesterday at 11:29 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Yallnumbskulls, Dec 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

smutty33, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

datalager, Nov 14, 2011
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.