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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

291 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

mikesgroove, Oct 30, 2008
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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 TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +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

TheManiacalOne, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

22 oz bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear caramel amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin 1/4 finger of solid retention that leaves a big cascade and spotty lacing beind. The aroma is big with notes of bread, sticky smelling caramel, citrus, and floral hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a toasty mix of caramel notes, citrus, and floral feeling noble hops in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean and crisp feel but the beef in the body definitely seems to be on the higher side for the style.

This was a rather hefty and full flavored O-Fest that drank well and was yet another solid seasonal beer from Berkshire. Well done.

Kegatron, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving negligible lacework. Transparent dark orange-brown body.

S - Slightly buttery biscuits, toasted malts, some fruity notes that come out as the beer warms up. Clean lager taste, and on point for the style.

T - Taste is better, with stronger malt, biscuit, and toffee flavors, mingling with fruity notes and a bit of hop character in the finish. A nice solid Oktoberfest.

M - Smooth texture, lightly sticky medium body, medium-low carbonation, and no obvious alcohol. Pretty much what I want from this style.

D - One of the better offerings I've had from Berkshire, and competitive with the better local Oktoberfests I've had. Still, it'd be hard to pick out of a lineup.

MasterSki, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Hazy, fuzzy, dark orange coloration, slim fizziness above.
Herbal, vegetal nose, malty, some caramel tones showing, as well, though ultimately, it's on the mild side.
Big, juicy fruit blasts the tongue on first swallow, then softly slips away. Bit over-carbonated. Bold, sparkling, and a small bit sour. Very unusual mouthfeel. Nowhere near as smooth as we'd prefer. Bracing puckeration at first sip, then it fizzes against the tongue undcomfortably.
I had every hope in the world for this, but it's not a pleasant drinking experience, a regular chore to finish. It's like a Jolly Rancher dropped in a bottle of Mike's Hard Cranberry...or something like that. Needs more malt, less fizz...as I near the end of the bomber, I find that I'm not liking it any better, and I yearn for a more satisfying brew. Up the malt, tone down the carbonation, maybe a touch less alcohol, but if they do the first two, it won't be necessary...perhaps...perhaps then, it will be a better brew. Just my 2/5 of a nickel...

feloniousmonk, Dec 21, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly over clear maple brown auburn colored beer.

Nose has sweet malts, toasty malts, some reddish and brown malts, caramel, very light lager fruits, hint of darker toasted malt, and hint of syrups and brown sugar. Nose is more of a brown ale with lager yeast.

Taste is sweet, not quite as sweet as their maibock but sweet, some toasty malts, plenty of caramel and toffee, nutty, light brown toasty malts, hint of very dark almost chocolate malt, sweet syrups with hints of brown sugar, molasses, and candy syrup, just a hint of bitterness on the finish with a sticky sweet finish, caramel and toffee as well as brown malts finish.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent enough carb.

Overall not bad, this is a lot sweeter than I remember, almost cloyingly sweet, a nice malt presence, but no hops either. Either my tastes have changed or this batch is much worse than I remember their Oktoberfest being. I hope it's just this batch.

jlindros, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, pilsner and Munich malt scent along with a fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very nice malt profile that boasts of pilsner, crystal, and Munich malts. It has a light sweetness along with a dry bready character. It goes down easy with a dry, malty finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a well brewed Marzen. It's tasty and easy drinking; a damn fine seasonal.

WesWes, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

From 10/31/11 notes. Shared a bottle of this with my girlfriend, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy amber-orange color with one and a half fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice head retention and light lacing left on the glass, looks great.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, light spice, and light fruity. Heavy on the malts but very nice.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, caramel malts, bready malts, roasted malts, light spices, and a hint of fruit. Again, very malty and enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good lager and a really enjoyable marzen. Lots of malts and could have drank the whoel bomber by myself. Would certainly have it again.

mdfb79, Nov 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Pours on the dark side of amber with a touch of orange; slight cloudiness, which I admire. Excellent head with a touch of lace on the glass.

Dark malt aromas (for some reason, it reminds me of split pea soup).

This brew tastes darker than the color would suggest. Nice full body with an equally full malty flavor. The hop is mild as would be expected from an Oktoberfest. The carbonation is low. The taste is sweeter than some; still, the finish is dry.

This is an interesting beer with a lot of complexity. I'm going to enjoy this one slowly.

smcolw, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Big, two fingers' worth of bone-white head with decent retention. Nose had a beautiful sweet, malty cast. Color was a bright, deep amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a perfect sweetness on the tongue. Finish was wonderfully Oktoberfest-like. This was great and for the price?!? Yow!

woodychandler, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%

I had the same problem as Jwaks (see below). The diacetyl is out of control for an Oktoberfest Lager. This tastes like a sweet Ringwood ale from Middle Ages or Shipyard. Still, behind that is a big dry toffee and cherry malt character that I really wish stood out more. This seems like a case of good beer gone bad.

UPDATE: This batch was recalled. Next time I get a bottle, I'll have to re-review.

tempest, Aug 29, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Billolick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%

Poured into pils glass.

Pours over 1 finger of creamy beige head. Fades to a thinner layer but decent retention. Not a lot of lace. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Biscuit flavors with some grassy hops. has an odd sweet scent to it in the background. A touch of skunk.

Taste: Must have been the skunk flavors in the nose I was picking up, because they are here as well. Very malty. Bready and biscuity. Grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and skunky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with hints of alcohol.

Overall, not an octoberfest I want to much of. The skunk flavors through it off a bit. Could be worse, could be better. Average drinkability.

mothman, Sep 28, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slight yeast, very slight spice, with some caramel. The taste is big on caramel malts, slight yeast. Medium body. Drinkable, this is still a tasty brew. Thanks Wayne.

Wasatch, Apr 24, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1 1/2" tan head above a dark copper ale. Laces excellently. Aroma is lightly of caramel malts and hops, but wish it was a bit more intense. Taste is malty, with minimal hops presence, and a small kick of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Seems they've satisfied both worlds here, a flavorful beer which lends itself to the Oktoberfest sessions. Search it out and decide yourself.

ppoitras, Sep 29, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

wrightst, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

The brewers weren't kidding when they said its hue was reminiscent of fall foliage. Indeed, this is a blazing, multi-toned ensemble of orange-amber tones that burns quite brightly. Despite the bright colour, its body is too dense to permit transparency. Its head is essentially non-existent but little sudsy spatters manage to dot the glass somehow.

The aroma is rather dynamic and I think, although I could be wrong, more than a little bit of it can be attributed to the extra couple notches of alcohol. There is a spicy, ethanol-induced flare to the beer that normally isn't found in lagers of these types. For the most part, it seems to crowd out most of the sticky, fruity, sweet maltiness.

I wouldn't say Berkshire's Oktoberfest is hard to drink but it definitely doesn't have that same level of limitless quaffability that the bests of the style do. As already noted, the extra alcohol does not go unnoticed. Where as most of these lagers sooth the palate like a massage chair, this one throws you down the stairs.

And in large part this 'roughness' is perceived because of a lack of flavour. It does offer a worthy plate of plum pudding, over-ripened pear and apple, a splash of Gran Marnier liqueur, muscat grapes and some freshly made caramel syrup. But it certainly isn't sweet, which is typical of the style, and instead drinks thin with a cringing spike of alcohol.

What makes an Oktoberfest so different from other lagers is a full bodied, chewy, biscuity, intense maltiness. This simply does not have that. Lagers are typically plain and brainless - but that's what makes them drinkable. An Oktoberfest should have that quality as well as the added dimension of lively flavour. Again, this does not.

Whether it's the alcohol or simple displeasure, I am (literally) stumbling to the finish of this bomber. I have to admit I was anxious about a double-sized serving of an Oktoberfest but it turns out that this isn't exactly what I had in mind. Even the best breweries have occasional hiccups and we'll chalk this one up to an off batch. Thanks mcBrewsAlot!

biegaman, Oct 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Oct 07, 2012
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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.