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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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198 Reviews

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 357
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 56
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

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Photo of bum732
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of apricots, some breadiness, tad of dark fruits, little brown sugar. Tastes of more of the same, very sweet with lots of caramel tones, touch of rum which is not all too pleasing. Ends with an earthy dryness that barely cuts through the sweet slickness. Nice full mouthfeel like all of Berkshire's beers.

An interesting beer, knowing that Berkshire brews very traditionally, i was expecting lots of malty and bready flavors. Instead this beer introduces a lot of sweetness with rum and dark fruite (raisin) undertones. Just enough bitterness to balance the drinkability, an excellent interpretation of an octoberfest lager.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz.
Brown bomber; no best before date indicated.

Thin auburn with straw highlights. Wonderfully orange, white head that refuses to budge. Walls of condensed lacing with impressive strength.

Creamy, semi-sweet toasted biscuit aromas. Clean, noble wheat and grain without mustiness. Hints of caramel and toffee.

Creamy caramel, mild coffee giving a harnessed sweetness. Clean wheat and toasted bread with just a touch of warming diacetyl. Notes of dark fruit: plum, grape, and raisin. No bitterness nor any detection of the 7% abv. Light toffee and raisin in the aftertaste.

Almost full in body; ridiculously creamy and smooth on the palate. Carbonation is at a minimum. I'm at a loss for words at how smooth this lager feels.

Three words: give me more! That's all you need to know. Possibly the best Marzen I've ever had. I can't wait to try this on tap. For those of you reading this review...try this lager, it's in your best interest.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper brown/red, small off-white head turns to thick ring quickly. No lacing left.

Smell is cereal grain, light fruit and grassy notes from the hops, gains strength as it warms. A bit macro-y but good.

Much hoppier than your average Oktoberfest, about even with the malts in fact. Grassy, German-style hops, light+dark fruit, caramel malt, and just a pinch of booze. Complex for the style.

A bold and different American Oktoberfest, doesn't rely on sweetness to make it enjoyable.

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Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a surprising Octoberfest offering given its very malty fullness. The beer pours a nice deep amber with a modest head and some retained lacing around the rim. The smell is malty sweetness, maybe some nutiness as well. The taste is surprisingly full, malty, bready, maybe some raisiny feel in there too. There is a lingering hop twinge coming mostly in the middle. This is a medium to full body, thick, creamy beer which is not characteristic of an Octoberfest at all. You won't be slamming down too many Masses of these. The balance is clearly tipped towards the malts. There is a particular sweetness to this beer as well and it is slightly caramelly. The mouthfeel is creamy and bold and given its full character, the drinkability is somewhat lessened. This is a good beer and well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

I had this on-tap during the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston June 2008. The coppery caramel notes were more pronounced, the head on this beer was huge, and the sweet malts really shown forth. I'm adding some points to the original rating.

Update October 2009: I'm not getting the hop notes in the mid section but I am getting a bit too much boozy malts and raisins that are warranted for the ABV of the beer and for the style. I'm less enamored with this beer than my original outing two years ago. On tap may be a different matter.

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Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a dark crimson-amber with a tight, frothy, light tan, one-finger head that quickly faded to a clingy ring.

The aroma was quite mild initially. Powdery yeast and caramel malts were faintly detectable, along with some nuttiness. As the beer warmed, the aroma (particularly the alcohol) came out a bit more. Some German-style malts became noticeable.

The taste was rich, sweet and nutty. A malty, caramel-like sweetness came through strong up front. Toffee and maple syrup were also quite apparent. Creamy and fruity notes came through as well. A pleasant alcohol warming appeared on the back end and lasted into the finish. Sugary notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy and supple with a fine, mild carbonation.

As for drinkability, this was a smooth, flavorful and (despite its alcohol prowess) rather easy-drinking Oktoberfest. I only wish that the German-style malts were a bit more pronounced in both the aroma and the taste.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 10/11/07 22 oz. bomber> 16 oz. samuel Adam's Boston Lager glass.

This one pours out pretty dark as a wonderful amber color with clover-honey hues that's slightly hazy at the top and clear on the bottom. The head is massive and dense, very tight foam head that dissiptes very, very slowly and eventually leaves a good 1/4" cover with sticky lacing all around. Very nice.

This is a strange but very pungent aroma of semi-sweet, sour dough malt with a big sour-fruitiness, very Belgian Dubble-like with it's big fruity yeast and heady malt. The red-fruit aroma's and sweeter caramel-malt scent pop out after it's warmed up slightly. It's a wonderful smell but it's dominated by the belgian yeast-like ripe and soured fruit aroma.

First off, Wow! This is a very flavorful Oktoberfest style lager. A wonderful smooth and sweet malt with a big fruity edge kicks in; coupled with a very ripe fruity yeast complexity...once again Very reminisant of an Belgian Dubble, even more in the flavor than the aroma with it's big, sweet toffee flavored malt and fruity undertones of ripe red fruits and grapes. The complexity is high for this style and rather surprising. The yeast and hops work together very well to create this deep, sweet-fruity flavor that rides right along with the big malt. The flavors also change dramatically on the palate and excite every part to an equal degree it seems. The aftertaste is that of wheat 'n grains with an oak-wood, smokiness. Yum.

This brew I suppose is medium bodied, but it's really a full bodied lager that is ultra-clean and lively but extremely smooth and silky going down, it has an amazing, luxurious feel. My lips are slightly sticky, always a good thing in my book.

This is hands-down the most big-ass Oktoberfest lager I've ever had, certainly the most satisfying. The flavor is amazing and the feel is too, and at 6.8% the heat is really far in the background, but you can feel it pretty quick, so have fun with this and enjoy slowly.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with very minimal head. Biscuity, malty aroma along pumpkin. Slightly sweet flavor mixed with some spices similiar to pumpkin. Some grass type flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly bitter lingering flavor. Hmmm, not spectacular really but I guess drinkable. Not something I would search out for but also not something I would turn down either.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Oktoberfest Lager
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* 09/22/05 - Autumn Equinox *

Pours a nice shade of light brown with a fine orange tint. Fluffy 1" white head floats on the top. The visual appearance of this beers screams Fall.
Sign me up.

Clean, malty nose with an earthy, raw presence. The aroma is rather clean, minimal detection of hops.

Bready, soft feel on the palate. Massive amounts of caramel and sweet malt bombs. Juicy and creamy flavors with a malt heavy mouthfeel. So clean and refreshing, yet thick and satisfying. True to the German style, but this beer presents it's own character.

This beer has a 7.0% ABV? Are you kidding me? If you live in New England and have the luxury of getting this beer fresh....stock up now. Yet another great beer from an awesome brewery.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this Oktoberfest pours a hazy dark orange with nearly no head, a faint whisp of tan foam rims the glass, plenty of carbonations rises up

S - the aroma is dominated by a nice malty profile with a slight seasonal spiciness behind it, very appeling

T - that malt characteristic from the aroma is huge up front, with slight but perceivable caramel flavors tucked away, a nice O'fest, one of the better BBC offerings

M&D - smooth and crisp, a very refreshing beer, which gives it its high drinkability

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

just-released 2007 version, 22oz.

uberclear amber. caramelized sweet potato aroma with vanilla and walnut notes. perfect heft with a wave of carbonation that sweeps over the tongue. dry with booze initially.. approaching imperial marzen. finishes with a robust taste sensation, traditional o-fest flavors with an unapproached creaminess and amaretto. despite its size, it refreshes. this is one of the best fall seasonals.. and as one of the first out it sets the bar rather high. this beer is as good if not better than it's ever been.

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Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a orange brown with a half inch of off white head, that leaves some lacing behind. Smell is brown sugar, raisin, banana bread, and carmel. Taste is balanced nicely, this is large for the style, and malt lovers will love what they have done here. Body is on the large side, a little dry, and very drinkable. This a well done Marzen style beer. If you like malty beers and October beers, a must try.

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Photo of Gatch
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the label or bottle but I'm assuming this is fresh because it's early September!

A: Copper-amber in color with a fizzy, off-white head. No lace or retention. Don't know if that's typical of the style.

S: Malt-heavy. Roasted, sweet, sugary, bready.

T: Great balance of sweet and roasted malt. Hops show up in the finish and are surprisingly fresh, tasty, and oily. The malt really shines through, providing a delicious depth of malt flavors. Perfect for cooler weather and let me say, the booze really sneaks up on you after finishing the bomber.

M: Very enjoyable flavors, right amount of carbonation, and easy to drink. As the bottle suggests, the flavors and hops are "just enough to entice you to have another." For the price, I definitely will consider it.

O: This beer met my expectations as they were pretty high when I purchased it. A very good beer by itself and for the style. I'd recommended it to anyone.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy khaki head that receded slowly to a thin ring; nice lacing;

S: toasty malt, caramel, earthy hops;

T: all malt until the finish; a little boozy at mid-palate; fairly bitter finish for the style;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I was surprised at the booziness since the ABV isn't all that high; the finish is more bitter than most and I enjoyed that;

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper / orange pour with a light tan head

Smell of delicious malt, some light spices and sweetness

Taste of sweet malt, which seems to happen with most of the Berkshire Brewing beers I have had. A little more than I desire in a 6.8% beer. perhaps the house yeast does this? Some light molasses and a nice roasted malt flavor that reminds me of falling leaves. Of the Oktoberfests that i had at an Oktoberfest beer festival at Stratton Mtn, this was my favorite of the group. Sam Adams tasted like water comparatively.

Mouthfeel for an Oktoberfest is pretty good, the wet finish may deduct from the body, but mild carbonation and a good body. Obviously easy drinking . It is an Oktoberfest after all

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good Octoberfest, not overly spiced. Nice 1" tan head when served in a pint glass. Head lasted for most of the beer. Good body and Outstanding mouth feel. Another excellent beer by BBC

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Photo of silentjay
4.33/5  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.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.