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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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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

This chilled bomber yields a medium amber colored brew with a quick dying, off-white head and decent spotty lacing. The aroma is a pleasant maple and cider with a little tangy bite. The first swig offers an unusual sort of light whiskey alcohol and nutty pumpkin wheat. It has a medium feel for the style with lots of peppery carbonation. Not much special but an OK Octoberfest that is definitely worth a try. I would welcome a glass anytime, especially in October!

Update September 2010 - A deep orange-ish brown color with a fair off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma is big time caramel apple and cinnamon malt. A tad sour and very deserving of the October sensibilities. The flavor is in keeping with the aroma. A bold tart allspice apple with tons of caramel malt. I even get an odd licorice edge. Very woodsy, swampy malt. I think it's neat, something that truly fits the season. It's medium plus bodied with pleasant carbonation. A substantial somewhat cidery feel. A good mouthful and one of the more enjoyable and interesting Octoberfests I've had. Now I hear they're taking it off the shelves because they're not pleased with the results. I don't get that.

Durge, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of patelc75
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

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 nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev 0%

A- Pours a reddish amber color with pretty much no head at all just a few little bubbles. Not much in the way of lacing either.

S- Malts every where on this one. Sweet, bready and caramelized malts about everywhere.

T- Sweet malt flavor. Smooth caramel and a light complex background of fruit and spice.

M- Light to medium in body, carbonation right on, and almost a silky smooth feel to this one.

D- Great example of the style and easy to drink. Wish I had some more of this one maybe next year.

nrbw23, Dec 06, 2008
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 duffextracold
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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 beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Got this one as a recent trade extra with BanditBrewingCo. Thanks, Alan!

22 ounce brown bottle with an orange label. No freshness date detected.

Pours a slightly cloudy rusty orange with the slightest bit off-white foamy head with small bubbles. The head doesn't last long and there's no lacing to be seen.

Smells of earthy (almost grassy or dirt-like) hops, sweet malts and sugared milk and a tinge of alcohol.

Medium body and flavor, much like the nose. Low carbonation and a slightly resinious finish. Malts and earthy hops in good balance with some slight spice following.

Though I am not normally a fan of Octoberfest beers, this one went down surprisingly easily. Nice example for its' style. Now, I'm eager to crack the Berkshire Imp Stout (That I also received from Alan)!

beachbum1975, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden brown color, with a thick, pillow like off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a rather grainy aroma. I detect some sweet caramel malt. It has a mild biscuity aroma as well. Not much hop bitterness.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Grany. Behind the grains, I get some sweet malty flavors. It has a bready flavor that is more noticable than I would have thought.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a bready, and grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Low enough alcohol content, and a mild flavor suit it nicely.

Overall: Thanks go to both Mbrandon2w and Ppoitras for this generous hook up. I am glad that I have another.

OStrungT, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of horshack7
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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 OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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 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 SouthAtholSuds
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%

First off I would like to say that I am a huge fan of BBC and I don't want to talk down about any of their products.
Four years ago this was one of my favorite American Octoberfest beers on the market. But playing with the recipe has put it on a slow decline the past few seasons. The beer has a beautiful dark lager appearance. The smell is mostly malts with a small hop profile. This beer is way to sweet. The sugars in the malts overpower the beer and when even drunk in moderation gives me a hangover. The mouthfeel is fantastic. Warm and chewy. I 100% support everything this local brewery does and this beer sells like crazy so they must be doing it right.

SouthAtholSuds, Nov 06, 2008
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 Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

I enjoyed this pint at Bukowski's on Dalton Street.

The pint came with really no head to speak of. The beer was a reddish amber color and very clear. Very little to no lacing left behind.

Aroma was nice and mostly sweet with a slight malt or bread like aroma to it.

Sweet punch followed by a bread like taste in the middle (nice malt flavor) that then moves to a slight fruity nature and ends with a very subtle hop tone to balance the sweetness. I like the bread like nature of this. Wish is was slightly less sweet. But still good.
Mouth feel was medium/light in body and very smooth. Almost silky.

Drinkability was quite nice and I wish I had enough time to enjoy a 2nd pint.

Good representation of an Octoberfest

Reagan1984, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Got this as an extra from ampzilla. Thank you good sir.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with amber highlights and a two-finger off-white head. The head sticks around forever, there's still a half-finger left by the time I finish the beer as there are constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells good. Toasted malt, sweet malt, and a combination of caramel and chocolate.

Tastes even better than it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed shortly by a rugged chocolate flavor that segues nicely into mild caramel. The chocolate taste lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for an Oktoberfest and the carbonation is subtle. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This isn't exactly a classic Oktoberfest, but it goes down very easily. I had no problem polishing off a bomber of this.

Overall this is a very good beer with some excellent flavors not normally associated with the style. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

appearance - Nice copper color with a small head.

smell - nice sweet malt smell, Some caramel and bread present.

taste - Nice sweet up front taste of malt, some mld hop but well balance beer here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Might be one of the best ocroberfest brews I have had. No preservatives and the freshness is present here. Easy drinking beer.

auxiliary, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.1/5  rDev +3%

served from 22oz bottle to a pint glass

A: slightly murky amber hue with a nice tan head and slight lace. Minimal carbonation.

S: sweet malt scent with an earthy caramel background, hint of grapefruit

T: sweet, sweet malt flavor. smooth caramel and a light complex background of fruit and spice, nothing crazy just a nice blend.

M: very smooth, almost creamy.

D: very drinkable.

This is quite the enjoyable oktoberfest.

6DaysBottomOcean, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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 05, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger head and minimal carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet malt with a bit of smokiness and breadiness in the nose.

Taste is very sweet upfront with some smokiness from the malt. Bready in the middle. Mild hop bitterness but otherwise, a smooth lager.

Mouthfeel is sweet and smoky with hop bitterness at the far back of the mouth.

Easy to drink and enjoy. If you want a decent beer for Oktoberfest, this wouldn't be a bad choice. I'd probably choose it over an imported German version based on freshness alone.

Brad007, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.3/5  rDev +8%

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 JoeCeez
3.98/5  rDev 0%

A: pours a slightly hazy tawny amber with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes to leave good lacing

S: lotsa malt, some caramel and slightly toasty, some bready yeast detected as well

T: sweet upfront, huge malty flavors, some mild spicy hops, bready slightly fruity yeast, dry finish

M: medium body, very crisp and smooth, medium carbonation

D: very drinkable, a little bit of alcohol is present, not very "clean" as far as lagers go but the one of the better o-fests I've had this year

JoeCeez, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Translucent, russet colored body with a bubbly white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smells sweet, toasted malts, a little spicy.

This taste is definitely a lot different than many beers I've had of this style. Chocolately malts are noticeable up front, followed by some grainy sweetness. A little spicy in the finish. Even the relatively high alcohol content is somewhat noticeable.

Medium bodied, pretty creamy for the style.

Not a badly drinkable brew. Pretty different than other examples of the style that I've had, but pretty good too.

Hojaminbag, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

lightindarkness, Oct 02, 2008
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 sethmeister
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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 reeder
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

pours a nice golden brown. a bit hazy.

a nice solid juicy looking head.

smells great. big malts. creamy.

has a great big malty flavor. significant hops. some alcoholic bitterness.

overall very drinkable. definitely the best oktoberfest style beer i've ever had.

reeder, Sep 24, 2008
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.