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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

334 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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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 Kkottonmouthkngz
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive been just about worn out from octoberfest beers at this point but we'll give it a lackluster whirl. appearance is nice and clean with about as much head as expected on the initial pour. it smells nice and sweet, and if i hadnt been so worn out on the style id be attracted to it. i guess what it really has going for it is the orange label that screams OCTOBER and the stereotypical flavors i assosciate with it. yum, but im ready for spiced winter beers. i know this review blows but it is what it is.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, brownish red in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, faint spices, and grain

Taste: toasted malt, grain, some cinnamon

Mouthfeel: sweet with a tad bit of bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This to me is an average Octoberfest in every sense. I like the maltiness but am not sure if I would get this again. I like several of Berkshire's offerings a lot better.

tigg924, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Duhast500, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Chico1985, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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

alpinebryant, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Sam21
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into large flute.

Appearance - Orangeish amber body with a sticky tan head. Looks the part.

Smell - My nose is immediately assaulted by waves of malty goodness. I'm picking up a lot of mollases sweetness and waves of complex fruitiness. Picking up some grain in the background, but very little lager characteristics. Smells delicious.

Taste - And it delivers! A big punch of rich carmelly sweetness up front. Followed by waves of fruity complexities. There is a big doughy bready malt backbone to this brew. Touch of graininess in the finish with the hops making a short cameo. The alcohol peaks through in the finish adding a warming quality that reminds me of a bock beer. Sweetness lingers a bit. This is one hell of an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied beer with sluggish smooth carbonation. Leaves a coating in the mouth. Very smooth, although a little thick.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer, but quite big in character and alcohol. Goes down smoothly, although a little thick.

Sam21, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 shredsofautumn
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased 9/29/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- Medium orange/brown with ruby hues in the light- As looked upon from behind the glass of a standard pint glass. Poured fairly gingerly, so about a one finger head.

Smell- tons of toffee, biscuity malt, and earthy notes. slight caramel.

Taste- Maltfest! Balanced, but bold. lots of complex yet slight spice characteristics carefully intertwined within the big mouth-hugging malts that carry through even after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Deliciously creamy. Coats the mouth with its character.

Drinkability- I easily put down the 22 oz. bomber, but could maybe only put down a bottle and a half. The creaminess and boldness prevent it from being a big old session beer for me, but that's okay. I'd rather savor the heartiness of this great Autumn brew and leave the few on-point Oktoberfest imports as the session brews.

shredsofautumn, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

kbutler1, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown with a white cap that builds and falls just as fast. A small ring and tiny cloud remain. Lace does not exist. Ends up with the juice look.

S- A good mix of caramel and nutty malt. Some Autumn spice notes. Slightly toasty.

T- Malty and sweet. Light caramel malt, nutty malt. Some dark fruit hints. Some spice. Some floral and earthy hops, sort of like German ones.

MF- Amazingly creamy moderate body. The carbonation is just like pure cream making it very smooth.

DB- A good example of the style. Nice balance of Fall flavors and some fruit notes. The mouthfeel is damn good. I can't say I love the style but this one is enjoyable for cetrain.

cbutova, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

kingcrowing, Sep 23, 2010
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 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 jbertsch
4.2/5  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!

jbertsch, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an interesting brew. A very sweet version of this style. Both the nose and flavor is a sweet butter malt. While some others have not enjoyed this I found it quite good. Its a nice caramel butter toffee flavor. Its a great autumn orage in color witha bright white head. Very easy to drink, and warms well on a cool Sept night.

Liverpool08, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks great, a vibrant orange with big creamy head with craters of carbonation.

S: A sweet malt is met by a lot of booze that is very unexpected, almost overpowering. Has a buttery smell to it as well, an odd combination.

T: Taste matches the nose. Sweet malt, butter, and booze. Also a bit of brown sugar. Something seems off in this beer. Will probably try again to see if it's different.

M: Has a decent smoothness and just the right carbonation, but a bit of alcohol burn.

D: It was tasty, but something might have gone wrong here.

mostpoetsdo, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 30, 2010
Photo of Jwaks
1.55/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

An awesome and consistent fall favorite, my latest run in with this beer was very disappointing.

Bought a bottle from Table in Vine in west springfield in mass right after they recieived a shipment from the first fresh batch of the season. Left if in the fridge for a day before opening.

All diacetyl in the nose and nothing but butter and butterscotch flavor. Blows. I love this beer though clearly someone skipped the much needed diacetyl rest or it is an off bottle.

At least the sink loved it.

Jwaks, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, gold/amber body with a tall, off-white head that fades to a film.

S- Lots of notes of sweet malt and light molasses.

T- Big malt profile of bready and caramel malts, with notes of light molasses and caramel coming through. Just enough hops to bring a little balance to the malts.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really nice take on a Maerzen from an American brewery that seems to really be making a lot of great beer.

TommyW, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Butchlives
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FY10 22oz bomber. Wow! This is one beer you need to seek out - immediately! I've been anticipating the release of Berkshire's O'fest for months as it is one of my absolute favorites and this years version is over the top. A humongous taste of carmel toffee malty sweet deliciousness. Of all the beers I've tasted this year I would have to say this is one of my top 5.

Butchlives, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of JMD
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich copper color with creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet and malty aroma. Some carmel and butterscotch.

T: Big malt flavor. Layers of sweetness with toffee, butterscotch and carmel. Hints of vanilla as well. Finishes with a soft hop bite.

M: Smooth and creamy, more robust than your typical Oktoberfest.

D: This is an excellent Oktoberfest. Big malt flavors and great creamy texture. Another great offering from BBC. This is one of the best American made Ofests that I've tried.

JMD, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish colored copper with some cloudyness to it. Minimal head, some visable carbination.
Nose fills with rich camelized malts. Some mild hops peak through with a faint yeasty aroma.
Malts push right up front with seasonal roasted caramel flavors. Next is what I can only describe as the BBC yeast strain flavors. Very dominate and always notiable in a BBC offering. Mild touch of alcohol at end.
Somewhat thin in the mouthfeel. Would expect a bit more for such a seasonal offering.
Not there best offering from BBC. A bit off the mark for a Marzen style brew.

FishGetter, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.