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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

270 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 38
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 21:39:44 | More by lightindarkness
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 03:54:20 | More by IBUnit63
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:33:19 | More by sethmeister
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reeder

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:14:49 | More by reeder
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel pour with a small head. Smell is sweet, sweet malt, very inviting aroma. Strong tasty mal backbone throughout, balanced by a slight hop undertone that lingers lightly on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, extremely nice. Smoothness, with light crispness on finish makes this a winner..even better when warm ...bahhh to supe cold beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:57:39 | More by edchicma
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a thick body, a dark, fuzzy (unfiltered) color and a tan head that was thick after being poured but went away rather quickly. That *might* be the only drawback to this beer. Light sweetness from the malt, with an aroma containing straw, faint hops and, of all things, peas. There's a little bread, too. The taste is not overpowered by anything, but has a nice malty spine with tangy bitterness and some fruit and pepper (and peas). The carbonation is lively and the alcohol, while present, feels lower than its stated ABV. I could drink this all day, but I'd prefer to alternate with the other wonderful things that Berkshire Brewing creates. BB can do no wrong, in my book. If you live outside their distribution area, I'm sorry for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:31:59 | More by gfreed
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williamherbert

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange color, thick and with lots of carbonation. Thick and hazy. Nice half-finger of pure white head.

The smell is malty and rich. Roasted malt with a leafy, slightly musty aroma. Not the freshest thing I've ever whiffed but nice enough. There is some caramel and butterscotch in the smell.

The taste is a heavy malt, sweet but with a bitterness. Caramel and toffee and a mild flowery hop. Butterscotchy but balanced and nice enough.

Feels smooth, milky, buttery. Medium body; creamy too. It's a nice Oktoberfest beer. Really substantial and full-feeling. Still, might be a bit hard to knock a ton of these back in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:40:50 | More by williamherbert
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TeddyBG

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass that is a little more fluted. Freshness date before 3/11/09.

A: Dark copper hue with cascading bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Heavy malt. Fruity.

T: Malty slight smokey. Not as malty as the nose would lend you to believe. Very slight hop astringency at the finish. Good stuff.

M: Slightly syrupy, not thin; and excellent carbonation. Goes down easy. ABV may be a bit high for this, but once again another great one from BBC. These guys can do the lagers' as well!

D: An excellent brew. About as good

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 21:07:55 | More by TeddyBG
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Cunningham26

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at publick house in standard US pint glass.

A: a great darker brown color, slightly darker than something like an APA, almost a mahogany
S: great with big malts coming through and a sweetness as well
T: Had this right after an authentic Munich ocktoberfest, and this was miles away more flavorful, with a strong maltiness and a cleansing touch of hops
M: very smooth almost as much as a brown ale made for great...
D: fantastic. Had one of these at the place with hundreds of different beers on tap, and continued with this the rest of the night.

probably my new favorite octoberfest, completely well rounded and almost perfect. only downsides were a lack of proper head room, with almost no head whatsoever. However this was a fault of the pour rather than the beer, so looks like i'll have to give it another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 01:03:52 | More by Cunningham26
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currysage1

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange, crowned with a 1 1/2 finger cream colored head.

Smell is bread malts, sweet dark malt, light raisin, orange peel, carmel apples.

Taste is a good mix between malts and hops. Peppery up front with a mix into heavy malt, but the hops are there through the whole thing. Bitter apples, with hints of vanilla.

Feel is great, nice and creamy, very satisfying, carbonation is there but does not get in the way of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 06:13:57 | More by currysage1
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper/amber color (definitely a great color for a fall seasonal), decent sized beige head fades pretty fast and leaves a small amount of lacing. Big caramel malt aroma, slightly boozy background, faint grassy hop aroma. Taste is more caramel, almost a syrupy quality to the malt, and very rich, bready, and some toffee and fig tastes. Really creamy, rich and substantial... this thing kinda drinks like a meal! This is tasty, another great offering from Berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 00:06:49 | More by corey0212
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with thick head and nice lacing. The smell is a rather subtle mix of sweetness and malt. It's very smooth, creamy, and a little heavy in the mouth and I don't notice a lot of carbonation. Goes down very easy. The taste is nicely balanced. Malty and sweet, and you can notice the alcohol, not that that's a bad thing. A very nice and drinkable Oktoberfest. I only bought the one bottle. I should have bought more.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 21:56:13 | More by mtbbaboon
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 02:31:46 | More by Wasatch
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MarioL66

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts out with a nice dark reddish brown appearance. Atop this fine looking liquid sits a creamy white head.

There are alcohol notes detected between the nice sweet fresh bread aromas rising from the glass.

Taste is a mix of vanilla, walnuts and alcohol notes as the beer washes across the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy as the beer slides down the throat.

This is a sipping O-fest that has a lot to offer. Great for drinking outside as you grill during the cool autumn weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 20:40:38 | More by MarioL66
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a 22 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer gives a thin off white edge layer of head with some islands left in the center as it recedes. Color is amber and caramel hues mixed nicely. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some dark fruit and maybe boozy, didnt expect those scents. First sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is big and malty caramel and brown sugar mixing and dominating. Some slightly grainy notes come through on the finish.
Fairly easy drinker no hint of ABV, not very clean or lagery more al-like with the fruity notes on the aroma. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 02:35:57 | More by sulldaddy
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 03:30:52 | More by fitzy84
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 16:29:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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iceball585

New York

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy dark brown color, one finger thick head (good head retention), also some tiny carbonation bubbles throughout

S- Toasted malts, grains, slight metallic smell

T- Toasted malts, nuts, smokey, dried fruits, alcohol, slight hops bite but smooth finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp taste but oily finish

D- Worth trying but not my favorite oktoberfest

This beer has great appearance and good head retention which is something most beers lack. Decent flavors but nothing really jumps out at you.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 21:27:58 | More by iceball585
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sraimondi

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, nice full head which shrinks to about 1/4". Some spot lacing throughout serving. Appearance is really beautiful; medium-deep copper. Aroma is faint bread/malt, and a bit of sweetness. The taste really excels here. True to the style, malt, malt everywhere. Hops tries to surface in the finish on the back sides of my tongue, but the malt doesn't let it come through. Surprisingly, the beer is not cloying at all. The mouthfeel is actually creamy, almost like a very good oatmeal stout (without the hops bite). The ABV is pretty well shrouded. Overall a very good offering from BBC, one of the best breweries in New England. I need to get some more bombers.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 00:36:17 | More by sraimondi
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albern

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:43:15 | More by albern
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:45:18 | More by Damian
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Pours a medium, hazy orange with a 1/4 in. head that quickly turns to a frothy lace. The carbonation is lively, but lazy enough near the bottom to give the brew a richer, deeper appearance.

S: Smells of sweet, nutty malts, like the kind you might find in a richer brown ale. There is a little hop spice in the nose, but it's almost all the sweet malt.

T: Sweet and bready, but the sting of alcohol leaves the palate feeling a little bitter. The aftertaste is a little more bready and malty than the initial sip, so the taste lingers for a while, which is good for this marzen, as it's on the richer side.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied for a marzen. That gives it it some points, but takes away from the overall drinkability somewhat.

D: I'd say this is a nice Oktoberfest to enjoy on a cool night on the patio, admiring a new moon, not one to keep pouring at an evening BBQ or a night of all-night booze camping. One of these big bottles is enough.

Overall, I liked this Oktoberfest, but wasn't crazy about it. I had heard good things about it, and tried it on that principle alone. I'd recommend it to some, but not as a first exposure to the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:40:31 | More by Gambrinus1184
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, a deep copper with a nice 1” head on a pint.

Smell – Sweet, malty, cinnamon?

Taste – Pretty sweet, not much bitterness to it. It doesn’t have the overbearing pumpkin flavor some fall beers have – a good thing.

Mouthfeel – Tasty, a bit of spice, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability – Very nice. I have yet to be anything but pleased with Berkshire BC. I had 3-4 from a keg last week and a 22oz’er this week – both terrific and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 00:30:04 | More by msolar
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Only one thing prevents this beer from being a world class Oktoberfest, the hot alcohol. Very nice malty flavors that are reminiscent of the Ofests from Germany. Slightly toasty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through the sweet malt that was balanced perfectly with the hops. But the hot alcohol is out of place for this style - more in line with a bock or dopplebock if you ask me. Its more than warming, and is distracting from the all the great malt flavors - even makes it unbalanced . I try this every year and have the same complaint every year. Taking the gravity down a notch from a bock level would make this so much more drinkable I think.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 15:02:14 | More by Longstaff
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Guardian

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper color, lots of carbonation present

S- Not overly strong (but I have a cold as I review this). I don't detect the spices that I often do in other Oktoberfest beers. SHocking how little smell there is.

T- VERY smooth. Taste is reminiscent of a a refined Sam Adams Octoberfest. Very nice.

M- A bit of a tingle on the tongue. Very pleasant feel.

D- A very drinkable beer. I wish this came in six packs (I've only seen it in a big bottle). If it did, this would be fairly regular purchase for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 02:33:55 | More by Guardian
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.