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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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324 Ratings

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of msolar
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

msolar, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Longstaff
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Longstaff, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Guardian
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Guardian, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep copper with a thin layer of foam. Light lacing that slides nicely down the glass.

S: Malty sweetness with a bit of toastiness to it. A slight hint of bitterness, but not much.

T: This is good. A solid malt flavor comes through, a nice taste of sweetness, a bit of bread, and a slight bitterness from the hops.

M: It's a little thick but tasty. Nice carbonation, not too much, but enough to make it go down smooth.

D: This is very tasty. Definitely a great example of the style and one I look forward to drinking more of in the future. Nice work from Berkshire.

YonderWanderer, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a Ben and Jerry's style label of the two owners. Orange-copper brew with an adequate head. Smells of marmalade on toast with a hop spiciness. Taste is more of the same and it makes for a great fest-beer. I love lagers from small brewers. It's toasty at the core but with a rounded sweetness and the hops provide bitterness to bring about a delicious malt forward balance.

mshallah, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark gold to caramel color with a small off white head, mainly clear. Aroma is a little spiced bread along with a good dose of slick sweet malts that show some berry and appley fruity sweetness and also shows a hint of alcohol. Taste is big on the sweet malts and breadiness, a hint of peatiness and apples in the background. Medium in body, slightly slick on the mouth up front but nicely cut by a slightly peppery crispness and a tingle on the tongue. Nice drinkable cool weather beer.

hoppymeal, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--- 2007 ---

appearance - pours a clear, amber color. nice head with great retention.

smell - sweet malts, grain, caramel

taste - sweet maltiness...slightly bready, crisp, finishes with subtle cherry-ish flavor and tad alcohol hotness. Light hop spiciness.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Drinkability - i could drink a couple bombers. i am surprised this beer clocks in at 6.8%

Doomcifer, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  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.

goodbyeohio, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Riggsy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of goodbyeohio.
Pours a hazy orange into pint glass, 1 finger white head.
Aroma socks me in that all I get is citrusy hops, not usual for an O'fest but no real complaints, smells good.
Taste is hoppy with caramel malt background. I get some fruitiness as well. Again, surprising that the malt dosen't domiante, but delicious none the less. More reminiscent of an ale than a lager.
Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation.
Very drinkable, alcohol well hidden. Not really to style but I'm not judging.

Riggsy, May 06, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold color. Pours with a whte head that dissipates to less than a quarter of an inch. Bright clarity. A great looking beer.

S: Mild caramel malt aroma. Clean and crisp.

T: Malty up front with significant hop bitterness at finish. Malt flavors are caramel like - not toasty.

MF: Medium body. Moderately effervescent. Alcohol warming.

D: Great domestic take on the German classic. Very drinkable - despite the higher alcohol content.

Nipitato, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks for the trade brewfan, enjoyed in my hotel room in Lake Geneva

appearance: pours a hazy amber-copper into a pint glass...thick creamy beige head with pretty solid retention

smell: aromas are faint...light caramel sweetness, toasted grain/malt, faint hopping

taste: big and flavourful...rich and thick caramel malt, creamy body, nice light booze comes through which is extraordinarily complimentary, buttery biscuit, toffee, light hopping...one of the more interesting oktoberfests i have had this year

mouthfeel: very creamy and rich, smooth

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard orange translucent color. Leaves a very small head and some compact bubbled foam remains on the top. small amount of lace remains on the sides of the glass.

Smell is somewhat faint. Its malty with a slight sour touch to it. Elements of salt water are noticed also.

Taste is a nice smooth marzen. It has all the characteristic tastes you would want but it cant hold a candle to the The Kaiser which I just sampled. This is fairly high on abv for a regular marzen which I thought was surprising. Tasting notes are caramel and barleysugar. A bit thin on the finish but somewhat more refreshing and quenching than some others in the style. A good local beer still.

rousee, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. brown bomber with a bright orange label. Pours a bright copper, not much of a head or lace, slow moving carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit and cooked rice, syrupy sweet, big German character and a slight sting of alcohol. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Taste of syrupy sweet caramel, big German malt flavor, slightly toasted, hints of cornbread. Mild hop bitterness and an alcohol sting in the end. Pretty damn good Marzen/Oktoberfest. Once again the BBC impresses me.


SteveO1231, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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

sinstaineddemon, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a big fan of Oktoberfest's, but Berkshrie seems to hit the note with most beers, so i figured ide try this one out. Pours a dark orange, with a creamy looking white heading that soon turned to clean looking lace. Smell is of sweet grainy malt, honey and sugar, i almost detect an almost honeydew smell in there too.Taste was really malty, with little in the hops, and an overall huge sweetness. The caramel and grains really accompany one another well with this one. The alcohol is also pretty well accentuated with this beer, it really warms you up. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy...probably from the big malt presence. Tough call on drinkability...I couldn't drink these all night, certainly a few if I drank slowly. Im more of a hophead then anything, so the huge maltyness really stood out for me...still not a bad thing though. If anything, it is beers like this that make me appreciate lagers more. One more thing...perfect for this time of year as the leaves change color. Cheers

jamie2dope, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4.53/5  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.

NEhophead, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed dark amber with a tan head.
the aroma is a lot of sweet malty caramel, with subtle spices, and some breadyness.
malty caramel and a little nutty sweetness takes over the flavors with the same spiciness. there is a little bitterness at the finish cleaning up the sweetness a little. i find there might be some mapl-y flavors in there too.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty clean.
nice solid oktoberfest.

kmo1030, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy light caramel color with a foamy white head

Smells reminds me of DFH Immort ale sweet with some phenols and maybe a little grape or apple.

Taste is sweet with some caramel and definetly some apple

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with no carbonation

I can easily drink a bomber of this but I don't think I would do two in one night as the alcohol isn't hidden well. Again as all of the BBC bomber offerings this is a killer deal for under $4 a bomber.

WeymouthMike, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber colour with creamy thick head. Good lacing.

Smells of caramel malt. Light hops, and some phenol alcohol. Warming aroma.

The taste is malty smooth, caramel sweetness, and maybe a bit of apple? Warming alcohol gives this brew a comfortable feeling in the palate.

This one packs a punch, and if you can handle it, it is very drinkable. Just be prepared for ultimate flavour.

Freshie, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy amber color with a 1 finger dense head. Aroma is big time malt with a hint of graininess. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that seems perfect for the style. Huge maltiness on the palate with a caramel like sweetness that doesn't overwhelm. A hint of hops to balance it all off, but this brew is all about the maltiness. Best Octoberfest beer I've had this year.

LarryV, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.95 at Downtown in Davis Sq. 22oz.

A: Pours a murky orange color with copper hues. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Decent retention.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt notes with an infusion of dark fruit (plums or figs). Burnt sugary notes also.
T/M: Big sweet caramel malt flavors with red fruit, possibly strawberry, on the other bookend. Slight infusion of hops, but they stay well guarded by the sweet notes. Very smooth and delightful. Nice silky smooth wet mouthfeel. The malts dance on the palate. Nice slight spritzyness in the aftertaste. Low carbonation with a medium body. 7% abv sneaks through like a ninja on a dark night. I love that fall is just around the corner!
D: Excellent tasting and easy drinking O'Fest. One of the better ones out there and at the top of BBC's brews. One of the best deals also--for that cheap, this is a must get for the fall season.

bjohnson, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of atozymurgy
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large and lasting head, very good retention. Color a brilliant amber/orange. There's a very slight chill haze. Aroma - malty! Some toasted and biscuity notes. No hop aroma detected. Overall malty and clean, though after a sip or two I detect just a hint of sulfur. Flavor is very smooth and malty, almost bready, with a bit of toast. Very full and round taste. Little bitterness and barely a hint of hop flavor. Overall this is satisfying, but not particularly interesting. Body is full and rich, almost chewy, but high CO2 makes it clean.

Overall quite good, and certainly very drinkable. But not really much out of the ordinary. Pick it up if you see it, but don't go out of your way.

atozymurgy, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a translucent amber orange with a medium white head. Decent retention.

The aroma consists of a big, sweet malt presence with mild orange and spice characteristics. There is a little alcoholic bite in the smell.

This is one of the more flavorful Oktoberfests that I've had this season. Lots of sweet malt mixed with some orange peel and very subtle spices. A slight touch of clove nicely compliments the flavor. There is a sharp note of alcohol that blends into a bitter hop finish.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel with a medium body and lightly syrupy texture. Quite drinkable.

This is a very nice, highly drinkable Oktoberfest. The best I've had this season.

Estarrio, Sep 03, 2006
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.