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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

328 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 46
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 iceball585
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

iceball585, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

sraimondi, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of albern
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

albern, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Damian, Oct 04, 2007
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.

Cheers!

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
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.