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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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291 Ratings

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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 neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good Oktoberfest. Thanks to ppoitras for the bottle. Pours fairly weak. Little to no head, no lacing, no carbonation. Nice color though, very nice rusty amber color.

The smell is good. Sweet with rich gently roasted caramel malts. A bit of spicy hops. The taste is very good as well. Same elements, but more pronounced. Very smooth, just a little bit dirty.

The body is fairly big for what I was expecting. Seems a bit flat though. This would be really good fresher, I imagine. Still quite good as it is.

neonbrown82, May 03, 2006
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice deep ruby red in color with a good very foamy head that stay the course.

Notes of malts, caramenl and shy notes of hops and spices.

Taste wise, hmm pumpkins notes I can feel, spices, and a hoppy taste comes in the background. Caramel even peccan like feels come in.

3Vandoo, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a small white head that falls to a sparse coating over top. Nose is light bready and toasty with a very mild noble hop spiceyness just enough to know it is there. Flavor is light toast with a finish that leads me to think this is a touch old, but not really off. Its closest to a slight sourdough character. Feel is moderate with a light carbonation. Drinkability is okay. Its a pretty standard brew. Not really jumping out as outstanding, but definately drinkable.

kmpitz2, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a .25" white head. The color of the beer is a dark golden, or light copper. The freshness date on the front label has not been notched.

smell: The first thing I notice is a wierd sour flavor, somewhat vinegar like. It is pretty detracting. Behind that are some light fruity and caramel aromas. Hops are clean, spicy, and light.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and the body a medium light.

taste: Again with the sourness, though less like vinegar here. Light caramel malt flavors are balanced with the hop bitterness. Finish is a lingering sourness and bitterness.

drinkability: The highest alcohol content oktoberfest I've had yet. The flavor and aroma are not that great, but it seems pretty drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden for such a light beer.

Obtained this bottle from ppoitras in BIF 24.

blackie, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not what I expected from an O-fest brew, but it is great all the same.

It's more like a strong ale or APA than an O-fest. The smell has a hint of hops to it, and it looks great in the glass.

It has a nice hop bite with a great malt balance. It's well rounded and tasty. It's drinkability is quite good as well.

A great beer if you can find it.

gotbeer, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of Stimack
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew pours to a somewhat cloudy brown/orange color with a good sized off white head that laves chucks of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is strong with malt that highlights a caramel scents while also noticing a sweet smell that does seem to have a bit of a fruit like aroma. Very malty taste that does have a slight off sour note. Not sure if I really like that taste here, but it is not bad. Don’t really notice much hop favor but can notice a slight alcohol taste. Over all this is a fair offering, some what of a let down from BBC as I normally just love everything from them. Still give it a thumbs up but probably will not get this one again, I will stick to my Hacker-Pschorr Octoberfest.

Stimack, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of PSUDREW
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is a 7%? I must say, off the bat, the abv is not noticed in this brew.

pours a nice amber-brown color. some tanish head that laces on the way down. nice grassy nose, but with burnt malt sense to it

Overall, this is an intersting brew. like I said before, 7%? you can't even fell it (until it is to late) There is a dominant malt profile, not to much hops, but it overalll mixes rather ricely. The non-showing of the 7% makes this a rather drinkable brew. Sweetnes (somewhat citrusy) show uo in the end.

all in all a nice take on the 0-fest style.

PSUDREW, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours on the dark side of amber with a touch of orange; slight cloudiness, which I admire. Excellent head with a touch of lace on the glass.

Dark malt aromas (for some reason, it reminds me of split pea soup).

This brew tastes darker than the color would suggest. Nice full body with an equally full malty flavor. The hop is mild as would be expected from an Oktoberfest. The carbonation is low. The taste is sweeter than some; still, the finish is dry.

This is an interesting beer with a lot of complexity. I'm going to enjoy this one slowly.

smcolw, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of orsulacp
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a 22 oz bottle that had a drink before month area but no notch. Hazy orange - copper with a small tan head that disappeared quickly (it was in hotel room glass so that is what I get for using one). Didn't get alot on the nose, some toasty malts, a bit of caramel, and a floral/spicy hop smell. Slightly sweet caramel, then some spicy hops, excellent level of carbonation makes this very drinkable; there is a hoppy aftertaste. Everything goes together well, more like a bock, but very good.

orsulacp, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber/ orange beer has a slight haze. There is a nice foamy off white head,leaves a little lace. A nice sweet malty aroma with some biscuit grain and a hint of corn in the background. The sweet malty character carries the flavor along to the light hop finish. Tasty smooth and pleasing.
Oh and one 22oz bottle will warm your head up nicely.

ybnorml, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Oktoberfest Lager
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* 09/22/05 - Autumn Equinox *

Pours a nice shade of light brown with a fine orange tint. Fluffy 1" white head floats on the top. The visual appearance of this beers screams Fall.
Sign me up.

Clean, malty nose with an earthy, raw presence. The aroma is rather clean, minimal detection of hops.

Bready, soft feel on the palate. Massive amounts of caramel and sweet malt bombs. Juicy and creamy flavors with a malt heavy mouthfeel. So clean and refreshing, yet thick and satisfying. True to the German style, but this beer presents it's own character.

This beer has a 7.0% ABV? Are you kidding me? If you live in New England and have the luxury of getting this beer fresh....stock up now. Yet another great beer from an awesome brewery.

Hibernator, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Boto
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ CT River Brewfest: In my sample of Oktoberfests at this beer festival, this one was bringing up the rear. It wasn’t bad, just outclassed. It pours a brown color with a decent amount of an off-white head. There is a bit of a sweet, malty aroma. Not too much else coming through. The taste is slightly sweet, with some pumpkin spices. Decent, but non-descript.

Boto, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this Bier this past Sunday, on a glorious late summer afternoon outside. Poured from a 22oz bottle, which had a best before area on the label yet nothing was notched.

Pours a deep copper color; very rich and solid, with a slight haze within. Low, steady carbonation rises up, towards the creamy, 1" tannish hued head. Said head slowly ebbs, to about a steady 1/4", with decent lacing sticking around. Aroma has bready, crackery malt; not overly strong yet still solid. Minimal hops evident. Body a medium all the way, yet with a bit of prickliness on the tongue without being distracting.

Flavor has a reasonable amount of malt, though less than suggested by the aroma. Shortly after a slight, subtle fruitiness becomes evident. Sort of a green apple aspect, which actually lingers a bit, much more than any malt. Found this to be an odd component of an OFest. Not bad, but nothing like the Spaten (vom Faß) I had the previous day.


overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Bierman9, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only a seasonal? Bloody hell. Pours an orange-hued light brown with a thumb thick head. Aroma is very sweet malts, molasses and just little bits of rum. Flavor is kind of unique for an O'fest. Malts are ever so present and the slight hop bill provides a bit of a bitter bite towards the end. Picking up some wood too. Alcohol burn does not taste or feel like beer, but more like a bourbon feel. Also am getting some more molasses/vanilla and just the slightest nibble of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is very light and moments after sipping I can hardly tell I was just drinking a beer. Body does stretch out the cheeks and caused me to pucker just a bit. Glad I pciked up a few bottles of this beer to enjoy.

MuddyFeet, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Brewfan
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass. 1/4" bone white head on a light copper-orange body. Nice amount of lace, stayed with the beer for quite a while. Minimal carbonation upon pouring.
Aroma of banana bread, biscuits and sugar. Very sweet on the nose, as well as the tongue. Very malty, which is what I was looking for in this beer. Heavier mouthfeel than a lot of Oktoberfests I've had. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Left my mouth a little thick and wanting more beer.
Will definately grab a few of these every year.

Brewfan, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBC bomber bottle, with freshness dating notched onto the label. Pours a rich almond shade, off white head and just leaves a minor amount of fine lacing. Nose of light rum, raisins and malt. This a rich, strong, full flavor O'fest brew. Full of malty layers of creamy smoothness. Vanilla, oak, caramel all picked up. I had a chance to sample this brew on tap as well. It was wonderfully creamy and smooth. Fine creation, well worth seeking out and enjoying this fall season

Billolick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBC really knows how to knock out seasonal all-stars. According to my packy guy, it came out three days ago, so freshness assured!

App.-Deep orange and caramel colors, does not leave much of a head or lacing. The leaves have yet to change in Western Mass, but this beer is doing a hell of a job reminding me of a fall day.

Smell- Keep in stride with the fall thing, this beer has some serious pine and molasses tones- they are not hiding either. There is also a large wafts of orange and chocolate.

Taste- Reminds me of bock beers I've tried, but not as heavy. The alcohol taste is a little unbalanced, but nonetheless appreciated. The beer lends itself nicely to a bark-like ruggedness.

A very good brew from a very good brewery. If you could put this beer on a clothing rack it would be in the flannel and overalls section. Rugged, comfortable, and enjoyable.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of steinlifter
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured a amber/gold, sudsy tan head, spider web lacing all the way through.
sweet fruity aroma's, a hint of pine wood as well.
fruity explosion on 1st sip, cherries, apples, pine,sweet malt, hops in the back that come through on the after taste.
mouthfeel is bubbly crisp, with a bit of creaminess, and chewy on the end.
drinkability is EXCELLENT! I wait all year for this brew...very good!...I would drink it on a boat, with a goat, in my sox, with a fox..I DO, I DO, LOVE THIS BREW!

steinlifter, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, fuzzy, dark orange coloration, slim fizziness above.
Herbal, vegetal nose, malty, some caramel tones showing, as well, though ultimately, it's on the mild side.
Big, juicy fruit blasts the tongue on first swallow, then softly slips away. Bit over-carbonated. Bold, sparkling, and a small bit sour. Very unusual mouthfeel. Nowhere near as smooth as we'd prefer. Bracing puckeration at first sip, then it fizzes against the tongue undcomfortably.
I had every hope in the world for this, but it's not a pleasant drinking experience, a regular chore to finish. It's like a Jolly Rancher dropped in a bottle of Mike's Hard Cranberry...or something like that. Needs more malt, less fizz...as I near the end of the bomber, I find that I'm not liking it any better, and I yearn for a more satisfying brew. Up the malt, tone down the carbonation, maybe a touch less alcohol, but if they do the first two, it won't be necessary...perhaps...perhaps then, it will be a better brew. Just my 2/5 of a nickel...

feloniousmonk, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

“Purchase Before” February is marked on the label.

Golden in hue with tawny influences, there is a slight haze too; this gives it a natural look. Some animation was noticed in the liquid, moved towards the head at a steady pace. The foam was rocky, about three fingers in height; it looks great in my ½ liter mug. Oktoberfest in December, hell yeah! Ah, memories… Head retention was very good; it slowly subsided to a modest cap that lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized. The appearance is ideal for an O-fest. The nose is great. The bouquet is exactly like what I want an O-fest to smell like, plus the potency is as loud as I could reasonable imagine. There is great malt depth with caramel, some toasty/bready notes. Hints of grain and nut. The malt is quite rich in aroma (very nice). I am surprised that the hops are so easily detected; good balance. The hops offer some spiciness and some herbal notes. Alcohol is noticeable as well, heat from an O-fest? Is this from Avery? I’m a little concerned, considering the abv is 7%. On the whole the nose is very satisfying. Inviting. I was sold after the first sip. This is a mighty fine tasting beer. Multiple layers of malt; I counted three. It was shifting gears in my mouth. Caramel sweetness… dry nutty bread… and then an all encompassing assertive blast of alcohol, spice, brown sugar, and herbal hops. Bitterness is moderate and it does a great job of adding layers of flavor and balance. Warming. Dark fruits at the finish. Fairly crisp but not curt, there is a laziness that works well. This might be the most satisfying O-fest I have ever had. Hell, this is one of the best lagers I have ever had. What a great beer, what a devilish beer. I want to sip and savor but I want the drink it like a thirsty madman. This beer is the complete package. Truly amazing. Medium/medium-full in body with sturdy but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is great, it is filling, relaxing, and satisfying. Drinkable? Are you serious? This beer is like suckling the teat of a goddess. Fantastic stuff. I will have to get some more bombers next fall. There are no faults in this beer, aside from the fact it is not available in nebuchadnezzar bottles. If you like O-fests you must try this beer. It is a tad beefy so buck-up, turn up the Polka music, grab a big-ass pretzel, and enjoy!

Thanks ppoitras for the bomber, this was a great addition to the 2004 Secret Santa beer swap.

bditty187, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am fairly new to the Berkshire Brewing beers. This one really got my interest. Pours out amber brown in color with nearly no head. The smell is very malty and sweet.

The first thing I said to myself after I had this was Wow! Nutty, caramel, sweet, malty, hoppy and all out beautiful. Unlike any Oktoberfest beer that I have had, much more beefed up. I love the carbonation level, much lower than most beers. It seems to fit this beer perfect.

To be honest I am no expert with this style. Is this an Oktoberfest? I have no idea. Do I really like it? You bet.

CharlesRiver, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ppoitras for the trade.

Pours out a nice amber and sits a foggy orange brown in the glass with a good sized foamy off-white head with nice lacings.

Smells nice a hoppy, all spicy and herbal. Malts are in good form and give off a nice caramel sweetness. Lightly toasted and crisp.

Tastes mildly sweet up front full of raw doughy sweetness. Dripping of caramel along the sides and soothing hop spiciness. Well balanced and warms up with alcohol in the back of the mouth. Finish is dry and lightly bitter with lingering presence of alcohol and malty sweetness.

Ever so smooth in the mouth but crisp on the sides with carbonation that's easy to handle. Well rounded body, full of life. A great Oktoberfest beer and has got the power to keep rolling in brings even more with it. Just plain tasty.

Skidz, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of schemb
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is actually has some alchohol and body cajones. Pretty dark orange hue. Nice and syrupy, kinda like mixing a maibock and a doublebock in color and weight. Stands up well to kielbasa, mustard, and kraut. Its different from other Octoberfests and certainly not a classic example but I like this subgenre.

schemb, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Toasted Sam Hain with this one on 10/10/2004. 16-oz. pour in a typical pint glass at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton, MA with the Pats winning their record 19th game in a row.

Light, sticking film of head that clung all the way down, though again as nothing more than a curtain call. Light rose to deep amber in hue and crystal clear with some constant flow. Buttery malt nose with a touch of brown sugar and golden raisins. Deep and juicy refined malt character to mouth, and actually more body than many of the other Ok/ctoberfests that pop up at this time of year. Succinctly crisp and quite refreshing.

Truh, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of scottum
1.98/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice beautiful amber with a full white head. Tastes malty and hoppy just like beers tend to taste, but this is not a good taste. Kinda a toasty fruit thing in there with the hops, but I can't really describe how this brew crashes. It is just BAD, straighht up. The worst Octoberfest beer (ale or lager) that I've ever tried. Stay away, far far away.

scottum, Oct 12, 2004
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.