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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

325 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 325
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 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
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brothercannon for bringing this back from VT. A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed apricot color with about two fingers of pillowy off white foam. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose and flavors consist of caramel malts, sweet biscuits, prickly, mildly spicy hops, a bit fruity, some toffee, more malt, toasted bread. Amply carbonated for a marzen with a clean finish, albeit a bit sweet, but the sweetness is welcome here. Thanks again Tim!

ClockworkOrange, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/9

A: This beer pours a slight hazy deep burnt orange with a 2 finger off white creamy rocky head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves very little to no lacing.

S: Nose is heavy on the malts, caramel malts mostly. There are hints of grains and breadiness in the nose as well.

T: Tastes are abundant of sweet caramel malts but quite a bit of spice that I didn't pick up in the nose. Very, very sweet up front almost blocks out the spicing. Middle has some toasted malts, grains, and biscuit backing. Finish has some hops in it, but blended with some more sweet malts. Leaves a very sweet aftertaste that is slightly distracting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp up front with a smooth finish.

D: This is a decent beer, though the sweet aftertaste for me wouldn't qualify this as a session beer.

Jayli, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of coachdonovan
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the bottle says "Local" and "Fresh" but i'll have to take their word for it since i do not see a born-on or best-by date. pours a nice copper. this beer looks like October. nose and flavor is nothing but sweet, sweet malt. 6.8 abv is well-hidden, since i would have guessed lower. this really is a well-crafted octoberfest; i will be getting more of this (especially at the great price) for my next fall drinking session.

coachdonovan, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Kooz
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this from MaddHopper at his Oktoberfest celebration. Good times...

Poured into a liter stein. Very nice-looking beer. Brownish-orange color, slightly hazy. Very nice.

A quick smell delivered a hint of sweetness but seemed fairly mild. The taste though--oh how amazing. This is hands-down the best Oktoberfest I've tried. It's malty up front, then mellows out to a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy.

I would love to have 2 or 3 of these and call it a night.

Kooz, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle on the first of October. Poured into a big ol' mug.

Pours an amber-orange color, with a very slight haze. The head is white with a slight bit of tan to it. Head is nice and fluffy but some of the bubbles at the top are a bit large.

A very malty aroma wafts from the glass. It's pretty rare that a beer's aroma reaches me before I pick up the glass. It smells really really sweet, with a ton of caramel and toffee, some of it likely coming from dark lovibond crystal. Some nuttiness is in there as it warms, reminding me of peanut butter. The hops come through as it warms too, which add some herbal and wood qualities.

Wow! This is malty. This one really covers my mouth with sweetness. It has a bit too much for my tastes, and it kind of masks any nuances in the beer. Caramel seems to be the main flavor but its a bit too coating. I keep getting confused by the oktoberfest style the more I try them, but I feel like this is just too high in alcohol for this malty of a beer. It kind of reminds me of a scotch ale or bock. I'm not a huge fan of those types of beers, so while I can appreciate this beer, its not totally my thing.

Mouthfeel is really big and coating. I would use smooth but there is a bit of an alcohol burn and aftertaste sweetness that makes it linger a bit too much. Drinkability is okay, but the ABV is just too high. If I were to drink mug after mug of a beer on a October afternoon, I wouldn't choose this one.

jeffthecheff, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of mnrider
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber. Orange label with german dudes on it.

A: Dark cloudy amber with off white thin head which turns to nothing with no lacing. Very little carbonation.

S: Malts are the strongest aroma. Sweet caramel and also spiced hops.

T/M: Deep malt taste. Full bodied with sweet caramel. Hops are spiced and keeps the brew in check. Alcohol can be tasted, but is not overwhelming. Very tasty. More bitter than dry but not that bad.

D: Great oktoberfest. One of the best and strongest tasting ones out today. Nice blend of hops and malts gives this brew it's great taste.

Cheers!!!

mnrider, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. Nice amber/copper pour, but the head didn't last or lace well. The aroma was fairly balanced between biscuit, roasted malt, woodiness, vanilla/nut, and mild citrus. However the flavor was a little too imbalanced towards the citrus side, while the feel was a little too thin for a maerzen. An overall average example of the style.

donniecuffs, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery amber with a fine, off-white cap. Sticky lace. Malty aroma, a bit of biscuit and berry sweetness, floral, light citrusy lemon. Balanced bitterness, biscuity malt, toasty, with a bit of lemon and grassy hop flavour. There was a hint of buttery sweetness as well. Medium to light bodied, lowish carbonation, fine texture. Solid. Balanced and tasty.

DrJay, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper body with orange hues and a generous, foamy, off white head that leaves just a slight lacing in its path.

Excellent malt aroma, slight caramel, and just a touch of fresh hops in the background.

Quite tasty, and a great example of the style, just a hint of sweet malt & caramel, but also a nice, fresh, almost zesty hop flavor, and just a touch of spice to finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, excellent palate balance, just a slight spice to let you know its there.

Great drinkability, this beer is an excellent Oktoberfest, plenty of character, very pleasant abv, and an all around winner.

CHADMC3, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Poured the color of unpasteurized apple cider; brownish red and a bit hazy. Nose was very malty sweet with a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose - is there such a thing as an imperial marzen? Mouthfeel fell between light-and medium-bodied with a consistent background effervescence. One of the more drinkable Oktoberfest beers in my opinion. Fairly decent complexity for the style, but a bit sweeter than one would anticipate.

Jwale73, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/orange from a 22 oz. bomber -- almost matches the orange label. Man, I love the fall when it comes to beer. Fairly small head, just enough though.

Nice malty smell, kind of sweet almost like caramel. Mmmm...

Taste has that malty caramelly flavor I was getting in the nose, and also a little kick of alcohol -- something I could probably do without. Overall, a nice almost roasty smoothness that is sweet with the warming finish.

Easily carbonated, feels clean in the mouth. Not as drinkable as I like my oktoberfests to be as a result of the higher alcohol content, but still no challenge to drink. The more I drink and the warmer it gets, the less noticiable the alcohol becomes. Still, this beer makes a better sipper than a big gulper.

I typically love just about anything BBC puts out, and this one came with high praise. I'm a little bit disappointed, I guess I was hoping for something a little more easily drinkable. Not a bad beer at all, but not quite what I was hoping for.

JimmieFrisbee, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of atremains
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to grab this one on my way home from work today, the weather called for it. Pours a nice deep amber/copper with an off-white head with some cinnamon colored swirls. Very thick foam, looks delicious. Smell is apricots and a bitty rum-like, so far so good. Taste is great. Dark and light fruity flavors, malts, and grains. The feel is medium with a small amount of carbonation and an inviting malty finish. This is one of, if not my favorite, BBC beers. I'm just glad its only September first, now I've got a few months to enjoy this beer at my leisure.

atremains, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just found out a 22oz bomber fits perfectly in the water bottle cage of my mountain bike!

Dark orangey-amber with a large off-white head. Great retention and lace for a lager.

Toasty pumpernickel malt bolstered by an earthen hop spice and burnt caramel notes.

Bready malt with a touch of orange marmalade sweetness balanced by a mild hop spice. Grainy alcoholic finish.

A bold Oktoberfest, a "mug thumper," if you will.

donkeyrunner, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of bmwfan1987
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Ridgefield,CT at anconas, they get it fresh from the brewer himself.

A-dark orange-copper, with nice head.

S-smells of apricots, I cant really smell anything else.

T-Very pleasant. very pronounced malt.

M-full bodied, very good.

D-very smooth, I could handle a couple of these in a sitting (2-4 hours)

bmwfan1987, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/copper color with an off-white/cream colored head that was pretty thick. The foam stays for awhile with some lacing on the glass. Aroma of grain and roasted malt and actually followed by a bit of sweetness. It was extremely tasty. Tastes of toasted, caramelized malts and grain that tasted a bit creamy as well, followed by a very slight bitterness, very good. Mouthfeel was very good, again creamy and smooth, very drinkable.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of apricots, some breadiness, tad of dark fruits, little brown sugar. Tastes of more of the same, very sweet with lots of caramel tones, touch of rum which is not all too pleasing. Ends with an earthy dryness that barely cuts through the sweet slickness. Nice full mouthfeel like all of Berkshire's beers.

An interesting beer, knowing that Berkshire brews very traditionally, i was expecting lots of malty and bready flavors. Instead this beer introduces a lot of sweetness with rum and dark fruite (raisin) undertones. Just enough bitterness to balance the drinkability, an excellent interpretation of an octoberfest lager.

bum732, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBC's Oktoberfest pours a beautiful dark amber color. Its nice and rich, very inviting. This is a clean, clear dark lager with a good inch of thick white head. It leaves little islands of foam as it dissipates.

The aroma of this beer is sweet caramel, dark bread dough, gingerbread, brown sugar and maybe a bit of rum. Lots of great warm smells, takes me forward to some nice cool nights around a campfire.

Ahh...the taste. Definitely one of my favorite lager styles. This one is rich and flavorful. Lots of sweet caramel notes, touches of dark fruit/esters, some more of the rum and a nice smooth finish that leaves an essence of brown sugar on the lips.

Excellent beer!

indiapaleale, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jaxon53 for sending this in the One of Each BIF awhile ago

A - Poured a copper brown color with a light tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet roasted malt with some spice

T - Follows the nose sweet roasted malt with some caramel and spice flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this was a good fall time beer thats easy to drink with a good taste to it worth trying sometime

armock, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This chilled bomber yields a medium amber colored brew with a quick dying, off-white head and decent spotty lacing. The aroma is a pleasant maple and cider with a little tangy bite. The first swig offers an unusual sort of light whiskey alcohol and nutty pumpkin wheat. It has a medium feel for the style with lots of peppery carbonation. Not much special but an OK Octoberfest that is definitely worth a try. I would welcome a glass anytime, especially in October!

Update September 2010 - A deep orange-ish brown color with a fair off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma is big time caramel apple and cinnamon malt. A tad sour and very deserving of the October sensibilities. The flavor is in keeping with the aroma. A bold tart allspice apple with tons of caramel malt. I even get an odd licorice edge. Very woodsy, swampy malt. I think it's neat, something that truly fits the season. It's medium plus bodied with pleasant carbonation. A substantial somewhat cidery feel. A good mouthful and one of the more enjoyable and interesting Octoberfests I've had. Now I hear they're taking it off the shelves because they're not pleased with the results. I don't get that.

Durge, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of patelc75
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

toasted malt sweetness on the front, pretty dry on the back like most Oktoberfest beers. more bitter than spicy unlike most Oktoberfests. Got it in Pittsfield, MA, but not sure where exactly. Ate it with some chili Lindt dark chocolate, which was a pretty good combination

patelc75, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish amber color with pretty much no head at all just a few little bubbles. Not much in the way of lacing either.

S- Malts every where on this one. Sweet, bready and caramelized malts about everywhere.

T- Sweet malt flavor. Smooth caramel and a light complex background of fruit and spice.

M- Light to medium in body, carbonation right on, and almost a silky smooth feel to this one.

D- Great example of the style and easy to drink. Wish I had some more of this one maybe next year.

nrbw23, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear caramel amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin 1/4 finger of solid retention that leaves a big cascade and spotty lacing beind. The aroma is big with notes of bread, sticky smelling caramel, citrus, and floral hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a toasty mix of caramel notes, citrus, and floral feeling noble hops in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean and crisp feel but the beef in the body definitely seems to be on the higher side for the style.

This was a rather hefty and full flavored O-Fest that drank well and was yet another solid seasonal beer from Berkshire. Well done.

Kegatron, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of duffextracold
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy caramel color with a one finger head.

Smelles like sweet malt, apple juice.

Great taste, sweet, maybe some caramel malt? slight alcohol taste. has a nice hint of cocoa flavor. slightly hoppy, mostly in the aftertaste.

Med- heavy carbonation. smooth bubbly texture that makes my mouth happy.

a little bit less alcohol might be nice, but it's pretty darn good as it is.

i would say this is one of my favorite oktoberfests, another solid beer from berkshire.

duffextracold, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one as a recent trade extra with BanditBrewingCo. Thanks, Alan!

22 ounce brown bottle with an orange label. No freshness date detected.

Pours a slightly cloudy rusty orange with the slightest bit off-white foamy head with small bubbles. The head doesn't last long and there's no lacing to be seen.

Smells of earthy (almost grassy or dirt-like) hops, sweet malts and sugared milk and a tinge of alcohol.

Medium body and flavor, much like the nose. Low carbonation and a slightly resinious finish. Malts and earthy hops in good balance with some slight spice following.

Though I am not normally a fan of Octoberfest beers, this one went down surprisingly easily. Nice example for its' style. Now, I'm eager to crack the Berkshire Imp Stout (That I also received from Alan)!

beachbum1975, Nov 25, 2008
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.