Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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88
very good

197 Reviews
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Reviews: 197
Hads: 343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 50
Gots: 30 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 09-27-2002

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottler served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a clear, deep amber / copper shade while yielding a beautiful 2" creamy head. very strong retention and some patches of lacing. just a real nice looking beer.

rich, toasted maltiness leads the way in the nose, followed by some secondary hoppy and caramel notes.

flavor follows, even exceeds the aroma. bold toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of hops in the background. very nice. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a great octoberfest. not quite sensational, but one of the better ones i've come across - a fantastic local brew. (612 characters)

Photo of Thads324
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely copper with a thin tan head. Big aromas of earthy malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch and some yeasty scents. All the aromas are big and bold, billowing from the glass. A bit of fruits as the beer warms. Taste starts a bit thin, with some smooth and sweet bready malt. A hint of caramel and some nice mellow spices, possible allspice? Only a hint of hop bitterness towards the beginning of the second half of the beer. A subtle yeast flavor towards the end compared to the usual Marzens. Mouthfeel is creamy and easy to drink. A bit thin, but pleasant.
An excellent beer, and although a bit lighter on the body than most others, it's drinkability is great. I'll need a few more bombers, and may let a few mellow in the back of the ol' fridge. Great stuff (768 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 1/28/12 printed on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and fizzily, leaving no lacing. Pours an almost translucent copper and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Spicy noble hops with some bread and cake underneath. As with the flavor, the hop and malt aromas blend together seamlessly. Not overly complex, but not simple either. Nice and seasonal as well.

Taste: Follows the nose, with spicy hops up front resolving to just baked-bread. Malt tastes occasionally doughy, like the less cooked spots on fresh bread. The abundant spicy hops have almost a peppermint quality, but they're reined in by the smooth mouthfeel and bready malt. Some lagery tanginess, and an occasionally herbal hop dominated finish.

The interplay of malt and hop flavors is very nice; a typical sip goes from spicy German hops to fresh country bread to yeasty tang to herbal hops to dark bread complexity. There's a lot going on, but it blends so well that it doesn't immediately strike you as "complex". Despite the apparent smoothness and simplicity, there's brown sugar notes, caramel, various Autumn-appropriate spices (tasting much like fresh noble hops smell), different bread flavors--more than enough is happening here to keep me interested, and it all tastes good.

The overall impression of the flavor remains balanced and satisfying. It's bold but harmonious. One of my very few complaints is the alcohol heat, which, while mild, is a bit much for the other flavors. It may be stylistically appropriate, but it clashes a little. Also, while the hops and malt are in great balance, the malt flavors could stand to be more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; unexpected and welcomely full and creamy. Light but slightly prickly carbonation. Notably good feel--good enough to make it harder to enjoy, for example, Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Overall: Great take on the style. Despite some very trifling flaws, the whole is very much greater than the sum of its parts with this beer. In other words, its many elements work in exceptional harmony, from the beautiful mouthfeel to the strongly prominent spicy hops to the bready backbone.

As well made a Märzen as you'd expect from the consistently thoughtful and talented brewers at Berkshire. (2,330 characters)

Photo of bbeerman
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A.. A nice dark golden amber/brown color.

S.. Slightly sweet, but would have liked a stronger smell of malt.

T.. Certainly less malt than I would have expected from this style. Surprised to taste so much hops in this brew. A little disappointed from the lack of strong malt, but still an above average Oktoberfest beer.

M.. Some carbonation, but didn't seem like too much. Felt about right for this style.

O.. An above average Oktoberfest, but definitely not a top five candidate. (484 characters)

Photo of abriggs1
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a one of a kind beer. It's right on the border of being an imperial Oktoberfest. I realize this is a strong statement, but I've never had a better one; domestic or German.

Appearance is as beautiful as any Oktoberfest. Warm and inviting.

The smell is extremely toasty, and a bit intimidating. It's unique, but a bit overbearing in it's weirdness.

Taste is extremely roasty and bready. Maltiness up the ass with some smooth hop backbone. it's got a lot of that lager funk that I love mixed in with a heavy flavor profile that's not typical of most lagers.

Mouthfeel is thick and warm. Sharp and smooth at the same time.

This beer is really a grand slam for the style. Germans be warned, you've got some stiff competition from America. (749 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fingers worth of creamy white head. Slightly hazy deep amber body. Better than average look.

Smells quite nice overall. Sweet sugary Carmel, toffee, molasses, Munich malt.

Tastes very sugary sweet, Carmel, pumpkin pie spices come to mind, maybe vanilla, clove and nutmeg. The typical Octoberfest like flavors come through but in a subtle way. The sweetness is quite pronounced, just the way I like it. If you don't like a sweet beer this is not for you.

Mouthfeel is medium full, medium carbonation. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish tries to keep this one in check.

Overall I'm a fan of this beer. Some have mentioned the year to year variation and that is true but I've liked them all. This one seems sweeter but that may be my palate only. I'll be picking mone more of these up before there gone.
$4 a bomber. (828 characters)

Photo of mikel5489
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBC Oktoberfest Lager pours a rusty, copper color with an off-white, almost tan head. As the beer settles the head dissipated quickly. The beer is very clear as expected, with only carbonation bubbles from the bottom obstructing my view of the other side of the glass.

The smell, while not overpowering, gives off rich malt notes. Caramel and brown sugar being the biggest contributors. There is also a doughy quality to the smell.

The taste mimics the smell with caramel and brown sugar notes. It is a very sweet taste and very rich. The doughy quality in the nose is present in the taste as well. The taste also expands further than the nose as there is a nutty quality and a little spice that work nicely with the other flavors. There is also a little bitterness on the back end that gives this beer a little balance.

The mouthfeel is where I think the beer really separates itself from other Oktoberfests I have had. The malt profile of this beer gives it a medium body which is more on the fuller side of medium than most beers I have had from the style. The carbonation is just right in this beer as it adds to the flavors of the beer nicely.

Berkshire Brewing Co. Oktoberfest, while not the most traditional example of the style, is just a lot more bold than other Oktoberfest beers. It is my favorite Oktoberfest and I plan on enjoying this all season. (1,364 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 01/28/12. 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Clear dark brown/copper body. A mocha head formed and stuck around for a few minutes.

S - Lots of bready malts and spices. Little bit of alcohol.

T - Lots of great malt flavor; bread, toffee, caramel, and yeast. The spice note is smooth and well balanced. Alcohol can be noticeable as it warms up. Nice carbonation and a medium mouth feel.

O - A very well done Oktoberfest. Props to BBC for making some really solid brews. (482 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tumbler. Back in New England for the weekend and ready for Fall. This seem to fit the bill to try.

a: A dark amber leaning towards brown. Large head that disappears quickly. Little lacing sticking to the glass.

s: Sweet malts with brown and candied sugar.

t: Matches the smell exactly at the beginning. There is a slight roasted malt and breadiness in there and it finishes with a grassy hop so there is some balance.

m: It is a little overly sweet, but it is definitely a bomber I can happily drink by myself.

This is a solid local Oktoberfest. Berkshire consistently puts out quality beers and the price point makes it even better. (660 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a modified pilsner glass.

A - Nice amber color,initial head is short lived.
Lacing is miniscule.

S - Sweet malt, some caramel and brown sugar. Very robust in the nose.

T - To start sweet, then a snap that lingers. I like the maltiness, shines through brightly. The finish is lasting and again malty sweet.

M - Linger on the palate, quite balanced. Brown sugar, hints of late fruit. The feel is dessert like.

O - The fine folks at Berkshire have this offering dialed in. Year after year it is balanced and hits the mark at a bullseye.
Keep up the fine work. (587 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly over clear maple brown auburn colored beer.

Nose has sweet malts, toasty malts, some reddish and brown malts, caramel, very light lager fruits, hint of darker toasted malt, and hint of syrups and brown sugar. Nose is more of a brown ale with lager yeast.

Taste is sweet, not quite as sweet as their maibock but sweet, some toasty malts, plenty of caramel and toffee, nutty, light brown toasty malts, hint of very dark almost chocolate malt, sweet syrups with hints of brown sugar, molasses, and candy syrup, just a hint of bitterness on the finish with a sticky sweet finish, caramel and toffee as well as brown malts finish.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent enough carb.

Overall not bad, this is a lot sweeter than I remember, almost cloyingly sweet, a nice malt presence, but no hops either. Either my tastes have changed or this batch is much worse than I remember their Oktoberfest being. I hope it's just this batch. (981 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark reddish color with a bubbly pure white head.

S-pale malts, lightly toasted grain, caramel, hay like hops with a touch of citrus.

T-light pale malts with a touch of grain and lots of malt sweetness. notes of caramel and apple with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar. light herbal hops and citrus with a fair bit of bitterenss.

M-medium body very clean and crisp.

D-very sweet and tasty, well balanced and easy to drink. (436 characters)

Photo of goldsackb2
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing business in the Northern MA area introduced me to this wonderful beer. I had it on tap from a hotel I was staying at, no more than 10 miles away from the Berkshire Brewery. At first I had no idea I was drinking a BB product, I actually thought the bartender poured me a Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Upon tasting it I was astonished by its well rounded malty and sweet characteristics. In my opinion, it struct the perfect balance between the toasty/caramel flavors brought about by it's malted barley, while being just sweet enough to evoke the experience of its intended purpose, namely, the freshness of the fall.

In terms of drinkability; it was certainly an incredibly enjoyable experience, but it would certainly be difficult to drink more than two or three, that is, without feeling like you ate six slices of pumpkin pie (or any other typical fall pastry). (868 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive been just about worn out from octoberfest beers at this point but we'll give it a lackluster whirl. appearance is nice and clean with about as much head as expected on the initial pour. it smells nice and sweet, and if i hadnt been so worn out on the style id be attracted to it. i guess what it really has going for it is the orange label that screams OCTOBER and the stereotypical flavors i assosciate with it. yum, but im ready for spiced winter beers. i know this review blows but it is what it is. (506 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, brownish red in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, faint spices, and grain

Taste: toasted malt, grain, some cinnamon

Mouthfeel: sweet with a tad bit of bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This to me is an average Octoberfest in every sense. I like the maltiness but am not sure if I would get this again. I like several of Berkshire's offerings a lot better. (426 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt. 6fl.oz. into a Goose Island Pint glass.

The color is a dark reddish orange with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet with some nice malt flavor in the nose at first and some pumpkin flavor and a little bit of brown sugar in the background.

The taste is more brown sugar with a sweet malt flavor. Pumpkin is a big contributor to the overall flavor profile but there are some other flavors that comes out toward the end of the sip. The is a touch of Cinnamon and a hint of other spices.

There is a good mouth feel is a bit light and feels like a easy drinking beer that is not as complex at it actually is. (660 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper brown/red, small off-white head turns to thick ring quickly. No lacing left.

Smell is cereal grain, light fruit and grassy notes from the hops, gains strength as it warms. A bit macro-y but good.

Much hoppier than your average Oktoberfest, about even with the malts in fact. Grassy, German-style hops, light+dark fruit, caramel malt, and just a pinch of booze. Complex for the style.

A bold and different American Oktoberfest, doesn't rely on sweetness to make it enjoyable. (495 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper / orange pour with a light tan head

Smell of delicious malt, some light spices and sweetness

Taste of sweet malt, which seems to happen with most of the Berkshire Brewing beers I have had. A little more than I desire in a 6.8% beer. perhaps the house yeast does this? Some light molasses and a nice roasted malt flavor that reminds me of falling leaves. Of the Oktoberfests that i had at an Oktoberfest beer festival at Stratton Mtn, this was my favorite of the group. Sam Adams tasted like water comparatively.

Mouthfeel for an Oktoberfest is pretty good, the wet finish may deduct from the body, but mild carbonation and a good body. Obviously easy drinking . It is an Oktoberfest after all (709 characters)

Photo of Sam21
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into large flute.

Appearance - Orangeish amber body with a sticky tan head. Looks the part.

Smell - My nose is immediately assaulted by waves of malty goodness. I'm picking up a lot of mollases sweetness and waves of complex fruitiness. Picking up some grain in the background, but very little lager characteristics. Smells delicious.

Taste - And it delivers! A big punch of rich carmelly sweetness up front. Followed by waves of fruity complexities. There is a big doughy bready malt backbone to this brew. Touch of graininess in the finish with the hops making a short cameo. The alcohol peaks through in the finish adding a warming quality that reminds me of a bock beer. Sweetness lingers a bit. This is one hell of an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied beer with sluggish smooth carbonation. Leaves a coating in the mouth. Very smooth, although a little thick.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer, but quite big in character and alcohol. Goes down smoothly, although a little thick. (1,013 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, pilsner and Munich malt scent along with a fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very nice malt profile that boasts of pilsner, crystal, and Munich malts. It has a light sweetness along with a dry bready character. It goes down easy with a dry, malty finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a well brewed Marzen. It's tasty and easy drinking; a damn fine seasonal. (582 characters)

Photo of shredsofautumn
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased 9/29/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- Medium orange/brown with ruby hues in the light- As looked upon from behind the glass of a standard pint glass. Poured fairly gingerly, so about a one finger head.

Smell- tons of toffee, biscuity malt, and earthy notes. slight caramel.

Taste- Maltfest! Balanced, but bold. lots of complex yet slight spice characteristics carefully intertwined within the big mouth-hugging malts that carry through even after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Deliciously creamy. Coats the mouth with its character.

Drinkability- I easily put down the 22 oz. bomber, but could maybe only put down a bottle and a half. The creaminess and boldness prevent it from being a big old session beer for me, but that's okay. I'd rather savor the heartiness of this great Autumn brew and leave the few on-point Oktoberfest imports as the session brews. (888 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with very minimal head. Biscuity, malty aroma along pumpkin. Slightly sweet flavor mixed with some spices similiar to pumpkin. Some grass type flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly bitter lingering flavor. Hmmm, not spectacular really but I guess drinkable. Not something I would search out for but also not something I would turn down either. (383 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pils glass.

Pours over 1 finger of creamy beige head. Fades to a thinner layer but decent retention. Not a lot of lace. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Biscuit flavors with some grassy hops. has an odd sweet scent to it in the background. A touch of skunk.

Taste: Must have been the skunk flavors in the nose I was picking up, because they are here as well. Very malty. Bready and biscuity. Grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and skunky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with hints of alcohol.

Overall, not an octoberfest I want to much of. The skunk flavors through it off a bit. Could be worse, could be better. Average drinkability. (690 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown with a white cap that builds and falls just as fast. A small ring and tiny cloud remain. Lace does not exist. Ends up with the juice look.

S- A good mix of caramel and nutty malt. Some Autumn spice notes. Slightly toasty.

T- Malty and sweet. Light caramel malt, nutty malt. Some dark fruit hints. Some spice. Some floral and earthy hops, sort of like German ones.

MF- Amazingly creamy moderate body. The carbonation is just like pure cream making it very smooth.

DB- A good example of the style. Nice balance of Fall flavors and some fruit notes. The mouthfeel is damn good. I can't say I love the style but this one is enjoyable for cetrain. (663 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into an 8oz alt glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a small thin Light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet, a bit fruity.

Taste is a bit sweet an fruity which I don't love. But it's still got a nice maltiness that's really satisfying, light carbonation. Very easy drinking. (290 characters)

Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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