Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
88
very good

197 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 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)

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

Bottle, thanks Cody. Pours a fairly clear chestnut / orange with a thin white head and lively carbonation. Nose is light roasted malt, light caramel, maybe some chestnuts, pumpkin spices, and a good bittering hop quality. Flavor is roasted chestnuts, pumpkin pie spice, light European hops, good toasted malt, a little grassy. Very well put together. Finish is a bit sweeter than I expected but it's really nice. I was excited for this one as these guys make great lagers. (472 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear dark amber brown color with a nice amount of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-mostly sweet malts, smells good

T-taste is similar to the smell, sweet and malty, hints of molasses, and leaves a bit of alcohol warming.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very well balanced

D-much better than other US Oktoberfest styles I have tried, big flavors and a nice medium body (400 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish amber in appearance. Decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt. I don't think many other reviews on here say so, I definitely got a sense of pumpkin in the aroma even though it's not touted as a pumpkin beer. I also notice the pumpkin, along with squash, in the taste. But the primary flavor is definitely of brown sugary malts. A bit bready as well. Medium-to-bold body. Drinkability is just fine, and the overall impression is great.

Definitely one of the best Oktoberfests lagers out there I've had. I don't think it's quite a traditional oktoberfest, but it is a damn fine brew. Great for the season! (610 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an interesting brew. A very sweet version of this style. Both the nose and flavor is a sweet butter malt. While some others have not enjoyed this I found it quite good. Its a nice caramel butter toffee flavor. Its a great autumn orage in color witha bright white head. Very easy to drink, and warms well on a cool Sept night. (330 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks great, a vibrant orange with big creamy head with craters of carbonation.

S: A sweet malt is met by a lot of booze that is very unexpected, almost overpowering. Has a buttery smell to it as well, an odd combination.

T: Taste matches the nose. Sweet malt, butter, and booze. Also a bit of brown sugar. Something seems off in this beer. Will probably try again to see if it's different.

M: Has a decent smoothness and just the right carbonation, but a bit of alcohol burn.

D: It was tasty, but something might have gone wrong here. (542 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had the same problem as Jwaks (see below). The diacetyl is out of control for an Oktoberfest Lager. This tastes like a sweet Ringwood ale from Middle Ages or Shipyard. Still, behind that is a big dry toffee and cherry malt character that I really wish stood out more. This seems like a case of good beer gone bad.

UPDATE: This batch was recalled. Next time I get a bottle, I'll have to re-review. (399 characters)

Photo of Jwaks
1.6/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

An awesome and consistent fall favorite, my latest run in with this beer was very disappointing.

Bought a bottle from Table in Vine in west springfield in mass right after they recieived a shipment from the first fresh batch of the season. Left if in the fridge for a day before opening.

All diacetyl in the nose and nothing but butter and butterscotch flavor. Blows. I love this beer though clearly someone skipped the much needed diacetyl rest or it is an off bottle.

At least the sink loved it. (501 characters)

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

A- Dark, gold/amber body with a tall, off-white head that fades to a film.

S- Lots of notes of sweet malt and light molasses.

T- Big malt profile of bready and caramel malts, with notes of light molasses and caramel coming through. Just enough hops to bring a little balance to the malts.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really nice take on a Maerzen from an American brewery that seems to really be making a lot of great beer. (444 characters)

Photo of Butchlives
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FY10 22oz bomber. Wow! This is one beer you need to seek out - immediately! I've been anticipating the release of Berkshire's O'fest for months as it is one of my absolute favorites and this years version is over the top. A humongous taste of carmel toffee malty sweet deliciousness. Of all the beers I've tasted this year I would have to say this is one of my top 5. (367 characters)

Photo of JMD
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich copper color with creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet and malty aroma. Some carmel and butterscotch.

T: Big malt flavor. Layers of sweetness with toffee, butterscotch and carmel. Hints of vanilla as well. Finishes with a soft hop bite.

M: Smooth and creamy, more robust than your typical Oktoberfest.

D: This is an excellent Oktoberfest. Big malt flavors and great creamy texture. Another great offering from BBC. This is one of the best American made Ofests that I've tried. (534 characters)

Photo of FishGetter
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish colored copper with some cloudyness to it. Minimal head, some visable carbination.
Nose fills with rich camelized malts. Some mild hops peak through with a faint yeasty aroma.
Malts push right up front with seasonal roasted caramel flavors. Next is what I can only describe as the BBC yeast strain flavors. Very dominate and always notiable in a BBC offering. Mild touch of alcohol at end.
Somewhat thin in the mouthfeel. Would expect a bit more for such a seasonal offering.
Not there best offering from BBC. A bit off the mark for a Marzen style brew. (562 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, two fingers' worth of bone-white head with decent retention. Nose had a beautiful sweet, malty cast. Color was a bright, deep amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a perfect sweetness on the tongue. Finish was wonderfully Oktoberfest-like. This was great and for the price?!? Yow! (280 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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! (2,075 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (486 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Kooz
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!! (585 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (372 characters)

Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.