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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

334 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 47
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 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 PSUDREW
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 30, 2005
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 Stagga_Lee
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Beric
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Supreme Liquor in Central Square, MA
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Nice and deep copper-brown color, darker than most other in the style. Pours with a white, foamy head that dissipates quick though this could have been from the glass. 4/5

Smell: Smells sweet and caramelly, without being overboard. Some good bready notes in the nose too, with a strong emphasis on dark wheat breads or something like that. 4/5

Taste: Wow, really marvelous flavor! Not like many other US-brewed Oktoberfestbiere I've had. This one is not perfectly to style-it's much too abrasive in some respects-but it is certainly a much better Oktoberfest than what's brewed by other, larger MA based breweries. The beer is dominated by the caramel malt flavors, but has a really pronounced edginess to it, which the representative chalked up to its being lagered. I've never had a lagered beer with quite the bready edge on it as this, at least for the style. While this isn't bad, it makes it almost taste spiced even though it's not. Nonetheless, this beer is miles above other US versions of an Oktoberfest beer without relying on 'innovation'. One major thing- the malt sweetness in this beer really reminds me of a Maibock...and so does the ABV. 4.25/5

Feel: Really excellent carbonation and body. 4.25/5

Overall: An extremely well done Oktoberfest, and one I really look forward to having again. I'll need to pick up a whole bottle of this and see how the edginess asserts itself when served in a proper glass and whatnot, or over time as it ages. Would highly recommend. 4/5

Beric, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of JohnofUpton
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

JohnofUpton, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of lightindarkness
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice gesture from DrDogbeer, thanks!

22oz bottle poured into a large shapely mug.

Pours a somewhat cloudy deep rusty orange color with a nice full bubbly ivory head. I'm liking the looks of this one.

A lot more on the nose than I expected. A very nice grainy base with notes of cereal, nuts, caramel, faint sugar, and mild alcohol.

Taste is rather substantial. Full cereal grains and some toasty biscuity malt. A touch of caramel and a brief splash of spice at the finish before fading out with some more hearty grain flavor.

A relatively sturdy medium bodied beer with a nice spicy carbonation that doesn't intrude but isn't too weak either. Drinks heartily, with a nice full finish. Heavier than some I've had, but satisfyingly so.

It could possibly be the fall mood I'm in, but I'm really impressed by this one. Nice balance between full satisfying taste and feel, yet remaining incredibly drinkable and very nearly addictive. Too bad I only have the one bottle. It's one of the best beers, in terms of drinkability, that I've had in a long time.

lightindarkness, Oct 02, 2008
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 rinhaak
4/5  rDev +1%

rinhaak, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Dools9
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into nonic pint.

A: Beautiful amber, dark copper color. Lots of active carbonation. Fluffy off white head leaves nice lacing and retains very well.

S: Lots of toasty malt, sweet carmel, buttery. Hops are earthy and herbal.

T: Lots of toasted malt, sugary sweeet caramel, bready, biscuity malts, hops are slightly bitter and more herbal and earthy. Its a bit to sweet for me however

M: Medium, smooth carbonation slight alcohol warmth on throat. Very bodied for the style.

O: Solid, strong octo-brew from BBC. Wasn;t really big on the sweetness however, but still an alright beer. Watch out for the abv though, It'll sneek up on ya.

Dools9, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of smb71481
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

smb71481, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of goz
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-dark amber, large white head, mostly lasting, laces very nicely. Aroma is stron - lots of butterscotch, toffee and caramel, with just a bit of toasty malt in the back. Flavor is dominated with the butterscotch, almost like one of those butterscotch hard candys you sometimes get, or maybe werthers original (that was what my wife said it tasted like). Slick and smooth mouthfeel. Something doesn't seem right with this - it looks good, but aroma and taste seem to be off.

goz, Oct 05, 2003
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
Photo of mttdls
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mttdls, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of EatonHops
4/5  rDev +1%

EatonHops, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of VTBrewHound
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

VTBrewHound, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of dental
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

dental, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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 jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jongullotti, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sethmeister
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Pours a very dark copper w/ frothy tan head.

Scent is, in a word malt. Bread, toast, sweet and malty, caramel.

Big malty flavor. Bread, toasted bread, buttered bread, warm fresh dough, mild caramel sweetness... Herbal hop bitterness and alcohol warmth balance out the juicy malt and linger together in the finish intermingling with a spicey black pepper note.

Mouth is big and almost chewy w/ slight alcohol warming.

Very easy to drink.

Easily my favorite Oktoberfest so far this year - big, fresh, juicy and thick. MUST get more of this.

sethmeister, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Thads324
4.43/5  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

Thads324, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Sailracer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Sailracer, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Liverpool08, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of JMD
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

JMD, Jun 10, 2010
Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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