Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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88
very good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 48
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 glid02
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from ampzilla. Thank you good sir.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with amber highlights and a two-finger off-white head. The head sticks around forever, there's still a half-finger left by the time I finish the beer as there are constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells good. Toasted malt, sweet malt, and a combination of caramel and chocolate.

Tastes even better than it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed shortly by a rugged chocolate flavor that segues nicely into mild caramel. The chocolate taste lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for an Oktoberfest and the carbonation is subtle. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This isn't exactly a classic Oktoberfest, but it goes down very easily. I had no problem polishing off a bomber of this.

Overall this is a very good beer with some excellent flavors not normally associated with the style. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 20, 2012.

Poured into a tall German stein. It has a decent looking medium amber, copper-orange tone with a significant, long lasting fluffy head and slow moving carbonation.

The nose is full of traditional Oktoberfest aromas including sweet caramel malts, yeast, toffee, and biscuit.

The body is creamy and smooth and falls into just under the medium range.

The taste starts out sweet and malty like a good Oktoberfest/Marzen should but then an unexpected earthy bitterness flies in from out of left field and takes it all over. That bitterness lingers. Overall, the beer is quite drinkable.

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks for the trade brewfan, enjoyed in my hotel room in Lake Geneva

appearance: pours a hazy amber-copper into a pint glass...thick creamy beige head with pretty solid retention

smell: aromas are faint...light caramel sweetness, toasted grain/malt, faint hopping

taste: big and flavourful...rich and thick caramel malt, creamy body, nice light booze comes through which is extraordinarily complimentary, buttery biscuit, toffee, light hopping...one of the more interesting oktoberfests i have had this year

mouthfeel: very creamy and rich, smooth

drinkability: high

Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a good one finger off white head that faded to leave a light creamy blanket.

S - Aroma is fairly typical for an oktoberfest. A bit on the malty/bready side for me.

T - Taste is more of the same, caramel (lots of it), sweeter malts, biscuits, slight toffee. Again, a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel was fairly solid. Nicer carbonation here little sharp on the tongue.

O - Overall, slightly unimpressed by this one. Its a decent Oktoberfest, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of Durge
3.87/5  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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a shiny copper color. Head is foamy and off-white. Head is smaller and it retains its thin stature. Inconsistent lacing rings. Body is mostly clear.

S-Sturdy Marzen nose with a slight Pumpkin Ale twist to it (spices are the culprit). Hops are herbal and quite light. Lots of rich, sweet toast. A ton of caramel too. Almost buttery. A bit of booze.

T-A robust Marzen flavor too.Autumn spices and toasted nuts. Biscuit and toast. Sweet, lightly burnt caramel. Light grassy hops. A bit of alcohol. Cola notes too. A really nice overall flavor for the style.

M-Heavier bodied for the style. Light, tingly carbonation. A bit too brash with the alcohol, but I'll take it.

O/D-One of the best Marzens I have run across. Actually, this one probably is my favorite. Berkshire has some great brews. Happy to have tried it. The style is weak, but this one is a star.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of blackie
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this pint at Bukowski's on Dalton Street.

The pint came with really no head to speak of. The beer was a reddish amber color and very clear. Very little to no lacing left behind.

Aroma was nice and mostly sweet with a slight malt or bread like aroma to it.

Sweet punch followed by a bread like taste in the middle (nice malt flavor) that then moves to a slight fruity nature and ends with a very subtle hop tone to balance the sweetness. I like the bread like nature of this. Wish is was slightly less sweet. But still good.
Mouth feel was medium/light in body and very smooth. Almost silky.

Drinkability was quite nice and I wish I had enough time to enjoy a 2nd pint.

Good representation of an Octoberfest

Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Prosit!!

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

835

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from tzieser. Thanks Tom!

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned out to a ring.

S - roasty caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and roasted malt flavors most of the way through with just a hint of bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

Photo of Boto
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a 22 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer gives a thin off white edge layer of head with some islands left in the center as it recedes. Color is amber and caramel hues mixed nicely. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some dark fruit and maybe boozy, didnt expect those scents. First sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is big and malty caramel and brown sugar mixing and dominating. Some slightly grainy notes come through on the finish.
Fairly easy drinker no hint of ABV, not very clean or lagery more al-like with the fruity notes on the aroma. Decent beer.

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

Served on tap as guest beer at SBC in Southport. Served in a pint glass.

Medium dark amber, lightly brown, some white foam. This is a malt bomb for sure - in the nose and in the taste, Quite buttery to boot. There are hints of caramel and toffee in the mix as well. Lighter carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Solid Octoberfest brew and real good on tap.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with some copper and brown and a very large white head, that deposits some lace to the side of the glass.
Aroma has a really citrusy note with some diacteyl buttersctoch and bit of toffee throw and maybe some toasted bread.
Flavor is dominated by a sticky sweet citrus/OJ note which is just off. Combine this with some diacteyl and you have a union whihc just doesn't seem to work.
Mouthfeel was OK but the sweetness was just to cloying to be enjoyable.
Drinkability suffered greatly with the cloyishness. This one may have spent a little too much time in the cellar but man it was just hard to drink.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, russet colored body with a bubbly white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smells sweet, toasted malts, a little spicy.

This taste is definitely a lot different than many beers I've had of this style. Chocolately malts are noticeable up front, followed by some grainy sweetness. A little spicy in the finish. Even the relatively high alcohol content is somewhat noticeable.

Medium bodied, pretty creamy for the style.

Not a badly drinkable brew. Pretty different than other examples of the style that I've had, but pretty good too.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  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.

Photo of bditty187
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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!

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice frothy off white head, some sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and a little herbal hop shining through.

Knock your socks off great flavors here. Sweet caramel malts, sweet chewy bread notes with hints of herbal hop. Warm alcohol punch at the end.

Chewy, slick mouthfilling wonderfulness. No astringency or off flavors in the finish. You can drink these all night long (and these were BY FAR the cheapest of the 22 oz. bombers featured ($4.60 each). Absolutely knock out beer. Too bad it is seasonal, because this would be a regular one for me.

Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.