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OktoberFish - Flying Fish Brewing Company


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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 09-13-2002)
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Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2013 bottle served in an SA lager glass.
Pours an orange-amber color with a high amount of visible carbonation and a very good head..

The aroma is rather fruity for style, with hints of peach and citrus in addition to the solid malt base. The hops are not so fruity in tasting but do result in a good, bitter-sweet balance.
Medium-light body with well-chosen medium-high carbonation.

O: a solid, slightly Americanized Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:32:16 | More by chinchill
Photo of mvanaskie13


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, color is transparent amber, head color is off white and dissipates quickly to a ring; nice marzen color and clean head and carbonation.

Smell is nice and malty, seems to be mostly vienna or munich, hops are grassy and seem fresh.

Taste is nicely malty, not caramely, good vienna/munich flavors (hints of grape or light fruitiness comes through from these malts). Hops are clean, fresh, light grassiness.

Mouthfeel is a little crisp, lightly strong on the tongue, but good carbonation and balance for a marzen style.

Overall, a solid, good tasting oktoberfestbier. Very good malt flavors and not too sweet, good hosp and nice mouthfeel. Would like to have a steinfull.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:55:46 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Leftsailor

New Jersey

1.74/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Got a 1/6 barrel of this. Maybe because I just finished a Yards PPA, but this batch was awful! Smell and taste were d-. Think pumpkin. I like Flying fish, local, lots of options, but this was not the cats meow, it came from the other end. Brooklyn, Long Trail and Yards are my go to after this. Now I have a week of this. If it improves, and I grow to like it, I will revise review. The man cave needs top notch brew, and this does not not make the grade. PS- I have had more than 30 brews pass thru my tap. Update: after almost a week of this fish, I have gotten a little more used to the taste. Still would give a D grade. Ordered a 1/2 Yards PPA at $165 9.26.13. Pricy but worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 23:34:02 | More by Leftsailor
Photo of rp07090

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, pale color for a marzen, no head to speak of. Smell was pleasently surprising given the color with spice and cinnamon notes. The taste was unusual, dank, earthy and not typical marzen. Mouthfeel is this beers best feature, rich, soft and pleasing. This is not representative of the style but a nice drinkable brew nonetheless. For transparency, I had a Paulaner Oktoberfest right before this which is tough competition in this category.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:40:25 | More by rp07090
Photo of smakawhat


3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Muddy light brown amber, quite light for an Octoberfest style brew, with a fairly clear appearance and some real microscopic bubbles rising. Head is a little fleeting, maybe two fingers off the pour, and faint tanish white color.

Light slightly cinnamon and fruity esters, with some spice caramel malt body to match. Looking for a little bit of sticky quality but not getting it.

Palate really surprises. Lots of large spicy cinnamon and clove qualities, nearly peppery warm. Finish has a nice earth dirt to it, warmth, and good spicy malt backbone. Very light bodied for a marzen, there's not a lot of depth here, ale yeast it says here which is making this beer come out quite unique. The light body still carries the flavors nicely and really helps for easy drinking.

I thought this was going to be a subpar brew, but this one came out nicely. It mentions ale instead of lager so I wasn't sure how this was going to come out, but I really like this light bodied hot cinnamon and spicy kick it has. Great take on a style and mixing it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:18:01 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in sam adams glass, developed a nice tan head which laced well for a moment, then all disipated (almost made me think my glass was dirty). Was a clear copper / honey color and had a nice malty bread aroma with a hint of caramel. Tasted of malt and caramel with hints of grain and grass. Nice mild body with a medium mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:54:44 | More by Huffs
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the last new Oktos for me this fall. I always try to snag some that I haven't had before. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark honey-gold with a small sheet of lace on top. The nose is really simple with sweet grains, hay, biscuity malt. Good moderate body. Carbonation level is spot on. The taste is reminiscent of cider with some pale fruit character - sweet. Mild bitterness balances out the sweetness though. Caramel malt rounds this out making it a pleasure to drink.

This is one of the easiest styles for me to drink, and this one is no exception. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 21:46:47 | More by Onenote81
Photo of DrDemento456


3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the house of 1,000 beers. Paid 3 bucks for a single.

A - Fairly good even with low carbonation. Head and lace seems good for the style and the color is a honey colored amber.

S - Smells of light hops, caramel and sweet malts.

T - Simple yet good. Everything from the smell yet blended perfectly. Hops have a zing to give the toasted malt finish crisp rather than dry, Good.

M - Light to medium easy to finish.

Overall pretty standard beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:13:38 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a FF pint glass @ Ri Ra in AC, followed up a couple more times a my local joint.

A- Dark copper/amber color with a 1 finger head, minimal or no lacing. Beautiful, clear and clean.

S- Dark roasted bready malts. There is a touch of sweetness and alcohol, too. Very nice.

T- Like it smells, roasted and sweet bready malts.

M- Medium body and good carbonation.It has the Marzen 'snap'. Malty sweet and bready dry finish...how do they do that?

O- An excellent NJ made representation of the style. Spot on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 23:59:58 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of tone77


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty. Taste is light, carbonated, some malts, a bit mild for the style, just a touch of hops at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, there are far better oktoberfest beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 23:00:43 | More by tone77
Photo of Jimmys


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip. best by: (blank) i am digging these new labels, however this states this brew is 6.0% abv rather than the 5.5% abv listed on BA. also, right above the abv the label states this is a "German-Style Ale" which i presume is a typo....? unless they ferment their oktoberfest with an ale yeast, in which case it is not an oktoberfest. ah, on to the review.

A: mostly orange with a reddish tint. head is mostly bright white. retention is good, some lacing left behind.

S: very sweet, caramel malt jumps out of the glass. reminds me a little of Honey Nut Cheerios. wouldnt hate for a little more hop presence.

T: rounded out flavor, malty but with enough hop presence to keep it in check. a little nutty. finish is sweet but not overly and actually dries out relatively quickly.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium/light body.

D: regardless of what is listed on the label, this is a pretty solid oktoberfest. worth picking up if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:05:29 | More by Jimmys
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another" German style" ale for an Oktoberfest made by a domestic brewery.Poured into a becker a clear lighter copper shade with a thinner white head atop.Fruity ale esters in the nose along with some caramel/toffee,there is a smattering of herbal hops as well.A mellow low carbonated feel to the beer.Flavors of caramle and toffee mainly with some light toastiness and spicy hops in the finish.It's not bad but it's pretty basic and very ale like...wich it is.

6%ABV. per bottle label.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:32:15 | More by oberon
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very nice smell of bready caramel sweetness with some fruitiness from the hops and a slight soapy sudsy smell. Very smooth and rich sweet caramel with a slight fruity hop bite. Absolutely delicious malts in this one. Bread tastes evolve with the yeast and then the hop fruitiness comes back at the end for a slight bitterness to balance out the rich sweet malts.

I really like this one just as much as Samuel Adams Octoberfest. It has that same delicious Octoberfest taste. It has a great creamy texture to it and is a full bodied octoberfest. Also some candy sweet toffee evolves from the malts. Pretty complex malts on this one. Right up there with the best in my opinion and should be mentioned a lot more often around this time of year. Underrated beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:55:58 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, Oktoberfish shows light amber color with no head retention or lacing. Some toasted malt aromas off-set by hints of yeast. A light mouth feel and lively carbonation precede toasty malt flavors and a medium length finish. This is a little lighter on its feet and not as heavy as some other U.S. craft Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 20:09:06 | More by malloyca
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours light amber with a short lived white, foamy head. Aroma is of caramel malt, hops and hints of fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Sweet caramel malt, grain, herbal hops fill the mouth. Sweet finish becomes dry in the end. Nice brew I’ll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 15:01:54 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Knapp85


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a light brown color with a fizzy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a sweet malt aroma to it with a light autumn spice on the nose. The taste of the beer was decent for a Marzen, it's still too watered down. The mouthfeel was light, could have been a little heavier and more warming. Overall it's an average brew I think. Nothing I'd need to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:39:04 | More by Knapp85
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Had this at Village tavern and came out pretty much a dud. It lacked no foamy cap or any carbonation. Color was bright amber.
The aroma was abit different then other beers of this style. This had a spiciness to it similar to a wit and caught me by surprise.
Taste was similar to the aroma lots of caramel malts but also some spicy elements. I detected too some grains at finish.
Feels about a medium on the palette and pretty smooth. Clean and no aftertaste.
I'm going to have to try this one again just to be fair. Could be dirty lines or the end of the keg.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 13:38:59 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of fo5s

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a sam adams perfect pint. No dating on the bottle.

A- pours a dull copper. Small but present head.

S- mainly caramel malts. Some spiciness to it.

T- dry caramel with some spice / pepper to it.

M- carbonation is somewhat muted, but easy on the palate.

O- overall not bad at all. The spiciness gives it a slightly different dimension than many marzens. Solid, but fails to separate itself from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 22:22:30 | More by fo5s
Photo of Shumania


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

a: light amber/copper, with minimal head.

s: interesting smell, spiciness in there combined with some sweet malt.

t: great balance between hops and malt. nice breadiness and caramel.

m: clean finish, just like a lager should be.

One of the better oktoberfests I have had this year. Great balance, good use of hops, and nice clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 22:06:58 | More by Shumania
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local bar to celebrate the season, and they served this in a pint glass.

I smelled it and got... nothing. I smelled it... and again, nothing. I blew my nose, and still I couldn't pick anything off the top. I asked my wife to smell it, and she really couldn't smell anything either.

The coloring is a dirty yellow, and the foam was about one finger. There wasn't much carbonation.

The flavor was bitter with some vegetal presence. I get quite a bit of funk in the flavoring. Overall it is easy to drink, but there wasn't much to it.

I suggest trying the Brooklyn Oktoberfest over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 00:20:18 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange amber with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Subtle carbonation.

Smell: Slight metallic smell. Not a lot of aroma.

Taste: Slightly malty Oktoberfest taste. Not a ton of flavor. Light.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery with little carbonation.

Overall: I was not really impressed by this beer. I'd classify this as an Oktoberfest light.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:49:00 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dominion Octoberfest.

A: Slightly hazy amber wit two-finger, white, creamy head that diminished in a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Spicy hops.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Very nice grain flavor. Oats maybe. Not sure, but I like it.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Solid Oktoberfest. Not the greatest looking, but a pleasure to drink. I liked this better than the Dominion.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 23:48:53 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apple juice color with a 1/2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, caramel, and some light citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice bready malt flavor with some caramel, grass, and citrus as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer that I picked up on a whim. Nothing too great but definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:03:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy brown with an orange hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that was mostly diminishing leaving behind a nice amount of residue allowing for some good lacing.

The aroma off the bat was of a piney hop with a toasted biscuit malt and a horse blanket scented yeast and also had a nice hint of caramel.

It tasted moderately sweet and malty at first then progressed into a sweet hopped up malty flavor with a nice note of caramel at the end that left the flavor lasting a nice long time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and slightly watery in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall a very flavorful brew and a nice interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 14:15:29 | More by KajII
Photo of Nerudamann


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium amber in color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – a little more malty in smell, filled with spices and maybe something sweeter like honey or molasses.

Taste – the taste matches up pretty well with the smell. It’s more malty than hoppy, and there’s a spiciness to it, and also a smoky quality that adds a little bite to it. Bitter toward the very end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, and fairly interesting in taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 19:06:22 | More by Nerudamann
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