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OktoberFish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 09-13-2002)
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Reviews by Jimmys:
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

10-19-2012 22:05:29 | More by Jimmys
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

10-19-2012 20:32:15 | More by oberon
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KaitLee

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-21-2012 01:57:07 | More by KaitLee
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

10-21-2013 22:32:16 | More by chinchill
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BarleyThere

New York

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

This drinks better than most Oct(or Okt)toberfests I've had.

I poured it from a bottle into a Chimay glass, which may account for the lack of head retention. The head receded after about 30 or 40 seconds.

It has a nice color, medium amber, I'd say.

The nose gives a burst of bright fruit flavors. At first I wanted to say apples, but there's some cherry in there as well. At any rate the smell is much fruitier and more interesting than others of the style. There is, of course, the beer smell following that.

Tastes malty, with a semi-sweet fruitiness. At the risk of repeating myself, I'll say cherries again. Very tart, beer soaked cherries.

Overall, it's much more enjoyable than many Octoberfests. It's a bit watery, but this style usually produces beers that are watery and this isn't as watery. The lager quality is tempered by the fruit and the heavy malt, making it stand out a bit as more complex beer.

10-22-2010 04:40:56 | More by BarleyThere
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wander4

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-30-2012 21:58:50 | More by wander4
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Pours a nice caramel-brown tone with slowly rising bubbles in a rather clear body; head is creamy white with a thick tracing that does not slide in time--a good start... somewhat sprucy (!)--or skunked (!!)--and caramel-sweet to the nose... the bouquet is big for an octoberfest, and more perfume than malttoo--intriguing... medium-bodied, with a bit of effervescence in the tongue and tocuhes at the throat--a rather swift rush overall... strangely stiff on the malt, almost making me doubt its freshness (the second bottle was a carbon copy)... pulls at the mouth and has a malty, woody pulp in its finish--the strength of its taste is to be commended, but its maltiness is a bit overstated, almost like it wandered through the winter into bock season.... I'm hoping the beer's skunked, and if it is, I will rewrite the review--if not, this is not an enjoyable brew for its style, with its caramelized sugary bluntness dragging down the more mellow characteristics of the beer... and Flying Fish is usually on point...

09-27-2008 00:40:23 | More by dacrza1
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

Flying Fish- OktoberFish

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

Appearance- golden orange/ brown with no head and little to no carbonation.
Smell- sweet sugar and caramel.
Taste- Caramel and brown sugar. Actually quite delicious I also detected slight cedar wood and fruit undertones.
Mouthfeel- Sweet caramel sugar but an easy drink. Even throughout the beer.

Overall- A delicious beer. I noted it tasted heavily of caramel and malt. I drank this beer in under 10 gulps!

09-01-2006 20:53:04 | More by NJpadreFan
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

08-22-2013 17:06:53 | More by Varkias41
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

2002 version. "Not the ordinary Fest beer! Savory malt profile, generous hop finish." This beer is intended for draft only, although I tried it in both cask version and bottle today. It's very deep copper - almost brown in color - with a foamy light tan head that holds very well and leaves some very good lace. The aroma is mainly of a toasty Munich malt - very clean and nice. There is a light fruitiness, but it doesn't seem out of character for a dark lager beer. The body is medium-light and the carbonation is standard, but it definitely has a presence in the mouth! The flavor starts with a Munich maltiness, followed by a nice, light hop flavor - almost unoticeable at first - but then reveals a moderate bitterness and finishes fairly dry. The hop flavor and bitterness are present but don't really go any further than that. A nice beer with an interesting toasted malt profile; but not overly exciting compared to standard Oktoberfests. Still, an enjoyable quaff for the fall season.

09-13-2002 19:42:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

12-07-2012 15:23:23 | More by Damian74Shensky
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at JP O'Malley's in Allentown.

I'd call it a nice interpretation of the O'fest style. This one has a more pronounced cream character to it. It may mask some of the malt, but the smooth caramel still comes through, along with a bit of German lager tang. Overall, it looks good, it's smooth, drinkable and tasty.

10-28-2007 05:01:05 | More by tempest
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-03-2012 07:59:54 | More by chim52chim
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat murky amber with a minimal head that quickly disappeared. Lacing was minimal. Aroma is very sweet, mostly toffee and caramel hints with some fruit notes.

Taste is very sweet and malty. Definitely caramel present but also some light citrus style fruitiness. Finish is crisp with a fairly pronounced hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

The drinkability for an O-Fest is there but the citrus and fruit notes in the middle of the taste really threw me for a loop. Not a great representation of the style but you could definitley do worse.

10-25-2007 11:57:07 | More by Kegatron
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-10-2013 04:32:01 | More by EBeckett3
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-01-2011 02:32:26 | More by PaBeerLover
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patburke36

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.3%

10-21-2012 07:10:37 | More by patburke36
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mikerems

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-07-2012 07:04:32 | More by mikerems
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nimrod979

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a hazy amber with almost no head at all. Light, earthy, caramel malt aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet malts but nothing remarkable about the taste Very, VERY faint hops linger in the finish. Medium body, slick texture. Average beer. Nothing special here.

03-05-2011 00:41:26 | More by nimrod979
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tjd112

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%

This is actually an Altbier, I can confirm that as I took the brewery tour.

I got this with a microbrew pack in the Manahawkin, New Jersey Spirits Unlimited. This beer pours a brown colour with half-finger white head with some lacing. The smell is fruity with a hint of caramel/toffee, a subtle citrus/apple taste with a hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and its a very drinkable smooth beer, especially with fall seasonal food.

11-30-2009 03:07:09 | More by tjd112
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erialbill

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15%

09-30-2013 14:57:27 | More by erialbill
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apasternak

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

10-06-2013 19:12:58 | More by apasternak
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Bung

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. Mellow copper pour, not much in the way of white bubbles. A little low on carbonation it appears.

Aroma, straight forward, pretty malty. Caramel, yeast.

Taste, malty caramel. Some herbal tones, very light toast.

Lighter but coating. Just enough carbonation to be above lacking. Drinks fine, but a little sweet.

09-30-2011 01:59:45 | More by Bung
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

10-26-2012 23:00:43 | More by tone77
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15%

05-12-2013 17:37:14 | More by mikeburd1128
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OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.