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OktoberFish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 333
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 09-13-2002

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber color with little head that did linger a bit and leaves no lacing. Smells of bread, malts, and some clover I believe. Taste just like it smells. Bready and malty with some sweetness toward the end. Feels ok going down and is a pretty ok beer overall. (266 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this a few weeks into November when the store was trying to move Oktoberfest inventory to make way for winter brews. I was not a fan, wouldn't recommend it. There are better oktoberfests out there. (206 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, copper/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very Malty and bready. Strong notes of cereal and caramel. Subtle notes of black pepper, coriander and clover. Not much in the way of hops, however.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Lots of malt up front, slightly roasty, flowed by some peppery spice and caramel-like sweetness, finished by some really nicely balanced hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent American version of an Oktoberfest-style beer. Very tasty and very refreshing. Solid beer. (895 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is a confusing mixture of candy and malt.
The taste is candy sweet, mild grain and touch of bitter. Quite sweet overall.
The texture is sticky.
It's really sweet without balance. (229 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/19...pours reddish amber autumn with a fast acting white foam that settles out. Nose of molasses, malt, caramel, sugars. Malt forward taste with a spiced middle. Slightly out of step bitter. Very euro. Good, not great. (221 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a copper red color with a billowy head of two fingers of just off white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet with a good showing of caramel and some fruit of cherry and plum. Along with these aromas comes notes of a roasted malt and a little bit of a grainy and hay-like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a roast malt flavor and plenty of caramel and brown sugar flavors. There is a little bit of a fruity flavor of cherry and a little bit of apple. The fruit starts out light, but gets stronger as the taste advances on further. All the while, the roast increases a bit and is joined by some spice and a little bit of a nut. While the roast increases from the start initially, it fades again at the end and with more sweet caramel and some fruit coming to the tongue, one is left with a rather sweet and lightly toasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The feel is very nice for the fruity, sweet, and light roasted and nutty flavors of the brew and make for an easy drinker.

Overall – This is a rather enjoyable and easy drinking October fest with a rather sweet malty taste and a little bit of fruit and roast. (1,432 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a shade that's barely off-white. Retention is average at best, and there isn't much lacing left behind. (3)

Smell: There is a lot of caramel here, along with some toffee, and a light kiss of noble hopping. What the, esters? This smells like an ale... *checks label* ...crap. Not like that's a bad thing, of course, but I feel this style works far better as a lager. Also, the maltiness seems obstructive. (3)

Taste: It opens up with a touch of grassiness, before transitioning into some caramel, and then a ton of fruity flavors. I feel like the best marzens have a powerful fruit punch character (hi, Great Lakes!), and this features such a flavor. The hoppiness delivers notes of lavender, apricot, flowers, and cherry. The actual taste is easily the best part of this beer - and isn't that what matters at the end of the day? (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This is very full and creamy for the style. Because of this, it's a slower drinker than other marzens - and really, I'm missing that lager crispness on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium for the style. (3.25)

Overall: We're all led to believe that "ales = good" and "lagers = bad". I really get why this is an ale - it's more complex than other marzens I've had - but I'd honestly prefer it if this was a lager. Still, I can totally dig this in the right scenario. It's nicely fruity, for starters, plus it's still reasonably easy to drink. (3.25)

3.3/5: Hits all the right notes, and some that go beyond the call of duty, even...I still wish it was a lager, though (1,623 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Looks great, clear amber golden with a big fluffy head

Looks aside this is a mediocre festbier. More sweet than toasty and more sugary than nutty. Some grassy hops at the end help cut the sweetness. Had an o-fest itch, this diminished it but did not quite satisfy it. (268 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Leftsailor
1.78/5  rDev -49.9%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of rp07090
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.82/5  rDev +35.8%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of malloyca
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (559 characters)

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