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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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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 333
Photo of fo5s
3.54/5  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. (428 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, mine says 5.3% ABV,

A: Pours a classic orange with a light white head. Solid retention per the style, no lace.

S: Sweet Munich malt, lemon zest, some cracked grains.

T: A nice balance of husky grain and sweetness. A subtle note of bittersweet chocolate in the mid-palate adds an interesting element. The caramel flavour in the finish is very enjoyable. Bright crisp hopping adds to the balance.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, light aftertaste.

O: A really good festbier, and it's nice to see another East Coast version of this style in CA, they seem to do it well. It has a freshness that's hard to find with a version from across the pond. (675 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's a really nice looking beer. Frothy white head that leaves little lacing at best. It's a perfectly clear burnt caramel color with visible carbonation.

S: All I get out of the smell is caramel, and its feint at best.

T: A nice toasted flavor, like toasted oats comes out of this upfront and on the mid-palate. It finishes with nice caramel undertones and a slight bitterness that balances nicely against all the malt flavors.

M: Moderately-high carbonation, though not quite effervescent, it still dances on the tongue. It has a medium body that coats well.

D: Awesome drinkability, it's not light, but its refreshing and quite quenching. The lower alcohol is on the upper-end of the session-able range which I like. (726 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (320 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours light copper with very little head. Faint malt smell, but frankly, there is not much of a smell to this beer at all. Some toasty malt taste here, but not enough malt to be true to style. Mild but pleasant bite in the finish that really gives this beer a bit of character. Nice, but nothing special here. (309 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that faded away and left only a very thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel. There are also some notes of bitterness and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels slightly less than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink, but it lacks the thicker body and stronger flavors associated with the style. (680 characters)

Photo of KyleVick4
2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz Bottle in pint glass.

A: Looks promising. Rich copper color with thick head. Leaves very nice lacing down the sides.

S: What smell? Smells like water and malt. More emphasis on the water.

T: Not a bad taste. But very bland. Overwhelming malt, I guess its the style, but blah.

M: Fizzy and weak. Watery.

O: Im not a fan of Oktoberfests. But this beer seems subpar. Tastes like nothing smells like nothing. Its just a nothing beer. Id drink it to get drunk and thats all. (481 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with no head to speak of and no lacing.

Smell: The only thing I smell is malts.

Taste: Caramel malt with not much sweeetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with no real hint of hops.

Overall: Nice beer but just not an oustanding version of an Octoberfest. (277 characters)

Photo of joedumond
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste: hoppy

Head: non-existent

Smell: underwhelming

Carbonation: light but present

Color: Caramel, guy next to me thought it was iced tea

Overall a decent beer, hoppy taste but easy enough to go with lunch. I wouldnt drink this beer in mass amounts but decent enough to try one or two and dall it a day. (309 characters)

Photo of theotherone87
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of octoberfest beers around this time of the year, so I like to try as many as I can. I noticed they had this flying fish on tap at a local pub, so I decided to give it a whirl.

Appearence- As with most octoberfest beers its a dark lazy brownish color with a slight golden hue. The head was nice light cloudy white.

smell- a little on the hops, some bread touches, and a mild sweetness

taste- The tast was average, it kind of had a mild metal taste, with light hops.

m- not much carbonation

overall- I was pleased to see that the local pub had it on tap. Overall though it did not lead up to my expectations. It just felt something was missing in the ingrediants. I am pleased to have least tried it. (721 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Copper colored brew with an thick 2-finger off-white frothy foam after a violent pour which quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of hops and roasted malts. Very pleasant and uncomplicated scent.

T: Smooooth caramel flavor crosses the palate. Enough hops present to take away from the sweetness. Roasted malt background that is a little bready.

M: Medium body and highly carbonated

O: Nice well-balanced smooooth brew. This is something I could drink all day. (556 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Monster Beverage, Glassboro, NJ

A good Oktoberfest selection, and probably my favorite brew from Flying Fish.

Poured a hazy brown with a white head that recedes to a film. Malts on the nose and some caramel sugars. Hearty bread in the taste, some nuts, with sweet malts and chewy caramel; pleasantly hopped in the background. Medium body, nice and drinkable. (383 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (259 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed this one as an extra and poured it into a pint glass.

really nice pour for the style with a rich caramel color and a smooth and even carbonation layer with great lacing on the sides. aroma was really light with a dominant bready malt character to it that really just seemed to overtake the profile. light hops, touches of burnt apple and caramel in the finish.

overall not really that great of an example of the style. not a bad beer, but just average in my opinion. (476 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Sweet malty aroma with caramel and a little cellar funk, earth and toffee with lemoncit and yeast. Lovely copper-amber pour with a creamy eggshell head. Taste is heavy caramel and lemon, earth and dark toffee, predominately dry with a touch of corn and brown sugar. Faint bitter chocolate. Bready aftertaste, light-bodied. Not really a pitch-perfect Alt, and I'm having problems classing this as an Oktoberfest/Maerzen. (456 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

On draft. My memories of this are a little hazy. Chestnut brown, somewhat spicy aroma and flavor. Toasty, bready malt, some chocolate, kind of sweet, very mellow. Biscuit, I suppose? Nice mild hop bitterness. I was pleasantly surprised here. (253 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

First off, I'm told this isn't a true Marzen because it's top-fermented and very much un-lagered. Sure, it's appropriately malty, but, then again, most of Flying Fish's beers are over-compensating in the malt department. I've heard the opinion that this could be considered an altbier, however, at best, I feel the taste falls somewhere in between each style.

Getting down to brass tacks, it shows a hazy, coppery tawny color. The head is short, thin, fizzy, boasting on average some noticeably medium-sized bubbles. Any lace with each sip slips swiftly and easily down the glass. Malts ooze thick, sweet, and dank in what's a shallow (lacking depth), muddled aroma. There's something "unripe" about the scent, but the smell is most appealing element here. Sweetness is just about cloying in the taste, the malt also exhibiting sugar cookie qualities. Starting in the middle and finishing through the aftertaste, the most characteristic O-Fest flavors come out. Once again, definite malt presence, but without any toasted aspects and coming across underdeveloped. A tangy, puckering, but not quite sour sense/feel accompanies the entire sip sequence. As you can guess, the body is fairly full and filling, but some generous residual carbonation helps attenuate some of the sticky sugars left behind.

I can imagine that, with more time given to the beer's conditioning, the flavors and nuances of what each malt has to offer would be allowed to come to the fore, improving what is more or less a wort bomb. (1,694 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mug glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Slight malts, caramel and toffee but nothing much else.

T - Sweet malts and caramel upfront. Slightly bready and fruity with slight hoppy bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Pretty good, average oktoberfest beer from Flying Fish. Not bad overall but wouldn't go out of the way to get it. (464 characters)

OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.