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OktoberFish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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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Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +19.5%

A clear and deep dark amber-red body, alive with fine streams of carbonation. A couple fingers of level just-off-white foam. Looks very inviting. Decent circular lacing.

Nose has a few loaves of fresh bread and a hint of herbal hoppiness. Good depth.

Very good malty start. Sweet yes, but not cloying. Some dark chocolate notes, and the wonderful sense of depth that I seek in an Octoberfest. Enough of a hop bite to balance, and leave a bit of a spicy, tingly reminder of earthy goodiness as the beer slowly fades away.

Mouthfeel is dead on, nice and middle of the road. Suitable for all varieties of autumnal weather.

Easy drinking, good drinking.

A very pleasant surprise, and easily my favorite Flying Fish brew. Good stuff regardless of ale or lager. Don't geek, drink.

10-10-2004 05:25:46 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of 99bottles


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

I knew as soon as this came, there was something different about it. It didn't look like an Ocoberfest, it didn't smell or taste like one either. Didn't feel like one and didn't drink like one.

It's not one.

Anyways, this fall ale isn't bad. It looks nice; lighter than a true marzen. It has a surprising amount of fall spice in the smell and taste; nutmeg and ginger mostly. I was pleasantly surprised at the hop character and bitterness of this. That's what really made me think, hmmm...not a real marzen. The malts are there to lend a little sweetness, a little of that nutty sweetly esteric flavor, but only just a little. This stays easily drinkable and nicely even in its elements. Just don't call it an Octoberfest, call it a seasonal ale.

10-04-2004 15:26:39 | More by 99bottles
Photo of goindownsouth


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

A very interesting spin on the traditional Oktoberfest done here by Flying Fish. This version, clearly appearing like an ale even without being told this, presented rather respectably, with a decent hear and copper tone. The aroma was dry and not as well-rounded as lager-style Oktoberfests generally are. A little bit more of a hop backbone to it. Went down smooth, by and large. Not a bad twist on an Oktoberfest.


10-02-2004 13:15:24 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Malt dominant aroma, smelled a bit musty but after a few sniffs it seems more like cocoa. Medium sized cream colored head is fairly dense and leaves a solid coat of lace as it fades to a dense film. Clear golden amber colored beer. Malt from the aroma hits first in the flavor, cocoa joins in after a second while a crisp hoppyness keeps the malt from going overboard. Body is on the light side while the mouthfeel is slightly slick. Cocoa flavor/aroma made the beer seem stale, just didn't dig it.

09-30-2004 02:08:34 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of lackenhauser


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

Deep coppery color-slight head and some nice lacing on the glass .Nice aroma-slightly nutty,toasted malt and a touch of caramel. Malty flavor upfront-subdued hop bitterness. Has a touch of caramel sweetness in the finish. Very nice body-not as thin as some "fests" though Im likening that to its being an ale versus a lager. A good beer-decent fall seasonal.

09-17-2004 21:13:02 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of sraimondi


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

I was pleasantly surprised at sampling this one, as the 2003 version reviews were mediocre. While I'm not sure this meets the usual "requirements" of an Oktoberfest; it is damn good. The mouthfeel is especially intriguing--I wasn't sure I liked it all that much, until I had sampled a couple. In taste, I think it rivals the O'fests from Germany, which are available in the USA? Unfortunately, I can't get this one in CT; but got a six in NJ visiting the in-laws this past weekend. Will ask them to get some more for me. This is definitely one to try, if you can find it. Good job to the folks in Cherry Hill, NJ.

09-14-2004 00:39:46 | More by sraimondi
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

The 2004 version of this beer is an ale, not a lager. Hence, the new entry.

It has a beautiful amber color which pour with no head but a lace. The lace quickly goes down.

The smell is wonderfully malty, quite exceptional.

The beer has a very good malt taste with some bitterness at the end. But I can't tell if the bitterness is an alcohol taste or some hops.

There is a little bit of an astringent mouthfeel, probably due to the alcohol.

09-07-2004 20:50:31 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Dark pinkish amber color. Nice fluffy white head. Sweet malt (caramel) nose with sharp hop notes. Initial stinging taste of hops is followed by a sweet malt coated tongue and throat. Medium slightly thickish mouth. Very hoppy and bitter for a marzen. Not a traditional tasting brew, the errors however lean to my taste preferences.

09-30-2003 01:44:22 | More by frank4sail
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Amber with a big fluffy off-white head out of the handpump. Some sweet malts in the nose, but mostly a nice floral hop aroma.

Silky smooth as you would imagine out of the cask. The body was medium, and not lacking a bit at all. I would definitely not call this your typical Oktoberfest bier, but it was enjoyable. Much more floral than its Deutsche counterparts, Flying Fish gave this brew an interesting little twist. Sweet malts balance the hops well to make for a simple, but good brew. It is definitely more along the lines of a cask ale than an Oktober.

09-29-2003 18:30:30 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Scoats


4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

O-fests are meant to be session beers. Beers to be drunk on a lazy afternoon with friends and music. This beer lives up to those standards perfectly. Very tasty, very drinkable, hearty but not too heavy.

Slightly hoppier than what I've come to consider the type German marzen style, but for me that is a good thing.

Another amazing seasonal from the Fish folks.

10-29-2002 11:53:51 | More by Scoats
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a deep copper-ish color, with a tan head which leaves a good lace. On the nose the aromas are of bread or toast and slight caramel. On the palate more of the same, light toasted bread, a touch of caramel, lightly hopped, slight bitterness, followed by more malts…emm one of my favorite beers of the night at the Grey Lodge...

09-13-2002 22:16:05 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of NeroFiddled


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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