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OktoberFish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 09-13-2002)
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Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a tawny, copper hue with a minimal head that soon dissipated and left behind a minor amount of lacing...
Smell: Replete with malts, a slight touch of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste: For what I'm considering to be a relatively mild ABV, the alcohol was certainly noticeable in the nose and taste, as well...
Taste, just like the aroma, was rendolent of baked bread, butter, and caramel nuances, along with a noticeable hint of alcohol...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style...

dsa7783, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of jackorain
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure about this one. Pours out with a 3/4 inch head white in color. Tall collar and tinh coat. Shheeting lace. Smells of caramel malt and is very yeasty.

Fruit esters, weird, banaid really not that good.

medium body and creamy texture

One and done

jackorain, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of bigone4
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear amber orange hue in to the pint glass. Off white two finger head that dissipated quite quickly. Thin layer of head left on the top. Decent carbonation. No real lacing in the glass. Smell is of a rather off malt flavor. No real caramel tones. Light scent for a Marzen style brew in my opinion. Dough like scent with some floral hints. Had some subtle hop notes mixed in with the malt scent. Some roasted malt flavors mixed deep in the nose. Taste was smooth and crisp very easy to drink. Nice malted profile with a decent caramel tone. Mild hop taste in the finish. Just a hint though not very distinct. The malt certainly takes the majority of the flavor. Rather light bodied. Decent beer but not my idea of a true to style Marzen Oktoberfest. Great drinkability and a good flavor lend to the quality of this crafted brew. I would certainly drink it again any time I can find it again. I picked up a case in NJ while on a work trip. The FFBC makes some great products and although this was not my favorite Oktoberfest but it is certainly a great fall time offering.

bigone4, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Porkchuck
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average appearance, smell and taste for an amber german-ale.
I thought the finish and mouthfeel were also pretty average.
Average isn't all that bad if you are looking to have more than one. I prefer some of Fly Fish other brews over this one. Had it at a beer swap and the crowd thought it was just OK too.

Porkchuck, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton, NJ: The beer is brownish-amber with a medium thin beige head that has good retention. Thin rings of lacing. Bready malt, grain and floral hops aroma. Medium body with a mellow fruit and malt character, and grassy hops in the background. The finish is sweet at first with a light hops and spicy alcohol aftertaste. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of marcpal
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber with residual lacing and a thin head that faded early in the beer.

S: Nice malty, hoppy aroma that seemed fitting for the seasonal. Thought this was the best aspect of the beer because the hops didnt follow up well in the taste. Marzen characteristics

T: Malty but didnt catch the quality hops. Caramel bitterness but really lacking what I had expected and hoped for out of a fest beer like this. Dissapointing hop flop.

M: Actually liked the aftertaste, but wasnt what you would expect from this style. Slight carbonation but not super smooth.

D: Probably would be good with smoky meal but not a great drinking pint. Got pretty boring pretty quick.

I like FF other offerings a bit more but this is something that I wouldnt put into this style of beer. Didnt love it or hate it.

marcpal, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last new Oktoberfest of the year. Finally, almost 2 months late, it's time to drink.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear amber with a slight red hue. The head is just barely off-white and starts out at almost one finger high. It drops to a medium collar with a few residual patches of bubbles.

SMELL: Toasty, bready, clean, and crisp. Everything is in order here, and it smells pretty authentic and balanced.

TASTE: The flavor much more toasty than anything else, and certainly more than the smell would indicate. The toast almost seems to border on roast especially toward the finish, and the beer becomes a bit harsh and bitter because of it. The backbone seems to lack a bit, but it's still a very nice beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied and perfectly crisp and smooth. The carbonation level is average which is right where I'd like it.

DRINKABILITY: Drinks very easily. I could easily drink a few of these a night despite not know the ABV.

I now notice that the bottle claims this is a German-style ale. I don't know if this is true or if it's there because of any law, but if it is an ale, they do a fantastic job disguising it.

jmalex, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Kegatron, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish I am a bit disappointed. I hope this is just a bad bottle but I am not overly impressed. It is drinkable but the toffee doesn't;t quite mask the Diacetyl and there is a vegetal flavor that tastes, well ... wrong. I may have gotten last years bottle being re-sold or something but the look and feel is good, the flavor is sweet and malty but the the sugars fall apart. There is a good beer in there, I taste some cocoa toffee and dark fruit but the vegetal flavor is hard to get past. I'll try again next year and hope for better.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a strong head that lasts quite a while and leaves good lacing

Smell: Mild toffee aromatics

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor followed by modest earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: On style, with a nice malt profile and delicate hopping

Yet another good beer produced in my home state of NJ by the Flying Fish Brewing Co.

BeerLover48Fan, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flying Fish Oktoberfish...

Appearance-Deep cloudy orange/brown, surprisingly minimal head.

Smell-Caramel, very malty, balanced by Saaz hop smell. Very fragrant.

Taste/Mouthfeel-dark, malty, and very caramel flavored, easy to drink, after taste is very bitter, different for me in dealing with Octoberfest-style. I thought it might just be this one but I tried another and it's the same. I guess that's what they were going for but it's an odd aftertaste. Still a decent beer.

Drinkability-Very drinkable, I enjoyed it with a bratwurst (I was feeling German I guess) and it went well. It's good as a sessioner as well.

Overall-An ok beer, brewed to style, the aftertaste threw me a little but it was still a good Octoberfest. Another solid brew made to-style by Flying Fish but it isn't exceptional.

TheDeuce, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew during a return visit to the USA. It pours a very clear copper color, with a very slight head. The aroma is notably malty, with a toast and caramel quality. There's just a touch of hops in the aroma, but it's mostly about the malt. The taste is just slightly sweet, with the toasted character continuing throughout. There's a touch of bitterness in the finish. Moderately sweet, and with a fairly full mouthfeel. This is a nice, although not exceptional, oktoberfest. Not bad.

Suds, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of sharkheadlasers
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in preparation for drinking the real Oktoberfest stuff in Germany next week...

This Oktoberfest poured reddish copper with a thin head. It smells clean, malty with a fain caramel. It tastes clean with a malt complexity, that is most likely from Munich and/or Vienna malts. It is lightly hopped. This beer has a light clean body. It is enjoyable and drinkable, but I have a feeling it won't stand up to all the fresh Oktoberfest beer that is waiting for us in Munich, Germany!

sharkheadlasers, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear light amber color with a small white head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice herbal hop compliment.

Taste is a light caramel malty flavor with a nice, light herbal hop flavor. Very mild bitterness. Finishes very clean.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable and drinkable O-fest. Not quite at the top tier of the style, but worthy of a try if it's available to you.

MaltyGoodness, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good Oktoberfest overall.

A: Pours a solid, amber body with a small, white head, The head eventually slows to a nice lacing over the beer that pretty much holds until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell with a slight hint of hops that I found to be pretty interesting.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. If the hops were more evident, I would be inclined to think it was an APA instead of an Oktoberfest. The finish was nice, smooth, and malty, however, so I would say this tastes like a decent Oktoberfest.

M: Pretty light and refreshing.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Light and refreshing are great characteristics to have for a beer, Along with the sweet, malty taste and only a very slight hop bitterness, this beer is definitely a good brew.

maddogruss, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This wasn't a bad beer, but it didn't seem to do very well adhering to the style. It poured an amber bronze colour, as it should have, with a great looking head that hung around for a while, but that's where it ended. Smell was mostly malt, but the hops present are certainly either centennial or cascade. Grapefruit / pine resin in an O'fest? No thanks. Taste was even worse. Not that it tasted *bad*, it was just simply not an Oktoberfest and *definately* not what I was expecting; Malt dominating at first, followed by a pronounced "West-Coast" style hoppiness. A total disaster of an Oktoberfest, but a decent hoppy amber ale of sorts, I suppose.

SilentSabre, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a strong head that lasts quite a while and leaves good lacing

Smell: Mild toffee aromatics

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor followed by modest earthy hops; nice spicy elements provide a contrast to the malt after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: On style, with a nice malt profile (not overbearing as some can be) and delicate hopping

brentk56, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of mcallister
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crisp, clear, and clean as a whistle. A white head fades quickly and leaves a thin light lace. Eratic carbonation bubbles make their way up the glass.

What I would consider a lackluster attemp at aromatics. Very little malt, and subtle floral hop. Not much to it.

Not much in the way of flavor either. No complexity and completely onesided. Malt is hardly prevelant and the floral hop is hidde in the background. Things seem discombobulated.

mcallister, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a decent color and clarity. The head is somewhat disappointing - a thin white head soon becomes a small patch. Minimal lacing is left.

The smell is of an earthy bread with some caramel.

The taste is of malty caramel with just enough bitter hops to restrain the sweetness. Roasted grain is also in the mix. It tastes like a good amber ale with some caramel malt added in. It has just a pinch too much water, but it doesn't distract from the taste as much as it does the mouthfeel.

There is, as I said, some watery thinness. Still, there is enough body to make it acceptable. It holds on by the thread, but does keep its flavor and has a smooth quality about it, and things are held in place.

This is nothing outstanding, but it has pretty good characteristics - Just wish it had a little more body to it. As I mentioned above, it is an ale - An amber ale with some caramel added. Still in all, it's certainly worth trying. It's smooth and has a nice taste to it.

jwc215, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of techdiver
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, pours with a small head that dissipates rapidly. Shows virtually no carbonation, but there is some there. Taste is fairly well balanced with a finish that grows on you. Fairly middle of the road for this style, nothing to write home about.

techdiver, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden beer with an orange hue poured out into my pint glass, with a thin white head. The nose definitly smelled like an Oktoberfest, some spicy hops with vienna malt. I get the same in the body, which also had a slight grapefruit taste rounding out the edge. Overall, it was very well balanced, a crisp mouthfeel, and a good drinking Oktoberfest.

dherling, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NJpadreFan, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfish from Flying Fish Brewing Company right here in good old New Jersey pours a light coppery color with a thin head and a cider-like aroma. A bit sweet with a bitter, woody finish, this one is a little over carbonated… I suggest letting it rest in the glass several minutes before drinking. The carbonation will go down to a more drinkable level, and the flavor will become fuller and sweeter as it warms a little. Of a recent sampling I did of several "Fest" beers from both the US and Germany over the past few weeks, this one was relatively average.

apintofknowledge, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with some orange highlights on the side of the glass. 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is very soft and only some caramels are detectable. The flavor is of caramel, light nuttiness, ripe red fruit, and soft bitterness. Overall it is mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp at the start. The finish is somewhat dry. Thinner in body than other oktoberfests. Nicely drinkable, but there are better oktoberfests on the market.

Gavage, Nov 11, 2005
OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.