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OktoberFish - Flying Fish Brewing Company


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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%

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 rfgetz

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, thin off-white head, minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet carmel malts, butter and a lager like twang. Taste follows smell with a very sweet carmely and buttery mnalt structure, finished with a dank. lager-like bite. Body is on the thinner side of medium, slightly over carbonated. Average Octoberfest... just a sweetened lager essentially.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:08:59 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good one.

Pours rich copper with a torrent of carbonation, which created a decent bubbly head and nice lacing. The smell is clean, crisp and malty, with a little toffee edge. the flavor is toffee-like, a little sugary with a pleasant malty burn on the finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich with a big bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 21:10:55 | More by Seanibus
Photo of goblet

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured one out from a bottle into a pint glass and took a look.

a slightly cloudy copper golden color with a nice two finger high white frothy head, it thins out quick leaving some lace.also very little carbonation that can be detected .

the aroma is mild and refreshingly malty with citrus hops, grains and bite of bread like qualities.

a smooth mildly malty flavor with wheat grains, lemon citrus hops and sweet yeast that seem to dance on your taste buds and whisper oktoberfest is near.

a lite to medium body ,a malty and citrus bit in the after taste . it's got a nice flat feel due to the low carbonatin.

this brew is a very good oktoberfest brew ,extremely palatable. if i'm not drinking an original german brew i'll be drinking oktoberfish instead. cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 01:28:53 | More by goblet
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint. It pours a deep, clear copper with a moderate white head. The aroma is full of sweet malt, and a bit bready. The taste follows, the finish is slightly sweet and lingers for a bit. The beer is medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. A solid fest beer that is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:13:57 | More by bonkers
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a deep amber color with no visible carbonation. Body is clean and bright with a foamy two finger beige cap. The head took some time to dissipate to a thin coating with some delicate lace.

Toasted, bready malt, very clean in nature. Some delicate caramel and dominant dry hopping. Earthy and soft, not as hearty as some.

The flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Clean, toasted caramel with a touch of brown sugar and some sturdy bready notes. The hops lend an earthy, slightly spicy overtone that is very pleasing. Mildly complex with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body with a smooth, almost luscious body. I also get a hint of chocolate in the finish.

This is a highly drinkable marzen for sure. The flavors blend well together and hide the booze very well. I could session these all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 01:11:04 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of bbeane


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... reddish amber colored beer with light head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing and looks completely inactive

S- Not much to smell. Light smell of malt and hops...bready

T- Not bursting with flavor. Bit of malt and maybe a little caramel flavor... pretty bland

M- Pretty watery and very little carbonation

D- Easy to drink though I would have very little desire to drink more if there were more choices


Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:43:10 | More by bbeane
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured rich brown into an American pint glass, with a thin head, and little visible carbonation. The aroma was a little overpoweringly sweet and malty, with a hint of caramel apple and honey; no evidence of hop bitterness. The flavor was a slightly more subtle version of the nose, but since I have grown to appreciate fuller-bodied maerzens, I found the mouth to be a little on the thin side. Granted the latter makes for a nice session beer, but I'll pick something else to pair with my wurst plate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 23:01:58 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of tzieser


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep amber/copper color with a decent head that settled into a nice covering. not very carbonated (as it should be).

Smelled great. lots and lots of sweet and biscuity malts up front...i can barely pickup the note of hops in the background. i can tell i'm probably going to love this, because the smells of all the toasted malts is making my mouth water

tastes as good as i was hoping. lots of sweet malts cover the palate. the malts are very rich and are used perfectly. a tad bit of hops at the end give this beer great balance. has a nice, subtly sweet malt aftertaste. outstanding.

mouthfeel is good-- not too carbonated, but still has enough to remind you that you're drinking beer.

drinkability is incredible. i could drink these all night long

overall-- marzens are probably my favorite style of beer, so I was surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did-- especially for a US marzen. Sam Adam's Octoberfest is usually my go-to for US made Marzens-- but now I'd have to go with the OktoberFish if they were sitting side by side. However-- this wouldn't keep me from getting a German made (i.e Paulaner) Marzen.

I love this beer. Buy it if you can.

PS- I love the Bavarian flag background on the label!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 16:41:22 | More by tzieser
Photo of mynie


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something oddly cute about this bottle. Maybe I'm just a little loopy after reading Foucault for the past 4 hours. I dunno. Little weird fishbone airplane thing made me giggle like it was a kitten.

Pours is sorta meh for a marzen. Darkish foggy amber, small white head that dies away quickly.

Smells a lot better than meh, I'll tell you what. Big east coast malt smell. (What the hell is that? That super mellow, sweet earthiness that I only come across in session-strength beers from back east? Geary's and Magic Hat and Brooklyn all have it. It's the malt, right? Or is the water just different? It's a malty smell, nonetheless. I think it's the malt. I make an ass out of you and me thinking it's the malt, but I still think it's the malt). That's blended with lightly zippy, very chocolately and caramely bock yeast and a light, spicy hops. Very nice.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Full malt profile, like ten different kinds of bread at once. Light hints of milk chocolate, butterless biscuits, that damn, delicious east coast mystery flavor, and then some lightly spicy hops finishing it off. Nice and complex with a lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:14:17 | More by mynie
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the only things I really picked out of this were a sort of fruity, apple-like flavor and aftertaste. Reminiscient of a hard cider or such. Not much of this is present in the smell though. Moth is clean and crisp with noticeable carbonation. It's easy to drink and is refreshing, but didn't offer much to take note on that was too special about it. Appearance was just normal I guess is all there is to say about it. It's not bad, but I wouldn't go outof my way to have it again. Look for the apples, though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 17:50:48 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a moderate marzen color with no detectable head. Very soft carbonation.

S: A very nice sweet munich malt aroma captures the nose with some light brown sugar notes.

T: For flavor there is some soft creamy caramel, and a very dominant earthy hopping. The flavor is very smooth with a slight creaminess on the back of the tongue going down. The bittering was nice with an earthy dryness at the end that lingered in the back of the throat for a brief while along with a slight alcohol presence.

M: at first seemed a tad watery but once it warmed up the palate was just fine.

D: Overall a decent example and perhaps one of their better beers making for a good session marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 12:26:18 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of AltBock


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle with a blue and white checkerboard patterened label that has their symbol of fish skeleton with 2 propellers on each end in the middle.

When poured into a Flying Fish pint glass, this Oktoberfest was a clear and pale golden amber. On top of this amber brew was a 1/2 an ich head of white foam. This head of foam had decent retention that left behind a small white film and one single blot of white lace. The aroma was plain and simple with toasted malts with a splash of juicy fruits backing it up. The taste was lightly crispy with toasted malts, a tiny touch of juicy fruits, and a subtle hint of crispy floral hops at the finish line. The mouthfeel was light bodied with a crispy aftertaste of toasted malts and a hint of floral hops. In the end, it was stanadrd drinkable session German style Oktoberfest beer. You can easily drink 2 of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 16:19:13 | More by AltBock
Photo of Reagan1984


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a couple of pints of this brew at The Old Bay in New Brunswick.

Each pint came with a scant ½ finger thick head that was wispy and white. What was there quickly faded back into the brew. The beer was a mahogany reddish brown and rather clear. There was really no carbonation that was visible. Some spotty lacing, but not really that much.

Aroma was sweet, of toasted malt, some caramel and a touch of nuttiness.

Toasted malt flavor really came through along with a lot of caramel, or molasses notes. (light) Pretty nicely balanced front to back. Very smooth tasting and any hop bitterness plays a background role. A bit of a nice bread like aftertaste.

Mouth feel was fairly light, but also a bit sticky.. Rather drinkable.

A nice effort. Not very complex, but overall a nice Octoberfest/Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 13:40:33 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 00:40:23 | More by dacrza1
Photo of BWH3


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber, fair head retention. A bit red.

S: Roasted malts predominate. Smells a lot like an American amber. Little sweetness in the nose. Hops smell earthy, not very noble or musty.

T: Again roasted/toasted flavors blast the mouth. Just the slightest amount of sweetness. The bittering hops are a bit too bold for style. There flavor is not bad though. Finishes dry but not tart. Tastes more like an American Amber than the Octoberfests I have been enjoying.

M: Decent density. Head retention not too bad. Carbonation is adequate.

D: I would recommend giving it a try. Not the best American version of the Octoberfest that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 21:59:50 | More by BWH3
Photo of memory


4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very impressed last year after tasting a number of Octoberfest beers, and with FF offering, so I picked up a sixtel.
Appears slight cloudy haze, nice head
Smells mildly sweet, slightly spicey wintergreen/biscuit.
Tastes like it smells but with more malty biscuit that lingers long on the palate without prominent hop presence.
I had tasted Sam Adams Octoberfest on tap recently which I thought was very,very good and had a hard time deciding between these two.
I think the Sam's is more intense, but this was a few bucks less and I still think it's a damn fine Octoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 22:34:47 | More by memory
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Tawny in color with a large head that retains well. Some spotty lacing is observed.

s. Roasted malt and roasted grains.

t. The malt character is very nice, with a fruity twang that reminds me of dried apricot, but the roasted malt helps to minimalize the sweetness. Hops are bare;y noticable, just a lingering earthy and bitter finish that is slightly dry.

m. Slightly dry finish, medium bodied, crisp.

d. This is a very good session beer, glad to try the six pack. One of the better fall seasonals I've come accross this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 00:22:33 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper-colored brew with a modest head that faded quickly. Carmel malt is the main feature in the aroma. The palate is light to medium bodied. Again caramel malt in the flavor with some graininess. A quiescent finish with very little indication of hops. Drinkable, for sure, but that is due to its fairly run-of-the-mill flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2008 19:10:29 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 23:16:51 | More by dsa7783
Photo of jackorain


2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 23:55:39 | More by jackorain
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 18:46:21 | More by bigone4
Photo of Porkchuck


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 18:32:37 | More by Porkchuck
Photo of Dogbrick


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:07:42 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 16:41:59 | More by marcpal
Photo of jmalex


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 00:15:39 | More by jmalex
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