Berkshire Life On Märzen | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Life On MärzenBerkshire Life On Märzen

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 403
Photo of twosheds
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper with tan head

Smells bready and spicy (but not hot spicy)

Smooth malt flavor with hints of caramel and a slightly dry finish. Kind of simple but really good and well balanced.

This is one of my favorite Oktoberfests. It's better on draft, but still good from the bottle.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into Oktoberfest mug. BB date of 3/24/19.
Look is nice cloudy copper. Nose is light hops and them malt. Taste follows nose very balanced beer. Feel is medium. Overall very nice version easy drink and would get again.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is no phrase in the beer world more cringe-worthy to me than "our interpretation." Especially when it is applied to classic styles. In this case, however, I give it a pass. Life On Marzen, which until recently was simply called Oktoberfest, is big and beefy with complex malts. Roasted malts, French caramel, nutty, bready and doughy, the crests and troughs of toasty goodness and sweet malt relief never ends. A true lager, the mouthfeel is soft and pillowy with moderate carbonation and a wonderful medicinal hop finish with a nip of pepper and alcohol.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper body with beige head

Smell - lager like, nuts, caramel

Taste - caramel, cherry, toasted nuts, bready, malty

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, lager crispness on the back end

Overall - a bit sweeter than you Marzen should probably be, yet I still found this to be an enjoyable beer

Price Point $3.99/22 oz bomber

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice Copper Amber color, had a nice malty taste with slight hops, had this on tap thought I'd just try it but ended up drinking four glasses worth. A very good American spin on the Marzan style

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with thin tan head. Aroma is nutty with muted caramel notes. Flavor is better, with nice malty bread making a presence. some alcohol and phenols showing. Finish is fairly dry, with slight metallic linger. Okay stuff.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Malt and hops

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops, sweeter malts and alcohol.

Overall: Excellent beer! I wold have this one again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Pours burnt orange amber with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like rich malty caramel, molasses, nutty grain, toasted bread, dried apricot, raisin, fig, brown sugar, toffee, roasted malt, spice, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like malty caramel, molasses, toffee, roasted malts, nutty grain, brown sugar, spice, some booze, dark toasted bread, mild dried fruit, with earthy herbal grass and pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice dark tasting Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 03/16 I believe, a bit of an old bottle (last year's).

A: Dark red pour with a small tan head. Head fades pretty quickly. No lacing.

S: Lots of sweet caramel and a bit of toast. A light hit of herbal hops.

T: Oh yeah. Nice sweet caramel and toffee up front. Hints of toasted malt with light grassy and herbal hops. Very light though, this one is almost pure malt.

M: Medium bodied, soft and easy drinking.

O: Pretty much exactly what an Oktoberfest should be. Super drinkable with great mild malt flavors and just a touch of hoppiness. Sweet but not cloying. Very nice.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at America on Tap
Slightly hazy deep golden color. Aromas of sweet bready malt and plenty of diacytyl. A bit too sweet and the butterscotch doesn't do this style any favors.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a can glass:

Pours a dark amber-red body, with a frothy white head, that holds for a solid period of time. Leaves trace lacing only. Aroma is sweet, caramelly malt. Some toffee as well. The taste is closely aligned with the smell, with lots of sweetness and malt, and a bready backbone. Really solid representation of the marzen style, and quite yummy. Feel is medium-heavy with a lengthy, sticky finish that keeps the flavor rollin'. One of the better Oktoberfests out there, undoubtedly.

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Photo of everythingiszen
5/5  rDev +25.3%

A pint served at Grendel's Den in Cambridge, MA. Ruddy brown in color, maybe a bit of copper thrown in there. Deep malty flavor, mild fruitiness. No head. The Oktoberfest to beat this fall, IMHO.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber/bronze body with a small white head. Leaves little lacing.
S - Malt is upfront a center. Caramel, toffee, sweet malt.
T - More balanced than the nose led me to believe. Sweetness of the malt is still the major player, which should be expected for the style. Hops bitterness and maybe a little spice cut it off. Far back after taste is a little spice like rye bread.
M - Thick body, low carb. Feels like an ale rather than a lager. Would expect it to be a little cleaner.
O - A solid Marzen/Oktoberfest. A good contrast to say Sam Adams Octoberfest. It is a little higher in ABV. This year's bottle read 7.5%, so given that, the alcohol is well hidden. Much different than I remember last year, but I would say an improvement.

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Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev +0.3%

2014 22 oz bomber into pint glass.

Off white/tan head quickly dissipated with large bubbles.

Aroma is roasted malt, slight sweetness

Initial taste is sweet that transitions into a little bit of a sharpness from the carbonation
Follow up taste is of Carmel and viennA/Munich malt. Slight fruit from the yeast

Good mouthfeel and carbonation, not a bad octoberfest, I would put it in my top 5 picks


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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good Octoberfest, not overly spiced. Nice 1" tan head when served in a pint glass. Head lasted for most of the beer. Good body and Outstanding mouth feel. Another excellent beer by BBC

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Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Supreme Liquor in Central Square, MA
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Nice and deep copper-brown color, darker than most other in the style. Pours with a white, foamy head that dissipates quick though this could have been from the glass. 4/5

Smell: Smells sweet and caramelly, without being overboard. Some good bready notes in the nose too, with a strong emphasis on dark wheat breads or something like that. 4/5

Taste: Wow, really marvelous flavor! Not like many other US-brewed Oktoberfestbiere I've had. This one is not perfectly to style-it's much too abrasive in some respects-but it is certainly a much better Oktoberfest than what's brewed by other, larger MA based breweries. The beer is dominated by the caramel malt flavors, but has a really pronounced edginess to it, which the representative chalked up to its being lagered. I've never had a lagered beer with quite the bready edge on it as this, at least for the style. While this isn't bad, it makes it almost taste spiced even though it's not. Nonetheless, this beer is miles above other US versions of an Oktoberfest beer without relying on 'innovation'. One major thing- the malt sweetness in this beer really reminds me of a Maibock...and so does the ABV. 4.25/5

Feel: Really excellent carbonation and body. 4.25/5

Overall: An extremely well done Oktoberfest, and one I really look forward to having again. I'll need to pick up a whole bottle of this and see how the edginess asserts itself when served in a proper glass and whatnot, or over time as it ages. Would highly recommend. 4/5

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Photo of CTHomer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy khaki head that receded slowly to a thin ring; nice lacing;

S: toasty malt, caramel, earthy hops;

T: all malt until the finish; a little boozy at mid-palate; fairly bitter finish for the style;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I was surprised at the booziness since the ABV isn't all that high; the finish is more bitter than most and I enjoyed that;

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a translucent copper color with an inch of frothy white head. No lacing. The aroma is malty with some light spicy hops. Caramel and some boozey notes. The taste is more of the caramel and malts with some spicy notes. Some floral hints with a light nuttiness towards the end. Malty, spicy finish with more floral notes. Light but creamy mouthfeel. Nice to see a Marzen released when it's not Autumn. I would have thought the ABV was higher because there is a pretty noticeable alcohol burn. Overall, pretty good Marzen I'd look for again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a good one finger off white head that faded to leave a light creamy blanket.

S - Aroma is fairly typical for an oktoberfest. A bit on the malty/bready side for me.

T - Taste is more of the same, caramel (lots of it), sweeter malts, biscuits, slight toffee. Again, a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel was fairly solid. Nicer carbonation here little sharp on the tongue.

O - Overall, slightly unimpressed by this one. Its a decent Oktoberfest, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap as guest beer at SBC in Southport. Served in a pint glass.

Medium dark amber, lightly brown, some white foam. This is a malt bomb for sure - in the nose and in the taste, Quite buttery to boot. There are hints of caramel and toffee in the mix as well. Lighter carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Solid Octoberfest brew and real good on tap.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a orange brown with a half inch of off white head, that leaves some lacing behind. Smell is brown sugar, raisin, banana bread, and carmel. Taste is balanced nicely, this is large for the style, and malt lovers will love what they have done here. Body is on the large side, a little dry, and very drinkable. This a well done Marzen style beer. If you like malty beers and October beers, a must try.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Berkshire Oktoberfest

Bomber into nonic pint

Dark amber color with a finger of slightly off white head. Looks very inviting. Very little lacing.

Smells are a lot of malt and spice with some fruit tossed in. Seems sweeter than I was expecting.

Taste is much sweeter and dryer than I thought I’d get. Lots of fruit and spices. Apple, pear, sour cherry(?), caramel or something dark & sugary…quite a few things competing in here. It honestly reminds me of the profile on some Belgian ales I’ve had. It feels strange to make that comparison but this beer seems to be tracing the same line. There is a sourness/bitterness in here that counteracts the sweet note but it still comes off as cloying to me. The flavors even out somewhat with the beer getting warmer as I finish the first half of the bomber but I’m having a hard time getting past that initial impression.

Rather dry and tart on the tongue for me but have to say it goes down pretty easy. No trace of the alcohol save for maybe a touch of warming in the gut.

Unfortunately the flavor is just not to my liking. After one serving I really have very little desire to drink any more. This is the first Berkshire brew I’ve ever felt that way about. It would probably be worth looking for another Marzen to see if it’s more to do with the style that doesn’t click for me rather than just this one beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 20, 2012.

Poured into a tall German stein. It has a decent looking medium amber, copper-orange tone with a significant, long lasting fluffy head and slow moving carbonation.

The nose is full of traditional Oktoberfest aromas including sweet caramel malts, yeast, toffee, and biscuit.

The body is creamy and smooth and falls into just under the medium range.

The taste starts out sweet and malty like a good Oktoberfest/Marzen should but then an unexpected earthy bitterness flies in from out of left field and takes it all over. That bitterness lingers. Overall, the beer is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Jleo897
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer fresh easy to drink octoberfest. Look forward to it every year. Poured my first one of the year and just as good as last year. The people at berkshire really take pride in there brewing process and it shows with every great beer. I would take this over than almost any other German Octoberfest. Nothing like kicking back on a cool night pouring one these into a pint glass and watching football. GREAT BREW!

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Photo of Gatch
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the label or bottle but I'm assuming this is fresh because it's early September!

A: Copper-amber in color with a fizzy, off-white head. No lace or retention. Don't know if that's typical of the style.

S: Malt-heavy. Roasted, sweet, sugary, bready.

T: Great balance of sweet and roasted malt. Hops show up in the finish and are surprisingly fresh, tasty, and oily. The malt really shines through, providing a delicious depth of malt flavors. Perfect for cooler weather and let me say, the booze really sneaks up on you after finishing the bomber.

M: Very enjoyable flavors, right amount of carbonation, and easy to drink. As the bottle suggests, the flavors and hops are "just enough to entice you to have another." For the price, I definitely will consider it.

O: This beer met my expectations as they were pretty high when I purchased it. A very good beer by itself and for the style. I'd recommended it to anyone.

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Berkshire Life On Märzen from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 403 ratings