Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
88
very good
381 Ratings
Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
381
Reviews:
204
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
43
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Photo of abriggs1
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a one of a kind beer. It's right on the border of being an imperial Oktoberfest. I realize this is a strong statement, but I've never had a better one; domestic or German.

Appearance is as beautiful as any Oktoberfest. Warm and inviting.

The smell is extremely toasty, and a bit intimidating. It's unique, but a bit overbearing in it's weirdness.

Taste is extremely roasty and bready. Maltiness up the ass with some smooth hop backbone. it's got a lot of that lager funk that I love mixed in with a heavy flavor profile that's not typical of most lagers.

Mouthfeel is thick and warm. Sharp and smooth at the same time.

This beer is really a grand slam for the style. Germans be warned, you've got some stiff competition from America.

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Photo of goldsackb2
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing business in the Northern MA area introduced me to this wonderful beer. I had it on tap from a hotel I was staying at, no more than 10 miles away from the Berkshire Brewery. At first I had no idea I was drinking a BB product, I actually thought the bartender poured me a Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Upon tasting it I was astonished by its well rounded malty and sweet characteristics. In my opinion, it struct the perfect balance between the toasty/caramel flavors brought about by it's malted barley, while being just sweet enough to evoke the experience of its intended purpose, namely, the freshness of the fall.

In terms of drinkability; it was certainly an incredibly enjoyable experience, but it would certainly be difficult to drink more than two or three, that is, without feeling like you ate six slices of pumpkin pie (or any other typical fall pastry).

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Photo of bigone4
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice full body seasonal from BBC. 22oz poured a deep orangey brown reddish color not very hazy. Nice creamy head with mild lacing. The head dissipated rather quickly. This beer smells sweet with a nice malt sugary smell. Almost has a buttery honey like aroma with a touch of hops in the distance. Nice mix of malt tones. Some faint maple and a hint of smoke flavor. Tastes great very smooth and really full bodied. There is a thicker malt feeling followed by subtle hop pinch. Really has a nice well balanced tone. Hints of fruit or some sweetness develop in the mouth after a few tastes. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I am glad to see the fall style beers coming around again. I have been anticipating the return of this one especially. Wonder what this beer would be like aged a bit longer? I may have to put a couple 22's away in the fridge until winter. Great brew and recommend giving it a try. After quite a few comparisons this Oktoberfest stands up to them all.

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Photo of Kooz
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this from MaddHopper at his Oktoberfest celebration. Good times...

Poured into a liter stein. Very nice-looking beer. Brownish-orange color, slightly hazy. Very nice.

A quick smell delivered a hint of sweetness but seemed fairly mild. The taste though--oh how amazing. This is hands-down the best Oktoberfest I've tried. It's malty up front, then mellows out to a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy.

I would love to have 2 or 3 of these and call it a night.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

just-released 2007 version, 22oz.

uberclear amber. caramelized sweet potato aroma with vanilla and walnut notes. perfect heft with a wave of carbonation that sweeps over the tongue. dry with booze initially.. approaching imperial marzen. finishes with a robust taste sensation, traditional o-fest flavors with an unapproached creaminess and amaretto. despite its size, it refreshes. this is one of the best fall seasonals.. and as one of the first out it sets the bar rather high. this beer is as good if not better than it's ever been.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz.
Brown bomber; no best before date indicated.

Thin auburn with straw highlights. Wonderfully orange, white head that refuses to budge. Walls of condensed lacing with impressive strength.

Creamy, semi-sweet toasted biscuit aromas. Clean, noble wheat and grain without mustiness. Hints of caramel and toffee.

Creamy caramel, mild coffee giving a harnessed sweetness. Clean wheat and toasted bread with just a touch of warming diacetyl. Notes of dark fruit: plum, grape, and raisin. No bitterness nor any detection of the 7% abv. Light toffee and raisin in the aftertaste.

Almost full in body; ridiculously creamy and smooth on the palate. Carbonation is at a minimum. I'm at a loss for words at how smooth this lager feels.

Three words: give me more! That's all you need to know. Possibly the best Marzen I've ever had. I can't wait to try this on tap. For those of you reading this review...try this lager, it's in your best interest.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 milkbone_underwear
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of littlebibs
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE Sept. 11, 2007...Just wanted to review this years batch because this one has topped my exceptions for Bershire Oktoberfest. Its just a delicious batch, right up there again
and surpassing Gritty's Halloween Ale and Sam Addams and
riding on top with Magic Hat's Jinx as my favorite so far this
year. It must be something pouring it on tap. Creamier, less
alcohol in your face but its there just the same. It has put FLAVOR right at the top and this lager is SO FRESH, I can't say enough
about this one, I could just drink em', good to find something
this tastey, but I'm still samplin'. Half way down the second glass and still a nice creamy head (caramel, toffee, malty, lightly
hopped, but it does have a slight kick in the back end) This is one of my best finds this year,(2007) especially for an Oktoberfest lager. Nice dark amber orange color nice creamy head disapears
slowly as you drink. Its hard to say anything bad about this
batch of delicious lager.
The caramel toasty malty feel is there but there is so many things going on in this mix? Its has a dryness back there, almost like
some ESB(Gritty's Halloween Ale) for example but it doesn't
put you off, its different from all the autumn beers I've sampled
so far. I like it allot and like Jinx from Magic Hat and the Gritty
McDuffy's Halloween Ale, Gearys...but Bershire has a magical mix of flavors that
is not so easily idenified but with the beer warming abit, you
can start picking out the flavors. This one is a special batch for
sure and I will get more. If you drink the 1pt. 6oz bottle you won't
forget it. Love these home brews, nice and fresh! You can start
to feel the change of the seasons with this great Massachusetts Oktoberfest lager.

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Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Jleo897
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 thegerm87
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.95 out of 5 based on 381 ratings.
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