Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

very good
380 Ratings
Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber acquired through a BIF (sorry to whomever sent it, I really should put some post its on these guys) and sat at cellar temp in the basement for a couple of months. Cloudy amber hinted chestnut with a pretty light head and some minimal lacing. Big oktoberfest aromas, all the bready malty goodness one would expect.

Very light mouthfeel touched off with a brew that was more complex once it warmed a bit. Caramel and bread was here, but there was also some citrus fruits half way through. Lighter than one would expect mouthfeel wize, which made it more drinkable. However, this was detracted a bit by a stronger boozy feel. A lot less hoppy than the other reviews seem to be.
Drinkable and would be very much so on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" off-white head. Hazy burnt sienna color with a hint of red when held to the light. Smells pretty malty. Taste is a very mild malt and has cocoa butter highlights. Texture is velvety and the short finish fades but leaves a pleasant aftertaste of malt.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Damian
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a dark crimson-amber with a tight, frothy, light tan, one-finger head that quickly faded to a clingy ring.

The aroma was quite mild initially. Powdery yeast and caramel malts were faintly detectable, along with some nuttiness. As the beer warmed, the aroma (particularly the alcohol) came out a bit more. Some German-style malts became noticeable.

The taste was rich, sweet and nutty. A malty, caramel-like sweetness came through strong up front. Toffee and maple syrup were also quite apparent. Creamy and fruity notes came through as well. A pleasant alcohol warming appeared on the back end and lasted into the finish. Sugary notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy and supple with a fine, mild carbonation.

As for drinkability, this was a smooth, flavorful and (despite its alcohol prowess) rather easy-drinking Oktoberfest. I only wish that the German-style malts were a bit more pronounced in both the aroma and the taste.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold color. Pours with a whte head that dissipates to less than a quarter of an inch. Bright clarity. A great looking beer.

S: Mild caramel malt aroma. Clean and crisp.

T: Malty up front with significant hop bitterness at finish. Malt flavors are caramel like - not toasty.

MF: Medium body. Moderately effervescent. Alcohol warming.

D: Great domestic take on the German classic. Very drinkable - despite the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one as a recent trade extra with BanditBrewingCo. Thanks, Alan!

22 ounce brown bottle with an orange label. No freshness date detected.

Pours a slightly cloudy rusty orange with the slightest bit off-white foamy head with small bubbles. The head doesn't last long and there's no lacing to be seen.

Smells of earthy (almost grassy or dirt-like) hops, sweet malts and sugared milk and a tinge of alcohol.

Medium body and flavor, much like the nose. Low carbonation and a slightly resinious finish. Malts and earthy hops in good balance with some slight spice following.

Though I am not normally a fan of Octoberfest beers, this one went down surprisingly easily. Nice example for its' style. Now, I'm eager to crack the Berkshire Imp Stout (That I also received from Alan)!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, russet colored body with a bubbly white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smells sweet, toasted malts, a little spicy.

This taste is definitely a lot different than many beers I've had of this style. Chocolately malts are noticeable up front, followed by some grainy sweetness. A little spicy in the finish. Even the relatively high alcohol content is somewhat noticeable.

Medium bodied, pretty creamy for the style.

Not a badly drinkable brew. Pretty different than other examples of the style that I've had, but pretty good too.

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Photo of armock
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jaxon53 for sending this in the One of Each BIF awhile ago

A - Poured a copper brown color with a light tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet roasted malt with some spice

T - Follows the nose sweet roasted malt with some caramel and spice flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this was a good fall time beer thats easy to drink with a good taste to it worth trying sometime

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is a 7%? I must say, off the bat, the abv is not noticed in this brew.

pours a nice amber-brown color. some tanish head that laces on the way down. nice grassy nose, but with burnt malt sense to it

Overall, this is an intersting brew. like I said before, 7%? you can't even fell it (until it is to late) There is a dominant malt profile, not to much hops, but it overalll mixes rather ricely. The non-showing of the 7% makes this a rather drinkable brew. Sweetnes (somewhat citrusy) show uo in the end.

all in all a nice take on the 0-fest style.

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Photo of Truh
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Toasted Sam Hain with this one on 10/10/2004. 16-oz. pour in a typical pint glass at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton, MA with the Pats winning their record 19th game in a row.

Light, sticking film of head that clung all the way down, though again as nothing more than a curtain call. Light rose to deep amber in hue and crystal clear with some constant flow. Buttery malt nose with a touch of brown sugar and golden raisins. Deep and juicy refined malt character to mouth, and actually more body than many of the other Ok/ctoberfests that pop up at this time of year. Succinctly crisp and quite refreshing.

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Photo of davey101
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 01/28/12. 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Clear dark brown/copper body. A mocha head formed and stuck around for a few minutes.

S - Lots of bready malts and spices. Little bit of alcohol.

T - Lots of great malt flavor; bread, toffee, caramel, and yeast. The spice note is smooth and well balanced. Alcohol can be noticeable as it warms up. Nice carbonation and a medium mouth feel.

O - A very well done Oktoberfest. Props to BBC for making some really solid brews.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this Oktoberfest pours a hazy dark orange with nearly no head, a faint whisp of tan foam rims the glass, plenty of carbonations rises up

S - the aroma is dominated by a nice malty profile with a slight seasonal spiciness behind it, very appeling

T - that malt characteristic from the aroma is huge up front, with slight but perceivable caramel flavors tucked away, a nice O'fest, one of the better BBC offerings

M&D - smooth and crisp, a very refreshing beer, which gives it its high drinkability

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Photo of bmwfan1987
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Ridgefield,CT at anconas, they get it fresh from the brewer himself.

A-dark orange-copper, with nice head.

S-smells of apricots, I cant really smell anything else.

T-Very pleasant. very pronounced malt.

M-full bodied, very good.

D-very smooth, I could handle a couple of these in a sitting (2-4 hours)

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Photo of Shumania
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tumbler. Back in New England for the weekend and ready for Fall. This seem to fit the bill to try.

a: A dark amber leaning towards brown. Large head that disappears quickly. Little lacing sticking to the glass.

s: Sweet malts with brown and candied sugar.

t: Matches the smell exactly at the beginning. There is a slight roasted malt and breadiness in there and it finishes with a grassy hop so there is some balance.

m: It is a little overly sweet, but it is definitely a bomber I can happily drink by myself.

This is a solid local Oktoberfest. Berkshire consistently puts out quality beers and the price point makes it even better.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a 22 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer gives a thin off white edge layer of head with some islands left in the center as it recedes. Color is amber and caramel hues mixed nicely. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some dark fruit and maybe boozy, didnt expect those scents. First sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is big and malty caramel and brown sugar mixing and dominating. Some slightly grainy notes come through on the finish.
Fairly easy drinker no hint of ABV, not very clean or lagery more al-like with the fruity notes on the aroma. Decent beer.

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Photo of rousee
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard orange translucent color. Leaves a very small head and some compact bubbled foam remains on the top. small amount of lace remains on the sides of the glass.

Smell is somewhat faint. Its malty with a slight sour touch to it. Elements of salt water are noticed also.

Taste is a nice smooth marzen. It has all the characteristic tastes you would want but it cant hold a candle to the The Kaiser which I just sampled. This is fairly high on abv for a regular marzen which I thought was surprising. Tasting notes are caramel and barleysugar. A bit thin on the finish but somewhat more refreshing and quenching than some others in the style. A good local beer still.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper body with orange hues and a generous, foamy, off white head that leaves just a slight lacing in its path.

Excellent malt aroma, slight caramel, and just a touch of fresh hops in the background.

Quite tasty, and a great example of the style, just a hint of sweet malt & caramel, but also a nice, fresh, almost zesty hop flavor, and just a touch of spice to finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, excellent palate balance, just a slight spice to let you know its there.

Great drinkability, this beer is an excellent Oktoberfest, plenty of character, very pleasant abv, and an all around winner.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 YonderWanderer
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep copper with a thin layer of foam. Light lacing that slides nicely down the glass.

S: Malty sweetness with a bit of toastiness to it. A slight hint of bitterness, but not much.

T: This is good. A solid malt flavor comes through, a nice taste of sweetness, a bit of bread, and a slight bitterness from the hops.

M: It's a little thick but tasty. Nice carbonation, not too much, but enough to make it go down smooth.

D: This is very tasty. Definitely a great example of the style and one I look forward to drinking more of in the future. Nice work from Berkshire.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper brown/red, small off-white head turns to thick ring quickly. No lacing left.

Smell is cereal grain, light fruit and grassy notes from the hops, gains strength as it warms. A bit macro-y but good.

Much hoppier than your average Oktoberfest, about even with the malts in fact. Grassy, German-style hops, light+dark fruit, caramel malt, and just a pinch of booze. Complex for the style.

A bold and different American Oktoberfest, doesn't rely on sweetness to make it enjoyable.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper / orange pour with a light tan head

Smell of delicious malt, some light spices and sweetness

Taste of sweet malt, which seems to happen with most of the Berkshire Brewing beers I have had. A little more than I desire in a 6.8% beer. perhaps the house yeast does this? Some light molasses and a nice roasted malt flavor that reminds me of falling leaves. Of the Oktoberfests that i had at an Oktoberfest beer festival at Stratton Mtn, this was my favorite of the group. Sam Adams tasted like water comparatively.

Mouthfeel for an Oktoberfest is pretty good, the wet finish may deduct from the body, but mild carbonation and a good body. Obviously easy drinking . It is an Oktoberfest after all

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this pint at Bukowski's on Dalton Street.

The pint came with really no head to speak of. The beer was a reddish amber color and very clear. Very little to no lacing left behind.

Aroma was nice and mostly sweet with a slight malt or bread like aroma to it.

Sweet punch followed by a bread like taste in the middle (nice malt flavor) that then moves to a slight fruity nature and ends with a very subtle hop tone to balance the sweetness. I like the bread like nature of this. Wish is was slightly less sweet. But still good.
Mouth feel was medium/light in body and very smooth. Almost silky.

Drinkability was quite nice and I wish I had enough time to enjoy a 2nd pint.

Good representation of an Octoberfest

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This chilled bomber yields a medium amber colored brew with a quick dying, off-white head and decent spotty lacing. The aroma is a pleasant maple and cider with a little tangy bite. The first swig offers an unusual sort of light whiskey alcohol and nutty pumpkin wheat. It has a medium feel for the style with lots of peppery carbonation. Not much special but an OK Octoberfest that is definitely worth a try. I would welcome a glass anytime, especially in October!

Update September 2010 - A deep orange-ish brown color with a fair off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma is big time caramel apple and cinnamon malt. A tad sour and very deserving of the October sensibilities. The flavor is in keeping with the aroma. A bold tart allspice apple with tons of caramel malt. I even get an odd licorice edge. Very woodsy, swampy malt. I think it's neat, something that truly fits the season. It's medium plus bodied with pleasant carbonation. A substantial somewhat cidery feel. A good mouthful and one of the more enjoyable and interesting Octoberfests I've had. Now I hear they're taking it off the shelves because they're not pleased with the results. I don't get that.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed dark amber with a tan head.
the aroma is a lot of sweet malty caramel, with subtle spices, and some breadyness.
malty caramel and a little nutty sweetness takes over the flavors with the same spiciness. there is a little bitterness at the finish cleaning up the sweetness a little. i find there might be some mapl-y flavors in there too.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty clean.
nice solid oktoberfest.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slight yeast, very slight spice, with some caramel. The taste is big on caramel malts, slight yeast. Medium body. Drinkable, this is still a tasty brew. Thanks Wayne.

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