Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Oktoberfest Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
366
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
17.77%
 
 
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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Poured the color of unpasteurized apple cider; brownish red and a bit hazy. Nose was very malty sweet with a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose - is there such a thing as an imperial marzen? Mouthfeel fell between light-and medium-bodied with a consistent background effervescence. One of the more drinkable Oktoberfest beers in my opinion. Fairly decent complexity for the style, but a bit sweeter than one would anticipate.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/orange from a 22 oz. bomber -- almost matches the orange label. Man, I love the fall when it comes to beer. Fairly small head, just enough though.

Nice malty smell, kind of sweet almost like caramel. Mmmm...

Taste has that malty caramelly flavor I was getting in the nose, and also a little kick of alcohol -- something I could probably do without. Overall, a nice almost roasty smoothness that is sweet with the warming finish.

Easily carbonated, feels clean in the mouth. Not as drinkable as I like my oktoberfests to be as a result of the higher alcohol content, but still no challenge to drink. The more I drink and the warmer it gets, the less noticiable the alcohol becomes. Still, this beer makes a better sipper than a big gulper.

I typically love just about anything BBC puts out, and this one came with high praise. I'm a little bit disappointed, I guess I was hoping for something a little more easily drinkable. Not a bad beer at all, but not quite what I was hoping for.

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Photo of atremains
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to grab this one on my way home from work today, the weather called for it. Pours a nice deep amber/copper with an off-white head with some cinnamon colored swirls. Very thick foam, looks delicious. Smell is apricots and a bitty rum-like, so far so good. Taste is great. Dark and light fruity flavors, malts, and grains. The feel is medium with a small amount of carbonation and an inviting malty finish. This is one of, if not my favorite, BBC beers. I'm just glad its only September first, now I've got a few months to enjoy this beer at my leisure.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just found out a 22oz bomber fits perfectly in the water bottle cage of my mountain bike!

Dark orangey-amber with a large off-white head. Great retention and lace for a lager.

Toasty pumpernickel malt bolstered by an earthen hop spice and burnt caramel notes.

Bready malt with a touch of orange marmalade sweetness balanced by a mild hop spice. Grainy alcoholic finish.

A bold Oktoberfest, a "mug thumper," if you will.

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Photo of bmwfan1987
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/copper color with an off-white/cream colored head that was pretty thick. The foam stays for awhile with some lacing on the glass. Aroma of grain and roasted malt and actually followed by a bit of sweetness. It was extremely tasty. Tastes of toasted, caramelized malts and grain that tasted a bit creamy as well, followed by a very slight bitterness, very good. Mouthfeel was very good, again creamy and smooth, very drinkable.

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Photo of bum732
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of apricots, some breadiness, tad of dark fruits, little brown sugar. Tastes of more of the same, very sweet with lots of caramel tones, touch of rum which is not all too pleasing. Ends with an earthy dryness that barely cuts through the sweet slickness. Nice full mouthfeel like all of Berkshire's beers.

An interesting beer, knowing that Berkshire brews very traditionally, i was expecting lots of malty and bready flavors. Instead this beer introduces a lot of sweetness with rum and dark fruite (raisin) undertones. Just enough bitterness to balance the drinkability, an excellent interpretation of an octoberfest lager.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBC's Oktoberfest pours a beautiful dark amber color. Its nice and rich, very inviting. This is a clean, clear dark lager with a good inch of thick white head. It leaves little islands of foam as it dissipates.

The aroma of this beer is sweet caramel, dark bread dough, gingerbread, brown sugar and maybe a bit of rum. Lots of great warm smells, takes me forward to some nice cool nights around a campfire.

Ahh...the taste. Definitely one of my favorite lager styles. This one is rich and flavorful. Lots of sweet caramel notes, touches of dark fruit/esters, some more of the rum and a nice smooth finish that leaves an essence of brown sugar on the lips.

Excellent beer!

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Photo of armock
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Durge
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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 patelc75
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

toasted malt sweetness on the front, pretty dry on the back like most Oktoberfest beers. more bitter than spicy unlike most Oktoberfests. Got it in Pittsfield, MA, but not sure where exactly. Ate it with some chili Lindt dark chocolate, which was a pretty good combination

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish amber color with pretty much no head at all just a few little bubbles. Not much in the way of lacing either.

S- Malts every where on this one. Sweet, bready and caramelized malts about everywhere.

T- Sweet malt flavor. Smooth caramel and a light complex background of fruit and spice.

M- Light to medium in body, carbonation right on, and almost a silky smooth feel to this one.

D- Great example of the style and easy to drink. Wish I had some more of this one maybe next year.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear caramel amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin 1/4 finger of solid retention that leaves a big cascade and spotty lacing beind. The aroma is big with notes of bread, sticky smelling caramel, citrus, and floral hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a toasty mix of caramel notes, citrus, and floral feeling noble hops in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean and crisp feel but the beef in the body definitely seems to be on the higher side for the style.

This was a rather hefty and full flavored O-Fest that drank well and was yet another solid seasonal beer from Berkshire. Well done.

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Photo of duffextracold
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy caramel color with a one finger head.

Smelles like sweet malt, apple juice.

Great taste, sweet, maybe some caramel malt? slight alcohol taste. has a nice hint of cocoa flavor. slightly hoppy, mostly in the aftertaste.

Med- heavy carbonation. smooth bubbly texture that makes my mouth happy.

a little bit less alcohol might be nice, but it's pretty darn good as it is.

i would say this is one of my favorite oktoberfests, another solid beer from berkshire.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden brown color, with a thick, pillow like off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a rather grainy aroma. I detect some sweet caramel malt. It has a mild biscuity aroma as well. Not much hop bitterness.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Grany. Behind the grains, I get some sweet malty flavors. It has a bready flavor that is more noticable than I would have thought.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a bready, and grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Low enough alcohol content, and a mild flavor suit it nicely.

Overall: Thanks go to both Mbrandon2w and Ppoitras for this generous hook up. I am glad that I have another.

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Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: This one pours a deep copper color with red amber hues around the edges. On top is a light foamy head that thins out slowly and is slightly lacey.

Aroma: Big time caramel notes with alight citrus notes. Minor grain notes a bit like the aroma of a fresh baked rye bread.

Taste: Wow this packs a punch right off the bat with a massive crisp mouthfeel. Along with sour notes very citrusy. The maltiness adds a nifty yet subtle sweetness to it. It also has quite a hop character that does not quit which is so wonderful.

Notes: This one is a wolf in sheeps clothing it might look nice but underneath it's a mean customer that is kick ass. It is a very unique marzen alot hopier than other ones so very drinkable. Cheers

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice frothy off white head, some sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and a little herbal hop shining through.

Knock your socks off great flavors here. Sweet caramel malts, sweet chewy bread notes with hints of herbal hop. Warm alcohol punch at the end.

Chewy, slick mouthfilling wonderfulness. No astringency or off flavors in the finish. You can drink these all night long (and these were BY FAR the cheapest of the 22 oz. bombers featured ($4.60 each). Absolutely knock out beer. Too bad it is seasonal, because this would be a regular one for me.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for trade on this.

A- Slightly hazy copper, one finger head.

S- Sweet caramel, slightly overpowered by toasted malts.

T- Lightly sweet caramel on the take transitions to a toasty/nutty middle. There's a slight warming note before the smooth hop finish.

M- No problems here.

D- The bomber sized bottle will pose no problem.

A good Oktoberfest. Check it out if you see it.

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Photo of SouthAtholSuds
2.71/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

First off I would like to say that I am a huge fan of BBC and I don't want to talk down about any of their products.
Four years ago this was one of my favorite American Octoberfest beers on the market. But playing with the recipe has put it on a slow decline the past few seasons. The beer has a beautiful dark lager appearance. The smell is mostly malts with a small hop profile. This beer is way to sweet. The sugars in the malts overpower the beer and when even drunk in moderation gives me a hangover. The mouthfeel is fantastic. Warm and chewy. I 100% support everything this local brewery does and this beer sells like crazy so they must be doing it right.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem of a New England fall seasonal that I was able to pick up and enjoy recently. This one I was most anxious to try as I have really enjoyed everything that I have come in contact with from them so this was naturally my next choice. Served cold and right out of the fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/22/008.

The pour was very nice with a nice brownish tinted light amber coming through right away. Great clarity here allowed me to really get a nice glance at the more then adequate carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass. This formed a very night little puff of white on the top that held its own for a little while before settling down into a nice little layer across the top.

The aroma was rich and malty. Nice tones of bread and grain that were mixed in well with a subtle touch of caramel and spice. Not as big of an aroma as some of the others I have seen, but still very nicely done. The flavor was clean, crisp, and full of depth. Very nice rolling flavor of light caramel that started off the show. This morphed nicely into a tight little grain profile that then became the backbone of the flavor. Some nice light bready taste in there as well as it started to come together. Quick clean finish on here left me looking for more right away and left the palate clean with little in the way of a long aftertaste. Nice light to medium body was not as full as I would have though, but actually turned out to benefit it in the end. Superb smooth and easy drinkability was the way to go here, and this went down with little to no issues.

In the end, another winner here for both my seasonal fest bier quest, and from Berkshire. They are delivering consistent good brews every time and I would love to be closer to them/ Go get this one, very solid offering indeed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 glid02
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from ampzilla. Thank you good sir.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with amber highlights and a two-finger off-white head. The head sticks around forever, there's still a half-finger left by the time I finish the beer as there are constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells good. Toasted malt, sweet malt, and a combination of caramel and chocolate.

Tastes even better than it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed shortly by a rugged chocolate flavor that segues nicely into mild caramel. The chocolate taste lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for an Oktoberfest and the carbonation is subtle. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This isn't exactly a classic Oktoberfest, but it goes down very easily. I had no problem polishing off a bomber of this.

Overall this is a very good beer with some excellent flavors not normally associated with the style. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice copper color with a small head.

smell - nice sweet malt smell, Some caramel and bread present.

taste - Nice sweet up front taste of malt, some mld hop but well balance beer here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Might be one of the best ocroberfest brews I have had. No preservatives and the freshness is present here. Easy drinking beer.

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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.
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