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

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

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery amber with a fine, off-white cap. Sticky lace. Malty aroma, a bit of biscuit and berry sweetness, floral, light citrusy lemon. Balanced bitterness, biscuity malt, toasty, with a bit of lemon and grassy hop flavour. There was a hint of buttery sweetness as well. Medium to light bodied, lowish carbonation, fine texture. Solid. Balanced and tasty.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I received from rowingbrewer for winning his "Guess My Stats" LIF. A hearty "thank you" to him for including this in the box. Into an unlabeled nonic...

It pours a gorgeous, hazy, copper/amber color with about an inch of fluffy, off-white head that lingers for some time. Patches of wet lacing are left in its wake.

The smell is of floral hops, some spice, a pile of leaves, and doughy bread. A bit of a yeast scent and some slight caramel malt pull it all together nicely. It smells of a fall, which is quite welcoming.

The taste begins with a rush of hops; not overly bitter ones, but a combination of earthy and spicy hops that pack a characteristic ""fall season"" punch. These give way to a great biscuity, bread-like essence in the middle that is rounded out nicely by the faint yeast and caramel flavors. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a misplaced alcohol burn on the finish, that quickly takes one's attention away from the otherwise spectacular taste. It stands out a bit more than I'd prefer, and seems to throw off an otherwise exceptionally balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is also great, with the wondrous combination of being light on the tongue yet smooth going down. A slightly dry finish is left in the mouth.

Overall, a very good oktoberfest. I really wanted to rate this one a bit higher, but that damn alcohol kick in the taste just wouldn't let me do it. Who decided to put alcohol in this stuff anyway? Perhaps another month of storage would've helped this guy mellow out a touch more; regardless, I still enjoyed this one very much, and would not hesitate to give it another shot.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a big fan of Oktoberfest's, but Berkshrie seems to hit the note with most beers, so i figured ide try this one out. Pours a dark orange, with a creamy looking white heading that soon turned to clean looking lace. Smell is of sweet grainy malt, honey and sugar, i almost detect an almost honeydew smell in there too.Taste was really malty, with little in the hops, and an overall huge sweetness. The caramel and grains really accompany one another well with this one. The alcohol is also pretty well accentuated with this beer, it really warms you up. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy...probably from the big malt presence. Tough call on drinkability...I couldn't drink these all night, certainly a few if I drank slowly. Im more of a hophead then anything, so the huge maltyness really stood out for me...still not a bad thing though. If anything, it is beers like this that make me appreciate lagers more. One more thing...perfect for this time of year as the leaves change color. Cheers

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Great caramelized malt taste with smooth balanced hop finish. Really enjoyed this beer!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.95 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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