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Berkshire Life On Märzen | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
394 Ratings
Berkshire Life On MärzenBerkshire Life On Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshire-brewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager

Added by Jason on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,663
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
394
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 394 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of LostHighway
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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 dfecteau
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schmuckles
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of scottum
2.06/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice beautiful amber with a full white head. Tastes malty and hoppy just like beers tend to taste, but this is not a good taste. Kinda a toasty fruit thing in there with the hops, but I can't really describe how this brew crashes. It is just BAD, straighht up. The worst Octoberfest beer (ale or lager) that I've ever tried. Stay away, far far away.

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Photo of freshcarl
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Remdog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vdub191
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Cody. Pours a fairly clear chestnut / orange with a thin white head and lively carbonation. Nose is light roasted malt, light caramel, maybe some chestnuts, pumpkin spices, and a good bittering hop quality. Flavor is roasted chestnuts, pumpkin pie spice, light European hops, good toasted malt, a little grassy. Very well put together. Finish is a bit sweeter than I expected but it's really nice. I was excited for this one as these guys make great lagers.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of donniecuffs
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. Nice amber/copper pour, but the head didn't last or lace well. The aroma was fairly balanced between biscuit, roasted malt, woodiness, vanilla/nut, and mild citrus. However the flavor was a little too imbalanced towards the citrus side, while the feel was a little too thin for a maerzen. An overall average example of the style.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark gold to caramel color with a small off white head, mainly clear. Aroma is a little spiced bread along with a good dose of slick sweet malts that show some berry and appley fruity sweetness and also shows a hint of alcohol. Taste is big on the sweet malts and breadiness, a hint of peatiness and apples in the background. Medium in body, slightly slick on the mouth up front but nicely cut by a slightly peppery crispness and a tingle on the tongue. Nice drinkable cool weather beer.

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ppoitras for the trade.

Pours out a nice amber and sits a foggy orange brown in the glass with a good sized foamy off-white head with nice lacings.

Smells nice a hoppy, all spicy and herbal. Malts are in good form and give off a nice caramel sweetness. Lightly toasted and crisp.

Tastes mildly sweet up front full of raw doughy sweetness. Dripping of caramel along the sides and soothing hop spiciness. Well balanced and warms up with alcohol in the back of the mouth. Finish is dry and lightly bitter with lingering presence of alcohol and malty sweetness.

Ever so smooth in the mouth but crisp on the sides with carbonation that's easy to handle. Well rounded body, full of life. A great Oktoberfest beer and has got the power to keep rolling in brings even more with it. Just plain tasty.

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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 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 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 Atomicskis5
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am fairly new to the Berkshire Brewing beers. This one really got my interest. Pours out amber brown in color with nearly no head. The smell is very malty and sweet.

The first thing I said to myself after I had this was Wow! Nutty, caramel, sweet, malty, hoppy and all out beautiful. Unlike any Oktoberfest beer that I have had, much more beefed up. I love the carbonation level, much lower than most beers. It seems to fit this beer perfect.

To be honest I am no expert with this style. Is this an Oktoberfest? I have no idea. Do I really like it? You bet.

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Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of twelvsies
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBC is such a solid company, and I was not dissapointed in the least with this seasonal brewage (Fall 2004 batch). First of all, I like the nice orange label, gets me in the fall mood. Appears a deep amber color, very inviting. Not much head on this one, which seems to differ from the other reviews I browsed, but whatever. Smells a little sweet and nutty, malty, maybe a bit fruity. Tastes great! Tastes pretty consistent with the smells, nutty and a tad sweet, nothing over the top, a very well-balanced beer. I'm very pumped about this beer right now, I'll be getting more than my share until the Cabin Fever winter brew comes out. Feels good going down the pipes, I could drink this beer anytime. Cheers!

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottler served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a clear, deep amber / copper shade while yielding a beautiful 2" creamy head. very strong retention and some patches of lacing. just a real nice looking beer.

rich, toasted maltiness leads the way in the nose, followed by some secondary hoppy and caramel notes.

flavor follows, even exceeds the aroma. bold toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of hops in the background. very nice. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a great octoberfest. not quite sensational, but one of the better ones i've come across - a fantastic local brew.

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Photo of Sulty
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Life On Märzen from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 394 ratings
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