OktoberFish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 405
Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear burgundy copper pour with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Toasted grains and sugars. A bit of dark fruit.

T/F: Just like it smells. Caramel and toasted grains... brown sugar. Sweet and earthy with a bit of spice. Not enough hops for balance. Light bodied.

O: An average Oktoberfest. Nothing special but not offensive either.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be exceptional and is one of my top beers of this style. For 6% ABV, it had quite a bit of bite to it and wasn't as wishy-washy and blah like so many others. In fact, I picked up a few more six packs to put on the side to crack open later this winter.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of malty darker grain, very slight caramel. Tastes of darker malt and slight fruitiness and raisin flavor. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees. The appearance of the beer is a one finger creamy and frothy with fair retention. The did not leave any lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 12, a medium amber to hints of deep amber. The beer presents with a clear body. Carbonation bubble is visible in the beer.

The first aroma of the beer is a funky dank caramel malt. Additional aromas are earthy, floral, citrus, and bready.

The initial flavors of the beer are caramel, a funky dank basement, medium toasted malt, earthy, floral, citrus and bready.

The mouthfeel of the beer is medium, medium-light carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer has a funky dank flavor and aroma, which is off-putting. It is an okay Octoberfest beer, despite the odd flavor profile.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In Red Bank, NJ.
Pours amber with a full off white head that quickly resides and retains minimal lacing.

AROMA: A little musky and some caramel, but not too much going on.
TASTE: In very small doses I get some toasted bread and caramel, but you got to try hard to find it.
MOUTHFEEL: Thin with little carbonation.
Overall this was still a little better than average.

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Photo of bluespiderweb
1.73/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

OktoberFISH? Yeah, that's what it tasted like!!! Hard to believe they didn't add OLD fish in there, as that is what it tasted like-a bad wheat beer!!!! It has to be the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had, unless it was just turned. But it says on the label, best by 1-14-18, so I doubt that it was. Yech_()(*&%^$%#$*IUIO_+{OYYU^T{{OPYGG!!! Avoid this one at all costs-and I will never buy one from them again, believe me! There's no excuse for brewing like this!

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper and see through with a minimal head. Looks like the last beer that wasn't really an Oktoberfest. Grassy funk of Euro hops on the nose. Well at least this has some of that nutty toastiness I associate with Oktoberfest brews. This beer also has a bready finish with good carbonation and a thinner feel. Taste and feel weren't too bad, nose was missing it for me.

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Photo of thebeers
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange-tinted amber with a finger of dense light tan head that lasts a good while and leaves solid rings of lacing.

Caramel malt and bread in the nose.

Sweet tasting baked caramel flavor with a dip hop balance that prevents it from being over the top. There's a distant, hard-to-place fruitiness behind as well.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with good carbonation. This is a solid marzen.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color,malty,bread,slight hop aroma. Taste was sweet malt but not syrupy overly sweet with a hop background. This was far from a bitter hop bomb but that's what made it enjoyable.

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Photo of illy44
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Another American craft brewery trying to brew Oktoberfest beer. The good thing, it does not taste like an IPA like many others that I tried. It also has 6% ABV which you can taste. Other than that it is an uneventful beer. It pours some head which lasts for a while but I did not get any taste of an Oktoberfest beer.
If you want to drink true Oktoberfest beer, get the originals from Munich (Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbraeu or Spaten).
They even have a limited edition of "original Wiesn" (= Oktoberfest) beer that you can buy.
Also Karl Strauss from San Diego has a decent Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours the color of iced tea. Head is minimal at its best and quickly recedes to a thin film of light tan. No lace.
Smell is slightly vinegary, reminiscent of a biere de garde or wit. Notes of malt, green wood, nuts, and faint citrus also present. Balance is pretty good.
Taste is a decent blend of malt, nut, tartness/vinegar, and yeast.
Light bodied, medium carbonation. Unexpectedly warming after the swallow. Paired with the right food this would be a good choice. Solo, not so much.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 1/21/16. Slightly hazy amber pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of toasted biscuit with a caramel undertone. Rather bready.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a weak burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is rather good and a bit atypical for the style. Intensity and balance are well done, but complexity is outstanding. Toasted malts yield a bready background similar to pumpernickel. The middle delivers a subtle floral bitterness and a plum/raisin undertone. As the finish approaches, the dark fruit aspect really shines as caramel cascades into the finish. The finish is clean with a subtle crispness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel, bready, and toasted malts with a light aroma of floral + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of light to moderately sweet caramel, bready, and toasted malts. There is a light flavor of floral + earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little lacking in body/mouthfeel and a touch too sweet for me but still easy to drink.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark amber in color, with a fizzy head with eventually fades to nearly nothing.

Smell: Very malty. The aroma makes me think of fall though. It does have a very nice smell.

Taste: Almost has a cough syrup type of taste at first sip. But the more you think about it, it turns slightly caramely.

Feel: Medium bodied. A bit fizzy.

Overall: Meh. It's drinkable. I'd drink it again if given to me. But not likely to ever seek this beer out.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OktoberFish pours a golden color, with a big lacing head. Weaker, but nice warm caramel aroma. The taste has a sweeter, crisp malty and caramel flavoring. Much more of a German Oktoberfest then an American.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm not a huge fan of octoberfests, but I did want to try something other than the traditional Sam Adams that you see at every other bar. This was middle of the road and left something to be desired. There was no complexity to it and was easily forgotten. I would probably not order again.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super carbonated with great caramel color. Smell is somewhat weaker than most Marzens but still very good. Taste would be better without the carbonation. Not a bad Marzen but not top tier.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like an Oktoberfest but the taste leaves something to be desired. In our recent Waterstone Beer Club Oktoberfest event it was in the bottom 1/3 of all Oktoberfests tried.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of foam. Aroma is malty with Munich malt. First sip is mostly dominated by a buttery diacetyl flavor. A small amount of hop bitterness, and the beer finishes on the dry side. Some fruity esters in the flavor as well. I'm having a hard time getting past the buttery flavor though - not sure if this batch wasn't aged long enough or what.

Overall, this is a disappointment for me. Buttery flavor dominates and I've had far better Oktoberfest beers recently.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this side by side with 3 other Oktoberfest beers this was enjoyed chilled in a willybecker and allowed to gradually increase in temperature.

The color is medium dark amber with good clarity and practically no head retention with visible carbonation. The smell has a fruity aroma with almost vinous/berry odor with light toasted malt and subtle spice smell. The feel is very tangy on entry with chalky and tannic with a medium high carbonation and noticeable alcohol in the bone dry finish.

The taste is interesting in that it is different than the aroma with woody and dry flavor with yeast apparent yet nice toasted notes mid palate and slight nutty flavor with mineral accent. The alcohol shows midway through into the finish which has a slightly plum/raisin-like flavor with dark malt coming through in the end with mild hint of burnt character -perhaps it is melanoidin since it does not lack for body in the least with an almost bran-like deep malt and earthy light mineral element in the end. Overall I would not recommend this it was probably my second to last favorite of 4 and just okay for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber color with little head that did linger a bit and leaves no lacing. Smells of bread, malts, and some clover I believe. Taste just like it smells. Bready and malty with some sweetness toward the end. Feels ok going down and is a pretty ok beer overall.

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Photo of Csikic93
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this a few weeks into November when the store was trying to move Oktoberfest inventory to make way for winter brews. I was not a fan, wouldn't recommend it. There are better oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, copper/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very Malty and bready. Strong notes of cereal and caramel. Subtle notes of black pepper, coriander and clover. Not much in the way of hops, however.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Lots of malt up front, slightly roasty, flowed by some peppery spice and caramel-like sweetness, finished by some really nicely balanced hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent American version of an Oktoberfest-style beer. Very tasty and very refreshing. Solid beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -31.6%

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is a confusing mixture of candy and malt.
The taste is candy sweet, mild grain and touch of bitter. Quite sweet overall.
The texture is sticky.
It's really sweet without balance.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/19...pours reddish amber autumn with a fast acting white foam that settles out. Nose of molasses, malt, caramel, sugars. Malt forward taste with a spiced middle. Slightly out of step bitter. Very euro. Good, not great.

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OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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