OktoberFish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by GeoffFromSJ on 09-13-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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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 oberon
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another" German style" ale for an Oktoberfest made by a domestic brewery.Poured into a becker a clear lighter copper shade with a thinner white head atop.Fruity ale esters in the nose along with some caramel/toffee,there is a smattering of herbal hops as well.A mellow low carbonated feel to the beer.Flavors of caramle and toffee mainly with some light toastiness and spicy hops in the finish.It's not bad but it's pretty basic and very ale like...wich it is.

6%ABV. per bottle label.

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Photo of Herze
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shreead
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2013 bottle served in an SA lager glass.
Pours an orange-amber color with a high amount of visible carbonation and a very good head..

The aroma is rather fruity for style, with hints of peach and citrus in addition to the solid malt base. The hops are not so fruity in tasting but do result in a good, bitter-sweet balance.
Medium-light body with well-chosen medium-high carbonation.

O: a solid, slightly Americanized Octoberfest.

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Photo of BarleyThere
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This drinks better than most Oct(or Okt)toberfests I've had.

I poured it from a bottle into a Chimay glass, which may account for the lack of head retention. The head receded after about 30 or 40 seconds.

It has a nice color, medium amber, I'd say.

The nose gives a burst of bright fruit flavors. At first I wanted to say apples, but there's some cherry in there as well. At any rate the smell is much fruitier and more interesting than others of the style. There is, of course, the beer smell following that.

Tastes malty, with a semi-sweet fruitiness. At the risk of repeating myself, I'll say cherries again. Very tart, beer soaked cherries.

Overall, it's much more enjoyable than many Octoberfests. It's a bit watery, but this style usually produces beers that are watery and this isn't as watery. The lager quality is tempered by the fruit and the heavy malt, making it stand out a bit as more complex beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 wander4
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice caramel-brown tone with slowly rising bubbles in a rather clear body; head is creamy white with a thick tracing that does not slide in time--a good start... somewhat sprucy (!)--or skunked (!!)--and caramel-sweet to the nose... the bouquet is big for an octoberfest, and more perfume than malttoo--intriguing... medium-bodied, with a bit of effervescence in the tongue and tocuhes at the throat--a rather swift rush overall... strangely stiff on the malt, almost making me doubt its freshness (the second bottle was a carbon copy)... pulls at the mouth and has a malty, woody pulp in its finish--the strength of its taste is to be commended, but its maltiness is a bit overstated, almost like it wandered through the winter into bock season.... I'm hoping the beer's skunked, and if it is, I will rewrite the review--if not, this is not an enjoyable brew for its style, with its caramelized sugary bluntness dragging down the more mellow characteristics of the beer... and Flying Fish is usually on point...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Fish- OktoberFish

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

Appearance- golden orange/ brown with no head and little to no carbonation.
Smell- sweet sugar and caramel.
Taste- Caramel and brown sugar. Actually quite delicious I also detected slight cedar wood and fruit undertones.
Mouthfeel- Sweet caramel sugar but an easy drink. Even throughout the beer.

Overall- A delicious beer. I noted it tasted heavily of caramel and malt. I drank this beer in under 10 gulps!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cfadams17
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 version. "Not the ordinary Fest beer! Savory malt profile, generous hop finish." This beer is intended for draft only, although I tried it in both cask version and bottle today. It's very deep copper - almost brown in color - with a foamy light tan head that holds very well and leaves some very good lace. The aroma is mainly of a toasty Munich malt - very clean and nice. There is a light fruitiness, but it doesn't seem out of character for a dark lager beer. The body is medium-light and the carbonation is standard, but it definitely has a presence in the mouth! The flavor starts with a Munich maltiness, followed by a nice, light hop flavor - almost unoticeable at first - but then reveals a moderate bitterness and finishes fairly dry. The hop flavor and bitterness are present but don't really go any further than that. A nice beer with an interesting toasted malt profile; but not overly exciting compared to standard Oktoberfests. Still, an enjoyable quaff for the fall season.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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