OktoberFish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 380
Photo of Leftsailor
1.78/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Got a 1/6 barrel of this. Maybe because I just finished a Yards PPA, but this batch was awful! Smell and taste were d-. Think pumpkin. I like Flying fish, local, lots of options, but this was not the cats meow, it came from the other end. Brooklyn, Long Trail and Yards are my go to after this. Now I have a week of this. If it improves, and I grow to like it, I will revise review. The man cave needs top notch brew, and this does not not make the grade. PS- I have had more than 30 brews pass thru my tap. Update: after almost a week of this fish, I have gotten a little more used to the taste. Still would give a D grade. Ordered a 1/2 Yards PPA at $165 9.26.13. Pricy but worth it.

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Photo of KyleVick4
2.2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz Bottle in pint glass.

A: Looks promising. Rich copper color with thick head. Leaves very nice lacing down the sides.

S: What smell? Smells like water and malt. More emphasis on the water.

T: Not a bad taste. But very bland. Overwhelming malt, I guess its the style, but blah.

M: Fizzy and weak. Watery.

O: Im not a fan of Oktoberfests. But this beer seems subpar. Tastes like nothing smells like nothing. Its just a nothing beer. Id drink it to get drunk and thats all.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.4/5  rDev -32%

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 mcallister
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crisp, clear, and clean as a whistle. A white head fades quickly and leaves a thin light lace. Eratic carbonation bubbles make their way up the glass.

What I would consider a lackluster attemp at aromatics. Very little malt, and subtle floral hop. Not much to it.

Not much in the way of flavor either. No complexity and completely onesided. Malt is hardly prevelant and the floral hop is hidde in the background. Things seem discombobulated.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.47/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if I got an old bottle, but a freshness date would have resolved that.

Cloudy, no head, grainy smell, grainy taste. Thin body and not very drinkable. I'm reviewing because it's the only bottle I will ever have.

Please consider freshness dating your beer. It would keep people like me from having to experience it a year after you wanted me to.

Nothing redeeming about this beer at all. still, purchased in a very reputable shop and lack of date makes me wonder if it is old or not. Not recommended, this was going to be a drain pour as soon as I saw it in the glass.

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Photo of illy44
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
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 dacrza1
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
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 SilentSabre
2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This wasn't a bad beer, but it didn't seem to do very well adhering to the style. It poured an amber bronze colour, as it should have, with a great looking head that hung around for a while, but that's where it ended. Smell was mostly malt, but the hops present are certainly either centennial or cascade. Grapefruit / pine resin in an O'fest? No thanks. Taste was even worse. Not that it tasted *bad*, it was just simply not an Oktoberfest and *definately* not what I was expecting; Malt dominating at first, followed by a pronounced "West-Coast" style hoppiness. A total disaster of an Oktoberfest, but a decent hoppy amber ale of sorts, I suppose.

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Photo of Csikic93
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
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 theotherone87
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of octoberfest beers around this time of the year, so I like to try as many as I can. I noticed they had this flying fish on tap at a local pub, so I decided to give it a whirl.

Appearence- As with most octoberfest beers its a dark lazy brownish color with a slight golden hue. The head was nice light cloudy white.

smell- a little on the hops, some bread touches, and a mild sweetness

taste- The tast was average, it kind of had a mild metal taste, with light hops.

m- not much carbonation

overall- I was pleased to see that the local pub had it on tap. Overall though it did not lead up to my expectations. It just felt something was missing in the ingrediants. I am pleased to have least tried it.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured rich brown into an American pint glass, with a thin head, and little visible carbonation. The aroma was a little overpoweringly sweet and malty, with a hint of caramel apple and honey; no evidence of hop bitterness. The flavor was a slightly more subtle version of the nose, but since I have grown to appreciate fuller-bodied maerzens, I found the mouth to be a little on the thin side. Granted the latter makes for a nice session beer, but I'll pick something else to pair with my wurst plate.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local bar to celebrate the season, and they served this in a pint glass.

I smelled it and got... nothing. I smelled it... and again, nothing. I blew my nose, and still I couldn't pick anything off the top. I asked my wife to smell it, and she really couldn't smell anything either.

The coloring is a dirty yellow, and the foam was about one finger. There wasn't much carbonation.

The flavor was bitter with some vegetal presence. I get quite a bit of funk in the flavoring. Overall it is easy to drink, but there wasn't much to it.

I suggest trying the Brooklyn Oktoberfest over this one.

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Photo of nimrod979
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with almost no head at all. Light, earthy, caramel malt aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet malts but nothing remarkable about the taste Very, VERY faint hops linger in the finish. Medium body, slick texture. Average beer. Nothing special here.

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Photo of jackorain
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure about this one. Pours out with a 3/4 inch head white in color. Tall collar and tinh coat. Shheeting lace. Smells of caramel malt and is very yeasty.

Fruit esters, weird, banaid really not that good.

medium body and creamy texture

One and done

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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 JednoPivoProsim
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange amber with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Subtle carbonation.

Smell: Slight metallic smell. Not a lot of aroma.

Taste: Slightly malty Oktoberfest taste. Not a ton of flavor. Light.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery with little carbonation.

Overall: I was not really impressed by this beer. I'd classify this as an Oktoberfest light.

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Photo of marcpal
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber with residual lacing and a thin head that faded early in the beer.

S: Nice malty, hoppy aroma that seemed fitting for the seasonal. Thought this was the best aspect of the beer because the hops didnt follow up well in the taste. Marzen characteristics

T: Malty but didnt catch the quality hops. Caramel bitterness but really lacking what I had expected and hoped for out of a fest beer like this. Dissapointing hop flop.

M: Actually liked the aftertaste, but wasnt what you would expect from this style. Slight carbonation but not super smooth.

D: Probably would be good with smoky meal but not a great drinking pint. Got pretty boring pretty quick.

I like FF other offerings a bit more but this is something that I wouldnt put into this style of beer. Didnt love it or hate it.

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Photo of bbeane
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... reddish amber colored beer with light head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing and looks completely inactive

S- Not much to smell. Light smell of malt and hops...bready

T- Not bursting with flavor. Bit of malt and maybe a little caramel flavor... pretty bland

M- Pretty watery and very little carbonation

D- Easy to drink though I would have very little desire to drink more if there were more choices


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Photo of ajilllau
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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 apintofknowledge
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfish from Flying Fish Brewing Company right here in good old New Jersey pours a light coppery color with a thin head and a cider-like aroma. A bit sweet with a bitter, woody finish, this one is a little over carbonated… I suggest letting it rest in the glass several minutes before drinking. The carbonation will go down to a more drinkable level, and the flavor will become fuller and sweeter as it warms a little. Of a recent sampling I did of several "Fest" beers from both the US and Germany over the past few weeks, this one was relatively average.

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Photo of BWH3
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber, fair head retention. A bit red.

S: Roasted malts predominate. Smells a lot like an American amber. Little sweetness in the nose. Hops smell earthy, not very noble or musty.

T: Again roasted/toasted flavors blast the mouth. Just the slightest amount of sweetness. The bittering hops are a bit too bold for style. There flavor is not bad though. Finishes dry but not tart. Tastes more like an American Amber than the Octoberfests I have been enjoying.

M: Decent density. Head retention not too bad. Carbonation is adequate.

D: I would recommend giving it a try. Not the best American version of the Octoberfest that I have tried.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Phatz
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish I am a bit disappointed. I hope this is just a bad bottle but I am not overly impressed. It is drinkable but the toffee doesn't;t quite mask the Diacetyl and there is a vegetal flavor that tastes, well ... wrong. I may have gotten last years bottle being re-sold or something but the look and feel is good, the flavor is sweet and malty but the the sugars fall apart. There is a good beer in there, I taste some cocoa toffee and dark fruit but the vegetal flavor is hard to get past. I'll try again next year and hope for better.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

First off, I'm told this isn't a true Marzen because it's top-fermented and very much un-lagered. Sure, it's appropriately malty, but, then again, most of Flying Fish's beers are over-compensating in the malt department. I've heard the opinion that this could be considered an altbier, however, at best, I feel the taste falls somewhere in between each style.

Getting down to brass tacks, it shows a hazy, coppery tawny color. The head is short, thin, fizzy, boasting on average some noticeably medium-sized bubbles. Any lace with each sip slips swiftly and easily down the glass. Malts ooze thick, sweet, and dank in what's a shallow (lacking depth), muddled aroma. There's something "unripe" about the scent, but the smell is most appealing element here. Sweetness is just about cloying in the taste, the malt also exhibiting sugar cookie qualities. Starting in the middle and finishing through the aftertaste, the most characteristic O-Fest flavors come out. Once again, definite malt presence, but without any toasted aspects and coming across underdeveloped. A tangy, puckering, but not quite sour sense/feel accompanies the entire sip sequence. As you can guess, the body is fairly full and filling, but some generous residual carbonation helps attenuate some of the sticky sugars left behind.

I can imagine that, with more time given to the beer's conditioning, the flavors and nuances of what each malt has to offer would be allowed to come to the fore, improving what is more or less a wort bomb.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, thin off-white head, minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet carmel malts, butter and a lager like twang. Taste follows smell with a very sweet carmely and buttery mnalt structure, finished with a dank. lager-like bite. Body is on the thinner side of medium, slightly over carbonated. Average Octoberfest... just a sweetened lager essentially.

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