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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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with no head to speak of and no lacing.

Smell: The only thing I smell is malts.

Taste: Caramel malt with not much sweeetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with no real hint of hops.

Overall: Nice beer but just not an oustanding version of an Octoberfest.

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Photo of joedumond
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste: hoppy

Head: non-existent

Smell: underwhelming

Carbonation: light but present

Color: Caramel, guy next to me thought it was iced tea

Overall a decent beer, hoppy taste but easy enough to go with lunch. I wouldnt drink this beer in mass amounts but decent enough to try one or two and dall it a day.

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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 ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Copper colored brew with an thick 2-finger off-white frothy foam after a violent pour which quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of hops and roasted malts. Very pleasant and uncomplicated scent.

T: Smooooth caramel flavor crosses the palate. Enough hops present to take away from the sweetness. Roasted malt background that is a little bready.

M: Medium body and highly carbonated

O: Nice well-balanced smooooth brew. This is something I could drink all day.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Monster Beverage, Glassboro, NJ

A good Oktoberfest selection, and probably my favorite brew from Flying Fish.

Poured a hazy brown with a white head that recedes to a film. Malts on the nose and some caramel sugars. Hearty bread in the taste, some nuts, with sweet malts and chewy caramel; pleasantly hopped in the background. Medium body, nice and drinkable.

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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 mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed this one as an extra and poured it into a pint glass.

really nice pour for the style with a rich caramel color and a smooth and even carbonation layer with great lacing on the sides. aroma was really light with a dominant bready malt character to it that really just seemed to overtake the profile. light hops, touches of burnt apple and caramel in the finish.

overall not really that great of an example of the style. not a bad beer, but just average in my opinion.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Sweet malty aroma with caramel and a little cellar funk, earth and toffee with lemoncit and yeast. Lovely copper-amber pour with a creamy eggshell head. Taste is heavy caramel and lemon, earth and dark toffee, predominately dry with a touch of corn and brown sugar. Faint bitter chocolate. Bready aftertaste, light-bodied. Not really a pitch-perfect Alt, and I'm having problems classing this as an Oktoberfest/Maerzen.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

On draft. My memories of this are a little hazy. Chestnut brown, somewhat spicy aroma and flavor. Toasty, bready malt, some chocolate, kind of sweet, very mellow. Biscuit, I suppose? Nice mild hop bitterness. I was pleasantly surprised here.

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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 taigor
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mug glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Slight malts, caramel and toffee but nothing much else.

T - Sweet malts and caramel upfront. Slightly bready and fruity with slight hoppy bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Pretty good, average oktoberfest beer from Flying Fish. Not bad overall but wouldn't go out of the way to get it.

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Photo of BarleyThere
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Kooz
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a beer garden and scribbled notes, so notes are sparse (since I don't want to add to them after the fact).

Nice-looking beer--light mid-brownish. Sweet smell to it, but not sickly sweet, only really a hint of sweetness. Tasted hopw it smelled--nice and robust with a hint of sweetness. Was a bit watery, but overall a very nice beer. This is something I'd buy and be comfortable drinking for an entire Oktoberfest.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/23/2010 at The Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste is very bready with flavors of a hearty malt character and lager yeast up front. Then some caramel and fruit sweetness comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth drinking of a long time if you're the mood for an Oktoberfest beer.

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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 TheFightfan1
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Amber in color with a decent start of heading that fills the glass and immediately fizzes out in the matter of seconds.

Smell is mostly of munich malts.Dark and sweet with the slightest bit of fruity touch. A nice mix of bitter hops to finish it off.

Taste is the same as the nose. Heavy caramel malts which coats the tastebuds and finishes with a nice fruity and bitter hop finish.

Mouth if medium bodied and very malty which leaves some slight slick butteriness.Great carbonation overall for a Octoberfest brew but it dooesn't look it.

I prefer this one out of a keg then a bottle.

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Photo of tjd112
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actually an Altbier, I can confirm that as I took the brewery tour.

I got this with a microbrew pack in the Manahawkin, New Jersey Spirits Unlimited. This beer pours a brown colour with half-finger white head with some lacing. The smell is fruity with a hint of caramel/toffee, a subtle citrus/apple taste with a hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and its a very drinkable smooth beer, especially with fall seasonal food.

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Photo of drtth
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner style glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear copper color with dozens of small streams of bubbles rising to the ½" thick white head that recedes some but persists for quite a while, leaving some nice rings and lacing. Even towards the end of the beer sipping leaves some small patches and speckles of foam and lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with some sweet light caramel and bisquity malt. The spicy herbal hops are content to remain in the background.

Taste: The rich light caramel malt and bisquity flavor has some light toffee sweetness that is balanced by a just hint of spicy, herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium-bodied with persistent gentle carbonation throughout most of the beer. The finish is medium in length and the malt sweetness just fades away to leave some moderately bitter dryness at the end.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer in that it goes down easily, is quite satisfying to drink and I'm always ready for another sip. I could easily drink a few of these back to back in an evening. I'm also pleasantly surprised at how well this beer goes with the various cheeses on this mixed cheese plate which I started nibbling on about halfway through the beer.

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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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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good one.

Pours rich copper with a torrent of carbonation, which created a decent bubbly head and nice lacing. The smell is clean, crisp and malty, with a little toffee edge. the flavor is toffee-like, a little sugary with a pleasant malty burn on the finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich with a big bite of carbonation.

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Photo of goblet
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured one out from a bottle into a pint glass and took a look.

a slightly cloudy copper golden color with a nice two finger high white frothy head, it thins out quick leaving some lace.also very little carbonation that can be detected .

the aroma is mild and refreshingly malty with citrus hops, grains and bite of bread like qualities.

a smooth mildly malty flavor with wheat grains, lemon citrus hops and sweet yeast that seem to dance on your taste buds and whisper oktoberfest is near.

a lite to medium body ,a malty and citrus bit in the after taste . it's got a nice flat feel due to the low carbonatin.

this brew is a very good oktoberfest brew ,extremely palatable. if i'm not drinking an original german brew i'll be drinking oktoberfish instead. cheers.

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Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint. It pours a deep, clear copper with a moderate white head. The aroma is full of sweet malt, and a bit bready. The taste follows, the finish is slightly sweet and lingers for a bit. The beer is medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. A solid fest beer that is very sessionable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a deep amber color with no visible carbonation. Body is clean and bright with a foamy two finger beige cap. The head took some time to dissipate to a thin coating with some delicate lace.

Toasted, bready malt, very clean in nature. Some delicate caramel and dominant dry hopping. Earthy and soft, not as hearty as some.

The flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Clean, toasted caramel with a touch of brown sugar and some sturdy bready notes. The hops lend an earthy, slightly spicy overtone that is very pleasing. Mildly complex with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body with a smooth, almost luscious body. I also get a hint of chocolate in the finish.

This is a highly drinkable marzen for sure. The flavors blend well together and hide the booze very well. I could session these all night.

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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 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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