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 MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear light amber color with a small white head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice herbal hop compliment.

Taste is a light caramel malty flavor with a nice, light herbal hop flavor. Very mild bitterness. Finishes very clean.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable and drinkable O-fest. Not quite at the top tier of the style, but worthy of a try if it's available to you.

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

This is a pretty good Oktoberfest overall.

A: Pours a solid, amber body with a small, white head, The head eventually slows to a nice lacing over the beer that pretty much holds until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell with a slight hint of hops that I found to be pretty interesting.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. If the hops were more evident, I would be inclined to think it was an APA instead of an Oktoberfest. The finish was nice, smooth, and malty, however, so I would say this tastes like a decent Oktoberfest.

M: Pretty light and refreshing.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Light and refreshing are great characteristics to have for a beer, Along with the sweet, malty taste and only a very slight hop bitterness, this beer is definitely a good brew.

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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 brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a strong head that lasts quite a while and leaves good lacing

Smell: Mild toffee aromatics

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor followed by modest earthy hops; nice spicy elements provide a contrast to the malt after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: On style, with a nice malt profile (not overbearing as some can be) and delicate hopping

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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 jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a decent color and clarity. The head is somewhat disappointing - a thin white head soon becomes a small patch. Minimal lacing is left.

The smell is of an earthy bread with some caramel.

The taste is of malty caramel with just enough bitter hops to restrain the sweetness. Roasted grain is also in the mix. It tastes like a good amber ale with some caramel malt added in. It has just a pinch too much water, but it doesn't distract from the taste as much as it does the mouthfeel.

There is, as I said, some watery thinness. Still, there is enough body to make it acceptable. It holds on by the thread, but does keep its flavor and has a smooth quality about it, and things are held in place.

This is nothing outstanding, but it has pretty good characteristics - Just wish it had a little more body to it. As I mentioned above, it is an ale - An amber ale with some caramel added. Still in all, it's certainly worth trying. It's smooth and has a nice taste to it.

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Photo of techdiver
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, pours with a small head that dissipates rapidly. Shows virtually no carbonation, but there is some there. Taste is fairly well balanced with a finish that grows on you. Fairly middle of the road for this style, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of dherling
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden beer with an orange hue poured out into my pint glass, with a thin white head. The nose definitly smelled like an Oktoberfest, some spicy hops with vienna malt. I get the same in the body, which also had a slight grapefruit taste rounding out the edge. Overall, it was very well balanced, a crisp mouthfeel, and a good drinking Oktoberfest.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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 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 Gavage
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with some orange highlights on the side of the glass. 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is very soft and only some caramels are detectable. The flavor is of caramel, light nuttiness, ripe red fruit, and soft bitterness. Overall it is mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp at the start. The finish is somewhat dry. Thinner in body than other oktoberfests. Nicely drinkable, but there are better oktoberfests on the market.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours fairly nicely, not a giant head but a nice brown color with a hint of orange fits in perfectly with the time of the year which this brew is available.

A nice smell, but not that of a typical Octoberfest. Caramel, cherry, and lots of ash and cedar. Fits in nicely with a mid-fall day with the leaves coming off of the trees and the wind whipping around.

The taste and moutfeel are also atypical, but warm up easily after a few sips. Not very hoppy, a lot up front, but the aftertaste lingers beautifully and the flavors meld very well together. One of the few ways I know to bring the feeling of a autumn afternoon indoors and have it last past sunset.

This isn't a beer to be chugged down, but it stands out from the other Octoberfests I've had. Warms ya up inside, has nice tarty notes to it, and is wonderful to swish around and build the head up sip by sip. Worth the money and slowing down to appreciate all of it's notes.

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

poured a slightly hazy, medium copper with modest off-white head. Smell is nice and malty, with some toasty and caramely notes presemnt. Taste is a very sweetish malt. Initially there was a mega hops presence, but this seemed to diminish with subsequent sips. Finish is somewhat dry ( a little too dry for my taste). This is an OK beer, nothing fantastic. A nice easy drinker.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, nice orange-amber color and is topped by a frothy pale tan colored head. The aroma is pretty clean; I get subtle notes of cherry, caramel, a dry toasted malt character and a hint of biscuits in the finish. The aroma is fairly subtle on this one. The taste is quite dry except in the finish where there is a bit of sweetness, and the palate is fairly light. There is a malty mix of cherry and caramel in the finish as well as a bit of bitterness. There is a light hop spiciness that runs through this beer and it is in line with the overall subtle character of this beer.

This is a nice easy drinking beer, it is not chock-full of flavor, yet it is quite satisfying; definitely a beer to be quaffed in great quantities. It does not have nearly the hop character that I like to see in an Alt, but it does have that nice fruity finish that I find typical of the style.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a tulip glass from a bottle.

Slight hazy copper color w/ 1/2" of eggshell color head that quickly turns into an oily surface layer.

Aroma reminds me of crisp sour apples along with some slight sweet caramel and roastiness, along with some earthen hops. Decent.

Flavor is slightly tart/sour citus flavors along with some apple flavor (apple peel actually) along with a bit of pine hops on the finish. Very tasty IMO and enjoyable.

Feel is nice. Well balanced between the smoothness and crispness along with the carbonation. No alcohol detected. Nice all around IMO.

I dropped the drinkability off a bit here, because I found this one to be rather sweet to which I enjoyed. However, I know not all people enjoy sweet brews, so I decided that I doubt I could drink a growler of it, so hence, a lower score here. However, I liked it for the most part.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a brownish amber, clear and carbonated. A plentiful quantity of off white head springs up and lingers shortly. Lacing is generous and frilly.

The aroma is sweetly malty, but indistinct, and the hops seem to come across a little dull, but nonethless present and accounted for.

Upon tasting, the malt sweetness delivered more fully than in the aroma, with notes of caramel and toffee bouncing around with a fruity halo. A dry hoppy bitterness cleared the middle ground to allow a continuance of the malt bittersweetness to carry to the finish. It is mostly simple and mostly quite nice.

A bit north of light bodied, it flows and coats enough to leave a dry hop oil glow on the palate.

This is a good, dutiful rendition of the style, in my eyes at least, and is a joy to drink. While nothing here will leap out and grab you, it will pat you gently and allow you to enjoy one after the other, though responsibly of course. For being brewed in my backyard, I think it's one of the more faithful Oktoberfest beers whose label isn't printed at least partially in German. Smooth and easy to like, it makes more than one a pleasant task to undertake.

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Photo of ski271
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a medium brown-amber with a medium-sized, foamy, off-white head that doesn’t stick around too long. Malts are dominant in the nose, of course, with aromas of caramel, butterscotch, nuts and hints of fruit. It has a very nice malty flavor with a light lemony bitterness to back it up. Pear and white wine notes in there as well. The finish is dry with a lingering light sweetness late. It has a medium body and moderate carbonation. I really enjoyed this one, one of the more impressive Oktoberfest seasonals I’ve had this year. Enough character and body to keep me interested, but still highly sessionable. I’d buy it again if I could get it in this area.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear copper with a very generous white head. A very nice pouring beer if I may say so. The head was relatively long lasting and left a nice bit of lacing on the glass as it withdrew. Aroma was malty and sweet though not heavily so, a touch of smoke. Taste was balanced over all - starting with sweet caramel malts and fading into a short dry finish. Pleasant brew that paired nicely with sausage, spaetzel, cabbage and crusty bread.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brownish amber pour with a nice finger or two of head that lingered pretty well in my mug.

Smell is a big caramel malt character with a slight sweetness and a little bit of hop bitterness sliding in on the back end.

Flavor is fairly sweet in its own right, with a nice mix of caramel and raisin flavors on top of light baked-bread tastes on top of a very light, barely-there hop bite. It's not cloyingly sweet, but it's definitely sweeter than most O-fests.

Overall: Fairly nice local example of a domestic O-fest, one of the better ones I've tried this year.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strangely, while this one is brewed in state about 45 minutes away, it is quite difficult to find in my area each year, although other Flying Fish brews are readily available just about everywhere. Weird.

Anyway, it pours a surprisingly nice crisp amber colour with a creamy off-white head that leaves a nice amout of residue on the glass.

The smell is primarily malty with some hop oils seeped through into the aroma. There is a pinch of fruitiness thrown into the mix as well.

The flavour is more of the same, although theres a bit more of a juicy hope kick in the taste as well as some sweet caramel notes. There's a nice bit of alcohol warmth as well throughout this one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and just right for the style.

Overall, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I found it to be a nice sessional brew and a nice take on the style. This is one of my favourites from the folks at Flying Fish.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Standard Tap...
Appears a copper amber with a small white head that slowly fades.
Small amounts of lacing are left in the glass.
Smell is of a syrupy maltiness, mild sour dough, and a pinch of hoppiness.
Taste is of nice amounts of malts with caramel and sour dough being a standout.
Mouthfeel is good. This one always surprisingly gets better for some reason. I much prefer the draft to the bottle though.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied tawny chestnut brown. Toasted grain and malt nose, hops are only lightly detectable. Not as full bodied or complex as some German examples, though has a solid malt character with wheat, grain and dried fruit characteristics. Hops barely bite in the finish and could use more bitterness for balance the sweetness. Still a nice local session beer as the seasons change, for that in-between period of Philadelphia weather, not quite cool yet but thankfully the blistering humidity is gone. The mates and I bought a case and it didn't last but a day or two. Not too shabby.

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Photo of lord2464
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine "fest" or is it? The bottle says that this is an ale. Wait Marzen is suppose to be Lager. Searched the web site - they are using a kolsche yeast to produce this. No wonder it's more complex then most "fest" beer.

Usually I am a purist and I must say if I could rate this on style I would have to knock it down a few steps for not following guidlines. Fortunatly that isn't part of the rating system! I love the flavor and I will make an exception based on pure taste.

I recomend buying soon as it is very limited. Something different - a real treat!

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Photo of stirgy
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear, bright with an orange-copper color. A thin head of off white foam topped off this one. The aroma is interesting and a bit strange. Light toffee and caramel malt but also has some perfume like notes, that I guess are coming from the hops. Taste has a grainy sour quality that just doesn’t some to meld properly with the rest of the beer. I guess this can be called an eclectic oktoberfest, rather than an authentic one. Lightly sweet and malty in the finish. Not bad, with points for originality.

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Photo of Jarod
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle not dated

This beer poured a crystal clear well-carbonated liquid that was orange/brown/amber in color. The head that was created off white to light toupe in color, fairly thick and creamy to the taste ant touch, some stickiness was noticed. There was some spotty lace throughout the glass, not like a true lace but more left over spots that drug to the bottom. The aromas that came from the glass were on the light side, but roasted malts and nuts were noticeable, some dry leafs, earthy ash, light fruit in the later aromas and finished off with a yeasty appeal to it. The flavors from this beer seemed to be bolder and more pronounced then the aromas. Tastes of cocoa, nuts, dark roasted malts, some leafs and ash were present all through each sip. Some sweet fruits were noticeable as it warmed in the middle of the sip, as well as some light herbal hops and dirt. But one thing was consistent was the all end sips were of yeast and yeasty nut bread. The aftertaste that was left was of bread yeast and a dry feeling on the tongue. The body was on the light to medium side. Interesting beer seemed to have lots of malt and earthy flavors that were pronounced and consistent all through each sip. An enjoyable beer and real easy to drink.

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OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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