OktoberFish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the last new Oktos for me this fall. I always try to snag some that I haven't had before. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark honey-gold with a small sheet of lace on top. The nose is really simple with sweet grains, hay, biscuity malt. Good moderate body. Carbonation level is spot on. The taste is reminiscent of cider with some pale fruit character - sweet. Mild bitterness balances out the sweetness though. Caramel malt rounds this out making it a pleasure to drink.

This is one of the easiest styles for me to drink, and this one is no exception. Good beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the house of 1,000 beers. Paid 3 bucks for a single.

A - Fairly good even with low carbonation. Head and lace seems good for the style and the color is a honey colored amber.

S - Smells of light hops, caramel and sweet malts.

T - Simple yet good. Everything from the smell yet blended perfectly. Hops have a zing to give the toasted malt finish crisp rather than dry, Good.

M - Light to medium easy to finish.

Overall pretty standard beer. Worth a try.

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

On tap in a FF pint glass @ Ri Ra in AC, followed up a couple more times a my local joint.

A- Dark copper/amber color with a 1 finger head, minimal or no lacing. Beautiful, clear and clean.

S- Dark roasted bready malts. There is a touch of sweetness and alcohol, too. Very nice.

T- Like it smells, roasted and sweet bready malts.

M- Medium body and good carbonation.It has the Marzen 'snap'. Malty sweet and bready dry finish...how do they do that?

O- An excellent NJ made representation of the style. Spot on.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty. Taste is light, carbonated, some malts, a bit mild for the style, just a touch of hops at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, there are far better oktoberfest beers out there.

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

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip. best by: (blank) i am digging these new labels, however this states this brew is 6.0% abv rather than the 5.5% abv listed on BA. also, right above the abv the label states this is a "German-Style Ale" which i presume is a typo....? unless they ferment their oktoberfest with an ale yeast, in which case it is not an oktoberfest. ah, on to the review.

A: mostly orange with a reddish tint. head is mostly bright white. retention is good, some lacing left behind.

S: very sweet, caramel malt jumps out of the glass. reminds me a little of Honey Nut Cheerios. wouldnt hate for a little more hop presence.

T: rounded out flavor, malty but with enough hop presence to keep it in check. a little nutty. finish is sweet but not overly and actually dries out relatively quickly.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium/light body.

D: regardless of what is listed on the label, this is a pretty solid oktoberfest. worth picking up if given the chance.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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 thebrood1987
4.82/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very nice smell of bready caramel sweetness with some fruitiness from the hops and a slight soapy sudsy smell. Very smooth and rich sweet caramel with a slight fruity hop bite. Absolutely delicious malts in this one. Bread tastes evolve with the yeast and then the hop fruitiness comes back at the end for a slight bitterness to balance out the rich sweet malts.

I really like this one just as much as Samuel Adams Octoberfest. It has that same delicious Octoberfest taste. It has a great creamy texture to it and is a full bodied octoberfest. Also some candy sweet toffee evolves from the malts. Pretty complex malts on this one. Right up there with the best in my opinion and should be mentioned a lot more often around this time of year. Underrated beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, Oktoberfish shows light amber color with no head retention or lacing. Some toasted malt aromas off-set by hints of yeast. A light mouth feel and lively carbonation precede toasty malt flavors and a medium length finish. This is a little lighter on its feet and not as heavy as some other U.S. craft Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours light amber with a short lived white, foamy head. Aroma is of caramel malt, hops and hints of fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Sweet caramel malt, grain, herbal hops fill the mouth. Sweet finish becomes dry in the end. Nice brew I’ll buy again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a light brown color with a fizzy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a sweet malt aroma to it with a light autumn spice on the nose. The taste of the beer was decent for a Marzen, it's still too watered down. The mouthfeel was light, could have been a little heavier and more warming. Overall it's an average brew I think. Nothing I'd need to have again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Village tavern and came out pretty much a dud. It lacked no foamy cap or any carbonation. Color was bright amber.
The aroma was abit different then other beers of this style. This had a spiciness to it similar to a wit and caught me by surprise.
Taste was similar to the aroma lots of caramel malts but also some spicy elements. I detected too some grains at finish.
Feels about a medium on the palette and pretty smooth. Clean and no aftertaste.
I'm going to have to try this one again just to be fair. Could be dirty lines or the end of the keg.

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Photo of fo5s
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a sam adams perfect pint. No dating on the bottle.

A- pours a dull copper. Small but present head.

S- mainly caramel malts. Some spiciness to it.

T- dry caramel with some spice / pepper to it.

M- carbonation is somewhat muted, but easy on the palate.

O- overall not bad at all. The spiciness gives it a slightly different dimension than many marzens. Solid, but fails to separate itself from the pack.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

a: light amber/copper, with minimal head.

s: interesting smell, spiciness in there combined with some sweet malt.

t: great balance between hops and malt. nice breadiness and caramel.

m: clean finish, just like a lager should be.

One of the better oktoberfests I have had this year. Great balance, good use of hops, and nice clean finish.

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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 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 SolipsismalCat
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dominion Octoberfest.

A: Slightly hazy amber wit two-finger, white, creamy head that diminished in a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Spicy hops.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Very nice grain flavor. Oats maybe. Not sure, but I like it.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Solid Oktoberfest. Not the greatest looking, but a pleasure to drink. I liked this better than the Dominion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apple juice color with a 1/2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, caramel, and some light citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice bready malt flavor with some caramel, grass, and citrus as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer that I picked up on a whim. Nothing too great but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy brown with an orange hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that was mostly diminishing leaving behind a nice amount of residue allowing for some good lacing.

The aroma off the bat was of a piney hop with a toasted biscuit malt and a horse blanket scented yeast and also had a nice hint of caramel.

It tasted moderately sweet and malty at first then progressed into a sweet hopped up malty flavor with a nice note of caramel at the end that left the flavor lasting a nice long time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and slightly watery in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall a very flavorful brew and a nice interpretation of the style.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium amber in color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – a little more malty in smell, filled with spices and maybe something sweeter like honey or molasses.

Taste – the taste matches up pretty well with the smell. It’s more malty than hoppy, and there’s a spiciness to it, and also a smoky quality that adds a little bite to it. Bitter toward the very end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, and fairly interesting in taste.

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

12 oz. bottle, mine says 5.3% ABV,

A: Pours a classic orange with a light white head. Solid retention per the style, no lace.

S: Sweet Munich malt, lemon zest, some cracked grains.

T: A nice balance of husky grain and sweetness. A subtle note of bittersweet chocolate in the mid-palate adds an interesting element. The caramel flavour in the finish is very enjoyable. Bright crisp hopping adds to the balance.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, light aftertaste.

O: A really good festbier, and it's nice to see another East Coast version of this style in CA, they seem to do it well. It has a freshness that's hard to find with a version from across the pond.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's a really nice looking beer. Frothy white head that leaves little lacing at best. It's a perfectly clear burnt caramel color with visible carbonation.

S: All I get out of the smell is caramel, and its feint at best.

T: A nice toasted flavor, like toasted oats comes out of this upfront and on the mid-palate. It finishes with nice caramel undertones and a slight bitterness that balances nicely against all the malt flavors.

M: Moderately-high carbonation, though not quite effervescent, it still dances on the tongue. It has a medium body that coats well.

D: Awesome drinkability, it's not light, but its refreshing and quite quenching. The lower alcohol is on the upper-end of the session-able range which I like.

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Photo of Bung
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Mellow copper pour, not much in the way of white bubbles. A little low on carbonation it appears.

Aroma, straight forward, pretty malty. Caramel, yeast.

Taste, malty caramel. Some herbal tones, very light toast.

Lighter but coating. Just enough carbonation to be above lacking. Drinks fine, but a little sweet.

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Photo of 57md
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours light copper with very little head. Faint malt smell, but frankly, there is not much of a smell to this beer at all. Some toasty malt taste here, but not enough malt to be true to style. Mild but pleasant bite in the finish that really gives this beer a bit of character. Nice, but nothing special here.

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Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that faded away and left only a very thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel. There are also some notes of bitterness and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels slightly less than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink, but it lacks the thicker body and stronger flavors associated with the style.

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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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