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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Added by GeoffFromSJ on 09-13-2002

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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel, bready, and toasted malts with a light aroma of floral + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of light to moderately sweet caramel, bready, and toasted malts. There is a light flavor of floral + earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little lacking in body/mouthfeel and a touch too sweet for me but still easy to drink.

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Photo of denny702
1.32/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Terrible! May have gotten a bad batch. Undrinkable.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark amber in color, with a fizzy head with eventually fades to nearly nothing.

Smell: Very malty. The aroma makes me think of fall though. It does have a very nice smell.

Taste: Almost has a cough syrup type of taste at first sip. But the more you think about it, it turns slightly caramely.

Feel: Medium bodied. A bit fizzy.

Overall: Meh. It's drinkable. I'd drink it again if given to me. But not likely to ever seek this beer out.

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Photo of Herze
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OktoberFish pours a golden color, with a big lacing head. Weaker, but nice warm caramel aroma. The taste has a sweeter, crisp malty and caramel flavoring. Much more of a German Oktoberfest then an American.

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Photo of ehrlacher
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Super carbonated with great caramel color. Smell is somewhat weaker than most Marzens but still very good. Taste would be better without the carbonation. Not a bad Marzen but not top tier.

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Photo of Jypirate
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit butterscotchy

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Photo of mmhannon
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of malprep
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 FickleBeast
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of foam. Aroma is malty with Munich malt. First sip is mostly dominated by a buttery diacetyl flavor. A small amount of hop bitterness, and the beer finishes on the dry side. Some fruity esters in the flavor as well. I'm having a hard time getting past the buttery flavor though - not sure if this batch wasn't aged long enough or what.

Overall, this is a disappointment for me. Buttery flavor dominates and I've had far better Oktoberfest beers recently.

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Photo of Ultimate
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of roast_90
2.29/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of KingPurple
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jcal616
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this side by side with 3 other Oktoberfest beers this was enjoyed chilled in a willybecker and allowed to gradually increase in temperature.

The color is medium dark amber with good clarity and practically no head retention with visible carbonation. The smell has a fruity aroma with almost vinous/berry odor with light toasted malt and subtle spice smell. The feel is very tangy on entry with chalky and tannic with a medium high carbonation and noticeable alcohol in the bone dry finish.

The taste is interesting in that it is different than the aroma with woody and dry flavor with yeast apparent yet nice toasted notes mid palate and slight nutty flavor with mineral accent. The alcohol shows midway through into the finish which has a slightly plum/raisin-like flavor with dark malt coming through in the end with mild hint of burnt character -perhaps it is melanoidin since it does not lack for body in the least with an almost bran-like deep malt and earthy light mineral element in the end. Overall I would not recommend this it was probably my second to last favorite of 4 and just okay for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm hoping this is the worst Oktoberfest I have this year...it has certainly claimed that distinction so far.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber color with little head that did linger a bit and leaves no lacing. Smells of bread, malts, and some clover I believe. Taste just like it smells. Bready and malty with some sweetness toward the end. Feels ok going down and is a pretty ok beer overall.

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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 Jeffreysan
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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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OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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