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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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First released in 2002, and sold out in two weeks. A tribute to the classic Fest styles of Germany the O’Fish uses European malts hops and yeast. A beautiful reddish color, a savory malt profile and nice hop flavor, make this Fest beer quite drinkable. OktoberFish is great with food and especially great with Lederhosen.

Malts: Muessdoerffer Munich, Muessdoerffer Vienna, Pauls Amber, Dingemanns De-Bittered Black and Two-row pale
Hops: Horizon, Crystal
Yeast: Dusseldorf Alt
Original Gravity: 14.3 Plato
Formats: 1/2 kegs, 1/6 kegs, cask-conditioned
Availability: September 1 to November 1 (if it lasts that long)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beakerh20 (34) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2013
We'll take me back to Munich !!! This is a nice golden amber beer with a nice smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yonny (22) - - OCT 9, 2013
OktoberFish is now a good staple for the fest. Taste is very good and smooth. Drinkable, although not adventurous.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2003
(draft at brewery). This is actually an ale, not a lager. Reddish-brown, nearly brilliant in clarity. Munich-toasty malt dominates the aroma. Nice malt flavor with a bit of citrus esters that work nicely with the beer. Smooth follow-through: balance seems to be a hallmark of this brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Cask at Andy’s O’fest.Gently dry hopped, pleasant subtle hop aroma. Fruityness blends well with the hops. Malty rich flavor. Peppery. Some hops. Nice and complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Picked up a six pack on a visit to New Jersey because it was something I hadn’t heard of and the bottle looked interesting. It was worth the gamble. Really enjoyed the beer and will definately try other flavors next time I see Flying Fish available.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachrymalisis (382) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 you people are inane and crass. this beer is too well crafted for you to appreciate it. you have no clue what subtlety is, or why it’s appropriate in brewing techniques...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle. Really just a nice October from Flying Fish. Mysteriously labeled as an altbier? Is it really? I dunno but give me a few more of these

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2006
September-October 2005 bottle from the generous Zathrus13, consumed on 2/24/06 in a Nashoba Valley wine glass at about 50 degrees to start
Very large head even at 5 months of age. Beige with dirty snow colored flecks. Tiny bubbles rise in an auburn-to-rich-amber body, not quite crystal clear, but more like fatigued glass on a mirror.
Sweet, sourdough-like malt sugars rise up to greet the nose, with zesty rye-pumpernickel notes and notes of sugary caramel over warm baguette. BUT, unfortunately, it is very weak in strength. Let us, however, keep in mind that it is quality not quantity! As it warms, I note light cherries and mashed walnuts with some brown sugar thrown in as well (though a little more dry than that sounds) that prove to complement the zesty, bready malts. And by the way, the head is still well-retained after the 15 minutes it took me to write that.
Cherries, sweet baguette dough and brown sugar combine to serve a strong helping of malt upon first sip. Bitter hops clear the sweet, round malts, while a soft, very rounded texture smooths the moderately bready, munich maltiness. Only a mild spiciness from the tettnangs (horizon and crystal in actuality) and perhaps the malt flavors could be a little deeper. But then, perhaps not. This is a session style, it’s not a doppelbock. Head never falls below cover (never fully dissipates) and there is light, web-like lacing. No alcohol apparency, little yeast apparency. The different malts are well-represented here. I was wondering why I couldnt find a crisp lager yeast bite on the end, and now it all makes sense. . .

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2006
This is definately the best Flying Fish offering II’ve had yet. Flavor is mildly sweet wih a hint of citrus, and crisp hoppy bitterness throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2004
09.03.04 12oz bottle. Very handsome pour - dark teakwood brown with red and gold highlights. The head is thick and white and, while fading, leaves a smattering of lace. Aromas are toasty malts, salty, bready - almost alt-ish. The palate is light to medium bodied, sticky with malts; slight tart quality shows up front. Hops on finish distinguish this beer from alt, to me, but not necessarily as an oktoberfest. Nevertheless, this is a great East Coast take on a traditional German style.


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