Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Reviews by madmanjf:
Photo of madmanjf
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass ....

(A) Dark reddish-brown, appropriate for the style with a small amount of head floating at the top... just a thin layer.

(S) Definately comes across as an Oktoberfest. It has that deep sweet aroma that you come to expect from this style

(T) Roasted Malt flavor with some nutty flavor and a hint of smoke.

(M) Very smooth without much carbonation feel.

(D) It's on the slight heavy/sweet side but not at all overpowering. I think after one a second might be possible but that's probably it.

In comparison, the Bluepoint Oktoberfest was more drinkable; however, I felt this was was closer to the norm of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Brooklyn brew that I tried,I liked the nice copper/caramel to it,very nice retaining head.Nice malty aroma,with caramel accents,very appetizing.Very fresh tasting malty brew with some hop quality in there as well.I have enjoyed all the Brooklyn beers I have tried.This one is better than alot of German styles.

Photo of nickadams2
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Reddish orange/amber body. Thin white head quickly dissipates into a thin ring of white lace. Little lacing.

S_Smells like an okto. Toasty caramel malt,faint hops, spices.

T_Toasted grain, caramel malt,trace of hops bitterness. This is spot on with the traditional Oktos. On par with Hacker, Ayinger and Paulaner.

M_Thin and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D_Very refreshing. Great session beer.

Could easily be passed as an Import. Spot on for the style.

Photo of JasonA
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent carmel with aweomse head and good carbonation.

Smells of medium, red, roasted malt. Lagering, hops, Im excited.

Crisp, doesnt quite make medium body. Ok, but not good.

Finishes well. Good carbonation level. ABV absent.

I would get on draft over some other typical choices. Dont think I would seek out a 6 pack.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, this beer was an amber color with a small tan head. Very minimal aroma of some sweet malt. There was a small improvement in the taste, with a bit of sweet caramel followed by some hops. Crisp in the mouth, but this beer didn't have much going for it.

Photo of Todd
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Sunset Grill, Allston, MA.

Dark, clear amber with a thin white lace.

Light raisins and floral in a relatively clean aroma.

Thin, semi-astringent mouthfeel. Hop leaf, coarse, tannins, slightly malty with a dry, bitty feel on the palate. Light esters, some dextrin body and hints of raisin.

Very mediocre on tap. Not malty enough, thin and rough on the palate. Could have been the lines at Sunset ...

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It had a small creamy light tan head over a deep amber colored body with good clarity. The head fades quickly but hangs on till the last slip and make for some slick lacing on the way down the mug.

Smell: The aroma is sweet, candy like, with caramel notes and hint of bubble gum, toasted malt and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a sweet caramel toasted and bready malt with some light buttery and nutty notes. Hop flavor is mild and adds some spice and mild bitterness as well as a slight metallic touch. It has an easy drinking medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. The finish is sweet and clean.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable tasty Oktoberfest.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crystal clear amber/reddish hues with decent off-white head that lingers for a bit.Decent lacing.

Smell - caramel malts, breadiness, even slightly fruity

Taste - sweet caramel malts up front, slightly doughy, finishes with a slight hop spice to balance things out...very clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a little more carbonated than other octoberfests I have had.

Drinkability - Very much so. I could enjoy plenty of these babies. Good offering from Brooklyn.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – Pours a light yellow/copper. A thick, fluffy three-finger head of eggshell white foam slowly dissipates, leaving wide rings of lace around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a burst of sunset orange/brown and slightly cloudy.

S – Toasted English muffin and slightly burnt caramel compete with resin hops. Nose is soft and stuck in the glass. As it warms, rich, yeasty bread, like pumpernickel, appears, along with esters of hard candy. It might be worth letting a glass get to room temp just to see what kind of nose this beer can release, but not this time.

T – Rich, full caramels with undercurrents of butterscotch mixed in. Whole grain toast. Subtle earthy hops push thru for attention on the back-end, distinctive of the malts. There's also some nuttiness present, like a handful of cashews and almonds.

M – Moderately carbonated. Nice body for the style – filled-out without being at all thick or heavy. Finish has a smoothness to it that lingers with an emphasis on the caramels, but isn't cloying. It also thins out at the end.

O – The hops aren't crazy, but they assert themselves enough to make it clear this is an American take on the style. Brooklyn is becoming one of my preferred breweries in general; they deliver a solid line-up of styles, and this beer is a part of that. Good structure, with a tasty malt profile that shows off the caramel/butterscotch well. The only disappointment is how the body peters out in the finish. If you're tasting Oktoberfests, do the Germans first, as they'll seem thin and sparse if they have to follow this. Should definitely be included in any six-pack mixer sampling the style.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck brown bottle, "... brewed in March and stored cold through the summer for sale in autumn." is stated on the neck of the bottle. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Reddish orange in hue with a small bubbly creamy lace.

Smell: Clean to the nose with toasted malt and grain in the aroma.

Taste: Medium in body with a crisp carbonation that help carry the slightly chewy malt mouth feel along. Hops are faded though still leave an ample bitterness and a european hop twang. Lots of malt on the palate more caramel than toasted. Hop twang and grain linger for a good while.

Notes: Hmmm ... tastes like an import? Care and dedication for this brew to be created ... several months of aging make for a well palated brew. See it, buy it and enjoy this excellent version of the style.

Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, copper body with a minimal offwhite head that quickly drops to a film. Very sparse patches of lace are all that remain. Aroma reveals a pleasant balance of Munich malts and noble hops, with toffee, caramel, and molasses notes mingling gently with floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with caramel, a hint of chocolate, and an equal measure of hop bitterness. Fruity notes of green apple and pear emerge midway through. Nicely complex for the style, and much more drinkable and balanced than the Stoudt's Oktoberfest that I compared this one to. Very nice and well constructed, the appearance being the only attribute keeping this one from a higher score.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, no freshness indication. This one pours a warm, dark shade of almond amber, clear with a slight light tan head. Mudium bubbles rising to the top and just a smidge of lacing left on the glass. The nose is faintly of just some malt. O'fest is not my favorite style, and this one sort of sums up why, its pretty boring, on the sweet side, and doesn't offer much complexity or interest. Malty, a hint of maple and a dull malty finish with perhaps a hint of spice. Ho hum, best thing about the style is its utility as a marinade, chicken, pork whatever.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, clear, amber-brown, big carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, bread, a little spice and touch of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, crisp, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry at the end

Drinkability: I normally do not like Brooklyn brews for some reason, however this is one of my favorite Octoberfests. It may be my favorite from the brewery. This one is nice and malty, but it also does have some really nice spicing. I could session this one.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber with a one-finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly. This is a nice looking beer. The smell is sweet and malty with not much hops. The taste is very similar to the smell: malty and slightly sweet. There is hardly any bitterness or aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Drinkability is very good as these go down easy. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest but nothing special.

Photo of NPAS
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck brown bottle, No freshness date.

Appearance: Reddish orange with a 1/2 inch head that lingers for awhile before leaving a decent lace.

Smell: Slight toasted malt and grain

Taste: Medium body with a decent carbonation. Very malty with a caramel taste and light toasted background. Hops come through just enough to balance out the sweet malt flavor. Grain and light malt flavor linger for a bit.

Notes: My first review but I have to say that out of the 4 or 5 different Oktoberfest/Marzen beers I've had this season this is by far the best tasting.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep orange with yellow highlights. creamy white head with just okay lacing

S: rich maltiness upfront, not greatly complex. slight toasted notes with some biscuit

T: Rich munich malt leading to dark fruit and a caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is very well balanced against the sweetness.

M: Finishes perfectly clean and dry with a nice medium body and creamy mouthfeel

D: Not the most complex beer in the world but very drinkable. This is a great session O-fest, you could drink several pints in a sitting.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from a six pack, picked up at the Conestoga LCBO right in the middle of KW Oktoberfest.

Poured into a stein. Hazy caramel chestnut, with a half inch of foam that forms a substantial layer of head and lots of streaks of lacing.

Nose is quite malty, with brown bread, raisins, biscuit, orange and a few other seasonal spices.

Surprisingly tasty Oktoberfest brew, which is not usually a style I've come to expect much from, save for being a beer that can be consumed in a massive mug in massive quantities. This one went beyond that, with a bold malt profile, brown sugar, brown bread, fruits and spices, and a lightly hopped finish.

Lighter bodied, but heavier than other similar makes of the style. Carbonation is moderately sharp.

A solid festering brew, with enough flavor to be enjoyed straight from the bottle or slowly from a mug.


Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Rich, fairly dark amber with nice off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, biscuit and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Cherry, toast and caramel at first, with an odd sweet/dry juxtaposition. Ends drier with hay, biscuit and spiciness, but is slightly medicinal.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, drier finish than most. Too thin.

Overall: This is a very good Marzen that is just slightly marred by the medicinal aftertaste. Clean, flavorful and refreshing.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured out from the bottle and into a pint glass. It appeared reddish amber in colour and had a malty nose to it that was typical of a 'fest' beer smell. Tasted malt, hops, and seemed mellow and balanced, with only a slight bitter after taste.

Would I buy this bee again? Maybe.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice rice amber/mahogany with a huge 3 finger head that's super fluffy. Nose is malty, sweet and a bit biscuit-y.

mmm, tastes like fall. Has a nice rich maltiness to it. A bit of a metallic finish. but very smooth, rich and it has an awesome mouthfeel.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown colored beer with just a faint bit of white foam covering part of the top. Good clarity. Aroma of caramel and dark malt greets my nose. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy. The flavor is of caramel, dark malt, and there's a nuttiness in the taste, particularly in the fade.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild bread, malt, kettle sugar and spice aromas. Not much hop on the nose and no diacetyl. It pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a very lightly tan tinted 3” white foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates. Rich malt flavors with slight kettle sugar sweetness, grainy spiciness, no fruit, finishing dry with a moderate hop bitterness. High end of medium on the body with slightly below medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. best before march 2011.

pours a clear reddish/orange amber color. one finger of slightly off white head that faded to pretty much nothing rather quickly. no lace, no retention.

a nice clean, subtle aroma. caramel malts, toasted grain, and just a hint of some dark fruit.

very clean/ soft tasting as well. toasted grains are at the forefront with some musty caramel malts and raisons. a hint of some earthy hops. toasted grains come back in for the finish. a great tasting beer, but a little light on the palate.

light body, a tad high carbonation. a little more body would make this incrediable, but it makes for some great drinkability. a great beer to session in the fall.

this is a really nice example of the style, tastes like it was imported from germany. i recommend this highly for the season.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Lively and slightly cloudy amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge off white head that gives a good six fingers and good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of bready caramel and toasty malts. Some wheat grains and hints of toffee. Light hints of citrus fruit. Solid presence of mildly spicy grassy hops. Very bready and sweet aroma.

Taste: Sweet and bready caramel malts up front with some toffee and grains. In the middle there is a fairly strong taste of roasted nuts and orange and cherry fruit. Hints of spicy hops in the finish. Very roasty and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Chewy, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very interesting and tasty take on a Marzen. More roasted and fruity than a typical Oktoberfest. Sort of like a cross between a Marzen and brown ale.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. I'm interested to see how this stacks up against true German fest biers.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-brown colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, nutty caramel malt with hints of grain and earthiness. All malt, no hops.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild, dry finish. Slightly nutty, with hints of grain, caramel, faint brown sugar and subtle stewed hops. A touch of sweetness. Dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly - perhaps a tad overcarbonated. Body OK but on the thin side. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt.

A rather average märzen - it doesn't stand up to German examples of the style. A bit too sweet and under-attenuated, along with a lack of noble hop character (both aroma and bitterness). I guess I'd like it to be crisper and slightly hoppier. It's a decent beer if taken on its own terms, though nothing special. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

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