Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.79/5 rDev +3.8%
355 mL bottle, picked up at the LCBO. Brooklyn is one of the few American craft breweries with decent distribution in these parts, and I have yet to be let down by any of their offerings. Coincidentally, I've been going out of my way to try more marzens, so picking up this sixer was a bit of a no-brainer. Served slightly chilled.
Pours an attractive copper-amber colour, topped with a half finger of dense, creamy, off-white head that soon seeps away, leaving behind a wispy film on the surface. A few scattered smears of lacing cling to the glass after each sip - a decent looking lager. The aroma is fresh and clean, with contributions of caramel, biscuity malts, toasted bread/nuts, and even a faint hint of dark fruit. Simple, but spot-on as far as marzens go.
Tasty stuff - malt-forward as one might expect from the style, but with a sufficient dose of hop bitterness to keep things in check. A light caramel/butterscotch sweetness is noticeable at first, followed up with some toasted nuts and bready malts. The toastiness intensifies toward the finish, providing an almost chocolate-like flavour, in addition to the leafy, earthy hop bitterness that completes the profile. Mildly bittersweet aftertaste, with just a whiff of toffee. Medium-bodied, with relatively heavy carbonation that could stand to be toned down a few notches - not a serious problem, but worth mentioning. Despite this fact, it's quite sessionable.
Final Grade: 3.79, a respectable B+. Brooklyn's Oktoberfest Beer is a solid lager that delivers virtually everything I expect from a marzen - good malt-forward flavour with a firm German hop bill to counter it, as well as a nice, light, sessionable nature. A little overcarbonated for my tastes, and not my favourite Brooklyn beer by a longshot, but this is still one of the better marzens I've tried so far. Something worth picking up if you're in the market for a balanced autumn ale, and a great selection for my 499th review.
09-26-2013 22:38:16 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
03-16-2003 06:43:52 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
09-26-2010 01:55:47 | More by nickadams2
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
09-08-2008 01:02:19 | More by JasonA
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
09-16-2009 00:28:31 | More by lordofthewiens
2.35/5 rDev -35.6%
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 ...
09-08-2002 05:46:10 | More by Todd
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
10-16-2008 16:11:23 | More by generallee
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-08-2007 16:46:59 | More by Doomcifer
3.96/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
09-23-2012 03:31:49 | More by BuckeyeSlim
4.38/5 rDev +20%
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.
04-13-2002 03:41:23 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev +11%
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.
09-13-2005 11:37:18 | More by merlin48
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-14-2006 17:16:33 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-21-2009 14:01:28 | More by tigg924
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-07-2007 01:08:38 | More by uconnalum2
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-10-2006 22:50:34 | More by NPAS
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-23-2010 00:17:59 | More by LyonsHead
3.74/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-18-2013 00:54:01 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-20-2011 00:11:14 | More by bsp77
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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