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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,281
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

09-09-2012 15:58:34 | More by JeffWorcester
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

09-27-2012 04:52:18 | More by PatrickMDunleavy
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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

03-16-2014 02:03:45 | More by Fettpopps
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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

10-11-2012 03:33:26 | More by joerebman
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

02-14-2012 20:00:22 | More by JohnnyMc
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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

10-05-2012 01:22:13 | More by DCav
Photo of witster18


2.3/5  rDev -37%


Probably because this followed an ayinger October.


Smells nice an malty. Looks below average. No head retention. Little lacing.

taste is bitter lemon peel with malt hints. Not a good one. Victory has them in category and overall this is way back.

Tough to finish.

save two bucks and have a shiner October instead of this. Nothing to celebrate over.

08-29-2013 18:56:43 | More by witster18
Photo of Riccymon


2.33/5  rDev -36.2%

Pours from the bottle a good-looking amber color with a finger of white head; a small ring remains throughout the life of the beer. Smell and taste are... almost nonexistant. Swirling vigorously releases a tiny caramel malt aroma, and the corresponding malt flavor is even more subtle. A real disappointment.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, even for an octoberfest. Drinkability is good, but mainly because there's so little flavor that gets in the way of swilling.

11-01-2009 20:42:31 | More by Riccymon
Photo of Todd


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
Photo of Rifugium


2.42/5  rDev -33.7%

First had: on tap at Mugs, Brooklyn, NY

A: Reddish-amber, with a light white head.

S: Roasty malts, with a hint of sweetness and spice.

T: Follows the aroma: malty, light caramel sweetness and a tinge of spice.

M: Light body and somewhat watery.

D: Fairly smooth, but overall lacking in flavor. I had no desire to try another.

12-14-2010 16:15:39 | More by Rifugium
Photo of kojevergas


2.46/5  rDev -32.6%

Bottle into Grolsch pint glass in low altitude Cork, Ireland. Reviewed live. Acquired at Abbott Alehouse off-license in Cork City.

A: Three finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Semi-transparent copper colour.

Sm: Nutty hops. A bit of cream, but it's hidden in the back. Not particularly pleasant.

T: Nutty in the front and malty, with a bit of unwelcome chocolate somewhere in the middle, getting stronger until the climax. Very poorly balanced to the point of almost being thrown together. It's all over the place for an Oktoberfest beer, and doesn't satisfy the demands of the style. The malt is poorly handled, not blending well alongside the nuttiness.

Mf: Silky but nicely coarse. Wet. No cream, but the chocolate does create a cream-mimetic effect in terms of feel.

Dr: Very cheap by Irish standards. Hides its average ABV decently well. Nothing special, particularly for the style.


Impressions from a bottle in Austin, Texas 09/07/13:

Sm: Crisp clean barley, munich malts, pils malts. Minimal hopping is floral in character. Somewhat grainy. No yeast/alcohol is detectable. Mild in strength.

T: Crisp and clean. Barley, munich malt, pils malt. Light graininess. Minimal floral hopping. Okay balance, but not much complexity or subtlety. Okay build for the style; quite average. I'm not sure how I was getting chocolate notes in my initial review. I do get a light nuttiness that's unexpected.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some biting overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of diversity of flavour. Not oily, gushed, harsh, or boozy. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Downable but quite bland and boring. I wouldn't get it again, but it's alright. A decent festbier from Brooklyn. Hides its ABV fairly well.


05-28-2011 17:12:18 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -32.1%

12 Fl Oz Brown bottle, best before Mar 2011, drank early Nov 2010 in my hotel lounge, Cork, Ireland.

The beer poured an autuminal dark orange, almost an Irish Red beer colour. The thin covering of bubbles fell away quicker than I liked, leaving not even a collar.

The aroma was of malts, mixed bag of malts, semi-sweet molasses and some bready smells too.

The taste wasn't too great, malty without a hop presence, disappointing to be honest.

The body was weak and uninspiring, not impressed at all. Just a poor malty beer with 5.5%ABV hidden somewhere in it. The worst O'Fest beer I've ever had.

11-22-2010 11:45:48 | More by BlackHaddock
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

04-28-2012 23:42:35 | More by aztraz
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is classic Brooklyn with a blue and silver check reminiscent of the Bavarian flag. No clear freshness date.

Pours with just over 1 finger of very light tan head. This settles slowly to a spotty cap of foam. The beer itself is the color of burnished copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of sweet caramel malt with hints of tart cherries.

Taste: Metallic bite upfront with an unpleasant tea and sawdust flavor; the sweet caramel is hidden deep if you look for it.

Mouthfeel: Higher than expected carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Not even sure this is worth finishing. I will still with the German imports for now, mixed in with some inexpensive Samuel Adams.

11-19-2011 00:30:08 | More by beveritt
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

09-02-2013 03:04:08 | More by pin
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

07-03-2014 18:17:14 | More by ffshore545
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

05-21-2013 15:36:29 | More by canders0927
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-24-2011 07:13:33 | More by jophish17
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

11-17-2012 15:02:29 | More by DontBurnGarlic
Photo of SWMeyer4141


2.53/5  rDev -30.7%

Poured into Boulevard Pint.

Apperance-Dark amber with a soft vanilla head. About 2 fingers with pretty nice lacing.

Smell-Grainy and Grassy. Not really fitting the style.

Taste-Like the aroma, not really what I'm wanting. Grain, Grass. some subtle spices on the backend but really not doing it for me.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall-With all the other Octoberfest/Pumpkin Beers out right now, odds are this beer won't be revisited.

09-13-2011 01:25:11 | More by SWMeyer4141
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2.53/5  rDev -30.7%

A ho-hum beer if ever there was. A better-than-mild aroma of malt and oranges that might lead one to expect something tasty in the bottle, but one would be rather disappointed. The body is thin, the taste weak; the color wan. There's a nip from the carbonation but don't look for much more than that. Buy a bottle to try; don't invest in a six.

09-13-2011 18:41:49 | More by gfreed
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%

I usually like Octoberfests, I'll be honest. Brooklyn beers have been very kind to me in terms of taste, variety, and quality too. Been to the brewery a few times for various events, and I love the staff that runs the place. I say this because I bought this Octoberfest expecting a full, robust taste and a reminder of the warmer days of autumn that have since passed. Unfortunately, this beer just didn't do it for me.

It wasn't the worst I've had - poured a nice rich brown bordering on cinnamon and mahogany. About a finger's worth of head and an understated but gentle nose with the trademark marzen smell to it. The taste just wasn't as nice as I expected. A bit too watery, with not enough aftertaste, breadiness, or spice to it. It's very gentle, but this is an Octoberfest. I expect to be surprised and to feel nice and warm afterwards.

This is a beer you could chug down, which is not how I associate Brooklyn's brews. A bit too metallic and as a few other reviewers have stated, even a bit of olive in the aftertaste. The bottle says it's an amber lager but I would tweak the tone down and notes up if I had to redo this. Only worth a shot to compare to other Octoberfests, and sadly enough, it makes me wish for the other Brooklyn seasonals.

11-26-2005 07:20:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of aracauna


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

I tried this on tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC. There were several Octoberfests at the festival so I got to try this in context with several other takes on the style and it wasn't one of the better ones. The hops in this beer overpowered what's suppsoed to be a fairly malty style. Big dissapointment.

09-17-2002 00:36:45 | More by aracauna
Photo of Budlum


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

Present 1.5 inches of foamy, white head. Brilliant copper and red body with a great amount of clarity. Nice head retention.

Barely noticeable brown sugar notes from a very light malt aroma. The hop presence is stronger with a fresh and pine-filled character. Definitely not the typical malt profile of a marzen. Slightly musty.

This beer starts with a very quick burst of malty sweetness. All malt flavors are quickly subdued by a strong Euro-hop spice. There is a very old and musty taste to the beer. The finish is long, with spicy hops and a very much musty flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. However, the finish is very long and almost flattens the tastebuds with a metallic tinge.

Drinkability is so-so. This is oktoberfest is not particularly enjoyable. I will not try this next year given the much better examples available for fall enjoyment.

10-06-2006 02:08:48 | More by Budlum
Photo of Zraly


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

Beautiful nutty orange appearance with a nice foam poured at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA.

Malty notes upfront. However, it is a bit harsh and doesn't finish nicely -- the hops are not complimentary. There is something amiss with the emphasis on bitterness and the lack of roundness in the malt department. Medium-bodied but not well-balanced in my opinion. This works better as an amber ale and not so much as the Oktoberfest/Marzen identity.

I think that there are better Oktoberfest beers of U.S. origin that are much better -- I'd even say Sam Adams' version is much cleaner and true to style.

Side note: My gf was drinking a Hofbrau Oktoberfest at the same time and I tried her's for comparison: the Hofbrau was smooth, clean, malty goodness in comparison (although the Hofbrau looked like a macro lager in appearance).

09-30-2011 23:50:41 | More by Zraly
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