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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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1,242 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 1242
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


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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witster18

Tennessee

2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Disappointed.

Probably because this followed an ayinger October.

Nevertheless.

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
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 ...

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2002 05:46:10 | More by Todd
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Texas

2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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.

C-

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:12:18 | More by kojevergas
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 11:45:48 | More by BlackHaddock
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beveritt

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:30:08 | More by beveritt
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:25:11 | More by SWMeyer4141
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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).

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 23:50:41 | More by Zraly
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Where in the world is Garret Oliver? Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a lighter red hue throughout. A good soft white head that does hide to the edge of the glass for some time before fading completely. Not much lacing though.

The nose is more on par with a macro-European O-fest. Noticeable Vienna and Pils notes. Would like more of a malt backing and with some Munich notes. Malt comes out somewhat but rather soft for style. Mostly clean yeast aromas but some acetaldehyde on the back side. Not bad but I do pick it up.

The taste is below par as well. The malt is light with more of a Vienna flavor with a hint of Pils and Munich. Really lacks the depth and maltiness that I expect for style. There is a chalky like flavor as well in the finish that I usually associate with gypsum. Some light mineral notes as well. Some minor yeasty notes, but nothing over the top.

The body is really lacking for style. More on par of the macro-Ero style where it's a bit wispy and really lacking the Munich notes. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 20:48:08 | More by Oxymoron
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Bananaman

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a boring oktoberfestbier from Brooklyn, and trust me, I love Brooklyn Brewery.

Not a very pretty bottle and the large white head just disappears after a few minutes.

Smells average of caramel and some malts.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell but there are some nice tones och fruits and a light bitterness.

Dissapointed? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 16:46:23 | More by Bananaman
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terrapinfan88

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured in a Brooklyn tulip, Amber in color, A small amount of head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, some carbonation rising to the surface here and then.

Smell: left something to be desired, just smelled like a maltier version of their lager with a little bit of sweeter malts that I cant really place.

taste: honestly it just tasted like their lager which is understandable but with some very subtle differences. there was an odd sweetness that can only be described as candy neckless or some other nondescript hard candy.

Mouthfeel: Again nothing special just like their lager.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It would be nice to have on hand when the boys come over for football if you wanna throw a sixer or more back in a three hour sitting that no one would turn their nose up at.

Over all very bland granted it was my first of the style, but I just expected more. more malt, more something. not the rare fall treat I was expecting like I got from the pumpkin ales I've had. Maybe I should stick to those. I will of coarse try more marzens for safe measure. Its a good beer that would be a good stand by case of garage suds, or a fall keg that everyone can agree on but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 05:54:51 | More by terrapinfan88
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oldgrowth

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange color. No head , no laceing. Has a malty, in a grainy way, with lite fruitiness smell. Malty taste, a regular kind of carmel toasted malt I associate with style. A little creamy& bitterness that faded quickly. Weak overall as far as I see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:34:41 | More by oldgrowth
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GallowsThief

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Pours a coppery amber with a half finger of off white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing.

S – Sweet malts. Slight roast.

T - Light sweetness. Light bitterness. A bit of a roasted malt taste. Hard hoppy flavor at the end.

M – Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

O – Was looking forward to this but there is something in the taste I did not enjoy. It’s a very harsh flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:25:50 | More by GallowsThief
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Sayson

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper in color. Poured with a good head. Clear
S: Malty with slight biscuit
T: Initial round taste that quickly disappated and finished with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Not as malty as I'd expect
M: Coating, good
D: Just didn't do it for me. Can't put my finger on it

I prefer Paulner's version this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 22:33:35 | More by Sayson
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Vendetta

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 7, 2008

Slight malty aroma. Pours deep bronze with a huge, fluffy head that leaves a solid lacing down the glass. Looks lively, carbonated. Taste is malty, not as much bready yeastiness as some of the German counterparts, some sweet caramel there. A little bit too carbonated, aside from that the palate is adequate. Good marzen, but there are better out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 18:06:28 | More by Vendetta
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice color brownish beer bottle with hardly any head retention at all, lots of bubbles rising to give the nose what it needs hopefully.

S: Smells nice and fresh with sweet malts with very little hops at all.

T: Sweet malty and some spicey flavors maybe from the hops, light floral tasting.

M: Nice and refreshing, medium/full bodied with a bitey aftertaste of slightly alkylyn tastes.

D: Yes, drinkable but it did throw me for a loop I normally would expect a fuller taste from the guys at Brooklyn. Not the best Oktoberfest maybe but a good runner .

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:50:07 | More by nukem5
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hooscassell

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love this time of year and I seek out as many Octoberfest and Pumpkin flavors as possible here in my little part of Carolina. This year I found some hits and some misses, Cottonwood pumpkin and Shipyard pumpkinnhead were delish, and then I came upon the Brooklyn Oktoberfest, all in all its an okay beer. I was a little disappointed in what seemed to be a lack of Octoberfest Flavoring in this beer. I would walk past this beverage in search of others...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 13:55:44 | More by hooscassell
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Kooz

New York

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Second of the Octoberfest beers I am trying.

Pretty good, but not particularly special. I like the label--simple, nice. Didn't poor, so basing appearance on that. Simple spell, somewhat spicy, maybe a little malty... Hard to place. Tasted okay. A bit too bitter, but good. Mouthfeel--nothing great. Bites some, but gets better. Maybe a little soft. I wouldn't drink this if I didn't have 5 more waiting for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 00:19:29 | More by Kooz
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adamette

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live Review. Poured from the 12 ounce brown bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.34 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Best before Feb 2011" printed on the right side of the label so it looks as if it is fresh!

A Pretty basic look of a very light brown creamy head that is short lived...it dissipates within a minute down to a thin line over the translucent copper body. 3.0

S Light grain malt and nearly no hops smelled. Again, this is pretty basic for the style. 3.0

T The basic grain malt taste is really just about average for the style in my opinion. There is very little hops presence here but the light malt is like the definition of a Marzen or Fest Beer. 3.0

M Light and actually a bit on the watery side. It is close to average but I recall the feel of both Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Great Lakes Octoberfest to be superior. For that reason I am not impressed. 2.0

D It is a hallmark of the style to be very drinkable but this one is so boring I would probably only have the one and then look for one that provides much more interest, say the SA or Great Lakes or even a classic like the Spaten Oktoberfest. 3.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:15:51 | More by adamette
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this from a 12-oz bottle...

A: Pours the typical amber color of a fest bier, not quite as dark as others, but in concert with the style. A decent foam head that stays around for a few minutes, then dissipates. Minimal lacing.
S: pretty bland to me. Malty, but not much else.
T: A decent fest bier taste. No real sweetness present as with other fest biers; maltiness, mild acid, taste disappears pretty quick, thin in flavor.
M: Follows the taste, nothing exciting here.
D: Easy to drink as it is not too excting, but not repugnant either. Very tolerable, could have a few of these.

Overall, a typcial American Oktoberfest--nothing too exciting and in no way a threat to the German Fest biers. Have a couple if you want a typical US fest bier...Prosit.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:27:40 | More by nocheinsbitte
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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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