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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

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1,529 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of oldgrowth
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of Vendetta
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of nukem5
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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 .

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2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

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2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of hooscassell
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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...

Photo of GallowsThief
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of Kooz
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of adamette
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of Sayson
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -19%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into lager glass.
Appearance was dark amber, almost like organic Apple juice. Carbonation bubbles were present and visible. 1 1/2 finger head that lasted for the better part of four minutes.

The aroma was of a typical Octoberfest beer; malt, German hops, bready yeast etc.

The taste however was a bit disappointing. It has a subtle metallic taste that's annoying. Roasted malts are present, so is the taste of the bready yeast. But then it's sort of flat from then on. It tasted like a flat version of Sam Adams Octoberfest beer.

Mouth feel was flat. Don't get me wrong, the carbonation bubbles were there prickling the tongue, but there was no "chew" to this beer.

There really isn't much to say about this beer other than it didn't do much for me. It had no character that made me want to buy it again. The flavor profile left a lot to be desired. There are much better Marzen style beers out there. You won't be missing much by skipping out on this one.

Photo of ShanePB
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a 6-pack poured into a pint glass. New blue and white checkerboard labeling, fresh 2011 batch.

A: Clear copper/bronze colored body with a nice rich and frothy white head. Some retention is left behind in the form a spotty cap with thicker ring, and virtually no lacing aside from a few dots.

S: A very weird Belgian yeasty note comes off quite powerfully on this one - it's extremely doughy and bready. It almost reminds me of that scent you get sometimes with very beginner home brews. Some mild caramel, toffee and sweetness are towards the back end.

T: Again, this funky overly bready yeast note comes through big and last until the swallow. For me it's too much of a focus and doesn't allow the malty profile to come through as clean as I would like it. More toffee, nuts and caramel malt are here but they're not showcased until the finish and linger. It's very strange and certainly not what I think of for an Oktoberfest.

M: A bit syrupy, medium-bodied with nice and lively carbonation. It would be great but this seems a bit stickier than it should be. I would like a more crisp and clean finish for the style.

It's not a bad Oktoberfest but certainly atypical and nothing like I was expecting. I unfortunately have five more of these to drink but it's not a beer I would purchase again. There are much better examples of the style out there, even American brewed ones.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, the new 2004 Oktoberfest is definitely different than the last two. Had this at the brewery premiere on 9/10/04.

Weird smell, more like an IPA than a Marzen, didn't really like the smell. Looked like the color of pine sap (a really cool, translucent amber.) Good carbonation, decent head.

Taste was also kind of bizzare ("smell is a big part of taste" is proven here.) Tastes like a spiced ale with pine nuts, filtered through a grassy knoll. Has a snappy hoppiness but kind of a thin, watery mouthfeel. Has the body of a summer beer, just too weird for me really to give it a thumbs-up, will have to go back for a second one to confirm.

Photo of Erish
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: slightly hazy, orange-amber, 1-finger cream-colored head very quickly falls into nothing, lacing virtually non-existent.

S: earthy, slightly funky, faint malty aroma, floral yeast.

T: very crisp, the malt is dry, the earthiness is accompanied by a more herbal hop character in the taste than the floral hops as advertised in the nose. The finish is grassy. Too crisp, not enough sweetness, no depth of flavors.

M: light bodied, even watery, overly carbonated, the finish is very dry.

D: this might be better with food. This beer is not nasty, but fails to impress on any level.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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