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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

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Ratings: 1242
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%

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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: The beer pours a rich copper color. There is not too much off-white head to it. Rich aroma of malts and some earthiness. Not too much hops (if any) to the nose. The taste is malty : caramel is the main flavor. Some earthiness and biscuit notes. A touch of nuttiness. This goes down very smooth. I really enjoyed this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 00:40:43 | More by Boto
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Amber, slightly caramel colored head, light laces
S- bread, malt, slight sweet fruit
T- full-to-medium bodied, malt w ever so slight sweetness, lightly hopped finish
M- Balanced, incredibly so - malt-hop marzen ratio very refreshing
O- a very good beer that can stand up to the best of the American styles.

Served in a 16 oz pint glass on tap at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 22:13:11 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of thecheapies


3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazy amber ale with lackluster head formation. Retained a thick ring.

Has a grainy aroma with pomme fruit esters and German-style malt contributions. Noble hops are smaller than per usual.

Somewhat sweet with apple-y grain must, caramel malt, toast, wheat bread, and bitter earthy hops. Touch of char is quite unique. Good flavors.

Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is dialed-up, perhaps; washes out the weight of the body, which seems thin.

Sturdy beer that's a tad sweet, but I like the assertion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 16:15:25 | More by thecheapies
Photo of xnicknj


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the industry - served in pint

Deep copper-auburn pour with a frothy topping of beige head. Notes of spicy hops, caramel sweetness, toasted bread and earth in the nose. Malty and flavorful on the tongue, coupled with soft leafy hoppiness. A touch sweet with caramel and bread crust, earthy and light bite of hops on the back end. Medium body, nicely carbonated, crisp and refreshing on the tongue.

Perhaps not the most explosive or exquisite version of the Marzen, but drinkable, refreshing and clean on the palate. I had a couple of these during Happy Hour and would gladly order it again during the Fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 14:05:32 | More by xnicknj
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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the screamen eagle in inlet new York. this is perfect opening sunday nfl beer. its not a light beer, but its real drinkable, its not an ipa, but it has a ton of flavor, and it isn't priced like other seasonal rarities. great by the pitcher. nice dense copper glow, short white froth head that lasts alright. I smell lager yeast right away, and a sweeter german caramunich malt type that contributes most of the color and fermentables here. simple but flavorful taste. dessert breads, honey, even slight maple in the finish. I still think I like sam adams better than most other commercially available octoberfest brews, but the Brooklyn is right up there. highly drinkable, but I would add a bit more carbonation to make it glide along a little better. it gets a touch weighty, especially as it warms up, and a little more gas would fix this. a good American tip of the cap to german tradition. a very well made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 19:16:33 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tastymug


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this poured from a tap into a large mug at a local Oktoberfest and then tried it again a few days later from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a small to medium head

Smell: Sweet and malty

Taste: Malty, nutty, caramel, hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, crisp with nice carbonation

Overall: Balanced, fruity and bready with a slight hop finish (on the bitter end). Fits the typical taste for a Märzen style beer. I personally think that the poured-from-the-tap version was better than out of a bottle (it’s possible the bottle just wasn’t quite as good).

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 21:36:15 | More by tastymug
Photo of circus_cat


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber to red with a white, dish soapy head leaving minimal lacing

S: Bready malts up front, kind of the soft/moist cinnamon bread you get from a king cake. Some fruity notes, namely strawberry, but in cake form. A very bread-forward aroma on this one.

T: Taste follows through with the bread. Big malt character on this one. Caramel sweetness with some tree fruit through the middle. Dough on the finish.

M: Thin to medium with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 23:35:06 | More by circus_cat
Photo of corby112


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at PJ's in Haddon Township.

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

The aroma has a nice balance of sweet malt and autumnal spices. Some caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit along with hints of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar.  Subtle earthy hops as well.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the sweet malts into a dry finish.  Peppery with cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg countered by caramel malt sweetness.  There's also some earthy hop bitterness that compliments the spice but the spice presence is still a bit heavy for my liking.  Could use some more sweetness/stronger malt character.  Decent but lacks balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 00:55:24 | More by corby112
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours clear golden yellow with a one finger white head. The aroma of this beer matches the taste. The aroma is lager yeast, wheat and lemon grass. This is not too far from a witbier in my opinion and not to far from a pilsner as well. The flavors are somewhat weak and forgettable but well rounded and balanced. There is not the typical caramel and malt flavors in this beer that I expect from an Oktoberfest but this beer has a decent go at the lighter side of the style. Not a bad brew but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 00:59:12 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a small off white head that faded at average rate to leave minimal side lacing.

S - Light sweet malts that are so common with oktoberfests, light bready grains, and some subtle spicy hops at the end.

T - Taste is close to the nose. Lots and lots of those sweet malts and bready undertones. There is a gentle earthy spice note towards the end.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit lowly carbonated and thin though.

O - Overall this is a slightly above average oktoberst. With so many good ones in this style, I'll have to pass on this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 01:29:31 | More by rudzud
Photo of Durge


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Vasi’s in Waterbury, CT, this seasonal shows a coppery-brown color with a modest off-white cover that largely breaks down into scattered patches leaving little or no signs of lacing. The aroma suggests deep brown bread grains and mild maple malt. Not bad at all. The flavor follows with a more cidery-malt with vague sweet potato-pumpkin and a touch of herbal hops. Basically a fairly sweet malt concoction with some subtle spice. This is medium bodied with meager carbonation in this particular sample, leaving a bit of a glassy, aqueous feel. All in all a likeable brew but nothing highly memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 00:47:42 | More by Durge
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draught at the Oasis pub in New London, CT.

Pours a really great amber, with a creamy head that lingers through most of the beer.

Nose is a bit nutty, some toffee and malt. Light on the spice which is nice. Some vanilla notes too.

Taste is really well balanced; slight malt, nutty. Only offputting thing is it finishes a tiny bit sour.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, a hearty but sessionable beer.

Overall a really fantastic beer for the season, and something to make you look forward to the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 02:11:52 | More by PaulyHands
Photo of Paincane


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-amber pour into pint glass. Thin off-white head with mild lacing.
S: Toffee, caramel and malt aromas but not much nose.
T: Malt, slight nuttiness, caramel and toffee flavors.
M Medium-bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I had three! Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 20:42:58 | More by Paincane
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Okotoberfest is as good as the German imports I've had including Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, and Ayinger. Amber brown in appearance with good lacing but not a huge head retention. The smell is mild, but the taste is round with noticeable hops - very mild bitterness with very nice malt presence. I recommend this highly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 18:40:37 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the local bar.

This has been my favorite Oktoberfest of the season. The coloring was pleasant to start, with a reddish tint.

This beer smelled good. I like the slight nut and spice smell to an Oktoberfest, and this really hit the bill.

The subtle smell developed into subtle flavors. I get a little bit of the fall seasoning. The lager taste comes through as well.

This is a very sessionable fall brew. Good job Brooklyn.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 00:11:28 | More by ummswimmin
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice auburn color with a good amount of foam. I get a pleasing malt aroma from the get-go, followed by a crisp taste, nice balance of bitter and sweet, and a clean finish. This is an agreeable marzen that’s quaffable and just about everything I’d ask for in a festbier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 18:02:17 | More by elNopalero
Photo of brewskifan55


3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans

Appearance: ice tea brown, 1/2 finger head, not much rentention

Smell: straight up malty

Taste: very smooth and malty with a light, hoppy finish that sneaks in.

Mouthfeel: light to medium; low carbonation

Overall: a very pleasant O-fest. Perfect for sitting on the balcony watching the streetcars pass below.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 17:27:59 | More by brewskifan55
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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
Photo of 2xHops


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this served to me in a 1L beer stein in celebration of Oktoberfest.

It looked good with a typical color you would see in an Oktoberfest beer. It's dark amber with little head. The taste was a bit nutty, a bit of roasting going on, and slightly malty as well. It's a good example of this style, but it's definitely not traditional. The German marzen beers are quite different, so if you're like me, you may not like this one as much.

Overall, I would have to say that it's a good beer. Brooklyn do make a decent beer that is easy to get in a lot of places, so it would be good to bring to your parties if you're celebrating Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 04:12:30 | More by 2xHops
Photo of Merkur


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a redish orange color.

The beer smells very much of carmally malt.

The taste starts off with a good bit of carmel and finishes relatively light with a slight nutty taste. This beer is much stronger on the front and finishes a bit on the weaker side. Was expecting a bit more on the backend.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 01:14:31 | More by Merkur
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South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nothing terribly crazy, a nice amber color with a great clarity fills the glass. Nice streams of bubbles that rippled up toward the surface gave it a good bit of depth and created a nice moderate to medium capping of white that clung to the sides for a little while before letting itself go. Muted bready malts. Hints of light grain and a touch of some light spice, but everything was too light and muted for me. Not enough in the way of herbal hoppiness or depth to keep me interested. Same could be said as I took the first sip, while not really being bad in any way, it was just rather uninteresting. Bready grains, hints of something musky, and a touch of light pine maybe, but very muted. Smooth and even taste with a clean and concise finish. Drinkable, but most anything can be, I found myself bored halfway though the glass.

Overall it just really needed a little bit more for me to really get a grip of this one. I thought it was ok, but to be honest just needed more to finish it off.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 21:51:33 | More by mikesgroove
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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
Photo of socon67

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber in color, foamy white head. Some lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malt, and citrus.

T - Sweet and noticable is a caramel taste, finish is slightly bitter. Very nice!

M - Crisp, with a little syrupy feel. Kinda nice for an autumn night.

D - Very much so. Oktoberfests tend to be very drinkable, and this is even better.

Didn't think this was a good one, but glad I tried it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 02:59:07 | More by socon67
Photo of Spider889


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Winking Lizard earlier this month. Of all the Oktoberfests I've had this year, this one was my favorite.

Easily the darkest Oktoberfest of the 5 or so featured at Winking Lizard.

The aroma was surprisingly hop-forward for the style. My notes - written right on the place-mat - say, "Sweet pine - mmm."

The flavor was well hopped for the style, lots of sticky sweet malts as well. This is not your typical Marzen (if I had to guess in a blind tasting I wouldn't even think Marzen was a possibility).

For a guy who normally hates the style, I could drink this beer all day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 16:03:24 | More by Spider889
Photo of NeutroMan


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish brown color with a solid one-finger off white head that left rings of sticky lacing.

S: Clean toasty caramel malts and not much else.

T: Still very clean, although the hops come out here much more than in the nose. Malts still dominate, though, with the caramel side taking precedence. Thin and light mouthfeel, rather watery. Leaves the palate dry and bland.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2010 18:15:10 | More by NeutroMan
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