Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinkable beer. Some hop and carbonation. Malty and carmel finish. Light mouthfeel. amber colour and a little off-white head.Dry slightly astringent aftertaste. Certainly not the best representative of this style I have had. Just boring and nothing special.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber with brown hues. 2 finger frothy head with decent lace

S: Very malty with typical lager/bready aroma.

T: malt and grain. Citrus and some earth notes. Typical of the style.

M:very smooth. moderate carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: an excellent oktoberfest. One of my favorites.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear and amber/orange in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready and caramel malts as well as grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of spices in the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper with a white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose consists of toffee and bread with some faint hops. Taste is all malt with some grain and dough plus a bit of caramel and toffee. Light feel wih ample carbonation.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a couple of spots of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread and caramel malt on the nose

Taste: Bready start with a distinct caramel character; complemented by a surprisingly bitter, almost apple tart element by mid-palate that lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable, but I am not really a fan of the style

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good American interpretation of the style. A good blend of caramel, bread, and earthy hops. Still doesn't seem to have the body and smoothness of good German Oktoberfests. Has a light metalic taste and feel, but nice flavors nonetheless. Has a light minty / alcoholic note in the end and remains bready, caramelly, and yeasty. Clean and crisp in the finish.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out with a nice looking amber color, The head was tan and fizzy. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell was decent with some sweet malts and a touch of caramel and spice. The taste was a little weak, I expected it to be a little better coming from Brooklyn Brewing. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this brew is just about average.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly gauzy pumpkin-copper capped by a lush head of rich, ecru colored foam. The cap was fairly large after a spirited pour and is only now, at the several minutes mark, beginning to flag. Random splotches of lace find their way to the glass, although it isn't as extensive a display as I had hoped.

The aroma is somewhat disappointing in that it lacks strength and distinctiveness. It consists of barely toasted caramel malt with a meager contribution from earthy-spicy hops. There's really nothing in the nose to act as a focal point and, as such, it wanders a bit.

Better, more confident beer on the palate. Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a member of the sweet and malty Oktoberfest school as opposed to the bitter and dry one. It does dry out on the back end however. The flavor has a great deal in common with sweet tea, while fruity, spicy hops keep thing interesting and in relative balance. The body/mouthfeel is solidly medium and holds up well throughout.

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest is a worthwhile take on the style. While I haven't been too impressed with their beer in the past, this one is tasty and drinkable. I'm drinking it a bit out of season, but it's a pleasant reminder of those long gone, crisp October afternoons. Good beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single, and just under the wire for the eponymous month to expire, as the snow flies outside, sigh.

This beer pours a clear, medium brassy amber colour, with one finger of finely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few ocean swells of lace around the glass as it duly seeps away.

It smells of nutty caramel malt, soft toffee sweetness, a flinty metallic note, and dusty, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, a nice, subtle toastiness, some tame generic orchard fruitiness, more stoney, flinty notes, and understated noble earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is present, but doing its thing well under the radar, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a hard water character the only fly in the ointment, and a non-consequential one at that. It finishes off-dry, the malt trailing off, and the fruit and hops kicking it up a notch.

While this is nothing that is going to knock your socks (or lederhosen) off, I submit that that isn't the point here. I can totally envision just putting these back, in frothy mug form, all night, with little further beer consideration required. Bread, caramel, soft biscuit, balanced-enough hops, and a slight uptick in alcohol. There - all thinking done - now just drink 'em. Next year, at any rate.

Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

BB: JAN 2013 is printed on the neck of the bottle.

Dark auburn color in the glass, delicate collar of lace and a thin skim settles across the surface. Clarity is good with only the slightest of haze. The smell is bready and nutty, malt forward and pleasant.

Flavor is similarly malt forward, multigrain bread and a touch of grape fruitiness also. An odd tanginess mars the otherwise straightforward flavors, body is light in feel. Something seems a bit off here, would advise skipping this beer in favor of other Oktoberfests, the tangy quality is a dealbreaker for me.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown body with a creamy, frothy off-white head. Please, let's get ready to enjoy ourselves!

Smell: That's a nice malty aroma -- pleasantly toasty, with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Also, its somewhat fruity, with faint notes of peach puree.

Taste: Malty, sweet flavor that's notably doughy with hints of citrus and peaches that eventually crosses over into a dry, though quite restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body further padded with a nice creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: With a rich, complex array of flavors, and an ease of drinkability, this, to me, is one of the better American Oktoberfests.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

The Oktoberfest jag continues to work its way through my system. Man, drinking semi-seasonally can almost be trying at times... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-russet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, mandarin orange, light grass, rye bread, and a pinch of nutmeg. The taste ramps up the orange and adds a good amount of clove to the proceedings. Other than that, things follow the plan put forth by the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice O-Fest, one that makes me wanna keep drinking, then grab another bottle of it...

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Quite malty with toasted notes and a little bit of caramel. Some light hops in the background.

T - Dry toasty malt up front with some caramel and graham cracker sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops appear briefly and then fade to light bitterness that compliments crisp, bready malt in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice clean lager with a good malt flavor, though it lacks some of the sweetness and aroma that could add to its depth. A good festbier overall; I could definitely take down a few of these.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but has caramelized malt, spices and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of caramel, nuts and a touch of dark fruit. There’s a good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice O-fest beer that I could drink several of if were in the mood for the style. The only problem with this beer is that I find Brooklyn’s prices to be slightly higher than most other craft breweries and this beer isn’t really outstanding enough to make me select it over any other good O-fest beer.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace over mostly clear amber reddish color, a bit darker and more red than I expected.

Nose has nice toasted malts, lots of Munich malt, light caramel malts, light sweet toasty lager malt and a light crisp lager like aroma, a bit of a juicy malt profile, quite like the style and very similar to most of the Munich Oktoberfests I've been having a lot lately.

Taste comes on with malts again, toasty earthy malts, some reddish malts, Munich malt, some crystal malts again with hint of caramel, toasted malts but not quite the cracked straw flavors. there is some juicy lager flavors, with hints of fruits and semi crisp. Hops come out as well, with some earthy almost herbal and slight spicy hops, which I wouldn't really think as noble hops. Finishes mostly clean, a bit more of the bittering hops with hint sof spicy and earthy hops again, as well as slight caramel and toasty malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, semi crisp, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malt profile especially the nose, the hop profile isn't exactly what I expected but doesn't throw it off too much. Nice lager profile although I would have liked a slightly cleaner and crisper finish. Otherwise one of the better American made Oktoberfests I've had to date.

Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with 1 1/2 fingers of smoothe off-white head. Not too much retention, just some thin wisps and fizzy bunching around the edges that leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind. The aroma is a nice mix of carmamel sweetness, bready notes, spice, and floral hop character.

The taste is a blend of caramel and citrus with an overall light, toasty feel and a tingle of Noble hops in the back for balance that finishes with some light and dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a bit of a prickle.

This was a sturdy O-Fest from Brooklyn with dependable flavors and an easy drinkibility. Nothing REALLY stood out but you could definitley do worse this season.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I've had from Brooklyn Brewery so far. It blew all of the other octoberfests I've tried (tried at least 12-15 others) out of the water. This one actually had a nice body to it and wasn't watery like the rest of them. Also, it had taste and a good one at that.. some nice spices and fall type seasonings. I thought I hated all octoberfests and this was the last one I had to try and it did the trick.

Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Beer Garden & Eatery enjoyed chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is deep bronze with light hazed look with beige cream head with fine bead and spattered lace pattern. The smell is sweet and toasted malt with some mild dried fruit aromas. The feel is very good medium bodied with a medium carbonation level, moderately sweet with a nice balance with hop spice.

The taste of Brooklyn's Oktoberfest is a more full flavored example showing a nice munich breadiness in the taste with light bitterness up front. The flavor expands to include some caramel notes with light toffee and fruitiness from the yeast. Overall this is a pretty decent take on the style, enjoyable and relatively clean with a nice amount of malt yet not heavy and still good for multiple servings I like that is isn't as sweet or bitter as other lagers I have had in the fest style I would probably drink this year round if I could.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wonderfully constructed appears copper amber with a lucious tan creamy head sitting atop, not bad at all lacing is full and even great looking brew from Garret's brewhouse. Aroma toasted malts with edges of caramel sweetness and a touch of german hops thrown in their are noticeable. Great flavor crisp not overly sweet but still a malty treat with the blend of vienna and other specialty malts wow a great beer toasted nut in the finish with enough bitterness to balance. Dead on to the style I am loving this one possibly my favorite beer out of Brooklyn, mouthfeel is medium in body nice creamy texture. I could definitely throwback a liter of this as if I were in Munchen, plan to pick up some more of this jewel.

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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