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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of ejimhof


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-19-2013 23:06:25 | More by ejimhof
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before Feb 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear copper orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, apple, pear, and herbal. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pear, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of pear, caramel, nuttiness, biscuit, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Good amount of flavor with decent balance; no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest. Solid flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this, a good example of the style.

10-03-2012 03:41:13 | More by superspak
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Brooklyn Octoberfest: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A rich brpwn in color, a small head forms and recedes to nothing.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts.

Flavor follows the nose with a candied malt profile. Hops are there leaving an earthy bitterness. Flavors of caramel, leafy tobacco and bready malts.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, a bit slick on the palate.

Decent O-fest here. Has all the characteristics of a solid fall/winter brew. Not a stand out but a very good offering.

10-19-2009 15:58:44 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of brandoman63


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-28-2011 22:35:34 | More by brandoman63
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

A rusty, tawny amber - now *this* is the right shade for a fall themed beer! And not only that but its complexion gorgeously glistens when held against a midday autumn sun. Its soft haze is not enough to prevent clarity. There is no real head save some sparse blanketing. Lacing sparingly dots the glass like the year's first tiny specs of snow.

The aroma is so malty it could readily be described as "bock-like"; its moderate amount of rich melanoidins and toasty overtones is no doubt more characteristic of that classic spring time seasonal than it is most beers that include 'October' in their name. The sweet scent is complimented by strong notes of plum pudding and sticky toffee pudding.

The beer was designed to be nimble and crisp so as to be maximally refreshing, but it is dense enough to impart a rewarding sense of satiation. Another duality that is especially appreciated is that of an assertive bitterness and a mellow sweetness. Neither seems to be able to ultimately beat out the other for supreme mouthfeel domination.

The flavour is rich, as it should be, with a hefty maltiness and all the toasty, melanoidin-rich tastes of Munich and Vienna malts. There is a sweet, vivid caramely flavour and discernible notes of roast nuts, grainy breads and dried fruits. I'd like to say more about it but, frankly, the contents of this bottle dissipated far too quickly for me to do so.

"Brooklyn Brewing" is essentially a short form way of saying "American craft brewers are talented, ingenious artisans". It's a case of student outshining teacher as this lager, like all of this brewery's renditions of classic European styles, successfully emulates all that is redeeming about the style and is, arguably, better than most originals you'll find.

10-26-2009 23:45:13 | More by biegaman
Photo of smakawhat


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from the bottle into a Konig Pilsner mug, sure WHY NOT! mix it up! Already had 3 of these otherwise...

A real nice copper dark red body, very clear. Some cola like carbonation, and provides a solid three to four finger head. Head color is a nice light tan, with some very solid retention but little lacing. Much of the head bubbles seem varied in size, some very large, others pin head. Regardless, it's a real nice shade of copper on the body.

Nose smells of some sticky malt, a good presence of caramel smelling sense. After some time a real nice milk chocolate comes out, quite surprising. I like this angle.

Taste seems weakened. Most of the flavor seems on the finish, but it does bring an interesting milk chocolate bent. Body is nice and full though, almost rich and thick coating. Very good malt backbone, but with a mild lager yeast stickiness.

Overall, I like this chocolate angle, but it throws me a bit for the style. However, it's a very tasty beer which I can have no problem having again.

09-25-2012 01:29:12 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rab53


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-25-2011 04:54:15 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a medium amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid toasted grain aroma, complimented by a mild caramel.

The taste was grainy and mildly sweet. Godd caramel malt character. Smattering of hop detect as well. Nice biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a good Oktoberfest. Nothing spectacular, but definitely enjoyable.

10-23-2006 19:51:00 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

A: Bright cranberry red with a light creamy tan head.

S: Light brown sugar notes and sweet Vienna malt can be detected on the nose. Nice noble hop aroma, neutral with very light bitterness.

T: The beer starts out with some sweet malt but finishes rough with a very grainy sandpaper like texture on the tongue. Theres some sour citrus in the end as well with a dry malting fade and coating. Palate is dry roasted malt and is very rough around the edges malt wise and not as smooth or sweet as your standard octoberfests.

M: fizzy, over-carbonated per style, and a little rough.

D: Overall not a good example per style and wouldn't recommend or try again.

05-27-2008 23:07:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a clear copper, thick white head, some lacing, decent retention, head settles down to a ring. Smell is sweet, citrus, bread, little bit of smoke, some caramel. Taste is toffee, some smoke, citrus, bread, very malty and balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice Oktoberfest, very refreshing and drinkable. Thanks grub!!

11-20-2006 03:45:03 | More by Viggo
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11%

Total Wine had this on sale for a $1. I was worried it'd be bad after a year, but with all the crappy summer brews still on the shelf and me in desperate need of something else $1 was a safe gamble.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish-brown amber with a 1/4" of head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells malty and a little fruity. Taste is a rich malt character with a fruit sweetness in the finish maybe apples. Mouthfeel is excellent; light to medium bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing.

This beer seems to have lasted a year. And it's very refreshing. There's no reason we can't have summer beers with this much taste and character. I'm really looking forward to all the Oktoberfest beers in the coming months.

07-29-2011 17:37:46 | More by tdm168
Photo of mdaschaf


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown color, nice one finger head that dissipates to white foam on the top layer. Sheets of small bubbles down the side of the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma. The roasted smell gives way to a breadyness and a little bit of spice.

T: Very nice malt flavor here, lots of caramel.

M/D: Medium to heavy bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, its pretty good. On the better side of others I have had in this style (this year at least). My only detraction that it was a little heavier than expected.

11-11-2010 01:01:20 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +9.6%

This beer is very slightly chill hazed. Beautiful auburn color. A thin beige head sits on top. Reduces to an edging rather quickly and laces adequately. Nice levels of toasted malt, grain and carmelized sugar on the nose. Toasted flavor dominates, although there are other flavors that come into play: breadiness, grain and toffee. The finish is actually a bit dry. Unusual for an Oktoberfest, but it doesn't seem out of place. Body is medium full. Drinkability nice. All and all, a good ofest. Nice to know that some marzens are actually brewed in Marzen.

Thanks to Davo for the sample.

12-03-2002 19:30:13 | More by Bighuge
Photo of sendbeer


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-23-2012 21:18:41 | More by sendbeer
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Very clear and reddish amber, this beer was topped by a fluffy, off-white head that showed good retention and produced sticky, chunky lace. The aroma was full of grainy malt with a bit of caramel, grass, and spice in the background. Light, yet solid, bitterness and a clean maltiness defined the flavour, with notes of warm caramel, spice and hops providing complexity. Maltiness really lingered. Nearly medium bodied with average carbonation, just off-dry with a good texture. This beer is highly drinkable, well balanced and great for a session.

01-17-2008 22:53:44 | More by DrJay
Photo of wrightst


4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-19-2014 02:27:34 | More by wrightst
Photo of Tone


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight hop. Overall, a good body, easy drinkability, and good mouth feel.

10-14-2009 01:30:34 | More by Tone
Photo of glid02


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very clear light brown color with some amber highlights. Head is white and about one finger that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top with a medium-sized ring around the glass.

Smells alright. The roastedness overpowers everything, and there's not much else.

Tastes just a bit better than it smells. There's a mildly sweet malt taste up front and at the end, but in between it's all roasty flavors. It's not bad, but the roasted flavor is a bit too overpowering for the style.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is solid. It could go down smoother though.

Drinkability is good. A sweeter taste would help in this department, but there's nothing horrible about the beer that makes it undrinkable.

Overall I was a bit disappointed. It's not a bad beer, but it's not what I've come to expect from an Oktoberfest Bier. It's just too roasty. Worth a shot if you're into that flavor.

09-11-2008 02:28:29 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-11-2012 21:26:35 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of Brad007


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a medium amber color with the usual foam. Glass is clean so doubt that would affect the head. Sweet and malty upfront with that smokiness that I like. Taste is much of the same, except that it has a nice bitterness in the back of the tongue and goes down really smooth. I'd definitely say it's tastier than the other Octoberfest-themed beers I've reviewed.

09-09-2007 01:07:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is dark copper orange with thick white foam. The smell and taste are grainy malts, a touch of hops spice and bitterness, mostly sweet. Nothing exceptional but I guess that's the style. Very drinkable but Oktoberfests aren't my thing in general.

10-10-2008 02:00:21 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dirtylou


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz single, i think i traded blackie a cottonwood pumpkin for it, out of pity

I think this was the first oktoberfest i ever had (maybe sam adams?) 3 or 4 years ago. I remembered liking it but I dont care for brooklyn beers at all so I was a bit unsure

appearance: pours a hazy copper/orange, light white head with some minimal lacing

smell: not very exciting...some sweet malts, a little caramel, and a slight hop undertow

taste: not too shabby...nice sweet malts, some nice fruit presence particularly apple and pear, a little bit of caramel, a slighty rusty aftertaste...biscuit like with very minimal hop presence

mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little watery though

drinkability: high, but i wouldnt be able to bring myself to buy a sixer, which is good since you cant get it here

i had one of these a few weeks ago and thought it sucked, but maybe i was just being biased. slightly above average oktoberfest

09-28-2005 03:26:52 | More by dirtylou
Photo of harpus


3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-26-2013 20:51:53 | More by harpus
Photo of tobelerone


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

This is a nice looking beer, very clear, with a dark copper color and lots of head...good lacing too.

The smell is very malty, caramel sweetness and that typical lager aroma I can't quite define.

Taste is malty, cracker/bready and again, typical of the style and in keeping with standard german lagers.

Carbonation is good, full but still a bit crisp and refreshing.

In the end this was a decent example of the style but I certainly didn't love it. This isn't my favorite style to begin with but I tried to be fair about judging this beer. Got a few more in the fridge so I will consider it a bit further with some football this weekend.

09-06-2011 20:00:00 | More by tobelerone
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-05-2012 23:16:04 | More by drummermattie02
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