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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

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1,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 1244
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%

Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts.Taste is good, lots of malts, some hops are present, just a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 14:56:47 | More by tone77
Photo of scruffwhor


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yet deep amber with a fast two finger, receding head. Very little bubbling and no lacing, but good color though. The aroma is a strong, sweet, toasted bread bomb of malt and just a bit of herbal hops. Toasted dry malts give the taste givs freshly baked whole grain wheat bread and bg of rice scent. The hops add some grassy herbs and just a dash of citrus. Palate is has an almost off-puting resiny palate for an Octoberfest bier. Great session beer wth a softly receding flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 03:10:35 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of bark


3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is amber; the beige head is two fingers thick. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is nutty and somewhat sweet with notes of cream, some roasted malt and a light fruity touch. Quite anonymous, I think.

The taste is at first fresh and fruity with a passing bitterness. Soft sweet malt, some notes of matured apples, wheat flour, apricots and a hint of apricots. Almost no bitterness, but some light metallic notes in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is light to medium smooth.

Reminds more of an average Vienna lager than a Märzen. A disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 20:49:35 | More by bark
Photo of nickfl


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:33:04 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/copper color. A small bubbly white head forms and recedes in a second. Very little lace is left behind.
S: Sweet caramel malt, bread, yeast, and some spice.
T: Sweet malt and bread. A metallic mineral flavor as well.
M/D: Very light, thin and watery. Decent carbonation. Not hard to drink. I can session a few of these if the situation calls for it.

Not a bad Oktoberfest. Not my favorite, and kind of bland. Inoffensive, but an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 19:42:35 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The head is thin and white, and the beer is a slightly hazy medium copper.

smell: Plenty of lightly nutty German malt aroma. A light spiciness from the hops is noticeable. Some light banana bread aroma.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium and the body on the lighter end of medium.

taste: Sweet and maltly, but lightly so. Just enough hop bitterness to provide some roundness. Very clean all around

drinkability: tasty and extremely drinkable

A good representation of the oktoberfest style. It brings to mind many comparisons to German brewed oktoberfests. Plenty of aroma and flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 04:53:31 | More by blackie
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rough pour yields two fingers of pilllowy off-white foam atop a clear, deep russet body. Strong retention and plenty of lace. Attractive beer, albeit a trifle dark for the style.

S: Straightforward and enjoyable: nuttiness, malts, and some autumnal leafy hops. Solid O-fest aroma.

T: Definitely on the sweet side, with tons of stone fruits, marzipan and general nuttiness leading in to a biscuity malt body and finally some earthy, lightly bitter hops. Quite nice, if a bit fruitier than I'd expect.

M: Creamy, lively medium body; highly carbonated. Perhaps a bit over the top, but enjoyable.

O: Tasty lager. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it holds up side-by-side with some other paragons of the style.


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 02:03:01 | More by woosterbill
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn good Octoberfest Beer! Pours out a dark amber colour with a nice head to it. Malty aroma and taste...oh so smooth, oh so creamy...oh so easy to drink. This tastes wonderful and it also has a very full mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability. This beer is enough to fill you up...but it is light enough to drink all day.
Just like an Octoberfest beer should be!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 09:51:16 | More by francisweizen
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear copper colour with a huge frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, toasted nuts, dough, brown sugar, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and comes across as slightly watery. The most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and breads/grains. It also has a slightly metallic taste to it and a touch of fruit sweetness. It finishes with a malty aftertaste.

Drink - This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 15:20:58 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent copper-red with good clarity. Half inch off-white head receded quickly. Some spatters of lacing but not legs. Mild nose - some malt and caramel character, but sweetness does not come out too much. Consistent with nose with a bready, toasted malt character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a consistent level of carbonation throughout. Good drinkability for the style. Oftentimes I find some of the sweetness characteristic of the style to be difficult to session as their is often a lingering aftertaste. However, subdued flavor profile makes it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 23:17:35 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


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

Deep copper with auburn highlights and a thick, lacy, light khaki head. Nose of cookie dough malts, caramelized cooked carrots, and spicy, noble hops. Nice. Taste starts off with toasted, caramelly malts. Herbal hop bitterness around the edges. Clean cookie dough malt sweetness mid-palate, but balanced by the spicy hops. Crisp, hop-tinged finish. Moderate body with a snappy feel. A nicely balanced Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 00:11:19 | More by alexgash
Photo of hopdog


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

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium copperish color with an averaged size off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, and some breadiness. Tastes of the same toastiness, caramel and bready. Definitely on the malty side.

Notes from and tasted on: 12/09/07

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 19:00:00 | More by hopdog
Photo of Brent


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little more acidic and tangy than the average O-fest, but not so much that the malt did not shine through, and the overall effect was to liven the beer up quite a bit. Hopping was reserved - the malt is the star of the show, and it was quite crisp. Mouthfeel was a little on the light and thin side, the only real detraction from this well-made beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 04:22:26 | More by Brent
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red copper color with a rather dense cream colored head. The smell is of caramel malts not much else, all in all pretty faint. The brew starts off with a noticable metallic twang. Tastes like it was brewed with hard water as it has a mineral presence. Caramel and toasted malts mix together with a subtle hop flavor. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture to it, finishes slightly bitter. Definitely one of the more maltier Oktoberfests that I have tried and one that is more bitter than sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 03:54:42 | More by Gmann
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 26, 2013.

It poured a medium copper-amber color with a full off-white head that eventually goes away.

The aroma begins with roasted malts and a vague toffee note but it seems overwhelmed by an odd buttery sensation.

The body falls into the light to medium range but reasonably smooth.

The taste tends to be a bit better than the unimpressive aroma with a little roastiness and sweetness and a milder ESB-like bitterness at the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:48:37 | More by puboflyons
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, '07 batch, served in a mug.

A - clear, dark orange/amber color with a good tan head that lasted the entire glass, leaving a good coat of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - good tasting brew, malty flavors dominate with a crisp dry finish.

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - I had 3 of these with food, no problem. I'll savor the next 3 over the course of the evening and get some more tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 23:59:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of rudzud


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 lordofthewiens


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, this beer was an amber color with a small tan head. Very minimal aroma of some sweet malt. There was a small improvement in the taste, with a bit of sweet caramel followed by some hops. Crisp in the mouth, but this beer didn't have much going for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 00:28:31 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a dark, ruby red/crimson body that was seethru w/ slight carbonation. Half-finger head that is a little foamy w/ constant lacings. A spicy smell at first, clove mostly, and then caramel after that; not much else. A malty taste mostly, mixed with caramel and something like tart apples(?). A generic spicing is in the taste also; not the most complex beer but its mediumish body goes down smooth and is paired with a crisp, dry finish. A good beer, but just not something I would pick as my first Octboberfest seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:32:11 | More by clayrock81
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
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh....my first bier back home after a week in Jamaica (and Red Stripe....). Mmmmm! Poured 3 bottles into a litre stein (which I "found" at the Munchen O-Fest). Nice medium/dark copper color, with some orange hues mixed in. Has a light tan, foamy head; lasts ok, with good lace! Very appealing look; says "take me!". Got a good dose of malt in the nose, along with a touch of hop sharpness. Medium-bodied, and a touch of carbonation-roughness at first. That diminishes as the bier warms and goes down, though. Flavor exhibits a good malt foundation...a nice doughy/bready base upon which is built a good hop spiciness at the end. This one has more malt and less spiciness than Sammy, for example. A real nice bier! Zum Wohl!!!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 12:34:29 | More by Bierman9
Photo of merlin48


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, copper body with a minimal offwhite head that quickly drops to a film. Very sparse patches of lace are all that remain. Aroma reveals a pleasant balance of Munich malts and noble hops, with toffee, caramel, and molasses notes mingling gently with floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with caramel, a hint of chocolate, and an equal measure of hop bitterness. Fruity notes of green apple and pear emerge midway through. Nicely complex for the style, and much more drinkable and balanced than the Stoudt's Oktoberfest that I compared this one to. Very nice and well constructed, the appearance being the only attribute keeping this one from a higher score.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 11:37:18 | More by merlin48
Photo of tgbljb


3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium copper-amber color. Moderate white head That fell to thick ring that slowed nice clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is mainly of malt and not really very impressive. Taste reveals some toasted grain and a malty sweetness that improves with subsequent sips. Texture is creamy abd very pleasureable in the mouth. Some hoppy dryness also presents itself and balances the maltiness very well.Finishes mainly dry with some toasted malt also noted. This was a good beer but it just never seemed to be able to come forward and really assert itself. Very drinkable, but not something to make me want to go and grap another.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 23:59:56 | More by tgbljb
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