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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Oktoberfest pours out an orange-red color with a small head. The aroma is full of roasted and nutty malts, with some earthy hops in the back. The taste is very good, the malt flavors here are very well-developed, with just a touch of nuttiness rounding out the excellent roasted and caramel malt flavors. A solid dose of herbal and earthy hops make the finish nicely bitter. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light bodied, and decently carbonated. Overall, this is an extremely well composed Oktoberfest. Highly recommended.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red copper colored. Clear, with a quickly diminishing white head.

Sweet caramelly aroma. Roasted malt and slight hops.

Sweet, grainy, caramelly, toasty flavor. Slight hop bitterness to balance.

Crisp mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation. Light-medium bodied, with a long, dry finish.

A good, solid Oktoberfest. Along the same lines as a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12pz bottle best by FEB2012

smell is toasty, sweet malt and grain. Taste is much like the smell, pumpkin spice and caramel teaming up with a big grain and malt background. feel is like buttery silk, only problem is it's lack of a nice frothy head.

this is a great beer for the season; toasty, buttery, sweet, without being cloying. not stellar, but extremely solid. I could drink 1000 of these.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally a fan of this brewery and this bottle is well within the best by date so I am optimistic.
Rich malt aroma with a solid toastiness up front and a full on kick of melanoidans for the rest. Very faint hopping in the background (grassy noble type).
Orange/brown/amber. Very clear and looking like an American oktoberfest. Big and full biege head.
Flavor is not as robust as the aroma, which ultimately makes it more drinkable. Smooth feel and almost creamy feel. Less rich in the flavor. Still a malt forward beer with more toastiness in the balance.
Filling with ample carbonation. Long finish with a chewy lingering from the malt and just enough hops in the bittering and hop flavor hanging around for an enjoyable experience.
I won't expect less from this brewery. Always with the classic character to their beers and this one is no different. Don't think I found a Brooklyn beer I didn't appreciate.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep amber, short head dissipated to a thin cover
S - nutty and sweetness followed by the classic blood-like rich mineral aroma, mildly fruity
T - syrupy sweet and even a little artificial, quickly followed by nutty and rich mineral flavours, touch of metallic and leafs
M - sticky sweet, rich, lightly dry with a full finish
O - it tends a little heavy on the sweet side but is still a worthy offering

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Photo of stxp
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark amber, some reddish hues in light, inch of head on a rough pour, stays for a few minutes, nice lacing which fades over time

smell: bready, malty, slightly metallic clean, fresh sweetness

taste: crisp, smooth for the color, very biscuity, bready, slight roast notes, little achohol taste, little bitterness

mouthfeel: slight bite at the beginning, moderately filling, finishes with a nutty, alcoholic linger

overall: nice octoberfest style, hop character is almost non-existant, could make it a bit more complex, very basic malty octoberfest

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Photo of flyingpig
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Good Beer Co., Glasgow (355ml, £2.40):

A light and clear looking, caramel brown to amber colour with a foamy, fingers width tall head that stays very well and looks quite still.

A nutty aroma with some good, earthy malts and a little bit of spice. There is some sweetness and a little bit of fruit in there too but the malts certainly dominate.

Malts dominating again along with a little bit of fruity sweetness, a good amount of caramel and some brown sugar. It was rounded off with some raisin and a little bitterness.

Mainly smooth with only a slight amount of grain and spice. The body is medium and the flavours are well balanced with a nice, bitter end to round things off with.

Probably the best Märzen I have tried, although it isn't my most frequently visited style. There was a great malt and caramel base with just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness at the end. A well balanced and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very thick amber lager. I definitely didn't expect that. It is definitely the darkest Märzen I've seen. Good lacing. Looks like an excellent session.

Smell: Faint caramel and mineral water. This needs more hops to be a good Oktoberfest for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's really no distinct flavor here. Not much more than caramel and a slight hint of ambiguous fruit. It's also average in the mouthfeel department. Ok carbonation and ok smoothness.

Overall Drinkability: Looks nice, but misses the mark everywhere else.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured medium amber with a 1/2 finger head that stuck around somewhat to the end. Smell surprised me a bit with some sweet malty chocolate. Taste pleasantly bordering on a bock, and leaning toward an English Brown. Not sure if that's what its supposed to do, but I sure like it. Very malty mild chocolate starting semi-sweet ending semi-dry. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side of medium. Not watery, but rather very drinkable. My first couple experiences with Marzens were... meh. Despite that, I have revisited the style this year with some great finds. This one was a gift and definitely the best find. Thanks Jay. Without hesitation I would say Brooklyn Oktoberfest is my favorite Marzen to date, and I would recommend this to anybody in the mood for something malty to put them in the spirit of Autumn.

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Photo of BeerLovesCompany
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Oktoberfest is Brooklyn Brewery's homage to the traditional German style of brewing. Although this beer is brewed as Marzen/Oktoberfest, the look and scent are almost indicitve of a porter or moderate stout. This beer pours with an amber-brown body and a light tan head that rises and falls quickly. There is a mild carbonation that carries the roasted, almost cocoa like scent emanating from the glass. Fruit and spice accents can be detected in this brew as well. The taste is what you would expect after smelling Brooklyn Oktoberfest, as it starts with a malty, sweet flavor. Spiced notes are present throughout and the sip finishes with a slightly dry, bitter taste. Overall the beer has a roasted feel to it; a perfect compliment to fall weather.

Reviewed Fall 2012

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger white head. Not too good head retention but ok lacing.

Aroma is lots of caramel and toffee along with a slight metallic note. Some spice German hops as well.

The flavor is a mix of metal and caramel although thankfully the metallic taste subsides as the beer warms. Some burnt sugar and a little toast but the malt gets to be a little astringent at times. Some hay is buried underneath along wit spicy hops. Sweetness is moderate but does leave a lot of stickyness on the finish.

Overall, a very average Oktoberfest. A little too sticky and too much astringency. Not really one to seek out as there are many better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. I'm interested to see how this stacks up against true German fest biers.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-brown colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, nutty caramel malt with hints of grain and earthiness. All malt, no hops.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild, dry finish. Slightly nutty, with hints of grain, caramel, faint brown sugar and subtle stewed hops. A touch of sweetness. Dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly - perhaps a tad overcarbonated. Body OK but on the thin side. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt.

A rather average märzen - it doesn't stand up to German examples of the style. A bit too sweet and under-attenuated, along with a lack of noble hop character (both aroma and bitterness). I guess I'd like it to be crisper and slightly hoppier. It's a decent beer if taken on its own terms, though nothing special. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of tastymug
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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).

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber brown color with a one finger off white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave only a very light level of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is a combination of sweet and roasted malt. The sweetness is of a caramel nature with the malt being of a roasted brown bread smell. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of an earthy hop with hints of spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice dose of caramel and roasted malt. As the flavor advances further some earthy hop flavors come to the tongue along with a nutty and spicy flavor. As the flavor advances to the end, the sweet dries out slightly and with a bit more earthy hop coming to the tongue, it creates a drier flavor on the tongue; in the end the beer leaves a nice crisp, yet satisfyingly sweet roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thicker than average side with a decent creamy feel and a carbonation level that was rather average The creamy body was very nice for the roasted malt, nutty, and spice flavors of the brew while the carbonation level made for a good and easy drinking beer

Overall – A very nice refreshing and tasty Oktoberfest. Its blend of sweet, roasty, and drinkability make it one very nice session for the season.

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Photo of circus_cat
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. best before MAR 2013.

A: crystal clear copper color.

S: sweet caramel on a pretty smooth nose. nothing over the top either from the malt side or the hops side.

T: starts tingly. crystal malts dominate the body. the finish is pretty chewy but with enough bitter, roasted flavor that really dries things out.

M: a little bit more on the fine side of bubbles. medium body.

D: not too shabby. worth giving a shot if in the mood for a marzen, but dont think you are gonna be blown away.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB JAN 2013

A: Pours a copper color with a small head that fades quickly

S: Rich and malty, with some fruitiness and and definite lager yeast

T: Again, rich and malty with a nice crispness and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent O-fest that delivers with the flavor and crispness you'd expect. Fairly average overall for the style, but worth a shot if you like the style and don't have a favorite picked out yet

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Photo of Ford
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've tried a lot of Oktoberfest beers this season. I was excited to pick this one up. Overall, this has been my least favorite. I much preferred Karbach's, Saint Arnold's, Left Hand Brewing's and a couple of others.

This one seemed a bit more bitter than the others and just more generic in the flavor department.

Not a bad beer, just not great. My favorite so far is Karbachtoberfest from Karbach in Houston.

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Photo of acevenom
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours caramel brown with a fluffy off-white head and abundant tiny bubbles within the beer. The beer takes on a bready and mildly sweet aroma from the malts and some earthy and floral notes come from the hops. The taste follows the nose very well. I pick up those bready and sweet malt flavors and the hops add some nice balance with earthy, floral, and spicy notes. There's some back end bitterness there. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is a clear medium amber, and produced a weak , half a finger high head.
The smell is a lot of roasted malt, caramel and little else.
The taste is just as plain, a strong malt taste trough out the tasting, some caramel, but little else.
Well, a average beer, good enough so to kill a six pack after a long day of hard labor.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Pretty good retention and some nice lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Caramel, grainy, and some nutty malt along with some earthy, herbal hops.

T – Follows the nose. It starts off sweet with grainy, nutty, and caramel malts and shifts to a subtly spicy and bitter earthy and herbal hop finish.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a grainy-sweet, herbal-bitter, and dry finish. Grain and herbal hops linger for a little bit.

O – This is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer. Nothing really stands out in particular, but it’s a decent example of the style. It looks good, smells and tastes nice with some nice malts and noble-esque hops, and has a good mouthfeel. This probably wouldn’t be my first choice for a beer of this style, but it’s certainly drinkable and tasty enough.

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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