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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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1,257 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

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

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a rich-looking ruby/amber color with a one finger head of foam that quickly breaks down, leaving some uneven, patchy lace behind.

S: Smell is rich, sweet and woodsy. The malt is pretty clear, but the faint grassy hop makes me think of a nut brown, or beefier Newcastle.

T: Malty and sweet, with a little spice up front. No noticeable hops in the taste, just the clean tasting malt. There's a little metal in the finish, but nothing else is really present.

M: Crisp and clean, but slightly clingy in the finish, most likely because of the sweetness.

D: Not complex enough to want to keep drinking it to keep experiencing its array of flavors. It tastes good enough and goes down smooth, so it'd make for a decent fall session brew.

Brooklyn's Oktoberfest is a crisp, sweet and warming autumn beer that would go down great with either some late fall camping or at your Oktoberfest BBQ. It's not the most complex Oktoberfest on the market, but it's still a pretty good call.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 19:33:32 | More by Gambrinus1184
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, rich copper with a bit of head. Aroma is a bit indistinct. Taste follows - fairly indistinct. Some malts, not a lot of hops. Nothing standing out in this one to make me want to buy it again. Yawn.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 01:16:39 | More by sstackho
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Dark amber in color with a medium tan, foamy head that fades to leave some bubbly patches atop the beer.
S: A mixture of woody malts, roasted sugar, and some crisp German hops.
T: Sweetish at first, followed by a grassy and malty flavor. The finish is rather metallic and bland.
M: The first few sips reveal an off-key bitterness in the finish that's not hard to manage but just seems perturbing. As the beer warms, this changes and the finish is merely flat and watery.
D: Actually, not bad. Nothing is menacing to the mouth or stomach, so I could put back a bunch of those. But do I want to?
Overall, I was excited to try this brew, but it fell far short of my expectations. The look/smell was perfectly fine, but the taste was disappointingly bland, and the mouthfeel was simply odd and uninteresting. I almost feel strange rating this beer so lowly since nothing about it was awful; it's just that nothing about it was great either.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 21:50:40 | More by LeftyBWS
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rohrbachsfan

New York

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

Appearance: Beer had a low foamn head but was a beautiful copper / amber red color.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt.

Taste: Rich malt with a subtle sweetness. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very! I had a 20 oz. at MacGregors with lunch and could have easily gone for more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2007 18:38:39 | More by rohrbachsfan
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

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

Poured a medium amber color with a tight head. Aroma dominated by caramel malts, toffee and some floral hints. Sweet, rough maltiness up front -a bit astringent. The middle and finish dried out a bit. The finish was smoother with a slight noble bitterness.

This beer tries to be a big Oktoberfest beer, but ends up a big amber lager. Too rough along the edges for an Oktoberfest. However, it does make for a nice big, malty lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 13:20:43 | More by jpkoch1962
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Randy for this beer.Drank from a Victory Hopdevil glass.

Clear red candy body sits beneath a off white two finger head.Not to much carbonation happening in there.The head falls but it takes a couple minutes to do so.Leaves a off white patch.Small patches of lacing is left on my glass.

I taste cherrys,malt and some small hop flavor.

I smell candy of some sort.

The head is creamy and the mouthfeel is pleasant.Its a sorda clean taste.

This isnt a bad beer.Ive had worse Ofest beers,this isnt overly sweet like the one I tried in the past.Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 14:40:17 | More by MmmIPA
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Amber hue with an orange-red tint and an eggshell white one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Thin lacing here and there along the glass.

There isn't much aroma to this beer, maybe a dull malty aroma, but no hops or caramel that comes along with the style.

The flavor has a little more complexity as it has a creamy malt base along with some dark candy sugar flavors. Light bodied with high carbonation. The finish is mostly grain with a little bit of the candy lingering.

Not a bad Oktoberfest. It has good complexity, which is the characteristic to look for in a good Oktoberfest. The bad ones generally don't taste bad, but just taste like a regular lager or a Vienna Lager if it's only semi-bad. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 22:18:09 | More by BeerSox
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hchinaski

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, i love where i work.

brand new keg of Brooklyn Octoberfest, and i get the First Pour. i love me some boss-man

A-poured a nice 18oz or so into one of my ownn imperial pints from home. pours a dark amber/brownish tint with a modicum of head, average retention with some lacing.

S-can pull in some malt aromas with a small amount of spiciness if you try to find it. otherwise it struggles to find the senses

T-Excellent balance with the malt, little spices and hops. i am enjoying this year's much more so than last, which i thought was a little heavy-handed. goes down smooth and quick. tastes like a cool weather beer!

M-did not leave me with the lemon effect, which i appreciate. left me wanting another.

D-i do like me some fall beers, and this is a good one. as above, this year's version is more complete and balanced than '06. i will be enjoying these after work for the next month or so.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 19:15:50 | More by hchinaski
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danielocean03

Indiana

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark-reddish hued amber color, clear, thin fizzy head a finger high quickly dissipates to moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, grassy hoppiness, light notes of apple, caramel, roasted malt, toast. Taste is well balanced, opens with a roasty sweetness of malt, smooth transition to a light hoppiness, finishes with a drying slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly rougher due to higher levels of carbonation,but pairs well with the more moderate body. Drinkability is good, easily has more substance than most O'fests out there, great blend of malt/hoppiness, smooth and roasty. Would purchase again .

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 17:04:37 | More by danielocean03
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albern

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The smell of this beer right out of the bottle is not good; I'm detecting a metalic, musty, maltish tone. The smell improves to a flattish soda with a tin can finish. The beer pours a nice amber, modest carbonation, some head, lacing, and retention. The beer is a bit watery and this another mark against it. As for taste, there is an almond, caramel, metallic taste that isn't bad, but as the carbonation thins, I'm getting too much flat soda notes. There is the typical nutty malts characteristic of the style, and considering I just had a Wachusett Octoberfest that had no resemblance to the name, this one at least is representative of the style, it's just not all that impressive. The finish and aftertaste are good, and a little on the dryish side.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:07:02 | More by albern
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a deep red with a nice off-white head that subsided to a ring around the glass. Smell is very very malty. This is also reflected in the flavor as well. There's a slight nutty aroma to this as well. Actually it's quite pleasant. It goes down pretty smooth as well and is very much drinkable.

I enjoyed this. Might get more before they stop production.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 21:58:24 | More by funkengruven
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sraimondi

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 version.

Poured a very beautiful copper color with about a 1/2" head. Very little spot lacing.

Aroma is all bread and yeasty with some faint caramel. Malt is very evident at the start. There is some hops in the finish, but not really that noticeable; malt wins out for sure, making for a very good balance. Nice prickly carbonation, but not overpowering, making for a pretty smooth mouthfeel. A good session O'Fest.

Mr. Oliver has another winner on his hands, although I think he toned down the malt sweetness from the 2006 version. This one remains a fave American version of mine.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 01:04:24 | More by sraimondi
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours an amber red with a modest off white head that lingers and leaves nice lace rings throughout. Kind of a tosty grainy malt aroma. Malt up front with a hint of caramel and finishes bitter and dry.Moderately carbonated, this goes down pretty easy but that sudden bitter drying effect at the end causes some pause.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 17:56:35 | More by kaelingirl
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bradley194

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I noticed about this beer was its deep reddish orange color. It was really very attractive. There was about a one finger head which disappeared quickly.

The smell less sweet than many Oktoberfest beers I have had. It did not smell as caramely either. Most Oktoberfest beers I have had have a strong caramel overtone.

The taste of this beer was also considerably less sweet and had a good deal more bite than other Oktoberfests. There was a subtle taste of toffee to it. This beer had a bit more carbonation than I typically like. However I felt that the beer was pretty well balanced. Not as complex as a lot of Oktoberfests I have had (especially the Great Lakes)

Overall--- 3.3 out of 5. A good beer that I would recommend. It is just not my personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 05:11:35 | More by bradley194
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chilidog

Ohio

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

I am very much enjoying the fact were getting these brews from Brooklyn, here in NW Ohio. Thisone is why.

It pours a deep amber red. The head was great,off white/slightly tan. Lace stuck rings of thick froth around the glass.

The aroma was of sweet and pleasing malts.

The taste was crisp, smooth, sweet malts. Toasted caramel and a good crisping hop balance.

The mouth is left with a hop leaf, earthy feel.

Overall, very easy to drink. A good rendition of a good style. I look forward to it every year.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 13:28:56 | More by chilidog
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reeder

Massachusetts

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

Poured this one into my favorite pint glass. A vanilla-malty aroma wafted up to my nose before I even stuck my nose in to take a whiff. The next thing I noticed was this beer's gorgeous shade of amber. Exactly the way I would want an Oktoberfest style beer to look. My first swig was nice and crisp all the way through. Hints of cherries and a bit of citrus with very little lingering after taste. Reasonable complexity as far as lagers that I've tasted go. Very drinkable aside from a bit of acidic bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 04:22:50 | More by reeder
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this in a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark, orange-amber body with no real head. Whatever is there dissipates almost immediately to a nice, small lacing.

S: A malty, sweet honey smell that made me think this was going to be a good Oktoberfest.

T: A nice, malty taste. Slight, sweet undertones. An interesting taste of Macintosh apples or some other tart fruit. Was definitely pleasing to the palate.

M: A pretty good mouthfeel. Smooth and full-bodied.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. The tart flavor makes it a little bittersweet, but overall I'd have to say it is good and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 20:24:51 | More by maddogruss
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kicking off the NFL season with Brooklyn Oktoberfest....

A- Pours a light red/orange/amber color- some mahogany hues. small tan/cream colored head, no lacing.

S- Smell was of sweet caramel.

T- Taste was wondeful. Mouthful of roasted malts, spices, caramel..

M- Mouthfeel was light and smooth- well balanced.

D- A nice sessionable oktoberfest beer. Easy to drink and full flavored.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 18:53:40 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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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
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Brad007

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 01:07:10 | More by Brad007
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crystal clear amber/reddish hues with decent off-white head that lingers for a bit.Decent lacing.

Smell - caramel malts, breadiness, even slightly fruity

Taste - sweet caramel malts up front, slightly doughy, finishes with a slight hop spice to balance things out...very clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a little more carbonated than other octoberfests I have had.

Drinkability - Very much so. I could enjoy plenty of these babies. Good offering from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 16:46:59 | More by Doomcifer
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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

Very nice deep orange color with a decent head that fades right away. Low aroma-somewhat malty with a slight bite. Slightly sulfur-ish. Mild malty flavor with an underlying hop bite. Somewhat metallic tinge to it. Good body for the style. Ok overall. I love Brooklyn products but this is a notch above average. I need to find a US Oktoberfest I can really wrap my tongue around-have yet to do so.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:18:51 | More by lackenhauser
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

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

Pours dark amber with a smallish head. not much lacing.
Aroma of hops and caramel malts.
As far as taste goes it's quite good. A nice shot of caramel malt is followed by a fruity hop balance and is finished off with a bit of bread malt. Really well balanced between hops and malt.
Pleasantly carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel.
A pleasure to drink, I could easily make an evening out of this beer.
One of my favorite Oktoberfests. This year's version is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:24:41 | More by kwakwhore
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, darkish amber with a creamy one finger of beige head. Head keeps a nice lace and leaves a bit of stick on the glass. The bubbles wafting to the top make for a very nice looking brew.

Smell is sweet caramel malt with an ample amount of bready aromas and some fruity hops.

Taste is primarily a combination of lightly toasted and caramel malt, and it's a medium-bodied slightly chewy mouthfeel. There's a little bit of hop bitterness midway through and into the finish to give it some balance and make it an easy drinker. There's a bit of prickly carbonation but it is still quite smooth.

Overall a very good brew. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 16:03:33 | More by number1bum
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Six Pack Store in Philadelphia. I am confident in its freshness. I shall taste from a pint glass.

Pours very clear amber. Medium carbonation and a creamy light beige head, half a finger. Textbook appearance.

Appetizing smell of warm bread and toasted grain. Immediately after the pour the bouquet is slightly hoppier than this.

Clean and crisp on the tongue while also malty and lightly toasted. Faint hop background but, all in all, sweet like caramel. VERY smooth. After finishing I hunger (yes, hunger) for another.

Well done by Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 03:05:59 | More by edskirk3
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