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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,360 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 60 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Photo of scottg
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber color with red hues and a one finger white cloudy head made up of little bubbles with good retention and great lacing down the glass. Malty caramel and chocolate aromas combine with stone fruit. Lots of caramelized malt flavor with some chocolate, fruity yeast and light lemon hop flavors. Medium body, medium carbonaion, this is a very smooth mouth cleansing beer. Upon finishing one, you reach for another.

scottg, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear coppery amber with a half inch frothy off white head which faded quickly leaving minimal oily lacing.

Smell has a slight metallic tang with clean scent of grassy hops and some caramel malt.

There is a butterscotch character to the malt, forward on the tongue, and the malt does not come across as overly sweet. As in the smell there is a slight metallic aftertaste along with the strong hop bittering on the finish. Perhaps omewhat chalky as well. Improves a fair amount on warming.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, smooth and somewhat oily with a nice amount of carbonation. Seems a little watery.

Drinkability is not as high as I might have hoped for in an Oktoberfest and not as balanced as others I've tried so far this season. I would prefer a bit more malt body and complexity. Otherwise not a bad beer. As others have noted it's very much in style of the German Oktoberfests. Note: After drinking several of these I have revised my rating of it, quite drinkable and would definitely have again.

BlackBearForge, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice amber/copper color with a 1-inch off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Good carbonation throughout. Aroma of sweet malt, bread and hop, maybe some toasted coffee as well. Taste is crisp. malty, toffee with some hop. Mouthfeel maybe is somewhat bready, almost chewy. Still a good oktoberfest.

beernut, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ruby amber color with a very fine off white head that settles into a thin cap of suds that leave good lace on the glass. Nice fresh roasted coffee and sweet molasses fill the nose. Tastes like the real thing only fresher than I can get in the U.S., big and flavorful maltiness typical of the style. Nice roasty quality comes out as it warms slightly. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A very well made fest beer that really tastes more Euro than most. Worth checking out.

biggred1, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ron's in Exton.

Poured a clear coppery amber with 1 finger of slightly off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of caramel, bread malts, butter, and floral hops. Tastes of light citrus up front then butterscotch, and caramel malt for a sweet solid backbone. Finishes with a nice crisp blast of floral hops. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a nice crisp finish. Easy to drink, goes down quickly and is easy to session.

HopDerek, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Where in the world is Garret Oliver? Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a lighter red hue throughout. A good soft white head that does hide to the edge of the glass for some time before fading completely. Not much lacing though.

The nose is more on par with a macro-European O-fest. Noticeable Vienna and Pils notes. Would like more of a malt backing and with some Munich notes. Malt comes out somewhat but rather soft for style. Mostly clean yeast aromas but some acetaldehyde on the back side. Not bad but I do pick it up.

The taste is below par as well. The malt is light with more of a Vienna flavor with a hint of Pils and Munich. Really lacks the depth and maltiness that I expect for style. There is a chalky like flavor as well in the finish that I usually associate with gypsum. Some light mineral notes as well. Some minor yeasty notes, but nothing over the top.

The body is really lacking for style. More on par of the macro-Ero style where it's a bit wispy and really lacking the Munich notes. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed.

Oxymoron, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Oktoberfest. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium off white head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Mild malty smell.

Good taste, some sweet malt up front and characteristic Oktoberfest bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good and rich for this style. Some Marzens are just too watery. Drinkability is good. This would be an awesome beer for a fall session.

JayQue, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say here, this is a rich copper brew, creamy head, looks good for style....

... but it's just too hoppy, both in the nose and the mouth, and has a bit of a soapy-sour (German wheat like, really) twang to it that is unpleasant in a Marzen. It's clean otherwise, but lacks the roasty-mellow malt sweetness and instead goes for the overhopped American route, which I don't much care for. More malt character and a different hop profile would help this one out.

Let this one warm and it gets a little better. Mouthfeel is good, crisp and a little thin, smooth enough I guess... you could drink a lot of these, but there are much better Oktoberfest brews to spend your time and money on.

Simply average.

kkipple, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light auburn with a cap of light beige fuzz.

nice balance between caremel / light toffee-ish sweetness and a bready toasted maltiness. Hops are light, a touch musty and a touch spicy. Nice smoothness and fuzzing carb to the medium body. Finishes lightly dry.

Not bad stuff here, but nothing overly impressive.

Slynger, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a toasted brown color with a scarlet tint to it. It's very clear and features a nice, slightly off-white head. The head's roughly a finger and a half deep. It dissipated rapidly and left a very light web of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is nothing to get too excited about. Frankly, it's a little weak. Primarily, it smells like toasted malts. It takes some work to get any further than that. There are some secondary spices that are light. There are some hoppy notes that are floral and earthy that keep it floating above average. It's a little yeasty and doughy. That pretty much wraps it up.

Taste: The flavor profile is significantly better. It is primarily a strong toasted malt flavor. But, it's well done and satisfying. Hops are earthy and floral, but blend well with the malts and add a little zeal. There are some light spices though I can't identify them. There's also a slight fruity aspect to it. Tastes like light apple and a bit of cherry. It is yeasty and doughy. Finishes sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and pretty smooth for such a light sized beer. Carbonation is active. It goes down smooth and easy. It'd have to be a little thicker to warrant a higher score, but it's got a nice feel. Drinkability is very good. It's easy drinking. There's a few other Oktoberfests that I prefer to this one, but I'm really enjoying this.

Brooklyn's got another nice beer here. It's not among the elite Oktoberfests of the season, but it's a very good choice. The only complaint I have is about the nose. It could use a little strengthening. But, other than that, it's a solid beer that's certainly a nice release in the fall lineup. Recommended.

prototypic, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It had a small creamy light tan head over a deep amber colored body with good clarity. The head fades quickly but hangs on till the last slip and make for some slick lacing on the way down the mug.

Smell: The aroma is sweet, candy like, with caramel notes and hint of bubble gum, toasted malt and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a sweet caramel toasted and bready malt with some light buttery and nutty notes. Hop flavor is mild and adds some spice and mild bitterness as well as a slight metallic touch. It has an easy drinking medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. The finish is sweet and clean.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable tasty Oktoberfest.

generallee, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an orangish/brown color. Poured a nice two finger head the disappeared rather quickly.

S: Lots of biscuit, bread and caramel malts with a hint of hops.

T: A lot of caramel flavor hits the mouth first and is smoothed over by the bready malt flavoring.

M: Seemed just a tad on the thin side. Was expecting/hoping for a more robust beer.

D: A decent Oktoberfest beer. Although a tad thin, it was a solid offering which I could/would have more of.

IronCitySteve, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a somewhat thin off-white head that falls to a very thin ring with little whipy islands.
Very malty aroma. Lots of caramel and toasted bread. Hint of honey. Very light grassy hop aroma.
Toasted bread comes through first in the flavors followed by lots of caramel. Bits of honey. Subdued hop bitterness.
Somewhat light mouthfeel. Flavors don't linger on the palate. Good small bubble carbonation.
As with most O-fests, this is very drinkable. Great flavors to enjoy all night.
I really enjoyed this. I will be seeking this out again as long as they are around, or next year.

gabeerfan, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of evanackerman
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beer pours a typical Oktoberfest amber, substantial tan head with decent lacing.

aroma is a lovely bready malt, my favorite part of this beer.

taste is bready and caramel malt with a touch of bitter hops, kind of light in the finish.

mouthfeel is thin but appropriate for the style

overall, an enjoyable Oktoberfest, I have been spoiled by previously living in Wisconsin where I feel the O-fests are the best, but this one will do just fine.

evanackerman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  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.

Kegatron, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of many October's I've had this season and this one is definetley a Top 3..

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice even pour, nice even head, left very little lacing, a nice reddish/amber color

Smell: Nice malty aromas with a secent of bready and earthy smelling florals

Taste: Medium in body but full on taste. Besides Sam Adamns I think Brooklyn got the true Marzen taste down to a T. Carmel notes blast out, a beautiful malty experience

Drinkability: Easy to throw back a few, not overly heavy like some other Marzen styles, very much one of the better Octobers, taste and smell alone will have me coming back for more, definetley a good experience with this one.

thespaceman, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of NoahSYGG
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite oktoberfests. The color is a rich amber, that still lets in light. The aroma is a nice malty overtones, with a slight hop presence. The taste is wonderful. The roasted malt is huge with a nice bitter kick to it. Very balanced. The mouthfeel is on the medium side, and it has great drinkability. a must have for the fall.

NoahSYGG, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thin white head fades quickly to just a bit of foam along the rim. No lacing at all. Caramel brown in color, very translucent/ filtered.

S: Nutty malt smell is detectable from some distance. There is sort of an earthy fruit scent in the undercurrent-- perhaps apple or pear?

T: Bitter hops in the back of the throat, and more of that earthy flavor.

M: Very chewy, but a little watery.

D: Sits heavy in the stomach. The taste itself is very drinkable, but it made me feel really full.

dananabanana, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of eagles22
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This American oktoberfest was one of the best of the year for me...the smell i got a hint of roasted malts and some carmel smells and for the taste i had pretty good carbonation, smooth feel with a sweet carmel finish. Mouth didnt feel thin at all a great oktoberfest beer. Drinkablitily of this beer is exceprtional ...i could drink it all day on a breezy ocotober day

eagles22, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of mterrence5
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im ashamed to buy a Brooklyn beer being form Mass but hey its beer. A very nice deep amber color make me wanna chug it. Very little hed from my pour. A hoppy smells with a bit of sweetness. The taste much the same. A spicey hoppy taste with a hint of sweet malt. Light and crisp. Not a bad beer but I would prefer a little more caramel/malty flavor. Would recommend if your a hop head is search of a nice drinking beer.

mterrence5, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper, a little more orange-y than usual, with a foamy, one-finger head with average retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Very grainy, and raw almost - there's lots of fresh malted notes, light toast, bread, biscuit. Somewhat dry. It's nice, but a little rough and faint.

Taste: A nice array of malts here, caramel, dryer biscuity notes, a few heavier, more complex residual sugar notes, a very mild bitterness that melds well with the malt astringencies, and light leafy hops. Nothing objectionable at all, and stylistically, it's quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Big bubbled but even, a little thin but still somewhat creamy, crisp. Not bad at all, stylistically.

Drinkability: One of the better Oktoberfestbiers I've enjoyed this season, and a really good American interpretation of the style. Worth seeking out, even though I'm not a huge fan of the style. Abv% is eminently reasonable, it's flavorful, pleasant looking ... yeah. Not bad.

CrellMoset, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of dstc
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with big tan head that falls very slow leaving nice lacing behind.

Clean aroma, not getting much there.

Semi-sweet caramel malts and slight hops in the taste.

Smooth, light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Easy drinking Oktoberfest, I like this one.

dstc, Oct 10, 2008
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.

TurdFurgison, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tight, off-white soapy head tops a clean, deep bourbon/amber body with moderate carbonation. Head goes quickly.

Hearty boiled dark malt is abundant with a little grass, earth and mild nutty aroma.

A tinniness at first burns off quickly. Mostly robust malt but a little hop grass. Carbonation tingle keeps it clean.

Mouthfeel has a good zing to cut the heaviness of the malt profile. Earthy aftertaste on the finish.

Drinks OK for the heaviness. Carbonation compensates but still a bit weighty for the mild flavor profile.

IBUnit63, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle, poured into a dimple mug after allowing to warm a bit from fridge temperature.

Clear amber color with a decent size light tan head, slowly fades to a thin covering, some lacing. Pretty standard looking oktoberfest beer.

Smell is a bit grainy, not as malty as I would have expected. Taste and mouthfeel also reflect this. It is thinner than most other american oktoberfests and the roasted character shines through more strongly, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Medium carbonation, slight metallic aftertaste.

This is a pretty decent brew, a good american rendition. Pick it up and give it a try if you see it, but I don't think this one is worth seeking out unless you find other brewery's offerings too malty.

wheelinshirt, Oct 06, 2008
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,360 ratings.