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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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1,509 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 118 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Photo of unclejimbay
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
ABV: 5.50 %

Had this on my Oktoberfest brew day as inspiration, and it exceed my expectations.

Appearnace had and awesome 3 finger fluffy head, with good lace, retention and a nice copper color.
Smelled like a munich malt bomb like a good brew day should!
Taste was an excellent malty bold but smooth malty sweetness, hops supported quietly, a wee bit watery on finish.
Mouthfeel was medium-thin body, medium carbonation.
An awesome rep of a Ofest. I was very impressed! Exceeded my expectations. Cheer to Mr. Oliver!

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

12oz bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, Maine. Pours a crystal-clear golden-amber body with a thin off-white head. Smells like toffee with some maltiness. Tastes malty with toffee, nut, a tinge of butter, hints of chocolate, and a clean finish. Light effervescent mouthfeel and very drinkable. Kind of pedestrian, but comparable to Samuel Adams or some of the cheaper examples from Germany (Spaten, Beck's)

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial thought is that this is very light for an Oktoberfest. Pours a slight hazy amber chestnut brown color with a massive 3 finger thick foamy light tan head that looked like a cloud and faded extremely slowly, leaving a foamy layer on top and very good spotty lacing. A fine looking Oktoberfest.

Smells very sweet and grainy, with wheat, hay, light caramel, sweet malt, husk, tea leaf and herbs; a nice soft sweet nose that actually smells like fall.

Tastes of grains, sweet malt, wheat, hay, caramel, brown sugar, husk, peat moss, lemon zest, light citrus or floral hops, bread or yeast, tea leaf and herbs; like the nose, the flavor is nice and sweet with soft malty notes and touches of caramel. It's very basic in all regards, yet smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with very light carbonation, a light to medium body and a smooth grainy finish that's on the dry side. A good beer that is well balanced and for me a great representation of this style. I don't like when an Oktoberfest has too much spice like nutmeg or pumpkin flavor, so this was very enjoyable for me. The type of beer I could drink all night, which makes it a success from the Octoberfest front.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Ever so slightly hazy orange with a few streams of carbonation keeping the thin but creamy white head alive. Not bad.

S- Sweet caramel and a bit of fruitiness such as pears and apples. Rather appealing.

T- A little more malty than the nose was advertising, but the fruitiness is still there.

M- Crisp and clean. The carbonation level is rather nice and keeps it a little spicy and light.

D- An enjoyable beer and just slightly memorable in a world full of Oktoberfests.

Photo of jhammel01
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, deep copper with a white head that looks promising but actually does not last to long.

It smells of grains, malt and some caramel. Perhaps a slight note of hops..

Its a very malty beer in its taste.Alot of malt with some caramel that laces throughout. A also pick up a slight amount of a metallic taste as well.

A pretty good beer. Seems a bit more subdued as opposed to other octoberfest's I'd had. That doesnt make it a bad beer at all. Solid!

Serving type: bottle

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.

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

A - Beer has a nice amber, mahogany color and came with a decent head that took some time to fade.

S - Somewhat roasty smell to it, very malty IMO

T - Great malt character, hint of German noble hops, very balanced. Somewhat caramel taste to it, not very bitter.

M - Decent carbonation, medium-full body and crisp

D - Very smooth. I rate this high for sure. Very solid beer and the better commercial Oktoberfest (compared to SA)

Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange with a dark khaki colored head that is very small and disappears quickly. Did leave some lacing on the bottle but not much

S: Bready, grainy malts with some spices. Some smell of hops

T: Very sweet and buttery when it first hits your tastebuds, but then evolves into a bready, yeasty taste.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation

D: Very drinkable and evolves throughout the tastebuds so drinking more than one to decipher evolution is recommended.

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

Pours amber with a tan head..not that big...decent retention

Aroma is bready and malty.

Taste is pretty much like the aroma, there is bit of sweet and then a finish with milder hops

Mouthfeel is medium..and it tastes good, balanced flavor profile. Good marzen.

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

This brew poured a darker amber color with precious little foam that quickly disappeared. Not much carbonation at all. Not a lot of smell. Maybe some caramel and bread. I do like the taste though. Lots of good things going on maltwise. Some caramel, some bread, even a little citrus from the hops in the background.

The mouthfeel was a little thin but okay for my personal taste. This O-fest goes down pretty easy, I can drink a few of these. One of the better offerings from the Brooklyn Brewery and a good American interpretation. Well done.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle, 5.5% abv. Pours a very clear amber color, with a decent white fluffy head. Some small bubbles streaming from the bottom. Head retention is fair.

Toasty, slighty bready malt leads things in the nose. Ever so slightly grainy. Earthy and floral hops round things out. Nice and simple.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. Toasty and grainy up front. Nice bready flavor follows, which is quite welcome. Finishes dry with a noble hop earthy edge.

Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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

Got my hands on this treat through a deal with Adam at Sam's Lincoln Park -- thanks again Adam!

A -- Clear orange amber color with a dense, light tan head that settles slowly.

S -- Bready, grainy malts with spicy, vaguely citric hops balanced in nicely. Smells sort of like a boil kettle at high roll.

T -- Sweet and bready up front with a mild hop tartness running through the background -- all very well balanced. Aftertaste is grainy malts that fade cleanly. Has a very old-fashioned "beer" character to the aftertaste, sort of like those beers you enjoyed when you first started drinking beer (if you're 49 like me, that is).

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body and crisp finish.

D -- Very easy going down on a true Fall day here in the Midwest; from Chicago to Brooklyn -- Prosit to Garret!

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

A - This beer poured a dark amber color that produced a foamy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were caramel malts dominated, some earthy hops

T - The taste of this beer had that caramelized sweetness that a that makes this beer malt driven, however a backwash of golden fruit and earthy hops keep this one interesting

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is high, very sessionable, this is a great Octoberfest beer, I'm glad La now has options in this style

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

Another birthday brew courtesy of the Mrs.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a nice bit of fluffy head. Moderate retention, minimal lacing.

Smell: An outstanding representation for the style, a biscuity kind of malt sweetness.

Taste: Again, a fantastic representation of the style. A nice bit of sweetness right up front with a very slight bit of bitterness at the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, good body. This one is going down nicely.

Drinkability: Simply put, this is one great Marzen. Crisp, refreshing, and goes down nice on a cool autumn night. A special thanks to the wife for picking this one up for me.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours brownish amber, somewhat dark with 1 finger white foam. Quick dissapation.

Rich malty smell, some caramel. Good breadiness.

Light citrus tartness buried in a bed of malt. Well carbonated. Classic marzen taste comes through. Very drinkable, got to lover October, the beers are so damn good this time of year.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 batch, nice and fresh. Haven't had a ton of oktoberfests but still get the general feel of them I think. Poured a clear amber-brown color with a one and a half finger head that is very fizzy and dies down quickly, light-spotty lacing is left as I drink this one. Carbonation can be seen rising in the beer. Smells of pale malts, a bit of hops and some citrus going on here too. Not a very complex smell for this one, not much going on. Taste is lots of pale malts up front with some good hop (citrus,earthy) balance following the malts. Also get a bit of spicyness and no alcohol or off flavors here. Maybe a bit of a grassy flavor in the aftertaste also, but not a bad one. The flavor seems to start to fade toward the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and medium bodied, little-no alcohol warming and a good coating of taste left on the palette to enjoy for minutes after sipping. Very smooth and good carbonation. Drinkability is good, very good taste for an oktoberfest, no alcohol flavor to ruin the beer over time. The only trouble here is I can feel the beer starting to fade a bit at the end of my first glass. Stomach can handle many of these in the long run. The $9.50/6pack price is good for this quality and I would buy this one again.

Photo of Keblar
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint:

A: Clear burnt orange copper with a 3/4 inch commercial looking head that dissipates VERY quickly- lingers thin and hangs on the glass.

S: Weak floral hoppy note is quickly overcome by a slight metallic aroma and a hint of malt. Lather-rinse-repeat....After a moment the hoppy note is gone, but come back and it's there at the top again.

T: Mildly creamy sweet bread taste, registers sour on the tongue, but no clear characteristic. Same malt that's hinted at in the smell, but nothing significant. Typically aggressive American craft beer hop taste- faint bitterness, but not overwhelming.

M: Thinner than I'd expect...Sharp

D: All of Brooklyn's beers seem to suffer from the same aggressive hoppiness of most prominent american craft beers (see Sam Adams), but this Oktoberfest is quite as much as an offender. Not bad, I wouldn't turn it down. Still it's nowhere near as substantial as I'd expect from an Oktoberfest -nowhere near a true German Märzen, which can be had for a dollar or two more per sixer.

Bottom line- Better than average, but just too close to a Sam Adams -which I consider (for better or worse) as the median for a Grocery available American craft beer. If I really wanted an Oktoberfest, I'd go for a Spaten or Paulaner any day.

Photo of magine
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber color, off white head fades to a lace that sits on top in a very small island.

Brew smella of malts, has a pleasent floral hopp smell.

This brew tastes malty, a floral hop presence in the taste as well. Very light mouthfeel, easy drinking.

This brew is very drinkable, it is a tade bit lower in tatse to me then some of the other oktoberfests I have tried. Good brew.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brownish orange color with a light off-white head that faded away rather quickly and left a medium amount of sticky lacing.

Smells of bread and caramel with a light hoppy presence in the back.

Taste starts off lightly sweet upfront with notes of caramel, biscuit and toasted malt. There is a very light hint of hops in the finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not one of my favorite oktoberfests as it doesn't really stand out, but it doesn't disappoint either. Enjoyable for the most part, but I just think I might get bored of it after having one or two.

Photo of r0nyn
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A lovely burnt orange color that is quite clear and easy to see through fills the glass. Head is minimal and is soon nothing more than a thin film at the top of the beer. Not too much lacing either. Smell has a nice malty character with some bready nuances as well. Bit hard to smell them though, since the smell as a whole is pretty subdued. Probably would be best to warm the beer a little bit first to get the full bouquet of scents.

There is an initial blast of hoppy bitterness to introduce the beer to the tongue but almost immediately gives way to the malty backbone that coats the palate. There is some caramel sweetness present as well. The finish has a fleeting, ever so bready flavoring that was quite nice. Some of the bitterness makes a return as well, balancing out the breadiness and lingering into the aftertaste pleasantly. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, not too heavy. Carbonation really isn't all that evident, but it wasn't really needed anyway.

Drinkability is decent. I think as long as you have the right food to go along with it, this can be a great beer to drink during the cool fall months. Thanks to its mellow character, it lends itself to proably a couple of glasses in a session.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes aren't too great - posting from memory

Appearance: lots of carbonation. Light amber coloring.

Smell: lots of malt and caramel

Taste: very bready - this is all malt - don't really get much by way of hops here.

Mouthfeel: okay - no strong feelings here one way or the other.

Drinkability: high marks here - very easy-drinking.

I'm a noob, but I'm thinking Oktoberfests may not be one of my preferred types of beers. Nothing bad here - just not my cup of tea.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, clear, amber-brown, big carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, bread, a little spice and touch of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, crisp, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry at the end

Drinkability: I normally do not like Brooklyn brews for some reason, however this is one of my favorite Octoberfests. It may be my favorite from the brewery. This one is nice and malty, but it also does have some really nice spicing. I could session this one.

Photo of pvsob
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crystal clear ruby/amber/brown color with a one-finger head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing present.

Smell - Light biscuit aroma, bread, grass, and hops. Some caramel aroma, but nothing major.

Taste - On point with the aroma, but caramel malt is more prevalent. Has a sharp, crisp Lager flavor mixed with a nice hop bite. It has a nice prickly feel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Thin with a nice slick finish and steady carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall - What can I say? This is a well crafted American version of a Märzen. Personally, I would've liked a little more malt, but other than that, it's all good. It's very session-able and has just enough flavor to keep you interested. Another enjoyable beer from the guys at Brooklyn. I will more than likely drink this beer again. Prost!

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

I really enjoy Oktoberfests and try several each season. This was the first time trying the Brooklyn, but have has other Brooklyn's and I was looking forward to this one.
A - Brown/orange in color with a tan small head.
S- Smell is sweet bread.
T - Taste is creamy and malty almost hop free.
M -A little on the light side.
D - Very nice Oktoberfest, will buy again next year.

Photo of Kooz
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Second of the Octoberfest beers I am trying.

Pretty good, but not particularly special. I like the label--simple, nice. Didn't poor, so basing appearance on that. Simple spell, somewhat spicy, maybe a little malty... Hard to place. Tasted okay. A bit too bitter, but good. Mouthfeel--nothing great. Bites some, but gets better. Maybe a little soft. I wouldn't drink this if I didn't have 5 more waiting for me.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.