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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 110 | 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 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.

cbutova, Sep 25, 2009
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.

Keblar, Sep 25, 2009
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.

magine, Sep 25, 2009
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.

Vengeance526, Sep 23, 2009
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.

r0nyn, Sep 22, 2009
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.

rosmhuire, Sep 21, 2009
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.

tigg924, Sep 21, 2009
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!

pvsob, Sep 21, 2009
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.

confer, Sep 21, 2009
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.

Kooz, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of tdawgydog
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a local Irish resto. There wasn't much head on this beer when poured into a standard pint glass. That may not have been the beer though as all 3 (different) beers that I tried all seemed a little flat.
A - Poured a nice dark copper brown
S - A strong scent of hops. These seem to be resident in most of Brooklyn's brews.
T - The strong scent of hops did not translate into the taste. I'm a fan of quite a few of their brews but this one is one of the better that I've had.
D - This would go great with some bratwurst at a local Oktoberfest, I'd drink this stuff all night.
M - Again a little flat but not so bad to stop me from finishing the drink. All in all a very good beer.

tdawgydog, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange, copper with a fluffy off-white head that has nice head retention and lacing.

S: Toasted malt, mild herbal hops

T: Burnt caramel malt, mild hop bitterness

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation

D: 'Tis the season for Marzen and this is a good take on the style. I could become very well aquainted with this...

ujsplace, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Deep coppery orange liquid with great clarity, small bone white head that resolves into a thin layer of foam on surface.

S & T = Light caramel scents, some hay, perhaps even a little overlay of cinnamon. Very warming smells. As for taste, this beer has very good balance, there is a definite bitterness especially towards the back of the tongue and in the finish, but up front are sweet flavors with caramel, hay, perhaps some baked apple and bread dough.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, carbonation level take a while to have the effervescent feel I like without being a little too biting, it gets there, but not immediately.

D = This one does drink well, but not outstandingly. I enjoy it, but after one I'm pretty much done and ready to move on to something else. Still, I happily return to it a couple days later.

Traquairlover, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear copper-amber beer features little head--it quickly faded away after the pour. The aroma is appropriately toasty, but faint and barely detectable. The taste is excellent, however: lightly toasted, very bready malt flavor. Nice that they eschewed the heavy crystal, caramel flavor many American interpretations have. Bitterness is moderate, but it dries out the clean finish a bit. The body is a tad watery and thin, but otherwise, a decent Okto.

allengarvin, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jdmek9 for this super fresh seasonal.

A: The beer is split in half by its colors. The top is a deep amber, and the bottom is dark golden. There is a little over a finger of beige frothy head that sticks around as a cap during the session. It also leaves some nice lacing.
S: Big German hop characteristics on the nose. There's some unmistakable earth in there, and a spiciness that tickles the back of my nose. Grainy malts are there, too. A clean and crisp aroma overall.
T: Toasted caramel malt sweetness. Spicy and earthy as promised by the nose. The earthiness here is more of the damp grass and grains character...not the dirt kind of dirty. The flavors are very clean, as promised by the aroma. This Oktoberfest is not at all bitter. It's really well balanced, while not being too overly malty and sweet.
M: Medium body and a crispness from the high carbonation. Sweet residuals, but they're mellow.
D: I could drink this beer all day long. I would have pint after pint of this beer at Brooklyn's Oktoberfest party! BA has a clear "big ale" preference. It's nice to see that brewers like Garrett Oliver are still making delicious lagers.

washburnkid, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with burnt orange highlights. The tall, beige head is fluffy and fairly thick. Retention is very nice, with concentric rings of foamy lace left along the glass.

S: Soft caramel sweetness, along with toasted grain. A bit nutty. Hops seem spicy and herbal; in other words, they seem German. Clean and well-rounded.

T: Toasted grain and a measured caramel sweetness in terms of malt. A perfectly balanced kiss of spicy, herbal hop flavor and bitterness keeps everything on an even keel. An appealing, mild nuttiness into the finish. Also a yeasty tanginess of some sort - difficult to place. Almost fruity, like apple peel.

M: Moderately full bodied. Carbonation is crisp and fairly lively. Finishes dry and clean.

D: This is a very nicely done Oktoberfest from Brooklyn. Definitely one of the top American marzens I've sampled. Balance is great, and the beer has a nice overall character. I was impressed by this one and would recommend it over most other fall seasonals.

Clydesdale, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of DawnL
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with head that dissipates to sticky lace.

A little of the German Lager quality to the nose. Picking up on typical German aromas. Kind of reminiscent of Hacker Pschorr.

You can taste the malts and hops. This is a very light session style beer.

It's drinkable, with a watery consistency. It's not a bad brew, but it isn't terribly interesting. It would go well with brat, but the mustard may get in the way of the beer.

DawnL, Sep 16, 2009
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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light rust colored body with a finger and half of off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some scraps of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a touch of sweetness along with toasted malt. Not really any hops back there.

The taste is definitely on the maltier side of Oktoberfests. A bread like, toasted malt flavor up front with a touch of sweetness coming next. Just a hint of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is moderate in every way, decent.

Pretty drinkable, solid beer.

Hojaminbag, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange, decent creamy head dissipating to a ring. Smells of caramel, pumpernickle bread, touch of dark fruits, some earthiness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with some breadiness and apple near the end. Moderate bitterness, ends fairly clean and not too sweet. A nice grassy and earthy bitterness cuts through the malt nicely.has a little grassiness and earthiness. A little too carbonated for the style.

A really nice oktoberfest. Not too sweet with just enough maltiness and hops to balance out nicely. One of my favorite American Oktoberfests.

bum732, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This lager poured a very clear dark orange color with a 1/4" fluffy white head and a constant and significant carbonation release. The head dropped quickly and only left a few wisps of lace behind.

S= Sort of an elusive sulfury smell, with faint notes of caramel and malty sweetness.

T= Started off with caramel malt and a general sweetness balancing nicely against lightly toasted grains and some faint hops. Finishd rich and sweet.

MF= Medium body with a perfect crisp carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

D= I liked this beer a lot for its freshness and its boldness of flavor. The aroma could have been better but all in all this is a very tasty and highly sessionable oktoberfest.

spointon, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a nice 1 inch head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is very malty and bready with a hint of raisins. However the taste falls flat. While there is a hint of malt and caramel, its way to watery. Not enough carbonation or snap from the malt. Its too bad as it looks and smells good, but just to bland on the flavor.

Liverpool08, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange amber with offwhite head, very nice lacing. Smell: light bready malts, tart, slightly grassy. Taste: lightly toasted, light on the munich malt flavors, grassy and a little salty. Mouthfeel: nice feel on this one, softer (and livelier) carbonation than most. This looks like a robust marzen but tastes like one of the lighter ofests. Drinkability is high for football season, but too light for my taste.

babaracas, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of mnrider
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. has freshness date printed. Brewed before summer and left to age until autumn.

A: Dark orange and red. one finger light tan head with little lacing. Very nice carbonation.

S: Sweet buttery malts. Smells like fall.

T/M: Creamy smooth. Malts are strongest with hops blending in very nice. Very light dryness on back end. A little different but excellent Oktoberfest taste.

D: This is one good beer. I will purchase again, and hope to find it on tap somewhere.


mnrider, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean, clear dark amber color with a thick fluffy head. Carbonation seems spot on and this one looks crisp and delicious.

Aroma is very much the bready, biscuity, sweet maltiness described above. There is a bit of a sour malt aroma as well, something that always makes me think of lagers.

Flavor is a combination of caramel, sweet malt extract, apple cider and brown bread. Its got a nice snappy finish to it that leaves your mouth slightly dry and begging for more. Very true to style and very easy drinking.

A great amber lager that one could get comfortable with on a fall evening. Excellent balance and just an overall very drinkable seasonal release.

indiapaleale, Sep 11, 2009
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.