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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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1,258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,258
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Ever so slightly cloudy, dark orange-amber in color. Good head and good lace on the glass.

Nice pale malt aromas with a subtle hop spice. It smells creamy.

Considering the malty smells, this is a dry beer. I like the hop here--perhaps there's a little more than most Octoberfests, but still it's within style. Moderate in body, slightly high in carbonation.

This is an easily consumable beer, flavorful and pleasant. Nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 02:04:49 | More by smcolw
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, it's that time of year. I do believe this is my first o-fest of the year. 12oz bottle. Pours out a nutty-brown color with hints of red. Not much of a head and very low carbonation. The smell is mostly malt. Nutty with hints of raisins, almost like a candy.

Taste is more malt. Nutty and smoth with a hint of hops. Carbonation seems low but doesn't make the beer offensive in any way. Caramel and dried fruit come through as well.

A great fall/Oktoberfest beer. Easy drinking with tons of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 00:40:39 | More by CharlesRiver
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dirtylou

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, i think i traded blackie a cottonwood pumpkin for it, out of pity

I think this was the first oktoberfest i ever had (maybe sam adams?) 3 or 4 years ago. I remembered liking it but I dont care for brooklyn beers at all so I was a bit unsure

appearance: pours a hazy copper/orange, light white head with some minimal lacing

smell: not very exciting...some sweet malts, a little caramel, and a slight hop undertow

taste: not too shabby...nice sweet malts, some nice fruit presence particularly apple and pear, a little bit of caramel, a slighty rusty aftertaste...biscuit like with very minimal hop presence

mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little watery though

drinkability: high, but i wouldnt be able to bring myself to buy a sixer, which is good since you cant get it here

i had one of these a few weeks ago and thought it sucked, but maybe i was just being biased. slightly above average oktoberfest

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 03:26:52 | More by dirtylou
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numenor1

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a respectable head, reducing to a collar, and nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts and maybe the faintest hops. Taste is very very nice. Not overpowering by any means, but delightful and full. Bready and toasty with some caramel overtones. Hops are steady in restricting the malts but not at all pronounced. Theres touches of fruit(apple) lurking about. Mouthfeel is terrific, medium low mouthfeel but somehow with the carbonation creates an incredible creaminess. A great session beer. A great oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 23:12:49 | More by numenor1
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brick red in color. Slightly thin looking--but expected for the style. Just a thin filmy head on top. Cannot pick up much in the nose--just slight hints of hops. Flavor is solid. Nice example of an O'fest. Nice crisp toasted malts. Slightly biscuity. Hops hardly register. Mouthfeel is not as dry as I would expect and maybe just a tad watery.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 23:04:16 | More by MuddyFeet
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright reddish copper with a thin whispy off-white head, and no lacing. Aroma is a nice strong earthy malt, very breadlike, with a slight floral hoppiness. Taste is more of the same, with a delicious biscuity malt, a slight note of caramel, and a mild grassy hop finish that leaves just a hint of bitterness. A slight bit of fruitiness, maybe apples or pears, starts to come through as the beer warms. Medium/thin body with a nice crisp carbonation, this is a pretty easy drinker. As a hophead, Oktoberfest isn't my preferred style but is starting to grow on me. I've tried several this year, and Brooklyn's is definitely the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 20:11:50 | More by cubedbee
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

poured a medium copper-amber color. Moderate white head That fell to thick ring that slowed nice clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is mainly of malt and not really very impressive. Taste reveals some toasted grain and a malty sweetness that improves with subsequent sips. Texture is creamy abd very pleasureable in the mouth. Some hoppy dryness also presents itself and balances the maltiness very well.Finishes mainly dry with some toasted malt also noted. This was a good beer but it just never seemed to be able to come forward and really assert itself. Very drinkable, but not something to make me want to go and grap another.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 23:59:56 | More by tgbljb
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TongoRad

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a dense one-finger slightly tan head. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is mostly dark caramel. There is also a slightly grassy hop character and some toasty malt, as well as the tiniest amount of oxidation and a metallic quality deep down in the nose. It is not bad but seems to be missing what differentiates an Oktoberfest from an ordinary amber lager.

Caramel, again, is the dominant characeristic of the palate. Some grassy hops and toasted malt come out on the finish. Residual sugars are a touch too high or the bitterness is a touch too low, but there is an overall tilt towards sweetness here.

This is an enjoyable brew but it does seem to lack the personality of most imports of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 20:15:43 | More by TongoRad
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi dark auburn with a frothy 1 finger head, decent longevity and good lace. A great eatrhy malt aroma, caramel, perhaps a bit smokey. Again an earthy malt flavor. Perhaps a bit watery but that increases its drinkability. A nice hop flavor and slight bitterness come in at the end. A bit higher than average carbonation. Dry and easy drinking. All in all a decent Oktoberfest

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 21:27:16 | More by sabrills70
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, burnished copper colored with a fleeting tan head that leaves not a spot of lace.

Aroma is simple, yet appealing with chewy sweet malt, light floral accents, and dark brown bread.

Flavor matches the nose. It's highlight is the sweet malt, balanced by a nice level of floral hops. There's also a sense of nuts, mild cocoa, and a touch of dark fruit. Well balanced and easy to drink. Very non-threatening.

Body just shy of medium with a slick, almost creamy mouthfeel. I typically don't like lagers, but this is pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 13:43:37 | More by AlexJ
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Clear copper pour with a finger and a half of nice bubbly white head that fades quickly but leaves a great ring of lace and a nice lingering little head.

Smell is all malt, sweet with biscuits and caramel, with just a touch of hoppiness in the nose. Kind of sweet in the old sniffer.

Taste is malty with the same toffee/caramel flavors on top of the same big biscuity, bready malt. Little hop bitterness balances it out nicely. Moderately toasty as well, dries out in the finish.

Overall: Pretty nice for a domestic O-fest, one of the better ones I've tried this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 02:01:22 | More by whartontallboy
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beerkeeper

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

out of the bottle this beer forms a nice generous head, that dispitates rather quickly. the solid amber color reminds one of fall. the noose is a bit disapointing. upon first sip the carbonation covers up the initial flavors, howevewr this is a beer that developes on the finish allowing the malt to really shine.
a great beer to sit out on the deck and watch the leaves fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 22:53:35 | More by beerkeeper
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head on this beer is great,and the clear dark coppery color is very exciting.The smell is very fragrant,but the bubbles are a little disapointing.This has a great head yet the carbonation disappears very fast leaving a beer thats a little flat.It does have a very good taste thats not too full of spices.I do like this brewery and believe i may have just gotten a beer a little flat,i'm willing to give this another chance and i think you should too.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 04:05:12 | More by jmz62565
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich ruby-orange and a sticky lace for a head. The aroma is malty and gives off hints of roasted malts. Medium body with a chewy maltiness in the body. Semi-sweet malts up front and roasted malts. Has a hint of caramel. The hop's bitterness are just enough to keep the malts from dominating the beer. A great drinkability. I can have one after the other with out even thinking. This is a very impressive Oktoberfest!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 03:48:32 | More by Luigi
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buckiflyer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods $1.75 for one bottle, being German I had to try it, had heard good things as well. Poured a light brown clear color, two fingure white head. No strong smell, some malt. Smooth taste malt finish. A nice brew I could drink several. I like that it is brewed in March for Septmeber/October consumption, good description on bottle of history of Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 01:34:07 | More by buckiflyer
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, copper body with a minimal offwhite head that quickly drops to a film. Very sparse patches of lace are all that remain. Aroma reveals a pleasant balance of Munich malts and noble hops, with toffee, caramel, and molasses notes mingling gently with floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with caramel, a hint of chocolate, and an equal measure of hop bitterness. Fruity notes of green apple and pear emerge midway through. Nicely complex for the style, and much more drinkable and balanced than the Stoudt's Oktoberfest that I compared this one to. Very nice and well constructed, the appearance being the only attribute keeping this one from a higher score.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 11:37:18 | More by merlin48
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BrinkyBeerBoy

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole package here is very nice. With lots of info on the case, and nice fest colours on the bottle.

Poured into a pint glass creating a very nice off-white head. The head faded away quickly leaving a nice ring in the glass. Lovely dark copper colour. Has a great Ofest appearance.

I really love the aroma of this Beer. Very clean, toasty malt with a spicy hop twang. Smells a little to hoppy, but the nose is good.

Again like the aroma, sweet toasty malts are present, but the overpowered hop spice is a little to much for me. You need that extra smooth sweet malt to stand on top. As this Bier warms, it does get sweeter. Good medium mouthfeel, and a good spritz of carbonation on the palate.

Brooklyn does a good job for the style, and on Labor Day of 05' I went through quite a few of these. Very drinkable, and good.

Das Guten Trinken!!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 03:02:43 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
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kbnooshay

New York

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

Mmm. This pours a beautiful orangey red with a nice sticky head with good lacing.This is different that the other brooklyn offerings as it doesn't have that certain flavor they all seem to have but this is a great version of octoberfest beer.
The taste is full of october malty goodness. There is a sweet honey taste in there, also caramel. The mouthfeel is the typical but amazing brooklyn mouthfeel; creamy stickey good. Very very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 20:51:07 | More by kbnooshay
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asabreed

New York

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

I've been hearing about this as one of the better domestic attempts, so I decided to try it. Turned out it was surely worth it.

Appearance: Beautiful color between an orange and an amber. Some sticky lacing around the glass, though I wish the head stayed around longer (though this could be due to my pint glass not being as clean as it could or should be).

Smell: Not an insane amount of complexity, but it's clean, malty, bready, yeasty, and certainly pleasant. If anything it's something like faint maple or honey probably from the malts.

Taste: Honey-like malts, with a touch of maple or toffee sweetness. Though I can't discern too terribly much in a singular fashion, it all comes together for a great taste. I love how the hops linger for a second and then sink back into the malts with the swallow. It's done very well. The aftertaste is also bready, malty, and lingers well on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, though slightly chewy because of the malty body. Carbonation certainly seems right on.

Drinkability: I think I'm going to have to make this a session beer at some point soon, as this is the only bottle I'm drinking now as a sampler (though I know I can get more at the market down the street).

I have to say, also, that this is one of the best Brooklyn brews I've ever had. I think maybe because it doesn't scream, "I am a Brooklyn Brew," as their Brown, Weiss, and Pennant have sometimes done for me. Maybe that doesn't make a lot of sense, but this one certainly is worth a shot, and I'm a big fan of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 03:20:09 | More by asabreed
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head that retains ok. Aroma is bready and grain-like with a lightly sweet background, very clean. Flavor is complex, with a classic oktoberfest taste; begins with a toasted bread flavor followed by a light caramel sweetness and a grassy, floral hops flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. A solid offering from Brookyln, easily one of the best american renditions of oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 02:27:35 | More by silver0rlead
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

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

Waiting in my pint glass, knowing it has minutes to live, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a cloudless, brilliant amber with a crisp head that quickly vanishes. The grainy smell hints at some elements of the taste, but sipping it reveals some extra flavors, like decent hops that linger pleasantly into the aftertaste and even some hints of sweet and tart fruit. While not simple, the beer is straightforward and highly drinkable. Oh, yeah, the mouthfeel is really nice--soft, not creamy, not to thick, not too thin.

I haven't been a big fan of Oktoberfest beers. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for helping me to gain an appreciation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 03:36:47 | More by GnomeKing
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Hop2it

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice - light brown and a decent off-white head. Smells sweet and estery. Smooth, sweet and malty with a mild hoppy finish. I wonder if it was aged in wood barrels, because it has a nice toasted afertaste.

The dry finish seperates it from many sweeter Oktoberfest beers I've tried. Definately worth picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 03:18:53 | More by Hop2it
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oelergud

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden copper body with off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin float that does stay well and leaves good lace. Moderate carbonation.
Classic lager scent with some sweet honey and caramel notes.
Taste is strong malt toffee up front, hops barely come through, even in the aftertaste they are very subdued and must yield to the malty toffee sensation.
Full and thick body, chewable and leaves good coating, smooth on the tongue.
Pretty good drinkability, a few in the same sitting could make any night better but I think after a few the sweetness will get to you.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 23:37:15 | More by oelergud
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On recommendation from Bierman9...

Presentation: 12 oz long neck brown bottle. No freshness date to be found, but recently received in at The Beer Yard.

Appearance: Red-brown-orange hue. Georgeous. Thick and pillowy head, with strong, ligering lace throughout the glass.

Smell: Great balance with the roasted malty goodness, some floral notes and crispness in the nose.

Taste: Hardly heavy in the malt department. Exactly what an Oktoberfest Bier should be like. I could not get over the balance of the tasty and almost chewey maltiness. As it should be with this style, the hops are present, but in a well-placed supporting role. The more this Bier warms, the more depth is found in the maltiness. Fantastic balance.

Notes: If I would not have known, I would have thought this was in imported Oktoberfest Bier. I will enjoy the remainder of these little soldiers for the next few weeks. It is apparent the time and effort that went into this one. This is one that I will seek out on a yearly basis.

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 14:07:33 | More by goindownsouth
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

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

Sampled this from being inmy fridge for a few months (like 5!). Poured a deep coppery amber with golden highlights. The head was short lasting and remained thin throughout. The aroma gives off good doses of caramel malt sweetness along with a nice bouquet of roasted nuts. The taste is drier than expected. A dryness that carries right through into the finish. Right beside that dryness is touches of caramel, molasses and even traces of licorice. Medium bodied and very smooth. Overall, a very nice beer and a tasty version of the German counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 08:01:30 | More by pezoids
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.