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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 722
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:
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Photo of Doomcifer
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.

Doomcifer, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
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.

lackenhauser, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
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.

kwakwhore, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of number1bum
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.

number1bum, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
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.

edskirk3, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a tan head that billows up to the top of the glass then dies down to leave a thin layer on top of the pumpkin colored brew. Smell is spices, maybe some coriander, some cinnamon. Malt flavors dominate the taste buds. The mouthfeeling is light and smooth letting your tongue taste some of the spices more. One of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had so far this year.

genog, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head after a strong poor that dies quick. Smell is extremely faint of malt and spice. Taste equivocates the smell. Malty semi dry finish. Drinks very well as its refreshing but leaves something to be desired with this style.

franksnbeans, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, '07 batch, served in a mug.

A - clear, dark orange/amber color with a good tan head that lasted the entire glass, leaving a good coat of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - good tasting brew, malty flavors dominate with a crisp dry finish.

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - I had 3 of these with food, no problem. I'll savor the next 3 over the course of the evening and get some more tomorrow.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's baseball logo pint glass. Bottled on day 207 of this year, we're drinking the 2007 offering from Brooklyn.

Appearance- A fat two finger head graces the deep, clear copper hue of this beer. Steady streams of carbonation rise from below, and the creamy, yellow-tinged bone white crown remains strong. Wide, broken patches of lacing drape the inside of my glass.

Smell- An initial whiff of sweet caramel malts blend seamlessly with aromas of fresh baked bread and a shot of hops. Wonderful and fresh, with an eventual nose of toffee.

Taste- A bit hoppy for the style, the toasted malt palate is overshadowed by the bitter, more aggressive hops. There's plenty of caramel, and the right amount of due sweetness, but the finish reminds me more of an English Pale Ale than a true Oktoberfest. Not bad, but definitely a bit much for an all day session beer... hence the 2.5.

Mouthfeel- Prickly and alive, yet relatively smooth in the mouth... I can feel the bubbles more than usual for this style of festbier.

Drinkability- Having tasted ten or so examples of Oktoberfest beers, my problem with this one is the lasting hop bitterness that feels out of place. Considering the festival mindset that would encourage multiple replenishments, I would pass this up for something else.

yelterdow, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Oktoberfest of the season. I figured I would start with the local.

A-Beautiful light brown hue with a three finger creamy/soapy head. Vast staying power, great lacing. Beautiful.

S-Lightly toasted bready with a hint of acidity and grassy hops

T-Toasted bready malt with hints of biscuits. Grassy hops in the followthrough. Very crisp, mostly dry with a hint of sweetness. Very refreshing.

M-Slightly on the light side with a medium soft carbonation. The head adds to the experience.

D-This is perhaps my favourite oktoberfest. Especially good when fresh which it is now. Glad I have a sixer of this in the fridge.

sleazo, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of torchedpunk
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of the season, I am excited to have this back in stores again.

Appearance- A malty ruby color, with a creamy head that is a light tan almost.

Smell- a light smell of alcohol, a very pleasant medium malt aroma, just a hint of a darker malt, with just a touch of earthiness. accented with lovely fruit notes. Finally a very light and subtle hint of lager yeast.

Taste- The best part of this beer. You could not ask more from a lager. It carries hints of almost a chocolate malt, with an amazingly rich fruitiness. A heavenly blend of mixed malt, and just a trace of hop taste. The lager yeast is detectable and really adds to its coziness.

Drinkability- Well I just opened up my first for the night, it's at the perfect temperature, I got it out before it cooled too long and had to sit before it was fit for tasting. I am going to drink this all night, and I could all fall with only a few pumpkin brews in between. This is my favorite beer among them all. There are those that are more graceful, and those with more flavor but this is the beer that I always come to remember when thinking of beer I wish I could have that I know is not available during the spring and summer. Thank you Brooklyn, you have won me over.

torchedpunk, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's always fun to see the first of the Oktoberfest beers on the shelves in late summer. This was my first fest six pack of 2007, and not a moment too soon, in my opinion.

Poured from the bottle to my Sam Adams crazy glass, this is one fine looking beer. Hues of red, orange, yellow, brown, all swirled together to create a beautiful beer; appropriately captures all the colors of the New England fall foliage. A one-finger, fizzy head settles on top and leaves some thin lace. Nice, sweet malt aroma, with fruity caramel and wood chip scents. Earthen, but floral at the same time. The taste is crisp and dry up front, and almost nutty, with a bitter hop fruit flavor emerging in the end. Finishes dry but light and almost sweet. Very nicely balanced. Thinnish mouthfeel, but probably just right for the style.

This is a very good festbier from Garrett Oliver and company once again. Beautiful to look and a pleasure to drink, I could not have chosen a more suitable American craft beer to help me welcome the fall seasonals. Can't wait for more Oktoberfests like this to follow.

Atlas1, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of shaebs99
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season and not a bad one to start out with.

Pours a light amber with a white head and good lacing.

Bready malt aroma, but nothing distinct

Taste is smooth and clean with slightly sweet malts and some quick bitterness. Nice dry finish

This beer is smooth and medium bodied. Very drinkable. I will revisit this Oktoberfest in a couple of weeks. I can definitely drink this beer all night.

shaebs99, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber color with a thick off-white head, which lasts throughout.

S- Smells malty, somewhat sweet, with a hop balance.

T- Malty but balanced. Lots of caramel, and Munich malt, good dryish finish.

M- Well done on the carbonation, just like a good Märzen / Oktoberfest. Medium in body.

D- Very drinkable. Not the best Oktoberfest available, but a good example of the style.

cichief, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes:
A- Dark translucent amber, with ruby hints, and a 1/4inch cream colored head...light lace not to sticky.
S- Sweet roasted malts with hints of toffee and caramel...mostly malt, but nice floral hops too.
T- Light floral hops throughout the body, big roasted malts, slight sweetness....easy to drink and great for a session.
M/D- Hearty for a lager like the oktoberfests are supposed to be, moderate carbonation and medium in body. Great for the season...I probably bought about a case between september and noverber.

jameaterblues, May 30, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my Spaten 50cl mug.

A - beautiful amber, maple syrupy colour. 4 finger tan head with aggresive pour. Very cream thick head, retention is fantastic, lots of wonderful lacing.

S - lots of sweet munich malts, caramels, roasted almonds ,very much reminds me of Paulaner salvator.

T - lots of munich malts, sweet syrups, faint hazelnuts in the aftertaste. I also get a nice floral hoppiness, sublte grapefruits like an IPA, very subtle and well balanced.

M - Low carbonation, full mouthfeel, creamy

D- Superb drinkability, great balance between flavours. i really wish they made this in 50cl bottles, 33cl just isnt enough. However, to me its not a true marzen, there is far too much hoppy floral aroma and taste, but one i would definitely not turn down.

seanyfo, May 15, 2007
Photo of fank2788
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint
This beer pours a medium brown color with a great deal of red highlighting. The head is fairly small and fades to a thin layer of bubbles which laces a bit. The smell is biscuit like caramel and toasted malts with some spicy hoppiness, very pleasant. The taste is dominated by the strong grainy malty presence but also contains a good deal of bitterness and spice from german hops. This Oktoberfest is less sweet and more bitter than others that I've had in the past, I may prefer them to be a bit on the sweeter side. The mouthfeel is good, the body is full with lower levels of carbonation. The beer finishes dry with just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability here too, this is a well done beer maybe not my personal favorite but a good representative of the style.

fank2788, May 01, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, poured into a large wide tulip

Pours with an attractive rich copper body, rich amber highlights. Tight off white head, orangy tinted with good retention, forms about an inch thick. Lots of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, tonnes of rich bready malt, some butteriness on the nose, little bit of mustiness lingering around, some slight fresh grassy hops

Taste, crisp and bready, initially some euro hop bitterness followed by a chunk of rich biscuity malt. Some sweet caramel and slightly burnt sugar character, slight lingering hop bitterness on the finish

A very drinkable marzen, well interpreted by the Brooklyn brewery.

cypressbob, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown body with a creamy, frothy off-white head. Please, let's get ready to enjoy ourselves!

Smell: That's a nice malty aroma -- pleasantly toasty, with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Also, its somewhat fruity, with faint notes of peach puree.

Taste: Malty, sweet flavor that's notably doughy with hints of citrus and peaches that eventually crosses over into a dry, though quite restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body further padded with a nice creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: With a rich, complex array of flavors, and an ease of drinkability, this, to me, is one of the better American Oktoberfests.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love any October fest beer. Brooklyn beer has a keeper here, I just wish they would make a new label and match it to the other beers.

Pours a nice amber color, some lacing in the glass.
Aroma is caramel and some hops.
Taste is little sweet and slight taste of hops.
Mouth feel is sweet
Nice beer, I look forward for October to drink beer.

auxiliary, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An amber pour, with an off-white head. It all floats away eventually, but not too soon.

Not much to play around with on the nose, but there are traces here & there of caramel & taffy. A quiet rush of bitterness & alcohol fills your cavities at the end of each breath. There is more of a sense of freshness then with the other oktoberfests I've tried.

Quite steady, with very low carbonation. Coy & surprisingly reserved in the malt department, hops introduce each swig, before entrusting the aftertaste to something more expected. Finally, a good amount of malt.

Lighter in body & flavor then other märzen style beers, the focal point seems to be more focused on drinkability, which is excellent.

PEBKAC, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice looker for an Ofest. Pours amber orange with a 2 finger tightly wound head of ivory. Decent retention and some thin lace left behind.

Smell again for an O-fest is top notch. Thick with a caramel malt core, with the slightest floral hop for a nice round bouquet.

This one falls off a little in the taste department. Very straightforward and one dimensional. The rich chewy malt of the nose isn't so rich in the mouth. It's mainly just an aftertaste. This may be slightly too carbonated and it's covering up much of the flavor and balance. Drying hop on the ending but nothing really stands out about this beer.

mcallister, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn- Oktoberfest

Appearance- Golden orange with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing down throughout the glass.
Smell- Big creamy malt, caramel, marzipan, and vanilla.
Taste- Tasty vanilla caramel malt dominates this beer. Sweet candy like flavors are subtle in the end.
Mouthfeel- Big chewy flavor throughout. The slightest of dryness in the end.

Overall- A delicious Oktoberfest. I was given a leftover 6 pack from a party and think this was a excellent score. Too bad this is a seasonal!

NJpadreFan, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of normZurawski
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good looking pour, darkish red. Aroma pretty good but nothing stands out. Same with the taste, decent but nothing screamingly amazing. Average mouthfeel as everything fades rapidly. Good drinkability as it's a fairly innocent beer. Not amazing but not bad. Not bad.

normZurawski, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of DrainBamage
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper color with a lace of head. Carbonation is minimal on this one. I can barely see any bubbles. Smells of scotch and roasted malts. Goes down smooth with a hint of hops in the aftertaste and more carbonation than it seems initially. The is probably the best oktoberfest I've had and if there more bubbles I could see myself giving this all 5's.

DrainBamage, Dec 02, 2006
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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