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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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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 PerroGrande
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to the expected amber of an Oktoberfest. Modest head fades quickly leaving only mild hints of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lightly scented - definitely some hint of malt and some spices that call autumn to mind (perhaps a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon?).

Taste: I have to admit being slightly underwhelmed. Was hoping for a bit more character and focus from this brew. Not to say that the taste is bad -- not at all. It is, however, very subtle. I pick up some spices initially, followed by subtle caramel character, with a slight hint of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability: Good. Very pleasing overall, but not thrilling to me. It certainly is a drinkable brew and very refreshing. A good football beer.

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

Its about that time! Autumn's bounty is upon us... despite the 85 degree temps and the fact that it is still late August. However nothing gets you in the mood for fall faster than a couple pints of your favorite Oktoberfest, pumpkin, or harvest ale. My first of the season is a selection from our pals at Brooklyn.

This fella pours a copper amber with a rather effervescent, off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Hazy in color with some bright orange highlights.

Sweet buttery grain in the nose and a mild huskiness. Caramel and biscuit maltiness. Mellow but pronounced.

Very well balanced in the flavor department although a bit on the mild side. An understated metallic/spice note is welcomed in this case and often characteristic of the style. Again sweet biscuity malt with some mild spicey hops. A really nice representation of the style though. Tasty and very enjoyable.

Bright and smooth on the palate with a tamed yet refreshing level of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Pleasant throughout.

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Octoberfest beer of 2009. The color is a light amber/copper. Not a huge head and it settles rather quickly leaving a thin ring and little lacing. Smells of sweet, toasted malt. Maybe a bit of caramel in there. Faint hoppy smell. Taste follows the nose: Starts off a little toasty and the sweetness follows. Light fruit taste, though I can't really place what fruit is there. The taste is well balanced, though not particularly strong. Smooth mouthfeel without a lot of carbonation. Leaves a moderate amount of malty stick in the mouth, but drinks pretty easy. Overall it's a decent Octoberfest.

Photo of JMD
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich copper color with 2 inch that leaves nice lacing.

S: Bisquity malt, and carmel sweetness. Some light hops as well.

T: Sourdough bread and bisquits. Followed by sweet carmel and brown sugar. Finishes with a soft hop bite.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: This is a solid Oktoberfeat from Brooklyn Brewery. Good flavor and character, I could easily drink quite of few of these.

Photo of nickynick
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Oktoberfest poured a very nice full amber, with a nice tan head, and good lacing. The smell showed good malt, caramel, and hops. The taste seemed full of minerals, but only showed faint malt flavors. The taste was very balanced with the hops and malt, however it lacked a bit of sweetness for my taste, but was not an unpleasant flavor by any means. Mouthfeel was good, very nice crisp carbonation. Drinkability was nice. Overall this was a decent Ofest, I enjoyed it, but again it lacked sweetness for me. I would not turn one down. Also, I am glad that the 2009 Ofests are here!

Photo of MeadMardigan
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light caramel color with white head, clings weakly

S: sweet barley with faint hops

T: similar to smell; primarily sweet; hops appear more as a pinching sensation on the tongue than a taste

M: light carbonation; feels thin

D: drinks well, but not all too interesting; if Oktoberfest is primarily about quantity, rather than quality, this beer is spot on in that it is pleasing enough in the offing without distracting from moving on to another round

Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice golden-amber color w/ a thick off-white cap which takes a bit to dissipate into ring of lace that lightly covers my stange
S- not a strong aroma, some bready cereal grains, a faint toasty, nutty undertone, a trace of alcohol evident as well as some diacetyl, little to no hop aromas detected
T- taste similar to smell, cereal-like pilsn malts prevail, giving way to a slightly bittersweet nutty darker toasted grain flavor midway, just a hint of buttery diacetyl and dark fruit in the finish
M- a rich med. body and quite a bit sweeter & thicker than german varieties with a fair amount of co2
D- a very drinkable brew, nothing wrong w/ this one just not very memorable is all...

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my dimpled mug. Appears a slightly hazed rich apricot color with about two fingers of creamy, tight foam. Nose and flavor is of toasted grains, caramel malts, fall fruits such as apples and pears, and bread. Very malt forward, as it should be. I had no problem making it to the bottom of my mug. Worth a try.

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

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a simple red label with a blue diamond border that has "Oktoberfest" in gold letters. By the name of the beer is where you'll find the Brooklyn "B." The neck label is where you'll find a large paragraph. This paragraph talks about the history of the style, the beer itself, and where to find the brewery.

I poured this Brooklyn beer into a Victory pint glass. This Oktoberfest poured a light copper color with a small tint of amber mixed in with it. On top of this beer was a fizzy head of bubbles. You'd think a fizzy head of foam wouldn't leave anything behind, but it did manage to leave behind a tiny string of white rings and about 3 spots of lace.

The aroma was malty and fruity at the same time with toasted malts, a tiny speck of sweet caramel, and juicy fruits. The most noticeable fruits in that bunch was the green apples and the pear. Swirling it around will only decrease the malts and increase the fruits. A simple pleasant aroma.

Well, it tasted like an Amber Lager. The taste was crispy and slightly malty with toasted caramel malts and juicy fruits. My taste buds couldn't pick out one single fruit. They all blended into each other to create one big fruit taste. There was no hop bitterness in this beer. There wasn't even the slightest hint of hops in here. Since there was no hop bitterness, I guess that makes this beer a standard Oktoberfest.

This was a light bodied beer with a gentle aftertaste of toasted malts and a slight hint of juicy fruits. Not much there, but it is an easy drinking beer.

The Oktoberfest style is my favorite, but I really did like Brooklyn's interpretation of the style. I could see myself drinking a liter of this beer during Oktoberfest.

Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium copperish color with an averaged size off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, and some breadiness. Tastes of the same toastiness, caramel and bready. Definitely on the malty side.

Notes from and tasted on: 12/09/07

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into pint glass to show a burnt orange and red accent color, gentle finger plus white head with minimal lacing and a small cap.

S: The nose was very small on this one with not much malt presence detectable. You get whiffs of yeast but for the most part the aroma is sublte.

T: The flavor makes me think that Garrett has not looked at what the boys are doing up in the Utica plant. The overall body is quite week and reminded me of a Dos Equis or a Vienna style lager rather than a Marzen. Swirls of yeast and a mineral theme mixed around but nothing that stands out.

M: Very thin and moving towards the watery style. I normally only pick up the limited batches from Brooklyn and expect this Oktoberfest is on a macro style for a larger audience. Not impressed at all.

Photo of Vendetta
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 7, 2008

Slight malty aroma. Pours deep bronze with a huge, fluffy head that leaves a solid lacing down the glass. Looks lively, carbonated. Taste is malty, not as much bready yeastiness as some of the German counterparts, some sweet caramel there. A little bit too carbonated, aside from that the palate is adequate. Good marzen, but there are better out there.

Photo of kevd193213
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Brownish amber pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with some bread and caramel. Nice light finish, lacks the sharpness that most Oktoberfests display which is a plus or minus depending on your tastes. Really sweet for an Oktoberfest but style aside a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Drew966
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer pours an amber color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is nice and malty, a touch of hops and a biscuit like malt finish. This is definitely a decent Oktoberfest, worth a try.

Photo of sbe1
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty attempt at an Octoberfest beer.

Appearance: Dark clear copper color with foamy off-white head that leaves a small amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt and crisp apple, faint hop aroma.

Taste: Clean light hop notes, malt and caramel, a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing with low carbonation.

Drinkability: very good. Goes great with pizza.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A: The beer poured a really nice clear dark amber, kind of red, kind of brown, color with a slightly off-white to white compact head. Easy 2 finger pour, but the head dissipated quickly, but a thin layer was left for the entire beer.

S: The aroma of the beer was of roasted malt with a slight sweetness to it, molasses perhaps? The hops were also present, but barely.

T: Robust roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness and the hops in to really give the beer good balance.

M/D: The beer had a light body to it, smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation was good, may have a touch too much water to it, but this was the only part of the beer that it really fell down, or it could have just been the bottle. Left a dry aftertaste. Overall, a good beer and one that I will probably keep on stock during the fall.

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent brown with some apricot highlights. About a half finger head that sticks around. Some pretty nice lacing. Nose is a bit bland - wet wood.

Taste is pleasant, earthy malts with a slight hop background. Beer is full and creamy - nice and suddy. This guy is flavorful and a solid beer.

Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice deep copper color with only about an inch's worth of head. This then dissipates within a minute or so. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell is fairly basic. Some roasted characteristics, some caramel. A little grassy hop smell as well.

The taste far surpasses the look and smell. This is a really good marzen. Nice roasted caramel taste with a nice complement of hop bitterness. Some spice characteristics as well. Balance is fair. Mild bitter aftertaste.

I've grown to really like the oktoberfest/marzen style, and this one hits the mark. I will seek this out again next year.

Photo of odietrying
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into 20 oz. pint glass

A: A clear copper with thick, strong lacing. The head sticks around.

S: Smells like... caramel?

T: Sweet malt upfront, not very bitter with hops. Nothing grabs me.

M: Carbonation ok, maybe a little light. Nothing special.

D: Maybe worthwhile, not great, but worthwhile.

Photo of tmitch75
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love all things Brooklyn (Brewery, not necessarily the borough as I haven't been there), so I was excited when I came across this here in Chicagoland. Definitely the first year I've seen it here and I love the style so I had to grab it!

Rusty amber color with great bright clarity. White 2-finger head drops to about 1/8" and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

Toasty nose with an unusual but pleasant nuttiness and mild grassy hop notes.

Caramelly sweet and roasty malt profile with a slight non-descript bitterness. Full bodied with a nice crisp finish.

This beer is good all the way around and well worth a try, I could drink this all year round.

Tasted on 11/9/08.

Photo of sethmeister
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing crystal clear brassy amber with a light tan head which disappears rapidly. No lace.

Scent is toasty bread and caramel malt with a very light floral note.

Taste is, of course, malty with toasty and caramel notes. A lightly fruity flavor. Mildly dry with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouth is robust for a marzen lager with light tingling carbonation.

Drinkability is good.

A very drinkable American Oktoberfest with a slightly bigger body and a stronger hop profile. I enjoyed it.

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

Brooklyn Octoberfest...on-tap at Barfly

Appearance-dark orange almost ruby color, really fizzy head sticky lace circles around the top of the glass.

Smell-spice and malt dominate the aroma, pleasent smell, some peppery hop flavor as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty through and through, spicy hops are around the entire time but the malt still dominates, alcohol does appear as this is a little strong but overall well balanced. Goes down really well.

Drinkability-a little strong I think but it tastes good and is really smooth, no complaints.

Overall-good version of the style, while I am dismayed that everyone has to do an Octoberfest in the same style I can't complain about Brooklyn's. It's really well made, strong flavored and smooth.

Photo of treble
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just love this beer because it's really that drinkable, in a pint glass-it's good poured from the bottle and it's even better on tap, looove it on tap!

It's a pumpkin ale type of orangish in color, not the most attractive color, but only because it is not a pumpkin ale, the slight head fades fairly quickly. There is lacing as the liquid descends, though it is thin and sparse.

The smell is very pleasant, comforting, of malt, and is light and round. It's taste reflects the smell, very beautifully malty, sweet but not sugary, though caramels and biscotti are noticable. I wouldn't consider this a dessert beer, though it is a little sweet, but with all the food that fall offers, it goes well with both dinner as well as a harvest dessert.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, not overly carbonated but just enough. If you're a slow drinker, it may taste a little flat at the end. Absolutely drinkable, although it is on the sweeter side. I am usually a dark beer drinker, this is complex enough, and alluring in its flavors to be your only choice for the entire night.

Photo of baos
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Reddish iced tea looking with a three finger head. Head retention is good with very nice lacing.

S: Maltiness with a tinge of hops in there. Very faint spice of Thanksgiving dinner two blocks away.

T: Powered unsweetened iced tea. Super dry on the git go and even dryer on the finish. Faint caramel malts and hints of hoppiness. Really dry.

M: Pretty nice.

D: Not too bad. Seems too dry tonight but I'm sure me taster is off a tad.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice session beer for the fall season. It's a little high on alcohol for a session beer, but it is very drinkable and refreshing. Dark amber in color, this beer pours a decent head. The aroma is mild but malty, and the taste is malty but a bit bland. The label claims this is brewed in the Marzen style. Of course, that's what you normally expect from an Oktoberfest, but this one is a bit drier than most, with a bit wimpier mouthfeel and a little less flavorful that I would like to have in a Marzen. Still, overall, a nice drinkable beer.

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