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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of AltBock
3.52/5  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 -4.4%
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
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +12.6%
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 +0.3%
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
4.07/5  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
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
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
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears an orange-copper color with a big, creamy two inch thick off-white head. Leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is like most other Oktoberfests. Sweet caramel, toasty, biscuity, with a faint spiciness.

Taste kicks off with some caramel and biscuit tones, then a bunch of spicy and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, good crisp carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Very good Oktoberfest. One of the better American ones that I've had.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/29/08.

Pours a deep clear copper color with a finger of whitish head. The head dropped quickly to a thin layer, no lacing. Aroma is sweet toasted caramel-ish malt.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet toasted caramel malt, malty biscuit, and a bit of butterscotch. Slight floral hop presence. Taste is rather simple but pretty good. Feel is pretty good. Crisp with ample carbonation. Light-medium body, not real heavy at all. Drinkability is very good. The taste is nice and it just goes down so easily. Very sessionable.

Pretty good for the style. I'd recommend it.

Photo of scottg
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber color with red hues and a one finger white cloudy head made up of little bubbles with good retention and great lacing down the glass. Malty caramel and chocolate aromas combine with stone fruit. Lots of caramelized malt flavor with some chocolate, fruity yeast and light lemon hop flavors. Medium body, medium carbonaion, this is a very smooth mouth cleansing beer. Upon finishing one, you reach for another.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear coppery amber with a half inch frothy off white head which faded quickly leaving minimal oily lacing.

Smell has a slight metallic tang with clean scent of grassy hops and some caramel malt.

There is a butterscotch character to the malt, forward on the tongue, and the malt does not come across as overly sweet. As in the smell there is a slight metallic aftertaste along with the strong hop bittering on the finish. Perhaps omewhat chalky as well. Improves a fair amount on warming.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, smooth and somewhat oily with a nice amount of carbonation. Seems a little watery.

Drinkability is not as high as I might have hoped for in an Oktoberfest and not as balanced as others I've tried so far this season. I would prefer a bit more malt body and complexity. Otherwise not a bad beer. As others have noted it's very much in style of the German Oktoberfests. Note: After drinking several of these I have revised my rating of it, quite drinkable and would definitely have again.

Photo of beernut
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice amber/copper color with a 1-inch off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Good carbonation throughout. Aroma of sweet malt, bread and hop, maybe some toasted coffee as well. Taste is crisp. malty, toffee with some hop. Mouthfeel maybe is somewhat bready, almost chewy. Still a good oktoberfest.

Photo of biggred1
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ruby amber color with a very fine off white head that settles into a thin cap of suds that leave good lace on the glass. Nice fresh roasted coffee and sweet molasses fill the nose. Tastes like the real thing only fresher than I can get in the U.S., big and flavorful maltiness typical of the style. Nice roasty quality comes out as it warms slightly. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A very well made fest beer that really tastes more Euro than most. Worth checking out.

Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ron's in Exton.

Poured a clear coppery amber with 1 finger of slightly off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of caramel, bread malts, butter, and floral hops. Tastes of light citrus up front then butterscotch, and caramel malt for a sweet solid backbone. Finishes with a nice crisp blast of floral hops. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a nice crisp finish. Easy to drink, goes down quickly and is easy to session.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Where in the world is Garret Oliver? Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a lighter red hue throughout. A good soft white head that does hide to the edge of the glass for some time before fading completely. Not much lacing though.

The nose is more on par with a macro-European O-fest. Noticeable Vienna and Pils notes. Would like more of a malt backing and with some Munich notes. Malt comes out somewhat but rather soft for style. Mostly clean yeast aromas but some acetaldehyde on the back side. Not bad but I do pick it up.

The taste is below par as well. The malt is light with more of a Vienna flavor with a hint of Pils and Munich. Really lacks the depth and maltiness that I expect for style. There is a chalky like flavor as well in the finish that I usually associate with gypsum. Some light mineral notes as well. Some minor yeasty notes, but nothing over the top.

The body is really lacking for style. More on par of the macro-Ero style where it's a bit wispy and really lacking the Munich notes. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed.

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