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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of pezoids


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
Photo of mschofield


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

Pours a dark amber, topped with a three finger rocky light tan head, leaves puffy webs of lacing.
Rich malty aroma, bread, earthy and herbal notes.
Rich malty taste, bread, toffee, earthy, caramel and herbal notes.
Medium bodied, good straightforward smooth oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 12:37:26 | More by mschofield
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Lightly gauzy pumpkin-copper capped by a lush head of rich, ecru colored foam. The cap was fairly large after a spirited pour and is only now, at the several minutes mark, beginning to flag. Random splotches of lace find their way to the glass, although it isn't as extensive a display as I had hoped.

The aroma is somewhat disappointing in that it lacks strength and distinctiveness. It consists of barely toasted caramel malt with a meager contribution from earthy-spicy hops. There's really nothing in the nose to act as a focal point and, as such, it wanders a bit.

Better, more confident beer on the palate. Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a member of the sweet and malty Oktoberfest school as opposed to the bitter and dry one. It does dry out on the back end however. The flavor has a great deal in common with sweet tea, while fruity, spicy hops keep thing interesting and in relative balance. The body/mouthfeel is solidly medium and holds up well throughout.

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest is a worthwhile take on the style. While I haven't been too impressed with their beer in the past, this one is tasty and drinkable. I'm drinking it a bit out of season, but it's a pleasant reminder of those long gone, crisp October afternoons. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 15:22:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, see through brown hue with a thin dissolving head; minimal lacing if any to be noted. Has a toasted malt and bready nose. Sharp, grainy and some oats noted in the body; some green apple notes in the beginning as well. Medium-bodied, thinly carbonated, body is sweet, warmness gives way to some spicy hop offerings. Smooth and satisfying mouthfeel; clean palate; a wonderful offering!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 02:59:20 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of JackTheRipper


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

My first review in over four months, please be kind to me O Mighty Beer Gods...
A: Light copper in color, very clear. Minimal head of beige suds. No lacing to be seen.
S: Nice crusty wheat bread is the first thing that comes to mind. There's a strange sort of medicinal smell that can just barely be found with my nose way deep in the glass (my lucky Stella glass).
T: Tastes are bold but quick, if you catch my meaning. Initially presents as a twangy sharp taste which quickly gives way to a toasted grain taste. Finish is a nice sweetness. No real hops to be noticed.
M: The taste is sharp, but it feels very smooth. Medium body, dry finish. Carbonation might be a bit too high, but only if you can measure to about three decimal places. I want to say that the alcohol level is too high, but I haven't had a beer in months, so I won't.
D&N: A nice Marzen (brewed in March, guess I know the roots of that name now) by a top notch brewer. Oh, and don't drink this one right out of the fridge, let it warm up a bit, as with all good beers, it really brings out the deeper flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 01:56:08 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, rustic amber/ochre, slim fizzy head, stripping down to a thin wafer.
Earthy, vegetal nose, mildly malty, a bit quiter than I'd like.
rich and tasty in the mouth, though, and very pleasant on the palate. a sweet thing, easily passed by the lips and down the hatch, but utterly unmemorable. Medium bodied, at best, with a quick, indifferent finish.
This has all the earmarks of a decent Oktoberfest, but does nothing to make itself more than that,... thorughly rudimentary, adequately average.
(Wish I could summon up more enthusiasm to match some of the other reviews, but it's not in me for this one, sorry.)

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 11:30:50 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of twelvsies


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

Dark reddish brown color, ,little to no head. Very sweet, nutty, roasty toasty scent to this one, very inviting, very Oktober. Taste isn't quite as full as the smell seemed to suggest, but it's good. That sweet nutty taste is definately there, just not as bold as I would've hoped. Maybe a little watery. Definately a drinkable brew though and tasty, but I wish this beer would just be a little more flavorful, cause it smelled oh so good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 04:23:03 | More by twelvsies
Photo of necoadam


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had to be one of the better octoberfest beers out there. A nice surprise.

Pours out a maroon/orangish color with a nice head that goes to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of toasted malts with some grains and a touch of hops. I thought it was a little bit weak though, I would of liked to see the flavors jump out more in the nose department.

Taste was good though. A good malty backbone to this brew. A tad on the sweet side, but not to worry, it won't be cloying or overbearing by any means. Some hops show up towards the end, but the graininess blends in as well to tame the hops. This was pretty good.

Went down too fast. A terrific brew and one of the better octoberfest/marzen's out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 21:01:46 | More by necoadam
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orange amber color. The head is tannish and rocky, about an inch thick that leaves a good amount of sticky lace. The lace patterns are very nice.

The aroma is faintly sweet and citrusy. The taste is quite hoppy for a Marzen, which was a nice surprise. The hop flavor was in the low to medium range, which gave it a nice bitter aftertaste. The first taste is pretty mild, however. Overall, a pretty decent beer. Haven't had a bad Brooklyn beer yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 02:22:14 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of PatandDavid


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of two Brooklyn offerings I had this past week at Redbones. Pour was a slightly cloudy amber, topped with a white frothy head. I am noticing some spice in the aroma (more of the subdued nutmeg variety). Tastewise, this is all about the malt, except for some spice in the finish (again, nutmegy). Mouthfeel is medium - (almost thin). I'm not sure if it's spice I am getting, or something intriguing from the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2004 19:35:23 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of talkingpoints


3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Oktoberfest offering from Brooklyn was my favorite of the season and I have tried all that I can get in Northeast, CT. The beer explodes with the foam cloud opening which always gets me going because I expect a great taste to follow and their was no dissapointment to be found, but a lot of thrills. The malts and hop combined for a creamy taste with some slight bitterness which made me think this is what a German Oktoberfest style beer should taste like. I didn't like this beer last year so my lovefest with it this year should be a hint to run out and try one before the season is over. Update 2007 offering not as good, need to review this again in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 13:46:13 | More by talkingpoints
Photo of aquatonex

New York

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

My fourth Oktoberfest-style this year so far. Also, my first of Brooklyn's offerings.

Dark amber with a little frothy head that lingers a bit. Smells of malt and hops with a slight notice of spice. Looks and smells warm and inviting. The balance of malt and hops was a little off, the hops were a bit more present forcing the beer into the 'bitter' realm of Oktoberfest. However, the spices were still there enough to notice, which is good. This beer was good quality, very consistent and smooth. I'd like to try their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2004 15:40:18 | More by aquatonex
Photo of Hibernator


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of the Brooklyn 2004 Oktoberfest during my last trip to NYC.

Presentation is out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a beautiful front label decorated in a nice Fall burnt orange color.

I served this beer in a glass. Attractive white head presented on top. Spotted sticky lacings left marks on the sides of the glass. Copperish orange in color.

Aroma of toasted malt and maly sweetness.

Very clean and crisp overall with an excellent blend of a strong malt backbone and sweetness. Finish has a mini hop presence and caramel sweetness.

Tasty Oktoberfest ! You could have told me this was an Oktoberfest from a German brewery and I would have no doubts. As usual, Garrett Oliver nails another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 23:32:17 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Naerhu


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

Beautiful rust red body. Thin off-white head. No visible carbination. Thick body of lacing.
Fresh US earthy hiding. Chocolate-y toasty malt aroma dominates, though.
Surprisingly sweet, more malted milkball chocolate flavor. Tastes similar to many an alt I've had. Would have enjoyed a more hoppy (though non-characteristic hoppiness). Dry finish.
Rather small on the palate.
Fun little beer, nothing to come back to though. For the same season, I prefer their Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 15:50:22 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

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

Pours out a dark orange color with a small yet consistent head. Very nice aroma. The taste is great as well. Not too heavy, not too light. Feels great on the palate and is an extremely drinkable beer. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers that I have ever had. Brooklyn Brewery continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 23:05:21 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of NEhophead


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle decorated with an odd retro-looking label.

Foamy off white head with poor retention; some larger bubbles cling to the sides. Spotty lacing with pretty decent strength. Glowing mahogany in color.

A sweet caramel malt aroma with a whiff of alcohol.

An initial caramel sweetness followed by a crisp bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit floral with some roasted malt aspects.

Not as chewy as expected; much lighter on the palate than other Marzens. Evenly balanced and crisp, yet a bit thin.

Very drinkable version of the style. IMO this is just a slightly above average Marzen with nothing in terms of flavor that really make it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 22:34:56 | More by NEhophead
Photo of jvajda


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

Appearance: Redish brown color and a decent head.It really looks great.
Smell: Lemon and sour notes.
Taste: I'm not very familiar with this style, but this beer surprised me. It is sour and fruity with all kinds of Fall spices. I'll be sampling more of these for sure. This is a really thirst quenching beer.
Mouthfeel: This beer blossoms in the mouth.
Drinkability: Again, I'm new to Oktoberfest brews, but I liked this a lot and definitely see myself having another sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2004 06:04:15 | More by jvajda
Photo of farHillsBrewer


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition opened in October.
Poured with a lavish brown head which was easily fluffed up with a swirl of the glass. The color was copper-almost brown and clear.
Nose-wise this beer is pleasant with toasty malt and a bit of bitterness.
It went down real easy, practially disappearing before my eyes. Plenty of length on the caramel malt which kept offering the next pull. A touch of noble hops for balance and an overall excellent example of the fest style.
Best fest of the season so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 23:04:06 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

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

Pours a very carbonated clear amber with a thin short lived head. Minimal lacing. Smells doughy and sweet malt with a faint perfume of hops. Not at all what I had expected given the glowing reviews of some posters. A good solid beer, though not one I will go out of my way to find again. Slightly toasted malt in the taste but also overpowering yeasty taste. Not in balance in my opinion. Dry short finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 02:21:12 | More by Citadel82
Photo of rajendra82


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

This 12 oz. bottle was obtained courtesy of BeerAdvocate spiritdeus. The brown bottle released a beer with a reddish amber body, and a fizz of initial carbonation, but with no head to speak of. The aroma was very mild and can be at best described as floral and perfumey. The taste was sweet and bready malt driven and toasty, but the body was a bit too thin. There was a tangy lemony aftertaste that kept me coming back for more though. Smooth and drinkable, but could benefit from a touch less wateriness.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 03:44:24 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm still looking for a really good Oktoberfest/Märzen style brew. Most of the ones I've had are decent, but nothing special (Ayinger's version was the closest an O-Fest came to "wowing" me). I thought Brooklyn was going to be the one to truly open my eyes, but in the end the search continues...

Brooklyn's Oktoberfest pours a very nice reddish orange color with a one-finger foam which lasts for under a minute and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma was weak and unspectacular. Some caramel malts and some citric hops were detectable in limited quantities. The mouthfeel was crisp and moderately carbonated, but nothing memorable. In the flavor, the sweet caramel malts were definitely there, and a pronounced nuttiness was present thoughout the entire brew. Sounds nice, but the flavors didn't end up being too assertive (it almost seemed watery to me, but that's being harsh). There is a decent citric hop bitterness and dryness in the finish, which continues into the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found in this one.

A very average Oktoberfestbier. This is certainly drinkable, but it isn't somthing I'd really go out of my way to hunt down. Might be good with a pretzel and some spaetzle.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 08:27:47 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of maek228


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

appearance: dark copper, with a small head.

smell: i got some toffee and caramel.

taste: its that caramel and toffee again! damn this beer is marvelously malty.

mouthfeel: most beers dont have a mouthfeel that really stands out, but here we have a beer that is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. the maltiness just coats your mouth. excellent

drinkability: i could drink these till i get arrested for throwing a brick through a window

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 01:09:48 | More by maek228
Photo of shirfan

New York

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

Pours a standard oktoberfest ruddy orange, with sligtly off-white foam. Leaves a good amount of thin, clingy lace.

A leafy, earthy aroma, with a touch of citrus.

Taste is leafy, but not overly bitter hops, earthy malt, hints of lemon and mixed nuts in the background. A more-ish body that stays just chewy and creamy enough to keep interest high, without getting too thick.

Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 21:54:29 | More by shirfan
Photo of PopeJonPaul


2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, the new 2004 Oktoberfest is definitely different than the last two. Had this at the brewery premiere on 9/10/04.

Weird smell, more like an IPA than a Marzen, didn't really like the smell. Looked like the color of pine sap (a really cool, translucent amber.) Good carbonation, decent head.

Taste was also kind of bizzare ("smell is a big part of taste" is proven here.) Tastes like a spiced ale with pine nuts, filtered through a grassy knoll. Has a snappy hoppiness but kind of a thin, watery mouthfeel. Has the body of a summer beer, just too weird for me really to give it a thumbs-up, will have to go back for a second one to confirm.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2004 01:24:45 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of TinusTime


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

Pours a lovely amber with a tight white head.. The head lasts for a bit.. When it dies down it leaves a lovely ring around the head of the krug.. Smells of caramel and devild eggs, and caramel

Taste is malt and malt, Nice malt taste with a bit of caramel sugar and not much hop taste. Probably a more true Oktoberfest than what they serve at Oktoberfest. but then again cant have Matzens at the fest.. One of the best domestic fests.. Drank with Korean spiced Flanken Ribs and Chinese spiced chicken.. Wow What a combo..

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 04:57:10 | More by TinusTime
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