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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 57 | 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 hermesch
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with almost no head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Malt and the faintest trace of spices.

Taste: Begins sweet and malt heavy, very little hops or bitterness to speak of; refreshingly crisp, tasty, and finishes smooth with a light, pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Relatively dry with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable early fall beer that goes perfect with the start of the leaves changing, football season, and cooler winds. Enjoy!

hermesch, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.98/5  rDev +9%

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours a copper red, with lively carbonation. Not a whole lot of head. Maybe 1/2 a finger.

S: Malty. Has a toastiness to it, plus a spicy/buttery component that plays well with the toast flavor.

T: True to the aroma. Has a very mild pumpkin flavor at the front. The middle has a nicely buttered toast flavor, with some spice (cinnamon? cardamon?). Finish is nicely bitter. Bitterness is more prevalent in this beer than in, say, the Sam Adams Octoberfest.

M: For a lively-looking beer, it wasn't too tingly. Mouthfeel was just right; light-bodied.

D: Yeah, I could drink a few of these. This hit the spot on a cool day. I'll be drinking more of these this fall, for sure.

rarevos, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz - Pint glass from Brooklyn.

Awesome Oktoberfest, may favorite in a bottle by far.

Pour - orange, tan/off-white head. Great aroma, very clean and sweet smelling.

Taste; hard to classify this against other styles, but it is a medium creamy and smooth mild carbonation that hides all alcohol.

Very easy to drink, I haven't seen these bottles since October 2004 in stores. Started me drinking all of the other brands though.

Definitely worth a shot.


HimerMan, May 14, 2006
Photo of cooter
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer's major failing is in a lack of full-bodiedness. Other than that, it stands tall as mildly complex, certainly interesting and tasty.

It has one-quarter-coverage eggshell-colored head that can be conjured into fuller (but brief) being with a swirl, red-amber body.

It has a sharp, slightly hoppy front, with good carbonation, and a moderately smooth finish that is impressively creamy. Very crisp. Malt is moderate throughout, but stands out in a sweet, flavorful aftertaste. Somewhat sweet, tart, thin, and spicy throughout.

cooter, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a thin layer of head over a murky-brown-rust colored liquid. Smells of munich malt with caramel. Smooth wet sweet. A little bit of an O'fest funk. Well done so far. Taste is quite simple. Wet sweet caramel and a touch of tang. Some toasted malts and perhaps a touch of tannin. Cardboard and peanut butter with searching. Md body and moderate carbonation. Simple yet quite enjoyable.

mentor, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a clear orangeish copper with a thin ivory head. No lace. Smells of caramel malt, richly malty. Faint citrusy hops and lightly smoky.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. A solid hop profile underneath the malt. A bit sour oddly enough. Mouth is quite sticky and sweet. This is decent but too sweet for more than a couple.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

2012 Release
Kind of disappointed in this year's release: not bready or toasty enough, and generally just seems a bit weak relative to past experiences and the German originals.
Looks good: long-lasting head with some better-than-modest lacing and a transparent, copper orange body.
Aroma is a bit of toasted bread and fresh white bread, fairly unassertive and nondescript.
Taste is malty: toast and toffee with undertones of raspberry and European hop bitterness.

I aged a bottle for a year and am trying the result now.

The appearance is mostly the same, but I'd describe the color as more of copper with orange highlights. The nose is of toasted malt, bread, and slight diacetyl, which adds a bit of interest and gives this a bit of a doppelbock aroma. The taste still has a solid malt backbone with some bready aspects and an upfront hop bitterness to temper it all. The floral aspects I mentioned earlier have largely disappeared.
It was worth a try aging this one, was wondering if anything anything would surface. Not bad after a year, but I see no reason not to drink this fresh.

A: Is able to pour a relatively tall head out of the bottle, which is bone-white in color. Fades quickly to a ring around the glass, which also produces modest lacing after a sip. Beer is burnt-copper in color, translucent.

S: Toasted malt and bread scents abound. Not any detectable hop presence. Maybe a little weak here, could be a bit bolder or more pronounced.

T: Nice caramel malt backbone with slightly floral and bitter hops in the finish. A solid beer that gives you all it has upfront, trying to hide little.

M: Medium-heavy body with adequate carbonation. The hops used lead to a dry finish that invites going back for more.

D: Excellent drinkability between the nice maltiness and the average alcohol profile. Could definitely have more than one of these in a sitting. Probably my favored US marzen, perhaps the most comparable to a German one that I've had.

A: Pouring produces an off-white, one finger head that decreases to a light film with a ring of lacing along the sides. Murky, with active carbonation. The beer bears the traditional deep amber or golden brown Oktoberfest color. Clumbs of lacing temporarily stick to the sides of the glass after each sip.
S: Very malty nose, strong toasted bread scent with a sweetness that belies caramel malt origins. No detectable hop presence.
T: Rich, toasted grain flavor with a caramel sweetness that dominates the presentation. There's a very light hop finish with a slight alcohol twist at the end.
M: Medium-light body with a just-there carbonation. Nothing terribly special in regards to mouthfeel.
D: A well-produced and quite drinkable beer with a malty, traditional Oktoberfest taste that has a bit of a twist in its deep, caramel sweetness.

falloutsnow, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%

I usually like Octoberfests, I'll be honest. Brooklyn beers have been very kind to me in terms of taste, variety, and quality too. Been to the brewery a few times for various events, and I love the staff that runs the place. I say this because I bought this Octoberfest expecting a full, robust taste and a reminder of the warmer days of autumn that have since passed. Unfortunately, this beer just didn't do it for me.

It wasn't the worst I've had - poured a nice rich brown bordering on cinnamon and mahogany. About a finger's worth of head and an understated but gentle nose with the trademark marzen smell to it. The taste just wasn't as nice as I expected. A bit too watery, with not enough aftertaste, breadiness, or spice to it. It's very gentle, but this is an Octoberfest. I expect to be surprised and to feel nice and warm afterwards.

This is a beer you could chug down, which is not how I associate Brooklyn's brews. A bit too metallic and as a few other reviewers have stated, even a bit of olive in the aftertaste. The bottle says it's an amber lager but I would tweak the tone down and notes up if I had to redo this. Only worth a shot to compare to other Octoberfests, and sadly enough, it makes me wish for the other Brooklyn seasonals.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +11%

appearance: The head is thin and white, and the beer is a slightly hazy medium copper.

smell: Plenty of lightly nutty German malt aroma. A light spiciness from the hops is noticeable. Some light banana bread aroma.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium and the body on the lighter end of medium.

taste: Sweet and maltly, but lightly so. Just enough hop bitterness to provide some roundness. Very clean all around

drinkability: tasty and extremely drinkable

A good representation of the oktoberfest style. It brings to mind many comparisons to German brewed oktoberfests. Plenty of aroma and flavor to keep it interesting.

blackie, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest is the most beautiful in appearance of a recent sampling I did of several American Fest brews… a deep mahogany hue with a creamy head and aromas of whiskey and honey. Those aromas come through in the flavor as well, with the initial sweetness of clover honey, whiskey and even a hint of maple. There’s a chewy, doughy middle to this one that leads into a gradually building bitterness. Subtle floral and grassy flavors come through from the hops. It has a round, full mouthfeel, with a slightly syrupy thickness. Overall, the most complex of the American Fests we tried, and the most comparable to the German originals.

apintofknowledge, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of redwolf1
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle I got from a friend of mine. A rather pale copper color, very murky, cloudy. Almost reminded me of apple cider or iced tea or even a dark Hefeweizen (it was so cloudy). Very poor head retention with next to no lacing at all. Quite crisp and a little bland from the amount of carbonation present, but any hint of roasted malts or hops is very hidden. Give it some time and a fruity character (apple cider again?!) and a smooth maltiness emerge, but the blandness kicks in then. You wouldn't want to take your time with this one; it's not a sipping beer in which the flavors become more robust with time. Just slightly above average for my taste.

redwolf1, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

Cloudy orange color with very thin head that goes flat right away. OK flow of carbonation bubbles. Smell is a very mild bready. Taste is also bready. Almost no hops character to speak of but that is appropriate for the style. Mouthfeel is thin. I can't really recomend this beer. Just a slighly above average across the board. Nothing really wrong with it but it has no backbone.

beermanbrian, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of tommy78
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Had this beverage at the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Cafe at Newark Airport. I was a bit surprised to see this on-tap. I had it in a tall Pilsner, which revealed a nice amber colour to it. The armor was average, nothing outstanding or memorable. It tasted malty instantly, though it ended a bit bland. I expected a more hoppy ending. Easy on the inside; I was able to polish off the Pilsner in short time. I wouldn't go after it again, however, I would like to try it at the Brooklyn Brewery plant to see if it would have the same effect on me.

tommy78, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of TheConstitution
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

I had this on tap the other day and wasn't impressed (probably a bad tap), but after picking it up in a bottle I changed my mind.

Pours a nice amber color with a thin head which dissipates quickly but manages to cling to the side of the glass. It's translucent when held up to the light.

The flavor begins sweet and malty and finishes hoppy, but not bitter. It is at once both fruity and muddy (but taken with a good connotation). The glass maintained its flavor from start to finish, a testament to the consistency. It had sharp bubbles of carbonation, which were a minor put-off for mouthfeel that opposed its otherwise smooth flavor.

I’d like to try it again on tap somewhere else to re-compare the two.

TheConstitution, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

One of the better October offerings I've had. Medium amber topped with an off-white frothy head that faded quickly. Malt a bread on the nose, perhaps some brown sugar, light and pleasant. Taste was more of the same with a bigger kick of sugar/caramel. Taste remained constant over the tongue, no real aftertaste, not overwhelming with typical steak & potatos food. Good feed and quite drinkable.

packetknife, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

I've always been a Brooklyn supporter although it seems they've gotten a little too big lately, I'd hate to see them pull a Sam Adams and basically turn into a pseudomacro.
Their Oktoberfest pours a slightly cloudy dark copper with some minor head and a tasty scent with a mix of hops and malt. Delicious full flavor with a nice balance of hops and malt with a round mouthfeel and a terrific pleasantly bitter aftertaste
This is a really good example of an Oktoberfest Marzen, a hoppy, tasty, attractive beer with a nice finish. Seems my report of the demise of Brooklyn is premature, which is outstanding news.

daliandragon, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of PSUDREW
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Was pleasently surprised by this brew, recently, being inundated w/ O-fests, this one seems...refreshing. I don't know why, but it does.

Pours a nice amber color. Tanish head, kinnda frothy, and laces as it goes down. Kinnda fading grassy nose.

Taste is pretty simple. Nice malty upfront, that quickly rounds out in a sliughtly hoppy finish. There is a slight hop aftertaste that tails off with some maltyness. Kind of a nice Vice versa. Pretty drinkable, and a bonus becuase the flavors blens so well

PSUDREW, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a clear copper-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, foamy head that doesn’t last too long before fading to a thin film. Very little lacing. The smell is quite malty, of course, with earthy aromas of caramel, bread, light flowers and nuts and a little apple. The taste is a bit sweet, with caramel being most notable, but the roasted malts are backed up nicely by a grassy hop bitterness. This one was enjoyable. I love a good, big, maltoberfest, but this one has more balance than I’ve been finding this year. Nicely done.

ski271, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

An easy drinkable beer. Some hop and carbonation. Malty and carmel finish. Light mouthfeel. amber colour and a little off-white head.Dry slightly astringent aftertaste. Certainly not the best representative of this style I have had. Just boring and nothing special.

Sammy, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of ikats
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Amber in color. Average tan head that is quick to dissipate. Nice toasted malt aroma. Not too powerful, just enough to let its presence known, and to make you wanna taste this offering. The taste builds up on aroma. More toasted malr. Light carbonation tickles the tongue. Hops are in the back providing just enough power not to make this beer too sweet. Has a somewhat dry finish, although sweetness stays on the lips. Medium body.

Brooklyn doesn't disappoint me in this offering. This is a very drinkable beer. Perfect as a session beer. I think I'll pick up another six-pack or two before they are all out.

ikats, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a couple of spots of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread and caramel malt on the nose

Taste: Bready start with a distinct caramel character; complemented by a surprisingly bitter, almost apple tart element by mid-palate that lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable, but I am not really a fan of the style

brentk56, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

From a bottle into a tulip glass, it pours a dark copper color with 1/2 cm cream colored head that doesn't stick around too long. A thin eggshell thin edge layer develops.

Aroma is of sour granny smith apples with some nice earthiness- some earthy hops and maybe a twang of alcohol on the nose.

Sipping reveals a lot of fruit up front with some malty sugar...very mild aftertaste and some slight hops on the finish. Maybe some drying on the finish, but I think that'd be pushing it a bit.

Very crisp brew. Reminds me of crumbling leaves on the ground. Decent carbonation but fruity and smooth enough to help kill some of that bubbly feeling...very light in body as well.

Very easy and tasty to drink...Brooklyn just knows how to brew a nice beer.

Fish113d, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

An easy drinker. Orange/ruby/golden color with a little head that leaves a thin rim around the edges. Smells lemony and citrusy, with a hint of nutmeg around the edges.

Taste is mild and simple- spicy, zesty- simple. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, sudsy, and easy to drink, once again. Drinkability is good- overall, it's an easy thing to drink. Not amazing, not earth-shattering, but easy to drink.

scooter231, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

I haven't had a whole hell of a lot of oktoberfests... seeing as how it is now october I have little in the way of excuses.
This is a good one all the way around. It's what I imagine fresh German versions to taste like.
Malty and sweet without over doing either. Pecan pie soda comes to mind.
Has an enjoyable, tangy candied texture to it without being thick or cloying.
As many Brooklyn brews are, very well balanced all around.
This is not an impressive or intense or stunning beer...
but it is very accessable and enjoyable.
Very true to style as far as I can see.
A well made thing for all to see.

ommegangpbr, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Pours a clear orange color with two finger head. A few spots of lace develop through the drink. The aroma consists of caramel and light nuttiness. The flavor components are caramel, roasted malt, ripe fruits, brown sugar, toasted nuts, and has a nice bitterness level.

Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel, with a sweet and nutty lingering aftertaste.I found this to be extremely drinkable, as several were enjoyed in one afternoon session. Nice beer.

Gavage, Oct 09, 2005
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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