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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,521 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 123 | 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 Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with 1 1/2 fingers of smoothe off-white head. Not too much retention, just some thin wisps and fizzy bunching around the edges that leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind. The aroma is a nice mix of carmamel sweetness, bready notes, spice, and floral hop character.

The taste is a blend of caramel and citrus with an overall light, toasty feel and a tingle of Noble hops in the back for balance that finishes with some light and dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a bit of a prickle.

This was a sturdy O-Fest from Brooklyn with dependable flavors and an easy drinkibility. Nothing REALLY stood out but you could definitley do worse this season.

Photo of thespaceman
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of many October's I've had this season and this one is definetley a Top 3..

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice even pour, nice even head, left very little lacing, a nice reddish/amber color

Smell: Nice malty aromas with a secent of bready and earthy smelling florals

Taste: Medium in body but full on taste. Besides Sam Adamns I think Brooklyn got the true Marzen taste down to a T. Carmel notes blast out, a beautiful malty experience

Drinkability: Easy to throw back a few, not overly heavy like some other Marzen styles, very much one of the better Octobers, taste and smell alone will have me coming back for more, definetley a good experience with this one.

Photo of NoahSYGG
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite oktoberfests. The color is a rich amber, that still lets in light. The aroma is a nice malty overtones, with a slight hop presence. The taste is wonderful. The roasted malt is huge with a nice bitter kick to it. Very balanced. The mouthfeel is on the medium side, and it has great drinkability. a must have for the fall.

Photo of dananabanana
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thin white head fades quickly to just a bit of foam along the rim. No lacing at all. Caramel brown in color, very translucent/ filtered.

S: Nutty malt smell is detectable from some distance. There is sort of an earthy fruit scent in the undercurrent-- perhaps apple or pear?

T: Bitter hops in the back of the throat, and more of that earthy flavor.

M: Very chewy, but a little watery.

D: Sits heavy in the stomach. The taste itself is very drinkable, but it made me feel really full.

Photo of eagles22
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This American oktoberfest was one of the best of the year for me...the smell i got a hint of roasted malts and some carmel smells and for the taste i had pretty good carbonation, smooth feel with a sweet carmel finish. Mouth didnt feel thin at all a great oktoberfest beer. Drinkablitily of this beer is exceprtional ...i could drink it all day on a breezy ocotober day

Photo of mterrence5
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im ashamed to buy a Brooklyn beer being form Mass but hey its beer. A very nice deep amber color make me wanna chug it. Very little hed from my pour. A hoppy smells with a bit of sweetness. The taste much the same. A spicey hoppy taste with a hint of sweet malt. Light and crisp. Not a bad beer but I would prefer a little more caramel/malty flavor. Would recommend if your a hop head is search of a nice drinking beer.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper, a little more orange-y than usual, with a foamy, one-finger head with average retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Very grainy, and raw almost - there's lots of fresh malted notes, light toast, bread, biscuit. Somewhat dry. It's nice, but a little rough and faint.

Taste: A nice array of malts here, caramel, dryer biscuity notes, a few heavier, more complex residual sugar notes, a very mild bitterness that melds well with the malt astringencies, and light leafy hops. Nothing objectionable at all, and stylistically, it's quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Big bubbled but even, a little thin but still somewhat creamy, crisp. Not bad at all, stylistically.

Drinkability: One of the better Oktoberfestbiers I've enjoyed this season, and a really good American interpretation of the style. Worth seeking out, even though I'm not a huge fan of the style. Abv% is eminently reasonable, it's flavorful, pleasant looking ... yeah. Not bad.

Photo of dstc
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with big tan head that falls very slow leaving nice lacing behind.

Clean aroma, not getting much there.

Semi-sweet caramel malts and slight hops in the taste.

Smooth, light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Easy drinking Oktoberfest, I like this one.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is dark copper orange with thick white foam. The smell and taste are grainy malts, a touch of hops spice and bitterness, mostly sweet. Nothing exceptional but I guess that's the style. Very drinkable but Oktoberfests aren't my thing in general.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tight, off-white soapy head tops a clean, deep bourbon/amber body with moderate carbonation. Head goes quickly.

Hearty boiled dark malt is abundant with a little grass, earth and mild nutty aroma.

A tinniness at first burns off quickly. Mostly robust malt but a little hop grass. Carbonation tingle keeps it clean.

Mouthfeel has a good zing to cut the heaviness of the malt profile. Earthy aftertaste on the finish.

Drinks OK for the heaviness. Carbonation compensates but still a bit weighty for the mild flavor profile.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle, poured into a dimple mug after allowing to warm a bit from fridge temperature.

Clear amber color with a decent size light tan head, slowly fades to a thin covering, some lacing. Pretty standard looking oktoberfest beer.

Smell is a bit grainy, not as malty as I would have expected. Taste and mouthfeel also reflect this. It is thinner than most other american oktoberfests and the roasted character shines through more strongly, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Medium carbonation, slight metallic aftertaste.

This is a pretty decent brew, a good american rendition. Pick it up and give it a try if you see it, but I don't think this one is worth seeking out unless you find other brewery's offerings too malty.

Photo of sweethome
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut color. Light white head that provides decent lace. A constant fine white head remains.

So little on the nose - I'm a bit shocked based on the style and the appearance. Not much - but a little nutty malts.

The entry is quite sweet and rich marzen malitiness is present. Not overly complex - straightforward maltiness, light noble hops. Finish is residual sweetness.

The flavor lacks complexity of top notch marzen beers and relies on a sweet malt soup.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet malt aromas and some sweet fruit esters. The appearance is a dark colored amber body w/ a quick dieing wispy white head, that hades into a tiny collar. The flavor is very dark roasted malt bodies, with some molasses like flavor, no real hop prescence. Nice moderate effervescence, very smooth. Nice session

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Day fourteen of Oktoberfest brings Brooklyn's offering to the table.

Pours a dark copper with a thick, rocky cream-colored head that fades to a patchy cap and leaves behind a light amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma mostly consists of sweet malt and herbal, floral hop notes.

Sweet caramel and slightly nutty malt flavors up front with a nice balance of bitter hops in the middle; finishes bittersweet.

A nice, drinkable beer overall, and a rather decent representation of the style. On-par with Brooklyn's consistency in putting forth good beer.

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

A - 1-inch cream white head. 70% clear amber-brown color.

S - Hints of caramel, a little sweetness, and lots of malt.

T - Lots of flavor, complex. Some smokiness. Some malt, some sweetness. Flavor, flavor, flavor. I really like this beer. Some sight, slight hints of coffee.

M - Soft but with medium body.

D - Nice drinkability. I could have three or four of these.

A really nice beer. Solid, all around good.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a nice clear amber pour with some lacing but not much to get excited about. strong orange highlites flash through the beer.

S- clove and allspice dominate the fragrance. sweet malts and some other unknown floral spice.

T- a roasted malt caramel flavor. It is like water though at first. they get somewhat stronger throughout but not as dominant as i would have thought. i get the clove and other floral spices.

M- Some what hoppy but not too much. Somewhat wet (watery)and not bad but not great.

D- a decent beer and i could have a few of these but i wasnt impressed as i thought i would be. I love their Monster Ale and that is by far the best i have had from Brooklyn!

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I've had from Brooklyn Brewery so far. It blew all of the other octoberfests I've tried (tried at least 12-15 others) out of the water. This one actually had a nice body to it and wasn't watery like the rest of them. Also, it had taste and a good one at that.. some nice spices and fall type seasonings. I thought I hated all octoberfests and this was the last one I had to try and it did the trick.

Photo of ewright
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper color with a modest amount of head. Retention isn't that great, and no lacing to speak of.

S: Rich toasted grains dominate with a dry note of caramel and a faint hint of hops.

T: A good dose of malt character up front, dry but flavorful. Lightly toasted bread notes are evident, moderate hop bitterness late to provide balance. A bit of tea-like tannins are noticable in the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation level is just right for the style, medium body with no minimal estery notes.

D: A nice refreshing drink for a lazy mid-week afternoon of playoff baseball.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Copper color with a medium tan head that's fairly thick.

S - A little spices, malt and hops. Very faint.

T - Smooth, with milder hops than I anticipated. Good malt finish. Spices are not as apparent as they were in the smell.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. This is definitely a top 5 Oktoberfest.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yet deep amber with a fast two finger, receding head. Very little bubbling and no lacing, but good color though. The aroma is a strong, sweet, toasted bread bomb of malt and just a bit of herbal hops. Toasted dry malts give the taste givs freshly baked whole grain wheat bread and bg of rice scent. The hops add some grassy herbs and just a dash of citrus. Palate is has an almost off-puting resiny palate for an Octoberfest bier. Great session beer wth a softly receding flavor.

Photo of Ljunkan
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a small white head which dies.

Smell is malty, slightly toasted, slightly bready.

Taste is sweet, malty and slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is bit thin, slightly watery, medium carbonated.

Drinkable, but not as good as I hoped for. Both Left Hand and Samuel Adams is better this year...

Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, but with bright orange notes. It would be corny to say that the color reminded me of autumn leaves, but the thought flitted through my head. Creamy off-white head, nice lacing.

A sweet nose, brown sugar and some nuttiness and roasted notes. The aroma doesn't stand out. It reminds me of the roasted, candied nuts, a description I've oft used.

I notice what might be a hoppy tang, a tad citrusy, as I swallow, and that follows some sweet, biscuit malt. Some ryeNuttiness left on the palate.

Pretty heavy mouthfeel, but it goes down pretty smoothly. A bit creamy. I think it could use just a touch more carbonation.

A nice oktoberfest, certainly drinkable and above average.

Photo of Bananaman
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a boring oktoberfestbier from Brooklyn, and trust me, I love Brooklyn Brewery.

Not a very pretty bottle and the large white head just disappears after a few minutes.

Smells average of caramel and some malts.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell but there are some nice tones och fruits and a light bitterness.

Dissapointed? Yes.

Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is amber; the beige head is two fingers thick. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is nutty and somewhat sweet with notes of cream, some roasted malt and a light fruity touch. Quite anonymous, I think.

The taste is at first fresh and fruity with a passing bitterness. Soft sweet malt, some notes of matured apples, wheat flour, apricots and a hint of apricots. Almost no bitterness, but some light metallic notes in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is light to medium smooth.

Reminds more of an average Vienna lager than a Märzen. A disappointment.

Photo of Seanibus
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty and satisfying.

Pours a deep amber with a nice head that falls to good lacing. The aroma is malty, a bit sour, though not unpleasantly, and displays a little floral hoppiness.

The flavor is robust and biscuity, with some sneaky over-ripe floral hop character around the edges. There is a little burn of spice, like a slight hint of cinnamon.

The mounthfeel is relatively thick and clingy, with a bit of carbonation that emphasizes the spicy bitterness.

A good, drinkable Octoberfest, one of the better domestic ones I have sampled this year.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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