Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 116 | 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 IBUnit63
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -0.5%
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
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -8.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 -16.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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 -17.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 3 of 6 of my BotA

A: Brilliant deep amber with a massive off white head with great retention and a very pleasing bumpy texture. A good deal of carbonation is present too. Nice sticky foam as the head slowly recedes

S: Almost as if to prove that no two beers are identical, this one smells very different from the other two i've had tonight. In addition to a bread-dough note, there's a spiciness, almost like caraway seeds and rye. There's a good deal of sweetness, though, maybe a little more than I'd like. Hops are present too, very leafy, like crushed, half-dried leaves from a tree

T: This tastes way off with too much hops being prominent up front with a lot of earthy leafy character and a rye-like spiciness. Mild caramel sweetness comes through before a noble-hop finish takes over

M: Excellent carbonation and the finish is drying and refreshing.

D: This one has been my least favorite so far.

Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light orange color. The head promptly disappears but leaves a small film atop the beer. Totally see-through.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, rich and pleasant. Hint of spice, similar to pumpkin, but not quite the same. Bready malts come through as well. A nice yeast presence.

The taste brings out amber malts with some sweet caramel and yeast...lots of yeast in fact. Estery. Heavy flavor but pleasant. Some lagery notes underneath. Leaves a molasses aftertaste. Bitter malt flavors at the end.

The feel is thick and fizzy (a little bit) and yet easy drinkin'. A nice bittersweet, spicy, malty, yeasty brew. Really nice.

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

Longneck dumped into a large Ayinger glass. A rough pour produced a nice two-fingered off-white head. Red orange color and very clear. Aromas of burnt toast, crusty pretzel, bit of musty sweetness, toffee, and a hint of raisin. Flavor starts off with a bready/bitter combo and then moves into dark crust and toffee finishing with a bit of earthy hop bite. Feel is a bit bitey from the carbo, medium in weight with a creamy finish. This goes down nice with some German food. The dark toast malt flavors may get a little overwhelming after a few. Unique as far as Oktoberfests go. Could definately pick this out of a crowd of fest beers as Brooklyn's. Nice during the season.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent copper-red with good clarity. Half inch off-white head receded quickly. Some spatters of lacing but not legs. Mild nose - some malt and caramel character, but sweetness does not come out too much. Consistent with nose with a bready, toasted malt character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a consistent level of carbonation throughout. Good drinkability for the style. Oftentimes I find some of the sweetness characteristic of the style to be difficult to session as their is often a lingering aftertaste. However, subdued flavor profile makes it quite drinkable.

Photo of Natural510
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark blood-orange color with nice head and clinging bubbles in classic Oktoberfest fashion.
Breadedness to the aroma with toasted malts and a grassy medium-sweetness.
Sweet bread up-front with toasted, carmelized malts making up the bulk of the brew. Clinging yeast tickles the throat and a residual hoppiness kicks in the background.
Melding of the malts, hops & yeast along with a quenching crispness make for a superior mouthfeel.
Very well-balanced and enjoyable Oktoberfest beer, probably the best from the US I've tasted thus far.

Photo of Soozy
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber with a thin head

S- Very strong malt...caramel and malt.

M- Low carb, smooth

T- Smooth and malty, slightly bitter hop finish. Definitely taste caramel and roasted malt.

D- Good, could definitely drink a few of these. For me, that's more of just the style though, these are easily drinkable beers and this one's no exception.

Photo of madmanjf
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass ....

(A) Dark reddish-brown, appropriate for the style with a small amount of head floating at the top... just a thin layer.

(S) Definately comes across as an Oktoberfest. It has that deep sweet aroma that you come to expect from this style

(T) Roasted Malt flavor with some nutty flavor and a hint of smoke.

(M) Very smooth without much carbonation feel.

(D) It's on the slight heavy/sweet side but not at all overpowering. I think after one a second might be possible but that's probably it.

In comparison, the Bluepoint Oktoberfest was more drinkable; however, I felt this was was closer to the norm of the style.

Photo of Spidey13
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Oktoberfest pours a clear orange/amber with a nice fluffy off-white head and lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Lots of sweet caramelly malt on the nose with hints of spicy hops.

The taste is very nice, with lots of caramel and breadiness. A nice burst of spicy hop flavor shows up about mid swallow. The beer has a quick, dry finish to it. The mouthfeel is nicely in the middle, with high carbonation.

Overall, this may be my favorite Oktoberfest I've tried.

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is reminiscent of a well steeped tea... Non stop medium paced carbonation through out the entire duration of this brew... Finger of fizzy foam... Coats glass well with full lacing... Very admirable head retention for a Marzen...

S - Big malt scent up front... Hints of raisin and tea leaves...

T - Malt... Rye... Baking soda... Ever so slight hoppiness... Mild aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied with a little bit of a bite to it... Carbonation on the tongue... Sturdy and well balanced...

D - I've never been the biggest fan of Marzens, but continue to look for a solid offering each fall... This one hits the mark and is my favorite octoberfest brew yet... I could easily enjoy a couple of these...

Note - This beer had a very distinct sound post peer... It was that of an relaxing fizz... Reminded me a vacation...

Bottle / Artwork... A significant variation on the typical Brooklyn offering... The trademark "B" is there and easily recognizable, but it is blended into a well designed rust colored label with a powerful yellow font...

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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