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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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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 DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +0.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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
4.42/5  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
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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...

Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Soft amber-cedar color with creamy, thick 1-2 finger head with a spackling of lace.

S: Not anything unususal for the style, but pleasant all the same with toasted caramel malts and spicy, herbal hops aromas.

T: The palate of this Oktoberfest brew is exceptional with a wonderful combination of smoothness and spiciness with the heft that American versions of the style seem to favor (and that I favor as well). The solid maltiness that you have come to expect in Brooklyn beers is there with fruity caramel and Munich malt flavors. The sharpness of the hops is present but softer allowing more herbal character to show through.

M: Medium-to-full body with a typical sweet tea-like aftertaste.

D: One of my favorite sweet marzens with the fuller body of most American offerings with the low grain, German flavor.

Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brand new penny copper. A slightly creamy head tops it off... retention is not amazing, but it leaves a liberal creamy lace sheet behind.

S: Soft malts, combined with an herbal spiciness.

T: The herbal flavours complement the malt profile rather nicely. A welcome spiciness and a nice toasty finish.

M + D: Assertive carbonation, rather crisp. A refreshing brew that offers a little break-away from the style norm. Worth trying, and a nice take on the style.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mellow amber brown, one finger head rushes to ring, some lace left behind
toasty malts and some sweet caramel in the smell, plus a vague hoppiness
blunted toastiness in the flavor, muted malty sweetness, slightly more bitterness from the hops than i expected, though still moderate. mildly bitter caramel aftertaste.
medium, smooth body with nice carbonation
a very tolerable interpretation of an oktoberfest. have had around 10 now, and still not sure how much i'll mis it. good but not great, with a muted qualtity (at least partly inherent in the style?) yet the hops and toastiness seem to warrant a bit more crispness. but today sessioning for the first time. 3 down the gullet so far, and hmmm, pretty good! the more i have the better it's getting. so apparently quite drinkable.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, deep amber with a reddish tint. A finger of head forms but subsides rather quickly, no lace.

S - Sweet, caramel, bready. A little bit of vague spice, something like nutmeg perhaps.

T - Dark bready, with a touch of butterscotch sweetness mingles with a hint of orange peel early on. Flavor begins drying out with just a touch of earthy hops and a prevalent graininess. Finish is fairly clean with a little bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Standard and acceptable.

D - A decent oktoberfest, a lot like most others I've had so far. Definitely sessionable, but nothing mindblowing.

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a deep amber color with a small/thin slightly off-white head.

S - Malty and slightly metalic.

T - Malty and a little metalic. Definite hints of caramel and spice.

MF&D - Medium/full bodied with lots of flavor. A solid Oktoberfest choice.

Photo of glid02
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very clear light brown color with some amber highlights. Head is white and about one finger that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top with a medium-sized ring around the glass.

Smells alright. The roastedness overpowers everything, and there's not much else.

Tastes just a bit better than it smells. There's a mildly sweet malt taste up front and at the end, but in between it's all roasty flavors. It's not bad, but the roasted flavor is a bit too overpowering for the style.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is solid. It could go down smoother though.

Drinkability is good. A sweeter taste would help in this department, but there's nothing horrible about the beer that makes it undrinkable.

Overall I was a bit disappointed. It's not a bad beer, but it's not what I've come to expect from an Oktoberfest Bier. It's just too roasty. Worth a shot if you're into that flavor.

Photo of hops4me
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber as it lays in the glass with a big frothy head. Head slowly disappates leaving very little lacing. Slight smoke smell that quickly gives way to fruity malt aroma. Taste toasted malt and caramel sweetness associated with the color. Some spiciness in there as well. I would almost say some nutmeg and/or cinnamon...maybe my imagination. Mouthfeel and taste is alittle on the thin side. Thiness makes it go down really well and gives it a thirst quenching character. A good O'fest that I would reach for again.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Geaghan's Pub pint glass.

A--2 finger foamy head, most of which disappears but leaves enough for some lacing. Beer pours a reddish amber--reminiscent of the oncoming fall season

S--I'm terrible at this category, but this beer made it easier on me with big toasted malt smells and a faint honey sweetness in the nose.

T--Follows the nose for the most part, with a lot of roasty toasty malt up front with plenty of caramel and a little what almost tastes like rye spiciness, followed at the end by a bit of hop bitterness. This beer is pretty front loaded though, like a well built Bavarian beer wench in a dirndl. If anything it's a little watery toward the middle and end of the taste spectrum.

M&D--Mouthfeel is chewy with a lively carbonation to balance it out. Eminently quaffable at five and a half ABV.

I don't know anything about this style and this is the first Oktoberfest I've reviewed, but I could be fully satisfied with a giant mug of this before me resting on a wooden table under an outdoor tent with only my lederhosen to keep me warm.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into mug.

Nice bold amber/copper color noted. Upon pouring, small amount of head initially, retention wasn't spectacular. Smell of roasted malts is present. Medium bodied. Malty tasting up front. Not much hops here, but still a balanced brew.

Overall very smooth and drinkable.

A beer to enjoy during the fall months. Will be purchasing more.

Photo of JasonA
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent carmel with aweomse head and good carbonation.

Smells of medium, red, roasted malt. Lagering, hops, Im excited.

Crisp, doesnt quite make medium body. Ok, but not good.

Finishes well. Good carbonation level. ABV absent.

I would get on draft over some other typical choices. Dont think I would seek out a 6 pack.

Photo of GRPunk
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured with a 2 finger, foamy, tan head and heavy, though delicate looking, carbonation. The body was a clean, deep amber that was near brown. The head didn't fall until late and left nice sticky spots on the glass.

S- The aroma was very malty with mostly caramel tones and some bready scents sneaking through.

T- This beer was definitely on the malt side of the spectrum. It tasted like slighty burnt caramel and toasty whole-wheat bread with some light spicy hops.

M- It's clean, but full, with medium carbonation.

D- It's a great robust representation. I could drink 2-3 in a night. It's a little too full to have mass amounts, but I can't fault it for being too flavorful.

Overall- A great representation of the style. I ushered in the cooler weather with a glass of this while grilling and listening to college football on the radio. It then paired nicely with the chicken burgers with bbq sauce. I'd drink it again.

Photo of zerofear13
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second Oktoberfest of 2008. Took a trip around Brooklyn to find this beer - most stores had it available in late August.

Poured out deep red, copper color. Heavy carbonation it looks like. Not a very impressive head, and retention wasn't spectacular on it.

No distinctive smell of the beer, other than the slightly roasted malts and faint hop scent. Taste is surprising for the smell, in my opinion. Sweet malt almost immediately, followed by a tangy hop after taste. But not very present. AS many BeerAdvocates pointed out: a malty Oktoberfest, not too present on the bitterness, but doesn't seem unbalanced. Medium bodied. Very smooth. Very drinkable.

I think it's a very good beer. Another solid brew from Brooklyn, in my biased opinion.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six-pack copped from Bottle King for $7.99...
Appearance: Pours a ruby-red, ruddy, tawny, colored-hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Malt-dominated aroma wih hints of caramel and vanilla...
Taste: Taste strongly complemented the flavor, with true-to-the-style Oktoberfest essences, including, but not limited to, carmel, vanilla, and raw earthiness...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Great stuff...

Photo of cvstrickland
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a dimpled seidel yields a clear orange-golden body with plenty of streamers of active carbonation feeding a finger-thick cap of grainy off-white foam.The head recedes to a ring that leaves fine webs of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty and sweet with clean, nutty sugary notes and a fruity bit of spice.

The drink is toasty-sweet and a little fruity with plenty of balancing dry malt character and a mild, mellow, slightly earthy finish.

Smooth and with fine carbonation, Brooklyn's Oktoberfest is exceptionally mild and very drinkable.

Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber color with a creamy off-white head has pretty good retention and stick.

S- The aroma is toasted biscuity malts with some caramel. This is a very nice malty aroma, can't wait to get into the taste.

T- Like the aroma suggests, the taste is mainly malt based. Very smooth and malty with some hops coming out in the finish.

M- Smooth bodied with a good amount of carbonation, almost perfect for the style.

D- This is a solid Oktoberfest that is borderline sessionable. I wouldn't want to drink too many of these at 5.5% in a single sitting, but it is definitely a beer that will go well with some of the cooler autumn evenings.

Overall, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is another solid beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. Recommended.

Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark ruby, brownish, generous frothy head. Looks very lively in the mug, with bubbles and fizz below the head line.

S- Smelled of mainly toasted malt, and that certain lager quality.

T- This beer seems like a brown ale brewed with lager yeast. It's toasty, nutty, with a bit of chocolate malt in the finish. That tastes good and all, but a bit different from the Oktoberfests I've bought that are brewed in Germany.

M- Definitely light, well carbonated, finishes pretty dry.

D- It's a good tasting beer... I think it's a bit more complex than what I've seen from Oktoberfests like Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger etc. Like I said previoiusly, it has the exact same flavor profile of a brown ale, maybe minus a shade of sweetness.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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