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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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1,262 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 25
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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nomad

Kansas

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an oranged amber, transparent but with a dull hue. Had lots of carbonation helping a frothy and pocky head slowly bubbling away - not much lace, though.

Was of a big sweet, biscuity, amber malt paired with a clean, small hop scent that was lemony and antiseptic in tone. Taste was of an easy amber malt, slightly bready with a hint of sweet autumn spice, though not as tasty as other O-Fest marzens. Had a small hop accent at the end, lemony and softly but definitely drying, as it really kept my tongue thirsty.

A sturdy and spunky version of a fest-marzen, as a great hop flavor strikes you, though it hurts the drinkability a little. A good session mouthfeel. Overall, a decent festbier, a bit too simple and not as savory as, say, Paulaner's version.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 17:51:36 | More by nomad
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silks636

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle states beer is a true Marzen and has a brief history of the Oktoberfest style. No freshness date.

Beer has a beautiful copper color with a thin beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves minimal lacing. It has a subtle bready nose with some frutiness peeking through. Has a nice toasty malt taste with a surprisingly crisp hoppy finish... much more hops than I expected at the end. Taste seemed to improve as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. Definitely a highly drinkable brew... probably one of the better Oktoberfests I have sampled this season. Another solid offering from the gang at Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 21:22:42 | More by silks636
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goz

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown pour with a small tan head that recedes to a small ring and lightly laces on the way down. Aroma is mainly bready, with slight hints of caramel and hops. Flavor is bready, some savory caramel, and a bit of hops in the end. Medium body, medium-lively carbonation, super easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 01:06:31 | More by goz
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle, capped. No date.

This oktoberfest beer poured an effervescent, amber-red color with very light tan, creamy foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with notes of bread and a hint of hops. The taste was malty, with some not-so-sweet caramel, oak, and hops. There was also a bit of a vinous flavor as the glass warmed. The mouthfeel was smooth but crisp and dry overall. The body was medium with good carbonation. The finish was malty and hoppy. This was a very good and nicely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 04:24:50 | More by UncleJimbo
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at 2003 AOBF:Stammtisch

Pours with a dark copper body and a very thin white head with little lace or froth. Very pleasant floral hops with plenty of maltiness balancing it out. The taste was excellent, with a nice toasted malt accompanied with a pleasant bitterness from the hops, leaving a nice mild bitter finish. Despite the hops, it's still a light beer with little dryness. The result is a delicious drinable oktoberfest beer, one of the best I've had in a while. I must seek out more of Brooklyn's brews...

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 18:29:12 | More by kaszeta
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear burnished copper color. Minimal white head that disappates to a thin crown. Precious little lacing.

Smell: Nice smell of roasted and caramel malts in an admirable balance. Very faint floral hops.

Taste: Initial taste of roasted malts quickly followed by caramel malt. Slightly bitter finish, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with minimal astringency and puckering. Just enough to cleanse the palate.

Drinkability: Great session beer, just like an Octoberfest/märzen should be.

My favorite O-fest of the year so far. Hooray for fall!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 15:17:56 | More by ManekiNeko
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

This pours with a quickly falling faintly tan head that settles over clear amber liquid with hints of gold in it. The nose is bready/malty with a whiff of metallic hoppiness coming on strong. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for an O-fest, but had nice flavors of semi-sweet and toasty maltiness on the palate upon swallowing. The finish showed a flash of yeasty fruitiness (hmm, is this a "true" lager yeast O-fest or an ale yeast hybrid??) and some hop bitterness when I should of been tasting sweet malt. Decent, but much better examples abound at this time of year!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 22:49:41 | More by beerluvr
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wonderfully constructed appears copper amber with a lucious tan creamy head sitting atop, not bad at all lacing is full and even great looking brew from Garret's brewhouse. Aroma toasted malts with edges of caramel sweetness and a touch of german hops thrown in their are noticeable. Great flavor crisp not overly sweet but still a malty treat with the blend of vienna and other specialty malts wow a great beer toasted nut in the finish with enough bitterness to balance. Dead on to the style I am loving this one possibly my favorite beer out of Brooklyn, mouthfeel is medium in body nice creamy texture. I could definitely throwback a liter of this as if I were in Munchen, plan to pick up some more of this jewel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 01:43:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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Darkale

Virginia

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

Yeasty, slightly sweet, faint aroma. Clear copper body, reluctant tan head. Excellent lacing.

Mouthfeel is also excellent. Creamy, a shade metallic, slick, lightly carbonated, and sweet.

An excellent Oktoberfest -- my first for 2003 and a great start. Slick, sweet, and medium-bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 12:48:21 | More by Darkale
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

Nice dark appearance with decent head...malty aroma with a decent taste that stops about halfway on the upper palate. Not as rounded as I would have liked. Mouthfeel was initially nice, but stopped about halfway back, with a minimal aftertaste. Drinkability was average...I was hoping for more as I usually am a big fan of Brooklyn offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 01:32:56 | More by edchicma
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far333

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light beige foamy head topped with big bubbles sits atop a honey/copper colored beer. The head is thick, and lingers long. Aroma is of sweet malt, with hints of fruit. Flavor is also fruity with light hop, and a bits of honey, pine and orange peel. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fine lacing all the way down the glass. Excellent selection.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 02:35:35 | More by far333
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dwarbi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium, white head. A small head remains. Very good lacing. The beer is a light brown/copper color. Smells like rum punch: butter, spices, citrus, and alcohol. Also smells a bit like a Dr. Pepper. Every whiff smells different. Tastes/feels buttery as well. The spices are there, too. This is a good brew. Very complex. Great aftertaste -- keeps you thinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 19:24:41 | More by dwarbi
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze hue, translucent, small off-white head that quickly faded to a soapy residue with a few specks of spotty lace. Sharply clean nose, only faint hints of spice, malt. Buttery palate, the hops seem too noticeable, the malt foundation is fair... indifferent flavor profile. Decent finish… the aftertaste is malty but tacky. Medium body, appropriate carbonation… overall, fair mouthfeel.

I'd say this bottle has held-up well, I would like to try it in season though, I would wager it is much better. Stegmakk send me this one… so thanks for the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 11:26:48 | More by bditty187
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rivals The Black Chocolate Stout as my favorite Brooklyn Beer. It pours with a reddish copper color and thin white head and lots of carbonation. There is a sweet caramel taste and it finishes with very slight hoppiness. An excellent interpretation of the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 04:52:42 | More by dmarch
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Scooter77

Ohio

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

Pours an orange/auburn color with a fluffy off-white head. Froth fades down to about 1/4-inch and then remains throughout, leaving a thin sticky lace on the glass. Nose is of roasted malt and subtle hops, kind of reminds me of whole grain bread. Taste is slightly sweet and bitter with some bits of nuttiness mixed in. This is a decent medium-bodied beer, which leave a slightly creamy texture on the tongue. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 05:46:37 | More by Scooter77
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

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

Liht slightly malty and bitter blend of an Oktoberfest. It has been better in other years and does change slightly as the beer warms. It is flavorful with the caramel taste of an Oktoberfest and is worth a try, much better on tap if you can get it. Another quality beer from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 13:51:19 | More by bierman2000
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn good Octoberfest Beer! Pours out a dark amber colour with a nice head to it. Malty aroma and taste...oh so smooth, oh so creamy...oh so easy to drink. This tastes wonderful and it also has a very full mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability. This beer is enough to fill you up...but it is light enough to drink all day.
Just like an Octoberfest beer should be!
Cheers!,
F.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 09:51:16 | More by francisweizen
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oberon

North Carolina

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

First Brooklyn brew that I tried,I liked the nice copper/caramel to it,very nice retaining head.Nice malty aroma,with caramel accents,very appetizing.Very fresh tasting malty brew with some hop quality in there as well.I have enjoyed all the Brooklyn beers I have tried.This one is better than alot of German styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 06:43:52 | More by oberon
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stegmakk

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark orange color with light tan thin head...

Aroma is buttery hoppiness...

Flavor is nicely hoppy bitter...only a hint of butter flavor...

Drinkability OK..overall decent...I'll drink what I have and if I get more I will drink them...but I wont look for it

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 19:03:41 | More by stegmakk
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with noticeable carbonation. Tops off with a nice thick and tight off white head. The head does fade quickly and leaves very little lace. The aroma is sweet, toasted malt and caramel come to mind, but there are hops present. The taste is right along with the aroma. A pleasant taste of malt starts across your tongue and ends with a slightly sweet caramel finish. The finish turns dry and sheds the flavor of the hops that were hidden in the aroma. A very nice beer from the Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 11:13:13 | More by Stubbie1
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Kwak

New Jersey

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

This well made octoberfest has a thin clean tan head, nice malt flavor. The head doesn't stick around to long. Strong body good color nice aroma. The sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor with slight hops and grain feel. nice for this style good body nice flavor this is what I am going to look for next October.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2002 21:41:31 | More by Kwak
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very slightly chill hazed. Beautiful auburn color. A thin beige head sits on top. Reduces to an edging rather quickly and laces adequately. Nice levels of toasted malt, grain and carmelized sugar on the nose. Toasted flavor dominates, although there are other flavors that come into play: breadiness, grain and toffee. The finish is actually a bit dry. Unusual for an Oktoberfest, but it doesn't seem out of place. Body is medium full. Drinkability nice. All and all, a good ofest. Nice to know that some marzens are actually brewed in Marzen.

Thanks to Davo for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 19:30:13 | More by Bighuge
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish Amber color with a nice malty (nutty?) aroma (Munich malts?). A nice light spicy and grainy flavor (also a bit nutty). Medium bodied with a very nice balanced finish. A slightly more hop finish than most...

One of my favorite Octoberfests for the year along with Victory.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 07:51:49 | More by RBorsato
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a great brewery!

This is a wonderful Marzen beer. It seems to me to be slightly hoppier than some German fests, which is a good thing. Perectly balanced, the sweet maltiness flows effortlessly into a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

It is a session beer with character. I could easily picture holding a large mug of this and having a wonderful afternoon with friends and music.

Lately I have gone from an ale drinker to a lager hound. This beer is one of the reasons.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2002 06:20:16 | More by Scoats
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper body topped by a creamy just-off-white head, which disipates into a lumpy oil-spill of a top, which lasts and lasts. Little lacing. Aroma is fresh biscuits. Taste is caramel malt, spicy hops, and chocolate-like notes. Let it warm a bit to bring out the malt flavors. Not too sweet, very well balanced. Better than I remembered it from last year (when it had a product placement on "Ed"). The best US O'Fest I've had so far this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 14:08:30 | More by RonfromJersey
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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