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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 33
Gots: 93 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Amber hue with an orange-red tint and an eggshell white one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Thin lacing here and there along the glass.

There isn't much aroma to this beer, maybe a dull malty aroma, but no hops or caramel that comes along with the style.

The flavor has a little more complexity as it has a creamy malt base along with some dark candy sugar flavors. Light bodied with high carbonation. The finish is mostly grain with a little bit of the candy lingering.

Not a bad Oktoberfest. It has good complexity, which is the characteristic to look for in a good Oktoberfest. The bad ones generally don't taste bad, but just taste like a regular lager or a Vienna Lager if it's only semi-bad. Certainly worth a try.

BeerSox, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of hchinaski
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, i love where i work.

brand new keg of Brooklyn Octoberfest, and i get the First Pour. i love me some boss-man

A-poured a nice 18oz or so into one of my ownn imperial pints from home. pours a dark amber/brownish tint with a modicum of head, average retention with some lacing.

S-can pull in some malt aromas with a small amount of spiciness if you try to find it. otherwise it struggles to find the senses

T-Excellent balance with the malt, little spices and hops. i am enjoying this year's much more so than last, which i thought was a little heavy-handed. goes down smooth and quick. tastes like a cool weather beer!

M-did not leave me with the lemon effect, which i appreciate. left me wanting another.

D-i do like me some fall beers, and this is a good one. as above, this year's version is more complete and balanced than '06. i will be enjoying these after work for the next month or so.

hchinaski, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of danielocean03
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark-reddish hued amber color, clear, thin fizzy head a finger high quickly dissipates to moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, grassy hoppiness, light notes of apple, caramel, roasted malt, toast. Taste is well balanced, opens with a roasty sweetness of malt, smooth transition to a light hoppiness, finishes with a drying slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly rougher due to higher levels of carbonation,but pairs well with the more moderate body. Drinkability is good, easily has more substance than most O'fests out there, great blend of malt/hoppiness, smooth and roasty. Would purchase again .

danielocean03, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of albern
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The smell of this beer right out of the bottle is not good; I'm detecting a metalic, musty, maltish tone. The smell improves to a flattish soda with a tin can finish. The beer pours a nice amber, modest carbonation, some head, lacing, and retention. The beer is a bit watery and this another mark against it. As for taste, there is an almond, caramel, metallic taste that isn't bad, but as the carbonation thins, I'm getting too much flat soda notes. There is the typical nutty malts characteristic of the style, and considering I just had a Wachusett Octoberfest that had no resemblance to the name, this one at least is representative of the style, it's just not all that impressive. The finish and aftertaste are good, and a little on the dryish side.

albern, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a deep red with a nice off-white head that subsided to a ring around the glass. Smell is very very malty. This is also reflected in the flavor as well. There's a slight nutty aroma to this as well. Actually it's quite pleasant. It goes down pretty smooth as well and is very much drinkable.

I enjoyed this. Might get more before they stop production.

funkengruven, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 version.

Poured a very beautiful copper color with about a 1/2" head. Very little spot lacing.

Aroma is all bread and yeasty with some faint caramel. Malt is very evident at the start. There is some hops in the finish, but not really that noticeable; malt wins out for sure, making for a very good balance. Nice prickly carbonation, but not overpowering, making for a pretty smooth mouthfeel. A good session O'Fest.

Mr. Oliver has another winner on his hands, although I think he toned down the malt sweetness from the 2006 version. This one remains a fave American version of mine.

sraimondi, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of kaelingirl
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours an amber red with a modest off white head that lingers and leaves nice lace rings throughout. Kind of a tosty grainy malt aroma. Malt up front with a hint of caramel and finishes bitter and dry.Moderately carbonated, this goes down pretty easy but that sudden bitter drying effect at the end causes some pause.

kaelingirl, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of bradley194
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I noticed about this beer was its deep reddish orange color. It was really very attractive. There was about a one finger head which disappeared quickly.

The smell less sweet than many Oktoberfest beers I have had. It did not smell as caramely either. Most Oktoberfest beers I have had have a strong caramel overtone.

The taste of this beer was also considerably less sweet and had a good deal more bite than other Oktoberfests. There was a subtle taste of toffee to it. This beer had a bit more carbonation than I typically like. However I felt that the beer was pretty well balanced. Not as complex as a lot of Oktoberfests I have had (especially the Great Lakes)

Overall--- 3.3 out of 5. A good beer that I would recommend. It is just not my personal favorite.

bradley194, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very much enjoying the fact were getting these brews from Brooklyn, here in NW Ohio. Thisone is why.

It pours a deep amber red. The head was great,off white/slightly tan. Lace stuck rings of thick froth around the glass.

The aroma was of sweet and pleasing malts.

The taste was crisp, smooth, sweet malts. Toasted caramel and a good crisping hop balance.

The mouth is left with a hop leaf, earthy feel.

Overall, very easy to drink. A good rendition of a good style. I look forward to it every year.

chilidog, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of reeder
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my favorite pint glass. A vanilla-malty aroma wafted up to my nose before I even stuck my nose in to take a whiff. The next thing I noticed was this beer's gorgeous shade of amber. Exactly the way I would want an Oktoberfest style beer to look. My first swig was nice and crisp all the way through. Hints of cherries and a bit of citrus with very little lingering after taste. Reasonable complexity as far as lagers that I've tasted go. Very drinkable aside from a bit of acidic bitterness.

reeder, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this in a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark, orange-amber body with no real head. Whatever is there dissipates almost immediately to a nice, small lacing.

S: A malty, sweet honey smell that made me think this was going to be a good Oktoberfest.

T: A nice, malty taste. Slight, sweet undertones. An interesting taste of Macintosh apples or some other tart fruit. Was definitely pleasing to the palate.

M: A pretty good mouthfeel. Smooth and full-bodied.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. The tart flavor makes it a little bittersweet, but overall I'd have to say it is good and easy to drink.

maddogruss, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kicking off the NFL season with Brooklyn Oktoberfest....

A- Pours a light red/orange/amber color- some mahogany hues. small tan/cream colored head, no lacing.

S- Smell was of sweet caramel.

T- Taste was wondeful. Mouthful of roasted malts, spices, caramel..

M- Mouthfeel was light and smooth- well balanced.

D- A nice sessionable oktoberfest beer. Easy to drink and full flavored.


DavidSeanNJ, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red copper color with a rather dense cream colored head. The smell is of caramel malts not much else, all in all pretty faint. The brew starts off with a noticable metallic twang. Tastes like it was brewed with hard water as it has a mineral presence. Caramel and toasted malts mix together with a subtle hop flavor. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture to it, finishes slightly bitter. Definitely one of the more maltier Oktoberfests that I have tried and one that is more bitter than sweet.

Gmann, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with the usual foam. Glass is clean so doubt that would affect the head. Sweet and malty upfront with that smokiness that I like. Taste is much of the same, except that it has a nice bitterness in the back of the tongue and goes down really smooth. I'd definitely say it's tastier than the other Octoberfest-themed beers I've reviewed.

Brad007, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crystal clear amber/reddish hues with decent off-white head that lingers for a bit.Decent lacing.

Smell - caramel malts, breadiness, even slightly fruity

Taste - sweet caramel malts up front, slightly doughy, finishes with a slight hop spice to balance things out...very clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a little more carbonated than other octoberfests I have had.

Drinkability - Very much so. I could enjoy plenty of these babies. Good offering from Brooklyn.

Doomcifer, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice deep orange color with a decent head that fades right away. Low aroma-somewhat malty with a slight bite. Slightly sulfur-ish. Mild malty flavor with an underlying hop bite. Somewhat metallic tinge to it. Good body for the style. Ok overall. I love Brooklyn products but this is a notch above average. I need to find a US Oktoberfest I can really wrap my tongue around-have yet to do so.

lackenhauser, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a smallish head. not much lacing.
Aroma of hops and caramel malts.
As far as taste goes it's quite good. A nice shot of caramel malt is followed by a fruity hop balance and is finished off with a bit of bread malt. Really well balanced between hops and malt.
Pleasantly carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel.
A pleasure to drink, I could easily make an evening out of this beer.
One of my favorite Oktoberfests. This year's version is no exception.

kwakwhore, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, darkish amber with a creamy one finger of beige head. Head keeps a nice lace and leaves a bit of stick on the glass. The bubbles wafting to the top make for a very nice looking brew.

Smell is sweet caramel malt with an ample amount of bready aromas and some fruity hops.

Taste is primarily a combination of lightly toasted and caramel malt, and it's a medium-bodied slightly chewy mouthfeel. There's a little bit of hop bitterness midway through and into the finish to give it some balance and make it an easy drinker. There's a bit of prickly carbonation but it is still quite smooth.

Overall a very good brew. Very enjoyable.

number1bum, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Six Pack Store in Philadelphia. I am confident in its freshness. I shall taste from a pint glass.

Pours very clear amber. Medium carbonation and a creamy light beige head, half a finger. Textbook appearance.

Appetizing smell of warm bread and toasted grain. Immediately after the pour the bouquet is slightly hoppier than this.

Clean and crisp on the tongue while also malty and lightly toasted. Faint hop background but, all in all, sweet like caramel. VERY smooth. After finishing I hunger (yes, hunger) for another.

Well done by Brooklyn Brewery.

edskirk3, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a tan head that billows up to the top of the glass then dies down to leave a thin layer on top of the pumpkin colored brew. Smell is spices, maybe some coriander, some cinnamon. Malt flavors dominate the taste buds. The mouthfeeling is light and smooth letting your tongue taste some of the spices more. One of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had so far this year.

genog, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head after a strong poor that dies quick. Smell is extremely faint of malt and spice. Taste equivocates the smell. Malty semi dry finish. Drinks very well as its refreshing but leaves something to be desired with this style.

franksnbeans, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, '07 batch, served in a mug.

A - clear, dark orange/amber color with a good tan head that lasted the entire glass, leaving a good coat of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - good tasting brew, malty flavors dominate with a crisp dry finish.

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - I had 3 of these with food, no problem. I'll savor the next 3 over the course of the evening and get some more tomorrow.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's baseball logo pint glass. Bottled on day 207 of this year, we're drinking the 2007 offering from Brooklyn.

Appearance- A fat two finger head graces the deep, clear copper hue of this beer. Steady streams of carbonation rise from below, and the creamy, yellow-tinged bone white crown remains strong. Wide, broken patches of lacing drape the inside of my glass.

Smell- An initial whiff of sweet caramel malts blend seamlessly with aromas of fresh baked bread and a shot of hops. Wonderful and fresh, with an eventual nose of toffee.

Taste- A bit hoppy for the style, the toasted malt palate is overshadowed by the bitter, more aggressive hops. There's plenty of caramel, and the right amount of due sweetness, but the finish reminds me more of an English Pale Ale than a true Oktoberfest. Not bad, but definitely a bit much for an all day session beer... hence the 2.5.

Mouthfeel- Prickly and alive, yet relatively smooth in the mouth... I can feel the bubbles more than usual for this style of festbier.

Drinkability- Having tasted ten or so examples of Oktoberfest beers, my problem with this one is the lasting hop bitterness that feels out of place. Considering the festival mindset that would encourage multiple replenishments, I would pass this up for something else.

yelterdow, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Oktoberfest of the season. I figured I would start with the local.

A-Beautiful light brown hue with a three finger creamy/soapy head. Vast staying power, great lacing. Beautiful.

S-Lightly toasted bready with a hint of acidity and grassy hops

T-Toasted bready malt with hints of biscuits. Grassy hops in the followthrough. Very crisp, mostly dry with a hint of sweetness. Very refreshing.

M-Slightly on the light side with a medium soft carbonation. The head adds to the experience.

D-This is perhaps my favourite oktoberfest. Especially good when fresh which it is now. Glad I have a sixer of this in the fridge.

sleazo, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of torchedpunk
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of the season, I am excited to have this back in stores again.

Appearance- A malty ruby color, with a creamy head that is a light tan almost.

Smell- a light smell of alcohol, a very pleasant medium malt aroma, just a hint of a darker malt, with just a touch of earthiness. accented with lovely fruit notes. Finally a very light and subtle hint of lager yeast.

Taste- The best part of this beer. You could not ask more from a lager. It carries hints of almost a chocolate malt, with an amazingly rich fruitiness. A heavenly blend of mixed malt, and just a trace of hop taste. The lager yeast is detectable and really adds to its coziness.

Drinkability- Well I just opened up my first for the night, it's at the perfect temperature, I got it out before it cooled too long and had to sit before it was fit for tasting. I am going to drink this all night, and I could all fall with only a few pumpkin brews in between. This is my favorite beer among them all. There are those that are more graceful, and those with more flavor but this is the beer that I always come to remember when thinking of beer I wish I could have that I know is not available during the spring and summer. Thank you Brooklyn, you have won me over.

torchedpunk, Aug 28, 2007
Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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