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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | 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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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz brown bottle decorated with an odd retro-looking label.

Foamy off white head with poor retention; some larger bubbles cling to the sides. Spotty lacing with pretty decent strength. Glowing mahogany in color.

A sweet caramel malt aroma with a whiff of alcohol.

An initial caramel sweetness followed by a crisp bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit floral with some roasted malt aspects.

Not as chewy as expected; much lighter on the palate than other Marzens. Evenly balanced and crisp, yet a bit thin.

Very drinkable version of the style. IMO this is just a slightly above average Marzen with nothing in terms of flavor that really make it stand out.

10-10-2004 22:34:56 | More by NEhophead
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jvajda

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Redish brown color and a decent head.It really looks great.
Smell: Lemon and sour notes.
Taste: I'm not very familiar with this style, but this beer surprised me. It is sour and fruity with all kinds of Fall spices. I'll be sampling more of these for sure. This is a really thirst quenching beer.
Mouthfeel: This beer blossoms in the mouth.
Drinkability: Again, I'm new to Oktoberfest brews, but I liked this a lot and definitely see myself having another sometime soon.

10-09-2004 06:04:15 | More by jvajda
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

2004 edition opened in October.
Poured with a lavish brown head which was easily fluffed up with a swirl of the glass. The color was copper-almost brown and clear.
Nose-wise this beer is pleasant with toasty malt and a bit of bitterness.
It went down real easy, practially disappearing before my eyes. Plenty of length on the caramel malt which kept offering the next pull. A touch of noble hops for balance and an overall excellent example of the fest style.
Best fest of the season so far.

10-08-2004 23:04:06 | More by farHillsBrewer
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a very carbonated clear amber with a thin short lived head. Minimal lacing. Smells doughy and sweet malt with a faint perfume of hops. Not at all what I had expected given the glowing reviews of some posters. A good solid beer, though not one I will go out of my way to find again. Slightly toasted malt in the taste but also overpowering yeasty taste. Not in balance in my opinion. Dry short finish.

10-08-2004 02:21:12 | More by Citadel82
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

This 12 oz. bottle was obtained courtesy of BeerAdvocate spiritdeus. The brown bottle released a beer with a reddish amber body, and a fizz of initial carbonation, but with no head to speak of. The aroma was very mild and can be at best described as floral and perfumey. The taste was sweet and bready malt driven and toasty, but the body was a bit too thin. There was a tangy lemony aftertaste that kept me coming back for more though. Smooth and drinkable, but could benefit from a touch less wateriness.

10-03-2004 03:44:24 | More by rajendra82
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -17%

I'm still looking for a really good Oktoberfest/Märzen style brew. Most of the ones I've had are decent, but nothing special (Ayinger's version was the closest an O-Fest came to "wowing" me). I thought Brooklyn was going to be the one to truly open my eyes, but in the end the search continues...

Brooklyn's Oktoberfest pours a very nice reddish orange color with a one-finger foam which lasts for under a minute and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma was weak and unspectacular. Some caramel malts and some citric hops were detectable in limited quantities. The mouthfeel was crisp and moderately carbonated, but nothing memorable. In the flavor, the sweet caramel malts were definitely there, and a pronounced nuttiness was present thoughout the entire brew. Sounds nice, but the flavors didn't end up being too assertive (it almost seemed watery to me, but that's being harsh). There is a decent citric hop bitterness and dryness in the finish, which continues into the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found in this one.

A very average Oktoberfestbier. This is certainly drinkable, but it isn't somthing I'd really go out of my way to hunt down. Might be good with a pretzel and some spaetzle.

09-27-2004 08:27:47 | More by Beastdog75
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maek228

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11%

appearance: dark copper, with a small head.

smell: i got some toffee and caramel.

taste: its that caramel and toffee again! damn this beer is marvelously malty.

mouthfeel: most beers dont have a mouthfeel that really stands out, but here we have a beer that is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. the maltiness just coats your mouth. excellent

drinkability: i could drink these till i get arrested for throwing a brick through a window

09-27-2004 01:09:48 | More by maek228
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shirfan

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a standard oktoberfest ruddy orange, with sligtly off-white foam. Leaves a good amount of thin, clingy lace.

A leafy, earthy aroma, with a touch of citrus.

Taste is leafy, but not overly bitter hops, earthy malt, hints of lemon and mixed nuts in the background. A more-ish body that stays just chewy and creamy enough to keep interest high, without getting too thick.

Extremely drinkable.

09-19-2004 21:54:29 | More by shirfan
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%

Well, the new 2004 Oktoberfest is definitely different than the last two. Had this at the brewery premiere on 9/10/04.

Weird smell, more like an IPA than a Marzen, didn't really like the smell. Looked like the color of pine sap (a really cool, translucent amber.) Good carbonation, decent head.

Taste was also kind of bizzare ("smell is a big part of taste" is proven here.) Tastes like a spiced ale with pine nuts, filtered through a grassy knoll. Has a snappy hoppiness but kind of a thin, watery mouthfeel. Has the body of a summer beer, just too weird for me really to give it a thumbs-up, will have to go back for a second one to confirm.

09-16-2004 01:24:45 | More by PopeJonPaul
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +9%

Pours a lovely amber with a tight white head.. The head lasts for a bit.. When it dies down it leaves a lovely ring around the head of the krug.. Smells of caramel and devild eggs, and caramel

Taste is malt and malt, Nice malt taste with a bit of caramel sugar and not much hop taste. Probably a more true Oktoberfest than what they serve at Oktoberfest. but then again cant have Matzens at the fest.. One of the best domestic fests.. Drank with Korean spiced Flanken Ribs and Chinese spiced chicken.. Wow What a combo..

09-05-2004 04:57:10 | More by TinusTime
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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%

Eye Candy: Poured a good 2 finger head with plenty of carbonation rising, "pillowy" at the top. Deeper color than an American Amber, resembles a Red. More dark than light, closer to brown than red. Real pretty.

The Nose Knows: Very sweet from the toasted malts. Minimal hops present. Roasty, toasty. Complex in form, as it warms the real character of the malts emerge. Somehow reminds me of roasting chesnuts, even though I never have. Perfect offering.

Tongeland: Again, roasty, toasty. The character lingers on the tongue, making Mr. Tongue a very happy camper.

Bender Factor: Brooklyn has not impressed me so far. This Oktoberfest has redeemed their brewery. Their merely average Pale Ale and subpar Brown stick out to me. I plan to pick up some more of this (only bought one out of hesitation) before the "season" ends. A highly drinkable "session" brew, goes good with Chemistry and Calculus.

09-05-2004 02:37:30 | More by wailingwench
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carln26

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

I grabbed a fresh 6 of this at the package store last night, and it pained me to wait for it to chill and try. The color is a nice deep copper, and poured a nice head in the glass. No real lace to speak of. The smell is the caramel maltiness I expect from this style. Just a hint of the hops. The taste is a nice punch of malt; not too sweet, with the hops balancing the caramel sweetness I detected in the aroma. It has a great medium feel on the tongue, and a wonderful drinkability. Many American breweries struggle with German styles, but Oktoberfests do not seem to present the same challenge. This is a good representation of this beer style that I highly recommend.

09-02-2004 23:17:23 | More by carln26
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a clear amber color with nice off white head that falls to a ring of foam. Aroma is malt light toasted grains bready and chewy smelling. Taste big on malt smooth and creamy malt, carmel flavors mixed with light spice and light hops. Taste is sweet rich and creamy a very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable medium bodied brew guess fall has arrived early after all and boy is this a good start.

08-16-2004 17:49:06 | More by mntlover
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Lupe

New York

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%

Orange-amber color with a tight creamy head that leaves some lace. Crisp toasted grain aroma with floral hops. Toasted flavor upfront with some sweetness, bread, and a touch of fruit and spice. Hops come in to balance and leave some bitterness. Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Excellent drinkability. A top notch Oktoberfest in my book.

05-19-2004 01:41:49 | More by Lupe
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. There are strong hints of specialty malts here. The taste is much the same. It is a bit sweet, but not that bad. It is medium bodied and a good drinker. This beer is smooth and enjoyable. Some may consider it to be a little too bold and heavy on the crystal malts, but that's why I like the Brooklyn ales. They are true professionals that don't let the masses determine what good beer should taste like.

12-03-2003 02:21:16 | More by WesWes
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Starchild

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Typical orange amber Märzen beer color. Some spice, malt, and carmel in the nose. A slightly bitter taste dominated my sweet malt. Very smooth and balanced for the style, but boring. A good Oktoberfest, but not a great one. I'll take the Smuttynose or Paulaner over this anytime.

11-29-2003 01:10:47 | More by Starchild
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dweideman

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance:
Poured off a frothy off-white head with good longevity. Sparkling clear orange/red hue with tiny, thin bubbles rising up.

Smell:
Mostly a malted smell moderate-heavy, even more as the beer sat. Very light hopped aroma.

Taste:
Initially very sweet taste with a well balanced sweet/bitter finish. Long lasting pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Light to Medium Body, Dry Texture; Lively carbonation; Slight metallic finish

This is one of the better Marzen style lagers I have sampled this season. Seemed to be a bit lighter and more drinkable than others that I have tried. Overall an excellent sample.

11-02-2003 23:45:08 | More by dweideman
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer has a good copper color. Just as one would expect form an Octoberfest beer. Aroma in not as malty as I would like in this style. The flavor starts slightly malty but finishes with an unexpected bitterness. A good drinking beer but would I like more a malty (sweetness) flavor.

11-02-2003 22:44:34 | More by ybnorml
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Good example of one of my favorite beer styles. Very refreshing
reddish malty with a bread like smell and a hint of hops gather
together to make a nice beer from a classic brewery. The taste
is somewhat dry but goes down smooth for sure, one exceptional seasonal beer. Theres so many to try at this time of year but
I would rate this above average.

10-31-2003 22:48:15 | More by littlebibs
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

I liked the bottle, came close to just saying "beer". Poured a nice orange like color. The taste had that muted hops with the right blend of malts. Definite "October" beer. I could sense leaves blowing in the wind as I drank it. Good beer.

10-24-2003 14:52:40 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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jazzmac

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Deep amber color with a very stable head. The smell is overwhelmed with roasted malt (not that its a bad thing). Very sweet roasted flavor. Not much of a hop presence. A nice October, very drinkable but could use a little less sweetness and a couple more hops.

10-21-2003 21:50:15 | More by jazzmac
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Deep amber color, topped by a tan, long lasting head. Aroma of toasted malt. Flavor is very heavy on the taosted malts, some sweetness but much more roastiness. Ever so slight bitterness on the smooth finish. Lingering roasted aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very robust, but smooth. Drikability pretty good. Not a bad offering, but a little more sweetness and a bit more hops would be nice.

10-20-2003 03:53:04 | More by aaronh
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oldgrowth

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -21.9%

Clear orange color. No head , no laceing. Has a malty, in a grainy way, with lite fruitiness smell. Malty taste, a regular kind of carmel toasted malt I associate with style. A little creamy& bitterness that faded quickly. Weak overall as far as I see it.

10-20-2003 01:34:41 | More by oldgrowth
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours an orange-copper hue with a thin head. Lightly malty aroma, with a hint of sweetness. This beer is a bit thin on the palate, but makes up for it with a delightfully sweet malty character. Slightly spicy aftertaste. A very good approximation of a German marzen. I'd recommend it as a session beer, great for a breezy fall afternoon outdoors.

10-16-2003 22:55:35 | More by ElGordo
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UnionMade

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer is a deep coppery color, topped with a thin off white head. The head diminishes steadily, completely disappearing about halfway through the pint. Excellent clarity.
The aroma is pretty much a typical american oktoberfest marzen. I've had so many of these lately that this one fails to really stand out. Very nice caramunich maltiness, but nothing outstanding from any other well made american marzen. A touch of smokiness, with some fig and date aroma. Very clean, nicely lagered.
The flavor starts with a robust caramunich maltiness. Lively, bold carbonation, with some toasted malt flavor in the middle. A light noble hopping comes through in the finish, with a touch of spiciness, and some herbal flavors. Some graininess. Medium to full bodied. Extremely clean.
A great american marzen beer, one of the better, more german tasting offerings. Brooklyn definitely makes a great product, and their lagers are amongst the best brewed in the US.

10-15-2003 06:01:46 | More by UnionMade
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