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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 117 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but has caramelized malt, spices and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of caramel, nuts and a touch of dark fruit. There’s a good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice O-fest beer that I could drink several of if were in the mood for the style. The only problem with this beer is that I find Brooklyn’s prices to be slightly higher than most other craft breweries and this beer isn’t really outstanding enough to make me select it over any other good O-fest beer.

Photo of BBM
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest poured a deep amber color, with a thin white head that lasted no more than a few seconds. The aroma was nutty, sweet, and perhaps a bit fruity (apples).

The taste mirrored the smell, as the nuttiness was the first noticeable trait, followed by an intense caramel sweetness and light fruit flavors. There is even a slight hop bitterness to really round out this beer. I was surprised at how 'full' this beer tasted. Another excellently crafted beer from Brooklyn, and one of the better Oktoberfests I tried this season.

Photo of Redwood21
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I enjoy the nice rust red orange color with touches of brown with a nice lasting thin head.
S: very malty with some earth tones and possibly a little cloying.
T: This beer has a pretty nice taste. the almost wheat malt mix taste is there. maybe a tinge of alcohol, nothing powerful just hints. some have mentioned nut and caramel. the caramel is somewhat there and a mild brown ale taste also pulls through despite the style difference. I little sweet.

This beer is immensely drinkable. its very smooth and a lil dry on the finish. it pairs well with lots of food and seems like a beer to come back to.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A brilliant chestnut color, completely clear. Head is nonexistent, save for a thin ring of bubbles.

Smell: A sweet, nutty, bready aroma. Very nice.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out sweet - caramel-like - and nutty, with just a touch of malt. Hop bite - kind of lemony - begins gradually, then asserts itself toward the finish, which is slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is very crisp, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down nice and easy, and complex enough to be a definite sessioner.

Notes: The best domestic Oktoberfest I've had to date. The hop bite is definitely an American twist on the style, but it isn't overdone and really works.

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

Color is a nice clear and appetizing amber. Aroma is strong and malty with a bit of a bite to it. Flavor is rich and malty with a hint of hops and bitterness, very satisfying and refreshing. This Oktoberfest beer is remarkably smooth and easy to drink - an excellent party brew.


Photo of macster
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an amber color with some reddish hues. Pour creates a tightly bubbled 1/2" off-white head which slowly fades to a thin coating of foam throughout the glass. No lacing noted.

Initial aroma was that of caramel malt, toffee, toasted bread and some floral/spicy hops, but with a distracting raw, musty graininess lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, but finished a bit thin late on the palate.

Flavor profile was an improvement over the aromas. Moderately light notes of caramel, crystal malts, toffee, baked biscuits and herbs are noted. A touch of a metallic twang is unfotunately also noted. Finish is smooth and on the sweet side with just a hint of hops.

An OK rendition of the style, but for a regularly available domestic I’ll stick with SA’s.

Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a willibecker...moderate malt in the aroma...clear solid amber body, with a large white head that settles to thin inconstancy...very little activity in body...creamy gentle feeling to tongue...moderately sweet at start and a pleasing finish....hops are subtle at the end...smooth, comfortable and fall appropriate...an average approximation of the style...

Photo of Procrastinator
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with number 2087 1513 printed on bottle. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: reddish amber color with creamy off-white head that slowly breaks down to leave thin creamy lacing on glass sides.

Smell: nutty maltiness balanced by floral hops with an underlying caramel sweetness.

Taste: upfront dry nuttiness and slight malt sweetness is upended by a rather overpowering hop bite. Just too much hop presence with a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy and dry with a medium body and gentle, tight carbonation. Hops leave a slight drying aftertaste on the tongue.

Drinkability: definitely full of flavor, but too much on the bitter hop side. Carbonation and mouthfeel make for easy consumption. I would like more malty sweetness.

Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, dark copper with a 1-finger khaki/tan-colored head with decent retention. Slow-rising bubbles. Some splotchy lacing throughout.

S: Strong whiff of toasted cereal grains immediately after the pour. Also fruity or florally in the nose. In fact, minutes after pouring it, a fruit fly landed on the edge of my glass.

T: Immediate first impression is cereal grains and a strong metallic taste. Also some fruity flavors (berries, perhaps?) earlhy on. The metallic taste lingers on the back of the tongue and sides of the mouth after the first few sips. As it warms a little, however, it finishes more cleanly -- i.e., that metallic taste subsides or at least is no longer evident.

M: Light in heft; I thought it was a tad bit thin in overall feel. There is a nice creaminess to it, however.

D: Easily quaffed once you get past that initial taste of metal. It is light and has a nice creamy feel to it, so it goes down fast.

Notes: I went back and forth on the scoring in a couple categories -- taste and mouthfeel. Early on, the taste score deserves a 3 b/c of the strong metallic taste, but that seems to subside and it tastes more like the malt you'd expect after a few sips. So I gave it the 3.5. The mouthfeel really is a tad bit light and thin, I thought, but it wins points on creaminess. So I figured averaging out the two categories (T & M) with a 3.5 in taste and a 3.0 in mouthfeel was appropriate. Ideally I'd suggest this beer deserves about a 3.25 in each category and an overall score around 3.5 (it did look nice; hence the higher appearance score). It's not a bad beer at all, but I've had better Oktoberfests.

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

355ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a nice rich amber brown colour. Light tan head poured fairly loose and frothy then faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and any lacing disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Nice strong sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, toasted bread / biscuit notes, some buttery notes, cut grass traces, nice nutty sweetness, some light peppery hops...

Taste - Lots of sweet caramel and biscuity malts initially then balanced with a nice peppery hop bitterness, light toasted bread notes, quite nutty, some spicy fruits (bitter oranges, figs), cookie dough traces, some slight metallic notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... Extremely drinkable and sessionable - i could happily drink this all evening..

Overall - A nice American slant on an Oktoberfest.. an excellent balance of hops and maltiness makes this very quaffable... recommended..

Photo of dgallina
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle without freshness dating.

Pours transparent copper with slow carbonation. Only a thin sheen of head, but nice persistent lace. Aroma features well-rounded toasted caramel malt with strong nutty notes and a touch of spice. Flavor is very similar. Lots of toasted malts with nutty biscuit overtones on hard mineral water. Finish is a bit sweet, with very little hop presence. In the mouth, the beer is medium-rich, creamy and with only a little carbonation. A very conservative interpretation, but pleasing and easy-drinking.

Photo of bboven
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-brown clear body with a tight head of tiny bubbles; pretty even lacing.

Smell is deep, sweet, biscuity malt. Very well done.

Taste starts out well with lots of great malt flavor, but finishes with a metallic taste that's not so great.

Good carbonation, very smooth.

3.0. Average O'fest I'd drink if it was all that was available for the style, but I've had some better ones for sure.

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden brown coloration with a frothy head and a minimal bit of lacing which fades away.

S - As soon as I began pouring this into a 14oz pilsner glass I noticed it's sweet aroma. It is a very strong odor of caramel and perhaps molasses.

T - Almost smoky malt profile that is both sweet and a bit watery. More subtle and probably great for someone looking for a beginner in this style.

M - Light bodied and probably over-carbonated. Clean watery finish.

D - Went quite well with a hearty bowl of veggie soup. This is a great dinner beer, but after 2 I'd be ready to move on. All in all not bad, but not big on taste. I would have one again.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber orange with a light amber colored head. Carbonation rises slowly to the top, but a good creamy cap is maintained. No lacing.

Smells of bread, caramel and a good amount of hops to round out the sweet malts. Subdued scent, but to style.

The taste provide more malts than the nose did. Very balanced, crafted, and well thought out beer. Begins with hints of caramel and sweetness progressing to a hop bite that provides an enjoyable finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy. Perfect level of carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and sessionable. While it isn't an eye opening beer its a great fall beer and brew to enjoy while watching a game.

Photo of jim102864
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After meeting Garrett Oliver at a recent tasting of his collaboration beers Brooklyner Schneider Hopfen Weisse and Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen Weilsse with Schneider & Son's Hans Peter Drexler, I knew I had to have more of the Brooklyn offerings. What better time than Oktoberfest to try Brooklyn's interpretation of the Marzen style. The appearance of this brew is a beautiful, lusty copper-bronze with nice steady carbonation bubbles and a thin skin of head after the pour into my nonic glass. The aroma is difficult to discern, but appears as the brew warms in the glass. Bready malt comes thru with perhaps a whiff of butter and turnips. The taste is also bready and full with malty overtones and a slight bitterness and metal in the finish. Again, the flavor becomes more pronounced as it warms up. The mouthfeel is smooth to moderately bitter and the carbonation is evident. Not a session brew, but certainly one to enjoy as part of your Oktoberfest celebration.

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper with auburn highlights and a thick, lacy, light khaki head. Nose of cookie dough malts, caramelized cooked carrots, and spicy, noble hops. Nice. Taste starts off with toasted, caramelly malts. Herbal hop bitterness around the edges. Clean cookie dough malt sweetness mid-palate, but balanced by the spicy hops. Crisp, hop-tinged finish. Moderate body with a snappy feel. A nicely balanced Marzen.

Photo of palma
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown with an orange hue. Nice foamy tan head. A thick frothy lace lingers throughout.

Smell: Big pungent malty nose as expected. Look past the malt and you find a sweet cream aroma and soft anise notes. Good amount of alcohol fuses in the nose as well. Some honey enters the picture as the beer warms.

Taste: An enticing strong burnt malt flavor up front followed by an immediate dryness. Some bready flavor and grassiness in the middle. Finishes fairly clean and dry with a slightly mouth puckering astringency.

Mouthfeel: A good solid carbonation. Medium bodied. Slightly slick on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with the right food pairing. Any sausage or pork dish would go excellent. Not as drinkable as a session beer but I could see myself having two or three of these on its own.

Notes: No need to let this beer warm up. It tastes its best directly out of the fridge.

Photo of iceball585
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brownish amber color, 1/2 finger thick head that disolved into a thin white lacy cover

S- Roasted malts, nuts, caramel

T- Nuts, caramel, creamy, mild hops, honey, malts, sweet

M- Clean, crisp, medium weight, medium carbonation but still very smooth

D- Very good Oktoberfest beer

This one is a good example of an Oktoberfest beer. Good blend of flavors and not one is too over powering.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a thin, off-white, bubbly head that immediately becomes a thin patch that soon disappears.

The smell is of caramel, grain, slight hop spiciness.

The taste is of caramel, grain, slightly nutty. Hop spiciness and husk detract from the malty smoothness that this style should have.

Rather thin bodied, but not as smooth as the style should be. It has a decent taste, but not as malty and smooth as I would like in an O-fest. This brewery makes a great lager, but this Marzen lager is nothing special.

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

I been drinking this one here and there every Ocktoberfest season for years now, not sure why it’s taken me this long to review it. Oh well, here goes:

The heavily roasted palate features some nice caramel/toffee malt, a bit of toasty, bready sweetness, and a very subdued hop bitterness. The body has a nice creaminess and finish features a more pronounced burnt note.

Very nice with a heavily roasted palate and good mouthfeel.


Photo of erosier
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice amber color with a short white head. Very clean and fresh malty aroma. Fresh malty taste with a nice clean and dry ending. It tastes the way an Oktoberfest is supposed to. The finish is clean and fresh. The dry ending leaves you wanting more and more. This is one very drinkable beer. Thank the good lord for Oktoberfest.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber with a one-finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly. This is a nice looking beer. The smell is sweet and malty with not much hops. The taste is very similar to the smell: malty and slightly sweet. There is hardly any bitterness or aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Drinkability is very good as these go down easy. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest but nothing special.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, served in a "new style" Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. The beer pours a nice amber color with an inch and a half off-white frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like bread/grain, toasted malt and caramel, it's definitely a sweet aroma. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, with a bit of spice too. Very little aftertaste. Body/mouthfeel is medium/full, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation IMO. Drinkability is good, easy to drink and very sessionable. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had, it's definitely a good choice.

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Color was a dark red amber with a 2 finger thick foamy head. The head dissipated quickly and left no lacings. Smell reminded me of multi grain whole wheat bread. Taste was good. Very slightly sweet, with a kick of orange zest at the end. Felt ok in the mouth. Too bitter to be very easily enjoyable. Coated ok. A solid oktoberfest.

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

A: Rich, dark Amber with a nice bubbly head. Had it out of the bottle.

S: Nothing really there. There is a mild hint of the pumpkiny aroma that goes with Okts in the US, but not that great.

T: Very flavorful and tasty. I like like it a lot. Very spicy hops that give it a nice kick.

M: A little bit dry, but leaves a good flavor.

D: Has a great deal of taste, isn't too heavy in the stomach.

This is a very good Oktoberfest, especially since I like the less bitter Okts.

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