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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 125 | 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 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.

Photo of atsprings
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma was a nice blend of toasted sweet caramel malt and slight hops. Taste was more of the same and great for the style. The beer is quite light and crisp. This is a very decent example of the style.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this beer down this way, and I have been impressed and pleased. Beer pours a dark copper with a perfect foamy white head. Aroma is sweet and biscuity like shortbread, with some fruitiness mixed in. Taste is near perfect, starts off with candied fruit-like sweet but then has a wafer-like dryness that catches up and balances the brew. Finishes off with a little more fruity sweetness, then a touch of citrus from the hops.

Probably the second best Octoberfest behind Hacker-Pschorr, sweet and dry make this a great brew.

Photo of BDIMike
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear and highly carbonated copper color. The carbonation, however, doesn't create much of a head. There is a thin white one, but it goes away fairly quickly.
Average malt smell. Not very strong at all. There is a bit of toffee to it as well, but not much more than the malt smells.
Good taste to this beer. The taste packs much more of a punch than the smell. There are some great malts in this beer that give it a nice malty toffee taste.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Good thickness with a smooth taste.
Drinkability is great. The dry malt taste leaves you wanting another sip. It is somewhat high in ABV at 5.5%, but you can't taste it at all. Great session beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber with a small head and fine,light foamy lace.
The aroma of grains,caramel and malts.
The taste is sweet,biscuit malts,caramel and grains. Mild hops and some alcohol in the background.
The overall feel is yeasty,medium carbonation and good balance with only mild bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Fine brew,I will certainly buy more and the it was light enough to have on a cool August night. I can say this one is a keeper.

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer that has a head that fades and remains about a quarter of an inch.Taste and aroma are both slightly caramel.I would drink again although I doubt I would pay for it.It doesn't really get more average than this.Not horrible or great,just kinda run of the mill.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had forgotten how much I liked this Brooklyn seasonal. Not as cloying nor sweet as some craft Marzens. Nice cloudy orange/amber in the glass, soft 1/2" foamy head; nice caramel malt in the nose with just a hint of spicy (not fruity) hops. Perfectly balanced and the taste is really enjoyable. Extremely drinkable Oktoberfest and another win for Brooklyn (or Utica--where the brewery is).

Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright cranberry red with a light creamy tan head.

S: Light brown sugar notes and sweet Vienna malt can be detected on the nose. Nice noble hop aroma, neutral with very light bitterness.

T: The beer starts out with some sweet malt but finishes rough with a very grainy sandpaper like texture on the tongue. Theres some sour citrus in the end as well with a dry malting fade and coating. Palate is dry roasted malt and is very rough around the edges malt wise and not as smooth or sweet as your standard octoberfests.

M: fizzy, over-carbonated per style, and a little rough.

D: Overall not a good example per style and wouldn't recommend or try again.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, ruby red/crimson body that was seethru w/ slight carbonation. Half-finger head that is a little foamy w/ constant lacings. A spicy smell at first, clove mostly, and then caramel after that; not much else. A malty taste mostly, mixed with caramel and something like tart apples(?). A generic spicing is in the taste also; not the most complex beer but its mediumish body goes down smooth and is paired with a crisp, dry finish. A good beer, but just not something I would pick as my first Octboberfest seasonal.

Photo of jackorain
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 11-10-07. enter from copious notes.

everso slight haze in the amber liquid. 3/4 inch od off-white head that fell rather quickly left a nice splitchy coat but no lace.

yeast, biscuit malt and caramel malt

malty, yeasty. hops show a touch of earthiness. the finish is a lingering mild bitteness.

light body and little fizzy

overall a nice solid O-fest of which I could have several

Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a large off-white head that turns into sticky lace in my glass. The huge head almost spilled, but my Sam Adams glass held it in. Very nice.

A light aroma of sweet malt, with bread and biscuit smells.

The taste is flavorful, with bread-like flavors and a hint of tannin twang.

This beer, which is fine, is the weakest link of all the great Brooklyn beers. But that sounds a lot worse than it is. This is a good beer from a brewery that brews great beer.

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

Very clear and reddish amber, this beer was topped by a fluffy, off-white head that showed good retention and produced sticky, chunky lace. The aroma was full of grainy malt with a bit of caramel, grass, and spice in the background. Light, yet solid, bitterness and a clean maltiness defined the flavour, with notes of warm caramel, spice and hops providing complexity. Maltiness really lingered. Nearly medium bodied with average carbonation, just off-dry with a good texture. This beer is highly drinkable, well balanced and great for a session.

Photo of MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A very nice and beautiful reddish brown amber. A great thick tan head with medium lace.

Smell- Malty and fresh very authentic. It was very impressive.

Taste- A very nice malty and very minimal hop bitterness flavor. Somewhat metallic.

Mouthfeel- Medium Body.

Drinkability- I enjoyed this one. The guys in Brooklyn should be proud.

Photo of chileman13
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in NYC and had to try Brooklyn Breweries beer. I started the night with this Octoberfest.
A- Amber Orange clear pour leaving no head.
Smell- Like Germany in the fall, some notes of fruit and grain.
T- well balanced malt and hops.mmm
M- perfect cabonation for this type of beer.
D- a definate drinkable beer. Better than some (should I really say this?) of the German Octoberfest beers I've had.
Final thoughts- Damn I should have visited the Brewery while out there.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +8.5%
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 +1.1%
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
4.04/5  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
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -4.4%
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 +12.6%
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..

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