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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 138 | 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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Ratings: 1,529 | Reviews: 740
Photo of swierczt
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into mug.

Nice bold amber/copper color noted. Upon pouring, small amount of head initially, retention wasn't spectacular. Smell of roasted malts is present. Medium bodied. Malty tasting up front. Not much hops here, but still a balanced brew.

Overall very smooth and drinkable.

A beer to enjoy during the fall months. Will be purchasing more.

Photo of JasonA
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent carmel with aweomse head and good carbonation.

Smells of medium, red, roasted malt. Lagering, hops, Im excited.

Crisp, doesnt quite make medium body. Ok, but not good.

Finishes well. Good carbonation level. ABV absent.

I would get on draft over some other typical choices. Dont think I would seek out a 6 pack.

Photo of GRPunk
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured with a 2 finger, foamy, tan head and heavy, though delicate looking, carbonation. The body was a clean, deep amber that was near brown. The head didn't fall until late and left nice sticky spots on the glass.

S- The aroma was very malty with mostly caramel tones and some bready scents sneaking through.

T- This beer was definitely on the malt side of the spectrum. It tasted like slighty burnt caramel and toasty whole-wheat bread with some light spicy hops.

M- It's clean, but full, with medium carbonation.

D- It's a great robust representation. I could drink 2-3 in a night. It's a little too full to have mass amounts, but I can't fault it for being too flavorful.

Overall- A great representation of the style. I ushered in the cooler weather with a glass of this while grilling and listening to college football on the radio. It then paired nicely with the chicken burgers with bbq sauce. I'd drink it again.

Photo of zerofear13
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second Oktoberfest of 2008. Took a trip around Brooklyn to find this beer - most stores had it available in late August.

Poured out deep red, copper color. Heavy carbonation it looks like. Not a very impressive head, and retention wasn't spectacular on it.

No distinctive smell of the beer, other than the slightly roasted malts and faint hop scent. Taste is surprising for the smell, in my opinion. Sweet malt almost immediately, followed by a tangy hop after taste. But not very present. AS many BeerAdvocates pointed out: a malty Oktoberfest, not too present on the bitterness, but doesn't seem unbalanced. Medium bodied. Very smooth. Very drinkable.

I think it's a very good beer. Another solid brew from Brooklyn, in my biased opinion.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six-pack copped from Bottle King for $7.99...
Appearance: Pours a ruby-red, ruddy, tawny, colored-hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Malt-dominated aroma wih hints of caramel and vanilla...
Taste: Taste strongly complemented the flavor, with true-to-the-style Oktoberfest essences, including, but not limited to, carmel, vanilla, and raw earthiness...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Great stuff...

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a dimpled seidel yields a clear orange-golden body with plenty of streamers of active carbonation feeding a finger-thick cap of grainy off-white foam.The head recedes to a ring that leaves fine webs of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty and sweet with clean, nutty sugary notes and a fruity bit of spice.

The drink is toasty-sweet and a little fruity with plenty of balancing dry malt character and a mild, mellow, slightly earthy finish.

Smooth and with fine carbonation, Brooklyn's Oktoberfest is exceptionally mild and very drinkable.

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.

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