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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

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1,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 1245
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%

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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 wailingwench

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wnderful golden orange with a big ol white head that sticks around. Good lacing down the glass too.

The smell is very nice. Caramel dominates with a slight citrus background. The taste is very smooth. You notice the mellownesss brought about with a little bit of aging. Caramel malt and citrus hop balance out nicely in this fine brew. Mouthfeel is very solid without being overwhelming in carbonation.

Note to self...Must get more beer from Brooklyn brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 20:43:31 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of beergeek279


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a thick head. The smell is of caramel malt. The taste is predominantly the caramel malt, though not as strong as some of the other Oktoberfests, and the hops seem to be in a fairly good balance to keep the malt from going overboard. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkability-wise, definitely a session beer.

Cheers to Garrett for another quality Brooklyn beer! Though not my favorite Oktoberfest of the season, this is certainly a well above-average one, and certainly one I'd have more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 03:23:40 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, reddish-orange color with a small, creamy lace. Clean, malty aroma. Very sharp, somewhat astringent mouthfeel. Slightly malty, but very dry. Hoppy. This beer is really lacking in taste. There's really not much to say about it. That's what makes it so disappointing. I was expecting something fairly malty and flavorful, and this just doesn't cut the mustard. I probably won't pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 03:27:01 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of BeerFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, copper-amber color into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest mug. Produces a good-sized, foamy tan head, which disappears quickly. Fair lacing. Smell of toasted malts, a bready aroma & slightly sweet, but balanced perfectly with a slight hop bitterness. This medium-bodied beer is extremely drinkable and calls for another one. Bring on the oompah band. Cheers to Garrett Oliver for another fine creation.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 23:51:25 | More by BeerFan
Photo of leeenglewood


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish color and has a two inch head that dissipates to ring but doesn’t leave a lace. Smells of biscuity malt, almost of how nilla wafers smell, with no hop aroma. Tastes of sweet caramel malts with slight minty hop bite coming out in the finish. Nice medium mouthful tastes somewhat like how zwieback in a liquid form would be. Good to the last drop and could be drank all day. All around a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 07:18:42 | More by leeenglewood
Photo of Brent


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

A little more acidic and tangy than the average O-fest, but not so much that the malt did not shine through, and the overall effect was to liven the beer up quite a bit. Hopping was reserved - the malt is the star of the show, and it was quite crisp. Mouthfeel was a little on the light and thin side, the only real detraction from this well-made beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 04:22:26 | More by Brent
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewers at Brooklyn are masters of their craft, and their Oktoberfest proves yet again that they can conquer any style. In the S.W.A.T. team that is microbrewing, Brooklyn is the sniper. This time, Oktoberfest is the prime target. Excellent appearance and the perfect sweet and malty taste I've come to expect from märzens. Mark my words, I will never have an Octoberly shopping list on which this beer doesn't appear.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 00:46:52 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of nomad


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an oranged amber, transparent but with a dull hue. Had lots of carbonation helping a frothy and pocky head slowly bubbling away - not much lace, though.

Was of a big sweet, biscuity, amber malt paired with a clean, small hop scent that was lemony and antiseptic in tone. Taste was of an easy amber malt, slightly bready with a hint of sweet autumn spice, though not as tasty as other O-Fest marzens. Had a small hop accent at the end, lemony and softly but definitely drying, as it really kept my tongue thirsty.

A sturdy and spunky version of a fest-marzen, as a great hop flavor strikes you, though it hurts the drinkability a little. A good session mouthfeel. Overall, a decent festbier, a bit too simple and not as savory as, say, Paulaner's version.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 17:51:36 | More by nomad
Photo of silks636

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle states beer is a true Marzen and has a brief history of the Oktoberfest style. No freshness date.

Beer has a beautiful copper color with a thin beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves minimal lacing. It has a subtle bready nose with some frutiness peeking through. Has a nice toasty malt taste with a surprisingly crisp hoppy finish... much more hops than I expected at the end. Taste seemed to improve as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. Definitely a highly drinkable brew... probably one of the better Oktoberfests I have sampled this season. Another solid offering from the gang at Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 21:22:42 | More by silks636
Photo of goz


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

Reddish-brown pour with a small tan head that recedes to a small ring and lightly laces on the way down. Aroma is mainly bready, with slight hints of caramel and hops. Flavor is bready, some savory caramel, and a bit of hops in the end. Medium body, medium-lively carbonation, super easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 01:06:31 | More by goz
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