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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

The Oktoberfest jag continues to work its way through my system. Man, drinking semi-seasonally can almost be trying at times... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-russet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, mandarin orange, light grass, rye bread, and a pinch of nutmeg. The taste ramps up the orange and adds a good amount of clove to the proceedings. Other than that, things follow the plan put forth by the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice O-Fest, one that makes me wanna keep drinking, then grab another bottle of it...

10-01-2011 05:32:23 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of bubseymour


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance - nice reddish copper hue with 2 finger head that didn't hold retention for long.

Smell - sweet spicy with some cracker and bready hints. not really a marzen/octoberfest smell to me.

Taste - has some off tastes that I don't care for. Sort of a bock flavor. Definitely doesn't seem like a good ocktoberfest marzen to me like German's would make.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - an ok beer overall but not a good ocktoberfest

09-30-2011 23:58:51 | More by bubseymour
Photo of Zraly


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

Beautiful nutty orange appearance with a nice foam poured at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA.

Malty notes upfront. However, it is a bit harsh and doesn't finish nicely -- the hops are not complimentary. There is something amiss with the emphasis on bitterness and the lack of roundness in the malt department. Medium-bodied but not well-balanced in my opinion. This works better as an amber ale and not so much as the Oktoberfest/Marzen identity.

I think that there are better Oktoberfest beers of U.S. origin that are much better -- I'd even say Sam Adams' version is much cleaner and true to style.

Side note: My gf was drinking a Hofbrau Oktoberfest at the same time and I tried her's for comparison: the Hofbrau was smooth, clean, malty goodness in comparison (although the Hofbrau looked like a macro lager in appearance).

09-30-2011 23:50:41 | More by Zraly
Photo of MattyG85


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Lively and slightly cloudy amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge off white head that gives a good six fingers and good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of bready caramel and toasty malts. Some wheat grains and hints of toffee. Light hints of citrus fruit. Solid presence of mildly spicy grassy hops. Very bready and sweet aroma.

Taste: Sweet and bready caramel malts up front with some toffee and grains. In the middle there is a fairly strong taste of roasted nuts and orange and cherry fruit. Hints of spicy hops in the finish. Very roasty and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Chewy, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very interesting and tasty take on a Marzen. More roasted and fruity than a typical Oktoberfest. Sort of like a cross between a Marzen and brown ale.

09-30-2011 05:03:50 | More by MattyG85
Photo of secondtooth


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Clear and amber, this ale with a nice tan head is quite attractive from the onset. Wonderful, detailed spiderweb lace, too.

Nose is malty -- caramel, toast, and everything you'd expect in an Oktoberfest.

Taste is rich and toasty, with more caramel and bread notes. An exemplary specimen for the style. Well-done!

09-28-2011 02:58:51 | More by secondtooth
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

A: The beer is relatively clear and amber/orange in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready and caramel malts as well as grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of spices in the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

09-25-2011 18:41:48 | More by metter98
Photo of Cmack15


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: light brown, caramel colored

Aroma: malty sweetness really shines through very inviting aroma

Taste: clean beer nice sweetness upfront then finishes smooth

Mouthfeel: weak carbonation, not sure if this was bad bottle or typical

Overall a nice easy drinking beer. good session beer


09-25-2011 17:13:40 | More by Cmack15
Photo of Tballz420


3.43/5  rDev -6%

Deep amber colored beer, with a nice sized cream colored head. Some lacing.

The nose is absolutely great on this one; thick malts get your mouth watering.

The malts are not as thick on the taste, much lighter but still sweet, some grain, just a bit of spice. Medium bodied.

09-25-2011 17:01:20 | More by Tballz420
Photo of mjurney


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Deep amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation. Very nice head, off white color.

Very malty, caramel, biscuity, slight touch of roasted malts. Ripe dark fruit, black cherries and plums. Hint of earthy and spice.

Malty up front along with fruitiness in the end. Very bold for an Oktoberfest. Lots of rich malts, caramel/toffee, bready, biscuit, just a touch of roasted nuts. I'm getting lots of fruitiness in the back of my palate, black cherries and plums. Slight touch of hop bitterness, earthy-spicy like. Body is medium, a little dry. Carbonation is soft.

Smooth finish. Slight touch of dryness in the aftertaste.

Very bold and hearty in a good way. Drinks like an Ale.

09-24-2011 18:11:11 | More by mjurney
Photo of 2xHops


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

I had this served to me in a 1L beer stein in celebration of Oktoberfest.

It looked good with a typical color you would see in an Oktoberfest beer. It's dark amber with little head. The taste was a bit nutty, a bit of roasting going on, and slightly malty as well. It's a good example of this style, but it's definitely not traditional. The German marzen beers are quite different, so if you're like me, you may not like this one as much.

Overall, I would have to say that it's a good beer. Brooklyn do make a decent beer that is easy to get in a lot of places, so it would be good to bring to your parties if you're celebrating Oktoberfest.

09-22-2011 04:12:30 | More by 2xHops
Photo of DavidST


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before Jan 2012.

This pours an amber color, a little darker than the other oktoberfest beers I've had with a large foamy white head with pretty good retention. The smell is a little heaver also, lots of toffee, sweet malt / biscuit, some caramel. The body is medium. The taste is pretty good also, the toffee and biscuit malts with a little hop bite, I actually prefer this one to the original german ones I've been trying.

09-20-2011 02:51:01 | More by DavidST
Photo of bsp77


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Rich, fairly dark amber with nice off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, biscuit and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Cherry, toast and caramel at first, with an odd sweet/dry juxtaposition. Ends drier with hay, biscuit and spiciness, but is slightly medicinal.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, drier finish than most. Too thin.

Overall: This is a very good Marzen that is just slightly marred by the medicinal aftertaste. Clean, flavorful and refreshing.

09-20-2011 00:11:14 | More by bsp77
Photo of BeerLover99


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A: amber/deep orange body, trace head, little lacing

S: grapefruit, sweet malt/biscuit, honey

T: citrus/honey, malt, bready, smooth finish

M: medium body, semi-smooth mouth

O: Nice, would recommend. Interesting
flavor combination.


09-19-2011 17:42:30 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of jamescain


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a mug, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Clear copper-amber with an off-white head about a centimeter head that quickly fades into nothing.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready notes.

Taste: Toffee and biscuty notes with a clean roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: I'm still not a big marzen fan, but I didn't mind this version.

09-19-2011 16:42:59 | More by jamescain
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +11%

A - Very nice amber/ruby red color with a 1/4 inch of creamy head. Lacing looks good.

S - Smells of typical to the style, sweeter than expected. A nice caramel smell and no real in your face hops.

T - As others mentioned this Oktoberfest is very clean tasting. Starts off sweet with a caramel/bready malt, then brief performance from the hops, and finally a crisp clean finish sweet rather than grainy.

M - Light to medium I could see this being very session-able.

Overall another good Oktoberfest, great sweet taste, and hops with a clean finish to boot. Will keep an eye out for cheap sixers or cases.

09-19-2011 00:12:29 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of sommersb


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Tasted On: 09-17-2011
Freshness: Best By January 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Had this to celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest 2011

Dark amber color with a tan head of 3 fingers. Good retention and lacing on the creamy head. Clarity is clear and shows quite a bit of bubbles.

Grassy hops and some bready malts make up the smells, but overall the aroma is not very pronounced. Clean lager taste is dominated by malts - caramel, with a slight sweetness.

Both the body and amount of carbonation are medium. This beer finishes slightly bitter, but has enough malt backbone to keep the balance.

Overall a good Oktoberfest - easy to drink and just right as a fall session brew. Prost!

09-18-2011 04:21:39 | More by sommersb
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a deep reddish amber color, almost mahogany. A half finger of foam leaves a nice film on the glass. Aroma is sweet, earthy, almost a bit woody.

First sip is quite nice. Great munich/caramel sweetness, minimal hoppiness, and a clean finish with no aftertaste. I really like this one. I feel like the body and sweetness goes down great, and the clean finish leaves me wanting another sip.

This is one of the better Octoberfest beers that I've had. I'd pick up a 6'er of this one.

09-18-2011 01:26:16 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of yankeej13


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Did a Oktoberfest tasting and this was included figured I would rate it.

A- Has a nice amber like color or a caramel like color. Has a syrup like characteristic. Very faint lace of foam that quickly fades and mild carbonation.

S- Has a wheat beer smell. I get faint hints of caramel. Also a good malty smell with a little linger of floral hops.

T- It has a pretty bold taste. I get a hint of a roasted malt that is pretty sweet. Has a good amount of caramel. Mildly sweet malts to finish it off.

M- Good drinkability, smooth leaves your mouth with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- I enjoyed it. Was a little bit different than I thought it was going to be but still quite good. Cheers!

09-18-2011 00:21:32 | More by yankeej13
Photo of stephadelphia


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Had it straight out of the bottle.

A: Couldn't get the best idea since it was in the bottle, but from what I was able to "see" it looked like your typical amber-style Oktoberfest brew.

S: I really liked the smell. Sweet caramel malts with a bread-like aroma.

T: Has a nice sweetness to it while still being malty. There's a bit of a spicy note that is present on the finish.

M: Quite carbonated, and smooth.

O: I'm still a bit new to the "Oktoberfest" style, but from what I've had of this beer, I like it. I'm a fan of Brooklyn's other brews, so I'm not disappointed that I have a 6-pack of this to go through. Definitely could be a nice session beer for the fall.

09-17-2011 01:58:45 | More by stephadelphia
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +9.6%

A: clear amber with brown hues. 2 finger frothy head with decent lace

S: Very malty with typical lager/bready aroma.

T: malt and grain. Citrus and some earth notes. Typical of the style.

M:very smooth. moderate carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: an excellent oktoberfest. One of my favorites.

09-16-2011 01:21:32 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of mikeriley

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a rich, deep amber with a finger of sticky, off white head that acts like it's got somewhere to go (if not necessarily in a hurry).

Nose of bready and caramel malts, with a touch of floral noble hops. As it warmed, I lost the hops, and a slight fruitiness developed.

A toffee-like malt sweetness up front that seemed a little thin, watery. Bready with maybe a hint of dark fruit (raisins, plums). A tight little punch of hop bitterness in the middle, and a slight tartness on the finish.

Slick, slightly chewy; somewhat prickly in the middle of the palette. I get a subtle but distinct pucker, which while not being necessarily unpleasant, did surprise me a little for the style. A little thin for my taste, but, consequently, wouldn't be too hard to down a couple Masskrugs of.

A tasty enough brew, but not one I would necessarily be dying to try again. My enthusiasm for the Autumn is such that I really want my Fall Seasonals to knock my socks off with loud, bold flavors, and this one is just a bit too polite to do it for me.

09-16-2011 01:15:08 | More by mikeriley
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace over mostly clear amber reddish color, a bit darker and more red than I expected.

Nose has nice toasted malts, lots of Munich malt, light caramel malts, light sweet toasty lager malt and a light crisp lager like aroma, a bit of a juicy malt profile, quite like the style and very similar to most of the Munich Oktoberfests I've been having a lot lately.

Taste comes on with malts again, toasty earthy malts, some reddish malts, Munich malt, some crystal malts again with hint of caramel, toasted malts but not quite the cracked straw flavors. there is some juicy lager flavors, with hints of fruits and semi crisp. Hops come out as well, with some earthy almost herbal and slight spicy hops, which I wouldn't really think as noble hops. Finishes mostly clean, a bit more of the bittering hops with hint sof spicy and earthy hops again, as well as slight caramel and toasty malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, semi crisp, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malt profile especially the nose, the hop profile isn't exactly what I expected but doesn't throw it off too much. Nice lager profile although I would have liked a slightly cleaner and crisper finish. Otherwise one of the better American made Oktoberfests I've had to date.

09-15-2011 22:41:02 | More by jlindros
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Dark amber with a thin khaki head.

Aroma of toasted malt

Taste: Brooklyn Oktoberfest starts out with a caramel sweetness that is followed a hollowed owed shadow of plums and raisins which then changes to a burnt toast bitterness and then finishes dry and long.

Notes: After trying a few this is hands down my favorite Marzen.

09-15-2011 18:35:44 | More by fx20736
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

This is the last of a six-pack of this brew that I purchased from Palmer's in Columbus. After having a few over Labor day weekend, I feel I'm ready to review this beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish copper, with a brilliant, filtered appearance and a one-finger head that reduces quickly to a thin white lid.

The smell is full of malt and toffee, with hints of caramel and undertones of alcohol. There's also just a whiff of smokiness; perhaps a roasted malt?

Not nearly so malty in the taste as in the aroma. Rather, the taste is more grassy, with mild hints of toffee. While the bitterness is minimal, there is a sharpness to the taste which one would normally associate with carbonation.

Light to medium bodied, there is the slightest dry aftertaste. Mostly, however, it is a smooth, easy drinking beer.

I don't have anything against this beer; however, I find it rather uninspiring. With so many excellent Oktoberfests out there, this one, for me falls the middle of the pack.

09-14-2011 00:48:21 | More by TheHoppiest
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Ammber brown in color with a tan head that has medium retention. No major lacing on the glass. The taste has a good taste of carmel malts and its balanced out by a nice somewhat earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little lighter then I wish for a fall seasonal beer but overall I liked this version of the oktoberfest. Is this my favorite or the best I've had...no but its a great standby beer good for any fall occasion

09-14-2011 00:17:10 | More by huxcrunner
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