Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,533 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 152 | 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 BeerFan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of leeenglewood
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of silks636
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle, capped. No date.

This oktoberfest beer poured an effervescent, amber-red color with very light tan, creamy foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with notes of bread and a hint of hops. The taste was malty, with some not-so-sweet caramel, oak, and hops. There was also a bit of a vinous flavor as the glass warmed. The mouthfeel was smooth but crisp and dry overall. The body was medium with good carbonation. The finish was malty and hoppy. This was a very good and nicely drinkable beer.

Photo of kaszeta
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at 2003 AOBF:Stammtisch

Pours with a dark copper body and a very thin white head with little lace or froth. Very pleasant floral hops with plenty of maltiness balancing it out. The taste was excellent, with a nice toasted malt accompanied with a pleasant bitterness from the hops, leaving a nice mild bitter finish. Despite the hops, it's still a light beer with little dryness. The result is a delicious drinable oktoberfest beer, one of the best I've had in a while. I must seek out more of Brooklyn's brews...

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

Appearance: Clear burnished copper color. Minimal white head that disappates to a thin crown. Precious little lacing.

Smell: Nice smell of roasted and caramel malts in an admirable balance. Very faint floral hops.

Taste: Initial taste of roasted malts quickly followed by caramel malt. Slightly bitter finish, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with minimal astringency and puckering. Just enough to cleanse the palate.

Drinkability: Great session beer, just like an Octoberfest/märzen should be.

My favorite O-fest of the year so far. Hooray for fall!

Photo of beerluvr
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a quickly falling faintly tan head that settles over clear amber liquid with hints of gold in it. The nose is bready/malty with a whiff of metallic hoppiness coming on strong. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for an O-fest, but had nice flavors of semi-sweet and toasty maltiness on the palate upon swallowing. The finish showed a flash of yeasty fruitiness (hmm, is this a "true" lager yeast O-fest or an ale yeast hybrid??) and some hop bitterness when I should of been tasting sweet malt. Decent, but much better examples abound at this time of year!

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

wonderfully constructed appears copper amber with a lucious tan creamy head sitting atop, not bad at all lacing is full and even great looking brew from Garret's brewhouse. Aroma toasted malts with edges of caramel sweetness and a touch of german hops thrown in their are noticeable. Great flavor crisp not overly sweet but still a malty treat with the blend of vienna and other specialty malts wow a great beer toasted nut in the finish with enough bitterness to balance. Dead on to the style I am loving this one possibly my favorite beer out of Brooklyn, mouthfeel is medium in body nice creamy texture. I could definitely throwback a liter of this as if I were in Munchen, plan to pick up some more of this jewel.

Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty, slightly sweet, faint aroma. Clear copper body, reluctant tan head. Excellent lacing.

Mouthfeel is also excellent. Creamy, a shade metallic, slick, lightly carbonated, and sweet.

An excellent Oktoberfest -- my first for 2003 and a great start. Slick, sweet, and medium-bodied.

Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark appearance with decent head...malty aroma with a decent taste that stops about halfway on the upper palate. Not as rounded as I would have liked. Mouthfeel was initially nice, but stopped about halfway back, with a minimal aftertaste. Drinkability was average...I was hoping for more as I usually am a big fan of Brooklyn offerings.

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light beige foamy head topped with big bubbles sits atop a honey/copper colored beer. The head is thick, and lingers long. Aroma is of sweet malt, with hints of fruit. Flavor is also fruity with light hop, and a bits of honey, pine and orange peel. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fine lacing all the way down the glass. Excellent selection.

Photo of dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium, white head. A small head remains. Very good lacing. The beer is a light brown/copper color. Smells like rum punch: butter, spices, citrus, and alcohol. Also smells a bit like a Dr. Pepper. Every whiff smells different. Tastes/feels buttery as well. The spices are there, too. This is a good brew. Very complex. Great aftertaste -- keeps you thinking.

Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze hue, translucent, small off-white head that quickly faded to a soapy residue with a few specks of spotty lace. Sharply clean nose, only faint hints of spice, malt. Buttery palate, the hops seem too noticeable, the malt foundation is fair... indifferent flavor profile. Decent finish… the aftertaste is malty but tacky. Medium body, appropriate carbonation… overall, fair mouthfeel.

I'd say this bottle has held-up well, I would like to try it in season though, I would wager it is much better. Stegmakk send me this one… so thanks for the beer.

Photo of dmarch
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rivals The Black Chocolate Stout as my favorite Brooklyn Beer. It pours with a reddish copper color and thin white head and lots of carbonation. There is a sweet caramel taste and it finishes with very slight hoppiness. An excellent interpretation of the Oktoberfest style.

Photo of Scooter77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/auburn color with a fluffy off-white head. Froth fades down to about 1/4-inch and then remains throughout, leaving a thin sticky lace on the glass. Nose is of roasted malt and subtle hops, kind of reminds me of whole grain bread. Taste is slightly sweet and bitter with some bits of nuttiness mixed in. This is a decent medium-bodied beer, which leave a slightly creamy texture on the tongue. Very enjoyable.

Photo of bierman2000
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liht slightly malty and bitter blend of an Oktoberfest. It has been better in other years and does change slightly as the beer warms. It is flavorful with the caramel taste of an Oktoberfest and is worth a try, much better on tap if you can get it. Another quality beer from Brooklyn.

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

A damn good Octoberfest Beer! Pours out a dark amber colour with a nice head to it. Malty aroma and taste...oh so smooth, oh so creamy...oh so easy to drink. This tastes wonderful and it also has a very full mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability. This beer is enough to fill you up...but it is light enough to drink all day.
Just like an Octoberfest beer should be!
Cheers!,
F.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Brooklyn brew that I tried,I liked the nice copper/caramel to it,very nice retaining head.Nice malty aroma,with caramel accents,very appetizing.Very fresh tasting malty brew with some hop quality in there as well.I have enjoyed all the Brooklyn beers I have tried.This one is better than alot of German styles.

Photo of stegmakk
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark orange color with light tan thin head...

Aroma is buttery hoppiness...

Flavor is nicely hoppy bitter...only a hint of butter flavor...

Drinkability OK..overall decent...I'll drink what I have and if I get more I will drink them...but I wont look for it

Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with noticeable carbonation. Tops off with a nice thick and tight off white head. The head does fade quickly and leaves very little lace. The aroma is sweet, toasted malt and caramel come to mind, but there are hops present. The taste is right along with the aroma. A pleasant taste of malt starts across your tongue and ends with a slightly sweet caramel finish. The finish turns dry and sheds the flavor of the hops that were hidden in the aroma. A very nice beer from the Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of Kwak
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This well made octoberfest has a thin clean tan head, nice malt flavor. The head doesn't stick around to long. Strong body good color nice aroma. The sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor with slight hops and grain feel. nice for this style good body nice flavor this is what I am going to look for next October.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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