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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 737
Hads: 1,548
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 31
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 737 | Hads: 1,548
Photo of 86MonteSS
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of silks636
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of kaszeta
4.7/5  rDev +26%
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... (523 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (588 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (565 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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!
F. (382 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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 (271 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Kwak
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very slightly chill hazed. Beautiful auburn color. A thin beige head sits on top. Reduces to an edging rather quickly and laces adequately. Nice levels of toasted malt, grain and carmelized sugar on the nose. Toasted flavor dominates, although there are other flavors that come into play: breadiness, grain and toffee. The finish is actually a bit dry. Unusual for an Oktoberfest, but it doesn't seem out of place. Body is medium full. Drinkability nice. All and all, a good ofest. Nice to know that some marzens are actually brewed in Marzen.

Thanks to Davo for the sample. (591 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish Amber color with a nice malty (nutty?) aroma (Munich malts?). A nice light spicy and grainy flavor (also a bit nutty). Medium bodied with a very nice balanced finish. A slightly more hop finish than most...

One of my favorite Octoberfests for the year along with Victory. (285 characters)

Photo of Scoats
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a great brewery!

This is a wonderful Marzen beer. It seems to me to be slightly hoppier than some German fests, which is a good thing. Perectly balanced, the sweet maltiness flows effortlessly into a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

It is a session beer with character. I could easily picture holding a large mug of this and having a wonderful afternoon with friends and music.

Lately I have gone from an ale drinker to a lager hound. This beer is one of the reasons. (477 characters)

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.