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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm still looking for a really good Oktoberfest/Märzen style brew. Most of the ones I've had are decent, but nothing special (Ayinger's version was the closest an O-Fest came to "wowing" me). I thought Brooklyn was going to be the one to truly open my eyes, but in the end the search continues...

Brooklyn's Oktoberfest pours a very nice reddish orange color with a one-finger foam which lasts for under a minute and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma was weak and unspectacular. Some caramel malts and some citric hops were detectable in limited quantities. The mouthfeel was crisp and moderately carbonated, but nothing memorable. In the flavor, the sweet caramel malts were definitely there, and a pronounced nuttiness was present thoughout the entire brew. Sounds nice, but the flavors didn't end up being too assertive (it almost seemed watery to me, but that's being harsh). There is a decent citric hop bitterness and dryness in the finish, which continues into the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found in this one.

A very average Oktoberfestbier. This is certainly drinkable, but it isn't somthing I'd really go out of my way to hunt down. Might be good with a pretzel and some spaetzle.

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Photo of maek228
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark copper, with a small head.

smell: i got some toffee and caramel.

taste: its that caramel and toffee again! damn this beer is marvelously malty.

mouthfeel: most beers dont have a mouthfeel that really stands out, but here we have a beer that is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. the maltiness just coats your mouth. excellent

drinkability: i could drink these till i get arrested for throwing a brick through a window

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

Pours a standard oktoberfest ruddy orange, with sligtly off-white foam. Leaves a good amount of thin, clingy lace.

A leafy, earthy aroma, with a touch of citrus.

Taste is leafy, but not overly bitter hops, earthy malt, hints of lemon and mixed nuts in the background. A more-ish body that stays just chewy and creamy enough to keep interest high, without getting too thick.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, the new 2004 Oktoberfest is definitely different than the last two. Had this at the brewery premiere on 9/10/04.

Weird smell, more like an IPA than a Marzen, didn't really like the smell. Looked like the color of pine sap (a really cool, translucent amber.) Good carbonation, decent head.

Taste was also kind of bizzare ("smell is a big part of taste" is proven here.) Tastes like a spiced ale with pine nuts, filtered through a grassy knoll. Has a snappy hoppiness but kind of a thin, watery mouthfeel. Has the body of a summer beer, just too weird for me really to give it a thumbs-up, will have to go back for a second one to confirm.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely amber with a tight white head.. The head lasts for a bit.. When it dies down it leaves a lovely ring around the head of the krug.. Smells of caramel and devild eggs, and caramel

Taste is malt and malt, Nice malt taste with a bit of caramel sugar and not much hop taste. Probably a more true Oktoberfest than what they serve at Oktoberfest. but then again cant have Matzens at the fest.. One of the best domestic fests.. Drank with Korean spiced Flanken Ribs and Chinese spiced chicken.. Wow What a combo..

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Photo of wailingwench
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of carln26
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Starchild
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of dweideman
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of littlebibs
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of jazzmac
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of oldgrowth
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerFan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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