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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 1,597
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 17.62%
Wants: 31
Gots: 193 | 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: 749 | Hads: 1,597
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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Photo of Brent
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of silks636
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
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...

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of beerluvr
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer from Brooklyn Brewery
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