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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

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Ratings: 1242
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%

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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of TwelveOunces


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours clear golden yellow with a one finger white head. The aroma of this beer matches the taste. The aroma is lager yeast, wheat and lemon grass. This is not too far from a witbier in my opinion and not to far from a pilsner as well. The flavors are somewhat weak and forgettable but well rounded and balanced. There is not the typical caramel and malt flavors in this beer that I expect from an Oktoberfest but this beer has a decent go at the lighter side of the style. Not a bad brew but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 00:59:12 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent had a brooklyn since July when I got a 12 pk of Summer and recieved a free Brooklyn beer glass. Been looking forward to using this glass for another Brooklyn beer.

A: This beer pours a dark orange, amber color with a solid 1 inch finger head.

S: Aroma consists of sweet spice and roasted malts. Has a hint of Pumpkin , hazelnut, and cinnamon.

T: Has a very nutty flavor consisting of hazel nut, much brown ale character. Has a faint, underlyning of pumpkin spice, brown sugar, caramel, and bready malts.

M: The mouth of this beer is sweet, spicy and full of holiday character. A mix between a Brown ale and a Harvest beer. No carbonation, but very drinkable.

O:Good Oktoberfest beer, losts of nutty, malty flavors. I dont have much experience in Brooklyn, but so far, I have experienced some quality, craft beers!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 04:22:48 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of diddly

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with a think white head, which didn't last long.

Aroma is sweet, no noticeable hops, and sort of buttery. Not as clean as expected.

Crisp and sweet taste up front, somewhat balanced with bitterness, but without a hop flavor to speak of. Some caramel or butter flavor. A little bit of breadiness in the malt profile.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, somewhat creamy, with good carbonation. Very smooth.

Crisp and clean beer, despite the diacetyl flavor - I'm assuming I just got a bad batch. Malt obviously takes over, but is well balanced in the flavor. Not a terrific Marzen, but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:15:34 | More by diddly
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear amber color with one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell is very good- rich, buttery roasted (toasted?) malts. A little spice in there, maybe some noble hops. Super solid.

Taste is pretty good but somewhat lacking in robustness of character. Definitely get the roasted malts towards the end, some caramel up front, a tiny bit of citrus (suprising) hops. Again, a little spice in the mix.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little too watery, too carbonated. I like my Oktoberfests rich and smooth- this one has a medium light body and is a little to prickly on the tongue. I'm not a fan of Brooklyn so for me this is one of their better beers, if not a great oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:36:54 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of ShiftBeer

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. More German-minded than many American Octo-fests, no surprise from Mr. Oliver.

Smooth, medium bodied. Some malt character, but not overwhelming. The floral hops and crisp finish make it nice and sessionable.

Solidly above average, and one of the better American o-fests

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:03:49 | More by ShiftBeer
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown body that yields a small half finger white head slowly dissipates into the body after a half minute. Some spider web lacing is left.

S: some earthy breadiness and nuts up front with some nutmeg and caramel slightly in the background.

T: earthy breadiness comes back a bit more up front than the other flavorings.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. I would say this is a pretty drinkable beer.

O: this is a pretty good beer that I probably should have gotten the rest of the six pack. This is definitely one of the better Brooklyn offerings that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 15:56:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of iBeer16

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours an amber brown perfect for an oktoberfest with a 2 finger head that dissipates quick.
S- Carmel, toasted malts, nutty, again great aroma for an oktoberfest
T- toasted malts, nutmeggy, nutty,
M- very light but good carbonation, easy to drink.
O- very well done for an oktoberfest, nothing special but a great sample of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:57:20 | More by iBeer16
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up locally. surprised that these guys are available already, but then again halloween costumes are starting to show up. enjoyed from my brooklyn snifter.

a - brew poured a transparent brown with a thin foamy white head that left some chunky lacing. some visible carbonation could be seen dancing in the glass.

s - ah...fresh marzen. nutmeg, figs, earthiness. toasted malts. breadiness.

t - a blend of toasted malts with some sweet figgy-ness glazed on the surface. malt heavy with some nutmeg grapes. i like a bit more sweetness on this style, but pretty solid none-the-less.

m - solid even carbonation, soft sweetness, but good for the style. easy drinker.

o - overall, pretty good marzen. i like them a bit sweeter, but this is a solid offering from brooklyn. this style doesn't get the love that it should.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:58:22 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of thain709


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear copper body with two fingers worth of white head...spotty retention led to not much lacing

S - Sweet, toasted malts with caramel and buttered bread coming to mind...a hint of earthy hops

T - Starts off on the sweeter side with a load of caramel and some hints of toffee lingering...toasted malts take a little edge off the caramel...they end up adding some biscuit flavors that show off some sweetness as well...there is a brief grainy presence but that gets cut short as the grassy and floral hops come in at the end to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...sweet with a touch of grassy hops at the finish

O - A very easy to drink Oktoberfest but it was a little on the sweet side as far as flavors go...I wish the toasted malts would have balanced things out more...nonetheless this one goes down very easy

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:40:06 | More by thain709
Photo of rudzud


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a small off white head that faded at average rate to leave minimal side lacing.

S - Light sweet malts that are so common with oktoberfests, light bready grains, and some subtle spicy hops at the end.

T - Taste is close to the nose. Lots and lots of those sweet malts and bready undertones. There is a gentle earthy spice note towards the end.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit lowly carbonated and thin though.

O - Overall this is a slightly above average oktoberst. With so many good ones in this style, I'll have to pass on this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 01:29:31 | More by rudzud
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Pours clear-copper color; two fingers of light tan head last for some time. Thin film remains.

S: Sweet toasted malts, caramel, some dry cereal grain, and perhaps a fruity presence.

T: All malts: caramel, grain, a little burnt toast, and a kiss of banana.

M: Medium-thin body with average carbonation.

O: Average for the style. A typical mediocre beer from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 14:14:52 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Pegasus


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep toned copper in color, with a robust, persistent, off-white head, scattered patchy lacing, and clouds of small, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt and dark bread and earthy, spicy, fragrant herbal hops, it smells like the first brisk, cool day of autumn.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt and dark bread flavors, these flavors carry throughout the taste. Late in the taste, there is a mild, spicy note. Finishes with a mild, lingering medicinal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, just a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:06:50 | More by Pegasus
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from old notes. 12oz bottle poured into a seidel.

A: Pours a deep orange with brown hues, the color of fall. An aggressive pour yields a huge off-white head that settles into a very respectable two-inch crown. Great retention. Clumps of lacing glue themselves to the glass.

S: Very rich and malty, rife with hearty scents of bread, grain, and notes of toffee and caramel. Slight metallic edge. maybe a touch of earthy, nutty yeast. Hop smells are grassy and hay-like.

T: Bready malt tastes at the outset turn sweet and caramel-like, then grainy. Toasted malt tastes of bread crust creep in toward the end of the malt onslaught. Hop tastes of grass and hay provide balance. Quick flare of earthy/spicy hop tastes and a flash of citrus elaborate. Nutty earthiness now seems like more of a malt nuance than a yeast contribution. Finishes with tastes of grain, bread crust, and grass.

M: Medium bodied, a touch buttery, a bit chewy. On the thicker end of today's oktoberfest spectrum, yet it still remains quaffable.

O: An oktoberfest worthy of much praise. Layers of malt complexity. Excellent.

Notes: This has consistently been my favorite oktoberfest beer over the last few years. Far from just another token seasonal; it's a very true to style offering that sets itself apart with a deep, rich maltiness that is rarely seen these days. Not at all watery or bland, as is the recent trend in the style, nor is it a bastardized American gimmick of a beer as so many tend to be.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 19:56:47 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Durge


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Vasi’s in Waterbury, CT, this seasonal shows a coppery-brown color with a modest off-white cover that largely breaks down into scattered patches leaving little or no signs of lacing. The aroma suggests deep brown bread grains and mild maple malt. Not bad at all. The flavor follows with a more cidery-malt with vague sweet potato-pumpkin and a touch of herbal hops. Basically a fairly sweet malt concoction with some subtle spice. This is medium bodied with meager carbonation in this particular sample, leaving a bit of a glassy, aqueous feel. All in all a likeable brew but nothing highly memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 00:47:42 | More by Durge
Photo of LaCoursiere


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Used an aggressive pour to get 1 finger of head comprised of large bubbles. The head dissipated quickly to a thin wisp. The color is a burnt orange-amber. The clarity is good, but there is no lacing.

S - The aroma is nice and malty. Toasted malts and a fresh bread.

T - Clean and bready malts in front that tasted more toasted in the middle and a gentle bitterness in the finish.

M - Light-bodied. Feel is thin and a bit watery. The carbonation is adequate, but doesn't compensate for the thin feel. No alcohol presence.

O/D - I'm not too impressed with this one. The look and feel are it's downfall. It is drinkable, but there are definitely better Oktoberfest beers to be had.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:04:44 | More by LaCoursiere
Photo of bmwats


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pretty heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Very weak, spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, and oak.

T: Roasted malt with a touch of pecan shell bitterness, black licorice, and butterscotch.

M: Full and robust with a bittersweet finish.

D: Heart brew that kinda' fills you up.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head, but no real lacing to speak of. Nose is malty, woody, with some sweet attributes. Flavor is a robust malt with a little butterscotch (but not really sweet) and some licorice bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 23:19:41 | More by bmwats
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two 12oz bottles poured into a 1L boot...

A: Copper; one finger of light beige head that manages virtually no retention and leaves no lace.

S: Rich, bready malt aroma; some sweet caramel, too.

T: Bread crust / earthy dough; some light hop bitterness; grains.

M: Medium-bodied and high carbonation - pretty standard.

D/O: An easy drinking Oktoberfest; easy to have a few - low abv and tasty! Nothing too bold, but one of the go-to Oktoberfests, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 17:54:45 | More by jpro
Photo of beveritt


2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is classic Brooklyn with a blue and silver check reminiscent of the Bavarian flag. No clear freshness date.

Pours with just over 1 finger of very light tan head. This settles slowly to a spotty cap of foam. The beer itself is the color of burnished copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of sweet caramel malt with hints of tart cherries.

Taste: Metallic bite upfront with an unpleasant tea and sawdust flavor; the sweet caramel is hidden deep if you look for it.

Mouthfeel: Higher than expected carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Not even sure this is worth finishing. I will still with the German imports for now, mixed in with some inexpensive Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:30:08 | More by beveritt
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden/amber fairly clear and clean with a small off white head. Spot lacing that fades rather quick. Smell is what you would think from a marzen. Spice and pumpkin notes with some honey and cloves. Some earthy wheat. Not a strong eroma, but adequate. Taste is pretty straight forward with a nice mix of spices, malts and a touch of hops. Nothing complex, but decent. Easy on the palate and bread notes add to the taste. Feel is a good bit of carbonation that makes it dry and a touch thin. Overall- A pretty solid marzen that is refreshing and has a session quality to it. Enjoy the spices and earth flavor, but a little thin. Nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't turn one down. Another solid brew by Brooklyn, pretty tasty-

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:16:37 | More by TheDinger
Photo of GallowsThief


2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Pours a coppery amber with a half finger of off white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing.

S – Sweet malts. Slight roast.

T - Light sweetness. Light bitterness. A bit of a roasted malt taste. Hard hoppy flavor at the end.

M – Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

O – Was looking forward to this but there is something in the taste I did not enjoy. It’s a very harsh flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:25:50 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of StArnoldFest2010


3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark in color. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing. This beer tasted like a dark ale trying to have octoberfest spices. The bitterness drowned out the Octoberfest spice in my opinion. Decent quality beer and all, but not what I was looking for in this style beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 21:10:44 | More by StArnoldFest2010
Photo of PaulyHands


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draught at the Oasis pub in New London, CT.

Pours a really great amber, with a creamy head that lingers through most of the beer.

Nose is a bit nutty, some toffee and malt. Light on the spice which is nice. Some vanilla notes too.

Taste is really well balanced; slight malt, nutty. Only offputting thing is it finishes a tiny bit sour.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, a hearty but sessionable beer.

Overall a really fantastic beer for the season, and something to make you look forward to the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 02:11:52 | More by PaulyHands
Photo of Paincane


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-amber pour into pint glass. Thin off-white head with mild lacing.
S: Toffee, caramel and malt aromas but not much nose.
T: Malt, slight nuttiness, caramel and toffee flavors.
M Medium-bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I had three! Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 20:42:58 | More by Paincane
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Okotoberfest is as good as the German imports I've had including Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, and Ayinger. Amber brown in appearance with good lacing but not a huge head retention. The smell is mild, but the taste is round with noticeable hops - very mild bitterness with very nice malt presence. I recommend this highly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 18:40:37 | More by angusdegraosta
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orangish brown with amber highlights. Little to no head, with a decent lace that hangs in the glass

S - Smell is hearty, bread like with malts and some vague earthy hops aroma mixed in

T- It tastes like it smells. Very mild, with some bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is good, there is a balance in thickness, with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Overall, this a good, solid beer, definitely worth trying. Would make a decent session beer due to its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:57:04 | More by Apellonious
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