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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 Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace over mostly clear amber reddish color, a bit darker and more red than I expected.

Nose has nice toasted malts, lots of Munich malt, light caramel malts, light sweet toasty lager malt and a light crisp lager like aroma, a bit of a juicy malt profile, quite like the style and very similar to most of the Munich Oktoberfests I've been having a lot lately.

Taste comes on with malts again, toasty earthy malts, some reddish malts, Munich malt, some crystal malts again with hint of caramel, toasted malts but not quite the cracked straw flavors. there is some juicy lager flavors, with hints of fruits and semi crisp. Hops come out as well, with some earthy almost herbal and slight spicy hops, which I wouldn't really think as noble hops. Finishes mostly clean, a bit more of the bittering hops with hint sof spicy and earthy hops again, as well as slight caramel and toasty malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, semi crisp, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malt profile especially the nose, the hop profile isn't exactly what I expected but doesn't throw it off too much. Nice lager profile although I would have liked a slightly cleaner and crisper finish. Otherwise one of the better American made Oktoberfests I've had to date.

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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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Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date stamped on the bottle. The lager poured a clear, amber-orange with a quickly receding and foamy off-white head.

This is the most aromatic oktoberfest I have encountered. Upon opening the bottle, the sharp, malty and perfumy aroma exploded forth. The aroma had an almost wine like quality.

The flavor begins solidly sweet with a sour and doughy like flavor. This lager has some complexity, yet remains highly drinkable. The hops give the lager a sharp, refreshing characteristic.

This oktoberfest has a solid, medium body with a nice complement of carbonation. The yeasty, bready, aftertaste is very pleasant on the palate.

This is my favorite oktoberfest so far this season. The lager reminds me of the some of the high quality german imports, only fresher. It has a substantial body but could be sessionable because of its bright, refreshing flavor.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with burnt orange highlights. The tall, beige head is fluffy and fairly thick. Retention is very nice, with concentric rings of foamy lace left along the glass.

S: Soft caramel sweetness, along with toasted grain. A bit nutty. Hops seem spicy and herbal; in other words, they seem German. Clean and well-rounded.

T: Toasted grain and a measured caramel sweetness in terms of malt. A perfectly balanced kiss of spicy, herbal hop flavor and bitterness keeps everything on an even keel. An appealing, mild nuttiness into the finish. Also a yeasty tanginess of some sort - difficult to place. Almost fruity, like apple peel.

M: Moderately full bodied. Carbonation is crisp and fairly lively. Finishes dry and clean.

D: This is a very nicely done Oktoberfest from Brooklyn. Definitely one of the top American marzens I've sampled. Balance is great, and the beer has a nice overall character. I was impressed by this one and would recommend it over most other fall seasonals.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally a fan of this brewery and this bottle is well within the best by date so I am optimistic.
Rich malt aroma with a solid toastiness up front and a full on kick of melanoidans for the rest. Very faint hopping in the background (grassy noble type).
Orange/brown/amber. Very clear and looking like an American oktoberfest. Big and full biege head.
Flavor is not as robust as the aroma, which ultimately makes it more drinkable. Smooth feel and almost creamy feel. Less rich in the flavor. Still a malt forward beer with more toastiness in the balance.
Filling with ample carbonation. Long finish with a chewy lingering from the malt and just enough hops in the bittering and hop flavor hanging around for an enjoyable experience.
I won't expect less from this brewery. Always with the classic character to their beers and this one is no different. Don't think I found a Brooklyn beer I didn't appreciate.

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Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very much enjoying the fact were getting these brews from Brooklyn, here in NW Ohio. Thisone is why.

It pours a deep amber red. The head was great,off white/slightly tan. Lace stuck rings of thick froth around the glass.

The aroma was of sweet and pleasing malts.

The taste was crisp, smooth, sweet malts. Toasted caramel and a good crisping hop balance.

The mouth is left with a hop leaf, earthy feel.

Overall, very easy to drink. A good rendition of a good style. I look forward to it every year.

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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 krisandajt
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another birthday brew courtesy of the Mrs.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a nice bit of fluffy head. Moderate retention, minimal lacing.

Smell: An outstanding representation for the style, a biscuity kind of malt sweetness.

Taste: Again, a fantastic representation of the style. A nice bit of sweetness right up front with a very slight bit of bitterness at the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, good body. This one is going down nicely.

Drinkability: Simply put, this is one great Marzen. Crisp, refreshing, and goes down nice on a cool autumn night. A special thanks to the wife for picking this one up for me.

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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 tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with lasting clingy white top. Looks great. Aromas of caramel and bready malt are nice. Flavor matches the nose, with some caramel sweetness and malty goodness. A little more carbonation than I like, but finishes clean. Very drinkable marzen.

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Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, deep orange color with a foamy white head. Nicely scattered lacing.

S - Toasty malt, caramel, and a spicy herbal hops aroma in the background.

T - Malty, but not too sweet, with an almost tart character from the hops. Nice, clean finish with a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

D - I'm a big fan of Marzens, and this is one of my favorites. Very drinkable beer, and I always drink my fair share every October.

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Photo of Schwab
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beer has a nice amber, mahogany color and came with a decent head that took some time to fade.

S - Somewhat roasty smell to it, very malty IMO

T - Great malt character, hint of German noble hops, very balanced. Somewhat caramel taste to it, not very bitter.

M - Decent carbonation, medium-full body and crisp

D - Very smooth. I rate this high for sure. Very solid beer and the better commercial Oktoberfest (compared to SA)

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waiting in my pint glass, knowing it has minutes to live, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a cloudless, brilliant amber with a crisp head that quickly vanishes. The grainy smell hints at some elements of the taste, but sipping it reveals some extra flavors, like decent hops that linger pleasantly into the aftertaste and even some hints of sweet and tart fruit. While not simple, the beer is straightforward and highly drinkable. Oh, yeah, the mouthfeel is really nice--soft, not creamy, not to thick, not too thin.

I haven't been a big fan of Oktoberfest beers. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for helping me to gain an appreciation of the style.

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Photo of numenor1
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a respectable head, reducing to a collar, and nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts and maybe the faintest hops. Taste is very very nice. Not overpowering by any means, but delightful and full. Bready and toasty with some caramel overtones. Hops are steady in restricting the malts but not at all pronounced. Theres touches of fruit(apple) lurking about. Mouthfeel is terrific, medium low mouthfeel but somehow with the carbonation creates an incredible creaminess. A great session beer. A great oktoberfest.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a whole hell of a lot of oktoberfests... seeing as how it is now october I have little in the way of excuses.
This is a good one all the way around. It's what I imagine fresh German versions to taste like.
Malty and sweet without over doing either. Pecan pie soda comes to mind.
Has an enjoyable, tangy candied texture to it without being thick or cloying.
As many Brooklyn brews are, very well balanced all around.
This is not an impressive or intense or stunning beer...
but it is very accessable and enjoyable.
Very true to style as far as I can see.
A well made thing for all to see.

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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 mjurney
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation. Very nice head, off white color.

Very malty, caramel, biscuity, slight touch of roasted malts. Ripe dark fruit, black cherries and plums. Hint of earthy and spice.

Malty up front along with fruitiness in the end. Very bold for an Oktoberfest. Lots of rich malts, caramel/toffee, bready, biscuit, just a touch of roasted nuts. I'm getting lots of fruitiness in the back of my palate, black cherries and plums. Slight touch of hop bitterness, earthy-spicy like. Body is medium, a little dry. Carbonation is soft.

Smooth finish. Slight touch of dryness in the aftertaste.

Very bold and hearty in a good way. Drinks like an Ale.

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Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper gold with 1-finger head. Fair retention, but laces well.

Caramel and toast in the nose. Very nice roast malt profile.

Starts clean, but quickly goes bready. Smaller than expected roast flavor, but very nice. Caramel and a very faint syrup texture.

Feel is very good. Just thick enough, actually thicker than the taste warrants.

Very easy to drink. Go get this one.

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Photo of ikats
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color. Average tan head that is quick to dissipate. Nice toasted malt aroma. Not too powerful, just enough to let its presence known, and to make you wanna taste this offering. The taste builds up on aroma. More toasted malr. Light carbonation tickles the tongue. Hops are in the back providing just enough power not to make this beer too sweet. Has a somewhat dry finish, although sweetness stays on the lips. Medium body.

Brooklyn doesn't disappoint me in this offering. This is a very drinkable beer. Perfect as a session beer. I think I'll pick up another six-pack or two before they are all out.

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Photo of ski271
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, foamy head that doesn’t last too long before fading to a thin film. Very little lacing. The smell is quite malty, of course, with earthy aromas of caramel, bread, light flowers and nuts and a little apple. The taste is a bit sweet, with caramel being most notable, but the roasted malts are backed up nicely by a grassy hop bitterness. This one was enjoyable. I love a good, big, maltoberfest, but this one has more balance than I’ve been finding this year. Nicely done.

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Photo of reeder
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my favorite pint glass. A vanilla-malty aroma wafted up to my nose before I even stuck my nose in to take a whiff. The next thing I noticed was this beer's gorgeous shade of amber. Exactly the way I would want an Oktoberfest style beer to look. My first swig was nice and crisp all the way through. Hints of cherries and a bit of citrus with very little lingering after taste. Reasonable complexity as far as lagers that I've tasted go. Very drinkable aside from a bit of acidic bitterness.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yet deep amber with a fast two finger, receding head. Very little bubbling and no lacing, but good color though. The aroma is a strong, sweet, toasted bread bomb of malt and just a bit of herbal hops. Toasted dry malts give the taste givs freshly baked whole grain wheat bread and bg of rice scent. The hops add some grassy herbs and just a dash of citrus. Palate is has an almost off-puting resiny palate for an Octoberfest bier. Great session beer wth a softly receding flavor.

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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 apintofknowledge
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest is the most beautiful in appearance of a recent sampling I did of several American Fest brews… a deep mahogany hue with a creamy head and aromas of whiskey and honey. Those aromas come through in the flavor as well, with the initial sweetness of clover honey, whiskey and even a hint of maple. There’s a chewy, doughy middle to this one that leads into a gradually building bitterness. Subtle floral and grassy flavors come through from the hops. It has a round, full mouthfeel, with a slightly syrupy thickness. Overall, the most complex of the American Fests we tried, and the most comparable to the German originals.

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