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Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 30
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of infi
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a rustic copper color that releases a subtle off-white head of fine bubbles. Nice amount of fluffiness initially but then dies to a thin cap that has a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is heavily laden with bready malts with a sort of toasted and nutty quality to it. There's also a slight peppery spiciness and graininess under all the malt. Taste is initially full of the caramel malt, which carries a nice subtle sweetness. Next, the brew enters a spicy and slight bitterness from the hops and ends on a bit of a metallic flavor. There's also a faint hint of buttery flavoring from the diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is a bit light-bodied as it's sort of watery in texture and adequately carbonated for the mouth appeal. This Oktoberfest drinks very smoothly and easily. Definitely could have a few more bottles of these. Worth a buy for the fall season.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured from the bottle to reveal a light copper color. The aroma was fairly nice with a moderately strong nutmeg character. The taste was very light with a mild spiciness. The finsish was slightly dry. The mouthfeel was very light. Overall this wasn't too bad. It is a decent representation of the German Oktoberfest beers I have tried.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangeish copper with a thin ivory head. No lace. Smells of caramel malt, richly malty. Faint citrusy hops and lightly smoky.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. A solid hop profile underneath the malt. A bit sour oddly enough. Mouth is quite sticky and sweet. This is decent but too sweet for more than a couple.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown color, nice one finger head that dissipates to white foam on the top layer. Sheets of small bubbles down the side of the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma. The roasted smell gives way to a breadyness and a little bit of spice.

T: Very nice malt flavor here, lots of caramel.

M/D: Medium to heavy bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, its pretty good. On the better side of others I have had in this style (this year at least). My only detraction that it was a little heavier than expected.

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured an amber copper color, very pretty in color. Nice frothy head the stayed around.

Smell: Malty in aroma, some caramel notes.

Taste: The taste was similar to the aroma, malty with a touch of caramel, a little toffee as well. I'm not sure why Brooklyn beers seem to have a bit of astringent taste to them, but I pick it up in almost everyone of their beers, this one did not have it. Maybe due to it being on draft?

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body.

Drinkability: Very easy drinker. I could have several.

Overall, this was a decent beer. I have never been too excited about this style but it is growing on me. This beer has made me want to try several more oktoberfest brews this fall, so it was a good choice on draft.

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Octoberfest beer of 2009. The color is a light amber/copper. Not a huge head and it settles rather quickly leaving a thin ring and little lacing. Smells of sweet, toasted malt. Maybe a bit of caramel in there. Faint hoppy smell. Taste follows the nose: Starts off a little toasty and the sweetness follows. Light fruit taste, though I can't really place what fruit is there. The taste is well balanced, though not particularly strong. Smooth mouthfeel without a lot of carbonation. Leaves a moderate amount of malty stick in the mouth, but drinks pretty easy. Overall it's a decent Octoberfest.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Showed a deep reddish orange with creamy head and good retention. Smell was of faint malty sweetness, mellow earth notes as well. Taste was similar, but too light for my liking. The carbonation was not overpowering and made for a very drinkable beer though lacking somewhat in complexity. Not bad for the style, just not a fan of the style.

Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a thick, white head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of perfume hops. Toasted malt flavor balanced by piney, floral hops. Medium, crisp body, medium carbonation. Long, dry, earthy finish. Good Octoberfest but definitely not my Favorite.

Photo of normZurawski
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good looking pour, darkish red. Aroma pretty good but nothing stands out. Same with the taste, decent but nothing screamingly amazing. Average mouthfeel as everything fades rapidly. Good drinkability as it's a fairly innocent beer. Not amazing but not bad. Not bad.

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking beer, very clear, with a dark copper color and lots of head...good lacing too.

The smell is very malty, caramel sweetness and that typical lager aroma I can't quite define.

Taste is malty, cracker/bready and again, typical of the style and in keeping with standard german lagers.

Carbonation is good, full but still a bit crisp and refreshing.

In the end this was a decent example of the style but I certainly didn't love it. This isn't my favorite style to begin with but I tried to be fair about judging this beer. Got a few more in the fridge so I will consider it a bit further with some football this weekend.

Photo of diddly
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of beerguru15
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When pouring this beer, you notice that the beer is Dark Amber in color and has a lingering off white head.

When smelling the beer you're presented with a medium malt aroma

When tasting this oktoberfest, the beer is pretty smooth with a slight malty taste. Though I found it not to be as strong in the malt category and overall aftertaste as most oktoberfests that I've encountered.

This beer had a slight mouthfeel with not much "punch"

I found this beer to be drinkable and a very easy drinker.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, though wouldn't actively seek it out as there are better Oktoberfests available, but was offered I would take one.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, topped with a three finger rocky light tan head, leaves puffy webs of lacing.
Rich malty aroma, bread, earthy and herbal notes.
Rich malty taste, bread, toffee, earthy, caramel and herbal notes.
Medium bodied, good straightforward smooth oktoberfest.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a couple of spots of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread and caramel malt on the nose

Taste: Bready start with a distinct caramel character; complemented by a surprisingly bitter, almost apple tart element by mid-palate that lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable, but I am not really a fan of the style

Photo of Merkur
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a redish orange color.

The beer smells very much of carmally malt.

The taste starts off with a good bit of carmel and finishes relatively light with a slight nutty taste. This beer is much stronger on the front and finishes a bit on the weaker side. Was expecting a bit more on the backend.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, ruby red/crimson body that was seethru w/ slight carbonation. Half-finger head that is a little foamy w/ constant lacings. A spicy smell at first, clove mostly, and then caramel after that; not much else. A malty taste mostly, mixed with caramel and something like tart apples(?). A generic spicing is in the taste also; not the most complex beer but its mediumish body goes down smooth and is paired with a crisp, dry finish. A good beer, but just not something I would pick as my first Octboberfest seasonal.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is dark copper orange with thick white foam. The smell and taste are grainy malts, a touch of hops spice and bitterness, mostly sweet. Nothing exceptional but I guess that's the style. Very drinkable but Oktoberfests aren't my thing in general.

Photo of stxp
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark amber, some reddish hues in light, inch of head on a rough pour, stays for a few minutes, nice lacing which fades over time

smell: bready, malty, slightly metallic clean, fresh sweetness

taste: crisp, smooth for the color, very biscuity, bready, slight roast notes, little achohol taste, little bitterness

mouthfeel: slight bite at the beginning, moderately filling, finishes with a nutty, alcoholic linger

overall: nice octoberfest style, hop character is almost non-existant, could make it a bit more complex, very basic malty octoberfest

Photo of Tschnab
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light brown with a one inch cap of head.

S- not getting the light toasty or malty aroma I hoped for. Instead, this is grainy and slightly vegetal.

T- the taste is much better. Toasty malts and grains, sweet nuttiness, some hints of fruit. It sits on the palate very nicely, leaving a toast like after taste.

O- very nice oktoberfest, I really like a beer like this watching football.

Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a large off-white head that turns into sticky lace in my glass. The huge head almost spilled, but my Sam Adams glass held it in. Very nice.

A light aroma of sweet malt, with bread and biscuit smells.

The taste is flavorful, with bread-like flavors and a hint of tannin twang.

This beer, which is fine, is the weakest link of all the great Brooklyn beers. But that sounds a lot worse than it is. This is a good beer from a brewery that brews great beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown colored beer with just a faint bit of white foam covering part of the top. Good clarity. Aroma of caramel and dark malt greets my nose. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy. The flavor is of caramel, dark malt, and there's a nuttiness in the taste, particularly in the fade.

Photo of briandaube
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nickynick
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Oktoberfest poured a very nice full amber, with a nice tan head, and good lacing. The smell showed good malt, caramel, and hops. The taste seemed full of minerals, but only showed faint malt flavors. The taste was very balanced with the hops and malt, however it lacked a bit of sweetness for my taste, but was not an unpleasant flavor by any means. Mouthfeel was good, very nice crisp carbonation. Drinkability was nice. Overall this was a decent Ofest, I enjoyed it, but again it lacked sweetness for me. I would not turn one down. Also, I am glad that the 2009 Ofests are here!

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