Brookside Beer | Roslyn Brewing

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Brewed by:
Roslyn Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2003

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin body with a light amber color in the Pilsner glass. The head is pretty long lasting with plenty of sudsy lacing. A tasty gulp with a spritzy mouthfeel. Not much aroma, more of an herbal note.

This has a toasty and malty flavor that adds a lot to the flavors for such a lighter-weight brew. Kind of a Long Island ice tea taste with lots of caramel. Some resiny hopy but not really bitter. Well balanced in its modest way.

A pleasant enough quaff with decent roasted flavors. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Malt & Vine in Redmond.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Straight orange in color and very clear with a decent head that went down quickly.

Smell – Nice aroma of lightly-toasted malts with a significant hop citrus balance. There’s also some light fruity sweetness as well, such as melons.

Taste – There is a genuine Marzen flavor in this one, but it’s kept on its toes by a serious hop balance. I guess this is Oktoberfest in Washington State. The malt part of it though is right on. The fruits are very minimal and the malt is creamy.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and smooth in the mouth. This ale is medium-bodied with a refreshing finish.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this ale but thought it strayed from the style (or from my interpretation of it I should say).

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellowish orange color with a 1/2" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: hints of grass and a bit of fruity sweetness.

Taste: sweet tasting lager here. Decent maltiness, very little bitterenss if any, and some grass make up the flavor components.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: if you want something a step up from a macro, this will fit the bill. Easy to drink, but a bit sweet for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice medium orange hue with a light haze to the body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice!

Smell: nice toasty, nutty and bready aroma with just a hint of noble hops. I think it is balanced and quite appealing.

Taste: flavor has more caramel character than the aroma, but it is also toasty and a little bit bready as well. Bitterness is moderate and balanced with a light noble hop flavor, and the overall flavor is quite clean. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a surprisingly nice creaminess. Good stuff!

Overall: this is quite a good Oktoberfest. It may be my favorite example of the style, including the German varieties I've tried. Kudos!

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Photo of tozerm
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. I really give the drinkability a thumbs up. This is a very drinkable lager that is pleasantly balanced. Not overly aggressive hops, decent carbonation, nice head. Not earth-shakingly good but a darn nice session beer. They say it's the lighter side of Roslyn (the town, not the beer).

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Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even additional more thanks to beertunes for this spectacular example of one of my favorite styles that is the biggest surprise masterpiece of a box containing many.

Clear and golden, topped briefly by a finger of thickest cream foam that relaxes to a soft cap. Just beautiful.

Really rounded, almost sweet, yeast, floral, super tasty grain, and slightest hint of herb make an enticing aroma that inspires saliva shots from the sides of mouth. As it warms hints of fruity bitter, very light spice come into it.

This beer cashes the check of the aroma and pays interest. It starts with clean, bright yeast and really tasty grain sweet that gains some hop and melts into a taste that is that well blended and balanced "Marzen goodness" flavor the best of style possess, but which cannot be dissected into words. Even better as it warms. Stupendously delicious, the finest "American Marzen", or Pale Lager, or whatever you want to call it, I have tasted.

Excellent mouthfeel, just right med. body, just right cling, just right finish, creamy and refreshingly easy drinking to a fault.

My overall impression of this beer is, were it possible, I would drink this beer every day for the rest of my life.

Edit: really surprised t see the "low" scores of this beer. Perhaps the recipe has been improved this year? This beer Rocks!

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my pilsener glass a perfectly clear amber with a few gently rising bubbles only visible upon close inspection; A fluffy two-finger head slowly recedes, and leaves a nice curly wall of lacing.

The smell is caramel, honey, and slightly grassy hops, with a distinctly all-malt lagerish quality (as one would hope); Why this is labeled a Marzen, I'm not really sure.

The flavor is very crisp, nice and smooth, soft caramel and slightly metallic, grassy hops; It doesn't have any Marzenlike qualities, and is only ever called a pale lager by the brewer, which is what I agree it is. Tasty, easy to drink.

Smooth - crisp - fairly light body.

Not bad. A sessionable lager. Would make a pretty good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you visit Roslyn you must go to the cafe across from the little brewery (the one with the camel on the building side made famous from the TV show Northern Exposure). There is makes sense to order the local beer ( comes in bombers not draft). The Brookside is the pale lager that is perfect for everyday drinking. Nicely hopped, clean finish and dead on for the style ( not the marzen one incorrectly entered). The fresher the better is a good rule for this beer but my sample was plenty fresh.

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Photo of gregmtrainer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of chumba526
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy orange yellow color with a thin white head.

Smells slightly fruity, a bit of caramel smell us apparent as well. I also smell a bit of grassy hops.

Tastes like quite grassy, a nice citrus aroma, and a bit like apple. It's very smooth and light yet full of flavor. A unique but nice and refreshing pale lager.

The carbonation is moderate the drinkability is very good because it is light but flavorful. A good beer on a hot day.

Overall a very nice beer that is a cross breed of a citrusy pale ale and a light lager. If you see this, it is worth picking up.

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Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber purchased at a grocery store in Ellensburg, WA for $3.39.

Poured a copper color, with a huge, fluffy white head that hung around for a while. Lots of lace.

Smell was of mild, floral hops and sweet malt. Smells like an excellent session beer.

As the smell indicated, this is an excellent beer for quaffing in quantity. The mild sweetness is equally balanced by the mild hoppiness. It's not a terribly adventurous beer, but it serves it's purpose, and does so quite well.

This is a light-to-medium bodied lager, and could function well as a lawnmower or grilling beer, yet is flavorful enough for drinking elsewhere.

A nice session lager from Roslyn. I had this on-tap at The Brick, but the environment there at the time was not conducive to reviewing.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Brookside beer in Roslyn while traveling last summer. Carefully preserved in my beer fridge, poured in to pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is hazy. A large airy stark white head forms, the head is explosive, even on a gentle pour, and is remarkably resilient.

The smell is floral, and lager-like. Soft fruit and sweet flower aromas dominate.

The taste is OK, a cereal presence followed by a bit of a fruit flavor and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly full-bodied for a lager, and dry.

Very drinkable. Interesting aromas and flavors, in a light dry brew. One of the more interesting lagers I have had.

NOTE: This is a pale lager (says so on the label, not a marzen as indicated on the web site.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of piclee
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of RedDiamond
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisited at the brewery, Oct. 2009: This mountain lager is much improved when consumed in the beer garden outside the tasting room in Roslyn, as compared to a bomber of unknown vintage purchased in town. The showy, pitted head, goldenrod body, and modest carbonation fall into place easily and the aroma of toasted grains is charmed. The flavor also has a nice measure of pretzel-like toastiness along with a passive sweetness.

In direct light and at shallower depths Brookside appears more goldenrod-yellow. The head recedes to a modest collar and cirrus lace drapes the glass. The fluffy, quaffable body floats eagerly across the tongue assuring a simple ease of repeat drinkability.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a murky golden orange with a thick head, some lace. Smell is of sweet citrus, maybe honeydew. Taste has a good malt hop balance ending in a sweet bitterness. Mouthfeel is a light - medium with good carbonation that goes down crisp, making for a solid warm weather brew

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of henrysunset
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

golden and reasonably filtered, with visible carbonation and a decent head of medium white foam.

light malts in the nose, sweet with citrus and clove.

taste is citrusy, mild hops, mild malts. It is a bit tastier on tap from memory, but decidedly good. I feel like this is the offspring of a bland american macrobeer and a light pale ale.

mouthfeel is light but smooth, drinkability is extremely high.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rastamendi
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Anchor pint glass. Consumed within 5 days of purchase from Bottleworks in Seattle.

Appearance: Deep gold/light copper color, with a very faint haze. Medium sized bubbles form a nice 1/4" head that fades slowly into a solid thin layer.

Smell: Clean aroma with no yeast character. Smooth, bread-like aromas with subtle hints of caramel.

Taste: Pleasant malt flavors dominate the character (bread/caramel), with a noted noble/spicy hop character keeping the balance. Hop bitterness could be considered high for the style...but it's still a great beer!

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation feels a little prickly, and could perhaps exacerbate the perception of higher bitterness (my only complaint).

Overall: I have to commend the brewing staff at Roslyn, although the label reading 'Pale Lager' hardly does justice to the beer in this bottle. Well crafted lager, with nowhere to hide any flaws (it's only 4.5% ABV!). This could easily become a daily drinker. Thanks to the staff at Bottleworks for recommending this beer! I can't wait to try the Dark Lager.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Brick in Roslyn. Hopped lager with perfect balance and drinkability

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Brookside Beer from Roslyn Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 25 ratings