Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,052
Reviews:
795
Ratings:
1,763
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
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37
Gots:
268
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Photo of Branlott42
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, floral notes and toffee. Sweet toffee, toasted caramel with a nice bitter bite.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle BB FEB 2019
Poured into a dimpled mug clearly shows rising bubbles in an orangish-amber body and the 1/4in off-white foam falls quickly to an edge-hugging ring.

Aroma is caramel and bready malt

Flavor is a pleasing hop and malt balance with a hint of something like smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation, clean finishing, and begging for more.

Overall a very nice easy drinker.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks a ruddy copper color with quickly dissipating foamy white head. Smell is very muted,Mild hops,malts,earthy.Taste is quite good, nice hop presence, caramel malts in the finish not cloyingly sweet, Feels well carbonated, not slick or viscous(almost semi dry finish) Overall this is a good example of a fest beer. Not as good as some, better than most. Would have again.

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Photo of matcris
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, deep copper, up to the light. 2 finger, eggshell head, that sticks around. Fair amount of lacing follows the beer down the glass.
AROMA: Grassy hops, toasted malt, biscuits, and a little caramel. Smells nice!
TASTE: Sweet caramel for days, but, not cloying. Mild grassy hops, cracker bread.
FEEL: Moderate carbonation, medium thin body, and dry on the finish.
OVERALL: Just slightly too thin on the body, or maybe just not enough carbonation. Still, a really nice Marzen.

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Photo of Ponody13
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Caramel and malt flavors take the lead on this seasonal beer, the beautiful amber body does a lot for the eyes as the palate is enveloped in the thin frothy head

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber with a finger-and-a-half of tan head. Nice rings of lacing.

Lightly bready aroma with hints of yeast and malt sweetness.

Nice clean taste with just a hint of molasses, a little crusty Italian bread and moderately strong bitterness for the style.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

I'd be happy to put back a few of these. It has a clean taste, but is a touch more bitter than traditional.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark and vibrant amber color with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is malty and bready with notes of floral hops and some apricots.

Taste is malty with some notes of rye and florl bitterness. Quite watery and mild though.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, well carbonated.

Overall, not bad, but too watery and thin.

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Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jmarko579
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lastmango
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured copper brown with a one finger head that departed to nothing in less than a minute. No lacing. First aroma was a hint of asparagus followed by light caramel. Taste is mostly light caramel with almost no hop flavor and a bit of astringency. Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation. Although drinkable, this is not what I expected. Perhaps I have an off bottle.

Revisited for 2018 with a mixed 6 pack. Same copper brown color with no head. No aroma. Same taste but I upped the rating a bit. This is a rather bland Marzen. Did I get another off bottle?

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty good

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LordRogan
1.64/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Loaded with DMS.
Smelled like asparagus with a background note of orange and caramel (which is inappropriate though not unpleasant).

It's not clear if they were going for a Marzen or a Festbier or neither. Either way it's a watery, vegetal beer lacking in complexity or charm.

Garret Oliver is an exceptional brewer but this is what happens when computers make beers.

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Photo of porterman66
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This rather nice fest brew pours a
nice clear copper tinged amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles
to a thin ring, light thin pool, and showcases light sudsy lacing. Nose of toasted
malts and subtle grain notes. Flavors hit the right point for a session style fest
with toasted malts, subtle orange zest, and lightly assertive pine and herbal
hop notes. Decent mouth feel; medium light body, medium high carbonation
that is lively, and a crisp lightly sweet and almost clean finish.

Overall, a highly sessionable brew worth trying. Not my favorite from this
stellar brewery, but far from not worth picking up when it comes around.

Cheers

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's three fingers thick, with lateral lacing, and a brownish amber body.

I smell classic caramelized malts and hearty grains.

The taste is similar, with a crisp, clean finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll go ahead and rate Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery with an overall 4.25.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer per say, but really misses the mark as an Oktoberfest. Way too thin, way too light, and way too watery. It looks the part, with a rich amber hue, but it sure misses on the execution beyond the look. Where are the malty, toffee, nutty, toasted notes? All are woefully absent from this offering. This is more of a slightly amber appearing lager with prominent hops, but not much else.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of Spencer96
1.03/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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