Brooklyn Brewery

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #382
Ranked #42,903
3.65 | pDev: 12.05%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: 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.
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a dark amber, thin ring of head. Nose is well developed darker malts, toffee, burnt sugar. Starts slow on the palate with slight malty sweetness, but develops with some tannic elements, almost like a dark tea. Mouthfeel is full, slight carbonation.

Dec 17, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Clear and copper with one finger of khaki foam that fades to a ring inside of a minute but leaves a small amount of lace. The nose starts full and malty, bread and toast, but changes to an overpowering iron mineral aroma. Taste is better, starting bready, with a hint of malty sweetness and finishing with an herbal/floral bitterness. It is light, refreshing and crisp, easy drinking but lacks creaminess . OK, the mineral aroma is a distraction.

Nov 25, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ive probably had this beer 100 times and never reviewed it. so here we go.
Pouring at cellar temp into my .5L dimple mug. the beer pours a crystal clear chestnut hue. A fluffy eggshell white head of 1.5 cm foams up and rests lightly on the surface. This foam fades to a wispy surface layer and leaves some dense lattice when I swirl the mug or take a sip.
The aroma is rich toasted malt and light caramel with a bit of breadyness to it. Seems a little sweet on the nose but does have a bit of spicy hop scent too.
First sip reveals a light crisp textured body that is very easy to drink and i find my glass getting empty fairly quickly.
Medium carbonation that gently rolls across my palate only adds to the easy drinking here.
Flavor is caramel and bready malts, with some light toasted grains too. I do get a little spicy hop on the finish to balance the malt sweetness. Beer finishes with a little dryness. Very easy drinking brew with nice malt character. COuld easily drink several of these in a session.

Oct 30, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This version is 5.5%

Pours an effervescent copper with plenty of tan head, thanks to an aggressive pour. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, pears, toastyness, great nose

T: Brown bread, leaf hops, pears up front, plenty toasty as well. Toasty, dry with leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, toasty with woody hops

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, a little more maltyness would've helped, but solid

Oct 22, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can
BB 01/2021
L: taller, foamy, tan head caps a slightly hazed amber Märzen bier
S: herbal, spicy, grassy hops; sweet caramely malt
T: well balanced; caramel, toffee, toasty grain; spicy, herbal, earthy, grassy hops
F: medium body, ample carbonation, sweeter finish
O: excellently drinkable, a tad on the sweet side and it could be a touch drier, otherwise a great example of the style

Oct 16, 2020
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shipgeo01 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. Beautiful amber color with a nice head and bready aroma. Great toasted malty flavor with a nice hop spiciness. My favorite marzen so far in 2020.

Oct 11, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body with a dark white cap. Caramel and cereal malts with touches of grains in the nose. Taste is dull, watery malts star with their caramel and less intense cereal notes, slight metallic taste on the finish. Feel is light, thin, though decently crisp and generally malty, feels as though it evaporates off the palate in an instant. It's ok

Sep 23, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 1/2021

Burnt orange body with two fingers of doughy white head. Smells grassy, grainy and kind of metallic. There's also the requisite sweet caramel malt in there. There's a little bit of caramel on the tongue, but it's real light. There's not a whole lot there, but it's pleasant enough (minus the weird, lingering metallic flavor). Thin-bodied, bordering on watery and overly-carbonated. This isn't my favorite festbier. It'd be lucky to crack the top 50.

Sep 12, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy medium amber, with one finger of quickly-dissipating off-white head.

Smell is light caramel & toffee.

Taste is similar to aroma, but leaning more to the toffee side. Moderate bitterness. Light flavor, and somewhat dry.

Feel is medium, with moderate , lightly-sharp carbonation bite. Nicely crisp.

Overall, fairly simple , but enjoyable. Seems like a festbier that's had a little marzen added. If you're looking for a sweet(ish?) , sticky, caramely marzen, this isn't it. Seems like a good session beer, especially one to accompany a wide range of food. The whole is better than the sum of the parts. Forget that it's labeled "Oktoberfest", and enjoy what it is. ;)

Sep 08, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle x2

Pours over a finger of pillowy off white head into my willi becher glass. Retention is about average, and fades after a minute or two, leaving a small rim of foam around the edge of the body. Initial lacing looks meh. Body is a dark orange with amber hues, crystal clear, with a medium amount of bubbles coming up. Looks ok so far.

Nose is bready, caramel, sweet malt, classic. Definitely on the sweeter side than some comparable beers in the style, but not too high, and it works well.

Flavor follows suit with and bready, caramel, and sweet malt. Solid flavor.

Carbonation is on the higher side. Body is medium-light. Bitterness is low, but balances things well enough. Not really dry at all, there is noticeable sweetness, however it’s not too high, lower than the nose, and definitely not cloying; not sure how to style this is, but it works well here. Really nice mouthfeel, very smooth.

Drinkability is really great, this is well balanced and tasty.

Lacing once again turned out very poor with this travel willi glass I’ve been using. Though the appearance wasn’t too hot from the start so I wont give this one as much of a break as the others.

Somewhat surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did, but this is really flavorful, balanced, and checks all the boxes. A little sweet, but it fits.

Sep 06, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head. Has a light flowery and malty caramel aromas, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, light body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, this is a decent Oktoberfest, but nothing special, there are a lot of other better ones out there.

Sep 05, 2020
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BeerIsGood1337 from Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Everyone at Trader Joe's seemed to be raving about this beer. Even folks who "didn't really like beer." That should have tipped me off that it's not that special. And it isn't.

I'm not going to bore you with describing all of the details of the flavor. It's just a decent beer. It's not offensive, it's not great. A very middling Oktoberfest. It's got too light of a taste for me. I like a beer with more to it. I don't see myself buying it again, it's just not very interesting.

Nov 01, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium body with about medium carbonation
Malt,roasted malt,toasted grains,toasted grain bread, floral hops
Taste similar to aroma but almost dry,very slight hop bite that lingers

Nov 01, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With no phone to check the BA reviews, I took a leap on a single of this over in MN.
Best by 1/2020
12 oz bottle
White Elm Willi Beecher

A near perfect amber pour filling up the glass with a fiery orange glow and an off-white head of 2 fingers, receding quickly to a thick off-white ring.

Aromas are malty of course, with some very slight caramel and toffee notes but leaning more earthy and stale with some wet leaves and dirt and faint grain dust

Flavor brings the earthy notes forward, with some slight toffee following. Heavy grain kernel throughout, and tiny hints of raisins. Slight mint and grassy notes finish off the profile.

Feel is pretty big for an O-Fest which I really like; it's creamy and saturated, has a nice body to it with some stickiness and slight resins. Moderate to heavy carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, good drying finish.

Overall a good but not great Oktoberfest. I don't like it as much as Sam Adams' or Sierra Nevada's yearly offerings.

Oct 22, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average pour from a 12-oz. bottle produced a finger of light beige creamy foam with below average retention and long blotches of lace. Clear golden-orange color, bright in sunlight.

Very light smell of pumpkin spice, baked pumpkin and bread. Toasted wheat and biscuit.

Light taste of toasted malt and pumpkin battle for 1st place, with some caramel and pale malt. Semi-sweet with medium-low bitterness, faint spice replaces hops. Drys to neutral as bitterness rises to average at the long finish. Spice and a touch of salt linger.

Medium body with average carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Lager-like in looks and attenuation. Light on taste and smell yet well balanced.

Oct 06, 2019
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice see through amber look with and almost gone tan head, wait gone. Sweet malts on the nose with a slight euro lager hop thing going on. Didn’t get that once poured. Malty yet very even hops with nothing overpowering and a bready finish. Lengthy bread aftertaste. Good carbonation and on the thinner side of medium but not watery. This is pretty good.

Oct 06, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Libbey beer goblet, Looks dark copper, with a this head that has some retention(not much) Most fest biers are not so noticeable by smell. It is always the same.This one has just a mild malt aroma, and a touch of McIntosh apple. Taste is another story. Taste apple, caramel, raisins. Feels like a beer that was designed to drink multiples of. Medium body which is different from most other Marzen style. Most are thinner and not as substantial. This is one of the better ones I have had. I would recommend this highly-

Oct 04, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light clear amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet malt, spicy hops, toasted dark bread, and light grassiness.

This is absolutely one of the better American-brewed versions of the style out there. I was surprised how much this worked for me. It's got a classic and elegant malt backbone - spiced bread, caramel, biscuits, nuts, with just a slight hint of grassy hop bitterness.

This is light bodied, crisp, and really clean and drinkable, with a nice slightly creamy smoothness.

I always kind of forget that Brooklyn is a still a quietly dependable brewery.

Sep 26, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with an inch and a half beige head that left a few islands of lacing, a continuous fine flow of carbonation. Smells of caramel, sweet malts, bread and a bit of grassy hops. Tastes of caramel, lightly roasted malts, bread, grass, mild nuttiness and a slight hop bite on the finish. Light bodied, medium, thin mouth feel, slightly dry and bitter finish. Not a very good example of the style.

Sep 22, 2019
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bristol2120 from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours without much of a head. Beer is a nice medium copper red. Aroma is subdued with grain notes dominating. Taste is also a bit subdued. Could have used more of a malt punch. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as well. Overall, this is not a bad beer, but I really would have enjoyed more body and aroma.

Sep 16, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is a best by date on the side of the bottle. I like the bottle label design. Oktoberfest is another foreign style of beer that I must say the American brewers have succeeded at. I've had many American Oktoberfest beers that were better than many of the other German ones that I've had over the years. The pour is amber color in the dimple mug. I get an aroma of toasted whole grain bread. On the taste i'm getting same bread note plus some malts & some sweet caramel. Brooklyn brewery sure has improved over the years compared to when they first started out. Cheers! B

Sep 13, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a light tan head that quickly dissolves into a film. Sightly sweet, but not heavy or filling. Brooklyn's light flavor profile works in it's favor as an easy drinking beer. Good for all afternoon if you aren't overly concerned about full flavor.

Sep 02, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a caramel malt flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent Octoberfest beer

Sep 02, 2019
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a deep, translucent orange color with a one finger off white head that leaves no lacing and fades quickly.

Smell: Nutty, toasted, caramel malt with grassy and bitter pilsner hops.

Taste: There's a burnt, caramel and toasted nut flavor upfront. A little watery and bland mid taste. Vague red apple and honey. . . A little cornbread and marzipan here and there. Short finish and arrival of flavors.

Feel: Slightly under carbonated, not a fan of that. Sugary body, medium weight. Drinkable, albeit slightly sweet detracting somewhat from it's sessionability.

Overall: I remember enjoying this more in the past. Either my taste or the beer has changed.

Aug 31, 2019
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint.

A: pours a dark copper with minimal head. No lacing. Leaves a thin 1mm ring on way down.

S: you know the deal. It is a malt forward big time caramel nose. Earthy, mildly lemongrassy hops like Noble hops

T: Yup. Huge caramel malts and a slight amount of balancing Noble hop to bring it back from cloying to nice.

M: slick from high sugar content and caramel malts. Just enough carbonation to reel it back. Sweetness lingers.

O: on par with Sam Adams Oktoberfest. A bit more caramel sweetness than style dictates, but good malty brew for fall crisp days.

Aug 13, 2019
Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1826 ratings