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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #321
Ranked #41,047
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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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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The-Adjunct-Hippie 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
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FLima from Brazil

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thick off-white head with medium retention.
Malty aroma with predominant notes of caramel.
Flavor with notes of toasted malts, caramel, floral hops, a bit of spices and apples. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Assertive Oktoberfest with malt focus, as expected, but still fairly balanced by floral hops.

Feb 16, 2019
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: tan orange/pale red. Head faded pretty quickly.
Smell: malt and noble hops. Malt is somewhat toasty, pretty much as expected.
Taste: somewhat meh, reminds me too much of your average strong Euro lager. A respectable malty backbone (brown bread, perhaps biscuits) and some grassy hops. Not bad, but I was expecting more. There's something I associate with cheap strong lager but I can't exactly say what, just something that feels a bit off.
Feel: as expected, smooth, medium bodied, dry finish. Quite textbook.
Overall: good, not impressive. Still, very quaffable which is in style.

Oct 16, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours reddish cooper and clear. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: There aromas feature bread and bread crusts. There is a very low background fruit like apple.

Taste: It has flavors that feature toast with some floral and herbal notes. There is also a slight bit of apple in the background.

Feel: It has a smooth texture with moderate carbonation. It finishes somewhat dry.

Overall, this is a toasty combination with floral and herbal notes.

Oct 12, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L-The beer pours a deep crystal clear amber. The head forms 2 fingers of off white bubbles which recede to a thin ring with large central island. Lacing is minimal.
S-The nose underwhelming. There is a faint malt presence which comes across more bready than sweet.
T-The malt presence is a little more prominent here than on the nose. The hops never really break the surface and the beer finishes dry with that slight sweetness.
F- Mouthfeel overall is light. Carbonation is medium and slightly prickly.
O- The beer comes off as a slightly less sweet version of Sam Adams Octo. The mouthfeel is pretty lacking which is also a detriment. A middle of the road octoberfest which is drinkable, but otherwise unremarkable.

Oct 07, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Sep 21, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Sep 21, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Sep 15, 2018
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Ponody13 from New York

3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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

Sep 13, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Sep 11, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sep 11, 2018
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle: Pretty straight forward Octoberfest beer. Smells of caramel and malt, flavor follows the taste. Good mouth feel and slight hop hint in end

Sep 04, 2018
Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
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