Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #258
Ranked #25,719
3.64 | pDev: 12.09%
Apr 10, 2022
Sep 30, 2001
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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4.28 by Capt_Loomis from Florida on Apr 10, 2022
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 13, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VoxRationis from New York

Served on tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at The Taphouse in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours a crystal clear, bright copper color with a one finger, wheat colored head, low retention, and little lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel malt, sweet hay, maybe a touch of citrus.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Malty with light caramel and tangerine or orange citrus. Minimal bitterness -- very well balanced.
M: Light bodied with no more than moderate effervescence. Drinks very smooth and clean.
O: Surprised that I have never had this delicious Octoberfest beer before. Will certainly have again.

Nov 22, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is copper, head is off white/light tan and presents 1/2 inch thick and dissipates quickly to nothing, no lacing.

smell is light caramel, toast, bread, light earthy hops.

taste is light caramel, toast, bread, herbal/earthy hops, lingering maltiness. Malts are mixed, maybe more munich base and light caramunich for sweetness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, low bitterness - fairly true to style, lingering sweetness and crispness.

Overall a neutral base malt, light caramel like sweetness, herbal hops make for an average american oktoberfest.

Oct 29, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a clear copper, small off white head that fades to a ring, no lacing. Aroma of warm bread, some hops. A bit thin, needs more carbonation, its flat. A minor disappointment.

Oct 27, 2021
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2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
by bluelight33 from New York

Can brewed at FX Matt in Utica. Poured into clean and rinsed pint glass. Zero head, zero lacing. That is the biggest weakness for me. Taste was fine, a bit on the sweeter side. The lack of any sort of head or lacing killed the appeal for me. Would not buy again.

Oct 16, 2021
4.5 by mfigueroa713 from New York on Oct 10, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

This is a honey-colored brew, capped with an off-white foam. From an aluminum can, it is a solid Oktoberfest. Bready, lightly malty, drinkable, and full. It is flavorful and has a nice hefty body. Wonderful.

Oct 10, 2021
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3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Comes out fairly flat…no foam at all. Not real aroma to speak of. Taste is slightly bitter …some citrus ? Didn’t really enjoy this one.

Oct 10, 2021
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3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Dark copper color. Light feel & malty smell & taste. Overall, an average Octoberfest to me.

Oct 09, 2021
4.18 by CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio on Sep 28, 2021
3.86 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Sep 20, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a 12oz can best by 1/2022. Dark amber color with big, foamy head. Caramel malt smell. Medium body. Rich caramel malt flavor with some sweetness. Darker and maltier than some Maerzens but very tasty overall.

Sep 19, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into the 20oz. weizen glass. This is a dark amber, clear, with carbonation leaning to the heavy side. The head is a one inch finger, off white, that settled down but never completely left, the color is a very light tan. This looks nice, lets see how the rest goes.
The aroma is very noticeable from the time the cap was removed. Sweet malt and fresh bread are very noticeable.
The flavor starts with a little hop spice and light bitters quickly giving way to the nice caramel sweetness and bread dough flavor.
This has a medium mouthfeel, missing creamy by a little.
This is a tasty brew, easy to drink, one I would not turn down.

Sep 17, 2021
4 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Sep 12, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Bottle neck is stamped 'BB 01/2022'.
Clear, dark amber colored body. Brief off white head. No lacing.
Aroma of slightly sweet, bready malt, and green apple.
Taste is dark bread malt, slight apple sweetness, and hop bitterness that includes some spice.
Full body. Okay carbonation.
An enjoyable Marzen, with good balance and tasty flavors. Kind of dry in the aftertaste. Session workable.

Sep 12, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Clear mahogany-colored appearance. Lingering one-finger white head. Malty, caramel notes.

Sep 10, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by January 2022"; drank 9/6/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head; frothy lace.

Roasted corn, mild caramel & faint hop bite notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Roasted corn & a faint hop bitterness in the flavor up front; mild caramel notes & a hint of caramel on the finish.

Robust, yet easy to drink; perhaps a touch too hoppy but overall a good brew.

Sep 07, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. White head. Some lace. Clear autumn golden color.

Biscuity and malty. Toasted malts, nutty. Light toffee. Has an odd spice or flavor to it that I can’t pinpoint. Maybe like a dried apple or pear note.

Not my favorite festbier, seems to taste much different than a lot of the others I’ve had.

Sep 04, 2021
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3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by DrBullet from Virginia

Tastes more like a lighting lager than an Oktoberfest. Disappointing. Not unpleasant...but just not much going on.

Aug 25, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours an amber with off white head. Some caramel and toast on the nose. Maybe a little bit of a fruity note. Getting a lot of bread crust, lots of caramel. This isn't what I want from a Märzen as it doesn't really get into that malty nutty character I enjoy, but it isn't bad to drink by any means. There is enough hop character to keep this from getting cloyingly sweet.

Aug 22, 2021
3.67 by o29 from Texas on Aug 20, 2021
3.93 by SicemWT from Texas on Aug 17, 2021
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BubbleBobble from New York

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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3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BJB13 from Maryland

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
3.5 by trocketsauced from New York on Nov 01, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

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
3.5 by archero from Texas on Oct 19, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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
3.79 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Oct 11, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by shipgeo01 from New Jersey

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
3.3 by Connybumbum from Colorado on Oct 10, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by cmk550 from Wisconsin

not the best of the oktoberfests. somethings missing and i cant put my finger on it

Sep 29, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
3.78 by wafers from New York on Sep 22, 2020
3.85 by drews240 from Rhode Island on Sep 15, 2020
3.58 by SpaethJam from New York on Sep 15, 2020
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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

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
Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1850 ratings