Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Oktoberfest

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of q33jeff
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25


AROMA: Allspice, pumpkin.
LOOK: Light Brown Color, Little head.
TASTE: Allspice, pumpkin, nutmeg.
FEEL: Weak Carbonation.
On tap at Charlie Browns, Hamilton NJ.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Greenville, SC.
Pours with a clear dark amber body topped by a bubbly (soapy) head.
Aroma: baked bread and toffee
Flavor: like the aroma stronger. Theres a load of caramel alts in this. Excellent bitter/sweet balance. Modest complexity.
Feel: medium body. Smooth.

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Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is served in a Shaker pint glass a nice clear dark amber color with a 1/2" light tan head that visibly recedes to a think layer on the surface. Sipping leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include bready. caramel and some earthy, grassy notes in the background.

The flavors are as expected from the nose and there is initially a touch of sweetness that becomes slightly bitter and has a hit of almost metallic flavor as well.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with some persistent moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness fades to leave the light bitterness to interact with the bready, caramel flavors as all fade away. There is also a light, almost metallic tang that emerges and disappears well before the crisp, clean ending.

Overall this seems to be a reasonable US brewed version of the style and I could easily have had a second. But that said I'll probably not be seeking it out since we have a few brewed locally that are as good and a few that I enjoy more than this one.

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Photo of hdf561
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass dark amber with no lacing and a minimal head that dissipates rapidly

Smell is Carmel, spice, roasted nut.

Taste spice, hops, smooth but with a little bite at the end but a warm feeling I expect from these beers.

Overall this is a good offering, very good representative of the style

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Oktoberfest brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 5.50% This Oktoberfest brew pours out a nice copper brown, with a thin white head. The head to this brew goes away fast. There is also some thin lacing to this brew. Brooklyn Oktoberfest smell is light with roasted grians and malts. There is a decent amount of hops in the smell of this brew. This Oktoberfest brew has the look and smell of most Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the roasted grians and malts. Then there is a nice bit of hops at the end of this brew. There is a lot going on in Brooklyn Oktoberfest. Not as bold as some Oktoberfest brews I had but it is still good. A nice crisp roasted drinking Oktoberfest. Brooklyn Oktoberfest has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Brooklyn Oktoberfest is Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and refreshing. If you are looking for smooth and refreshing in your Oktoberfest brew, look this brew up. Overall I'm giving Brooklyn Oktoberfest a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Brooklyn Brewery, did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting.

From the bottle: "Please enjoy Brooklyn Oktoberfest, a rich, malty version of the lager brewed for the fall festival which originated in Germany with the betrothal of the Crown Prince of Bavaria in 1810. Brooklyn Oktoberfest is in the märzen style, an amber lager brewed in March and stored cold through the summer for sale in autumn. Prost!"

As a plankowner (commissioning crew) of the USS Normandy (CG-60), I was so elated to open the Staten Island Naval Shipyard in October 1990! We were the first ship to be homeported in NYC since the end of WWII & the first ship since WWII to have its maiden deployment be in time of war (we left on 26 Dec 1990 as a part of Desert Shield and shortly after the beginning of the year, we were in Desert Storm). I was especially heartened by the relatively new Brooklyn Brewery which was making inroads with its Brooklyn Lager. I have visited the brewery many times and I always relish the opportunity to review one of the beers.

You gotta Pop! the cap in Brooklyn & I would have it no other way. You gotta go aggro or go home so I complied with that standing, unspoken dictum. I sat back and watched as three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head formed and then stood there, glaring at me, daring me to ask it to sit down. I used to love visiting Brooklyn whenever possible and I still recommend The Brazen Head on Atlantic Avenue or Mugs' Ale House. Bring the attitude! Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, bready smell, not too sweet, but not too dry, either. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but as I realized with an earlier Märzen, a bigger mouthfeel may also mean greater sweetness. The taste was very bready, that smell when you have your fingers in the dough, kneading it and the yeast is just starting to kick in, causing the dough to rise while PapPap is in the upper lot, running the lawn mower and life is good during the summer as a kid. Is this what nostalgia tastes like? I don't know, but I loved to go out to my maternal grandparent's house as a kid, especially during the summer. I learned to cook from Grummy and this was very evocative of fresh bread. The finish was semi-dry, very bready with a light grassiness that seemed to linger after the swallow. This may not be your ideal, but for me, I have found Baby Bear's Oktoberfest! Prosit!

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Photo of UnicornBrewing
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

quiet foam, speaks with air of class. Solid middle, like biting into a candy that has a harder candy center. The smell of fall. What an abundance of fests so far, almost one for each day of Chanukah.Not thinking goes over natural instinct lasts forever. Aftertaste goes on like fond memories, glossy postcards, words you feel in your knees, ticklish virginity. Could dilute this with 50% water and it's still twice mich ultra. Mixes with pale ale like a cold aged bock. Just happy for all this motivation.

Crickedy and surprisingly quiet places you find in town, maybe after the night wound down for most, but we still sayin prosit! Darkly tinted like fall holiday colors. Rich like what you want to consume before confronting a cold day on foot, perhaps in several types of rain, comes on strong like someone raised in a high density human environment, mellows but with backbone spineing into you for a while. Foam latte-like, because everything could use some latteing. This will latte your day all night baby. No Sleep.

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Photo of crisis1290
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer is a nice tasting Oktoberfest beer.
Is it amazing? Nope. Is it going to knock your socks off? Nope. Is it a good Oktoberfest for a decent price. Yes
Nice mouth feel. Some what thin. This beer is really well balanced between crisp and amber. A nice mix of the typical seasonal spices with a malty bready taste. Could Brooklyn do better with this? For sure, but so can just about 90% of the other breweries who pump out Oktoberfest and pumpkin beer like it is going out of style. Love the choices out there, but when a solid brewery puts out sub par to par, products, it make one think about what are some of these breweries doing.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.55/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I was not expecting much from this Octoberfest brew, since I have tried several of the Brooklyn brews and found them all, IMHO, wanting. Mainly due to the same American craftie weakness of OVER HOPPING.

This brews aroma was acceptable, the look was beer and the taste - AT FIRST - was surprisingly good.


The hops began to make their entrance, first a mild aftertaste. Then after each subsequent sip, they made it quite clear they were present. Honestly, not a bad brew. The hops keep their place. For an Octoberfest, THAT is appreciated. The main thing missing is a taste, call it flavor. I was surprised to find - nothing. For an Octoberfest, it was disappointing. The hops overruled what little flavor was present.

If you want an Octoberfest, with no strong maltiness, this may be your brew.

Thank you, Brooklyn, for this brew. After struggling thru your other "beers" and their OVER HOPPED presence, this was good. Perhaps, it was "good" due to the low bar your other brews set for it.

Now that you have a good one, will it move to LA as well?

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into plastic cup

Copper color liquid , thin taupe lacings ,

Slight bitter hop aroma

Taste of malt , grains , slight hop taste on the finish


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Photo of Zimmerman
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eyes and Nose: Dark amber with a creamy, tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Clean and bready on the nose and maybe just a tad metallic or copper.

Mouth: Creamy mouthfeel in the front while tingly and effervescent on the back of the tongue. Caramel and bread balance each other very well with a mild maltiness and a touch of hops. Slightly roasted yet very smooth without tasting watered down or light. 

Rating: This is a very nice Oktoberfest, as satisfying as fresh baked bread, yet still very light. Not too viscous, caramel, or malty this beer is really well balanced between crisp and amber. This so far is my favorite of the style.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Smell: Huge notes of nutty, toasted, caramel malt with a mild, grassy and bitter pilsner hop bill.

Taste: Interesting. There's a burnt, nutty, buttery, caramel flavor upfront. Notes of red apples and pears. Toffee, honey and marzipan, notes of cornbread. Finishes with slightly dry, floral hop kick.

Feel: Medium body with low carbonation. Drinkable, albeit slightly sweet detracting somewhat from it's sessionability.

Not bad by any stretch of the imagination

Overall: You might really enjoy this if you are new to craft beer and you are looking for something sweet thats not so bitter or hoppy thats easy to throw back as the weather gets cooler and we move on into the winter.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 1 finger of khaki foam over a copper body with a slight haze, high visible carbonation

S - malty with toffee sweetness, grass, light fruitiness

T - bready grains, light caramel sweetness, light fruit (apple?), grass and spice from the hops

M - medium body, high carbonation

O - an ok oktoberfest; nothing spectacular

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Photo of fscottkey
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] A reddish hued brown beer. Forms a nice full finger of off white head. The head settles pretty quickly just leaving a ring clinging to the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and a best by date of (02/01/16).

S: [3.75] Holiday spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, apples.

T: [4.00] Similar to the nose. Cinnamon, caramel, toffee.

M: [3.75] Very smooth with just a tingle of carbonation.

O: [3.75] This is a really nice Oktoberfest. It makes me nostalgic for the the holidays with the scents and tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweets. There is enough malt to balance out the other flavors that have been added. This is a very successful beer I will drink more of this next year!

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Photo of vinicole
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange to amber in colour. Thin light brown head.
Odour of sherry trifle.
Not as rich tasting as the nose suggests. Sweet and fruity with caramel malt.
Rather thin at the finish.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this version of Oktoberfest. BB has always been a really quality fresh brew from the inception. Maybe the fact that I am 50 miles from the brewery helps? Never had a bad Brooklyn Beer!! I still think Sam Adams has them beat by a pinch for the Oktoberfest. Sam Adams has a kick ass tasting Marzen. Tried a few actual German varieties here in the US. They do not taste fresh. When I lived in Frankfurt there were some indescribable Oktoberfest varieties!!

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Photo of AcetheBathound
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the most drinkable Oktoberfest beer I've ever had. Usually I'm not a huge fan of the style but I loved Brooklyn Brewery's other offerings so I wanted to give this one a shot and I'm so glad I did! Fantastic beer I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with a best before date of January 2016 into a pint glass yesterday. Comes out a dark amber, with a small head that fizzles out. Smell is very sweet, malty, fruity. Taste is somewhat like a marzen, but with a bit too much sweetness. Lots of caramel and fruit, some lager notes. It's just a hair too much on the body and doesn't have that crisp aftertaste this style should have. It has no bad qualities, just misses the mark.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery "Oktoberfest"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Best By date illegible

Appearance: Clear deep copper body beneath a rocky head of khaki. Average head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Toasty Vienna malt. Limited background grassy and spicy hops.

Flavor: Grainy, bready, toasty malt. Moderate golden caramel. Fruity with some raisin in the finish. The hops don't particularly show but you know they're there. Median bitterness of around 22 IBUs leaves it well-balanced. Dry finish as the malt quickly dissipates.

Mouthfeel: Standard medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A very nicely done, authentic Märzen "Oktoberfest".

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Photo of stclairvoyant
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark amber color with a teeny head. Has a fruity smell reminiscent of apples. Flavor is very fruity, with a caramel/apple taste at the start and a raisin-y taste on the back end. Very minimal hops. Overall not a bad beer by any measure, just a nice, sweet Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10/31/15 Patsy's NYC

Pours dark Amber out of a bottle. Thin head and not a whole lot going on.

The sme is kind of dry fruit. Something kind of stands out a little bit can't think of what it is. Not horrible. Kind of has a weak Belgium smell to it.

The taste is kind of a sweet raisen. It's ok, but would like more malt on this. Kind of 1 dementional. It is a little thin on the feel as well.

This beer is kind of a weak attempt I feel. It's not bad tasting but it lacks everywhere else to make it into something I want again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with lasting clingy white top. Looks great. Aromas of caramel and bready malt are nice. Flavor matches the nose, with some caramel sweetness and malty goodness. A little more carbonation than I like, but finishes clean. Very drinkable marzen.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep amber with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Sweet brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, and hints of toffee.

Caramel and sweet brown bread with additions of brown sugar. Hints of toffee and molasses. Slight earthy and leafy hop presence.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and fairly balanced.

Very easy drinking and a solid Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at $3 Dewey's in Portland, Maine, while watching the Mets hopefully beat the Dodgers. LGM.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with almost no head. Carbonation seems pretty low.

Aroma: Has a cidery, apple-like quality. Almost smells like apple cider vinegar, but I swear I mean that in a nice way. Malty, sweet.

Taste: Apples and raisins are up front, and there's some maltiness and a nutty character. Some bitterness from hops. Definitely has a bit of sweetness to it, as well, almost like candied raisins or something.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than typical for the style, I'd say.

Overall: More decent-ness from Brooklyn Brewery, which is pretty much bizarro Sam Adams. A fine beer to have on special ($3 a pint!) while watching the Mets hopefully get a crack at the pennant.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear color, but with virtually no aroma and a feeble attempt at creating a head that fell flat. Taste is rather one dimensional and little staying power. Considering the brewer, I'm dissapointed in this one. Date code is a blur of ink dots but seems to spell out a Julian date in mid July.

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