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

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Reviews by crwrunner:
Photo of crwrunner
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clean and crisp. Not a whole lot of caramel flavor or aroma. Color is a little on the pale side. Very easy drinking beer but there are better examples of this style.

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More User Reviews:
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 nicholas2121
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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 Czequershuus
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby amber with an average head. The aroma features a bit of fig, with sweet red malt, sweet bread, a hint of roastiness, caramel, and a dusky grain quality. The flavor is less sweet than the aroma would suggest, it starts with slightly sweet malts, then a roasty, bitter hint with a touch of pine and resin, orange peel, dried cranberry and fig, and squash. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest - definitely American in styling, but rich a full flavored.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle in to a tulip.

a: Flat brown body with a 2 finger beige head that dissipated immediately.

s: Faint malts. Cider.

t: Not malty enough for the style. It has an apple raisin taste. Metallic finish. Thankfully no after taste.

mf: Thin and watery. A bit of sourness on the finish.

o: Glad I pulled this out of the 6pk and bought it as a single.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Brooklyn brew that I tried,I liked the nice copper/caramel to it,very nice retaining head.Nice malty aroma,with caramel accents,very appetizing.Very fresh tasting malty brew with some hop quality in there as well.I have enjoyed all the Brooklyn beers I have tried.This one is better than alot of German styles.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle; malty and sweeter than some others (notably Germans) - a very tasty brew

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Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of nickadams2
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Reddish orange/amber body. Thin white head quickly dissipates into a thin ring of white lace. Little lacing.

S_Smells like an okto. Toasty caramel malt,faint hops, spices.

T_Toasted grain, caramel malt,trace of hops bitterness. This is spot on with the traditional Oktos. On par with Hacker, Ayinger and Paulaner.

M_Thin and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D_Very refreshing. Great session beer.

Could easily be passed as an Import. Spot on for the style.

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Photo of JasonA
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent carmel with aweomse head and good carbonation.

Smells of medium, red, roasted malt. Lagering, hops, Im excited.

Crisp, doesnt quite make medium body. Ok, but not good.

Finishes well. Good carbonation level. ABV absent.

I would get on draft over some other typical choices. Dont think I would seek out a 6 pack.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, this beer was an amber color with a small tan head. Very minimal aroma of some sweet malt. There was a small improvement in the taste, with a bit of sweet caramel followed by some hops. Crisp in the mouth, but this beer didn't have much going for it.

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Photo of Todd
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Sunset Grill, Allston, MA.

Dark, clear amber with a thin white lace.

Light raisins and floral in a relatively clean aroma.

Thin, semi-astringent mouthfeel. Hop leaf, coarse, tannins, slightly malty with a dry, bitty feel on the palate. Light esters, some dextrin body and hints of raisin.

Very mediocre on tap. Not malty enough, thin and rough on the palate. Could have been the lines at Sunset ...

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It had a small creamy light tan head over a deep amber colored body with good clarity. The head fades quickly but hangs on till the last slip and make for some slick lacing on the way down the mug.

Smell: The aroma is sweet, candy like, with caramel notes and hint of bubble gum, toasted malt and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a sweet caramel toasted and bready malt with some light buttery and nutty notes. Hop flavor is mild and adds some spice and mild bitterness as well as a slight metallic touch. It has an easy drinking medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. The finish is sweet and clean.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable tasty Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Appearance - Crystal clear amber/reddish hues with decent off-white head that lingers for a bit.Decent lacing.

Smell - caramel malts, breadiness, even slightly fruity

Taste - sweet caramel malts up front, slightly doughy, finishes with a slight hop spice to balance things out...very clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a little more carbonated than other octoberfests I have had.

Drinkability - Very much so. I could enjoy plenty of these babies. Good offering from Brooklyn.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – Pours a light yellow/copper. A thick, fluffy three-finger head of eggshell white foam slowly dissipates, leaving wide rings of lace around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a burst of sunset orange/brown and slightly cloudy.

S – Toasted English muffin and slightly burnt caramel compete with resin hops. Nose is soft and stuck in the glass. As it warms, rich, yeasty bread, like pumpernickel, appears, along with esters of hard candy. It might be worth letting a glass get to room temp just to see what kind of nose this beer can release, but not this time.

T – Rich, full caramels with undercurrents of butterscotch mixed in. Whole grain toast. Subtle earthy hops push thru for attention on the back-end, distinctive of the malts. There's also some nuttiness present, like a handful of cashews and almonds.

M – Moderately carbonated. Nice body for the style – filled-out without being at all thick or heavy. Finish has a smoothness to it that lingers with an emphasis on the caramels, but isn't cloying. It also thins out at the end.

O – The hops aren't crazy, but they assert themselves enough to make it clear this is an American take on the style. Brooklyn is becoming one of my preferred breweries in general; they deliver a solid line-up of styles, and this beer is a part of that. Good structure, with a tasty malt profile that shows off the caramel/butterscotch well. The only disappointment is how the body peters out in the finish. If you're tasting Oktoberfests, do the Germans first, as they'll seem thin and sparse if they have to follow this. Should definitely be included in any six-pack mixer sampling the style.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck brown bottle, "... brewed in March and stored cold through the summer for sale in autumn." is stated on the neck of the bottle. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Reddish orange in hue with a small bubbly creamy lace.

Smell: Clean to the nose with toasted malt and grain in the aroma.

Taste: Medium in body with a crisp carbonation that help carry the slightly chewy malt mouth feel along. Hops are faded though still leave an ample bitterness and a european hop twang. Lots of malt on the palate more caramel than toasted. Hop twang and grain linger for a good while.

Notes: Hmmm ... tastes like an import? Care and dedication for this brew to be created ... several months of aging make for a well palated brew. See it, buy it and enjoy this excellent version of the style.

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Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, copper body with a minimal offwhite head that quickly drops to a film. Very sparse patches of lace are all that remain. Aroma reveals a pleasant balance of Munich malts and noble hops, with toffee, caramel, and molasses notes mingling gently with floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with caramel, a hint of chocolate, and an equal measure of hop bitterness. Fruity notes of green apple and pear emerge midway through. Nicely complex for the style, and much more drinkable and balanced than the Stoudt's Oktoberfest that I compared this one to. Very nice and well constructed, the appearance being the only attribute keeping this one from a higher score.

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