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Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,779 |  Reviews: 800
Reviews by electtodefer:
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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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 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 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 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 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 Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a tulip glass, it pours a dark copper color with 1/2 cm cream colored head that doesn't stick around too long. A thin eggshell thin edge layer develops.

Aroma is of sour granny smith apples with some nice earthiness- some earthy hops and maybe a twang of alcohol on the nose.

Sipping reveals a lot of fruit up front with some malty sugar...very mild aftertaste and some slight hops on the finish. Maybe some drying on the finish, but I think that'd be pushing it a bit.

Very crisp brew. Reminds me of crumbling leaves on the ground. Decent carbonation but fruity and smooth enough to help kill some of that bubbly feeling...very light in body as well.

Very easy and tasty to drink...Brooklyn just knows how to brew a nice beer.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear coppery amber body capped by about two fingers of fluffy off-white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Brassy and earthy hops over a toasty and biscuity malt body.

Taste: A biscuity, slightly nutty caramel malt body accompanied by some mild earthy hops. This is definitely on the maltier end of the Märzen/Oktoberfest spectrum. The aftertaste is biscuity with some grainy notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Dries out towards the end.

Drinkability: An easily drinkable brew, I can see this being a great Oktoberfest companion.

Verdict: It's always good to see Oktoberfest beers that stay closer to the malty origins of the style. Brooklyn's is a pleasant-enough example, and certainly one of the better American attempts.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with a nice frothy caramel head for the first first few minutes.

S: Aroma of caramelized sugars, nice amber malt presence, munich malts, crisp fall leaves and raisons.

T: A nice caramel oktoberfest bier. Mostly picking up a light scotch ale flavor, along with raisons, a pleasant earthy hop flavor and munich malt. SRM may be a little high, but I can definitely enjoy the flavors in here. An imperialized version of this would probably be considered a scotch ale, which I can apprecciate, but overall a nice tasty oktoberfest.

M: A little prickly and high in carbonation, medium body for an oktoberfest.

O: I can dig it. This is a tasty oktoberfest and not spiced like some of the other American Oktoberfests which I do not enjoy. Overall recommended

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber-copper in color with good clarity. Moderate beige-cream colored head has decent retention.

Aroma-Bready malt sweetness with toast and a light Munich malt fruitiness to it. Faint bit of caramel. Malty and quite clean with negligible hop presence.

Flavor-Rich, complex malt profile-bready, toasty, and a touch grainy. Clean fermentation profile with moderately low hop bitterness in the finish to balance the malt. Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

Not stand-out, but an all-around solid, easy drinking Oktoberfest.

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Photo of FMSmith
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Brooklyn does many beers very well but this is probably not one of their best. Don't get me wrong, it is a decent Oktoberfest but there are better out there.
Can't really put my finger on what it is that makes it less than stellar but opinions are like a**holes. everyone has one.

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Photo of Elduderino98
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PJHappy
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Starchild
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical orange amber Märzen beer color. Some spice, malt, and carmel in the nose. A slightly bitter taste dominated my sweet malt. Very smooth and balanced for the style, but boring. A good Oktoberfest, but not a great one. I'll take the Smuttynose or Paulaner over this anytime.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nothing terribly crazy, a nice amber color with a great clarity fills the glass. Nice streams of bubbles that rippled up toward the surface gave it a good bit of depth and created a nice moderate to medium capping of white that clung to the sides for a little while before letting itself go. Muted bready malts. Hints of light grain and a touch of some light spice, but everything was too light and muted for me. Not enough in the way of herbal hoppiness or depth to keep me interested. Same could be said as I took the first sip, while not really being bad in any way, it was just rather uninteresting. Bready grains, hints of something musky, and a touch of light pine maybe, but very muted. Smooth and even taste with a clean and concise finish. Drinkable, but most anything can be, I found myself bored halfway though the glass.

Overall it just really needed a little bit more for me to really get a grip of this one. I thought it was ok, but to be honest just needed more to finish it off.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep orange with yellow highlights. creamy white head with just okay lacing

S: rich maltiness upfront, not greatly complex. slight toasted notes with some biscuit

T: Rich munich malt leading to dark fruit and a caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is very well balanced against the sweetness.

M: Finishes perfectly clean and dry with a nice medium body and creamy mouthfeel

D: Not the most complex beer in the world but very drinkable. This is a great session O-fest, you could drink several pints in a sitting.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Jean_Fitz
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange brown color, clear as the glass. Head is faintly tan and doesn't hang around long, fading to a thin ring pretty quickly.
Smell is malt, sweet fruit (oranges, mainly), wood and hops. Good balance between the hops and malt.
Taste is right in line with the nose. Malt, a sweet woodiness, orange and pear notes, some balancing hoppiness.
Medium bodied, light effervescence. Well done if not a standout.

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

Poured from bottle to glass at 55 degrees. Beer had a good head at first then was gone before I sat down almost. As usual from this Brewer it is a decent beer and fresh tasting unlike a lot of this type beer. I liked the beer but will most likely not seek to purchase again.

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Photo of PerroGrande
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to the expected amber of an Oktoberfest. Modest head fades quickly leaving only mild hints of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lightly scented - definitely some hint of malt and some spices that call autumn to mind (perhaps a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon?).

Taste: I have to admit being slightly underwhelmed. Was hoping for a bit more character and focus from this brew. Not to say that the taste is bad -- not at all. It is, however, very subtle. I pick up some spices initially, followed by subtle caramel character, with a slight hint of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability: Good. Very pleasing overall, but not thrilling to me. It certainly is a drinkable brew and very refreshing. A good football beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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