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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

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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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an exceptional Oktoberfest.

Begins with nice malt notes. It then picks up a nice, but not overpowering, hop presence. Very balanced.

I don't usually like to get a 6-pack of any one particular beer, but this is definitely an exception. Now, on to try other Oktoberfests.

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Photo of Luigi
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich ruby-orange and a sticky lace for a head. The aroma is malty and gives off hints of roasted malts. Medium body with a chewy maltiness in the body. Semi-sweet malts up front and roasted malts. Has a hint of caramel. The hop's bitterness are just enough to keep the malts from dominating the beer. A great drinkability. I can have one after the other with out even thinking. This is a very impressive Oktoberfest!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this beer down this way, and I have been impressed and pleased. Beer pours a dark copper with a perfect foamy white head. Aroma is sweet and biscuity like shortbread, with some fruitiness mixed in. Taste is near perfect, starts off with candied fruit-like sweet but then has a wafer-like dryness that catches up and balances the brew. Finishes off with a little more fruity sweetness, then a touch of citrus from the hops.

Probably the second best Octoberfest behind Hacker-Pschorr, sweet and dry make this a great brew.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On recommendation from Bierman9...

Presentation: 12 oz long neck brown bottle. No freshness date to be found, but recently received in at The Beer Yard.

Appearance: Red-brown-orange hue. Georgeous. Thick and pillowy head, with strong, ligering lace throughout the glass.

Smell: Great balance with the roasted malty goodness, some floral notes and crispness in the nose.

Taste: Hardly heavy in the malt department. Exactly what an Oktoberfest Bier should be like. I could not get over the balance of the tasty and almost chewey maltiness. As it should be with this style, the hops are present, but in a well-placed supporting role. The more this Bier warms, the more depth is found in the maltiness. Fantastic balance.

Notes: If I would not have known, I would have thought this was in imported Oktoberfest Bier. I will enjoy the remainder of these little soldiers for the next few weeks. It is apparent the time and effort that went into this one. This is one that I will seek out on a yearly basis.


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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper body topped by a creamy just-off-white head, which disipates into a lumpy oil-spill of a top, which lasts and lasts. Little lacing. Aroma is fresh biscuits. Taste is caramel malt, spicy hops, and chocolate-like notes. Let it warm a bit to bring out the malt flavors. Not too sweet, very well balanced. Better than I remembered it from last year (when it had a product placement on "Ed"). The best US O'Fest I've had so far this year.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a lightly-hazed coppery/amber with an inch of tan head that leaves good lacing. It smells of rich grains, molasses, nuts, and raisins - overall deep and sweet malts. The flavor is very rich - like chewing on barley - with caramel, chocolate, and molasses malts, nuts (pecan?), and oily, leafy/green hops that leave a medium bitterness. The body is on the heavy side of medium, with medium carbonation and a medium to long finish. Overall a very nice märzen, but one of the few drawbacks is that it is a bit full to be a great session beer. However, with food, or just having one or two after work is ideal.

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Photo of treble
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just love this beer because it's really that drinkable, in a pint glass-it's good poured from the bottle and it's even better on tap, looove it on tap!

It's a pumpkin ale type of orangish in color, not the most attractive color, but only because it is not a pumpkin ale, the slight head fades fairly quickly. There is lacing as the liquid descends, though it is thin and sparse.

The smell is very pleasant, comforting, of malt, and is light and round. It's taste reflects the smell, very beautifully malty, sweet but not sugary, though caramels and biscotti are noticable. I wouldn't consider this a dessert beer, though it is a little sweet, but with all the food that fall offers, it goes well with both dinner as well as a harvest dessert.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, not overly carbonated but just enough. If you're a slow drinker, it may taste a little flat at the end. Absolutely drinkable, although it is on the sweeter side. I am usually a dark beer drinker, this is complex enough, and alluring in its flavors to be your only choice for the entire night.

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

Brooklyn- Oktoberfest

Appearance- Golden orange with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing down throughout the glass.
Smell- Big creamy malt, caramel, marzipan, and vanilla.
Taste- Tasty vanilla caramel malt dominates this beer. Sweet candy like flavors are subtle in the end.
Mouthfeel- Big chewy flavor throughout. The slightest of dryness in the end.

Overall- A delicious Oktoberfest. I was given a leftover 6 pack from a party and think this was a excellent score. Too bad this is a seasonal!

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

Yeasty, slightly sweet, faint aroma. Clear copper body, reluctant tan head. Excellent lacing.

Mouthfeel is also excellent. Creamy, a shade metallic, slick, lightly carbonated, and sweet.

An excellent Oktoberfest -- my first for 2003 and a great start. Slick, sweet, and medium-bodied.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-red color, the head forms a creamy one finger thick and hangs around nicely.

Aroma: toasted malt

Taste: Sweet caramel and toasted malts throughout on this one, I never did detect any hoppiness in it. The finish starts off sweet and leaves a slight bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy, and crisp. The carbonation was lively but not too much.

Overall: One of the best American interpretations of the style I've had. This one is a must if you're a fan of the style. Even if you're not you should give it a try. Yet another top notch offering from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of Natural510
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark blood-orange color with nice head and clinging bubbles in classic Oktoberfest fashion.
Breadedness to the aroma with toasted malts and a grassy medium-sweetness.
Sweet bread up-front with toasted, carmelized malts making up the bulk of the brew. Clinging yeast tickles the throat and a residual hoppiness kicks in the background.
Melding of the malts, hops & yeast along with a quenching crispness make for a superior mouthfeel.
Very well-balanced and enjoyable Oktoberfest beer, probably the best from the US I've tasted thus far.

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

Thanks to jdmek9 for this super fresh seasonal.

A: The beer is split in half by its colors. The top is a deep amber, and the bottom is dark golden. There is a little over a finger of beige frothy head that sticks around as a cap during the session. It also leaves some nice lacing.
S: Big German hop characteristics on the nose. There's some unmistakable earth in there, and a spiciness that tickles the back of my nose. Grainy malts are there, too. A clean and crisp aroma overall.
T: Toasted caramel malt sweetness. Spicy and earthy as promised by the nose. The earthiness here is more of the damp grass and grains character...not the dirt kind of dirty. The flavors are very clean, as promised by the aroma. This Oktoberfest is not at all bitter. It's really well balanced, while not being too overly malty and sweet.
M: Medium body and a crispness from the high carbonation. Sweet residuals, but they're mellow.
D: I could drink this beer all day long. I would have pint after pint of this beer at Brooklyn's Oktoberfest party! BA has a clear "big ale" preference. It's nice to see that brewers like Garrett Oliver are still making delicious lagers.

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

This is one of many October's I've had this season and this one is definetley a Top 3..

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice even pour, nice even head, left very little lacing, a nice reddish/amber color

Smell: Nice malty aromas with a secent of bready and earthy smelling florals

Taste: Medium in body but full on taste. Besides Sam Adamns I think Brooklyn got the true Marzen taste down to a T. Carmel notes blast out, a beautiful malty experience

Drinkability: Easy to throw back a few, not overly heavy like some other Marzen styles, very much one of the better Octobers, taste and smell alone will have me coming back for more, definetley a good experience with this one.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We picked up a few bottles at the Park Slope Food Coop. Poured from bottle a deep copperish brown. The smell was subtle scent and with a hint of honey. A very malty flavor. My wife remarked it tasted like bread (in a good way). The mouth feel was smooth and felt strong on the back of the tongue. Highly drinkable; went great with tacos al pastor.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a flared-top pilsner glass.

A: Rubies and copper, a nice red-orange. Slight cap of creamy bubbles.

S: Clean, with a little aroma of toast and orange. Very muted, subtle scent overall, probably a result of cold aging, but appropriate for a Marzen.

T: Luscious malt sweetness and slight toasty quality. Slight orangey fruit quality, and a subtle touch of hops. Incredibly well-balanced flavors here, attesting to the effectiveness of the cold aging.

M: Thick tastes, but a light feel, very smooth and easy with a pleasant amount of effervescence to tickle the top of my mouth. Really nice, quite refreshing.

D: Again, like good Marzens (and this definitely falls into that category), it's dangerously easy to drink. If I hadn't seen the label, I would have thought for sure this was an import.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Good Beer Co., Glasgow (355ml, £2.40):

A light and clear looking, caramel brown to amber colour with a foamy, fingers width tall head that stays very well and looks quite still.

A nutty aroma with some good, earthy malts and a little bit of spice. There is some sweetness and a little bit of fruit in there too but the malts certainly dominate.

Malts dominating again along with a little bit of fruity sweetness, a good amount of caramel and some brown sugar. It was rounded off with some raisin and a little bitterness.

Mainly smooth with only a slight amount of grain and spice. The body is medium and the flavours are well balanced with a nice, bitter end to round things off with.

Probably the best Märzen I have tried, although it isn't my most frequently visited style. There was a great malt and caramel base with just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness at the end. A well balanced and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5 first bier back home after a week in Jamaica (and Red Stripe....). Mmmmm! Poured 3 bottles into a litre stein (which I "found" at the Munchen O-Fest). Nice medium/dark copper color, with some orange hues mixed in. Has a light tan, foamy head; lasts ok, with good lace! Very appealing look; says "take me!". Got a good dose of malt in the nose, along with a touch of hop sharpness. Medium-bodied, and a touch of carbonation-roughness at first. That diminishes as the bier warms and goes down, though. Flavor exhibits a good malt foundation...a nice doughy/bready base upon which is built a good hop spiciness at the end. This one has more malt and less spiciness than Sammy, for example. A real nice bier! Zum Wohl!!!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I really enjoyed this one... Very nicely crafted...

Pours a dark amber with a thick persistent head... It never completely goes away, it just shrinks to 1/2 inch or so... Beautiful..

Typical toasted malt aromas here... Hints of caramel and toffee... Maybe a touch of earthy hops...

Smooth as silk this one is....wonderfully tasty roasted caramel malts that are smoother than most.. There's a buttery mouthfeel to this one that sets it apart from others in the style... Nice bite of noble hops towards the finish...

I'm getting more of this one... Its a terrific Oktoberfest that I'm going to keep around this fall...

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Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Oktoberfest pours out an orange-red color with a small head. The aroma is full of roasted and nutty malts, with some earthy hops in the back. The taste is very good, the malt flavors here are very well-developed, with just a touch of nuttiness rounding out the excellent roasted and caramel malt flavors. A solid dose of herbal and earthy hops make the finish nicely bitter. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light bodied, and decently carbonated. Overall, this is an extremely well composed Oktoberfest. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is mostly of sweet, caramel malt. In fact, that's about all that there is on the nose...which is fine for the style.

Taste is somewhat crisp way to a body of mostly caramel malt, just like was on the nose. In the finish, there's a small hop presence and some husk apparent. In the aftertaste, there's some sweet caramel malt that hangs around.

This is a tasty marzen. A good caramel presence, some balance, and just easy drinking all around.

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Photo of MichaelRyan
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a deep reddish amber color, almost mahogany. A half finger of foam leaves a nice film on the glass. Aroma is sweet, earthy, almost a bit woody.

First sip is quite nice. Great munich/caramel sweetness, minimal hoppiness, and a clean finish with no aftertaste. I really like this one. I feel like the body and sweetness goes down great, and the clean finish leaves me wanting another sip.

This is one of the better Octoberfest beers that I've had. I'd pick up a 6'er of this one.

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Photo of mnrider
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. has freshness date printed. Brewed before summer and left to age until autumn.

A: Dark orange and red. one finger light tan head with little lacing. Very nice carbonation.

S: Sweet buttery malts. Smells like fall.

T/M: Creamy smooth. Malts are strongest with hops blending in very nice. Very light dryness on back end. A little different but excellent Oktoberfest taste.

D: This is one good beer. I will purchase again, and hope to find it on tap somewhere.


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