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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 ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown body with a creamy, frothy off-white head. Please, let's get ready to enjoy ourselves!

Smell: That's a nice malty aroma -- pleasantly toasty, with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Also, its somewhat fruity, with faint notes of peach puree.

Taste: Malty, sweet flavor that's notably doughy with hints of citrus and peaches that eventually crosses over into a dry, though quite restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body further padded with a nice creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: With a rich, complex array of flavors, and an ease of drinkability, this, to me, is one of the better American Oktoberfests.

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Photo of BrewMasterG
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-amber. Nice light cream-colored head. Disappears quicker than expected.

Smell: Soft, mild malty notes. Clean.

Taste: Very slight, malty presence. Mild sweetness with well-balanced hop bitterness. No hop flavor or aroma.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and an excellent balance between dry and sweet. Just about right for the style.

Serving type: 12oz bottle purchased non-refrigerated on 12/7/2009

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Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish Amber color with a nice malty (nutty?) aroma (Munich malts?). A nice light spicy and grainy flavor (also a bit nutty). Medium bodied with a very nice balanced finish. A slightly more hop finish than most...

One of my favorite Octoberfests for the year along with Victory.

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Photo of oelergud
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden copper body with off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin float that does stay well and leaves good lace. Moderate carbonation.
Classic lager scent with some sweet honey and caramel notes.
Taste is strong malt toffee up front, hops barely come through, even in the aftertaste they are very subdued and must yield to the malty toffee sensation.
Full and thick body, chewable and leaves good coating, smooth on the tongue.
Pretty good drinkability, a few in the same sitting could make any night better but I think after a few the sweetness will get to you.


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Photo of milkbaby9
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by Feb 2011, drank 9-16-2010) into tapered pilsner glass. Notes written down later from memory. Maybe 1 cm off-white head reducing to almost nothing. Kinda disappointing foam with no lacing. Nice clear dark gold to light amber color.

Aroma sweetly malty and maybe hint of citrus. Taste is similar to aroma, very nice sweetly strong and caramel maltiness is very forward with a hint of hops bitterness to round it out.

Very drinkable: as good or better than any of the other Oktoberfest beers I've tried this year.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice clear and appetizing amber. Aroma is strong and malty with a bit of a bite to it. Flavor is rich and malty with a hint of hops and bitterness, very satisfying and refreshing. This Oktoberfest beer is remarkably smooth and easy to drink - an excellent party brew.


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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange color with two finger head. A few spots of lace develop through the drink. The aroma consists of caramel and light nuttiness. The flavor components are caramel, roasted malt, ripe fruits, brown sugar, toasted nuts, and has a nice bitterness level.

Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel, with a sweet and nutty lingering aftertaste.I found this to be extremely drinkable, as several were enjoyed in one afternoon session. Nice beer.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, it poured copper/amber, with healthy carbonation, two fingers of white, great retention, and great lacing. Very toasty, with biscuit, caramel, toffee, and woodiness. The taste revealed all of the above in nicely balanced harmony, with some herbal hoppiness on the dry finish as well. Not as thick as the nose would suggest, with ample carbonation. A very drinkable marzen.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewers at Brooklyn are masters of their craft, and their Oktoberfest proves yet again that they can conquer any style. In the S.W.A.T. team that is microbrewing, Brooklyn is the sniper. This time, Oktoberfest is the prime target. Excellent appearance and the perfect sweet and malty taste I've come to expect from märzens. Mark my words, I will never have an Octoberly shopping list on which this beer doesn't appear.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite oktoberfests. The color is a rich amber, that still lets in light. The aroma is a nice malty overtones, with a slight hop presence. The taste is wonderful. The roasted malt is huge with a nice bitter kick to it. Very balanced. The mouthfeel is on the medium side, and it has great drinkability. a must have for the fall.

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Photo of Mike4TN
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is Too Sweet!!! WOLFPAC!!. Brooklyn Brewery.. NUFF SAID!! They don't brew trash..This Oktoberfest Brew is tha bomb best I have had..but who am I?!!! A beer drinker that's who!! So go out pick this up tip it back and enjoy this concoction of tastiness!! Craft brew genius!! Keep em coming Brooklyn!!!

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Photo of dmarch
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rivals The Black Chocolate Stout as my favorite Brooklyn Beer. It pours with a reddish copper color and thin white head and lots of carbonation. There is a sweet caramel taste and it finishes with very slight hoppiness. An excellent interpretation of the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of John
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Octoberfest beer...and fresh it is. Lovely caramel color, creamy layer of steady foam. Smells like a fresh loaf of multi-grain bread with a mere suggestion of sweetness. The taste delivers these elements as well as some satisfying toasted grain and caramel flavors. Some nutty hints are also detected. Hops are assertive enough to poke through, but subdued enough to allow the malt to do it's thing. One of the best O' fests I've tasted.

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Photo of eagles22
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This American oktoberfest was one of the best of the year for me...the smell i got a hint of roasted malts and some carmel smells and for the taste i had pretty good carbonation, smooth feel with a sweet carmel finish. Mouth didnt feel thin at all a great oktoberfest beer. Drinkablitily of this beer is exceprtional ...i could drink it all day on a breezy ocotober day

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(served in a dimple mug) best before Feb.2010
A- This beer has a crystal clear nut brown body with a strong carbonation that glides to the surface supporting a thick creamy off-white head that soon turns into cobwebs.
S- The smell is a clean cinder block and mineral aroma with some very lightly toasted fresh malt hints.
T- This beer has a smooth soft toasted malt flavor that is well lagered. The mineral flavor turns just a bit tart as the beer warms and the finish of noble hops bite compliments the mineral flavors. The hops have a faint green lemon note to them.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft clean fizz.
D- This beer has a great crisp fresh malt and hops flavor without any sulfur flavors. It would be easy to drink a boot full of this beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright reddish copper with a thin whispy off-white head, and no lacing. Aroma is a nice strong earthy malt, very breadlike, with a slight floral hoppiness. Taste is more of the same, with a delicious biscuity malt, a slight note of caramel, and a mild grassy hop finish that leaves just a hint of bitterness. A slight bit of fruitiness, maybe apples or pears, starts to come through as the beer warms. Medium/thin body with a nice crisp carbonation, this is a pretty easy drinker. As a hophead, Oktoberfest isn't my preferred style but is starting to grow on me. I've tried several this year, and Brooklyn's is definitely the best I've had.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish color and has a two inch head that dissipates to ring but doesn’t leave a lace. Smells of biscuity malt, almost of how nilla wafers smell, with no hop aroma. Tastes of sweet caramel malts with slight minty hop bite coming out in the finish. Nice medium mouthful tastes somewhat like how zwieback in a liquid form would be. Good to the last drop and could be drank all day. All around a very good beer.

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Photo of Spider889
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Winking Lizard earlier this month. Of all the Oktoberfests I've had this year, this one was my favorite.

Easily the darkest Oktoberfest of the 5 or so featured at Winking Lizard.

The aroma was surprisingly hop-forward for the style. My notes - written right on the place-mat - say, "Sweet pine - mmm."

The flavor was well hopped for the style, lots of sticky sweet malts as well. This is not your typical Marzen (if I had to guess in a blind tasting I wouldn't even think Marzen was a possibility).

For a guy who normally hates the style, I could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle. Smells flowery and grassy, hints of corn.

Nicely balanced flavor, hop bite to begin with, and then a maltiness which reminded me of fall, dead leaves etc. very nice flavor, smooth refreshing finish.

Thin, smooth, light and highly drinkable

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Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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 PaulyHands
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draught at the Oasis pub in New London, CT.

Pours a really great amber, with a creamy head that lingers through most of the beer.

Nose is a bit nutty, some toffee and malt. Light on the spice which is nice. Some vanilla notes too.

Taste is really well balanced; slight malt, nutty. Only offputting thing is it finishes a tiny bit sour.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, a hearty but sessionable beer.

Overall a really fantastic beer for the season, and something to make you look forward to the fall.

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A terrific classic Bavarian Marzen. Both flavorful and refreshing; loaded with bready malts, and just the right amount of hops to keep things interesting. This brew screams Autumn, and is a perfect September brew to kick off those magical NFL Sundays. This one will find it's way to my fridge every fall from here on out.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Six Pack Store in Philadelphia. I am confident in its freshness. I shall taste from a pint glass.

Pours very clear amber. Medium carbonation and a creamy light beige head, half a finger. Textbook appearance.

Appetizing smell of warm bread and toasted grain. Immediately after the pour the bouquet is slightly hoppier than this.

Clean and crisp on the tongue while also malty and lightly toasted. Faint hop background but, all in all, sweet like caramel. VERY smooth. After finishing I hunger (yes, hunger) for another.

Well done by Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, see through brown hue with a thin dissolving head; minimal lacing if any to be noted. Has a toasted malt and bready nose. Sharp, grainy and some oats noted in the body; some green apple notes in the beginning as well. Medium-bodied, thinly carbonated, body is sweet, warmness gives way to some spicy hop offerings. Smooth and satisfying mouthfeel; clean palate; a wonderful offering!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, served in a "new style" Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. The beer pours a nice amber color with an inch and a half off-white frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like bread/grain, toasted malt and caramel, it's definitely a sweet aroma. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, with a bit of spice too. Very little aftertaste. Body/mouthfeel is medium/full, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation IMO. Drinkability is good, easy to drink and very sessionable. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had, it's definitely a good choice.

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