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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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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 witster18
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25


Probably because this followed an ayinger October.


Smells nice an malty. Looks below average. No head retention. Little lacing.

taste is bitter lemon peel with malt hints. Not a good one. Victory has them in category and overall this is way back.

Tough to finish.

save two bucks and have a shiner October instead of this. Nothing to celebrate over.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.34/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a good-looking amber color with a finger of white head; a small ring remains throughout the life of the beer. Smell and taste are... almost nonexistant. Swirling vigorously releases a tiny caramel malt aroma, and the corresponding malt flavor is even more subtle. A real disappointment.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, even for an octoberfest. Drinkability is good, but mainly because there's so little flavor that gets in the way of swilling.

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Photo of Todd
2.4/5  rDev -35%
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 Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Mugs, Brooklyn, NY

A: Reddish-amber, with a light white head.

S: Roasty malts, with a hint of sweetness and spice.

T: Follows the aroma: malty, light caramel sweetness and a tinge of spice.

M: Light body and somewhat watery.

D: Fairly smooth, but overall lacking in flavor. I had no desire to try another.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 Fl Oz Brown bottle, best before Mar 2011, drank early Nov 2010 in my hotel lounge, Cork, Ireland.

The beer poured an autuminal dark orange, almost an Irish Red beer colour. The thin covering of bubbles fell away quicker than I liked, leaving not even a collar.

The aroma was of malts, mixed bag of malts, semi-sweet molasses and some bready smells too.

The taste wasn't too great, malty without a hop presence, disappointing to be honest.

The body was weak and uninspiring, not impressed at all. Just a poor malty beer with 5.5%ABV hidden somewhere in it. The worst O'Fest beer I've ever had.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Grolsch pint glass in low altitude Cork, Ireland. Reviewed live. Acquired at Abbott Alehouse off-license in Cork City.

A: Three finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Semi-transparent copper colour.

Sm: Nutty hops. A bit of cream, but it's hidden in the back. Not particularly pleasant.

T: Nutty in the front and malty, with a bit of unwelcome chocolate somewhere in the middle, getting stronger until the climax. Very poorly balanced to the point of almost being thrown together. It's all over the place for an Oktoberfest beer, and doesn't satisfy the demands of the style. The malt is poorly handled, not blending well alongside the nuttiness.

Mf: Silky but nicely coarse. Wet. No cream, but the chocolate does create a cream-mimetic effect in terms of feel.

Dr: Very cheap by Irish standards. Hides its average ABV decently well. Nothing special, particularly for the style.


Impressions from a bottle in Austin, Texas 09/07/13:

Sm: Crisp clean barley, munich malts, pils malts. Minimal hopping is floral in character. Somewhat grainy. No yeast/alcohol is detectable. Mild in strength.

T: Crisp and clean. Barley, munich malt, pils malt. Light graininess. Minimal floral hopping. Okay balance, but not much complexity or subtlety. Okay build for the style; quite average. I'm not sure how I was getting chocolate notes in my initial review. I do get a light nuttiness that's unexpected.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some biting overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of diversity of flavour. Not oily, gushed, harsh, or boozy. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Downable but quite bland and boring. I wouldn't get it again, but it's alright. A decent festbier from Brooklyn. Hides its ABV fairly well.


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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Boulevard Pint.

Apperance-Dark amber with a soft vanilla head. About 2 fingers with pretty nice lacing.

Smell-Grainy and Grassy. Not really fitting the style.

Taste-Like the aroma, not really what I'm wanting. Grain, Grass. some subtle spices on the backend but really not doing it for me.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall-With all the other Octoberfest/Pumpkin Beers out right now, odds are this beer won't be revisited.

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Photo of gfreed
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A ho-hum beer if ever there was. A better-than-mild aroma of malt and oranges that might lead one to expect something tasty in the bottle, but one would be rather disappointed. The body is thin, the taste weak; the color wan. There's a nip from the carbonation but don't look for much more than that. Buy a bottle to try; don't invest in a six.

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Photo of beveritt
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is classic Brooklyn with a blue and silver check reminiscent of the Bavarian flag. No clear freshness date.

Pours with just over 1 finger of very light tan head. This settles slowly to a spotty cap of foam. The beer itself is the color of burnished copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of sweet caramel malt with hints of tart cherries.

Taste: Metallic bite upfront with an unpleasant tea and sawdust flavor; the sweet caramel is hidden deep if you look for it.

Mouthfeel: Higher than expected carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Not even sure this is worth finishing. I will still with the German imports for now, mixed in with some inexpensive Samuel Adams.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually like Octoberfests, I'll be honest. Brooklyn beers have been very kind to me in terms of taste, variety, and quality too. Been to the brewery a few times for various events, and I love the staff that runs the place. I say this because I bought this Octoberfest expecting a full, robust taste and a reminder of the warmer days of autumn that have since passed. Unfortunately, this beer just didn't do it for me.

It wasn't the worst I've had - poured a nice rich brown bordering on cinnamon and mahogany. About a finger's worth of head and an understated but gentle nose with the trademark marzen smell to it. The taste just wasn't as nice as I expected. A bit too watery, with not enough aftertaste, breadiness, or spice to it. It's very gentle, but this is an Octoberfest. I expect to be surprised and to feel nice and warm afterwards.

This is a beer you could chug down, which is not how I associate Brooklyn's brews. A bit too metallic and as a few other reviewers have stated, even a bit of olive in the aftertaste. The bottle says it's an amber lager but I would tweak the tone down and notes up if I had to redo this. Only worth a shot to compare to other Octoberfests, and sadly enough, it makes me wish for the other Brooklyn seasonals.

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Photo of aracauna
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this on tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC. There were several Octoberfests at the festival so I got to try this in context with several other takes on the style and it wasn't one of the better ones. The hops in this beer overpowered what's suppsoed to be a fairly malty style. Big dissapointment.

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Photo of Budlum
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Present 1.5 inches of foamy, white head. Brilliant copper and red body with a great amount of clarity. Nice head retention.

Barely noticeable brown sugar notes from a very light malt aroma. The hop presence is stronger with a fresh and pine-filled character. Definitely not the typical malt profile of a marzen. Slightly musty.

This beer starts with a very quick burst of malty sweetness. All malt flavors are quickly subdued by a strong Euro-hop spice. There is a very old and musty taste to the beer. The finish is long, with spicy hops and a very much musty flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. However, the finish is very long and almost flattens the tastebuds with a metallic tinge.

Drinkability is so-so. This is oktoberfest is not particularly enjoyable. I will not try this next year given the much better examples available for fall enjoyment.

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Photo of Zraly
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful nutty orange appearance with a nice foam poured at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA.

Malty notes upfront. However, it is a bit harsh and doesn't finish nicely -- the hops are not complimentary. There is something amiss with the emphasis on bitterness and the lack of roundness in the malt department. Medium-bodied but not well-balanced in my opinion. This works better as an amber ale and not so much as the Oktoberfest/Marzen identity.

I think that there are better Oktoberfest beers of U.S. origin that are much better -- I'd even say Sam Adams' version is much cleaner and true to style.

Side note: My gf was drinking a Hofbrau Oktoberfest at the same time and I tried her's for comparison: the Hofbrau was smooth, clean, malty goodness in comparison (although the Hofbrau looked like a macro lager in appearance).

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Where in the world is Garret Oliver? Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a lighter red hue throughout. A good soft white head that does hide to the edge of the glass for some time before fading completely. Not much lacing though.

The nose is more on par with a macro-European O-fest. Noticeable Vienna and Pils notes. Would like more of a malt backing and with some Munich notes. Malt comes out somewhat but rather soft for style. Mostly clean yeast aromas but some acetaldehyde on the back side. Not bad but I do pick it up.

The taste is below par as well. The malt is light with more of a Vienna flavor with a hint of Pils and Munich. Really lacks the depth and maltiness that I expect for style. There is a chalky like flavor as well in the finish that I usually associate with gypsum. Some light mineral notes as well. Some minor yeasty notes, but nothing over the top.

The body is really lacking for style. More on par of the macro-Ero style where it's a bit wispy and really lacking the Munich notes. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Bananaman
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a boring oktoberfestbier from Brooklyn, and trust me, I love Brooklyn Brewery.

Not a very pretty bottle and the large white head just disappears after a few minutes.

Smells average of caramel and some malts.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell but there are some nice tones och fruits and a light bitterness.

Dissapointed? Yes.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured in a Brooklyn tulip, Amber in color, A small amount of head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, some carbonation rising to the surface here and then.

Smell: left something to be desired, just smelled like a maltier version of their lager with a little bit of sweeter malts that I cant really place.

taste: honestly it just tasted like their lager which is understandable but with some very subtle differences. there was an odd sweetness that can only be described as candy neckless or some other nondescript hard candy.

Mouthfeel: Again nothing special just like their lager.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It would be nice to have on hand when the boys come over for football if you wanna throw a sixer or more back in a three hour sitting that no one would turn their nose up at.

Over all very bland granted it was my first of the style, but I just expected more. more malt, more something. not the rare fall treat I was expecting like I got from the pumpkin ales I've had. Maybe I should stick to those. I will of coarse try more marzens for safe measure. Its a good beer that would be a good stand by case of garage suds, or a fall keg that everyone can agree on but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 oldgrowth
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange color. No head , no laceing. Has a malty, in a grainy way, with lite fruitiness smell. Malty taste, a regular kind of carmel toasted malt I associate with style. A little creamy& bitterness that faded quickly. Weak overall as far as I see it.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L - orangish-amber, pale not dark.
S - Mild, more amlty than hoppy.
T - o,k, a little nutty, piney and hint of caramel. .
F - a little bite and both sip and swallow stages.
O - average beer

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Photo of Vendetta
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 7, 2008

Slight malty aroma. Pours deep bronze with a huge, fluffy head that leaves a solid lacing down the glass. Looks lively, carbonated. Taste is malty, not as much bready yeastiness as some of the German counterparts, some sweet caramel there. A little bit too carbonated, aside from that the palate is adequate. Good marzen, but there are better out there.

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Photo of nukem5
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice color brownish beer bottle with hardly any head retention at all, lots of bubbles rising to give the nose what it needs hopefully.

S: Smells nice and fresh with sweet malts with very little hops at all.

T: Sweet malty and some spicey flavors maybe from the hops, light floral tasting.

M: Nice and refreshing, medium/full bodied with a bitey aftertaste of slightly alkylyn tastes.

D: Yes, drinkable but it did throw me for a loop I normally would expect a fuller taste from the guys at Brooklyn. Not the best Oktoberfest maybe but a good runner .

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Photo of hooscassell
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love this time of year and I seek out as many Octoberfest and Pumpkin flavors as possible here in my little part of Carolina. This year I found some hits and some misses, Cottonwood pumpkin and Shipyard pumpkinnhead were delish, and then I came upon the Brooklyn Oktoberfest, all in all its an okay beer. I was a little disappointed in what seemed to be a lack of Octoberfest Flavoring in this beer. I would walk past this beverage in search of others...

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Pours a coppery amber with a half finger of off white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing.

S – Sweet malts. Slight roast.

T - Light sweetness. Light bitterness. A bit of a roasted malt taste. Hard hoppy flavor at the end.

M – Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

O – Was looking forward to this but there is something in the taste I did not enjoy. It’s a very harsh flavor.

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Photo of Kooz
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Second of the Octoberfest beers I am trying.

Pretty good, but not particularly special. I like the label--simple, nice. Didn't poor, so basing appearance on that. Simple spell, somewhat spicy, maybe a little malty... Hard to place. Tasted okay. A bit too bitter, but good. Mouthfeel--nothing great. Bites some, but gets better. Maybe a little soft. I wouldn't drink this if I didn't have 5 more waiting for me.

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