Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,881
Reviews:
788
Ratings:
1,747
pDev:
12.12%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
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36
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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1.03/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of tainohawk
1.48/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

brooklyn oktoberfest beer is not cool.

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of LordRogan
1.64/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Loaded with DMS.
Smelled like asparagus with a background note of orange and caramel (which is inappropriate though not unpleasant).

It's not clear if they were going for a Marzen or a Festbier or neither. Either way it's a watery, vegetal beer lacking in complexity or charm.

Garret Oliver is an exceptional brewer but this is what happens when computers make beers.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -38%

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2.32/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Disappointed.

Probably because this followed an ayinger October.

Nevertheless.

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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2.34/5  rDev -35.5%
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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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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2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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