Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Oktoberfest
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,715
Reviews:
775
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
252
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of tainohawk
1.48/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

brooklyn oktoberfest beer is not cool.

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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

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.

THEN..................................

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 joerebman
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of witster18
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
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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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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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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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.

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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 -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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