Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Oktoberfest
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3.64/5
1,739 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#34,743
Reviews:
784
Ratings:
1,739
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
263
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinkable beer. Some hop and carbonation. Malty and carmel finish. Light mouthfeel. amber colour and a little off-white head.Dry slightly astringent aftertaste. Certainly not the best representative of this style I have had. Just boring and nothing special.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber with brown hues. 2 finger frothy head with decent lace

S: Very malty with typical lager/bready aroma.

T: malt and grain. Citrus and some earth notes. Typical of the style.

M:very smooth. moderate carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: an excellent oktoberfest. One of my favorites.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the screamen eagle in inlet new York. this is perfect opening sunday nfl beer. its not a light beer, but its real drinkable, its not an ipa, but it has a ton of flavor, and it isn't priced like other seasonal rarities. great by the pitcher. nice dense copper glow, short white froth head that lasts alright. I smell lager yeast right away, and a sweeter german caramunich malt type that contributes most of the color and fermentables here. simple but flavorful taste. dessert breads, honey, even slight maple in the finish. I still think I like sam adams better than most other commercially available octoberfest brews, but the Brooklyn is right up there. highly drinkable, but I would add a bit more carbonation to make it glide along a little better. it gets a touch weighty, especially as it warms up, and a little more gas would fix this. a good American tip of the cap to german tradition. a very well made beer.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out with a nice looking amber color, The head was tan and fizzy. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell was decent with some sweet malts and a touch of caramel and spice. The taste was a little weak, I expected it to be a little better coming from Brooklyn Brewing. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this brew is just about average.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I've had from Brooklyn Brewery so far. It blew all of the other octoberfests I've tried (tried at least 12-15 others) out of the water. This one actually had a nice body to it and wasn't watery like the rest of them. Also, it had taste and a good one at that.. some nice spices and fall type seasonings. I thought I hated all octoberfests and this was the last one I had to try and it did the trick.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear and amber/orange in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bready and caramel malts as well as grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of spices in the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good American interpretation of the style. A good blend of caramel, bread, and earthy hops. Still doesn't seem to have the body and smoothness of good German Oktoberfests. Has a light metalic taste and feel, but nice flavors nonetheless. Has a light minty / alcoholic note in the end and remains bready, caramelly, and yeasty. Clean and crisp in the finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single, and just under the wire for the eponymous month to expire, as the snow flies outside, sigh.

This beer pours a clear, medium brassy amber colour, with one finger of finely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few ocean swells of lace around the glass as it duly seeps away.

It smells of nutty caramel malt, soft toffee sweetness, a flinty metallic note, and dusty, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, a nice, subtle toastiness, some tame generic orchard fruitiness, more stoney, flinty notes, and understated noble earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is present, but doing its thing well under the radar, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a hard water character the only fly in the ointment, and a non-consequential one at that. It finishes off-dry, the malt trailing off, and the fruit and hops kicking it up a notch.

While this is nothing that is going to knock your socks (or lederhosen) off, I submit that that isn't the point here. I can totally envision just putting these back, in frothy mug form, all night, with little further beer consideration required. Bread, caramel, soft biscuit, balanced-enough hops, and a slight uptick in alcohol. There - all thinking done - now just drink 'em. Next year, at any rate.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

BB: JAN 2013 is printed on the neck of the bottle.

Dark auburn color in the glass, delicate collar of lace and a thin skim settles across the surface. Clarity is good with only the slightest of haze. The smell is bready and nutty, malt forward and pleasant.

Flavor is similarly malt forward, multigrain bread and a touch of grape fruitiness also. An odd tanginess mars the otherwise straightforward flavors, body is light in feel. Something seems a bit off here, would advise skipping this beer in favor of other Oktoberfests, the tangy quality is a dealbreaker for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a couple of spots of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread and caramel malt on the nose

Taste: Bready start with a distinct caramel character; complemented by a surprisingly bitter, almost apple tart element by mid-palate that lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable, but I am not really a fan of the style

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before Feb 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear copper orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, apple, pear, and herbal. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pear, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of pear, caramel, nuttiness, biscuit, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Good amount of flavor with decent balance; no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest. Solid flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this, a good example of the style.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery "Oktoberfest"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Best By date illegible

Appearance: Clear deep copper body beneath a rocky head of khaki. Average head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Toasty Vienna malt. Limited background grassy and spicy hops.

Flavor: Grainy, bready, toasty malt. Moderate golden caramel. Fruity with some raisin in the finish. The hops don't particularly show but you know they're there. Median bitterness of around 22 IBUs leaves it well-balanced. Dry finish as the malt quickly dissipates.

Mouthfeel: Standard medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A very nicely done, authentic Märzen "Oktoberfest".

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Greenville, SC.
Pours with a clear dark amber body topped by a bubbly (soapy) head.
Aroma: baked bread and toffee
Flavor: like the aroma stronger. Theres a load of caramel alts in this. Excellent bitter/sweet balance. Modest complexity.
Feel: medium body. Smooth.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace over mostly clear amber reddish color, a bit darker and more red than I expected.

Nose has nice toasted malts, lots of Munich malt, light caramel malts, light sweet toasty lager malt and a light crisp lager like aroma, a bit of a juicy malt profile, quite like the style and very similar to most of the Munich Oktoberfests I've been having a lot lately.

Taste comes on with malts again, toasty earthy malts, some reddish malts, Munich malt, some crystal malts again with hint of caramel, toasted malts but not quite the cracked straw flavors. there is some juicy lager flavors, with hints of fruits and semi crisp. Hops come out as well, with some earthy almost herbal and slight spicy hops, which I wouldn't really think as noble hops. Finishes mostly clean, a bit more of the bittering hops with hint sof spicy and earthy hops again, as well as slight caramel and toasty malts.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, semi crisp, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malt profile especially the nose, the hop profile isn't exactly what I expected but doesn't throw it off too much. Nice lager profile although I would have liked a slightly cleaner and crisper finish. Otherwise one of the better American made Oktoberfests I've had to date.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but has caramelized malt, spices and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of caramel, nuts and a touch of dark fruit. There’s a good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice O-fest beer that I could drink several of if were in the mood for the style. The only problem with this beer is that I find Brooklyn’s prices to be slightly higher than most other craft breweries and this beer isn’t really outstanding enough to make me select it over any other good O-fest beer.

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