Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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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 clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, ruby red/crimson body that was seethru w/ slight carbonation. Half-finger head that is a little foamy w/ constant lacings. A spicy smell at first, clove mostly, and then caramel after that; not much else. A malty taste mostly, mixed with caramel and something like tart apples(?). A generic spicing is in the taste also; not the most complex beer but its mediumish body goes down smooth and is paired with a crisp, dry finish. A good beer, but just not something I would pick as my first Octboberfest seasonal.

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Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a small off white head that faded at average rate to leave minimal side lacing.

S - Light sweet malts that are so common with oktoberfests, light bready grains, and some subtle spicy hops at the end.

T - Taste is close to the nose. Lots and lots of those sweet malts and bready undertones. There is a gentle earthy spice note towards the end.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit lowly carbonated and thin though.

O - Overall this is a slightly above average oktoberst. With so many good ones in this style, I'll have to pass on this again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber color with a creamy off-white head has pretty good retention and stick.

S- The aroma is toasted biscuity malts with some caramel. This is a very nice malty aroma, can't wait to get into the taste.

T- Like the aroma suggests, the taste is mainly malt based. Very smooth and malty with some hops coming out in the finish.

M- Smooth bodied with a good amount of carbonation, almost perfect for the style.

D- This is a solid Oktoberfest that is borderline sessionable. I wouldn't want to drink too many of these at 5.5% in a single sitting, but it is definitely a beer that will go well with some of the cooler autumn evenings.

Overall, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is another solid beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at PJ's in Haddon Township.

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

The aroma has a nice balance of sweet malt and autumnal spices. Some caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit along with hints of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar.  Subtle earthy hops as well.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the sweet malts into a dry finish.  Peppery with cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg countered by caramel malt sweetness.  There's also some earthy hop bitterness that compliments the spice but the spice presence is still a bit heavy for my liking.  Could use some more sweetness/stronger malt character.  Decent but lacks balance.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright cranberry red with a light creamy tan head.

S: Light brown sugar notes and sweet Vienna malt can be detected on the nose. Nice noble hop aroma, neutral with very light bitterness.

T: The beer starts out with some sweet malt but finishes rough with a very grainy sandpaper like texture on the tongue. Theres some sour citrus in the end as well with a dry malting fade and coating. Palate is dry roasted malt and is very rough around the edges malt wise and not as smooth or sweet as your standard octoberfests.

M: fizzy, over-carbonated per style, and a little rough.

D: Overall not a good example per style and wouldn't recommend or try again.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Clear ark amber pour with a small off-white head. Light toasted aroma with some grain and yeast. Taste is grainy with some spicy and earthy hops also present. Not much sweetness. Medium body also has a good yeast presence. Finishes crisp.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear copper colour with a huge frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, toasted nuts, dough, brown sugar, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and comes across as slightly watery. The most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and breads/grains. It also has a slightly metallic taste to it and a touch of fruit sweetness. It finishes with a malty aftertaste.

Drink - This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had. Worth seeking out.

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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 barczar
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a one inch caramel cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is nutty, with caramel malt and floral hops adding character. There's a bit of toasted breadcrust and toffee present.

Flavor is deeply nutty, rich with caramel malt character and just enough sweetness to not overwhelm. Floral hops add character to toasted bread notes, and there's a hint of citrus at the finish.

Body is slightly full, with moderate carbonation and a fairly sweet finish.

Overall, a very malt forward brew, rivaling the malt complexity of some of the better examples of the style. I'd drink another!

Update. There's a metallic character that's offputting.

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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 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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild bread, malt, kettle sugar and spice aromas. Not much hop on the nose and no diacetyl. It pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a very lightly tan tinted 3” white foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates. Rich malt flavors with slight kettle sugar sweetness, grainy spiciness, no fruit, finishing dry with a moderate hop bitterness. High end of medium on the body with slightly below medium carbonation.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, clear, amber-brown, big carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, bread, a little spice and touch of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, crisp, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry at the end

Drinkability: I normally do not like Brooklyn brews for some reason, however this is one of my favorite Octoberfests. It may be my favorite from the brewery. This one is nice and malty, but it also does have some really nice spicing. I could session this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber/ruby red color with a 1/4 inch of creamy head. Lacing looks good.

S - Smells of typical to the style, sweeter than expected. A nice caramel smell and no real in your face hops.

T - As others mentioned this Oktoberfest is very clean tasting. Starts off sweet with a caramel/bready malt, then brief performance from the hops, and finally a crisp clean finish sweet rather than grainy.

M - Light to medium I could see this being very session-able.

Overall another good Oktoberfest, great sweet taste, and hops with a clean finish to boot. Will keep an eye out for cheap sixers or cases.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yet deep amber with a fast two finger, receding head. Very little bubbling and no lacing, but good color though. The aroma is a strong, sweet, toasted bread bomb of malt and just a bit of herbal hops. Toasted dry malts give the taste givs freshly baked whole grain wheat bread and bg of rice scent. The hops add some grassy herbs and just a dash of citrus. Palate is has an almost off-puting resiny palate for an Octoberfest bier. Great session beer wth a softly receding flavor.

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Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is amber; the beige head is two fingers thick. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is nutty and somewhat sweet with notes of cream, some roasted malt and a light fruity touch. Quite anonymous, I think.

The taste is at first fresh and fruity with a passing bitterness. Soft sweet malt, some notes of matured apples, wheat flour, apricots and a hint of apricots. Almost no bitterness, but some light metallic notes in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is light to medium smooth.

Reminds more of an average Vienna lager than a Märzen. A disappointment.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 3 of 6 of my BotA

A: Brilliant deep amber with a massive off white head with great retention and a very pleasing bumpy texture. A good deal of carbonation is present too. Nice sticky foam as the head slowly recedes

S: Almost as if to prove that no two beers are identical, this one smells very different from the other two i've had tonight. In addition to a bread-dough note, there's a spiciness, almost like caraway seeds and rye. There's a good deal of sweetness, though, maybe a little more than I'd like. Hops are present too, very leafy, like crushed, half-dried leaves from a tree

T: This tastes way off with too much hops being prominent up front with a lot of earthy leafy character and a rye-like spiciness. Mild caramel sweetness comes through before a noble-hop finish takes over

M: Excellent carbonation and the finish is drying and refreshing.

D: This one has been my least favorite so far.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear and reddish amber, this beer was topped by a fluffy, off-white head that showed good retention and produced sticky, chunky lace. The aroma was full of grainy malt with a bit of caramel, grass, and spice in the background. Light, yet solid, bitterness and a clean maltiness defined the flavour, with notes of warm caramel, spice and hops providing complexity. Maltiness really lingered. Nearly medium bodied with average carbonation, just off-dry with a good texture. This beer is highly drinkable, well balanced and great for a session.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with the usual foam. Glass is clean so doubt that would affect the head. Sweet and malty upfront with that smokiness that I like. Taste is much of the same, except that it has a nice bitterness in the back of the tongue and goes down really smooth. I'd definitely say it's tastier than the other Octoberfest-themed beers I've reviewed.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very slightly chill hazed. Beautiful auburn color. A thin beige head sits on top. Reduces to an edging rather quickly and laces adequately. Nice levels of toasted malt, grain and carmelized sugar on the nose. Toasted flavor dominates, although there are other flavors that come into play: breadiness, grain and toffee. The finish is actually a bit dry. Unusual for an Oktoberfest, but it doesn't seem out of place. Body is medium full. Drinkability nice. All and all, a good ofest. Nice to know that some marzens are actually brewed in Marzen.

Thanks to Davo for the sample.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper, thick white head, some lacing, decent retention, head settles down to a ring. Smell is sweet, citrus, bread, little bit of smoke, some caramel. Taste is toffee, some smoke, citrus, bread, very malty and balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice Oktoberfest, very refreshing and drinkable. Thanks grub!!

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 batch, nice and fresh. Haven't had a ton of oktoberfests but still get the general feel of them I think. Poured a clear amber-brown color with a one and a half finger head that is very fizzy and dies down quickly, light-spotty lacing is left as I drink this one. Carbonation can be seen rising in the beer. Smells of pale malts, a bit of hops and some citrus going on here too. Not a very complex smell for this one, not much going on. Taste is lots of pale malts up front with some good hop (citrus,earthy) balance following the malts. Also get a bit of spicyness and no alcohol or off flavors here. Maybe a bit of a grassy flavor in the aftertaste also, but not a bad one. The flavor seems to start to fade toward the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and medium bodied, little-no alcohol warming and a good coating of taste left on the palette to enjoy for minutes after sipping. Very smooth and good carbonation. Drinkability is good, very good taste for an oktoberfest, no alcohol flavor to ruin the beer over time. The only trouble here is I can feel the beer starting to fade a bit at the end of my first glass. Stomach can handle many of these in the long run. The $9.50/6pack price is good for this quality and I would buy this one again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent copper-red with good clarity. Half inch off-white head receded quickly. Some spatters of lacing but not legs. Mild nose - some malt and caramel character, but sweetness does not come out too much. Consistent with nose with a bready, toasted malt character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a consistent level of carbonation throughout. Good drinkability for the style. Oftentimes I find some of the sweetness characteristic of the style to be difficult to session as their is often a lingering aftertaste. However, subdued flavor profile makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour autumn leaf red with a fading tan head. Roasted malts, apples and spiced tea hops on the nose. Bark and hazelnut skin malts with some cranberry juice, then dried lemon peel and caraway seed hops. Prickly finish, light to medium, some chew.

Is this a Marzen or just an autumn lager? Too dark for the style, but a light drinker for cool weather. Still nothing special, though.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, BB FEB 2016, I had this one a few years ago, but couldn't remember much about it (I had given it a 3.5 rating)
A - copper colored body with a thinner ivory head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam
S - sweet and malty; caramel, toasted grain, toffee, nutty grain, earthy hops, spicy yeast
T - sweet caramel, toasted grain, toffee, spicy, nutty, earthy noble hops
M - medium body, very sweet and rich, finishes spicy and overly sweet
O - not a terrible Oktoberfest bier, but it is too rich and too sweet for my liking.

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