Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
1,716
Reviews:
776
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
253
For Trade:
0
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wonderfully constructed appears copper amber with a lucious tan creamy head sitting atop, not bad at all lacing is full and even great looking brew from Garret's brewhouse. Aroma toasted malts with edges of caramel sweetness and a touch of german hops thrown in their are noticeable. Great flavor crisp not overly sweet but still a malty treat with the blend of vienna and other specialty malts wow a great beer toasted nut in the finish with enough bitterness to balance. Dead on to the style I am loving this one possibly my favorite beer out of Brooklyn, mouthfeel is medium in body nice creamy texture. I could definitely throwback a liter of this as if I were in Munchen, plan to pick up some more of this jewel.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Total Wine had this on sale for a $1. I was worried it'd be bad after a year, but with all the crappy summer brews still on the shelf and me in desperate need of something else $1 was a safe gamble.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish-brown amber with a 1/4" of head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells malty and a little fruity. Taste is a rich malt character with a fruit sweetness in the finish maybe apples. Mouthfeel is excellent; light to medium bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing.

This beer seems to have lasted a year. And it's very refreshing. There's no reason we can't have summer beers with this much taste and character. I'm really looking forward to all the Oktoberfest beers in the coming months.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Konig Pilsner mug, sure WHY NOT! mix it up! Already had 3 of these otherwise...

A real nice copper dark red body, very clear. Some cola like carbonation, and provides a solid three to four finger head. Head color is a nice light tan, with some very solid retention but little lacing. Much of the head bubbles seem varied in size, some very large, others pin head. Regardless, it's a real nice shade of copper on the body.

Nose smells of some sticky malt, a good presence of caramel smelling sense. After some time a real nice milk chocolate comes out, quite surprising. I like this angle.

Taste seems weakened. Most of the flavor seems on the finish, but it does bring an interesting milk chocolate bent. Body is nice and full though, almost rich and thick coating. Very good malt backbone, but with a mild lager yeast stickiness.

Overall, I like this chocolate angle, but it throws me a bit for the style. However, it's a very tasty beer which I can have no problem having again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, no freshness indication. This one pours a warm, dark shade of almond amber, clear with a slight light tan head. Mudium bubbles rising to the top and just a smidge of lacing left on the glass. The nose is faintly of just some malt. O'fest is not my favorite style, and this one sort of sums up why, its pretty boring, on the sweet side, and doesn't offer much complexity or interest. Malty, a hint of maple and a dull malty finish with perhaps a hint of spice. Ho hum, best thing about the style is its utility as a marinade, chicken, pork whatever.

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a thin, off-white, bubbly head that immediately becomes a thin patch that soon disappears.

The smell is of caramel, grain, slight hop spiciness.

The taste is of caramel, grain, slightly nutty. Hop spiciness and husk detract from the malty smoothness that this style should have.

Rather thin bodied, but not as smooth as the style should be. It has a decent taste, but not as malty and smooth as I would like in an O-fest. This brewery makes a great lager, but this Marzen lager is nothing special.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, rustic amber/ochre, slim fizzy head, stripping down to a thin wafer.
Earthy, vegetal nose, mildly malty, a bit quiter than I'd like.
rich and tasty in the mouth, though, and very pleasant on the palate. a sweet thing, easily passed by the lips and down the hatch, but utterly unmemorable. Medium bodied, at best, with a quick, indifferent finish.
This has all the earmarks of a decent Oktoberfest, but does nothing to make itself more than that,... thorughly rudimentary, adequately average.
(Wish I could summon up more enthusiasm to match some of the other reviews, but it's not in me for this one, sorry.)

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Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight hop. Overall, a good body, easy drinkability, and good mouth feel.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts.Taste is good, lots of malts, some hops are present, just a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange color with two finger head. A few spots of lace develop through the drink. The aroma consists of caramel and light nuttiness. The flavor components are caramel, roasted malt, ripe fruits, brown sugar, toasted nuts, and has a nice bitterness level.

Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel, with a sweet and nutty lingering aftertaste.I found this to be extremely drinkable, as several were enjoyed in one afternoon session. Nice beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ShanePB
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a 6-pack poured into a pint glass. New blue and white checkerboard labeling, fresh 2011 batch.

A: Clear copper/bronze colored body with a nice rich and frothy white head. Some retention is left behind in the form a spotty cap with thicker ring, and virtually no lacing aside from a few dots.

S: A very weird Belgian yeasty note comes off quite powerfully on this one - it's extremely doughy and bready. It almost reminds me of that scent you get sometimes with very beginner home brews. Some mild caramel, toffee and sweetness are towards the back end.

T: Again, this funky overly bready yeast note comes through big and last until the swallow. For me it's too much of a focus and doesn't allow the malty profile to come through as clean as I would like it. More toffee, nuts and caramel malt are here but they're not showcased until the finish and linger. It's very strange and certainly not what I think of for an Oktoberfest.

M: A bit syrupy, medium-bodied with nice and lively carbonation. It would be great but this seems a bit stickier than it should be. I would like a more crisp and clean finish for the style.

It's not a bad Oktoberfest but certainly atypical and nothing like I was expecting. I unfortunately have five more of these to drink but it's not a beer I would purchase again. There are much better examples of the style out there, even American brewed ones.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite a true Oktoberfest, but a nice American take on it. The malts are a little richer than traditional fest beers, but its still pretty tasty. A lot of grains in the aroma. Flavor is more grains, almost wheat-like with a touch of spicey Bohemian hops along with caramel and malty flavors. Definately a winner.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. There are strong hints of specialty malts here. The taste is much the same. It is a bit sweet, but not that bad. It is medium bodied and a good drinker. This beer is smooth and enjoyable. Some may consider it to be a little too bold and heavy on the crystal malts, but that's why I like the Brooklyn ales. They are true professionals that don't let the masses determine what good beer should taste like.

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,716 ratings.
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