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 Zimmerman
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eyes and Nose: Dark amber with a creamy, tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Clean and bready on the nose and maybe just a tad metallic or copper.

Mouth: Creamy mouthfeel in the front while tingly and effervescent on the back of the tongue. Caramel and bread balance each other very well with a mild maltiness and a touch of hops. Slightly roasted yet very smooth without tasting watered down or light. 

Rating: This is a very nice Oktoberfest, as satisfying as fresh baked bread, yet still very light. Not too viscous, caramel, or malty this beer is really well balanced between crisp and amber. This so far is my favorite of the style.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a deep, translucent orange color with a one finger off white head that leaves no lacing and fades quickly.

Smell: Huge notes of nutty, toasted, caramel malt with a mild, grassy and bitter pilsner hop bill.

Taste: Interesting. There's a burnt, nutty, buttery, caramel flavor upfront. Notes of red apples and pears. Toffee, honey and marzipan, notes of cornbread. Finishes with slightly dry, floral hop kick.

Feel: Medium body with low carbonation. Drinkable, albeit slightly sweet detracting somewhat from it's sessionability.

Not bad by any stretch of the imagination

Overall: You might really enjoy this if you are new to craft beer and you are looking for something sweet thats not so bitter or hoppy thats easy to throw back as the weather gets cooler and we move on into the winter.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 1 finger of khaki foam over a copper body with a slight haze, high visible carbonation

S - malty with toffee sweetness, grass, light fruitiness

T - bready grains, light caramel sweetness, light fruit (apple?), grass and spice from the hops

M - medium body, high carbonation

O - an ok oktoberfest; nothing spectacular

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Photo of fscottkey
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] A reddish hued brown beer. Forms a nice full finger of off white head. The head settles pretty quickly just leaving a ring clinging to the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and a best by date of (02/01/16).

S: [3.75] Holiday spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, apples.

T: [4.00] Similar to the nose. Cinnamon, caramel, toffee.

M: [3.75] Very smooth with just a tingle of carbonation.

O: [3.75] This is a really nice Oktoberfest. It makes me nostalgic for the the holidays with the scents and tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweets. There is enough malt to balance out the other flavors that have been added. This is a very successful beer I will drink more of this next year!

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Photo of vinicole
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange to amber in colour. Thin light brown head.
Odour of sherry trifle.
Not as rich tasting as the nose suggests. Sweet and fruity with caramel malt.
Rather thin at the finish.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this version of Oktoberfest. BB has always been a really quality fresh brew from the inception. Maybe the fact that I am 50 miles from the brewery helps? Never had a bad Brooklyn Beer!! I still think Sam Adams has them beat by a pinch for the Oktoberfest. Sam Adams has a kick ass tasting Marzen. Tried a few actual German varieties here in the US. They do not taste fresh. When I lived in Frankfurt there were some indescribable Oktoberfest varieties!!

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

Probably the most drinkable Oktoberfest beer I've ever had. Usually I'm not a huge fan of the style but I loved Brooklyn Brewery's other offerings so I wanted to give this one a shot and I'm so glad I did! Fantastic beer I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with a best before date of January 2016 into a pint glass yesterday. Comes out a dark amber, with a small head that fizzles out. Smell is very sweet, malty, fruity. Taste is somewhat like a marzen, but with a bit too much sweetness. Lots of caramel and fruit, some lager notes. It's just a hair too much on the body and doesn't have that crisp aftertaste this style should have. It has no bad qualities, just misses the mark.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 stclairvoyant
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark amber color with a teeny head. Has a fruity smell reminiscent of apples. Flavor is very fruity, with a caramel/apple taste at the start and a raisin-y taste on the back end. Very minimal hops. Overall not a bad beer by any measure, just a nice, sweet Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10/31/15 Patsy's NYC

Pours dark Amber out of a bottle. Thin head and not a whole lot going on.

The sme is kind of dry fruit. Something kind of stands out a little bit can't think of what it is. Not horrible. Kind of has a weak Belgium smell to it.

The taste is kind of a sweet raisen. It's ok, but would like more malt on this. Kind of 1 dementional. It is a little thin on the feel as well.

This beer is kind of a weak attempt I feel. It's not bad tasting but it lacks everywhere else to make it into something I want again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with lasting clingy white top. Looks great. Aromas of caramel and bready malt are nice. Flavor matches the nose, with some caramel sweetness and malty goodness. A little more carbonation than I like, but finishes clean. Very drinkable marzen.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep amber with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Sweet brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, and hints of toffee.

Caramel and sweet brown bread with additions of brown sugar. Hints of toffee and molasses. Slight earthy and leafy hop presence.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and fairly balanced.

Very easy drinking and a solid Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at $3 Dewey's in Portland, Maine, while watching the Mets hopefully beat the Dodgers. LGM.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with almost no head. Carbonation seems pretty low.

Aroma: Has a cidery, apple-like quality. Almost smells like apple cider vinegar, but I swear I mean that in a nice way. Malty, sweet.

Taste: Apples and raisins are up front, and there's some maltiness and a nutty character. Some bitterness from hops. Definitely has a bit of sweetness to it, as well, almost like candied raisins or something.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than typical for the style, I'd say.

Overall: More decent-ness from Brooklyn Brewery, which is pretty much bizarro Sam Adams. A fine beer to have on special ($3 a pint!) while watching the Mets hopefully get a crack at the pennant.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear color, but with virtually no aroma and a feeble attempt at creating a head that fell flat. Taste is rather one dimensional and little staying power. Considering the brewer, I'm dissapointed in this one. Date code is a blur of ink dots but seems to spell out a Julian date in mid July.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle in to a tulip.

a: Flat brown body with a 2 finger beige head that dissipated immediately.

s: Faint malts. Cider.

t: Not malty enough for the style. It has an apple raisin taste. Metallic finish. Thankfully no after taste.

mf: Thin and watery. A bit of sourness on the finish.

o: Glad I pulled this out of the 6pk and bought it as a single.

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A terrific classic Bavarian Marzen. Both flavorful and refreshing; loaded with bready malts, and just the right amount of hops to keep things interesting. This brew screams Autumn, and is a perfect September brew to kick off those magical NFL Sundays. This one will find it's way to my fridge every fall from here on out.

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

Medium amber and clear, slim head. Toast and light shellac, mildly sweet, bread grains and brown sugars awash in the background. Some hint of spice. Medium-light weight and flat-feeling on the tongue.

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Photo of hogrider
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An ok Oktoberfest style beer. I will certainly drink again while mowing the lawn. And remember folks, keep drinking beer and support your local brewery. HOG

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than average Marzen style beer. Nice full body with plenty of flavor. Bready malts and earthy richness with a spicy finish. Great seasonal beer for drinking around the campfire.

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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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Photo of Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color, thin tan foam head, thin ring lace. Mostly clean aroma, but some bready malts in the nose. Crisp feel, malty but not sweet, herbal, touch of hops, slight cola finish. A decent Oktoberfest, although not the best of the style.

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Photo of Buck89
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Clear dark amber color with a nice white head that stayed a while. Few tracks. Not much in the nose - some bready malt and faint yeast. Taste was disappointing - a watered-down malty sensation with a funny watery aftertaste. Not much complexity.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 2/16. Pours a medium amber with a nice garnet hue. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding light nose of rich biscuit with a touch of caramel. As it warms, a grainy character emerges underneath with a touch of raisin.

Light body with only a hint of smoothness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks complexity and balance. It begins with a clean grainy flavor that lacks the sweetness of biscuit or caramel. The middle is slightly bitter with a touch of herbal hop flavor. Missing is a balanced sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clean and crisp. Not a whole lot of caramel flavor or aroma. Color is a little on the pale side. Very easy drinking beer but there are better examples of this style.

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
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