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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Pours a coppery amber with a half finger of off white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing.

S – Sweet malts. Slight roast.

T - Light sweetness. Light bitterness. A bit of a roasted malt taste. Hard hoppy flavor at the end.

M – Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

O – Was looking forward to this but there is something in the taste I did not enjoy. It’s a very harsh flavor.

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Photo of Tampalocal5577
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark in color. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing. This beer tasted like a dark ale trying to have octoberfest spices. The bitterness drowned out the Octoberfest spice in my opinion. Decent quality beer and all, but not what I was looking for in this style beer.

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Photo of PaulyHands
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draught at the Oasis pub in New London, CT.

Pours a really great amber, with a creamy head that lingers through most of the beer.

Nose is a bit nutty, some toffee and malt. Light on the spice which is nice. Some vanilla notes too.

Taste is really well balanced; slight malt, nutty. Only offputting thing is it finishes a tiny bit sour.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, a hearty but sessionable beer.

Overall a really fantastic beer for the season, and something to make you look forward to the fall.

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Photo of Paincane
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-amber pour into pint glass. Thin off-white head with mild lacing.
S: Toffee, caramel and malt aromas but not much nose.
T: Malt, slight nuttiness, caramel and toffee flavors.
M Medium-bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I had three! Would have again.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Okotoberfest is as good as the German imports I've had including Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, and Ayinger. Amber brown in appearance with good lacing but not a huge head retention. The smell is mild, but the taste is round with noticeable hops - very mild bitterness with very nice malt presence. I recommend this highly.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orangish brown with amber highlights. Little to no head, with a decent lace that hangs in the glass

S - Smell is hearty, bread like with malts and some vague earthy hops aroma mixed in

T- It tastes like it smells. Very mild, with some bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is good, there is a balance in thickness, with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Overall, this a good, solid beer, definitely worth trying. Would make a decent session beer due to its drinkability.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the local bar.

This has been my favorite Oktoberfest of the season. The coloring was pleasant to start, with a reddish tint.

This beer smelled good. I like the slight nut and spice smell to an Oktoberfest, and this really hit the bill.

The subtle smell developed into subtle flavors. I get a little bit of the fall seasoning. The lager taste comes through as well.

This is a very sessionable fall brew. Good job Brooklyn.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber-bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is quite malty. There is caramel, toffee, bread, and a very faint hint of roasted malt. There is some really nice complexity in this beers aroma. The taste is as malty as the aroma, but with a bit less complexity. It is more toffee oriented which I like well enough. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a fine Oktoberfest that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of Dave128
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown classic Brooklyn looking bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by January 2012 stamped on the neck of the bottle.

A - A pretty rigorous pour lead to a fairly disappointing fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Dark amber in color and slightly cloudy. Lacing isn't too great either.

S - Not much to it Just smells of rich dark malts. A little smoky as well - not typical of the style but its definitely different and welcome. I love, however, when I can smell the distinct grain smell and with this beer its like sticking my face into a warm mash tun full of dark malt.

T - As with the smell, this is all malt. Rich and smooth. Smoky flavors finish out the sweet and somewhat tart beginning.

M - A little overcarbonated for my tastes. There are great rich flavors in this beer that seem to kind of be hidden by the rough carbonation.

O - So far, this is my favorite Marzen of the around 7 I have tried this season. It has a unique flavor profile and brings a lot to the table of the style.

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

This pours a nice auburn color with a good amount of foam. I get a pleasing malt aroma from the get-go, followed by a crisp taste, nice balance of bitter and sweet, and a clean finish. This is an agreeable marzen that’s quaffable and just about everything I’d ask for in a festbier.

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Photo of fsvan
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Clear, fairly dark caramel colored. A finger of somewhat sticky white head.

S- Fairly typical dark bread malty marzen smell. Typical sweetness is replaced with a slight hoppiness. A mild almost cinnamon like spiciness when you get your nose deep down in there.

T- Bready, a different almost sour sweetness, if that makes sense. An interesting bitterness on the finish.

M- A little too light for my tastes.

O- A decent marzen. Not on par with many of the German takes, but not bad.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a medium brown with a slight yellow hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy off-white head that lasted about half way through and had fair lacing.

The aroma was of a moderate toasted bread malt, a mild floral hop and an earthy yeast with a nice note of caramel, a little nuttiness and a mild alcohol scent.

The taste was ever so lightly bitter and a little acidic with a hint of caramel from the onset, then became very malty and a tad sweet with a touch of alcohol at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow allowing for the bitter and the malts to blend nicely.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and slightly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall the maltiness and mild sweetness of this brew is what made this Oktoberfest stand out. A definite asset to the style.

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

The beer pours a dark copper color with a bit off-white foam. The aroma is appealing with lots of caramel malt. More malty goodness invades the palate. A medium body gives this thing some heft, appropriate for a cool autumnal day. A dusting of hops at the end provides some balances, but there is no mistaking that this is a hoppy affair. Nicely constructed and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured brown with some copper undertones. The one-finger of head dissipated quickly leaving no real lacing effect. There is a distinct malty and rye bread aroma that also is upfront in the flavor profile. The malt flavor is not as rich as I would like, but it still qualifies as hearty in my book. The finish is a bit flat and disappointing, but the beer, itself, is certainly one that I will gladly return to this season and in subsequent autumns.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber-copper in color with good clarity. Moderate beige-cream colored head has decent retention.

Aroma-Bready malt sweetness with toast and a light Munich malt fruitiness to it. Faint bit of caramel. Malty and quite clean with negligible hop presence.

Flavor-Rich, complex malt profile-bready, toasty, and a touch grainy. Clean fermentation profile with moderately low hop bitterness in the finish to balance the malt. Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

Not stand-out, but an all-around solid, easy drinking Oktoberfest.

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

Poured into my Magic Hat Wacko pint glass.

A: Poured with 2 fingers of beige head. Color is pretty much the definition of "garnet."

S: Sweet caramel malts, a little must and some floral/grassy hoppiness in the nose.

T: A backbone of sweet, nutty toasted caramel malt is prevalent throughout, with the hops detectable in a drop of floral-infused bitterness on the end. Does what it says on the bottle ("I'm a marzen!"), and does it well.

M: Medium, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is of the foamy, non-prickly type.

O: Nice! Sam Adams's Oktoberfest seems to be the benchmark these days (or at least the one that gets talked about the most), but I haven't had one in a while and can't say for sure how this would stack up. Definitely a very good beer though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans

Appearance: ice tea brown, 1/2 finger head, not much rentention

Smell: straight up malty

Taste: very smooth and malty with a light, hoppy finish that sneaks in.

Mouthfeel: light to medium; low carbonation

Overall: a very pleasant O-fest. Perfect for sitting on the balcony watching the streetcars pass below.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Paulaner Oktoberfest.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malts and bread. Some spice.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasted and nutty with a forward hop bitterness. Alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Looks and smells nice. Flavor was pretty good. I preferred this over the Paulaner.

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Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date stamped on the bottle. The lager poured a clear, amber-orange with a quickly receding and foamy off-white head.

This is the most aromatic oktoberfest I have encountered. Upon opening the bottle, the sharp, malty and perfumy aroma exploded forth. The aroma had an almost wine like quality.

The flavor begins solidly sweet with a sour and doughy like flavor. This lager has some complexity, yet remains highly drinkable. The hops give the lager a sharp, refreshing characteristic.

This oktoberfest has a solid, medium body with a nice complement of carbonation. The yeasty, bready, aftertaste is very pleasant on the palate.

This is my favorite oktoberfest so far this season. The lager reminds me of the some of the high quality german imports, only fresher. It has a substantial body but could be sessionable because of its bright, refreshing flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle with a BB date 02/12

A- pours a clear golden copper color with an off white 1 finger hed that fades to a fresh ring

S- malts bread and caramel with hops and mild spices

T- sweet malts with a caramel and baked bread taste,nothing overwhelms on the taste some wet grass hops in back ground

M- low/medium carbonation with a sweet malt taste thru out

O- an ok fest brew but but nothing great here

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle has both the ABV and a DBD.

A: Amber-red with a nice half-a-finger-nail white head which has very nice retention. The beer is clear, and there is nice steady carbonation.

S: Nice malty aroma, with a bit of nuttiness and some maple sugar.

T: Lots of malt, a bit nuttiness, slight hops in the finish.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A nice solid beer with a good bit of malt flavor and a nice look. However, the beer might have a bit too much of a hop backbone for an Oktoberfest marzen style.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottled poured into tall Pilsner Glass. Purchased from Sicilliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Golden Brown Amber with an Orange Glow. A very thin layer of head as the bottle was poured into the glass that disappeared quickly. Not much retention as I drank.

S - Faint Sweet malty notes.

T - Smooth, Rich, Malty and delicious.

O - This is a fantastic Oktoberfest I would recommend to all who enjoy the fall classic. It is smooth, rich, and has a sweet blend of malty flavor

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Photo of morimech
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours copper colored with a rather meager head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly caramel. toasted malt in the aroma. Not picking up much for hops.

Clean flavor. I taste a lot of caramel malt with some added toastedness. I would of liked some floral hops showing through but I did not detect them. A bit boring and very one dimensional.

The body is good with really nice carbonation. Certainly cannot fault the beer in this department.

Perfectly drinkable but it is uninteresting. With brewers, even German breweries, coming out with some well hopped, flavorful Marzens, this is easily lost in the crowd.

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Photo of codsmith
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a decent off-white foam head. The foam laces the glass nicely throughout

S: A heavy munich malt character with a sweet creme brulee aroma. The hops are very non-existent on the aroma side just like the style calls for

T: A fairly malty oktoberfest beer that also has a little bit more bitterness in the end than normal. Not really sure that the water characteristic is correct for this beer.

M: Medium bodied and good carbonation levels

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery color split by very active bubbles popping up from glass bottom. Impressive, frothy blanket of retention leaves impressive Hokusai style waves of lace on my glass. Prosit.

Slightly nutty character from very, very lightly toasted malts. Herbal/spicy hop. Good but not a very strong aroma. True to style I guess.

Nutty tea bag hop twang. Odd chemical-ish astringency that reminds me of old people cream. Despite what the previous two descriptors may hint at it's pretty good.

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