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 huxcrunner
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ammber brown in color with a tan head that has medium retention. No major lacing on the glass. The taste has a good taste of carmel malts and its balanced out by a nice somewhat earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little lighter then I wish for a fall seasonal beer but overall I liked this version of the oktoberfest. Is this my favorite or the best I've but its a great standby beer good for any fall occasion

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Photo of gfreed
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A ho-hum beer if ever there was. A better-than-mild aroma of malt and oranges that might lead one to expect something tasty in the bottle, but one would be rather disappointed. The body is thin, the taste weak; the color wan. There's a nip from the carbonation but don't look for much more than that. Buy a bottle to try; don't invest in a six.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great deep amber color with a thick bubbly off white head.

Smell has that typical Brooklyn yeast aroma with light maltiness.

Taste is of caramel malts and light hop bitterness, good but nothing special.

Very high in carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, not the best example of the style but not too shabby either.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Boulevard Pint.

Apperance-Dark amber with a soft vanilla head. About 2 fingers with pretty nice lacing.

Smell-Grainy and Grassy. Not really fitting the style.

Taste-Like the aroma, not really what I'm wanting. Grain, Grass. some subtle spices on the backend but really not doing it for me.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall-With all the other Octoberfest/Pumpkin Beers out right now, odds are this beer won't be revisited.

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Photo of clint1019
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep Gold in color with a thin toffee colred head.

S - Has a nice toasty malt aroma with a nice caramel aroma.

T - Swee caramel malt flavor, a slight fruityness and finishes with a nice spicyness.

M - Medium bodied and hightly carbonated.

O - Another pretty decent Oktoberfest.

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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 micromaniac129
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber colored beer from the folks at Brooklyn. There octoberfest pours with a large foamy head but fades super fast into faint wispy trails of foam. Carbonation is about med.

Quite aromatic with rich malts and toffee.

Taste is sweet malts with some toasted malts thrown in. There also is some nuttiness and sutle spices.

Body is medium. Starts sweet finishes dry. I noticed an astringency or grittiness or just an off flavor in the tasting, no big deal.

A well made example and would be pleased to drink out somewhere.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy I got to try fresh Brooklyn Oktoberfest this year, and with a new label to boot. Label is straight traditional blue and white checkerboard.

Poured 2 glasses into an English pint glass - I hope I like this. Pour produced two fingers of off white sticky head. Retention is good, with the head never quite going away. Good lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet malt, just a touch of hop spice. Smell is a softer, gentler sweetness and inviting.

Taste follows the smell. Soft sweetness with a little more hop bitterness and spice than the smell would indicate rolling into the middle, quickly fading into a sweet aftertaste. Extremely solid, would like a touch cleaner at the back.

Mouthfeel is medium, a touch syrupy with just enough carbonation.

One of the best fest beers I've had, especially from an American brewer.

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

The beer pours a redish orange color.

The beer smells very much of carmally malt.

The taste starts off with a good bit of carmel and finishes relatively light with a slight nutty taste. This beer is much stronger on the front and finishes a bit on the weaker side. Was expecting a bit more on the backend.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Morey
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with "BB Jan 2012" printed just below the neck of the bottle.

Pours reddish-brown in color with brilliant clarity. A little redder/darker than most Oktoberfest style beers. Poured with a good amount of glugging action, but the head on this beer settled immediately! Very little in the way of head retention and/or lacing.

Very mellow aroma. Had to swirl the glass to get much of one at all. Clean with a mild sweet and malty smell.

Taste is extremely clean as well. Slight roasted malt flavor up front, but it fades rather quickly. Smooth finish with very little lingering flavor on the back end.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

I'm a little disappointed overall. I don't LOVE Brooklyn, but I expected more from this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer doesn't taste bad...problem really doesn't have much taste at all! Refreshing and quaffable? Yes. But there are much better examples of this style, and I can't see myself picking one of these up again anytime soon.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer in a three-beer horizontal taste test of Oktoberfest offerings, with the others being Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest and Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest.

Of the three, this has the lightest color, which I'd describe as red-orange. Its head lasted for the longest amount of time. The aroma threw me off a little as I get a buttery, ale-ish smell.

There's caramel in the taste, but what differentiates this one from the others is the dryer, warmer finish. There also seems to be a mild nutty element.

It's hard to say if I prefer this beer or Hacker-Pschorr's version. I'd go for this one I'm in the mood for something dryer and more sessionable and Hacker-Pscorr's if I wanted something sweeter.

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

New bottle with a blue label! Almost missed it! A very well made Oktoberfest. It's probably the best of the American attempts of the style. Clear amber body with decent lacing. Smells malty, creamy, strong caramel candies, toast, and mild vanilla. The flavor reminds me of Ayinger, which is the better O-fest, though Brooklyn's version is great too. It's just carbonated more and has a sharp (instead of a smooth) malt zing...two things that are slightly working against it.

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

This is a nice looking beer, very clear, with a dark copper color and lots of head...good lacing too.

The smell is very malty, caramel sweetness and that typical lager aroma I can't quite define.

Taste is malty, cracker/bready and again, typical of the style and in keeping with standard german lagers.

Carbonation is good, full but still a bit crisp and refreshing.

In the end this was a decent example of the style but I certainly didn't love it. This isn't my favorite style to begin with but I tried to be fair about judging this beer. Got a few more in the fridge so I will consider it a bit further with some football this weekend.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice copper color and tastes of caramel, and maple, but it's not sweet like maple syrup. Good balance of flavors and some roasty notes. Nice finish. Good, but not great. About middle of the pack as far as things go for the style. You won't be disappointed, but you won't be blown away.

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

Ruby amber in body with white foamy head that fades. Aroma of malt sweetness, spices: nutmeg and cinnamon, biscuit. Malty flavors of sweet biscuit, cinnamon cookie with some burnt edges, slight toffee towards the finish and an aftertaste of slight cola. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Tasty and quaffable but the malt sweetness can push me away after a while.

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Photo of Kromes
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a nice clear amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Sweet malt aroma with a touch of hop in the background.

T: A sweet and malty/nutty flavor with bitterness throughout.

M: thin and light with low carbonation.

A: Not a bad Oktoberfest beer. Easy drinking and an ok flavor.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A- Deep orange color with very little head

S- Bread. Very malty smell. Kind of a bitter malt smell but its very bready nonetheless

T- Very malty just like the smell. You can also taste the bittering hops in there in the aftertaste

M- Mouthfeel is a little watery

O- I've had better Oktoberfest lagers but this one is very drinkable. The malts hang around in your palate for a while.

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

A: Poured a clear copper color with a good size light amber head.

S: Not a lot going on. I had to work to get some malt and some hop aromas.

T: Meh...Balanced...but boring. Not a malt forward beer as I want my Marzen to be.

M: Medium body.

O: OK...average...boring. a bit on the light side and the finish was not what I had hoped for.

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

A: Pours a clear, dark copper with two + fingers of foamy off-white head. Lots of nice lacing and a thick, foamy film.

S: Caramel and toasted bread malts. Also has a nice floral character to it as well.

T: There's a good balance here between the malt and supporting hops. Caramel, bready, peppery spices and nice bittering finish.

M: The carbonation produces a pretty full mouthfeel, but manages to stay crisp.

O: Oktoberfests aren't typically the first style I reach for, but this is pretty good. I do prefer this more balanced take on the style over the malt dominate competition. Probably won't reach for this again, but that's not a condemnation of this beer; just my indifference toward the style.

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Photo of samie85
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark copper color with two and a half fingers of off-white, dense head.

S-Smells of spicy, herbal hops with quite of bit of dark chocolate and some caramel.

T-To my buds, this one tastes more like a robust porter than an Oktoberfest with the chocolate/roasted malt notes and herbal hop character.

M-The mouthfeel also feels like that of a nice porter with a medium body, with low carbonation and a drying character on the finish.

D-Very confused by this one; everything about this beer, besides color, screams porter to me, not Marzen. I was expecting a more typical Marzen beer with toasty and caramelly malt forward beer with some nice noble hops. This is a nice beer, but it is not what I expect from a Marzen.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fall isn't quite here yet but the Oktoberfest brew is...And a lil local brewery by the name of Brooklyn Brewery has a lil rendition. Into a pint glass this pours a clear copper under an off white head. Aroma is a nice mix of toasted dark bready malt with traces of deep caramel and earthy herbal hop. Feel on the palate is somewhat mineral watery with an underlying bready flavored crisp malt. Huh, I pick up on a slight sunflower seed hint in the finish. Cheers to Fall!

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Photo of BMoldy
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing medium copper with great clarity that shows off the lively carbonation. Good two-finger head that's rather velvet-like and exhibits fantastic retention. Lacing is lacking, however. The nose is heavy on the earthy malts, with a warm caramel-like sweetness also apparent. Very mild roasted notes as well. There is also a very slight herbal/lemon character from (I'm guessing) the hops. Initial taste is well-roasted and somewhat bitter, before becoming progressively sweeter. Some faint spiciness. Overall very well balanced. Not cloying at all and very smooth, especially on the finish. The body is a little shy of medium, but certainly adds to the drinkability.

Hallelujah! My first experience with an Oktoberfest beer was last year with Sam Adams' take. I absolutely hated it and was a little worried that I was going have to write-off the entire style, but yesterday I got up the courage to give this one a shot and there's no doubt that I'm happy I did. Smooth and roasted without being too malty or sweet, this beer was delicious and a great primer for the months to come.

EDIT: As this beer warmed, I realized that it was a little weaker in body than I liked (the flavors kind of bottom out and disappear), so I knocked .5 off the mouthfeel and overall.

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

A- light brown with a one inch cap of head.

S- not getting the light toasty or malty aroma I hoped for. Instead, this is grainy and slightly vegetal.

T- the taste is much better. Toasty malts and grains, sweet nuttiness, some hints of fruit. It sits on the palate very nicely, leaving a toast like after taste.

O- very nice oktoberfest, I really like a beer like this watching football.

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

It's pretty unusual for me to like a martzen. I am trying to be a bigger fan of these. This one seems to have all the right stuff, but it's a little light on the malt taste. Maybe that's why it works for me.

The smell includes the typical Brooklyn water smell - not bad, but it should not be as discernable as it is.

There is no lacing, but the color and clarity are nice.

It's a bit dark tasting like some other Brooklyn's, but I like it (and it's a Martzen, not my favorite style).

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Photo of Rschis16
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clarity in an mahogoney colored beer with a sizeable head off a medium pour. Good retention and stickage. Smells nice with a lot of caramel and barley malt coming through. A touch of some lightly roasted malts as well. A hint of skunkweed? Maybe but not bad.

Medium to high carbonation leading to a spritzy but slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very malty in the form of caramel and barley, and a touch of balancing citrus hops that give it an almost tangy taste. Slight touch of lightly roasted malts and tobacco leaves. Maybe a touch too citrusy the more I drink of it actually. It's interesting, but not necessarily in an amazing way. Maybe something's just a tad off here, but still a solid brew and a nice beer to nurse and let warm up on a chilly night.

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