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 rdilauro
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this one. It may be early for the Oktoberfest beers, but while we have them I intend on enjoying them.

This one poured a brilliant clear light beer with a good size light amber head.

The aroma was what I expected. European in style and refreshing.

The taste was clear and very refreshing. Its what I expected and hoped for. There was a nice blend of hops and some tropical fruit.

Bottom line, I enjoyed this beer, but for me it was a bit on the light side and the finish was not what I had hoped for

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Photo of justinjj1280
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with an almost white head that stays around until the last sip and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Toasty and caramel malt sweetness up front, very smooth mouthfeel, medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Finishes more dry. The hops are in the background playing a supporting role to the malt (the star of the show here).

Maybe it's partially because this is my first truly seasonal oktoberfest this year (been drinking Beck's Oktoberfest since June, which I believe may be year-round), or maybe it's just that good.

Either way, I gotta give it high marks. I won't complain about this one showing up on shelves in mid-August.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, carbonated, one finger head.

S-Malty sweetness with some spices in there as well.

T-Large malt bill, with some bitterness. The spices are noticeable.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation here as in the appearance.

O-Haven't had that many Oktoberfest beers but so far this one is the best. It didn't have same boring malts has previous the spices came through and made this one tasty. Most likely will have an Oktoberfest tasting and will compare then.

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

I feel awkward drinking these styles in August but if it's out now I know it is fresh. Copper tinted brown with over big fluffy head. Aroma is sweet, slightly toasty, malts. Flavor has that smooth and crisp lager body with a large malty sweetness. Mild spicy hop finish but it doesn't leave a bitter finish. One smooth drinking Oktoberfest.

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rough pour yields two fingers of pilllowy off-white foam atop a clear, deep russet body. Strong retention and plenty of lace. Attractive beer, albeit a trifle dark for the style.

S: Straightforward and enjoyable: nuttiness, malts, and some autumnal leafy hops. Solid O-fest aroma.

T: Definitely on the sweet side, with tons of stone fruits, marzipan and general nuttiness leading in to a biscuity malt body and finally some earthy, lightly bitter hops. Quite nice, if a bit fruitier than I'd expect.

M: Creamy, lively medium body; highly carbonated. Perhaps a bit over the top, but enjoyable.

O: Tasty lager. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it holds up side-by-side with some other paragons of the style.


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Photo of dahlen22
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's that time of year again, the time I look forward to for cooler temps. NFL, NHL, and Fall beers.

Appearance: Amber with a decent head.

Aroma: Malts, caramel, bread, and some spices.

Taste: On par with the aroma. This take on a European classic is crisp, malty, bready, and has some caramels and faint hops in the end.

Overall: I love Oktoberfest beers and this is a decent American take on a German classic. It has a nice easy-drinking taste, but is not special by any means. A session beer for sure. Cheers!!

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Photo of sdsurfer217
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Oktoberfest, first one I've seen on the shelf. Has a new label which I think is an improvement.

A: Burnt orange color, finger and half of almond colored head that slowly dissipated. Plenty of carbonation

S: Malty caramel notes with toasted biscuits hints. Has almost a touch of Brandy/Cognac hidden in there.

T: Sweet/Malty caramel, biscuits. Basically the aromas come through the flavors. A little bit of hops on the finish balance the beer. It has a nutty flavor to it.

M: A little thin feeling at first, for how much malt flavor is there, but it’s really easy to drink. Not too heavy, but coats my mouth well.

O: Really enjoyable beer. Great for the end of summer/beginning of fall because its full of flavor, but not too heavy for the hot August/September days. Oktoberfest beers are always a style I look forward to releasing.

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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 Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out with a nice looking amber color, The head was tan and fizzy. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell was decent with some sweet malts and a touch of caramel and spice. The taste was a little weak, I expected it to be a little better coming from Brooklyn Brewing. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this brew is just about average.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Grolsch pint glass in low altitude Cork, Ireland. Reviewed live. Acquired at Abbott Alehouse off-license in Cork City.

A: Three finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Semi-transparent copper colour.

Sm: Nutty hops. A bit of cream, but it's hidden in the back. Not particularly pleasant.

T: Nutty in the front and malty, with a bit of unwelcome chocolate somewhere in the middle, getting stronger until the climax. Very poorly balanced to the point of almost being thrown together. It's all over the place for an Oktoberfest beer, and doesn't satisfy the demands of the style. The malt is poorly handled, not blending well alongside the nuttiness.

Mf: Silky but nicely coarse. Wet. No cream, but the chocolate does create a cream-mimetic effect in terms of feel.

Dr: Very cheap by Irish standards. Hides its average ABV decently well. Nothing special, particularly for the style.


Impressions from a bottle in Austin, Texas 09/07/13:

Sm: Crisp clean barley, munich malts, pils malts. Minimal hopping is floral in character. Somewhat grainy. No yeast/alcohol is detectable. Mild in strength.

T: Crisp and clean. Barley, munich malt, pils malt. Light graininess. Minimal floral hopping. Okay balance, but not much complexity or subtlety. Okay build for the style; quite average. I'm not sure how I was getting chocolate notes in my initial review. I do get a light nuttiness that's unexpected.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some biting overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of diversity of flavour. Not oily, gushed, harsh, or boozy. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Downable but quite bland and boring. I wouldn't get it again, but it's alright. A decent festbier from Brooklyn. Hides its ABV fairly well.


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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4-15-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a one finger of foam, clear copper amber color. Good amount of carbonation present, decent lacing ring

S – Roasted malts, caramel with a slight hop aroma lingering

T/M – Medium bodied, malty with caramel. Slight hop bitterness at the back end

D – Pretty drinkable Oktober. Malty and not overly sweet, easy drinker that I could have more than one. I recommend trying it at least once

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nothing terribly crazy, a nice amber color with a great clarity fills the glass. Nice streams of bubbles that rippled up toward the surface gave it a good bit of depth and created a nice moderate to medium capping of white that clung to the sides for a little while before letting itself go. Muted bready malts. Hints of light grain and a touch of some light spice, but everything was too light and muted for me. Not enough in the way of herbal hoppiness or depth to keep me interested. Same could be said as I took the first sip, while not really being bad in any way, it was just rather uninteresting. Bready grains, hints of something musky, and a touch of light pine maybe, but very muted. Smooth and even taste with a clean and concise finish. Drinkable, but most anything can be, I found myself bored halfway though the glass.

Overall it just really needed a little bit more for me to really get a grip of this one. I thought it was ok, but to be honest just needed more to finish it off.

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Photo of beerguru15
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When pouring this beer, you notice that the beer is Dark Amber in color and has a lingering off white head.

When smelling the beer you're presented with a medium malt aroma

When tasting this oktoberfest, the beer is pretty smooth with a slight malty taste. Though I found it not to be as strong in the malt category and overall aftertaste as most oktoberfests that I've encountered.

This beer had a slight mouthfeel with not much "punch"

I found this beer to be drinkable and a very easy drinker.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, though wouldn't actively seek it out as there are better Oktoberfests available, but was offered I would take one.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear amber with a tiny off-white head, lively one. Aroma of Vienna malts, noble hops, grains and mild nuttiness. Taste is somewhat bland with caramel, toasted Munich malts, light toffee. Mostly clean finish and a touch of astringency.

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Photo of nukem5
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice color brownish beer bottle with hardly any head retention at all, lots of bubbles rising to give the nose what it needs hopefully.

S: Smells nice and fresh with sweet malts with very little hops at all.

T: Sweet malty and some spicey flavors maybe from the hops, light floral tasting.

M: Nice and refreshing, medium/full bodied with a bitey aftertaste of slightly alkylyn tastes.

D: Yes, drinkable but it did throw me for a loop I normally would expect a fuller taste from the guys at Brooklyn. Not the best Oktoberfest maybe but a good runner .

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly reddish orange color with a small head (1/8") after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was gone within about 30 seconds and ended up as a small ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass. There are some bubbles rising, but they don't stick once they get to the top. There is a little bit of scattered lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got some dry grainy aromatics mixed with some toasty notes and a hint of hops. As you swirl the beer a bit and trap the aroma, there is something that seems a bit out of place that I can't quite put my finger on. It it like grain husks that may be the result of too hot of a sparge or something, but there is something there.

Taste: The flavor is pretty typical for an Oktoberfest. The residual sugars are either a bit too high, or the low carbonation is hitting the mouthfeel pretty hard...probably a combination of both. There is a defined residual caramel to linger wit the toasty notes in the finish for quite some time after the sip. There is some bitterness in the finish to let you know that it is there, but the malt is the leader in the race. The hops chosen may have been what I picked up in the aroma as they seem to be an odd choice for this style. I am not really getting any off flavors. There is no alcohol to speak of, except that once I have finished most of the beer, I am getting a little warmer, so it is very subtle.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It comes in under the guidelines for this style, but I personally prefer my O-Fests quite a bit drier. This one finishes quite heavy. The choice of bittering hops was also a bit odd in this beer as it seemed like they thought that IBUs were IBUs and put something like Clusters in there for bittering. Either way, I am seriously splitting hairs and this is only because I am very familiar with this style of beer. This a good representation of the style and I am glad that I bought a 6-pack as I will surely drink it.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three-fourths inch fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a clear dark orange and leaves a few tiny spots of lacing.

Smell: Bready and malty, with some fruit juice like lagery sweetness. Some herbal hops come out with warmth, along with some smoky, nutty aromas. It's not commanding me to drink it, but it smells pretty good.

Taste: Follows the smell, starting with some flavorful malt and staying well clear of being cloying despite its sweetness. There's some interesting spicy, almost candycane like flavors in the aftertaste, but they're kept in check by the toasted flavors. Solid, seasonally appropriate tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Juicy, approaching watery. Lots of carbonation. If the taste is a 3.5 bordering on 4.0, the feel is a 3.5 that just barely made it above 3.0.

Drinkability: Great beer for an Autumn afternoon/night. No real off flavors, and some nice, distinctive notes that would pair well with seasonal food.

This beer isn't a homerun, but I'd have it again. It's well made, and the nutty, toasted flavors that come out in it don't just get immediately lost in sweetness like I find in lesser lagers or brown ales, but rather they stick around and get fuller as you finish the glass.

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Photo of marc956
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not as bitter as Saint Arnold's version but still very good, I just had this with traditional German food, it paired perfectly. Just wish this was available year round.

My advise would be to stock up while you can get it at your local beer store.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, clear amber, active bubbling, one finger leaves uneven lacing.

s- full of malts here, nice toast, classic oktoberfest base here, sweet, slight hop bitterness.

t- echos nose here, slight bite from the hops, solid oktoberfest beer here.

m- a bit thin.

d- good stuff, a solid oktoberfest, i'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Mugs, Brooklyn, NY

A: Reddish-amber, with a light white head.

S: Roasty malts, with a hint of sweetness and spice.

T: Follows the aroma: malty, light caramel sweetness and a tinge of spice.

M: Light body and somewhat watery.

D: Fairly smooth, but overall lacking in flavor. I had no desire to try another.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Oktoberfest has a thin, off-white head, and a somewhat cloudy amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, with a small amount of lacing. The aroma is faint, but I did pick up some barley malt. Taste is pleasant, with barley and a hop back taste. The after-taste was slightly roasted. Mouth-feel is medium and watery, but the water was clean, and Brooklyn Oktoberfest finishes refreshing. Overall, this is a nice Marzen to drink. I recommend you give it a try.


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

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Of the domestic (U.S.) Marzens I've sampled, this ranks in my book as one of the more accurate interpretations (an opinion subject to change, I suspect). A short, stately looking head from the pour, lacing satisfactory. Rather deep orange-red hue, heavy on the orange. Aroma is moderately spot-on, though somewhat subdued and dry - dry and malty in a northern English brown sense, if that makes sense. Malty base, yet of mild intensity, and a light nuttiness. The flavor profile seems a bit muted, however, possibly being compromised by the carbonation level. The finish is slightly phenolic. This beer tastes and drinks okay, but it comes off a wee bit distant in personality.

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Photo of Samp01
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangey/caramel hue with nice offwhite head. Sweet malty caramel aroma. Taste is sweet malty bready, caramel with some light hops. Palate is medium body, with good carbonation. Finish is sweet malty caramel, bready notes, some light hoppiness, with a nutty ending. Overall a very nice oktoberfest.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 Fl Oz Brown bottle, best before Mar 2011, drank early Nov 2010 in my hotel lounge, Cork, Ireland.

The beer poured an autuminal dark orange, almost an Irish Red beer colour. The thin covering of bubbles fell away quicker than I liked, leaving not even a collar.

The aroma was of malts, mixed bag of malts, semi-sweet molasses and some bready smells too.

The taste wasn't too great, malty without a hop presence, disappointing to be honest.

The body was weak and uninspiring, not impressed at all. Just a poor malty beer with 5.5%ABV hidden somewhere in it. The worst O'Fest beer I've ever had.

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
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