Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Oktoberfest
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Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
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 spangltk
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved in a beer trade. Has a nice autumn brown color and maintains an holds it's carbonation well. (S)Carries a light malty scent, a nice aroma. Starts with sweet caramel with a nit of nuttiness. Then moves to a heavier mouth feel from carbonation and leaves a sweet tinging. This would be a nice beer to have one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown color, nice one finger head that dissipates to white foam on the top layer. Sheets of small bubbles down the side of the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma. The roasted smell gives way to a breadyness and a little bit of spice.

T: Very nice malt flavor here, lots of caramel.

M/D: Medium to heavy bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, its pretty good. On the better side of others I have had in this style (this year at least). My only detraction that it was a little heavier than expected.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I would end the Octoberfest season with a beer I've always heard a lot about but never tried.

A: Pours a clear, brick red color, with a whopping 1.5 inch head, and tons of carbonation. The retention is wonderful!

S: German musty and bready malts, yeast, and a wonderful filtered water on the nose.

T: Actually, this is one of the more unsweetened Octoberfests I've ever tasted. The breadiness takes center stage, while the yeast, which isn't far behind, plays second fiddle.

M: Extremely well carbonated, and it has that same sort of malt backbone afterbite as Westy 12 (although not in the same style, nearly as complex, or as amazing as that brew).

D: This may be my new favorite Octoberfest!

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Photo of leokbelo
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Amber/orange(ish) colour into a Pint glass. Nice 2 inch head, but it fades rapidly into a lacing. Sweet on the nose, bready/biscuits and a bit caramel malt. Almost the same on the tongue, with the yeast dominating, malty with minimal hops. Nice Oktoberfest brew, highly drinkable.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber reddish color that just seems really good for this time of year. Had a small 1-finger light head that fell rather quickly leaving no signs of lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles present. The smell was a little bit malty and yeasty, but it was a very faint smell all in all. The taste was crisp and dry. Floral hops were present, but didn't stand out a whole lot. Not a very complex tasting beer. The mouthfeel was good on this. Lighter body with a medium to high carbonation that went down smooth. I'd say the drinkability was good. These are pretty easy to drink beers, especially for this time of year where it's just starting to get a little colder outside. I'd say its a great beer to have for when its starting to get colder, but it's not quite stout season yet. This is the first beer I've had from Brooklyn Brewery, and I am definitely interested to see what other beers they have out there. Cheers.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour autumn leaf red with a fading tan head. Roasted malts, apples and spiced tea hops on the nose. Bark and hazelnut skin malts with some cranberry juice, then dried lemon peel and caraway seed hops. Prickly finish, light to medium, some chew.

Is this a Marzen or just an autumn lager? Too dark for the style, but a light drinker for cool weather. Still nothing special, though.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a clear burnt sienna color with just a thin layer of off white head that has a slightly red hue to it. The head vanishes quickly and doesn't leave me any lace, fortunately I have a bunch of tiny bubbles to look at. The aroma, which is very faint, has a barnyard aroma to it. Hay, grass, earth and slight hints of dark fruit and just a little bit of citrus to finish. The taste is grainy malt and bready yeast with not much else noticeable on this reviewers pallet. The mouthfeel is light and very dry with suitable carbonation. Solid effort overall in my opinion, I'm not disappointed that I picked up two bottles.

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Photo of uustal
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red/amber with a bright white two-finger head. Average lacing and retention. Caramel, dark fruit, raisin aroma. Light sweet molasses and raisin malt dominate to start. Sweet bread as well. Also typical caramel malt for an octoberfest. Earthy hops finish up the beer. Light mouthfeel and solid drinkability.

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Photo of Erish
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: slightly hazy, orange-amber, 1-finger cream-colored head very quickly falls into nothing, lacing virtually non-existent.

S: earthy, slightly funky, faint malty aroma, floral yeast.

T: very crisp, the malt is dry, the earthiness is accompanied by a more herbal hop character in the taste than the floral hops as advertised in the nose. The finish is grassy. Too crisp, not enough sweetness, no depth of flavors.

M: light bodied, even watery, overly carbonated, the finish is very dry.

D: this might be better with food. This beer is not nasty, but fails to impress on any level.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper with a white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose consists of toffee and bread with some faint hops. Taste is all malt with some grain and dough plus a bit of caramel and toffee. Light feel wih ample carbonation.

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Photo of weller1js
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear, bold dark-copper with moderate carbonation and light, bubbly, off-white foam leaving little lacing.

smell: light scent of toasty/earthy malts with a slightly sweet undertone.

taste: begins light and clean, progressing into a light-earthy malt flavor that is not particularly strong, but is adequate to not come off as overpowering; finishes with the earthiness and a sweeter light touch.

drinkability: very drinkable, lighter on the Märzen elements but more bold and refreshing than expected.

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Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color with just a thin cap of foam that fades quickly to a ring. A lot of sweet, toasted malt in the aroma, predominately toffee and banana with some phenolic hints in the background. Strong toasted malt flavors initially, matching the character of the aroma before some mildly harsh bitterness sets in. Body is on the thin side of medium but quite lively due to good carbonation. Finish is fast and fairly clean, with just a touch of lingering flavor from the malt and drinkability is good.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange amber with a head that is just slightly off-white. The head has very nice retention and leaves pretty generous lace on the glass.

The aroma is interesting. It has a slightly astringent, almost burnt toast like thing going on. Other aromas include some toffee and a touch of grass and grain, but that burnt toast aroma dominates in my nose.

The burnt toast aroma is much more nutty and desirable in the flavor. It accents a rich blend of caramel, toasted malt and toffee base. There is also a fairly fruity hoppiness going on and some brown sugar like notes. There is a touch of graininess in this beer as well.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. It is well balance and the finish is pleasant, leaving just a touch of stickiness on the palate.

Like all Marzens this is pretty drinkable, if not a bit filling. It definitely has a lot of character, but with so many other fine examples out there, I am not sure how often I will seek this particular one out.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear amber with some burnt orange highlights. Pretty decent head on the pour that settled to a nice ring. Slightly off white.... almost egg shell colored head. This Octoberfest seems just a tad lighter in color than most. Not a bad thing, just unique.

Smell - Nice bready, yeasty malt. Small hint of caramel and a touch of hops. Detecting a, to some extent, a grassy, grainy smell. A bit odd for the style in my opinion.

Taste - Malt at first with the taste and again getting a slight hop bite in the finish. Reiteratively, I'm getting that grassy/grainy flavor again. Not off putting, but just wasn't expecting it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin/light mouthfeel. The brew is rather crisp and a wee bit watery.

Drinkability - This is a slightly above average brew, in my novice opinion. Nothing bad by any means. It's easily drinkable and sets the mood for Autumn. I will drink this again if it's offered. Have no quarrels with the beer. Brooklyn Brewery always puts out a solid product.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice pour with a large head. Once the head settled, the color of the beer was with dark brown amber with a thin lacing. There is a caramel, sweet aroma with a malt hint. Subtle sweet flavor with a roasted nut-like flavor. The beer has a really light body with a solid crispness to it. Overall, I really enjoyed this drink for the evening.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to my pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice, deep copper color with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal spots of lacing.

S: Nose is sweet - caramel, molasses, grain.

T: Taste starts sweet - lots of molasses, minor caramel notes. Grainy, bread like through the middle. FInish is a touch sweet with some earthy hop presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp up front and slightly oily in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, minor kick, nice representation of style. Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better that I've had. I'd definitely have it again!

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Photo of adamette
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live Review. Poured from the 12 ounce brown bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.34 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Best before Feb 2011" printed on the right side of the label so it looks as if it is fresh!

A Pretty basic look of a very light brown creamy head that is short dissipates within a minute down to a thin line over the translucent copper body. 3.0

S Light grain malt and nearly no hops smelled. Again, this is pretty basic for the style. 3.0

T The basic grain malt taste is really just about average for the style in my opinion. There is very little hops presence here but the light malt is like the definition of a Marzen or Fest Beer. 3.0

M Light and actually a bit on the watery side. It is close to average but I recall the feel of both Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Great Lakes Octoberfest to be superior. For that reason I am not impressed. 2.0

D It is a hallmark of the style to be very drinkable but this one is so boring I would probably only have the one and then look for one that provides much more interest, say the SA or Great Lakes or even a classic like the Spaten Oktoberfest. 3.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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 lovetranquillity
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Dark amber in color, 1/2 cm head, some lacing on the sides.

Smells mostly of sweet malt

Malty, some hops, slight bitterness.

Light carbonation, enough to feel it tingle on your tongue. Slippery and watery.

Very easy to drink, I can have a few of these due to the high drinkability. It is a very refreshing easy drinking Marzen style. Not all that complicated in flavor but it sure does taste good. Good representation of the style, I recommend this beer to try.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest

Served at 48 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Clear copper with a small head and lacing.

Smell: Spices. Similar to pumpkin bread.

Taste: Light, malty, and slight hops.

Mouthfeel: Starts off light and moves closer to medium. Not a lot of carbonation.

Bottom line:
This is a decent beer. With its subtle and almost light flavor, you feel like you can drink a number of these.

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Photo of JoePat
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber/brown with a thick kaki head.

It has a caramel aroma with a sligt note of spicy hops.

The caramel comes through in the flavor as well along with a little hops that help balance out the sweetness. Very clean balance and refreshing flavors.

The mouthfeel is thin but the sweetness helps make it seem a little more round.

A very refreshing and drinkable beer. I can't wait to start on number 2.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light brown with a thin head that quickly disappears. No lacing. Aroma is a sweet caramel. Some roasted malts as well. Nice blend of caramel and malts with a smooth, crisp taste. Not overly sweet. Just a solid, inexpensive beer perfect for Autumn.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- dark red to amber in color, with thick white head and very limited carbonation, only very small bubbles slowly climb the glass

Smell- sweet malts and slight hop finish, caramel molasses

taste- slightly malty up front and mid palate followed by sharp bitter drying hops late mid to end finish, not bad flavor here not ultra complex but unoffensive , more bitter hop tones then many other marzens

Mouthfeel- medium bodied smooth low to med carbonation,

Drinkability- not bad drinking at all but certainly no the best octoberfest or one to search crazily over, servicable at best

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Photo of bierguru
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -
Head is thin off white beer is amber in color lots of carbonation

S -
caramel sweet malt

T -
toasted malts caramel maybe some citrus undertones

M -
very crisp bubbly

D -
tastes decent however to me it gets fairly boring doubt i would personally get it again

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Photo of socon67
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber in color, foamy white head. Some lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malt, and citrus.

T - Sweet and noticable is a caramel taste, finish is slightly bitter. Very nice!

M - Crisp, with a little syrupy feel. Kinda nice for an autumn night.

D - Very much so. Oktoberfests tend to be very drinkable, and this is even better.

Didn't think this was a good one, but glad I tried it again.

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Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,739 ratings
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