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 Stunner97
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -7.9%
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 +11.7%
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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Photo of rootbeerman
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear copper with a finger and half of dark off white head, with a small amount of lacing.
S: bready sweet malt with a very light citrus
T: again bready malt but with a light caramel sweetness and light hop bitterness.
M: smooth slightly more carbonated than others in the style.
D: mostly goes with the style, 12oz serving of this style is just too small.

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Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Clear dark amber with a small, but creamy, off-white head. Modest aroma of toasted caramel and bread, black tea, and slight earthy hop spice. Rich German malt flavor...raisin sweetness and earthy, spicy hops. Pretty tasty and satisfying, if a little rough around the edges. Medium bodied, bitter, and dry. Solid Märzen...I got a single this time, but I wouldn't mind grabbing a 6-pack while it's in season.

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

It pours a nice amber brown. Clean and clear. A nice head that dissipates at a normal rate. Some spider webbing.

Nothing special about the smell. That being said there definitely was nothing wrong with the smell. Average for a beer in this price range I would say.

Taste is pretty good as well. Nothing special though. It tastes like a typical American made Oktoberfest offering- similar to the Sam Adams, only I think it was more expensive.

Same as taste goes for mouth feel.

I gave it good marks for Drinkability; but then you can usually say that about Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a solid 2 fingers of head. Slowly dissipates leaving a smattering of lacing here and there. Nice mellow amber with a white head.

Nice roasted malt smell comes through, with a hint of nuts.

Smooth nuttiness, well balanced with a floral hop undertone. Smooth and delicious.

Well balanced, no alcohol noticeable, very well done and a great addition to the plethora of Oktoberfest's out there. Much better than SA.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. A fizzy 3-finger head recedes to a thick skim in short order. Decent retention from that, a bit of lacing here and there. See-thru copper body.

Not a lot going on in the nose; some lightly toasted malt, fleeting notions of leafy hops and that's about it. Much more flavorful than advertised, though. A surprisingly bitter- perhaps overly so- dose of leafy hops and toasted malt are the focal points. At times distinct tea flavors come into play. A bit of booze creeps in now and again. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Finishes clean with some lingering toasted malt and a final touch of tea.

Overall impression: Worth a try.

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Photo of Spider889
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Winking Lizard earlier this month. Of all the Oktoberfests I've had this year, this one was my favorite.

Easily the darkest Oktoberfest of the 5 or so featured at Winking Lizard.

The aroma was surprisingly hop-forward for the style. My notes - written right on the place-mat - say, "Sweet pine - mmm."

The flavor was well hopped for the style, lots of sticky sweet malts as well. This is not your typical Marzen (if I had to guess in a blind tasting I wouldn't even think Marzen was a possibility).

For a guy who normally hates the style, I could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark orange color, almost red and completely transparent with a light tan colored creamy head leaving a big lace with bubbles throughout.

S-the nose brings tons of chewy malts, its bready with aromas of toasted grain, sweet caramel, more stale grain towards the back with hints of hay.

T-like the nose, bready with toasted and some stale grain, a fair bit of caramel, notes of hay, a bit of chewiness to it from the malt body. very light hop bitterness in the back with little else from the hops.

M-medium to light body, slightly syrupy and well carbonated with a crisp clean finish.

D-decent beer, has a strong malt body but little hop balance. still tasty and nothing glaring, the hay and stale grain seem to work slightly against the good bready caramel malt flavors.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by Feb 2011, drank 9-16-2010) into tapered pilsner glass. Notes written down later from memory. Maybe 1 cm off-white head reducing to almost nothing. Kinda disappointing foam with no lacing. Nice clear dark gold to light amber color.

Aroma sweetly malty and maybe hint of citrus. Taste is similar to aroma, very nice sweetly strong and caramel maltiness is very forward with a hint of hops bitterness to round it out.

Very drinkable: as good or better than any of the other Oktoberfest beers I've tried this year.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I really enjoyed this one... Very nicely crafted...

Pours a dark amber with a thick persistent head... It never completely goes away, it just shrinks to 1/2 inch or so... Beautiful..

Typical toasted malt aromas here... Hints of caramel and toffee... Maybe a touch of earthy hops...

Smooth as silk this one is....wonderfully tasty roasted caramel malts that are smoother than most.. There's a buttery mouthfeel to this one that sets it apart from others in the style... Nice bite of noble hops towards the finish...

I'm getting more of this one... Its a terrific Oktoberfest that I'm going to keep around this fall...

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Photo of magnj
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice Ruby red with hints of brown, on top is a thin off white head that drops quickly to a ring that leaves decent lacing.

S - Mild nose is obviously malt driven. Musty, nutty, toasty, caramel. But it works and smells good to me for a Marzen

T - Really mild and clean, again somewhat toasty, vegetable, and caramel. Although I'm guessing it's not textbook I like it a lot compared to some others in the same category. Ends clean, I want more.

M/D - Full body leaves some sticky residue post-sip but still manages to end light and clean. Maybe a little low on the carbonation. Easy to drink, nothing fancy but I think that makes this beer what it is, and to me that's good!

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

I've also had this on tap, but this is a review of the 2010 bottled version.

Poured into a pint glass. Dark caramel color, thin head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells like you'd expect from an Oktoberfest, which is toasted bready malts and spices. The taste pretty much follows the nose and this is a solid Oktoberfest beer. Fairly light in body, low carbonation and generally very easy to drink.

Compared to last year's that I had on tap, this was a surprise. I remember not liking it very much last time I had it. I don't know if it has improved since last year or if it was off at the place I had it last. I'll try and get it on tap and update my tap review if necessary. I recommend this one.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear caramel, with a thin, bubbly head. a little bit of lacing.

Aroma has some buttery malts, with a hint of sweetness.

Fairly malty, but there's something slightly stark, and astringent. Middle of the road for me.

Bubbly, crisp and clean. Fairly carbonated. Light in body.

This is a decent festbier, pretty easy to drink, but not hugely satisfying.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Reddish orange/amber body. Thin white head quickly dissipates into a thin ring of white lace. Little lacing.

S_Smells like an okto. Toasty caramel malt,faint hops, spices.

T_Toasted grain, caramel malt,trace of hops bitterness. This is spot on with the traditional Oktos. On par with Hacker, Ayinger and Paulaner.

M_Thin and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D_Very refreshing. Great session beer.

Could easily be passed as an Import. Spot on for the style.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a pewter mug, probably much colder than it should have been.

A: Poured with a 2-finger head that stuck around for a while, and from what I could see of the color during the pour it was somewhat orange.

S: It has a distinct malt smell, a bit like bread. It smells "chewy".

T: It has a slight toasted/burnt flavor to the beer. There is also a nice woody/earthy flavor to the beer.

M: This beer was somewhat dry with a low carbonation level.

D: Highly session-able beer. It is tasty and not too strong.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle. Smells flowery and grassy, hints of corn.

Nicely balanced flavor, hop bite to begin with, and then a maltiness which reminded me of fall, dead leaves etc. very nice flavor, smooth refreshing finish.

Thin, smooth, light and highly drinkable

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Photo of Brideshead
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into lager glass.

-In terms of appearance, a darker brown/orange body, with a slight head and thin lace.

-The nose is mildly spicy and crisp. A bit of bread as well.

-On the palate there is a pretty full malty character, along with some crisp spices mingling with unique hops. The finish remains quite full and malty. A very solid brew, though perhaps not as "interesting" as it could have been.

This is one very drinkable Octoberfest that, while taking a backseat to Paulaner's fest beer, is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice copper color. There is a thin white head that quickly disappears.

S: Smells of sweet caramel and bready malt.

T: More caramel malt with some notes of bready/biscuity malt. A bit of hop bitterness.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

D: Good.

Possibly the best Oktoberfest I've had this season. I hope there are many more to follow it.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear dark amber with a slightly off-white head. Head dissipated quickly, but a thin layer was left for the entire beer.

S- Smell is roasted malt with a slight sweetness to it. The hops were also present, but barely.

T- Robust roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness and the hops in to really give the beer good balance.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Not too bad at all. I like this one. Easy to drink for sure.

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Photo of FireStarBC
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the least inspired label that Brooklyn has right now. The 2010 bottle is slightly different then the one pictured bottle. Instead of being all one word at an angle, it is in two parts on two lines--"Oktober" and "fest". Still in the same, weak font. It gets a 1.5 for the label.

No date on the bottle.

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

Minimal head as any good Oktoberfest should have, but nice carbonation in the mouth. Most American Oktoberfests are over carbonated. So I get it a 4.5 on carbonation.

Appearance--color and clarity good.

Smell--virtually no hop smell (yeah!)--could be have more malt/toast/carmel smell

Taste--Like most American Oktoberfests, it has too much hop bitterness which detracts from the sweetness and maltiness. That being said, it isn't as bad as most.

Mouthfeel--Not bad at all. I personally prefer a bit more mouthfeel from the non-fermentable sugars.

Drinkability--Pretty good. I could definitely enjoy a liter of this at Oktoberfest! Taking off the hop bitterness would immediately propel this category to 4.5.

If you want an American brewed Oktoberfest, this is one of the better ones. The alcohol might be a little too high for me to have a 2nd liter--but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of fo5s
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. No visible dating on the bottle.

A- Deep copper, with a medium head. Noticeably darker than the Ayinger earlier today.

S- Lightly toasted malts, no hops and I'm struggling to get any spice.

T- Caramel malts, well-balanced sweetness.

M- Significant body for the style. Creamy, lacks the crispness I'm looking for.

D- Body is a bit too full to achieve the best drinkability, but it's tasty and not too sweet.

Overall a decent brew - not my favorite for the style, and certainly not my favorite out of Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of cmac1705
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a best before date well beyond today.

Amber, sappy appearance accompanies a decent froth after a vigorous pour. Head recedes into a tiny lace and evidence of mega-carbonation in active bubbling at the bottom of the glass.

Scent is doughy, with lightly floral hop notes balanced by a tinge of maple syrup. Inviting, but not giving too much away.

Wow, the bubbles were not an aberration, as this brew is stinging with carbonation. Thinness to the body, but the flavor profile is interesting. Wheat bread with a sweet and spicy backdrop, followed by a slightly bittering hop finish. Taste is pleasingly balanced and quite sessionable.

A respectable shot at the style. You could take the label off and hand it to a Bavarian.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured in a Brooklyn tulip, Amber in color, A small amount of head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, some carbonation rising to the surface here and then.

Smell: left something to be desired, just smelled like a maltier version of their lager with a little bit of sweeter malts that I cant really place.

taste: honestly it just tasted like their lager which is understandable but with some very subtle differences. there was an odd sweetness that can only be described as candy neckless or some other nondescript hard candy.

Mouthfeel: Again nothing special just like their lager.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It would be nice to have on hand when the boys come over for football if you wanna throw a sixer or more back in a three hour sitting that no one would turn their nose up at.

Over all very bland granted it was my first of the style, but I just expected more. more malt, more something. not the rare fall treat I was expecting like I got from the pumpkin ales I've had. Maybe I should stick to those. I will of coarse try more marzens for safe measure. Its a good beer that would be a good stand by case of garage suds, or a fall keg that everyone can agree on but nothing to write home about.

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