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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of thecarster1
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 -33.1%
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 +3.3%
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 +6.3%
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 +2.8%
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 0%
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 -31.1%
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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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a thick, white head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of perfume hops. Toasted malt flavor balanced by piney, floral hops. Medium, crisp body, medium carbonation. Long, dry, earthy finish. Good Octoberfest but definitely not my Favorite.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. The beer is a clear coppery amber with a thin off white head. The head thins to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma lightly toasted, malty and bready. The flavor follows the nose. There is a bit of a sweetness behind the malt flavors, caramel.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly dry and carbonation is moderate. It's a smooth and easy drinking example of the style.

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Photo of spangltk
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -1.4%
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 +10.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -5.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -5.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -18.2%
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 -9.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -13.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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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