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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 adamette
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 -9.9%
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 +9.6%
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 +8%
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%
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 -6.3%
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 +13.5%
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 -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 +1.9%
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 -4.1%
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 -2.2%
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 -6.9%
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 +16.3%
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 -6.9%
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 +17.6%
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 +19.3%
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 +12.9%
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 +6.9%
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 -6.9%
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 +12.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +16.3%
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 +1.7%
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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