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 dzni
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber colored but with a light to no head present.
S - I get malt, cloves, and maybe some orange (some sort of sweetness).
T - A little hops, malt flavor, not much else.
M - Light bodied, slightly carbonated.
D - This beer is ok. Maybe it's true to style, but in general it's not something I would seek out. It's drinkable to be sure, but there's just not much going on. Pretty uninspiring.

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Photo of jhollick
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

September 2010

Pours a deep amber copper with a 1" off-white head. Smell is all sweet, as is the initial taste. Also detecting some bready flavors and some earthy, grainy flavors towards the end. Minimal hopping, but enough to provide a nice balance. Getting flashes of alcohol from sip to sip, which lowers the drinkability for me. Certainly you could make an evening of this beer, but less so for me than some other Oktoberfests.

Overall, a little bit too dry and earthy for me to drink all night (mostly because of the aftertaste), but definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have had so far this year.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an exceptional Oktoberfest.

Begins with nice malt notes. It then picks up a nice, but not overpowering, hop presence. Very balanced.

I don't usually like to get a 6-pack of any one particular beer, but this is definitely an exception. Now, on to try other Oktoberfests.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is mostly of sweet, caramel malt. In fact, that's about all that there is on the nose...which is fine for the style.

Taste is somewhat crisp way to a body of mostly caramel malt, just like was on the nose. In the finish, there's a small hop presence and some husk apparent. In the aftertaste, there's some sweet caramel malt that hangs around.

This is a tasty marzen. A good caramel presence, some balance, and just easy drinking all around.

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Photo of RankRefugee88
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A - Amber body, tan head. Looks decently carbonated. Very full color, yet very clear.

S - Toasty, malty, caramel. Has that sweet autumn smell to it.

T - Very tasty. Toasted, bready, malty and caramel just like the smell. Hint of candy corn. Can taste hops, mostly just a clean dry finish. Winter fruits and nuts at the end, hint of pumpkin.

M - Nice light and clean mouth feel. Very smooth for a beer that seems to have decent carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Picked up a 6-pack and it won't be the only one I pick up this fall. Definitely a safe go to autumn beer, very good to drink.

I liked it a lot. A good go to beer for the fall. The taste blends nicely and the drinkability is very good too. Definitely a top recommendation of mine for this autumn season. Nothing I really didn't like about this beer, I gave it 4's all around.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Robust amber color with a one-finger head that retains fairly well in the form of a 1/8 inch froth.

Toasted malt nose with hints of butterscotch sweetness.

Taste is a bit disappointing. Seems a bit watered down and thin. All the flavors seem a bit weak/bland, like the tongue has to work for it. Finishes with a nice hop dryness. Perfectly balanced and drinkable, but seems almost like a Marzen Light rather than a full flavored German Oktoberfest.

In summary, it's very easy drinking and has no off-putting characteristics, just a bit boring.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very clear coppery amber with golden highlights. foam falls somewhere between cream colored and ivory, and it is dense and sturdy and leaves some nice spotty lace.

S- floral almost soapy hops over a sweet and toasty brown sugar malt backdrop. cinnamon snickerdoodle sugar cookie and some grassy aromas. very deeply toasty as it warms.

T- very fresh toasty flavor as well with some tartness, but there's something about the flavor as a whole that seems to be missing and i think it's the water. the grains and the hops taste fresh and good but it lacks that mineral water edge that i appreciate so much in german beers and british ones for that matter. could be a yeast thing too, i don't know. dry and grainy, earthy, sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, spicy peppery hops with a touch of flowers and cut grass, some pine, and even lemony limey citrus very similar to what i found in sam adams noble pils. must be them dang hallertauers... finishes dry fresh and grainy.

MF- zesty carbonation, medium bodied with a powdery grainy feel. bubbles are tight and sting all the way down imparting a very refreshing quality. somewhat dry on the cheeks and overall gives me the feeling of toast, and i like toast.

D- oktoberfest could possibly be my favorite everyday beer and i've said this before, but the american versions just don't peel my cap back. brooklyn brewery goes to great lengths to make their stuff true to style, even so far as having their grains malted in germany. whether this is rare practice or not, hell, i don't know, but there is some deeply seated passionate enjoyment inside me when i throw down a german oktoberfest, give a damn less if it spent a year in a hot cargo box, that our genius american brewers simply cannot replicate. not that i've tasted anyway. good beer though.

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

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. best before march 2011.

pours a clear reddish/orange amber color. one finger of slightly off white head that faded to pretty much nothing rather quickly. no lace, no retention.

a nice clean, subtle aroma. caramel malts, toasted grain, and just a hint of some dark fruit.

very clean/ soft tasting as well. toasted grains are at the forefront with some musty caramel malts and raisons. a hint of some earthy hops. toasted grains come back in for the finish. a great tasting beer, but a little light on the palate.

light body, a tad high carbonation. a little more body would make this incrediable, but it makes for some great drinkability. a great beer to session in the fall.

this is a really nice example of the style, tastes like it was imported from germany. i recommend this highly for the season.

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Photo of DJED69
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a run of the mill Marzen beer. Decent and enjoyable, but a bit thin on the palate. Head disappeared quick. Nice malt flavor and moderate carbonation. A bit of nice bready flavor on the finish. Just a bit too simple and straightforward for me Will prob go elsewhere for my next Oktoberfest. First Brooklyn beer I've been disappointed with.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright copper color, with a moderate off-white head of foam
Aroma-Sweet malt, caramel notes
Taste-Caramel, sweet, toasted malt, and a bit of an underlying mineral essence that adds an interesting flavor profile.
Overall, a solid take on the style, with a subtle tweak of flavor that does more good than bad.

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Photo of rwf08
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wish I had my stein for this one.

A: Good oktoberfest amber color. Looks like most I have seen but not as much head and no lacing. This brew loses points here but this isn't a big deal.

S: Musty wet grains, caramel, malt sweetness and some light funk. I might say the must and funk go hand in hand with giving it a slight brett like smell. I do not remember this from other oktoberfests I have had. It could just be me though.

T: Some caramel and malt with earthy hops in the back. A bit of graininess too. Not too much more in here.

M: A little thin but good carbonation.

D: This is an okay beer. I am not very impressed and wish I had just gone with the SA octoberfest.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish brown color with a solid one-finger off white head that left rings of sticky lacing.

S: Clean toasty caramel malts and not much else.

T: Still very clean, although the hops come out here much more than in the nose. Malts still dominate, though, with the caramel side taking precedence. Thin and light mouthfeel, rather watery. Leaves the palate dry and bland.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark reddish brown. A little head on the pour. Settles to a nice strato cirrus cloud cover with a hula hoop lacing on the sides. It looks like fall in a glass. Its gettin a fiver.

S-Very little scent to be had. Unmistakeable clean lager scents which to me smells like raw meat or wet gravel/pavement when it starts to rain.

T-Wow, its super clean. Slightly bitter smokiness comes out which is interesting. As it warms up a certain breadcrust quality is present and a bit of sweet stale grain.

M.F-Medium carbonation, slightly watery.

D-Not bad. The smokiness keeps it interesting and its super clean and easy going down. I would have liked to see a bit more maltiness to it though.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Deep orange, clear with visible carbonation. About a fingers worth of head with very nice lacing.

S: Toasty malt, caramel, and a hint of herbal hops.

T: Malty right upfront... but not overly sweet... The hops jump in near the end.. well balanced with the malt. Finish is a little nutty.

M: Med bodied with good carbonation, crisp but not overly so, all of this settles down as it warms up.

D: Hey pretty good ABV and a well balanced brew, make this a pretty drinkable beer. I'll have to add this one to my fall beer lineup.

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Photo of beeragent
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch off white head. Very little lacing on the glass.

S - Strong malty aroma of caramel and bread. No hop aroma.

T - Very bready matly taste up front, followed by a smooth caramel flavor in the finish. This one is all malt, with the hops taking a back seat. Great taste!

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and clean. A bit heavier on the mouthfeel than expected.

D - Great Oktoberfest flavor without the stinky green bottle aroma associated with German Oktoberfests (not knocking them)! One of the better American Oktoberfest beers on the market IMO.

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

12 oz brown bottle, best before FEB 2011. One of the first Oktoberfests out on the shelves.

It pours a dark orangeish brown, on the more orangey/dark end of the Oktoberfest spectrum. The head is big and white and it recedes press slowly, but without much lacing.

The smell is interesting here. There is a subtle smokiness almost to it. Along with some nuttiness, caramel, and hops. It also had a nice blast of fresh dough.

The taste is pretty decent too. It is doughy with a slight bit of hops and it has a nice subtle fruitiness to it. There is a hint of penny flavor but not enough to make it bad and it goes away after the first few sips.

It is pretty good oktoberfest material, especially for an American brewer, a decent brew, a good one to drink if you see it before the other stuff comes out.This has been almost my 30th or so Oktoberfest I've tried and it just cements my affection for the style.

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Photo of speter
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color (reddish almost), clear and with a generous fluffy head that quickly fades to a trace, leaving nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt and bread.

T: The front is sweet malt, as is the center. The toasty quality of the malts comes through just past the center, and the finish is rather malty as well. The caramel malt gives this a nice complexity.

M: The relatively-low carbonation and the sweetness give this a full body.

D: Very drinkable, especially as fall lurks nearer.

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Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper, topped by more of a "collar" than a head. Aromas are predominantly toasty, followed (in order of intensity) by caramel and something akin to a pile of sawdust. Flavor profile is (of course) massive on the malts: tons of toast and bread rolls, with a slight, earthy bitterness to establish order. Medium body is quite smooth; finishes with a sort of toast-meets-low-sugar-toffee taste [another way that I sometimes think of this flavor is an "unsweetened Tootsie Roll"]. Overall very flavorful; not bad at all.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a half liter stein.

Pours a very ruby orange color that is extremely clear and produces an off white minimal head. Very very dark and red in color even for an Oktoberfest. Aroma is sweet biscuity bready malts. Has a fried pizza crust maltiness aroma to it. Really earthy and has a distinct marzen aroma that is nice. Taste is on point with what I was looking for. Medium bodied yet easy to slug down. Big warty malty flavors of toasted rolls, marshmallows and some spicy earthy notes. Mouthfeel is under carbonated for me. Though it's easy drinking it's weight on the palate is just over the top. Drinkability is great. One of my favorite American marzens out there. Nice beer.

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

Beautiful amber color, appropriate carbonation, modest head initially with modest lacing. Clear and crisp, with a memory-inducing aroma of the real thing. Easily consumed in large, festival-sized quantities. This is my favorite interpretation of Oktoberfest-style beers yet.

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Photo of Brno
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely copper color, though I did not pick up anything on the nose. Good solid flavor of slight caramel and a bit toasty. Light in body and dissipates quickly. Its lightness adds drinkability though it may run a bit thin for all day. Pretzels and oompa bands, anyone?

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Photo of tchenery
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Absolutely no head on it and little visible carbonation. It has a very faint raisiny scent to it.

Tastes of roasted malts, very smooth, but not much else. Nothing too much to write home about but it's a good aproachable beer. I think that the style itself gives this beer a lesser rating than it deserves because of it's own ambiguity.

This is a tasty brew though, especially for a fall day.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, it poured copper/amber, with healthy carbonation, two fingers of white, great retention, and great lacing. Very toasty, with biscuit, caramel, toffee, and woodiness. The taste revealed all of the above in nicely balanced harmony, with some herbal hoppiness on the dry finish as well. Not as thick as the nose would suggest, with ample carbonation. A very drinkable marzen.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown with light red highlights. Off-white head that fades to a ring.

S - Honestly, all I smell is caramel and boiled peanuts.

T - Some toasted and caramel malt flavors. Slight hop bitterness in the dry finish. Somewhat watery tasting.

M - Good medium body lager with nice soft carbonation.

D - You could pour back a few few of these. Easy drinking and good inoffensive beer with nothing objectionable.

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Photo of Petrislav
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass

A: High amounts of carbonation, thin layer of sticky off white head sits on top of a bright orange-tinted amber brew, almost a sheen to it

S: Delicately balanced levels of malt, barley, caramel

T: Light hops, not bitter, finishes with caramel malts

M: Easy on the palate, light

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