Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Oktoberfest
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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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Ratings: 1,726 |  Reviews: 778
Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +15.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +12.6%
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 +9.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -7.1%
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 +1.6%
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 -23.6%
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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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Showed a deep reddish orange with creamy head and good retention. Smell was of faint malty sweetness, mellow earth notes as well. Taste was similar, but too light for my liking. The carbonation was not overpowering and made for a very drinkable beer though lacking somewhat in complexity. Not bad for the style, just not a fan of the style.

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Photo of dzni
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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 +7.1%
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 +20.9%
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 +18.1%
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 +9.9%
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 -5.2%
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 +1.1%
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 +7.7%
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 -11.8%
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 +1.6%
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 -17.6%
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 -9.1%
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 +8.2%
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 -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 +11%
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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