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 sjones5045
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10/31/15 Patsy's NYC

Pours dark Amber out of a bottle. Thin head and not a whole lot going on.

The sme is kind of dry fruit. Something kind of stands out a little bit can't think of what it is. Not horrible. Kind of has a weak Belgium smell to it.

The taste is kind of a sweet raisen. It's ok, but would like more malt on this. Kind of 1 dementional. It is a little thin on the feel as well.

This beer is kind of a weak attempt I feel. It's not bad tasting but it lacks everywhere else to make it into something I want again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with lasting clingy white top. Looks great. Aromas of caramel and bready malt are nice. Flavor matches the nose, with some caramel sweetness and malty goodness. A little more carbonation than I like, but finishes clean. Very drinkable marzen.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep amber with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Sweet brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, and hints of toffee.

Caramel and sweet brown bread with additions of brown sugar. Hints of toffee and molasses. Slight earthy and leafy hop presence.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and fairly balanced.

Very easy drinking and a solid Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at $3 Dewey's in Portland, Maine, while watching the Mets hopefully beat the Dodgers. LGM.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with almost no head. Carbonation seems pretty low.

Aroma: Has a cidery, apple-like quality. Almost smells like apple cider vinegar, but I swear I mean that in a nice way. Malty, sweet.

Taste: Apples and raisins are up front, and there's some maltiness and a nutty character. Some bitterness from hops. Definitely has a bit of sweetness to it, as well, almost like candied raisins or something.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than typical for the style, I'd say.

Overall: More decent-ness from Brooklyn Brewery, which is pretty much bizarro Sam Adams. A fine beer to have on special ($3 a pint!) while watching the Mets hopefully get a crack at the pennant.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear color, but with virtually no aroma and a feeble attempt at creating a head that fell flat. Taste is rather one dimensional and little staying power. Considering the brewer, I'm dissapointed in this one. Date code is a blur of ink dots but seems to spell out a Julian date in mid July.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle in to a tulip.

a: Flat brown body with a 2 finger beige head that dissipated immediately.

s: Faint malts. Cider.

t: Not malty enough for the style. It has an apple raisin taste. Metallic finish. Thankfully no after taste.

mf: Thin and watery. A bit of sourness on the finish.

o: Glad I pulled this out of the 6pk and bought it as a single.

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A terrific classic Bavarian Marzen. Both flavorful and refreshing; loaded with bready malts, and just the right amount of hops to keep things interesting. This brew screams Autumn, and is a perfect September brew to kick off those magical NFL Sundays. This one will find it's way to my fridge every fall from here on out.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber and clear, slim head. Toast and light shellac, mildly sweet, bread grains and brown sugars awash in the background. Some hint of spice. Medium-light weight and flat-feeling on the tongue.

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Photo of hogrider
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An ok Oktoberfest style beer. I will certainly drink again while mowing the lawn. And remember folks, keep drinking beer and support your local brewery. HOG

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than average Marzen style beer. Nice full body with plenty of flavor. Bready malts and earthy richness with a spicy finish. Great seasonal beer for drinking around the campfire.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, BB FEB 2016, I had this one a few years ago, but couldn't remember much about it (I had given it a 3.5 rating)
A - copper colored body with a thinner ivory head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam
S - sweet and malty; caramel, toasted grain, toffee, nutty grain, earthy hops, spicy yeast
T - sweet caramel, toasted grain, toffee, spicy, nutty, earthy noble hops
M - medium body, very sweet and rich, finishes spicy and overly sweet
O - not a terrible Oktoberfest bier, but it is too rich and too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color, thin tan foam head, thin ring lace. Mostly clean aroma, but some bready malts in the nose. Crisp feel, malty but not sweet, herbal, touch of hops, slight cola finish. A decent Oktoberfest, although not the best of the style.

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Photo of Buck89
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Clear dark amber color with a nice white head that stayed a while. Few tracks. Not much in the nose - some bready malt and faint yeast. Taste was disappointing - a watered-down malty sensation with a funny watery aftertaste. Not much complexity.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 2/16. Pours a medium amber with a nice garnet hue. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding light nose of rich biscuit with a touch of caramel. As it warms, a grainy character emerges underneath with a touch of raisin.

Light body with only a hint of smoothness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks complexity and balance. It begins with a clean grainy flavor that lacks the sweetness of biscuit or caramel. The middle is slightly bitter with a touch of herbal hop flavor. Missing is a balanced sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clean and crisp. Not a whole lot of caramel flavor or aroma. Color is a little on the pale side. Very easy drinking beer but there are better examples of this style.

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Photo of Beejay
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown in color with a light tan head on top.

S: Bready with toasted notes, and some caramel sweetness. Light fruitiness.

T: Light bread and caramel, with some slightly darker roasted malts in the back, there is a slight fruitiness in there as well.. There seems to be a bit of an odd mismatch of flavors in there for me.. although for some reason, I could still really go for this to be sitting next to some German sausage and sauerkraut.

M: Medium body, but fairly high carbonation, there is a lingering mouth coating that seems to last for a while after.

O: Overall not a bad beer, but not great either. Certainly something out of the norm for me, but not my favorite take on the style.

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Photo of jp32
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant copper color. Not much head retention.

The aroma, strangely, reminds me of a wet dog.

A solid malt backbone with a nice twang somewhere in the middle of the flavor. Lots of malt.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, nice overall mouthfeel.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great representation of the style. Incredibly drinkable, smooth, no diacetyl, rich nutty flavors. Well balanced and not too sweet - I'll be drinking plenty more of this.

Edit: Check out the bros ratings - interesting.

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Photo of dar482
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark red amber, hints of ruby.

The aroma offers toasty malts, nutty, fresh bready sweetness, herbaceous hops.

The flavor follows with a slight caramel sweetness, toffee, toasted bread, and bitterness of herbal and dense grass, with a light lingering sugary sweetness.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L - orangish-amber, pale not dark.
S - Mild, more amlty than hoppy.
T - o,k, a little nutty, piney and hint of caramel. .
F - a little bite and both sip and swallow stages.
O - average beer

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild bread, malt, kettle sugar and spice aromas. Not much hop on the nose and no diacetyl. It pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a very lightly tan tinted 3” white foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates. Rich malt flavors with slight kettle sugar sweetness, grainy spiciness, no fruit, finishing dry with a moderate hop bitterness. High end of medium on the body with slightly below medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S- Good carmel and malt smell.
L- Much carbonation with a nice creamy head. Nice looking amber orange color.
T- Nice malty taste with a sweet finish. Carmel taste coming through nicely. Hops come through in the end making a more complex feeling in which taste sticks around.
F- Not as smooth as many octofests due to the hoppy bite in the end.
O- A nice octofest.

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Photo of bwood06
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear reddish amber in color with a thick khaki colored head that dissipates nice and slowly. Head has a bit of a creamy appearance. 4/5

S - Smells like fresh baked bread with a bit of dark stone fruitiness to it. A bit of grassy hops are present as well. Yeasty aroma comes out more as the beer warms. 3.75/5

T - Taste follows the smell with a bit more emphasis on the grassy hops. Lingering bitterness shows up on the back end. Increasing amount of granny smith apple flavor on the sides of my tongue as the beer warms, which throws me a bit. 3.5/5

M - Has a bit of a creamy texture to it. Not as crisp as expected. Lingers in my mouth for quite a long time. 3.25/5

O - The flavor was not as enjoyable as the smell but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. 3.5/5

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Photo of Webbey
4/5  rDev +8.4%

I LOVE Oktoberfest and I believe that Brooklyn Breweries take on the style is delicious. There's not much else to say about this except that it is definitely easy drinking.

Try one. The ratings don't look that great but give it a shot!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A deep fiery red-bronze color with quick breaking beige head; some light creamy bubbles cling persistently around the rim of the glass. Aroma is rich toasty malts, raisins, brown sugar, and ethereal grassy hops. Faint whiff of grainy alcohol. Delivers some wonderfully authentic Munich malt flavor. I get brown bread, slightly tart fruit (almost citric or perhaps Granny Smith apple), sweeter dark fruit (raisins and plums), a touch of molasses and burnt caramel. Considerable malty depth, with a sturdy medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Finishes semi-dry I suppose, with some lingering grass/hay, pepper, and orange peel (!) notes. Malts from the genuine source make all the difference here, along with tasteful hopping. One of my favorite widely available O-fests.

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