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Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Oktoberfest Beer

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 769 | Ratings: 1,684
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 jasonpeckins32
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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Photo of Taybeh
3/5  rDev -18.7%

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass (tasted side-by-side with Millstream and Summit Ofests)

A: dark copper, massive head, leaving the best lacing.
S: I'm missing something. Slight biscuity sweetness, and a little tart/sour apple cider.
T: A little light bready sweetness, some vinous apple, twangy herbal hops.
M: Light to Medium, a faint buzz toward the back.

Overall: On its own, it was decent. In comparison, this was far and away the least pleasing of the three I was tasting. The herbal and apple notes and lack of richer sweeter bready malt left me wanting quite a bit.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%

I always enjoy Brooklyn Beers but I was surprised how much I enjoyed their Oktoberfest.
Easily, my favorite Oktoberfest this season.
I will be buying more of this before the Fall is over.

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Photo of ttroha
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours hazy brown with white head. Aroma of malts, wheat and fruit. Tastes of bread with sweetness at the end. Notes of hops and toffee. Not that crazy about it.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Clear ark amber pour with a small off-white head. Light toasted aroma with some grain and yeast. Taste is grainy with some spicy and earthy hops also present. Not much sweetness. Medium body also has a good yeast presence. Finishes crisp.

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Photo of FMSmith
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Brooklyn does many beers very well but this is probably not one of their best. Don't get me wrong, it is a decent Oktoberfest but there are better out there.
Can't really put my finger on what it is that makes it less than stellar but opinions are like a**holes. everyone has one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Deep copper color with a huge bubbly off white head. Aromas of bready malt with floral hops. Rich bready maltiness, bubbly mouthfeel. Respectable stateside Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm still working on trying Oktoberfest's that are new to me and since I've never had this one before I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into my Oktoberfest Stein.

A- The label looks good, it's got a simple and clean look to it and I like the shiny background and I found it to be eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down fairly quickly to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a decent looking beer, but I wish the lacing and head retention were better..

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a light toasted, caramel malt, caramel, bready, lightly grainy and bread crust like aromas with some of that clean lager yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a fruity aroma that's apple cider like but there's also a little bit of pear showing up and at the end there's a light herbal hop aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there was a nice toffee flavor that worked well with the other aspects. Up next comes that clean lager yeast that goes right into a fruity flavor that still has some apple and pear like qualitys to it. On the finish there's a pretty light herbal hop flavor with no bitterness and just a slight amount of sweetness taking it's place and it had malty and fruity aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, the malts were just a little more robust than normal, but it was still pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, crisp on the thicker side of being lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a above average example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I expect from the style and in typical American fashion the malts were just a little more bolder than they are traditionally, but I expect that from these American made Marzens and it fit in well within the style. This beer had good drinkability, It was smooth, fairly clean, crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink more than a few of these without getting tired of it. What I like the most about this beer was was how true to style it was, it was just what I expect from a American made Marzen. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, the head and lacing could have been a little better. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style, it's just a nice example of a Marzen. All in all I was happy with this beer, it had all the aspects that I was looking for and it came together to make for a enjoyable Marzen. This is one of the better beers I have had from this brewery, but isn't a favorite of the style. Nice job guys, this was a tasty Marzen, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Solo007
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is clear amber and beautiful: Looks like fine cognac, very appealing and mesmerizing. The nose I detected cherry, a whiff of (blood) orange, herb even a hint of apple. Head is rich and frothy, with small concentrated bubbles that only enhance its bewitching appearance. Goes down like a fine spirit: With the fruit blend mentioned above, light crispness, on the dry side and a quiet amount of sweetness. I keep thinking that I should drink this in a snifter than in my tulip glass (although a tulip glass can be mistaken for a snifter - and I do treat mine as such!). Ideal for roast beef, steak or shellfish. Good for any month of the year.

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

The beer pours a fairly foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The foam color is a tannish kind of color. The beer itself is a copper color that borders on brown. The beer smell is very bready and very yeasty with a hint of sweetness and hop notes. The hop notes are slightly bitter. The beer taste is a bit hoppier than I'm comfortable with but it doesn't detract too much from the taste even though it's supposed to be sweeter. Rather, the hops add an interesting orange note to it at the end. The beer taste also has various malt notes such as sweet and bready besides the hop notes. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and a little bit light for an Oktoberfest. Very carbonated. Overall, an okay and interesting Oktoberfest..

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice Oktoberfest offering from Brooklyn. Clean, malty, but not overly sweet. A nice head and creamy mouthfeel, eminently drinkable.

A slight aftertaste; mildly alcoholic or medicinal. Hmmm.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured a nice amber. Short lasting white head completely dissipates. The aroma is mild and nondescript malt with a slight astringency. Taste loses the latter but keeps the former. A bit too much carbonation on the palate.

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