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

Pours a clear orange color with two finger head. A few spots of lace develop through the drink. The aroma consists of caramel and light nuttiness. The flavor components are caramel, roasted malt, ripe fruits, brown sugar, toasted nuts, and has a nice bitterness level.

Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel, with a sweet and nutty lingering aftertaste.I found this to be extremely drinkable, as several were enjoyed in one afternoon session. Nice beer.

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Photo of Gattopardo
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Low head retention and light lacing on the glass, glowing copper color, light carbonation.

Smell: Light malt aroma.

Taste: No bitterness, delicate malt flavor, a little sweet on finish but otherwise clean.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, medium body.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable, subtle character. I savored a glass over the course of an hour and found it to be consistently enjoyable as it warmed. Tasty with sharp cheddar cheese. The Brooklyn Brewery has not disappointed me yet.

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Photo of sacfly
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. $1.45/bottle (about .20 more than average local beers)

Pours a deep reddish amber. Nice half inch head with strong, medium bubbles. Light, sweet, malty aroma.

First taste is rather light. Muted malty sweetness. Just teetering on not quite enough. Caramel. Hops are apparent in the background towards the end and into the aftertaste.

I can see this easily being drunk by all at an Oktoberfest. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid example of the style. Good job!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

a- deep reddish amber with a quickly-reducing head leaving a ring around the circumference and spotty lacing up and down the glass. good for style, what i expect from a rich ofest.

a- roasted grains dominate. bitter breaks in between hop freshness. beery.

t- starts deeply sweet with burnt caramel and a balancing earthiness. smoky in a primal fashion. perfect natural green hop balance. absolutely no heat or off aftertaste here. smooth.

m- drinkable as a result of sublime smoothness. brooklyn is constantly an expert example of balance and by-the-book style and cultural respect. this is no different.

overall, tasty. a 6 pack would be a welcome addition to any fridge. only complaint is that it thinks very much in terms of 'inside the boxx' but succeeds.. so how much can one really bitch?

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Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice brown amber with a very quickly dissapating tan head. pale malt nose with caramel and light toffee aromas, giving way to some slightly fruity and floral aromas. malty, with caramel and light toffee coming through in the taste as well. a mild grainyness coupled with faint brown sugary flavors show up a little later on. i think the brown sugar may have accounted for the floral aromas i was picking up. it has a little bit of a grassy herbal hoppiness. medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. good drinkablity, easily drinkable, and a very respectable oktoberfest.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second Brooklyn Brewing beer I've tried, I guess I had thier pumpkin but it was under another name but brewed at BB. It wasn't very good. The Double Chocolate was my highest ranked beer to date, so I'm going to get my fill of BB beers because my local carries about three other varieties, and after trying this one, I want to try them all.

Appearence is very dark red, with good head, good carbs, looked like a good APA. Smell was almost like an import. Very nice malty scent, almost like Fullers ESB. Mouth was a little better than average because of the imported feel and warming notes from the alcohol.

Taste was, very good. It started with the roasted maltiness, tasted a bit bitter and was well rounded between the bitter and the alcohol. This was like a Fullers ale, maybe not quite as full or sweet, but very good.

So, another good one from BBC. Gee, that's Brooklyn Brewing rather than Bluegrass Brewing which has good micros too. So, yes, I'd buy this again without question. 2 for 2! (Although, I'd lean towards the Double Chocolate since those are simply awesome.)

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever so slightly cloudy, dark orange-amber in color. Good head and good lace on the glass.

Nice pale malt aromas with a subtle hop spice. It smells creamy.

Considering the malty smells, this is a dry beer. I like the hop here--perhaps there's a little more than most Octoberfests, but still it's within style. Moderate in body, slightly high in carbonation.

This is an easily consumable beer, flavorful and pleasant. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, it's that time of year. I do believe this is my first o-fest of the year. 12oz bottle. Pours out a nutty-brown color with hints of red. Not much of a head and very low carbonation. The smell is mostly malt. Nutty with hints of raisins, almost like a candy.

Taste is more malt. Nutty and smoth with a hint of hops. Carbonation seems low but doesn't make the beer offensive in any way. Caramel and dried fruit come through as well.

A great fall/Oktoberfest beer. Easy drinking with tons of flavor.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, i think i traded blackie a cottonwood pumpkin for it, out of pity

I think this was the first oktoberfest i ever had (maybe sam adams?) 3 or 4 years ago. I remembered liking it but I dont care for brooklyn beers at all so I was a bit unsure

appearance: pours a hazy copper/orange, light white head with some minimal lacing

smell: not very exciting...some sweet malts, a little caramel, and a slight hop undertow

taste: not too shabby...nice sweet malts, some nice fruit presence particularly apple and pear, a little bit of caramel, a slighty rusty aftertaste...biscuit like with very minimal hop presence

mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little watery though

drinkability: high, but i wouldnt be able to bring myself to buy a sixer, which is good since you cant get it here

i had one of these a few weeks ago and thought it sucked, but maybe i was just being biased. slightly above average oktoberfest

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Photo of numenor1
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a respectable head, reducing to a collar, and nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts and maybe the faintest hops. Taste is very very nice. Not overpowering by any means, but delightful and full. Bready and toasty with some caramel overtones. Hops are steady in restricting the malts but not at all pronounced. Theres touches of fruit(apple) lurking about. Mouthfeel is terrific, medium low mouthfeel but somehow with the carbonation creates an incredible creaminess. A great session beer. A great oktoberfest.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brick red in color. Slightly thin looking--but expected for the style. Just a thin filmy head on top. Cannot pick up much in the nose--just slight hints of hops. Flavor is solid. Nice example of an O'fest. Nice crisp toasted malts. Slightly biscuity. Hops hardly register. Mouthfeel is not as dry as I would expect and maybe just a tad watery.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright reddish copper with a thin whispy off-white head, and no lacing. Aroma is a nice strong earthy malt, very breadlike, with a slight floral hoppiness. Taste is more of the same, with a delicious biscuity malt, a slight note of caramel, and a mild grassy hop finish that leaves just a hint of bitterness. A slight bit of fruitiness, maybe apples or pears, starts to come through as the beer warms. Medium/thin body with a nice crisp carbonation, this is a pretty easy drinker. As a hophead, Oktoberfest isn't my preferred style but is starting to grow on me. I've tried several this year, and Brooklyn's is definitely the best I've had.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium copper-amber color. Moderate white head That fell to thick ring that slowed nice clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is mainly of malt and not really very impressive. Taste reveals some toasted grain and a malty sweetness that improves with subsequent sips. Texture is creamy abd very pleasureable in the mouth. Some hoppy dryness also presents itself and balances the maltiness very well.Finishes mainly dry with some toasted malt also noted. This was a good beer but it just never seemed to be able to come forward and really assert itself. Very drinkable, but not something to make me want to go and grap another.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a dense one-finger slightly tan head. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is mostly dark caramel. There is also a slightly grassy hop character and some toasty malt, as well as the tiniest amount of oxidation and a metallic quality deep down in the nose. It is not bad but seems to be missing what differentiates an Oktoberfest from an ordinary amber lager.

Caramel, again, is the dominant characeristic of the palate. Some grassy hops and toasted malt come out on the finish. Residual sugars are a touch too high or the bitterness is a touch too low, but there is an overall tilt towards sweetness here.

This is an enjoyable brew but it does seem to lack the personality of most imports of the same style.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi dark auburn with a frothy 1 finger head, decent longevity and good lace. A great eatrhy malt aroma, caramel, perhaps a bit smokey. Again an earthy malt flavor. Perhaps a bit watery but that increases its drinkability. A nice hop flavor and slight bitterness come in at the end. A bit higher than average carbonation. Dry and easy drinking. All in all a decent Oktoberfest

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Photo of AlexJ
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, burnished copper colored with a fleeting tan head that leaves not a spot of lace.

Aroma is simple, yet appealing with chewy sweet malt, light floral accents, and dark brown bread.

Flavor matches the nose. It's highlight is the sweet malt, balanced by a nice level of floral hops. There's also a sense of nuts, mild cocoa, and a touch of dark fruit. Well balanced and easy to drink. Very non-threatening.

Body just shy of medium with a slick, almost creamy mouthfeel. I typically don't like lagers, but this is pretty nice.

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

Clear copper pour with a finger and a half of nice bubbly white head that fades quickly but leaves a great ring of lace and a nice lingering little head.

Smell is all malt, sweet with biscuits and caramel, with just a touch of hoppiness in the nose. Kind of sweet in the old sniffer.

Taste is malty with the same toffee/caramel flavors on top of the same big biscuity, bready malt. Little hop bitterness balances it out nicely. Moderately toasty as well, dries out in the finish.

Overall: Pretty nice for a domestic O-fest, one of the better ones I've tried this year.

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Photo of beerkeeper
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

out of the bottle this beer forms a nice generous head, that dispitates rather quickly. the solid amber color reminds one of fall. the noose is a bit disapointing. upon first sip the carbonation covers up the initial flavors, howevewr this is a beer that developes on the finish allowing the malt to really shine.
a great beer to sit out on the deck and watch the leaves fall.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head on this beer is great,and the clear dark coppery color is very exciting.The smell is very fragrant,but the bubbles are a little disapointing.This has a great head yet the carbonation disappears very fast leaving a beer thats a little flat.It does have a very good taste thats not too full of spices.I do like this brewery and believe i may have just gotten a beer a little flat,i'm willing to give this another chance and i think you should too.

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

Rich ruby-orange and a sticky lace for a head. The aroma is malty and gives off hints of roasted malts. Medium body with a chewy maltiness in the body. Semi-sweet malts up front and roasted malts. Has a hint of caramel. The hop's bitterness are just enough to keep the malts from dominating the beer. A great drinkability. I can have one after the other with out even thinking. This is a very impressive Oktoberfest!

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Photo of buckiflyer
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods $1.75 for one bottle, being German I had to try it, had heard good things as well. Poured a light brown clear color, two fingure white head. No strong smell, some malt. Smooth taste malt finish. A nice brew I could drink several. I like that it is brewed in March for Septmeber/October consumption, good description on bottle of history of Octoberfest.

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Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, copper body with a minimal offwhite head that quickly drops to a film. Very sparse patches of lace are all that remain. Aroma reveals a pleasant balance of Munich malts and noble hops, with toffee, caramel, and molasses notes mingling gently with floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with caramel, a hint of chocolate, and an equal measure of hop bitterness. Fruity notes of green apple and pear emerge midway through. Nicely complex for the style, and much more drinkable and balanced than the Stoudt's Oktoberfest that I compared this one to. Very nice and well constructed, the appearance being the only attribute keeping this one from a higher score.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole package here is very nice. With lots of info on the case, and nice fest colours on the bottle.

Poured into a pint glass creating a very nice off-white head. The head faded away quickly leaving a nice ring in the glass. Lovely dark copper colour. Has a great Ofest appearance.

I really love the aroma of this Beer. Very clean, toasty malt with a spicy hop twang. Smells a little to hoppy, but the nose is good.

Again like the aroma, sweet toasty malts are present, but the overpowered hop spice is a little to much for me. You need that extra smooth sweet malt to stand on top. As this Bier warms, it does get sweeter. Good medium mouthfeel, and a good spritz of carbonation on the palate.

Brooklyn does a good job for the style, and on Labor Day of 05' I went through quite a few of these. Very drinkable, and good.

Das Guten Trinken!!!!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm. This pours a beautiful orangey red with a nice sticky head with good lacing.This is different that the other brooklyn offerings as it doesn't have that certain flavor they all seem to have but this is a great version of octoberfest beer.
The taste is full of october malty goodness. There is a sweet honey taste in there, also caramel. The mouthfeel is the typical but amazing brooklyn mouthfeel; creamy stickey good. Very very drinkable.

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

I've been hearing about this as one of the better domestic attempts, so I decided to try it. Turned out it was surely worth it.

Appearance: Beautiful color between an orange and an amber. Some sticky lacing around the glass, though I wish the head stayed around longer (though this could be due to my pint glass not being as clean as it could or should be).

Smell: Not an insane amount of complexity, but it's clean, malty, bready, yeasty, and certainly pleasant. If anything it's something like faint maple or honey probably from the malts.

Taste: Honey-like malts, with a touch of maple or toffee sweetness. Though I can't discern too terribly much in a singular fashion, it all comes together for a great taste. I love how the hops linger for a second and then sink back into the malts with the swallow. It's done very well. The aftertaste is also bready, malty, and lingers well on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, though slightly chewy because of the malty body. Carbonation certainly seems right on.

Drinkability: I think I'm going to have to make this a session beer at some point soon, as this is the only bottle I'm drinking now as a sampler (though I know I can get more at the market down the street).

I have to say, also, that this is one of the best Brooklyn brews I've ever had. I think maybe because it doesn't scream, "I am a Brooklyn Brew," as their Brown, Weiss, and Pennant have sometimes done for me. Maybe that doesn't make a lot of sense, but this one certainly is worth a shot, and I'm a big fan of it.

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