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 tommy78
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beverage at the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Cafe at Newark Airport. I was a bit surprised to see this on-tap. I had it in a tall Pilsner, which revealed a nice amber colour to it. The armor was average, nothing outstanding or memorable. It tasted malty instantly, though it ended a bit bland. I expected a more hoppy ending. Easy on the inside; I was able to polish off the Pilsner in short time. I wouldn't go after it again, however, I would like to try it at the Brooklyn Brewery plant to see if it would have the same effect on me.

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

I had this on tap the other day and wasn't impressed (probably a bad tap), but after picking it up in a bottle I changed my mind.

Pours a nice amber color with a thin head which dissipates quickly but manages to cling to the side of the glass. It's translucent when held up to the light.

The flavor begins sweet and malty and finishes hoppy, but not bitter. It is at once both fruity and muddy (but taken with a good connotation). The glass maintained its flavor from start to finish, a testament to the consistency. It had sharp bubbles of carbonation, which were a minor put-off for mouthfeel that opposed its otherwise smooth flavor.

I’d like to try it again on tap somewhere else to re-compare the two.

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

One of the better October offerings I've had. Medium amber topped with an off-white frothy head that faded quickly. Malt a bread on the nose, perhaps some brown sugar, light and pleasant. Taste was more of the same with a bigger kick of sugar/caramel. Taste remained constant over the tongue, no real aftertaste, not overwhelming with typical steak & potatos food. Good feed and quite drinkable.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always been a Brooklyn supporter although it seems they've gotten a little too big lately, I'd hate to see them pull a Sam Adams and basically turn into a pseudomacro.
Their Oktoberfest pours a slightly cloudy dark copper with some minor head and a tasty scent with a mix of hops and malt. Delicious full flavor with a nice balance of hops and malt with a round mouthfeel and a terrific pleasantly bitter aftertaste
This is a really good example of an Oktoberfest Marzen, a hoppy, tasty, attractive beer with a nice finish. Seems my report of the demise of Brooklyn is premature, which is outstanding news.

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

Was pleasently surprised by this brew, recently, being inundated w/ O-fests, this one seems...refreshing. I don't know why, but it does.

Pours a nice amber color. Tanish head, kinnda frothy, and laces as it goes down. Kinnda fading grassy nose.

Taste is pretty simple. Nice malty upfront, that quickly rounds out in a sliughtly hoppy finish. There is a slight hop aftertaste that tails off with some maltyness. Kind of a nice Vice versa. Pretty drinkable, and a bonus becuase the flavors blens so well

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Photo of ski271
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, foamy head that doesn’t last too long before fading to a thin film. Very little lacing. The smell is quite malty, of course, with earthy aromas of caramel, bread, light flowers and nuts and a little apple. The taste is a bit sweet, with caramel being most notable, but the roasted malts are backed up nicely by a grassy hop bitterness. This one was enjoyable. I love a good, big, maltoberfest, but this one has more balance than I’ve been finding this year. Nicely done.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinkable beer. Some hop and carbonation. Malty and carmel finish. Light mouthfeel. amber colour and a little off-white head.Dry slightly astringent aftertaste. Certainly not the best representative of this style I have had. Just boring and nothing special.

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

Amber in color. Average tan head that is quick to dissipate. Nice toasted malt aroma. Not too powerful, just enough to let its presence known, and to make you wanna taste this offering. The taste builds up on aroma. More toasted malr. Light carbonation tickles the tongue. Hops are in the back providing just enough power not to make this beer too sweet. Has a somewhat dry finish, although sweetness stays on the lips. Medium body.

Brooklyn doesn't disappoint me in this offering. This is a very drinkable beer. Perfect as a session beer. I think I'll pick up another six-pack or two before they are all out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a couple of spots of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread and caramel malt on the nose

Taste: Bready start with a distinct caramel character; complemented by a surprisingly bitter, almost apple tart element by mid-palate that lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable, but I am not really a fan of the style

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Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a tulip glass, it pours a dark copper color with 1/2 cm cream colored head that doesn't stick around too long. A thin eggshell thin edge layer develops.

Aroma is of sour granny smith apples with some nice earthiness- some earthy hops and maybe a twang of alcohol on the nose.

Sipping reveals a lot of fruit up front with some malty sugar...very mild aftertaste and some slight hops on the finish. Maybe some drying on the finish, but I think that'd be pushing it a bit.

Very crisp brew. Reminds me of crumbling leaves on the ground. Decent carbonation but fruity and smooth enough to help kill some of that bubbly feeling...very light in body as well.

Very easy and tasty to drink...Brooklyn just knows how to brew a nice beer.

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Photo of scooter231
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinker. Orange/ruby/golden color with a little head that leaves a thin rim around the edges. Smells lemony and citrusy, with a hint of nutmeg around the edges.

Taste is mild and simple- spicy, zesty- simple. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, sudsy, and easy to drink, once again. Drinkability is good- overall, it's an easy thing to drink. Not amazing, not earth-shattering, but easy to drink.

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

I haven't had a whole hell of a lot of oktoberfests... seeing as how it is now october I have little in the way of excuses.
This is a good one all the way around. It's what I imagine fresh German versions to taste like.
Malty and sweet without over doing either. Pecan pie soda comes to mind.
Has an enjoyable, tangy candied texture to it without being thick or cloying.
As many Brooklyn brews are, very well balanced all around.
This is not an impressive or intense or stunning beer...
but it is very accessable and enjoyable.
Very true to style as far as I can see.
A well made thing for all to see.

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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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