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

Pours a nice clear orange amber color. The head is tannish and rocky, about an inch thick that leaves a good amount of sticky lace. The lace patterns are very nice.

The aroma is faintly sweet and citrusy. The taste is quite hoppy for a Marzen, which was a nice surprise. The hop flavor was in the low to medium range, which gave it a nice bitter aftertaste. The first taste is pretty mild, however. Overall, a pretty decent beer. Haven't had a bad Brooklyn beer yet.

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

One of two Brooklyn offerings I had this past week at Redbones. Pour was a slightly cloudy amber, topped with a white frothy head. I am noticing some spice in the aroma (more of the subdued nutmeg variety). Tastewise, this is all about the malt, except for some spice in the finish (again, nutmegy). Mouthfeel is medium - (almost thin). I'm not sure if it's spice I am getting, or something intriguing from the hops.

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Photo of talkingpoints
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Oktoberfest offering from Brooklyn was my favorite of the season and I have tried all that I can get in Northeast, CT. The beer explodes with the foam cloud opening which always gets me going because I expect a great taste to follow and their was no dissapointment to be found, but a lot of thrills. The malts and hop combined for a creamy taste with some slight bitterness which made me think this is what a German Oktoberfest style beer should taste like. I didn't like this beer last year so my lovefest with it this year should be a hint to run out and try one before the season is over. Update 2007 offering not as good, need to review this again in the fall.

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

My fourth Oktoberfest-style this year so far. Also, my first of Brooklyn's offerings.

Dark amber with a little frothy head that lingers a bit. Smells of malt and hops with a slight notice of spice. Looks and smells warm and inviting. The balance of malt and hops was a little off, the hops were a bit more present forcing the beer into the 'bitter' realm of Oktoberfest. However, the spices were still there enough to notice, which is good. This beer was good quality, very consistent and smooth. I'd like to try their other beers.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of the Brooklyn 2004 Oktoberfest during my last trip to NYC.

Presentation is out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a beautiful front label decorated in a nice Fall burnt orange color.

I served this beer in a glass. Attractive white head presented on top. Spotted sticky lacings left marks on the sides of the glass. Copperish orange in color.

Aroma of toasted malt and maly sweetness.

Very clean and crisp overall with an excellent blend of a strong malt backbone and sweetness. Finish has a mini hop presence and caramel sweetness.

Tasty Oktoberfest ! You could have told me this was an Oktoberfest from a German brewery and I would have no doubts. As usual, Garrett Oliver nails another great beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful rust red body. Thin off-white head. No visible carbination. Thick body of lacing.
Fresh US earthy hiding. Chocolate-y toasty malt aroma dominates, though.
Surprisingly sweet, more malted milkball chocolate flavor. Tastes similar to many an alt I've had. Would have enjoyed a more hoppy (though non-characteristic hoppiness). Dry finish.
Rather small on the palate.
Fun little beer, nothing to come back to though. For the same season, I prefer their Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark orange color with a small yet consistent head. Very nice aroma. The taste is great as well. Not too heavy, not too light. Feels great on the palate and is an extremely drinkable beer. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers that I have ever had. Brooklyn Brewery continues to impress me.

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

12 oz brown bottle decorated with an odd retro-looking label.

Foamy off white head with poor retention; some larger bubbles cling to the sides. Spotty lacing with pretty decent strength. Glowing mahogany in color.

A sweet caramel malt aroma with a whiff of alcohol.

An initial caramel sweetness followed by a crisp bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit floral with some roasted malt aspects.

Not as chewy as expected; much lighter on the palate than other Marzens. Evenly balanced and crisp, yet a bit thin.

Very drinkable version of the style. IMO this is just a slightly above average Marzen with nothing in terms of flavor that really make it stand out.

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Photo of jvajda
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Redish brown color and a decent head.It really looks great.
Smell: Lemon and sour notes.
Taste: I'm not very familiar with this style, but this beer surprised me. It is sour and fruity with all kinds of Fall spices. I'll be sampling more of these for sure. This is a really thirst quenching beer.
Mouthfeel: This beer blossoms in the mouth.
Drinkability: Again, I'm new to Oktoberfest brews, but I liked this a lot and definitely see myself having another sometime soon.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition opened in October.
Poured with a lavish brown head which was easily fluffed up with a swirl of the glass. The color was copper-almost brown and clear.
Nose-wise this beer is pleasant with toasty malt and a bit of bitterness.
It went down real easy, practially disappearing before my eyes. Plenty of length on the caramel malt which kept offering the next pull. A touch of noble hops for balance and an overall excellent example of the fest style.
Best fest of the season so far.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very carbonated clear amber with a thin short lived head. Minimal lacing. Smells doughy and sweet malt with a faint perfume of hops. Not at all what I had expected given the glowing reviews of some posters. A good solid beer, though not one I will go out of my way to find again. Slightly toasted malt in the taste but also overpowering yeasty taste. Not in balance in my opinion. Dry short finish.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz. bottle was obtained courtesy of BeerAdvocate spiritdeus. The brown bottle released a beer with a reddish amber body, and a fizz of initial carbonation, but with no head to speak of. The aroma was very mild and can be at best described as floral and perfumey. The taste was sweet and bready malt driven and toasty, but the body was a bit too thin. There was a tangy lemony aftertaste that kept me coming back for more though. Smooth and drinkable, but could benefit from a touch less wateriness.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm still looking for a really good Oktoberfest/Märzen style brew. Most of the ones I've had are decent, but nothing special (Ayinger's version was the closest an O-Fest came to "wowing" me). I thought Brooklyn was going to be the one to truly open my eyes, but in the end the search continues...

Brooklyn's Oktoberfest pours a very nice reddish orange color with a one-finger foam which lasts for under a minute and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma was weak and unspectacular. Some caramel malts and some citric hops were detectable in limited quantities. The mouthfeel was crisp and moderately carbonated, but nothing memorable. In the flavor, the sweet caramel malts were definitely there, and a pronounced nuttiness was present thoughout the entire brew. Sounds nice, but the flavors didn't end up being too assertive (it almost seemed watery to me, but that's being harsh). There is a decent citric hop bitterness and dryness in the finish, which continues into the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found in this one.

A very average Oktoberfestbier. This is certainly drinkable, but it isn't somthing I'd really go out of my way to hunt down. Might be good with a pretzel and some spaetzle.

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Photo of maek228
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark copper, with a small head.

smell: i got some toffee and caramel.

taste: its that caramel and toffee again! damn this beer is marvelously malty.

mouthfeel: most beers dont have a mouthfeel that really stands out, but here we have a beer that is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. the maltiness just coats your mouth. excellent

drinkability: i could drink these till i get arrested for throwing a brick through a window

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Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard oktoberfest ruddy orange, with sligtly off-white foam. Leaves a good amount of thin, clingy lace.

A leafy, earthy aroma, with a touch of citrus.

Taste is leafy, but not overly bitter hops, earthy malt, hints of lemon and mixed nuts in the background. A more-ish body that stays just chewy and creamy enough to keep interest high, without getting too thick.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, the new 2004 Oktoberfest is definitely different than the last two. Had this at the brewery premiere on 9/10/04.

Weird smell, more like an IPA than a Marzen, didn't really like the smell. Looked like the color of pine sap (a really cool, translucent amber.) Good carbonation, decent head.

Taste was also kind of bizzare ("smell is a big part of taste" is proven here.) Tastes like a spiced ale with pine nuts, filtered through a grassy knoll. Has a snappy hoppiness but kind of a thin, watery mouthfeel. Has the body of a summer beer, just too weird for me really to give it a thumbs-up, will have to go back for a second one to confirm.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely amber with a tight white head.. The head lasts for a bit.. When it dies down it leaves a lovely ring around the head of the krug.. Smells of caramel and devild eggs, and caramel

Taste is malt and malt, Nice malt taste with a bit of caramel sugar and not much hop taste. Probably a more true Oktoberfest than what they serve at Oktoberfest. but then again cant have Matzens at the fest.. One of the best domestic fests.. Drank with Korean spiced Flanken Ribs and Chinese spiced chicken.. Wow What a combo..

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Photo of wailingwench
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Poured a good 2 finger head with plenty of carbonation rising, "pillowy" at the top. Deeper color than an American Amber, resembles a Red. More dark than light, closer to brown than red. Real pretty.

The Nose Knows: Very sweet from the toasted malts. Minimal hops present. Roasty, toasty. Complex in form, as it warms the real character of the malts emerge. Somehow reminds me of roasting chesnuts, even though I never have. Perfect offering.

Tongeland: Again, roasty, toasty. The character lingers on the tongue, making Mr. Tongue a very happy camper.

Bender Factor: Brooklyn has not impressed me so far. This Oktoberfest has redeemed their brewery. Their merely average Pale Ale and subpar Brown stick out to me. I plan to pick up some more of this (only bought one out of hesitation) before the "season" ends. A highly drinkable "session" brew, goes good with Chemistry and Calculus.

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Photo of carln26
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a fresh 6 of this at the package store last night, and it pained me to wait for it to chill and try. The color is a nice deep copper, and poured a nice head in the glass. No real lace to speak of. The smell is the caramel maltiness I expect from this style. Just a hint of the hops. The taste is a nice punch of malt; not too sweet, with the hops balancing the caramel sweetness I detected in the aroma. It has a great medium feel on the tongue, and a wonderful drinkability. Many American breweries struggle with German styles, but Oktoberfests do not seem to present the same challenge. This is a good representation of this beer style that I highly recommend.

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

Pours a clear amber color with nice off white head that falls to a ring of foam. Aroma is malt light toasted grains bready and chewy smelling. Taste big on malt smooth and creamy malt, carmel flavors mixed with light spice and light hops. Taste is sweet rich and creamy a very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable medium bodied brew guess fall has arrived early after all and boy is this a good start.

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Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-amber color with a tight creamy head that leaves some lace. Crisp toasted grain aroma with floral hops. Toasted flavor upfront with some sweetness, bread, and a touch of fruit and spice. Hops come in to balance and leave some bitterness. Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Excellent drinkability. A top notch Oktoberfest in my book.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a nice white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. There are strong hints of specialty malts here. The taste is much the same. It is a bit sweet, but not that bad. It is medium bodied and a good drinker. This beer is smooth and enjoyable. Some may consider it to be a little too bold and heavy on the crystal malts, but that's why I like the Brooklyn ales. They are true professionals that don't let the masses determine what good beer should taste like.

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Photo of Starchild
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical orange amber Märzen beer color. Some spice, malt, and carmel in the nose. A slightly bitter taste dominated my sweet malt. Very smooth and balanced for the style, but boring. A good Oktoberfest, but not a great one. I'll take the Smuttynose or Paulaner over this anytime.

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Photo of dweideman
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured off a frothy off-white head with good longevity. Sparkling clear orange/red hue with tiny, thin bubbles rising up.

Mostly a malted smell moderate-heavy, even more as the beer sat. Very light hopped aroma.

Initially very sweet taste with a well balanced sweet/bitter finish. Long lasting pleasant aftertaste.

Light to Medium Body, Dry Texture; Lively carbonation; Slight metallic finish

This is one of the better Marzen style lagers I have sampled this season. Seemed to be a bit lighter and more drinkable than others that I have tried. Overall an excellent sample.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a good copper color. Just as one would expect form an Octoberfest beer. Aroma in not as malty as I would like in this style. The flavor starts slightly malty but finishes with an unexpected bitterness. A good drinking beer but would I like more a malty (sweetness) flavor.

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