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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 Swift989
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A drinkable fall beer.
Some lingering hops.
Nice lager carbonation.
Malty and quite strong with the carmel in the middle. Light mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Quite dry on the finish.
I enjoyed the malty lingering aftertaste. A nice east coast representative of this popular german fall style. Happy I purchased the 6-pack

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 26, 2013.

It poured a medium copper-amber color with a full off-white head that eventually goes away.

The aroma begins with roasted malts and a vague toffee note but it seems overwhelmed by an odd buttery sensation.

The body falls into the light to medium range but reasonably smooth.

The taste tends to be a bit better than the unimpressive aroma with a little roastiness and sweetness and a milder ESB-like bitterness at the end.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle, picked up at the LCBO. Brooklyn is one of the few American craft breweries with decent distribution in these parts, and I have yet to be let down by any of their offerings. Coincidentally, I've been going out of my way to try more marzens, so picking up this sixer was a bit of a no-brainer. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive copper-amber colour, topped with a half finger of dense, creamy, off-white head that soon seeps away, leaving behind a wispy film on the surface. A few scattered smears of lacing cling to the glass after each sip - a decent looking lager. The aroma is fresh and clean, with contributions of caramel, biscuity malts, toasted bread/nuts, and even a faint hint of dark fruit. Simple, but spot-on as far as marzens go.

Tasty stuff - malt-forward as one might expect from the style, but with a sufficient dose of hop bitterness to keep things in check. A light caramel/butterscotch sweetness is noticeable at first, followed up with some toasted nuts and bready malts. The toastiness intensifies toward the finish, providing an almost chocolate-like flavour, in addition to the leafy, earthy hop bitterness that completes the profile. Mildly bittersweet aftertaste, with just a whiff of toffee. Medium-bodied, with relatively heavy carbonation that could stand to be toned down a few notches - not a serious problem, but worth mentioning. Despite this fact, it's quite sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.80, a respectable B+. Brooklyn's Oktoberfest Beer is a solid lager that delivers virtually everything I expect from a marzen - good malt-forward flavour with a firm German hop bill to counter it, as well as a nice, light, sessionable nature. A little overcarbonated for my tastes, and not my favourite Brooklyn beer by a longshot, but this is still one of the better marzens I've tried so far. Something worth picking up if you're in the market for a balanced autumn ale, and a great selection for my 499th review.

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Photo of hopmashian
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a 1/2" creamy head that lasts about 5 mins. Smell is caramel, vanilla and a floral presence that goes deep into the back of your nose. Taste is well balanced between malt and hops. It's on the thin side but that's good, suggesting another. I like this beer and this style. I'll definitely get more while they last.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Mostly clear orange copper with a finger of off white head, which disappears almost instantly.

S - Lots of good sweet malt. Caramel, bread, roasted malt.

T - A great taste of caramel up front. This is followed by a bit of sweet bread and roasted malts. I get a slight hint of metallic flavor.

M - A bit on the thin side. The carbonation is moderate, maybe moderate-high. Not much lingering aftertaste.

O - A pretty decent beer for the style. It's got the caramel bread and roasted malt flavor that I've come to love, but like a lot of Oktoberfests, it's lacking in the mouthfeel.

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

Dark amber in color with an orange hue and a heavy chill haze. Poured with a thin off-white foam that quickly dissipated. Toasted malt, sweet caramel, light toffee and dark bread aromas with pleasant spicy hops above. Smooth feel down the middle with tangy, assertive carbonation above. Grainy, toasted and caramel malt flavors up front with rye, dark bread and spicy hops through the middle to the end. Finishes crisply with a lingering dark bread and earthy, spicy hop aftertaste.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Amber, slightly caramel colored head, light laces
S- bread, malt, slight sweet fruit
T- full-to-medium bodied, malt w ever so slight sweetness, lightly hopped finish
M- Balanced, incredibly so - malt-hop marzen ratio very refreshing
O- a very good beer that can stand up to the best of the American styles.

Served in a 16 oz pint glass on tap at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

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

Light coppery hue yielded a relatively thin bubbly head.

The nose is straight iced tea. I've read that some malts give a tea leaf scent but this actually smelled like brewed tea. One dimensional but very pleasant.

The taste is malt forward, as is normal for the style. The barley comes out along with a nice roasted flavor.

The feel is watery and thin but refreshing. This Oktoberfest is amongst the weaker ones I've tried but all in all its still rather tasty.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazy amber ale with lackluster head formation. Retained a thick ring.

Has a grainy aroma with pomme fruit esters and German-style malt contributions. Noble hops are smaller than per usual.

Somewhat sweet with apple-y grain must, caramel malt, toast, wheat bread, and bitter earthy hops. Touch of char is quite unique. Good flavors.

Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is dialed-up, perhaps; washes out the weight of the body, which seems thin.

Sturdy beer that's a tad sweet, but I like the assertion.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the industry - served in pint

Deep copper-auburn pour with a frothy topping of beige head. Notes of spicy hops, caramel sweetness, toasted bread and earth in the nose. Malty and flavorful on the tongue, coupled with soft leafy hoppiness. A touch sweet with caramel and bread crust, earthy and light bite of hops on the back end. Medium body, nicely carbonated, crisp and refreshing on the tongue.

Perhaps not the most explosive or exquisite version of the Marzen, but drinkable, refreshing and clean on the palate. I had a couple of these during Happy Hour and would gladly order it again during the Fall.

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark amber with 1 finger head of white foam. Leaves very little lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Malt forward. Little bits of citrus and hops. Sweet smelling overall.

T: Very clean. Sweeter tasting than other Oktoberfest's I have had. Carmel comes through pretty strong.

F: Smooth. Well balanced carbonation.

O: A good Oktoberfest. Clean and easy to drink.

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

It poured a dark copper that had caramel and roasted malts on the nose. The taste was heavier on the roasted malts rather than the sweet caramel malts that are more common in the German versions. As it warmed the sweeter caramel flavors came through, but the roasted malts were dominant. The Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a good American version of the style.

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Photo of LordBeardman
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Amber colored with a small white head.

S: A bit tangy, not too strong. Kind of smelled like a light beer.

T: I enjoyed the taste of this beer a lot. It had a slight bitter taste up front but then had a citrus aftertaste. One of the better American Oktoberfest style beers I've tried.

M: Well carbonated. Just the right amount I think. Light to medium.

O: An obove average Oktoberfest overall. I would choose this over other American Oktoberfest beers if offered on tap. As much as I would expect from a Brooklyn Beer, they have yet to dissapoint me.

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

on tap at the screamen eagle in inlet new York. this is perfect opening sunday nfl beer. its not a light beer, but its real drinkable, its not an ipa, but it has a ton of flavor, and it isn't priced like other seasonal rarities. great by the pitcher. nice dense copper glow, short white froth head that lasts alright. I smell lager yeast right away, and a sweeter german caramunich malt type that contributes most of the color and fermentables here. simple but flavorful taste. dessert breads, honey, even slight maple in the finish. I still think I like sam adams better than most other commercially available octoberfest brews, but the Brooklyn is right up there. highly drinkable, but I would add a bit more carbonation to make it glide along a little better. it gets a touch weighty, especially as it warms up, and a little more gas would fix this. a good American tip of the cap to german tradition. a very well made beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Central Market on sale.
From the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, bright amber. Small white head. Sticky.

S - Almost nothing at all. Not sure what the deal is here. Seriously, I can smell the dish soap on the glass more than I can smell the beer. This is weird - I got nothing.

T - A tiny hop bite in front, nice and smooth going down.

M - Smooth, some sweetness in the aftertaste.

Summary - My first Oktoberfest beer of 2013! It was pretty good. I love a good Marzen/Oktoberfest and this is a good example of one. Looking forward to reviewing some more Marzens in the coming weeks.

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Photo of tviz33
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip.

A- Pours a red with a little bit of orange body, topped by a 3 finger head that quickly disappears to nothing. The color is actually quite beautiful.

S- Just a little bit of toasted malts and not much else.

T- The taste is just great. Well-balanced with just the right amount of sweetness to accompany some caramel, toffee, and even a little citrus. The reviewer who mentioned this beer being similar in flavor to sweet tea is spot on. Great observation.

M- Medium medium medium everything. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O- Why not try it? It's a pretty decent take on the style.

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Photo of witster18
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25


Probably because this followed an ayinger October.


Smells nice an malty. Looks below average. No head retention. Little lacing.

taste is bitter lemon peel with malt hints. Not a good one. Victory has them in category and overall this is way back.

Tough to finish.

save two bucks and have a shiner October instead of this. Nothing to celebrate over.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Medium amber in color, with decent clarity and a wispy, white head that melted right off the bat.

Smell: Rich, toasty malt, with an unexpected ghost of an orange peel smell in the background. Was it a hop aroma that (according to style) shouldn't have been there? Or was the orangey color of the brew just getting to my head?

Taste: Heavily toasted Vienna-like malt, as to be expected. The bitterness was a bit high for the style, with the orange peel smell presenting itself as a minerally taste that added to the acidity. The mineral flavor was not unusual, as somewhat alkaline water is found in this style. But with the bitterness lasting into the unusually dry finish, I stand my ground about this being less sessionable than it ought to be.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with heavy carbonation that eradicated any characteristic smoothness or creaminess the beer might have had, and should have had. The carbonation pinched the tongue, and distracted from the taste.

Overall: Cerainly not the most traditional Oktoberfest, although elements of the style were present. The high carbonation and overt bitterness made this less smooth and round than I would have liked. If I were to consult on their recipe, I would tone down the alkalinity along with the carbonation, and bring in some lighter malt to round out the roasty quality and bring more complexity to the taste. Also, more dextrins could help with the mouthfeel and the sad head.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep transparent amber body with a thin, slightly off-white head.

S- Lots of rich caramel malts with some sweet malt too. Hints of bready grains mixed in throughout.

T- Big on caramel malts, with lots of sweet malt flavors. Lots of malt flavor.

M- Crisp, full and rich, medium carbonation.

O- Very solid marzen. Big malty flavors, great fall beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/amber with airy carbonation that dissipates quickly.

Caramel and toasted malts, not much else.

Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, slight noble hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, a rather disappointing Marzen.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Beer Garden & Eatery enjoyed chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is deep bronze with light hazed look with beige cream head with fine bead and spattered lace pattern. The smell is sweet and toasted malt with some mild dried fruit aromas. The feel is very good medium bodied with a medium carbonation level, moderately sweet with a nice balance with hop spice.

The taste of Brooklyn's Oktoberfest is a more full flavored example showing a nice munich breadiness in the taste with light bitterness up front. The flavor expands to include some caramel notes with light toffee and fruitiness from the yeast. Overall this is a pretty decent take on the style, enjoyable and relatively clean with a nice amount of malt yet not heavy and still good for multiple servings I like that is isn't as sweet or bitter as other lagers I have had in the fest style I would probably drink this year round if I could.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Camperdown Cellars into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Hazelnut amber with a touch of orange about it. Beige foam on top that laces well.

One of the strongest smelling Marzen's i've come across. Really defined toasted malt as well as toffee and bread.

Tastes of toffee and toasted malt with a light bready influence. Does get a touch watery at the back end which is surprising given how big everything else is.

Mouthfeel is rich to start for the style. Medium body to start with but it drops off at the back as it gets a little watery. Still quite drinkable, almost as a result of that.

A well done Marzen. Shame about the watery parts to it. Otherwise this would be superb.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice copper red with a small white head that doesn't leave any lacing. Smells of dark grain, but very very weak. Tastes of dark malt and slight coffee, very surprising and nice. Beer is light bodied and goes down real smooth, it is a nice refreshing sessionable beer. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured out from the bottle and into a pint glass. It appeared reddish amber in colour and had a malty nose to it that was typical of a 'fest' beer smell. Tasted malt, hops, and seemed mellow and balanced, with only a slight bitter after taste.

Would I buy this bee again? Maybe.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Oktoberfest from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden orangish color, produced an average white head, nice retention, and it left an average amount of lacing on the glass.The aroma of the ale consisted of toasted malt and a slight grassy hop note. Medium in body, the brew was not very complex, had some malted grain base, caramel and some grassy hops. Overall, nicely balanced- not what I would consider an authentic Oktoberfest but it is a nice example, decent session beer.


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