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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Boulevard Pint.

Apperance-Dark amber with a soft vanilla head. About 2 fingers with pretty nice lacing.

Smell-Grainy and Grassy. Not really fitting the style.

Taste-Like the aroma, not really what I'm wanting. Grain, Grass. some subtle spices on the backend but really not doing it for me.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall-With all the other Octoberfest/Pumpkin Beers out right now, odds are this beer won't be revisited.

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Photo of gfreed
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A ho-hum beer if ever there was. A better-than-mild aroma of malt and oranges that might lead one to expect something tasty in the bottle, but one would be rather disappointed. The body is thin, the taste weak; the color wan. There's a nip from the carbonation but don't look for much more than that. Buy a bottle to try; don't invest in a six.

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Photo of beveritt
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is classic Brooklyn with a blue and silver check reminiscent of the Bavarian flag. No clear freshness date.

Pours with just over 1 finger of very light tan head. This settles slowly to a spotty cap of foam. The beer itself is the color of burnished copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of sweet caramel malt with hints of tart cherries.

Taste: Metallic bite upfront with an unpleasant tea and sawdust flavor; the sweet caramel is hidden deep if you look for it.

Mouthfeel: Higher than expected carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Not even sure this is worth finishing. I will still with the German imports for now, mixed in with some inexpensive Samuel Adams.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually like Octoberfests, I'll be honest. Brooklyn beers have been very kind to me in terms of taste, variety, and quality too. Been to the brewery a few times for various events, and I love the staff that runs the place. I say this because I bought this Octoberfest expecting a full, robust taste and a reminder of the warmer days of autumn that have since passed. Unfortunately, this beer just didn't do it for me.

It wasn't the worst I've had - poured a nice rich brown bordering on cinnamon and mahogany. About a finger's worth of head and an understated but gentle nose with the trademark marzen smell to it. The taste just wasn't as nice as I expected. A bit too watery, with not enough aftertaste, breadiness, or spice to it. It's very gentle, but this is an Octoberfest. I expect to be surprised and to feel nice and warm afterwards.

This is a beer you could chug down, which is not how I associate Brooklyn's brews. A bit too metallic and as a few other reviewers have stated, even a bit of olive in the aftertaste. The bottle says it's an amber lager but I would tweak the tone down and notes up if I had to redo this. Only worth a shot to compare to other Octoberfests, and sadly enough, it makes me wish for the other Brooklyn seasonals.

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Photo of aracauna
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this on tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC. There were several Octoberfests at the festival so I got to try this in context with several other takes on the style and it wasn't one of the better ones. The hops in this beer overpowered what's suppsoed to be a fairly malty style. Big dissapointment.

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Photo of grawp57
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Nice color and an obtrusive smell. However, the taste is too bitter for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Budlum
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Present 1.5 inches of foamy, white head. Brilliant copper and red body with a great amount of clarity. Nice head retention.

Barely noticeable brown sugar notes from a very light malt aroma. The hop presence is stronger with a fresh and pine-filled character. Definitely not the typical malt profile of a marzen. Slightly musty.

This beer starts with a very quick burst of malty sweetness. All malt flavors are quickly subdued by a strong Euro-hop spice. There is a very old and musty taste to the beer. The finish is long, with spicy hops and a very much musty flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. However, the finish is very long and almost flattens the tastebuds with a metallic tinge.

Drinkability is so-so. This is oktoberfest is not particularly enjoyable. I will not try this next year given the much better examples available for fall enjoyment.

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Photo of Zraly
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful nutty orange appearance with a nice foam poured at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA.

Malty notes upfront. However, it is a bit harsh and doesn't finish nicely -- the hops are not complimentary. There is something amiss with the emphasis on bitterness and the lack of roundness in the malt department. Medium-bodied but not well-balanced in my opinion. This works better as an amber ale and not so much as the Oktoberfest/Marzen identity.

I think that there are better Oktoberfest beers of U.S. origin that are much better -- I'd even say Sam Adams' version is much cleaner and true to style.

Side note: My gf was drinking a Hofbrau Oktoberfest at the same time and I tried her's for comparison: the Hofbrau was smooth, clean, malty goodness in comparison (although the Hofbrau looked like a macro lager in appearance).

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Photo of Psychoslowmatic
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Oxymoron
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Where in the world is Garret Oliver? Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a lighter red hue throughout. A good soft white head that does hide to the edge of the glass for some time before fading completely. Not much lacing though.

The nose is more on par with a macro-European O-fest. Noticeable Vienna and Pils notes. Would like more of a malt backing and with some Munich notes. Malt comes out somewhat but rather soft for style. Mostly clean yeast aromas but some acetaldehyde on the back side. Not bad but I do pick it up.

The taste is below par as well. The malt is light with more of a Vienna flavor with a hint of Pils and Munich. Really lacks the depth and maltiness that I expect for style. There is a chalky like flavor as well in the finish that I usually associate with gypsum. Some light mineral notes as well. Some minor yeasty notes, but nothing over the top.

The body is really lacking for style. More on par of the macro-Ero style where it's a bit wispy and really lacking the Munich notes. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed.

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