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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 adamette
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live Review. Poured from the 12 ounce brown bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.34 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Best before Feb 2011" printed on the right side of the label so it looks as if it is fresh!

A Pretty basic look of a very light brown creamy head that is short dissipates within a minute down to a thin line over the translucent copper body. 3.0

S Light grain malt and nearly no hops smelled. Again, this is pretty basic for the style. 3.0

T The basic grain malt taste is really just about average for the style in my opinion. There is very little hops presence here but the light malt is like the definition of a Marzen or Fest Beer. 3.0

M Light and actually a bit on the watery side. It is close to average but I recall the feel of both Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Great Lakes Octoberfest to be superior. For that reason I am not impressed. 2.0

D It is a hallmark of the style to be very drinkable but this one is so boring I would probably only have the one and then look for one that provides much more interest, say the SA or Great Lakes or even a classic like the Spaten Oktoberfest. 3.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this one.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this from a 12-oz bottle...

A: Pours the typical amber color of a fest bier, not quite as dark as others, but in concert with the style. A decent foam head that stays around for a few minutes, then dissipates. Minimal lacing.
S: pretty bland to me. Malty, but not much else.
T: A decent fest bier taste. No real sweetness present as with other fest biers; maltiness, mild acid, taste disappears pretty quick, thin in flavor.
M: Follows the taste, nothing exciting here.
D: Easy to drink as it is not too excting, but not repugnant either. Very tolerable, could have a few of these.

Overall, a typcial American Oktoberfest--nothing too exciting and in no way a threat to the German Fest biers. Have a couple if you want a typical US fest bier...Prosit.

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Photo of Sayson
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper in color. Poured with a good head. Clear
S: Malty with slight biscuit
T: Initial round taste that quickly disappated and finished with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Not as malty as I'd expect
M: Coating, good
D: Just didn't do it for me. Can't put my finger on it

I prefer Paulner's version this year.

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Photo of RexBanner
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into lager glass.
Appearance was dark amber, almost like organic Apple juice. Carbonation bubbles were present and visible. 1 1/2 finger head that lasted for the better part of four minutes.

The aroma was of a typical Octoberfest beer; malt, German hops, bready yeast etc.

The taste however was a bit disappointing. It has a subtle metallic taste that's annoying. Roasted malts are present, so is the taste of the bready yeast. But then it's sort of flat from then on. It tasted like a flat version of Sam Adams Octoberfest beer.

Mouth feel was flat. Don't get me wrong, the carbonation bubbles were there prickling the tongue, but there was no "chew" to this beer.

There really isn't much to say about this beer other than it didn't do much for me. It had no character that made me want to buy it again. The flavor profile left a lot to be desired. There are much better Marzen style beers out there. You won't be missing much by skipping out on this one.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a 6-pack poured into a pint glass. New blue and white checkerboard labeling, fresh 2011 batch.

A: Clear copper/bronze colored body with a nice rich and frothy white head. Some retention is left behind in the form a spotty cap with thicker ring, and virtually no lacing aside from a few dots.

S: A very weird Belgian yeasty note comes off quite powerfully on this one - it's extremely doughy and bready. It almost reminds me of that scent you get sometimes with very beginner home brews. Some mild caramel, toffee and sweetness are towards the back end.

T: Again, this funky overly bready yeast note comes through big and last until the swallow. For me it's too much of a focus and doesn't allow the malty profile to come through as clean as I would like it. More toffee, nuts and caramel malt are here but they're not showcased until the finish and linger. It's very strange and certainly not what I think of for an Oktoberfest.

M: A bit syrupy, medium-bodied with nice and lively carbonation. It would be great but this seems a bit stickier than it should be. I would like a more crisp and clean finish for the style.

It's not a bad Oktoberfest but certainly atypical and nothing like I was expecting. I unfortunately have five more of these to drink but it's not a beer I would purchase again. There are much better examples of the style out there, even American brewed ones.

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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 Erish
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: slightly hazy, orange-amber, 1-finger cream-colored head very quickly falls into nothing, lacing virtually non-existent.

S: earthy, slightly funky, faint malty aroma, floral yeast.

T: very crisp, the malt is dry, the earthiness is accompanied by a more herbal hop character in the taste than the floral hops as advertised in the nose. The finish is grassy. Too crisp, not enough sweetness, no depth of flavors.

M: light bodied, even watery, overly carbonated, the finish is very dry.

D: this might be better with food. This beer is not nasty, but fails to impress on any level.

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Photo of rwf08
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wish I had my stein for this one.

A: Good oktoberfest amber color. Looks like most I have seen but not as much head and no lacing. This brew loses points here but this isn't a big deal.

S: Musty wet grains, caramel, malt sweetness and some light funk. I might say the must and funk go hand in hand with giving it a slight brett like smell. I do not remember this from other oktoberfests I have had. It could just be me though.

T: Some caramel and malt with earthy hops in the back. A bit of graininess too. Not too much more in here.

M: A little thin but good carbonation.

D: This is an okay beer. I am not very impressed and wish I had just gone with the SA octoberfest.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Clear ark amber pour with a small off-white head. Light toasted aroma with some grain and yeast. Taste is grainy with some spicy and earthy hops also present. Not much sweetness. Medium body also has a good yeast presence. Finishes crisp.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear amber with a tiny off-white head, lively one. Aroma of Vienna malts, noble hops, grains and mild nuttiness. Taste is somewhat bland with caramel, toasted Munich malts, light toffee. Mostly clean finish and a touch of astringency.

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Photo of Brunite
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear copper color with a good size light amber head.

S: Not a lot going on. I had to work to get some malt and some hop aromas.

T: Meh...Balanced...but boring. Not a malt forward beer as I want my Marzen to be.

M: Medium body.

O: OK...average...boring. a bit on the light side and the finish was not what I had hoped for.

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Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is amber; the beige head is two fingers thick. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is nutty and somewhat sweet with notes of cream, some roasted malt and a light fruity touch. Quite anonymous, I think.

The taste is at first fresh and fruity with a passing bitterness. Soft sweet malt, some notes of matured apples, wheat flour, apricots and a hint of apricots. Almost no bitterness, but some light metallic notes in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is light to medium smooth.

Reminds more of an average Vienna lager than a Märzen. A disappointment.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer that has a head that fades and remains about a quarter of an inch.Taste and aroma are both slightly caramel.I would drink again although I doubt I would pay for it.It doesn't really get more average than this.Not horrible or great,just kinda run of the mill.

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Photo of Taybeh
3/5  rDev -18.7%

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass (tasted side-by-side with Millstream and Summit Ofests)

A: dark copper, massive head, leaving the best lacing.
S: I'm missing something. Slight biscuity sweetness, and a little tart/sour apple cider.
T: A little light bready sweetness, some vinous apple, twangy herbal hops.
M: Light to Medium, a faint buzz toward the back.

Overall: On its own, it was decent. In comparison, this was far and away the least pleasing of the three I was tasting. The herbal and apple notes and lack of richer sweeter bready malt left me wanting quite a bit.

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Photo of FMSmith
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Brooklyn does many beers very well but this is probably not one of their best. Don't get me wrong, it is a decent Oktoberfest but there are better out there.
Can't really put my finger on what it is that makes it less than stellar but opinions are like a**holes. everyone has one.

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Photo of Roser
3/5  rDev -18.7%

A- nice bone white head that didn't last too long. Minimal lacing. Clear, amber, copper.

S- clean, malty, bready.

T- bitter, spicy (ginger), caramel, malt.

M- medium to full body. Very crisp.

O- good, not great. Nothing offensive, but have had better Marzens. Worth a try, but wouldn't have again.


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Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, rich copper with a bit of head. Aroma is a bit indistinct. Taste follows - fairly indistinct. Some malts, not a lot of hops. Nothing standing out in this one to make me want to buy it again. Yawn.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3/5  rDev -18.7%

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy khaki head that receded to a thin ring; a little lacing, but not much;

S: muted; a little sweet;

T: toffee, yeast, and malt; a little bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied - maybe a little thinner; moderate carbonation;

O: a little light on both aroma and flavor for me;

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Photo of crwrunner
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clean and crisp. Not a whole lot of caramel flavor or aroma. Color is a little on the pale side. Very easy drinking beer but there are better examples of this style.

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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 Ford
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've tried a lot of Oktoberfest beers this season. I was excited to pick this one up. Overall, this has been my least favorite. I much preferred Karbach's, Saint Arnold's, Left Hand Brewing's and a couple of others.

This one seemed a bit more bitter than the others and just more generic in the flavor department.

Not a bad beer, just not great. My favorite so far is Karbachtoberfest from Karbach in Houston.

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Photo of DawnL
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with head that dissipates to sticky lace.

A little of the German Lager quality to the nose. Picking up on typical German aromas. Kind of reminiscent of Hacker Pschorr.

You can taste the malts and hops. This is a very light session style beer.

It's drinkable, with a watery consistency. It's not a bad brew, but it isn't terribly interesting. It would go well with brat, but the mustard may get in the way of the beer.

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Photo of albern
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The smell of this beer right out of the bottle is not good; I'm detecting a metalic, musty, maltish tone. The smell improves to a flattish soda with a tin can finish. The beer pours a nice amber, modest carbonation, some head, lacing, and retention. The beer is a bit watery and this another mark against it. As for taste, there is an almond, caramel, metallic taste that isn't bad, but as the carbonation thins, I'm getting too much flat soda notes. There is the typical nutty malts characteristic of the style, and considering I just had a Wachusett Octoberfest that had no resemblance to the name, this one at least is representative of the style, it's just not all that impressive. The finish and aftertaste are good, and a little on the dryish side.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear color, but with virtually no aroma and a feeble attempt at creating a head that fell flat. Taste is rather one dimensional and little staying power. Considering the brewer, I'm dissapointed in this one. Date code is a blur of ink dots but seems to spell out a Julian date in mid July.

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a small white head which dies.

Smell is malty, slightly toasted, slightly bready.

Taste is sweet, malty and slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is bit thin, slightly watery, medium carbonated.

Drinkable, but not as good as I hoped for. Both Left Hand and Samuel Adams is better this year...

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