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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Reviews: 774 | Ratings: 1,705
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very thick amber lager. I definitely didn't expect that. It is definitely the darkest Märzen I've seen. Good lacing. Looks like an excellent session.

Smell: Faint caramel and mineral water. This needs more hops to be a good Oktoberfest for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's really no distinct flavor here. Not much more than caramel and a slight hint of ambiguous fruit. It's also average in the mouthfeel department. Ok carbonation and ok smoothness.

Overall Drinkability: Looks nice, but misses the mark everywhere else.

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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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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into pint glass to show a burnt orange and red accent color, gentle finger plus white head with minimal lacing and a small cap.

S: The nose was very small on this one with not much malt presence detectable. You get whiffs of yeast but for the most part the aroma is sublte.

T: The flavor makes me think that Garrett has not looked at what the boys are doing up in the Utica plant. The overall body is quite week and reminded me of a Dos Equis or a Vienna style lager rather than a Marzen. Swirls of yeast and a mineral theme mixed around but nothing that stands out.

M: Very thin and moving towards the watery style. I normally only pick up the limited batches from Brooklyn and expect this Oktoberfest is on a macro style for a larger audience. Not impressed at all.

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Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/copper color. A small bubbly white head forms and recedes in a second. Very little lace is left behind.
S: Sweet caramel malt, bread, yeast, and some spice.
T: Sweet malt and bread. A metallic mineral flavor as well.
M/D: Very light, thin and watery. Decent carbonation. Not hard to drink. I can session a few of these if the situation calls for it.

Not a bad Oktoberfest. Not my favorite, and kind of bland. Inoffensive, but an easy drinker.

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Photo of samie85
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark copper color with two and a half fingers of off-white, dense head.

S-Smells of spicy, herbal hops with quite of bit of dark chocolate and some caramel.

T-To my buds, this one tastes more like a robust porter than an Oktoberfest with the chocolate/roasted malt notes and herbal hop character.

M-The mouthfeel also feels like that of a nice porter with a medium body, with low carbonation and a drying character on the finish.

D-Very confused by this one; everything about this beer, besides color, screams porter to me, not Marzen. I was expecting a more typical Marzen beer with toasty and caramelly malt forward beer with some nice noble hops. This is a nice beer, but it is not what I expect from a Marzen.

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Photo of Foyle
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1" cream colored head fades fairly quickly leaving faint soapy looking lacing. Amber color and somewhat cloudy with moderate carbonation
Aroma: toasted bread, caramel, a bit of hop spice
Mouthfeel: mostly light but not as light as a pale lager, just slightly sticky, somewhat dry finish Flavor: toasted bread, caramel malts, a definite hop bite in the middle and finish.
Overall: very good, but not the best Oktoberfest.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this one. It may be early for the Oktoberfest beers, but while we have them I intend on enjoying them.

This one poured a brilliant clear light beer with a good size light amber head.

The aroma was what I expected. European in style and refreshing.

The taste was clear and very refreshing. Its what I expected and hoped for. There was a nice blend of hops and some tropical fruit.

Bottom line, I enjoyed this beer, but for me it was a bit on the light side and the finish was not what I had hoped for

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Photo of rangerred
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger white head. Not too good head retention but ok lacing.

Aroma is lots of caramel and toffee along with a slight metallic note. Some spice German hops as well.

The flavor is a mix of metal and caramel although thankfully the metallic taste subsides as the beer warms. Some burnt sugar and a little toast but the malt gets to be a little astringent at times. Some hay is buried underneath along wit spicy hops. Sweetness is moderate but does leave a lot of stickyness on the finish.

Overall, a very average Oktoberfest. A little too sticky and too much astringency. Not really one to seek out as there are many better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Dark amber in color with a medium tan, foamy head that fades to leave some bubbly patches atop the beer.
S: A mixture of woody malts, roasted sugar, and some crisp German hops.
T: Sweetish at first, followed by a grassy and malty flavor. The finish is rather metallic and bland.
M: The first few sips reveal an off-key bitterness in the finish that's not hard to manage but just seems perturbing. As the beer warms, this changes and the finish is merely flat and watery.
D: Actually, not bad. Nothing is menacing to the mouth or stomach, so I could put back a bunch of those. But do I want to?
Overall, I was excited to try this brew, but it fell far short of my expectations. The look/smell was perfectly fine, but the taste was disappointingly bland, and the mouthfeel was simply odd and uninteresting. I almost feel strange rating this beer so lowly since nothing about it was awful; it's just that nothing about it was great either.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a rich roasted amber with minimal head retention. Nose is full of caramel malt. Taste is well toasted caramel malt, malty sweetness, and something akin to belgian beet like sugar. Aftertaste is funky sweet and doesn't aid to its drinkability. This and my buddy's bottle was also very heavy and uncharacteristically carbonated.

I don't believe I will be buying another of these.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. I'm interested to see how this stacks up against true German fest biers.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-brown colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, nutty caramel malt with hints of grain and earthiness. All malt, no hops.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild, dry finish. Slightly nutty, with hints of grain, caramel, faint brown sugar and subtle stewed hops. A touch of sweetness. Dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly - perhaps a tad overcarbonated. Body OK but on the thin side. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt.

A rather average märzen - it doesn't stand up to German examples of the style. A bit too sweet and under-attenuated, along with a lack of noble hop character (both aroma and bitterness). I guess I'd like it to be crisper and slightly hoppier. It's a decent beer if taken on its own terms, though nothing special. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark orange color with light tan thin head...

Aroma is buttery hoppiness...

Flavor is nicely hoppy bitter...only a hint of butter flavor...

Drinkability OK..overall decent...I'll drink what I have and if I get more I will drink them...but I wont look for it

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Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out with a nice looking amber color, The head was tan and fizzy. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell was decent with some sweet malts and a touch of caramel and spice. The taste was a little weak, I expected it to be a little better coming from Brooklyn Brewing. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this brew is just about average.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 Release
Kind of disappointed in this year's release: not bready or toasty enough, and generally just seems a bit weak relative to past experiences and the German originals.
Looks good: long-lasting head with some better-than-modest lacing and a transparent, copper orange body.
Aroma is a bit of toasted bread and fresh white bread, fairly unassertive and nondescript.
Taste is malty: toast and toffee with undertones of raspberry and European hop bitterness.

I aged a bottle for a year and am trying the result now.

The appearance is mostly the same, but I'd describe the color as more of copper with orange highlights. The nose is of toasted malt, bread, and slight diacetyl, which adds a bit of interest and gives this a bit of a doppelbock aroma. The taste still has a solid malt backbone with some bready aspects and an upfront hop bitterness to temper it all. The floral aspects I mentioned earlier have largely disappeared.
It was worth a try aging this one, was wondering if anything anything would surface. Not bad after a year, but I see no reason not to drink this fresh.

A: Is able to pour a relatively tall head out of the bottle, which is bone-white in color. Fades quickly to a ring around the glass, which also produces modest lacing after a sip. Beer is burnt-copper in color, translucent.

S: Toasted malt and bread scents abound. Not any detectable hop presence. Maybe a little weak here, could be a bit bolder or more pronounced.

T: Nice caramel malt backbone with slightly floral and bitter hops in the finish. A solid beer that gives you all it has upfront, trying to hide little.

M: Medium-heavy body with adequate carbonation. The hops used lead to a dry finish that invites going back for more.

D: Excellent drinkability between the nice maltiness and the average alcohol profile. Could definitely have more than one of these in a sitting. Probably my favored US marzen, perhaps the most comparable to a German one that I've had.

A: Pouring produces an off-white, one finger head that decreases to a light film with a ring of lacing along the sides. Murky, with active carbonation. The beer bears the traditional deep amber or golden brown Oktoberfest color. Clumbs of lacing temporarily stick to the sides of the glass after each sip.
S: Very malty nose, strong toasted bread scent with a sweetness that belies caramel malt origins. No detectable hop presence.
T: Rich, toasted grain flavor with a caramel sweetness that dominates the presentation. There's a very light hop finish with a slight alcohol twist at the end.
M: Medium-light body with a just-there carbonation. Nothing terribly special in regards to mouthfeel.
D: A well-produced and quite drinkable beer with a malty, traditional Oktoberfest taste that has a bit of a twist in its deep, caramel sweetness.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an overall average oktoberfest showing. Definetly not one of my favorites, and definetly not the worst. Had a reddish orange hue. Not to much head. Had a little bit too much carbonation for my liking. Too much malt flavor, wasnt a real big fan of that. Overall it wasnt as bad as some i have tried. Worth a shot, if only once.

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Photo of hdf561
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass dark amber with no lacing and a minimal head that dissipates rapidly

Smell is Carmel, spice, roasted nut.

Taste spice, hops, smooth but with a little bite at the end but a warm feeling I expect from these beers.

Overall this is a good offering, very good representative of the style

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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 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 bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze hue, translucent, small off-white head that quickly faded to a soapy residue with a few specks of spotty lace. Sharply clean nose, only faint hints of spice, malt. Buttery palate, the hops seem too noticeable, the malt foundation is fair... indifferent flavor profile. Decent finish… the aftertaste is malty but tacky. Medium body, appropriate carbonation… overall, fair mouthfeel.

I'd say this bottle has held-up well, I would like to try it in season though, I would wager it is much better. Stegmakk send me this one… so thanks for the beer.

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

Pours copper colored with a rather meager head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly caramel. toasted malt in the aroma. Not picking up much for hops.

Clean flavor. I taste a lot of caramel malt with some added toastedness. I would of liked some floral hops showing through but I did not detect them. A bit boring and very one dimensional.

The body is good with really nice carbonation. Certainly cannot fault the beer in this department.

Perfectly drinkable but it is uninteresting. With brewers, even German breweries, coming out with some well hopped, flavorful Marzens, this is easily lost in the crowd.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear amber with some burnt orange highlights. Pretty decent head on the pour that settled to a nice ring. Slightly off white.... almost egg shell colored head. This Octoberfest seems just a tad lighter in color than most. Not a bad thing, just unique.

Smell - Nice bready, yeasty malt. Small hint of caramel and a touch of hops. Detecting a, to some extent, a grassy, grainy smell. A bit odd for the style in my opinion.

Taste - Malt at first with the taste and again getting a slight hop bite in the finish. Reiteratively, I'm getting that grassy/grainy flavor again. Not off putting, but just wasn't expecting it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin/light mouthfeel. The brew is rather crisp and a wee bit watery.

Drinkability - This is a slightly above average brew, in my novice opinion. Nothing bad by any means. It's easily drinkable and sets the mood for Autumn. I will drink this again if it's offered. Have no quarrels with the beer. Brooklyn Brewery always puts out a solid product.

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at PJ's in Haddon Township.

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

The aroma has a nice balance of sweet malt and autumnal spices. Some caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit along with hints of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar.  Subtle earthy hops as well.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the sweet malts into a dry finish.  Peppery with cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg countered by caramel malt sweetness.  There's also some earthy hop bitterness that compliments the spice but the spice presence is still a bit heavy for my liking.  Could use some more sweetness/stronger malt character.  Decent but lacks balance.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is a clear medium amber, and produced a weak , half a finger high head.
The smell is a lot of roasted malt, caramel and little else.
The taste is just as plain, a strong malt taste trough out the tasting, some caramel, but little else.
Well, a average beer, good enough so to kill a six pack after a long day of hard labor.

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Photo of skizziks
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pour generates about a 1/2" off-white head. Foma is very fine and creamy with good retention. The beer is a light copper.

Aroma is an expected grain and herbal hop with a little caramel.

Surprisingly the flaovr starts with more of the herbal hops, some citrus, then some grain and malt flavor. Carbonation has more impact on flavor than I feel is appropriate for an oktoberfest. Finish is short and sweet. Overall, not much depth to the flavor of this, a little lacking.

Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation, thick in the mouth, very nice. I am a little disappointed in Brooklyn's job here. It looks and feels great, but the important parts are oddly lacking and out of whack.

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Photo of mterrence5
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im ashamed to buy a Brooklyn beer being form Mass but hey its beer. A very nice deep amber color make me wanna chug it. Very little hed from my pour. A hoppy smells with a bit of sweetness. The taste much the same. A spicey hoppy taste with a hint of sweet malt. Light and crisp. Not a bad beer but I would prefer a little more caramel/malty flavor. Would recommend if your a hop head is search of a nice drinking beer.

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
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