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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Deep copper color with a huge bubbly off white head. Aromas of bready malt with floral hops. Rich bready maltiness, bubbly mouthfeel. Respectable stateside Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm still working on trying Oktoberfest's that are new to me and since I've never had this one before I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into my Oktoberfest Stein.

A- The label looks good, it's got a simple and clean look to it and I like the shiny background and I found it to be eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down fairly quickly to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a decent looking beer, but I wish the lacing and head retention were better..

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a light toasted, caramel malt, caramel, bready, lightly grainy and bread crust like aromas with some of that clean lager yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a fruity aroma that's apple cider like but there's also a little bit of pear showing up and at the end there's a light herbal hop aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there was a nice toffee flavor that worked well with the other aspects. Up next comes that clean lager yeast that goes right into a fruity flavor that still has some apple and pear like qualitys to it. On the finish there's a pretty light herbal hop flavor with no bitterness and just a slight amount of sweetness taking it's place and it had malty and fruity aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, the malts were just a little more robust than normal, but it was still pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, crisp on the thicker side of being lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a above average example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I expect from the style and in typical American fashion the malts were just a little more bolder than they are traditionally, but I expect that from these American made Marzens and it fit in well within the style. This beer had good drinkability, It was smooth, fairly clean, crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink more than a few of these without getting tired of it. What I like the most about this beer was was how true to style it was, it was just what I expect from a American made Marzen. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, the head and lacing could have been a little better. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style, it's just a nice example of a Marzen. All in all I was happy with this beer, it had all the aspects that I was looking for and it came together to make for a enjoyable Marzen. This is one of the better beers I have had from this brewery, but isn't a favorite of the style. Nice job guys, this was a tasty Marzen, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Solo007
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is clear amber and beautiful: Looks like fine cognac, very appealing and mesmerizing. The nose I detected cherry, a whiff of (blood) orange, herb even a hint of apple. Head is rich and frothy, with small concentrated bubbles that only enhance its bewitching appearance. Goes down like a fine spirit: With the fruit blend mentioned above, light crispness, on the dry side and a quiet amount of sweetness. I keep thinking that I should drink this in a snifter than in my tulip glass (although a tulip glass can be mistaken for a snifter - and I do treat mine as such!). Ideal for roast beef, steak or shellfish. Good for any month of the year.

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

The beer pours a fairly foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The foam color is a tannish kind of color. The beer itself is a copper color that borders on brown. The beer smell is very bready and very yeasty with a hint of sweetness and hop notes. The hop notes are slightly bitter. The beer taste is a bit hoppier than I'm comfortable with but it doesn't detract too much from the taste even though it's supposed to be sweeter. Rather, the hops add an interesting orange note to it at the end. The beer taste also has various malt notes such as sweet and bready besides the hop notes. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and a little bit light for an Oktoberfest. Very carbonated. Overall, an okay and interesting Oktoberfest..

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice Oktoberfest offering from Brooklyn. Clean, malty, but not overly sweet. A nice head and creamy mouthfeel, eminently drinkable.

A slight aftertaste; mildly alcoholic or medicinal. Hmmm.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured a nice amber. Short lasting white head completely dissipates. The aroma is mild and nondescript malt with a slight astringency. Taste loses the latter but keeps the former. A bit too much carbonation on the palate.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, rich copper color. Medium, bubbly off-white head, recedes with minimal lacing.

Smell: Full, malty aroma with toasted grains and sweet caramel.

Taste: Malty, though not as much as the aroma hints. Hops are muted but some spicy and bitter flavors come through.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body and carbonation.

Overall: A straightforward, drinkable Oktoberfest though somewhat light in body.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

I am not a big fan of Brooklyn on the whole. That being said, I like the Oktoberfest quite a bit. The only negative is the spice (clove?) on the finish. Other than that the beer is a beautiful orange/brown cloudy color with a 1 finger head when poured into a goblet glass. There is a fine mixed spice smell that translates nicely to the front half of this beer. The one dominate spice on the back half brought this beer down slightly for me. Body is solid. Best offering by Brooklyn of those I have had - will seek out other new Brooklyn beers, something that I was avoiding in recent months.

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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 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 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 BB1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by Feb 2015. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent copper with a small off-white head that fades quickly and leaves okay retention and lacing. The aromas are solid. Very malty. Lots of caramel and toffee. Fresh bread. Some grains. The flavors aren't bad, but seem to be the weak link, in my opinion. More caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. There's a subtle toastiness going on. More bread and grains. It's standard for the style, but finishes weak. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with very active carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. Easy to drink.

This is your average Oktoberfest. It's not bad, but doesn't standout against other examples of the style. It's a nice beer to eat some meat and potatoes with... or maybe some sausage.

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Photo of slym
4.5/5  rDev +22%

(2014) Oh, this was a great one... possibly my favourite Marzen of all time. It's very roasty-malty, and I fell in love with the colour on the pour, much less the taste that hit my palate.

Best American Okie I've ever had.

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Photo of poorbuthappy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Decided to review this beer because of something interesting I noticed about it. This beer tastes significantly better to me drank out of the bottle rather than a glass. Out of a glass this beer is very average, but out of the bottle it is much more flavorful and more of what I expect of an oktoberfest style.

Odd that it really is only this beer as I prefer other oktoberfest style beers in glasses.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single bottle- best before jan 2015

Appearance-orangish, more on the amber side. Crystal clear with zero head off the pour and no lacing

Smell- very neutral in the pint glass that it was poured in- the smell from the bottle is malty

Taste- solid marzen syle, I get a good dose of Munich malt, a little residual sweetness, very pleasant

Mouthfeel- a bit over carbonated, almost like a ginger ale carbonation, very fizzy and makes the beer feel a little thin, after it breathes for a while it gets a little better

Overall- I loooooooooove marzens's, octoberfests, Vienna lagers etc, this was not my favorite octoberfest, I give it a solid "B" for effort, it was worth trying but I wouldn't seek it out.

-prosit, BMFR

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

Auburn colored, nice lacing. Mildly nutty with a good dose of malts. Slight touch of metallic. Flavor is malt forward with delicate hop finish. Mild bitterness. Smooth carbonation, crisp. Pretty good overall. Not something I want to seek out but if it's there I'll drink it.

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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 BryanCarey
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper/orange in color, this Oktoberfest offers a small head of foam with tightly packed bubbles. The nose on this beer emphasizes bready malts and caramel and is not very pronounced.

With the taste, this beer offers some of the usual marzen flavors common to the style. The taste of bready malts, toast, light spice, and caramel are evident from beginning to end. There is a slightly roasty taste and the body of the beer is light to medium, leaning toward the sweet side.

I don’t know why I am drinking an Oktoberfest in March, but I had been saving this beer for a while and thought it might hit the spot right now. It is a good example of the marzen style- a style I am not usually too thrilled about and do not rank very highly on my list. But style biases aside, this is a good beer overall. The taste is better than the mellow nose leads you to believe and it does have enough going for it to earn a recommendation.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown colored beer with just a faint bit of white foam covering part of the top. Good clarity. Aroma of caramel and dark malt greets my nose. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy. The flavor is of caramel, dark malt, and there's a nuttiness in the taste, particularly in the fade.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass. From notes.

A-Reddish brown copper color. 1-plus finger tan head. Fat, thick lacing. Bubbly, clear, clean.

S- Bready malt aroma with a light hop note.

T-Bready malt and caramel followed by spicy hop flavor.

M- Good carbonation, light body. Some hop snap on the end.

O- It's not Octoberfish, that's for sure.

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Photo of TerryW
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber headed towards copper under a short head that settles to a partial film, no lace. Nice colour, but mostly a plain looking beer.

Nose is subdued, some caramel sweetness and just a hint of alcohol. Nothing too special.

Sweet from malt, a wee bit of grain. Slightly prickly from carbonation, but a generally thin mouthfeel.

Very ordinary.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: clear dark amber color with a short off-white head that disappears quickly.

S: nothing stands out too strongly but definitely caramel and malt with orange and raisin aromas tucked away.

T: definitely malty with a caramel or brown sugary kind of sweetness.

M: Nice bit o carbonation and a very nice consistency (not too watery or oily).

O: Overall, it's not my favorite of beers but I think that's just a matter of personal preference. Its a bit too malty for me but if you're into the style, I'd say give it a go.

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Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a two finger with head.

S- Toasted malts, caramel malts, some raisins, not in your face but very nice.

T- Malty with some citrus hops, getting toasted and caramel malts, again getting some raisins, pretty tasty.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A really nice beer and the first Oktoberfest I have had in a very long time, makes me want to seek out more Oktoberfests next year.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber colour with a respectable white head that has decent retention, albeit with limited resultant lacing. Grainy aroma has more caramel than I'd typically associate with traditional German versions of the style, but that's a modification I personally enjoy. Mild flavours are well balanced and again, not stereotypical for a marzen - lots of bread and grains, with some light toffee notes. Nothing that leaps out as "spectacular", but an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange brown color, clear as the glass. Head is faintly tan and doesn't hang around long, fading to a thin ring pretty quickly.
Smell is malt, sweet fruit (oranges, mainly), wood and hops. Good balance between the hops and malt.
Taste is right in line with the nose. Malt, a sweet woodiness, orange and pear notes, some balancing hoppiness.
Medium bodied, light effervescence. Well done if not a standout.

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