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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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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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Photo of welldigger888
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a wonderful ruby hue with a nice white cap that clings down glass.

Nice fruity yeasty aroma with a caramel sweetness that leads to a hint of nuttiness and a nice mild hop grassy herbal quality.

The flavor follows the nose with a nice caramel sweetness nutty fruity goodness that has an even hoppy herbal minty quality.

This brew is nice and thick, medium full body that sticks to my tongue in a good way. Mongo likey for sure.

These cats do good.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before Jan. 2014. Code "1903" suggests this was bottled on July 9th (day 190) 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Strong caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt up front and everywhere else.

m: Rather light for an Octoberfest but not to the point of being watery.

o: A fine Marzen/Octoberfest with more sweet malt flavor than the Magic Hat Hex I had last night. Hopheads will not be impressed however.

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Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to get excited about Marzen as it's sweet, light, very malty. Yet it's that time of year - Oct-Nov.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown body with a creamy off-white head. Medium lacing.

Smell: a too subtle malty aroma, toasty, with hints of fruit and tea. Not enough of it.

Taste: Malty, sweet at first that follows the smell. A flavor that's doughy with hints of mint, citrus and peaches... tea like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to light-body, ok, not creamy enough.

Drinkability: A mid-pack Oktoberfest, like most of the Brooklyn efforts.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest (2013) - 5.5%ABV. Marzen style amber lager (brewed in March, stored cold over summer to lager, and then poured in September/October). Beautiful full head with thick lacing and excellent retention. Excellent amber red color with active carbonation. Full Oktoberfest lager aroma-- bread, caramel, and malts. Bold coffee and toffee front palate notes. Butterscotch and hops. Mid-palate a bite of lemon and pepper. Lager skunk hop notes with full fading into malty goodness. Back palate is a crisp hop note-- bitters and coffee. Almost a hint of stout. Good mouthfeel. Slightly wet, but full of flavor. Very drinkable. Full, complex, and well rounded character. Easily the best Oktoberfest this year I've had. Wonderful. A real classic marzen take on the style. Very well done-- bordering on excellent. 4.0 out of 5. Very good. Recommended.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pretty standard dark amber. Not much in the way of head.

Smell: Smell is somewhat subdued. Appropriately malty. Dry cereals and malt extract. Not much hop presence here.

Taste. Malty and clean. Moderately complex malt center that tends to fade quietly. Slight bitterness on the edge.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated. Feels a little on the thinner side.

Overall: A pretty decent example of the style. Perfectly drinkable. Tad on the thin side IMO, but no real complaints.

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

Single bottle from a six pack, picked up at the Conestoga LCBO right in the middle of KW Oktoberfest.

Poured into a stein. Hazy caramel chestnut, with a half inch of foam that forms a substantial layer of head and lots of streaks of lacing.

Nose is quite malty, with brown bread, raisins, biscuit, orange and a few other seasonal spices.

Surprisingly tasty Oktoberfest brew, which is not usually a style I've come to expect much from, save for being a beer that can be consumed in a massive mug in massive quantities. This one went beyond that, with a bold malt profile, brown sugar, brown bread, fruits and spices, and a lightly hopped finish.

Lighter bodied, but heavier than other similar makes of the style. Carbonation is moderately sharp.

A solid festering brew, with enough flavor to be enjoyed straight from the bottle or slowly from a mug.


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Photo of hooscassell
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love this time of year and I seek out as many Octoberfest and Pumpkin flavors as possible here in my little part of Carolina. This year I found some hits and some misses, Cottonwood pumpkin and Shipyard pumpkinnhead were delish, and then I came upon the Brooklyn Oktoberfest, all in all its an okay beer. I was a little disappointed in what seemed to be a lack of Octoberfest Flavoring in this beer. I would walk past this beverage in search of others...

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: The beer pours a rich copper color. There is not too much off-white head to it. Rich aroma of malts and some earthiness. Not too much hops (if any) to the nose. The taste is malty : caramel is the main flavor. Some earthiness and biscuit notes. A touch of nuttiness. This goes down very smooth. I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Mike4TN
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is Too Sweet!!! WOLFPAC!!. Brooklyn Brewery.. NUFF SAID!! They don't brew trash..This Oktoberfest Brew is tha bomb best I have had..but who am I?!!! A beer drinker that's who!! So go out pick this up tip it back and enjoy this concoction of tastiness!! Craft brew genius!! Keep em coming Brooklyn!!!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a very clear amber with a thin head. Nose is toast, bready malts, and herbal, earthy hops. Taste has some toast up front, but that dies out pretty quickly. Lots of caramel in the middle with a good punch of noble hop flavor in the finish. A bit of acidity in the finish as well? Carbonation is lively without being too over the top. Tasty beer. Good job overall.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This marzen style is brewed every March and lagered through the Summer. It opens in a heavy froth with a cloudy copper body. There is a spicy apple nose. There is an initial hoppiness at first sip followed with a subtle spicy bite; there is some semi-sweetness at the end.

The body is light, airy and just perfect with brats and kraut - or maybe some spaetzle?

BTW: This is my 300th Beer Reveiw ... Thank You!

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Photo of dillon_1005
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take it easy, this will be my first legitimate attempt at a beer review

A caramel, copper color. Off white head that doesn't stick around for long. Smell malts, almost a nuttyness. Very smooth, a bit of bitterness, a very good Oktoberfest perfect for fall. all in all very good beer.

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