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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 TongoRad
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a dense one-finger slightly tan head. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is mostly dark caramel. There is also a slightly grassy hop character and some toasty malt, as well as the tiniest amount of oxidation and a metallic quality deep down in the nose. It is not bad but seems to be missing what differentiates an Oktoberfest from an ordinary amber lager.

Caramel, again, is the dominant characeristic of the palate. Some grassy hops and toasted malt come out on the finish. Residual sugars are a touch too high or the bitterness is a touch too low, but there is an overall tilt towards sweetness here.

This is an enjoyable brew but it does seem to lack the personality of most imports of the same style.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi dark auburn with a frothy 1 finger head, decent longevity and good lace. A great eatrhy malt aroma, caramel, perhaps a bit smokey. Again an earthy malt flavor. Perhaps a bit watery but that increases its drinkability. A nice hop flavor and slight bitterness come in at the end. A bit higher than average carbonation. Dry and easy drinking. All in all a decent Oktoberfest

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Photo of AlexJ
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, burnished copper colored with a fleeting tan head that leaves not a spot of lace.

Aroma is simple, yet appealing with chewy sweet malt, light floral accents, and dark brown bread.

Flavor matches the nose. It's highlight is the sweet malt, balanced by a nice level of floral hops. There's also a sense of nuts, mild cocoa, and a touch of dark fruit. Well balanced and easy to drink. Very non-threatening.

Body just shy of medium with a slick, almost creamy mouthfeel. I typically don't like lagers, but this is pretty nice.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with a finger and a half of nice bubbly white head that fades quickly but leaves a great ring of lace and a nice lingering little head.

Smell is all malt, sweet with biscuits and caramel, with just a touch of hoppiness in the nose. Kind of sweet in the old sniffer.

Taste is malty with the same toffee/caramel flavors on top of the same big biscuity, bready malt. Little hop bitterness balances it out nicely. Moderately toasty as well, dries out in the finish.

Overall: Pretty nice for a domestic O-fest, one of the better ones I've tried this year.

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Photo of beerkeeper
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

out of the bottle this beer forms a nice generous head, that dispitates rather quickly. the solid amber color reminds one of fall. the noose is a bit disapointing. upon first sip the carbonation covers up the initial flavors, howevewr this is a beer that developes on the finish allowing the malt to really shine.
a great beer to sit out on the deck and watch the leaves fall.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head on this beer is great,and the clear dark coppery color is very exciting.The smell is very fragrant,but the bubbles are a little disapointing.This has a great head yet the carbonation disappears very fast leaving a beer thats a little flat.It does have a very good taste thats not too full of spices.I do like this brewery and believe i may have just gotten a beer a little flat,i'm willing to give this another chance and i think you should too.

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Photo of Luigi
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich ruby-orange and a sticky lace for a head. The aroma is malty and gives off hints of roasted malts. Medium body with a chewy maltiness in the body. Semi-sweet malts up front and roasted malts. Has a hint of caramel. The hop's bitterness are just enough to keep the malts from dominating the beer. A great drinkability. I can have one after the other with out even thinking. This is a very impressive Oktoberfest!

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Photo of buckiflyer
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods $1.75 for one bottle, being German I had to try it, had heard good things as well. Poured a light brown clear color, two fingure white head. No strong smell, some malt. Smooth taste malt finish. A nice brew I could drink several. I like that it is brewed in March for Septmeber/October consumption, good description on bottle of history of Octoberfest.

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Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, copper body with a minimal offwhite head that quickly drops to a film. Very sparse patches of lace are all that remain. Aroma reveals a pleasant balance of Munich malts and noble hops, with toffee, caramel, and molasses notes mingling gently with floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with caramel, a hint of chocolate, and an equal measure of hop bitterness. Fruity notes of green apple and pear emerge midway through. Nicely complex for the style, and much more drinkable and balanced than the Stoudt's Oktoberfest that I compared this one to. Very nice and well constructed, the appearance being the only attribute keeping this one from a higher score.

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

The whole package here is very nice. With lots of info on the case, and nice fest colours on the bottle.

Poured into a pint glass creating a very nice off-white head. The head faded away quickly leaving a nice ring in the glass. Lovely dark copper colour. Has a great Ofest appearance.

I really love the aroma of this Beer. Very clean, toasty malt with a spicy hop twang. Smells a little to hoppy, but the nose is good.

Again like the aroma, sweet toasty malts are present, but the overpowered hop spice is a little to much for me. You need that extra smooth sweet malt to stand on top. As this Bier warms, it does get sweeter. Good medium mouthfeel, and a good spritz of carbonation on the palate.

Brooklyn does a good job for the style, and on Labor Day of 05' I went through quite a few of these. Very drinkable, and good.

Das Guten Trinken!!!!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm. This pours a beautiful orangey red with a nice sticky head with good lacing.This is different that the other brooklyn offerings as it doesn't have that certain flavor they all seem to have but this is a great version of octoberfest beer.
The taste is full of october malty goodness. There is a sweet honey taste in there, also caramel. The mouthfeel is the typical but amazing brooklyn mouthfeel; creamy stickey good. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this as one of the better domestic attempts, so I decided to try it. Turned out it was surely worth it.

Appearance: Beautiful color between an orange and an amber. Some sticky lacing around the glass, though I wish the head stayed around longer (though this could be due to my pint glass not being as clean as it could or should be).

Smell: Not an insane amount of complexity, but it's clean, malty, bready, yeasty, and certainly pleasant. If anything it's something like faint maple or honey probably from the malts.

Taste: Honey-like malts, with a touch of maple or toffee sweetness. Though I can't discern too terribly much in a singular fashion, it all comes together for a great taste. I love how the hops linger for a second and then sink back into the malts with the swallow. It's done very well. The aftertaste is also bready, malty, and lingers well on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, though slightly chewy because of the malty body. Carbonation certainly seems right on.

Drinkability: I think I'm going to have to make this a session beer at some point soon, as this is the only bottle I'm drinking now as a sampler (though I know I can get more at the market down the street).

I have to say, also, that this is one of the best Brooklyn brews I've ever had. I think maybe because it doesn't scream, "I am a Brooklyn Brew," as their Brown, Weiss, and Pennant have sometimes done for me. Maybe that doesn't make a lot of sense, but this one certainly is worth a shot, and I'm a big fan of it.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head that retains ok. Aroma is bready and grain-like with a lightly sweet background, very clean. Flavor is complex, with a classic oktoberfest taste; begins with a toasted bread flavor followed by a light caramel sweetness and a grassy, floral hops flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. A solid offering from Brookyln, easily one of the best american renditions of oktoberfest.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waiting in my pint glass, knowing it has minutes to live, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a cloudless, brilliant amber with a crisp head that quickly vanishes. The grainy smell hints at some elements of the taste, but sipping it reveals some extra flavors, like decent hops that linger pleasantly into the aftertaste and even some hints of sweet and tart fruit. While not simple, the beer is straightforward and highly drinkable. Oh, yeah, the mouthfeel is really nice--soft, not creamy, not to thick, not too thin.

I haven't been a big fan of Oktoberfest beers. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for helping me to gain an appreciation of the style.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice - light brown and a decent off-white head. Smells sweet and estery. Smooth, sweet and malty with a mild hoppy finish. I wonder if it was aged in wood barrels, because it has a nice toasted afertaste.

The dry finish seperates it from many sweeter Oktoberfest beers I've tried. Definately worth picking up again.

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Photo of oelergud
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden copper body with off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin float that does stay well and leaves good lace. Moderate carbonation.
Classic lager scent with some sweet honey and caramel notes.
Taste is strong malt toffee up front, hops barely come through, even in the aftertaste they are very subdued and must yield to the malty toffee sensation.
Full and thick body, chewable and leaves good coating, smooth on the tongue.
Pretty good drinkability, a few in the same sitting could make any night better but I think after a few the sweetness will get to you.


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Photo of goindownsouth
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On recommendation from Bierman9...

Presentation: 12 oz long neck brown bottle. No freshness date to be found, but recently received in at The Beer Yard.

Appearance: Red-brown-orange hue. Georgeous. Thick and pillowy head, with strong, ligering lace throughout the glass.

Smell: Great balance with the roasted malty goodness, some floral notes and crispness in the nose.

Taste: Hardly heavy in the malt department. Exactly what an Oktoberfest Bier should be like. I could not get over the balance of the tasty and almost chewey maltiness. As it should be with this style, the hops are present, but in a well-placed supporting role. The more this Bier warms, the more depth is found in the maltiness. Fantastic balance.

Notes: If I would not have known, I would have thought this was in imported Oktoberfest Bier. I will enjoy the remainder of these little soldiers for the next few weeks. It is apparent the time and effort that went into this one. This is one that I will seek out on a yearly basis.


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Photo of stirgy
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this from being inmy fridge for a few months (like 5!). Poured a deep coppery amber with golden highlights. The head was short lasting and remained thin throughout. The aroma gives off good doses of caramel malt sweetness along with a nice bouquet of roasted nuts. The taste is drier than expected. A dryness that carries right through into the finish. Right beside that dryness is touches of caramel, molasses and even traces of licorice. Medium bodied and very smooth. Overall, a very nice beer and a tasty version of the German counterpart.

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Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, topped with a three finger rocky light tan head, leaves puffy webs of lacing.
Rich malty aroma, bread, earthy and herbal notes.
Rich malty taste, bread, toffee, earthy, caramel and herbal notes.
Medium bodied, good straightforward smooth oktoberfest.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly gauzy pumpkin-copper capped by a lush head of rich, ecru colored foam. The cap was fairly large after a spirited pour and is only now, at the several minutes mark, beginning to flag. Random splotches of lace find their way to the glass, although it isn't as extensive a display as I had hoped.

The aroma is somewhat disappointing in that it lacks strength and distinctiveness. It consists of barely toasted caramel malt with a meager contribution from earthy-spicy hops. There's really nothing in the nose to act as a focal point and, as such, it wanders a bit.

Better, more confident beer on the palate. Brooklyn Oktoberfest is a member of the sweet and malty Oktoberfest school as opposed to the bitter and dry one. It does dry out on the back end however. The flavor has a great deal in common with sweet tea, while fruity, spicy hops keep thing interesting and in relative balance. The body/mouthfeel is solidly medium and holds up well throughout.

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest is a worthwhile take on the style. While I haven't been too impressed with their beer in the past, this one is tasty and drinkable. I'm drinking it a bit out of season, but it's a pleasant reminder of those long gone, crisp October afternoons. Good beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, see through brown hue with a thin dissolving head; minimal lacing if any to be noted. Has a toasted malt and bready nose. Sharp, grainy and some oats noted in the body; some green apple notes in the beginning as well. Medium-bodied, thinly carbonated, body is sweet, warmness gives way to some spicy hop offerings. Smooth and satisfying mouthfeel; clean palate; a wonderful offering!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review in over four months, please be kind to me O Mighty Beer Gods...
A: Light copper in color, very clear. Minimal head of beige suds. No lacing to be seen.
S: Nice crusty wheat bread is the first thing that comes to mind. There's a strange sort of medicinal smell that can just barely be found with my nose way deep in the glass (my lucky Stella glass).
T: Tastes are bold but quick, if you catch my meaning. Initially presents as a twangy sharp taste which quickly gives way to a toasted grain taste. Finish is a nice sweetness. No real hops to be noticed.
M: The taste is sharp, but it feels very smooth. Medium body, dry finish. Carbonation might be a bit too high, but only if you can measure to about three decimal places. I want to say that the alcohol level is too high, but I haven't had a beer in months, so I won't.
D&N: A nice Marzen (brewed in March, guess I know the roots of that name now) by a top notch brewer. Oh, and don't drink this one right out of the fridge, let it warm up a bit, as with all good beers, it really brings out the deeper flavors and aromas.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, rustic amber/ochre, slim fizzy head, stripping down to a thin wafer.
Earthy, vegetal nose, mildly malty, a bit quiter than I'd like.
rich and tasty in the mouth, though, and very pleasant on the palate. a sweet thing, easily passed by the lips and down the hatch, but utterly unmemorable. Medium bodied, at best, with a quick, indifferent finish.
This has all the earmarks of a decent Oktoberfest, but does nothing to make itself more than that,... thorughly rudimentary, adequately average.
(Wish I could summon up more enthusiasm to match some of the other reviews, but it's not in me for this one, sorry.)

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Photo of twelvsies
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color, ,little to no head. Very sweet, nutty, roasty toasty scent to this one, very inviting, very Oktober. Taste isn't quite as full as the smell seemed to suggest, but it's good. That sweet nutty taste is definately there, just not as bold as I would've hoped. Maybe a little watery. Definately a drinkable brew though and tasty, but I wish this beer would just be a little more flavorful, cause it smelled oh so good.

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

This had to be one of the better octoberfest beers out there. A nice surprise.

Pours out a maroon/orangish color with a nice head that goes to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of toasted malts with some grains and a touch of hops. I thought it was a little bit weak though, I would of liked to see the flavors jump out more in the nose department.

Taste was good though. A good malty backbone to this brew. A tad on the sweet side, but not to worry, it won't be cloying or overbearing by any means. Some hops show up towards the end, but the graininess blends in as well to tame the hops. This was pretty good.

Went down too fast. A terrific brew and one of the better octoberfest/marzen's out there.

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest from Brooklyn Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,714 ratings.
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