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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Brooklyn Oktoberfest was introduced in 2000. It is true to the original German style, full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness. When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would--he threw a beer festival. Bothe the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Nice rust colored body with a small tan head. Nose is different. It’s pleasantly malted but has a seasoned meat type smell. It’s almost like a Swedish meatball type aroma mixed with beef broth and malt. It’s making me hungry!!! It also smells like that Maggi seasoning. Not unpleasant but odd for the style. Taste is nicely malted and bready with hints of caramel and light hops. Very drinkable and pleasant. Palate has some lively carbonation and is leaning towards the dry side of things. Finish is slightly bitter with more of the dryness coming through along with a mild caramel note or two. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 Mild aroma, amber color, small but long-lasting head. Light, watery finish. Not enough malt taste in this one. For as good as some of the Brooklyn beers are, this one disappoints. Had this again 12/31/09 my opinion hasn’t changed much, very filtered, orange, nice thick head. Nose of baked bread and brown sugar. Non-deScript palate with some kind of funky off taste. Drinkable but average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 After many more tastes decided to re-rate since I deem the prior a bad line. Very solidly crafted & built. Good subtle balance of bready & sweet malt with a slight hoppy tracing. Cool dirty head and murky copper color. Some stickiness in the after taste. Finishs well. Distictly yeasty in the nose - couldn’t discern whether it was the tap lines or beer (though the place has a good rep for turnover - also have had bottled). Fairly non-deScript taste with sweeter malts missing the mark. I like the Brooklyn lineup, but this player was nowhere near it’s German counterparts. A general disappointment. 2.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2004
A nice Marzen. Not as good as the Germans but nice try. Great to see people i America playing with the ancient old Europeans european culture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2004
Once again, I commend the brewers at Brooklyn for making the best copies of "old world" style beers this side of the Atlantic. I think the many poor ratings this beer got is not because the quality is poor (it is actually quite excellent as always), but because the Maerzen style just isn't that good to begin with. It's has an offensively sweet character with a lingering stale finish. That said, this is actually much better than many German Maerzens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
(2002) nice copper/red color, no head, sweet toasted malt aroma, lightly hopped; toasted malt flavor with a candy-like sweetness, a bit overly sweet mixed with a bitter finish, decent brew but nothing special, texture is smooth but also watery

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottled. Clear deep amber coloured with just a head. Sweet malts are faintly present. It’s a darker stronger larger but not more. The flavours have slipped through the cracks. Another example, whish looks and sounds for all the world like a play, and yet there’s no substance or backbone to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilkTork (5432) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
Bottle. It's got the lager wishy-washiness that I don't like. It lacks oomph in the body. It has forced carbonation which gives it a harsh mouthfeel. There's no life here so this is at least filtered and possibly pasteurised as well. Very little aroma. Some sort of caramel malts wandering around in the house next door, chatting idly among themselves rather than getting on with the job in hand. The hops have hopped on the bus to Butlins for a laugh. But, the beer looks good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1565) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Copper pour with a frothy white head. Not a strong aroma, but some spice in malt fested in there somewhere. Smooth taste. Creamy, kind of watered down, yet some malt and some Oktoberfest characteristics. Pretty decent, not bad but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Dakr amber reddish hue with good off-white head and lace. Yep the aroma is caramel malty and a good dose of ripe fruit, vegetable, floral hops, earthy yeast, and spice on the nose as well. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The taste is malt dominated like most fest biers but I got a splash of sour fruit and bitterness. There was an off-taste I couldn't put my finger on however. Good brew with some flaws, but not as bad as some fest brews made across the pond. Try once.

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