LetsGoState (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is primarily sweet malts. Taste is a nice balance between sweet malts, slightly bitter hops, and alcohol. Overall pretty good.
graham_murphy (670) - - SEP 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve just come back from Oktoberfest and I’m pretty sure the beer that was sloshing around in the tents was a strong, hoppy helles. That’s not what this is so I guess that’s the Marzen talking. Plenty of malt here - biscuity and a little burnt. Not bad.
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve never been a big fan of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, though I’m starting to come around on it… slowly. I find most brews of the style tend to be underwhelming, and few are more than satisfying. I’m not saying Brooklyn Oktoberfest is amazing, but it definitely is one of the better American examples I can recall having. What I can’t figure out is why is it 2015 and I’m just now reviewing this!?
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 7/24/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful dark amber/copper color; near crystal clarity though not much visible carbonation. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Fairly mild nose with light floral scent, some confectionery notes, and a hint of a vegetal character.
Taste: I drank this beer in a blind taste test recently and did not care much for it. However, drinking a full serving I can get a better grasp of the palette and appreciate the nuances that are lost on a small sample. There’s actually more going on here than I had previously noticed. Definitely sweet with amber maltiness that creates for mild caramel and toffee flavors and even a hint of chocolate right on the finish. I also notice a bit of floral/spicy hop sensation through the middle, though the beer is not particularly bitter in and of itself. I notice a bit of tang/vegetal flavor in here as well, which becomes easier to overlook the more I drink (it was quite prominent during the showdown). This beer doesn’t really do anything many other brews of the style don’t already do, but I will say it’s plenty tasty and that’s always nice.
Drinkability: A beer like this should be highly drinkable, and I’d say Brooklyn Oktoberfest succeeds in that aspect. The mouthfeel is a bit bigger in body than most lagers; much less fizzy and more rounded with a crisp finish. It does have a bit of a cloying and slightly metallic flavor in the aftertaste, but each swig washes that away. It seems a tad inefficient considering its 5.5% ABV potency, though I doubt most people would have trouble drinking this in succession.
NikkTwist (3044) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Good Dog. Clear deep amber pour with a solid beige head. Dissipating foamy ring. Few splashes of lace. Pleasant dark citrusy Oktoberfest, though a bit thin for a proper Marzen. Slightly burnt orange peels. Cinnamon. Allspice. Gummy fruit. Somewhat like toasted Fruit Loops. Intriguing but feels like an artificial version of the style.
Gonzin (187) - ARGENTINA - SEP 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probada tirada en Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room, Brooklyn, NY. Estilo alemán, maltosa, con cuerpo y abundante espuma.
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Atom (2343) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a clear Amber with a huge khaki head. Aroma of dry caramel malt with spicy fruity hops. Taste of light fruity hops, caramel malt, light hop on the finish. Drinkable, more watery than most Marzen’s.
Larry_Duffman (498) - - SEP 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had it on tap. It pours a nice amber color with a decent head and some lacing. The aroma is caramel and biscuit malts. The taste is caramel, bread, nutty, and a hint of hops on the finish. It’s pretty balanced and smooth. I thought this was a good interpretation of the style.
tillmac62 (713) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BBD 2/16. Pours a medium amber with a nice garnet hue. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.
Outstanding light nose of rich biscuit with a touch of caramel. As it warms, a grainy character emerges underneath with a touch of raisin.
Light body with only a hint of smoothness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a nice prickly finish.
The flavor profile is good, but lacks complexity and balance. It begins with a clean grainy flavor that lacks the sweetness of biscuit or caramel. The middle is slightly bitter with a touch of herbal hop flavor. Missing is a balanced sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle.
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Misses the mark a little for me. Slightly vegetal smell and taste under the caramel bread and toffee malt. A weak feel as well that doesn’t get better as it warms.
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper-burnt orange with a thin tan head which fades to just a little lacing.Aroma is of bready malts, sweet malts, fruitiness, light spicy hops, and some light grassy hops. Taste is bready toasted malts, sweet malts, caramel, fruits, spicy hops, grassy hops, and some toffee notes. Has a medium body with semi creamy mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium finish. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest that is very drinkable and pretty authentic.