Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on September 25, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery

  • Origin: Brooklyn, NY, US

  • Rated On: September 24, 2014

  • Best Before: July 2015

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Introduced in the year 2000, Brooklyn Brewery’s version of the Oktoberfest beer is produced in the märzen style, and is one of the more well-distributed American-made versions out there.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, medium brassy amber colour, with two fingers of finely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few ocean swells of lace around the glass as it duly seeps away.

It smells of nutty caramel malt, soft toffee sweetness, a flinty metallic note, and dusty, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, a nice, subtle toastiness, some tame generic orchard fruitiness, more stoney, flinty notes, and understated noble earthy, leafy hops.  The carbonation is present, but performs its duties well under the radar, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a hard water character the only fly in the ointment, and a non-consequential one at that. It finishes off-dry, the malt trailing off, and the fruit and hops kicking it up a notch.

While this is nothing that is going to knock your socks (or lederhosen) off, I submit that that isn’t the point here. I can totally envision just putting these back, in frothy mug form, all night, with little further beer consideration required. Bread, caramel, soft biscuit, balanced-enough hops, and a slight uptick in alcohol. There – all thinking done – now just drink ’em as long as you got ’em.

Brady White



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