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
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.