Monday, September 21, 2015

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1458) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2015
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.

RATING: 8/10