Review of Brooklyn Oktoberfest

24 Sep
For today’s craft beer review I thought I would try my second Oktoberfest of the season.  The one I chose for this session is the Brooklyn Oktoberfest brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York.

This is one Oktoberfest that I have had numerous times, so I shouldn’t be too surprised by anything I find here. 

Let’s take a look at the description from the website,

Available from August through October.  When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would do…. He threw a beer festival.  Both 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, full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.  

Sounds good enough.  Let’s give it a try.

This Oktoberfest came in a 12 oz. bottle and had an ABV of 5.5%.

This Brooklyn effort poured a nice, clear, copper color with some burnt orange highlights showing through around the edges.  When poured slowly, a smooth, creamy, off white, eggnog colored head was formed that had good size and decent retention. The head settled to a slick, fine film after a few moments and in the process left some nice lacing in its wake. 

The nose consisted of some light caramel malts with some “leafy” undertones.  Some graininess was noticed that smelled a combination of musty and toasty.  Light hints of spice circled my nostrils, but they were very relaxed and only served as a complimentary fragrance I thought.  The aroma wasn’t overly complicated or very strong, but it did seem to be fitting of the style. 

Taste-wise, it was a very clean savor of toasted nuttiness combined with a minute caramel sweetness.  I even found a smidgen of dark fruit along the lines of dried raisins.  Other flavors of bread and a faint graininess gave the profile an “earthy” quality that helped set the mood even further.  Very little bitterness or bite was noticed and the taste, like the aroma, was very relaxed and slighted.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin, dry, smooth and somewhat crisp and clean.  It went down the throat with ease, however it took all of the flavor with it.  The palate was left with very little after the swallow.

Well, this is a decent Oktoberfest I guess.  I seem to remember it being a little more forthcoming in the aroma and flavor department in years past though.  There’s nothing horrible here.  As a matter of fact, I think this would be a great session brew for the season.  It’s easily drinkable with a very smooth finish and I believe it would be a great way for craft beer and non-craft beer drinkers alike to share in the season.  The flavor did seem to be a bit more grainy that I typically like, although that didn’t stop me from drinking it.  Sure, I would drink this again with pleasure if it was offered at a Fall cookout.

Have you guys ever tried the Brooklyn Oktoberfest?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading everyone.  Have a great day.


Score:  3.35 out of 5
Grade:  B-

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Brooklyn, Country: USA


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