Now Recruiting Brew Enthusiasts
A Review of Brooklyn Oktoberfest by Brooklyn Brewery
Posted on 8/29/2011 by Chops
Could it be that the most magical of beer times is here? Yes, my brew loving friends, it's time for Oktoberfest! As far as seasonal releases go, this is by far the most anticipated time of year. The Oktoberfest beer style started back in 1810 as part of a wedding engagement celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and has been going strong ever since. So whenever I get my hands on the first Oktoberfest of the season, I can't help but raise a glass in appreciation. ''To Ludwig! Prost!'' Today I officially kick off the season with Brooklyn Brewery's version of Oktoberfest.

In the glass, this brew has the classic deep amber coloration. It's rare to find an Oktoberfest that doesn't look like this and none of them will have any visible sediment, so it's hard to find any wow factor with appearance. It either looks like an Oktoberfest or something is wrong. On the nose, you get lots of spice notes and a hefty dose of toasted breads. There is no hop aroma present at all, so definitely take the time to savor the rich aroma.

The first taste has me in Oktoberfest heaven. All those toasted bready malts rear their head first, followed by a medium hop bitterness. These are the two dominant flavors and they are beautifully balanced. I'd even go so far as to say that the flavor resembles toasted hops. The mouthfeel is very tangy to start and warms into a smooth, medium bodied delight. The finish is sweet and malty with some lightly bitter aftershocks.

Overall, Brooklyn Brewery's Oktoberfest is a fine brew and I am delighted to start off my seasonal adventure with it. One of the most endearing aspects of the Oktoberfest style is it's wide range of appeal. A great Oktoberfest can be enjoyed by any level of beer fan. Seasoned drinkers will enjoy them as light, flavorful and historically relevant brews. Novices will enjoy them as rich and welcoming intros into better beer. The Oktoberfest season can be regarded as recruitment time for beer enthusiasts. School is in session novices, so grab an Oktoberfest and meet me in the classroom, i.e. pub.

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