Beer 313/365 – Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: On the sweeter end of the Oktoberfest scale, which is okay by me.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! It was pretty solid.

Grade: B+

9/17/2010: I was lucky enough to attend a beer dinner a few months back that as hosted by Garrett Oliver (brewmaster of Brooklyn). Extremely charismatic guy, and very approachable after the dinner. I had him sign my copy of The Brewmasters Table, which he obviously is the author of. Ever since this night Brooklyn found a customer for life as a result of the dinner. I love when business owners/heads are approachable and don’t act as it they are on another level.

Now that I am about a half dozen beers deep into the Oktoberfest style, I am starting to realize there are really not many nuances to the style… Its pretty straight forward. The nose is mostly toasted malt, and some earthy hops. Not very strong in the smell department though. The flavor is nice toasted, caramel malts, and a little bit of earthy hops. Again this is more on the sweet end which right up my alley. Mouthfeel is average as well as the carbonation. Not much sets this apart, but it is a solid easy drinker.

Picture of the day: Dear Yellow Pages… Stop wasting stuff.

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Beer 266/365 – Brooklyn Brown Ale

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: When someone asks me what a typical American Brown Ale should taste like, I would suggest Brooklyn Brown Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Very good for the style, and would definitely drink this again.

Grade: B+

8/1/2010: Brooklyn Brown Ale was one of the very first craft beers I ever tried. Sadly I don’t think I have had this since the years when I first started drinking craft beer (no earlier than 21 of course). Even though this only has the 4th most reviews for beers from Brooklyn Brewery, I would venture a guess that this is probably their best seller behind the Brooklyn Lager. What do you guys think? This is based on nothing other than my crazy assumptions.

There is not much nose to this brown ale, just a little bit of sweet malt. The flavor is lightly toasted malt, a bit bready, and a little nutty. A lot of “beer snobs” don’t like this beer because it doesn’t knock you over with flavor, but to me a brown ale really isn’t supposed to do that. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, but it goes along with the light flavors. Very drinkable and well carbonated. A very good gateway beer for your friends who might only drink “light” beers.

Picture of the day: Apparently Canadian children area bit more advanced than US children.