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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

754 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000

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Ratings: 754 | Reviews: 410
Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I normally don't pick up Becks products as I believe that they are "ordinary" at best. I saw this O-Fest sitting in Wal-Mart today. It is unusual for me to be in Wal-Mart, and let alone looking at the beer there, which normally sucks, but this time I saw Sierra Nevada Celebration there and this one caught my eye too. I have never tried the Becks Oktoberfest and thought that this may be one of their better offerings. After looking at the scores, this appears to be their best beer, so I am glad that I got it. Let's see what its like:

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small 1/4" head of airy off white bubbles that was shortly maintained by numerous bubbles rising. The bubbles slowed down, so the head started to fall. There is already a little bit of lacing stuck to the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is definitely Oktoberfest with sweet toasty Munich malt notes being the predominant aspect with no real hops to speak of except for a slight floral aspect that comes out early and gets mixed up with the malty sweetness. There is none of the metallic notes that I often notice with other Becks products, so overall this one is pretty pleasant so far.

Taste: The flavor doesn't have as much punch as the aroma did, but it is still good. The malt is still running the show as it should, especially in the beginning, but the ample carbonation and high attenuation dry this beer out in the flavor and finish quite a bit so much that it seems like the hops are making things bitter in the finish, but I believe that this is just an impression that I am getting from the dryness. The finish does show a little metallic note that is a bit like aluminum.

Opinion: This is a decent beer. I like the aroma and wish that it carried into the flavor completely. As it is, I won't have any problem drinking the six-pack of this beer, but I actually like the regular Oktoberfest offerings of Paulaner and Spaten better than this one. Oh well, I am glad that I tried it, as it truly is one of Beck's better offerings and undoubtedly one of the better beers that you will find at Wal-Mart.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slways one of the first fest beers out on shelves,pours a lighter shade of brown with a light head for the style.The aroma is caramelly sweet, the flavor starts out very sweet but there isa light hop bitterness that kicks in in the finish.Seemed a little light and watery for the style,a good beginners beer for people having it for the first time but a true beer guy (or gal) not a top notch brew.

Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, almost florescent orangish-brown in color with a decent head.

Smell – The lone aroma of toasted grain makes up this nose.

Taste – The grain isn’t very good, average at best, but the toasting seems to be just right. There’s a touch of caramel sweetness to this one making it right on style if not overly tasty.

Mouthfeel – Sweet and sticky and light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability – They did a good job with the style, but the grain was a little sub-par for my tastes.

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose- A little skunky/ sulpher note right off the bat, turns to a grassiness that hides beneath light vienna and munich.

App- Beautiful...huge off-white head, rocky, holds at one finger. Brilliantly clear bronze. Maybe a little dark.

Taste- Very light and balanced. Hop bitter leads off, moving to noble hop flavor then balanced by light, bready malt. This is a refreshing example, on the light side. Hop flavor is a bit much for the style. Highly drinkable.

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Dmann
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the local Oktoberfest. Poured a nice amber color with a small off white head. It had a slightly citrus-y smell to it along with hops. The flavor was very good, it had a nice citrus bite to it especially as it warmed. Not a bad Oktoberfest beer, but not the best you'll find either

Photo of blackearth
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber body with a puffy off-white head. Aromas of toasted pilsner malt and faint hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation that scrubs your tongue. Great clean malt flavors with a hint of toffee sweetness that lasts into the finish and is joined by the faint hop bitterness. This is a very well done and refreshingly light octoberfest beer.

Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant enough, normal looking oktoberfest. Good one inch head filled my pintglass.

Smells slightly skunked (green glass bottle), with a strong almost maple-like sweetness.

Tastes like an average oktoberfest - accurate to the style. Metallic/copper finish.

Pretty similar to Spaten's Oktoberfest. A little less flavorful. Average, average, average! But then, I expected nothing more.

Photo of AaronPayne
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle, with a light blue label. Freshness date is clearly marked. Specially brewed in limited quantities in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516.

Appearance: Copper, clear, with an off-white head; creamy, frothy and relaxes into a nice full covering cream whisp.

Smell: Caramel malts. Semi-spicy, floral hop aroma.

Taste: A bit spicy upfront with a mild lemon rind bitter hop flavour. Body is medium to light, malty, with some dextrin sweetness and soft caramel notes. More grain flavours emerge as the beer warms, and it really smooths out. The hops also become more subtle and tea-like. Alcohol notes finish in the end, with a grainy, dry sweetness.

Notes: Give that this is a Beck's ... it's a great Oktoberfestbier! Drinkable. Flavourful. Addictive. Delicious.

Photo of twi1609372
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good overall octoberfest brew. interesting taste. never had it on tap but i imagine it owuld be very very good. but it keeps in with the octoberfest tradition of being a thick, tasty, beer that was meant to be enjoyed not chugged. I lookj forward to picking up a 6 pack every october.

Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a dark burnt orange amber colored body with good clarity. The pour produced a thick and creamy light tan head. The head had decent retention and made some slippery lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a pleasant malty character with sweet caramel notes and light hints of spicy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a modest caramel maltiness with light toasted notes and a good balance of spicy hops. A slight herbal and a very slight metallic comes through as well in the finish. The palate has a slick texture with active carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a solid Oktoberfest.

Photo of Twifiter
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a surprise when I first had this beer, not a bad pick and one I'll go back to.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Good head with decent lacing. Nose gets the aroma of malt. Nice malty mouthfeel, a little stronger than regular Beck's. This is a nice seasonal brew. A good beer to drink around the fire or with a good meal. This is a little sweet fot my taste, but I would not turn down a bottle.

Photo of merlin48
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Beck's pours an attractive, red amber body with a small, beige head that vanishes in the blink of the eye. Very minimal lacing.
Aroma feautures a caramel malt dominance. Hops presence is restrained, thankfully, as the minor hops aroma is sulfuric.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and has a light to medium body.
The taste gets diminished by the high carbonation, initially, before some acridly, bitter tastes kick in. Caramel maltiness attempts to emerge, but is overwhelmed by a sickingly, bitter hops/yeast charcter. The taste is unpleasant, with an astringent, sickly bitterness that suggests a bad bottle.
Drinkability is low, due to the high carbonation burps, and the skunky bitterness. Very disappointing.

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of sigtau200ws
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Thrasher
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a Beck's fan to begin with, although this is probably their best beer. They brilliantly decided to use clear bottles this year (with a faint green tinge) but are selling them in enclosed 12 packs. Skunky aroma which fortunately vacated when dumped into mug. Some good head & coloration but a bit too artificially fizzy to be truly handsome. Very cold, this beer had some good caramel sweetness in the attack but everything else is a wash. As the beer warmed to the appropriate temperature, the bad flavors became more obvious. Too much regular Beck's flavor, which I find disgusting. Also an offensive metallic aftertaste, much the same effect as sucking on a quarter that you picked up off the street. Will have to recruit some friends to finish this 12 pack for me. Should have known what to expect from Beck's.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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