Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 15
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000

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Reviews by jak3676:
Photo of jak3676
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's - Oktoberfest

Now Bottled in St. Louis, MO. I bring you "Beckswiser" as my Fath-in-law likes to call it. I'm sure you can still get the authentic German stuff in Germany, but I guess it was inevitable that Becks would start getting made and bottled is the US after InBev bought Anheisher Busch. But that may not be a bad thing - I don't think it was possible for Becks to some how scew up AB worse that it was.

But as for their now US-made Oktoberfest, I like it. I like it a lot actually, and I'm not normally a fan of Beck's beer. But I think they got the color just right with a perfectly clear amber/copper/reddish-orange thing going on. I don't see the 5.0% ABV anywhere on the bottle or their website, so I'm going off beeradvocate's advice there. That's the weakest märzen I've had yet, maybe they watered it down some more for US tastes?

Flavor wise they seem to have hit the spot - somewhat hoppy and malty. I feel the need to subtract 1/2 a points for printing "pry off" on the bottle cap - I'm pretty sure I've never had another beer have to print that out for me, yet somehow I've always managed to figure it out. Stamp on the back says 12206, which seems like it's missing a digit? Oh well, I like it all anyway - a good flavor can overcome everything else I guess.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of far333
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One more selection is my quest to sample as many Oktoberfests from Germany as possible this year. Not as good as the others though. Pours a honey-copper color with a thin off-white head, and has a strong sweet honey aroma. Taste is initially a bit metallic, but has some notes of sweet corn and honey to smooth it out. It doesn't get any more complex than that, and then the metallic flavor comes back big in the aftertaste, which turned me off to this beer entirely.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A very thin mildly brown beer. Easy to see through despite a little brown in the color, no head, although the carbonation seemed fine.

Taste, just a slight nutty smoothness. Not an offensive beer. The slightest almost rye spice feel to it, maybe because it just doesn't have any hops to interfere with the delicate flavor profile in here.

$8 for a six pack of mild beer isn't really my thing. It is easy drinking, and it isn't bitter or high in alcohol, so maybe your girlfriend will like it. I'll keep some at my place for her.

Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, clear...pretty good yellowish head of some persistence. Malty aroma carries a foot from the glass. Soft malty flavors, slight pear with caramel tones. Lacks much of a hop counterpoint, could use more. Lighter bodied. Pretty OK Fest and drinkable entry from the king of German exports.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appears amber brown with af thin tan head, not a bad appearance at all leaves light patches of lacing. Aroma slightly metallic with sweet mild faint toasted malts and a decent hop profile. Flavor has the toasted malts balanced by a sharp bitterness not too bad drinkable but I like more body from an Oktoberfest beer not to bad will make sure I try as many O-fests this year as possilble.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a tan-ish fizzy 1 finger head. Crystal clear medium amber in color.

S - German malts, slight malt spiciness. No hops aroma to really speak of.

T - Deep German malt flavor. I'm actually pretty impressed with the flavor. The aroma doesn't do this beer justice. The deep malt profile provides a satisfying full flavor. The bitterness and hops don't stand out but they are definitely there to balance the flavor.

M - Medium body, highly carbonated. The flavors lingers for quite a while after swallowing.

D - This beer has a great full flavor but it's still very drinkable.

Photo of guntherhophead
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I just had this beer the other day at Chuck's, a pretty good sports bar in Toledo.
a: beautiful amber, not much head. Little to no lacing.
s: some hops, a bit molasses kind of sweet.
t: First tast wasn't bad. It went down fairly smoothly as the beer was still very cold. Second drink became kind of sweet and thick. As the beer warmed slightly the taste became even more sweet with less hop taste and more molasses.
m: not bad. good carbonation.
d: I think that Beck's focused more on the colour and label than on the taste of the beer. I suppose it's worth a try if there isn't a better choice of octoberfest and if the beer is very cold.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a clear copper color with a smallish but consistent wisp of head on top that manages pretty good spotting.
The aroma offers both caramel malts and a distinct note of Noble hops, grassy, earthy, floral and lightly spicy. It's a bit tame but otherwise surprising.
The floral spiciness comes into the flavor up front, with caramel for balance but a touch of breads and some citrus, too. It goes a little grainy for the enitre session, but it's not over top of the other elements of this beer and it doesn't come on too strong.
It feels good, a nice mix of crisp and smooth in a medium body with just a touch of dryness.

Photo of r0nyn
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Comes out as a nice, coppery liquid that's easy to see through. Forms a good sized head that lingers for a bit before receding and leaving generous amounts of lacing. Smell is grainy with just hints of malt wafting about along with light caramel and spice nuances.

Initial sip yields a snap of hoppy bitterness that stays prevalent throughout, even as the caramel and grainy sweetness show up as the beer rolls around. Finishes off clean and dry, with a bitter aftertaste that sticks with you. Has a light-bodied mouthfeel with maybe just a tad too much carbonation, but nothing game-breaking.

Drinkability is good, as it's not a bad marzen by any stretch of the imagination. Given the choice, I'd probably pick the Sam Adams iteration of Oktoberfest, but Beck's is good enough to stand on its own as a solid representation of the style.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was wanting to try this Oktoberfest and finally found it to give it a try. It does not disappoint and I am no fan of Beck's regular offerings.

Poured a pretty reddish orange-amber with a smallish tan colored head that melted quickly to merely a ring around the glass.

Aroma was only lightly German malt giving it a sweet toasted and light biscuit aroma and a touch of caramel without any hint of hops.

Flavor is an immediate refreshing taste of German sweet malts and toasted caramel without getting cloying because it is immediately followed with a nice, mild hops bite (Spaltz?).

Aftertaste is clean and refreshing with the hops offering a very well crafted balance to the beer.

Photo of dacrza1
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Spackle and paint after PSU's fourth victory--time to celebrate!
Glassware: Ayinger becker...
Appearance: hearty orange-brown body with a thick, nearly three-finger head that streaks evenly down the glass--a strong showing for a macro...
Aroma: sharp ping of Saaz and maybe Munich malts--but with the characteristic Beck's nostril hook that both pleases and seizes; a few odd hints of dough...
Palate: easy drinking with malty softness working for it; biscuit malts may be the doughy culprit...
Taste: medium bodied with as much effervescence at the throat as absence of hop character at the teeth; not really a developed profile, but a pleasant picture to drink in...
Overall: As with all Beck's, this beer is a pleasure to pound for a price that is just slightly beyond the other lesser macros; works as a fall fallback if nothing more solicitous can be secured...

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

12 oz. green bottle.

Deep amber color with slow moving carbonation, clear with a thick but bubbly off-white head that actually stuck around a while. does'nt look bad.

toffee-butter malt scent, semi-sweet with light herbal green hop, although pretty mild.

The flavor is very herbal, almost spicey malt with a toffee and light malt-extract (straight out of the can) effect. Pretty simple but effective.

Medium look, with a light feel, crispy and clean with a slight slickness at the end.

This is much better than the average Beck's lager, and has much less of the "skunked" effect. This one is a bit easier to drink.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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