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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe I've never reviewed any Beck's! How'd that happen?
Well, I've got a sample bottle here, haven't tasted one in years...let's do it!

Into a squat Warsteiner glass mug she goes...

Clear, coppery/amber hue, huge head, fluffy, cream-toned foam. Not bad.

Sweet malty nose...I can almost taste wort, weird as it seems, Then, grainy and dry. Grain mash more than anything.

Dry and flat in the mouth. Light bodied, with some grainy mouthfeel, thin and watery. Bright and lightly sweet, turning dull and pedestrian. Does nothing for the tongue. Very dumbed-down delivery of flavors.
Gets flinty and metallic...water wins the day, and the brew leaves the mouth with no impression left behind.
Since knowing better marzens with beefier bodies and more powerful flavors, this one has been passed over year after year...and tasting this bottle, I remember why. Thank goodness it was free.

feloniousmonk, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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...

dacrza1, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of tweeder263
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium to dark amber with a one finger head. Smells of euro trash skunk,,not very appealing.Taste isnt too bad though, i mean it doesnt have a whole lot of flavor but whats there isnt too bad. A dry brew with a slight bit of hoppage , slight and i mean slight hint of coffee in there too. Mouthfeel,,,eh. Not a bad brew though, wouldnt go out of my way but wouldnt turn it down either.

tweeder263, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sitting in sun by the fountain, gazing at the Bavarian decor in overdrive that is the German section of Epcot, even the pleasant surroundings could not salvage this very average beer from mediocrity. Nondescript roasted malt flavors with some caramel notes, the overall flavor profile was harsh and not very festive.

Brent, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of dsa7783
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $1.99...
A hefty pour resulted in a beautiful overall pour, a classic, traditional, dark-amber Oktoberfest hue with a massive foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Classic aroma replete with hints of grains, amber, bread, butter, and caramel...
Taste: Crisp and refreshing with a lack of cloying flavors and or alcohol on the tongue, but overall taste was compromised due to an unattractive bitter finish...Flavor strongly paid homage to the aroma, with a sharply noticeable bread and butter essence along with mild hints of vanilla and a strong malt backbone...
Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkabilty to match...
Not bad, but certainly not the season's best I've yet sampled...

dsa7783, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear burnt orange copper with a healthy bumpy off white head that has a yellowish tint to it. good amount of retention and little specks of lace.

S- smells a bit skunked and metallic, label says it's good for another month. tart grainy sweetness, a bit of toasty pumpernickel, and floral hops.

T- sugary sweet at first with an oncoming strange grainy flavor. some chocolate and raisins, prunes, deeply toasted bread, and ample noble hop bitterness throughout. perhaps the most bitter of the german oktoberfests i've had, because the malt is quite thin and its sweet up front but quickly cut by the hops. not a very good balance. finishes kinda on the dry end with just a little residual sweetness and a mild grassy hop flavor.

MF- medium carbonation and not very meaty, but still with the sensation of some viscosity, again indicating that maybe this one could use some more malt in the recipe.

D- its ok, and easy to drink, but not even close to some of the other big name braueries. after the buzz is on they go down pretty nice.

hustlesworth, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent representation of the style, it pours out a nice tan nothing too dark here, the head retention was ok, with some slight lacing. At firts taste it had soem decent malts in theyre, and was slightly chewy, and then end it brought some if its hop buddies along as well, but not quite as much as I expected. This beer left me saying Paulener here i come.

Ianhockey91, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of Onenote81
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours a dark amber, transparent, with a small beige head that fleets away quickly. This beer smells sweet with caramel notes, toffee, wheat bread. I don't really care for the feel on this one. There is a great amount of bubbles rising through this one, that really gives this a spritzy feel. I think this detracts from enjoying the flavors quite a bit. The flavor profile is pretty average to the style: sweet caramel, mild bitterness, metallic ting on the back end. This beer had some some things I liked about it, but overall nothing really worked together. With so many better options available to me at this time of year, I don't see myself reaching for this one again.

Onenote81, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Pauly2X
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber color, two finger head left some decent lacing.

S- Sweet malty aroma with a hint of green bottle skunk.

T- Decent malty sweetness, but it doesn't carry all the way through. Once again geen bottle skunk rears its ugly head.

M- A little light for the style.

D- If I see it on tap I'll give it annother try, otherwise prolly not.

A decent oktoberfest but nothing really good. Most of this this beers shortfalls are due to the green bottle. Hopefully this is better on tap, I'll keep my eye out.

Pauly2X, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Sigh* The best Okfest beers this year have, at best, a little malt chewiness, and none of that essential Vienna malt roastiness that, with the other ingredients make this such a session beer style. Served with a decent, off-white head, and a bit of lace. Color is a reddish amber. Aroma is malty and a little caramel. Flavor is malty, a hint of bitterness, a bit of toffee. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like the rest of it, ok, not bad, better than the other 2/3rds of them. Could be a session I suppose.

drpimento, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a few years ago at a festival at Blue Mountain Ski Resort. The beer pours out as a brown color with a white head the aroma was decent but still had that skunky aroma like the lager has. The taste was a little bit better due to the malt base being darker. It hid the skunkiness a little better. The mouthfeel was decent, pretty standard feeling beer. Overall I wouldn't have to have this again but I could if it was around.

Knapp85, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle. It has a nice color, but average for an Oktoberfest. I got very little head, and no lace after the head was gone. I was expecting something better, but this was not awful. Just a smidge above average. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is fairly faint...it does have some caramel and toasted grain on it...and a little bit of skunk.

Taste is surprising in a way. The carbonation is certainly high here and serves to cover up the taste a bit. The body has caramel malt on it, but it's pretty restrained for style. There just isn't much. This gives way to a rather big hop bitterness on the finish for style...more than most, for sure. There's a little lingering grain after the swallow.

It's not a bad beer but not among my favorites in style. If I were reaching for an oktoberfests, I know of others that I'd prefer.

NODAK, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a very nice amber orange brown, nice puffy off white head, about 2 fingers worth. Settles to a nice layer with nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt with a touch of caramel and maybe corn.

T: Little grainy at first, with a slightly caramel malt finish... just not as much here as I was hoping.

M: Pretty light-bodied with quite a bit of sharp carbonation.

D: The ABV is low which makes it pretty drinkable, but there is not a lot here flavor wise that would make me want to drink a great deal of this beer. Looks great but that is about it

mralphabet, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kunzbrew
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a nice amber color with no head, and leaves no lace.

No real strong smell pours out of the top of glass. A slint aroma of malt is there but not strong. Low hop aroma does not help.

The malt flavor is much stronger to the mouth than the nose. The hops are still not there but ok. The rich caramel malt puts of a nice taste as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is nice but not great. The drinkability is ok but not great as well.


kunzbrew, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Three Dollar Deweys...had never seen it before which meant only one thing: review! Nice dark golden when poured, no head. Bready aroma. I noticed a medium body. Slightly caramelly and no stringency. Not bad, just not a real wower. pat

PatandDavid, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of Rmason104
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far be it from me to disagree with the Bros, but I just couldn't get into this one. The smell was unimpressive, and the taste disappointed. Did not get the malt sweetness I have come to expect from a Märzen. There was some malt presence, but finished with a harsh bitterness, almost burnt toast.
There are too many really good Marzens for me to want to come back to this one.

Rmason104, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Clear, copper color with about 2.5 fingers of head that dissipates slowly. Moderately good carbonation.

Smell - slightly hoppy and earthy smelling. Sweet, maybe caramel aroma, or maybe a touch of molasses, but not enough to affect the color a lot.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Slightly bitter, but with a middle that balances out, slightly bitter finish too. Pale lager taste, not a whole lot of body to it. Fairly hoppy in general. Lighter, watery texture.

Drinkability - Unfortunately not a whole lot of complexity here, despite it tasting okay. Easy enough to drink, but maybe not worth coming back for.

Nerudamann, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -11.8%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of AaronPayne
3/5  rDev -11.8%

AaronPayne, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Twifiter
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Twifiter, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -11.8%

aquazr1, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev -11.8%

williamjbauer, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of guntherhophead
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

guntherhophead, Sep 28, 2009
Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
78 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.