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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

730 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000)
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

bmcduff2, Jan 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -63.2%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of justinbednar
1.35/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured copper color with very little head. Smelled a bit stale (most likely was expired). Thin mouthfeel that coated the tongue with an unpleasant bitterness. It could have been more carbonated. Heavy maltiness with an offputing sour hop flavor. Tasted far from balanced.

justinbednar, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
1.6/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I picked this up in $1 discount bin at the store because I haven't had one in a long time. It was still fresh (good until 6/10) according to the bottle.

It pours an almost completely transparent copper with a medium tan head with large bubbles. The aroma is a very light hop at first with a nose hair curling sharpness. The taste is weak hops and mostly grain. It is also very watery with a thin, high carbonated mouthfeel. This has the most horrid aftertaste.

I don't know what else to say. I just can't drink a beer like this. The taste isn't horrible but the aftertaste and feel just kills it.

Bfarr, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of callmeclemens
1.7/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had this on tap at a local bar. Very small head, perhaps half an inch, no lacing.

Smelled like Carmel for the most part. Tasted like a mix of Chemical flavours if you ask me, overly sweet caramel and spices, slightly malted, but after the initil impact of the flavour the malt just made my mouth feel sour. IMHO this is one of the poorer oktoberfests I've had to date.

callmeclemens, Nov 06, 2010
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1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Vendetta
1.78/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Original Rating Date:
October 2, 2008

I will never understand why brewers bottle in green. That being said, I was lucky enough to get a closed case of this so the skunkitude wasn't too too bad. The aroma is hampered by skunk, instantly noticible, and it destroys what would have been a fabulous brown sugary maltiness. The beer looks fabulous, dark copper with a mushy white head that leaves a decent lacing. The taste... jesus, skunk ruined this beer. There is some decent caramel sweetness and some bready malt, but it's completely overshadowed by nasty skunkiness and what I think is some weak corn flavor. Palate is actually very good, fuzzy carbonation with a bit of a bitter aftertaste and a grainy, sticky texture. Overall though, this was a waste of time, I'm frustrated that I didn't pick up the Hofbrau instead. The worst thing about this beer is that the potential shines through the cloud of skunk, but unfortunately the potential is just that and this beer fails to impress me.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of albern
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Yuk! I haven't had a Becks beer in 20+ years, with good reason, but when I saw their Octoberfest I thought I would approach this with an open mind. The beer pours an amber color with a decent head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, some retention. And that's the best part. The smell is a nutty, chemically, lousy malt smell, and the taste is worse. There is a slight chestnut or almond malt taste to this beer, but it isn't particularly good. This is a pretty bad beer, and I don't know which is worse, the fact that this is German and should be better, or that anyone would actually pay money for this stuff given the 100s of great local beers out there, not to mention imports. If you want bad beer, drink a Budweiser on the cheap, why pay imported prices for something so poor. The mouthfeel is a little bit creamy, mostly watery, and largely inoffensive. The taste and drinkability are just not there for me. This is a one and done, and I'm pouring the remainder down the drain. I'll wait another 20+ years before I give this beer another looksie.

albern, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Typical Oktoberfest coloring, dark/medium copper color, small off whitish head. Smell is diacetyl and slight grassy malt. I check the label, best before 06/06 (that is a very long shelf life for an O-Fest, I wonder how they justify it). Taste is a little weak, not a lot of malt action, or any kind of action. Very watered down, pretty lackluster. OK mouthfeel, but this is a bad oktoberfest in any sense of the word.

TastyTaste, Sep 28, 2005
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1.9/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What is it with these green bottles???

Pours out looking great.. Nice dark amber with a tremendous head... And then I smell the skunk....not bad, but enough to let me know that this probably aint gonna be great... I'm right... It tastes rather like a regular Becks except skunked...

Go figure..

Tilley4, Mar 26, 2008
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Jemenhiser, Jul 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

ralphw56, Dec 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

DuffDaddy, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of pretty much nothing. There is some extremely faint malt, but it is really hard to detect. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

KarlHungus, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sorry to the fans of Beck's beer, but this is a very lack-luster Oktoberfest.

Starts off with a nice clear brown/copper color with a medium head that dies off immediately.

Smell is skunky/wheaty. Nothing terribly strong or offsetting, but doesn't really have a lager/marzen smell.

Taste is very flat and uninteresting. It reminds me of low quality white bread with nothing on it to hide its taste. Its just sort of grainy and lifeless.

GuinnessSmurf, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of zander4dawin
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - A darker amber body than I'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Fizzy head.
Smell - Sweet, malty. Not over-baring.
Taste - A little watery and cheap tasting. Not a whole lot here to work with. Catching some malts with slight caramel, raisin flavors.
Mouthfeel - Feels too light. Has a sharp crispiness that almost stings the tongue.

zander4dawin, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of KeefD
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, expiration date of June 2008..

Dark amber in color, very little head, slight lacing. The nice color was the last good thing about it. Not much to smell in this beer. Slight nuttiness but no hop aroma at all.

Taste and body is light with moderate carbonation. Slight pumpkin and apple taste. Lightly roasted malts, little to no hops. Almost like a watered-down brown ale.

Not the best Oktoberfest, but maybe it's just the wrong time of year to be drinking it.

KeefD, Apr 08, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

hypnotoad1, Oct 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Kinger86, Oct 26, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -32.9%

bird_soul, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of jackndan
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s O-Fest: Its been done! A skunked out euro-lager with a handful of “oktoberfest” spices. Really disappointed in this beer. It looked just fine, but c’mon, its just bad. It had the underlying taste of beck’s, bad and skunked, with a very limited level of O-fest malts thrown in the mix. Worst O-fest ever.

jackndan, Oct 06, 2002
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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
78 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.