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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

741 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the guy below me, my first Oktoberfest beer of 2011.

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch light tan head that settles to a thin film. Random spots and streaks of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt and some grassy aromas. I did get a quick whiff of skunk when I first opened the bottle. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a surprisingly strong hop bitterness on each sip that lingers on the palate. A nice carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but I don't think I would drink this one too much.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber color with a smallish off-white head. Nothing much available in the smell; there is some roasted malt character, but the entire scent is somewhat lacking given the style. The taste is somewhat more robust, with some caramel and darker malts. Little to no hop presence to balance out the low malt content. Mouthfeel is somewhat full with low amounts of carbonation. Drinkability is okay given the feel, but the taste doesn't invite another sip.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear coppery amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of skunk are present in the nose along some notes of malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that skunk is a little more subdued as there are light notes of biscuit and toasted malts. Faint amounts of bitterness are also perceptible.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but the skunk aromas and flavors might be a causality of the green bottle this came in.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that retains fairly well and occasionally dots the glass with lace

Smell: Biscuity malt character

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt flavor that progresses after the swallow; long-lasting finish; other Oktoberfests may have a bigger malt flavor but this definitely captures the character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is not bad at all; I think many BAs have rated this lower because it is Beck's but I have had many far worse (of course the green bottles could have ruined it for others, too)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably better than average compared to all the Oktoberfests that I have tried this season. Starts off with a bold mix of toated malt and cereal grains in the aroma with light earthy hops that give the beer some extra kick. Flavor follow the aromas closely. The malt character is a bit more toasty, but the grain qualities deter from the overall taste. The hop flavor is ligher than the scent is in the aroma, but does offset the sweetness, barely. Low on esters or any common sulfers. The beer feels light on the creaminess, allowing the grain husk astringency to come through more and more as the beer warms. Caramelly melanoidens give the impression of a traditional decoction mash. Finishes a little grainy, but with a balanced hop / malt flavor that fades away in a cola-like fashion.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange beneath a pale orange cap that has a great deal of character. Three fingers to start, it falls at a leisurely pace as tiny surface bubbles pop in slow motion. An acceptable amount of lace ends up on the glass before beginning to melt away. This is a pretty standard O-fest look, but a good one.

The nose, likewise, is better than average. It's big on heavily toasted grain and contains a smidgen of earthy hoppiness. So far, I'm pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to seeing what Brauerei Beck can do with this most German of styles.

There are no big surprises on the palate; the beer tastes pretty much like it smells. I enjoyed the first sip (especially the balance), but subsequent samples have led me to focus on the relative lack of malt. For an Oktoberfest, that's pretty close to an unforgivable sin. While it's okay for a lighter, 'masses friendly' version, connoisseurs will likely be disappointed.

Lightly toasted grain leads the way, with earthy, tea-like hops riding shotgun. The beer is actually more bitter than sweet, further evidence of the malt deficit. I'm surprised to note a 'best before end' date of 7-2006. That seems a long time for an Oktoberfest to last, but it certainly tastes none the worse for wear.

An obvious consequence of a lack of barley is a lack of body. The mouthfeel isn't bad, and it does fit with the light nature of overall experience, but more heft would be better. The target audience will probably be impressed by its fullness after conditioning their palates with innumerable bottles of Bud Light (or Beck's Light).

Beck's Oktoberfest isn't a bad beer by any means. It's inoffensive in the extreme and is actually fairly drinkable for those who can't find anything better to celebrate the Oktoberfest season. Or for those who simply aren't aware that much better beer is likely to be lurking within arm's length on the other side of the beer cooler.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up in my father in laws fridge. Had not remembered having this one before so I really thought it might be a nice time to try one. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge. Consumed 08/16/2008.

The look was fairly typical with a rich dark amber and nice all around clarity. Some good carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass and a nice two inch head of white froth over the top of it. Subtle side glass carbonation, but nothing to extreme here.

The aroma was loaded down with malts. Sweet caramel tones and a tone of earthy malts. Rich notes of grass and vinous like qualities were abound here, really just a decent overall aroma. Somewhat bitter initial taste was quickly washed away by a grainy and earthy malt backing. Lots of bready notes here as well. Clean finish and a good solid Mouthfeel made it an easy drinker.

Overall not bad at all. Not mind blowing, but still more then decent. I would have no issue with throwing down another one at anytime. Definitely a respectable brew.

Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is almost copper in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells skunked (already?!). Sort of a pennies type aroma to it with some bread and yeast. A light sweetness of toffee and caramel, luckily. A touch of cherry cough syrup, too.

T: A lot of straw and grain husk astringency to this. Fairly metallic with a moderate bitterness. Light grassy hops, some yeast, and a subtle (more like drowned) sweetness. A touch of skunk on the palate.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Way too many things gone wrong with this one, and it just came out!

Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 06/2010.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with a medium-sized, froth

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose of toasted bread with some caramel hints as well as some supporting dried herb notes.

Taste: Bready, toasty, faintly grainy malts with some sweet touches of caramel. Herbal, earthy hops with a light bitterness. Dull hop hints ride out along the toasted malt taste through to the drying finish. Thin streak of graininess emerges in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Great? Not so much. But! But, it's surprisingly tolerable, really, and, for me, the best of the Becks offerings.

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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 TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

One of (if not the) my last O-Fests still hangin' ;round the fridge. It pours a clear amber-copper topped by a short-lived half-finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits slathered in buttery toffee. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste doesn't change much, but it does toast the biscuits pretty thoroughly and adds a touch of mandarin orange flesh for good measure. Well, it was a nice thought, anyway... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad O-Fest. The toasted, nearly charred taste really does nothing to help this stuff along at all.

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A short-lived and small head. No lacing.

S - It smelled malty and of grasses. Maybe clove, too.

T - Nice blend of spiciness, malt and grassy flavors. It has a subtle bitterness.

M - It was crisp and light to medium-bodied.

D - I enjoyed this very much. It is a pretty good version of the style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its crystal-clear copper body is topped by a short but creamy head of light tan foam that drops fairly quickly to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. It does, however, leave some interesting lacing. The nose displays a rich, bready, caramelish and lightly toasted malt with a subtle background of floral hops. It's medium body is creamy and smooth in the mouth with a very fine and moderate carbonation that lends just enough bite to get things started. Spicy and grassy hops start the flavor with some zest before the malts start to warm, and carry all the way through to the finish. The malt isn't quite as rich as the nose suggests, but it is nicely toasty and not so bold that it builds on the palate. In fact, between the spiciness of the hops, the low-level bitterness, and the character of the malt this is one hell of a balanced, drinkable beer! Very well done!

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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 WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 9/27/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of caramel and a little bit of fruit. There is some spice in the background and a mild hops presence comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad but there are definitely a lot of other O-fests that I would pick first.

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear amber, with nearly 3 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a thin foamy layer that leaves some thickish swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is mostly sticky sweet malts with just the slightest whiff of skunky lager yeast. There is some light floral spiciness to this, otherwise that is it for hop activity.

The taste does a little better in the hop department, with a mix of toasty sweetness and moderately assertive hops. Bit of an earthy dry spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe lighter, with a relatively sharp crispness to it. Generally very easy on the palate.

Nothing wrong here. Easy, clean, and crisp, with a good mix of malt and hops in the taste. I could down a couple of these easy.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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