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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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407 Reviews
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Reviews: 407
Hads: 760
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (766 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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) (590 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  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. (431 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,932 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
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! (592 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +30%
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! (876 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Went on my yearly Octoberfest seasonal binge, this is the first single to try.

Pours a copper color, not much of a head to this one... nice overall look to it though. Not much there for me in the aroma department. Now to taste.. nice mouthfeel up front, medium bodied. A little bit of spiciness to it.. very slight hop tinge to it as well. Kinda watery is the main thing I get with this one. Nice and smooth and great consistency to it but flavor wise there isn't that much there, then again this style is always lacking enough flavor for me (with a few exceptions). Solid beer, but I'm sure there's better O-fests out there. (626 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample purchased from store.

Somewhat of a surprise when I first had this beer, not a bad pick and one I'll go back to. (174 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Charley Brown's in Woodbridge, NJ

Pours orange/amber with nice clarity. A thin head becomes an isolated patch at first, but with some stirring of the glass becomes a lasting creamy head. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of sweet caramel and some roasted grain. It's on the thin side, but what is there is nice.

The taste is of sweet caramel on a roasted grain, bready background. Nicely balanced for the style. The malt remains just ahead of the hops. While the flavor is pretty standard for the style, they are strong enough to make a nicely flavored beer.

The body weakens a bit more than it should, but nothing is unpleasant, and it goes down smoothly.

While not in the same caliber as the Bavarians (and some Americans), it is a solid Oktoberfest. And, considering the source (Personally, I think the Beck's pale lager is awful and the dark better, but still lacking), it's not bad at all. I have this almost every year (usually through friends bringing it over), and find it pretty consistent from year to year. (1,046 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a quest this Oktoberfest to drink as many as possible, this one will not be a repeat.

Beer is clear and amber / dark ruby with a thin off white head, low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet malt and sulfur skunk.

Beer is mildly sweet and a little dry on the finish and skunky, green bottle alert, apparently beck's doesn't know how to take care of their beer. idiots, never again. (404 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation that rises quickly from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a medium thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light aroma of caramel sweetness. Also there are some light aromas of grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy + herbal hops which imparts a very light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Surprise, surprise...this beer does not have the aroma or flavor of skunk which is surprising considering I grabbed it as a single in a grocery store with bright fluorescent lights and it comes in a green bottle. Better than I was expecting, since I was expecting the skunkiness to be present but still not an amazing representation of the style. Easy to drink. (1,348 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz green bottle, best before June 2009, into a pint glass.

Pours a light thin layer of head that fizzles ever so quickly. No lace at all. Color is a nice mahagony red/orange.

Definately smells like a Beck's. A very light smell of slightly roasted malts and a hint of hops. Taste has a distinct carmel flavor to it. After it lingers enough, alcohol becomes present. Very little hop flavor tasted.

Carbonation level is very low. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but just a touch of bitterness is there.

Overall, not my favorite beer. Something I probably won't buy again. There are other Oktoberfests out there that appeal to me more. (650 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a smooth and creamy scent that lingers with a lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, yet slightly malty flavor with a lager yeast finish. It lacks a more malty presence and finishes a little too dry and bitter. It goes down easy, but it tastes too clean cut. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This would be better with a little more body and a little less carbonation. This is an above average Fest beer, but it could be a lot better. It lacks real flavor and sells itself short for a more commercial taste. (762 characters)

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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