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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

drt72, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Jemenhiser
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Jemenhiser, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's Oktoberfest is definitely reminiscent of regular Beck's, which makes for an interesting twist. It starts off with a dark red/brown/orange color with a weak head and moderate lacing. Smells like a Pils, mostly crisp hops, but there are some caramel malts as well. Really not to Oktoberfesty so far.

The taste is about the same, it tastes like a nice bitter Pils only with more of a full roasted bread flavor. Most of the flavor comes from the hops. The beer does not taste bad, on the contrary! But it does not seem to be made to style IMHO.

The beer feels smooth and refreshing in your mouth, nice body. Like regular Beck's is great on a summer day, Beck's Oktoberfest is great on a nice cool Autumn day.

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Razr86
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Razr86, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of scarletfire79
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

suprisingly good beer. roasted malt flavor slides away into a hoppy bitterness. extremely drinkable. really really solid. a real good example of the style. nothing spectacular, just done pretty damn right. not as bold with the flavors as some like but all in all decent.

scarletfire79, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Dodt
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

picked up a six pack of this beer today poured from the bottle in to a mug
appearance orange color with a tan head
smell faint aroma of toasted malts
taste dry but malty sort of reminds me of becks dark
this is my second time is my with the beers from becks so far i've found to be average at best if i was at a oktoberfest this would be my third choice to go for.

Dodt, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Nihilistkid
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Nihilistkid, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Tiburon
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Tiburon, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of DarthMalt
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical Oktoberfest amber color with a goodly sized head.
Hot-mash grain and malt aromas dominate over a rather thin body. Carbonation tickles up front with hop and/or grain astringency bittering the middle. No aftertaste save for some slight hop bitterness.

No discernable hop or fermentation profile.

DarthMalt, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of BillyBrew
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess a German brewer knows what an Oktoberfest beer should be better than I. Very Clear copper colour with slight lace. Sweet malt nose with subtle hops. Although malty, not as potant as others. Body is a smooth light-medium sort.

A better Beck's, but not a great Oktoberfest. Light-medium body and smooth malt make easy drinking. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Sep 29, 2002
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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 cerevisiaephilus
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WEll I am pleasantly suprised. This beer sat in a garage for more than 2 years. Still really tasty! This beer and a Pete's Strawberry blonde were still really tasty, but a bottle conditioned (?) Victory Prima Pils was completely shitty. It sat for just as long in the same conditions and it sucked! Something abut being filtered I think makes a beer more stable, not bottle conditioning!

Anyway, this beer smells pretty good. Nice warm, soft munich malt notes. Flavor is quite nice. Really nice malty flavors with just a hint of hops in the finish. Really fairly dry, but the mouthfeel is still quite smooth and not too thin. Really drinkable.

cerevisiaephilus, May 07, 2004
Photo of mophie
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up because (egad) it was the only O'fest beer at the liquor store this past weekend (what's the holdup, guys?). Anyway, on just about every count, this is an average beer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Light brown/caramel in color, translucent, with a dissipating off-white head. Smell is clean, mildly malty. Pleasant caramel taste, though a bit thin, which in some respects adds to its drinkability. Nothing outstanding here, but not bad, either.

mophie, Sep 03, 2002
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

pooogy, Aug 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

VictorWisc, Jun 14, 2013
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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
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3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eye Candy: Deep amber, slightly burnt orange in color. Thin head that quickly gave way to thin lacing.

The Nose Knows: Lager-like, touch of lemon, some sweet malts emerged as it warmed.

Tongueland: Lager-like up front, toasted malt sweet middle, crisp almost citrus like finish. Good complexity for a mass produced beer.

Bender Factor: Good session beer, suprised me. Heads above Saranac Oktoberfest.

wailingwench, Oct 02, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

doc17325, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

ericwilson54, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mnapier
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees fahrenheit. Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Through the glass I detect reddish orange hues with a nice clarity. The beer pours a medium off-white foamy head that recedes into an island of lace.
A waft of dryness is detected along with a hoppy-ness and some roasted barley.
Swirling this in my mouth I detect a mild sweet malt introduction with a hop dryness in the middle, that finishes roasted barley. The mouth is rather mild though, befitting if this is indeed a low ABV beer. All in all a decent 'light' Oktoberfest beer if you want to have a few of these over a long evening conversation.


mnapier, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of vitesse
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the 2004 version on tap.

nice brown color. good clarity. moderately thick tan head. smells of barley and slightly roasted nuts. very little estery fruitiness in the smell or taste.
a very simple, drinkable beer. tastes of basic marzen-like maltiness, but very thin in the mouthfeel. slight german hoppiness is there, too.
tastes a bit too "raw" for an oktoberfest...maybe it needs a bit more lagering time to really smooth out and go from an average oktoberfest-style beer to a good one.

vitesse, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of redneckchugger
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rusty brown, nice head, but its fizzy and disapates quickly.
Malty, nutty nose, no hop presence, but very nice.
A bit of skunkiness on the pallate, which cause me to bumb the taste score down a bit. Still its very good. nutty malts, and juuust a hint of the hops.
Overall not the best o-fest i have had, but still damn goo, very drinkable. This is on my list of beers i plan to pring to parties.

redneckchugger, Oct 08, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer, in a good way. It pours a pretty nice amber, and the smell is not as strong as some other Oktoberfest beers, but malty and pretty true to the style. The taste as well remained true to the style. Sweet, malty, and balanced out by a hint of spice in the finish. Mouthfeel seemed a bit light for an Oktoberfest, but didn't take that much away from this beer. Very drinkable. Overall this was a pretty good Oktoberfest, not as great as Paulner or Hacker-Pschorr, but not to far off from those either. Would purchase this beer again.

nickynick, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

elBecko, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ibashmuck
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a dark amber body. The smell and taste were dominated by hop or alcohol bite. It settles down, but still hard to taste much past the harshness. If you'd like a good Oktober, head for Hacker. Original grade: C-

October '08: Went back and bought another, as it's the season of Oktober's, and I wanted to try it again and compare after having had a bunch of the style. The smells were still rather faint, but the hoppiness wasn't quite as strong. Nuttiness and maple syrup pushed up through and are more or less equal to the hop challenge. Still not great, but not too bad either.

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
78 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.