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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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741 Ratings
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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 tatoodkelt
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest of the year! Havent had this one in a while.

Consumed 9/8/09- from notes.

Green 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright clear amber topped off with a one finger bone white head that hung around for most of the glass. Good carbination.

S- Toasted malt, caramel hints as well as something else I cant nail down.

T- Toasted malt and caramel again, a little sweet, a little grassy/floral. Started to get a little dry at the end.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbination tingle.

D- Very easy to drink, definitely sessionable. I had forgotten how much I liked this one.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Brownish in color with a nice pillowy off white head.

Smells very bready and malts lend a subtle underlying sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose, nice Munich style malt which re-enforces that this is a good German lager here. Lightly toasted malt which is balanced by a ghost like hop.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Overall this was a very drinkable Oktoberfest. Flavors are all spot on, nothing out of place. Definately a good session brew.

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 BeerisfoodLLC
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass froma bottle.

A- Reddish orangish hue, pours with a thin head that dissapates into tendrils of fine lace.

S - Toasted malt armoas with a nutty scent pervades the beer.

T - Sweet and malty with hints of hops to balance it out.

M - Smooth,lightly carbonated, and goes down easy.

D - This could easily be a session beer, I could suck down a six pack of these on a Monday night :)

Photo of Tomas77
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burn't orange/copper color with an off white foam head that lasts to the end.
Slight carmel with toasted malt accents and a mild alcohol scent. Little hop aroma.
Sweet carmel malt flavor with toastiness mid-palate. Herbal hop with slight spiciness probably from the alcohol and not the hop i'm guessing. Slight bitter finish.
Medium body but thin in the middle with the malt. Finishes dry with a carbonic sting on the tongue. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

Photo of cpmau11
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear amber with an off-white creamy head, about one finger in height. Aroma smells of slight caramel. Flavor is very good. Nice german hop bitterness throughout the sip. Nice lacing and head retention. Very malty flavor, I think its more a of vienna malt character opposed to Munich malt. Very drinkable.

Overall, I was hoping this beer would taste good, and it did. I've had Becks many times and its usually alright, but nothing great. This beer definitely caught me off guard. It's not my favorite Oktoberfest style beer, buts definitely does the style justice. Props to Becks for not screwing this up.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of gotweid
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a pint glass. Brownish orange rusty color and a slightly off white head that settles licely to an even quarter inch the remainder of the way. Very attractive. Aroma was strong on malt and cooked grains. The taste buds tell me that this beer tastes as it smells...strong cooked grains with malt. Light on hops. Medium bodied beer. Well carbonated for the style, slightly dry aftertaste but not to the point that I had cotton mouth. I would give the beer higher marks for drinkablility except that I woke up the next day with a splitting headache from a few of these (although my dinner was very light). I recommend this beer and am very willing to try it again.

Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a kinda reddish orange clor. The beer had a light tan head that was gone pretty fast.The beer stunk as far as smell goes. It smelled kinda sour and just off. However the taste was not. The taste was really good caramally with a little nuttyness. I will buy again.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a green bottle this beer was a classic, bright orange color with great clarity. The head was beige the retention modest and the lacing scattered. The nose was dry, with a slightly stale hint to the grains with some hop bitterness in the background. The flavors were spot-on for the style, pale malt sweetness, very grainy, very dry with hints of toasted malt. Simple but drinkable. The body was medium, the carbonation medium/high which caused the mouthfeel too be a little rough. Still, for a Beck's product I was rather impressed with the quality of the experience.

Photo of colts9016
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: A deep orange red color with an off white slightly tan head. There was a two finger head but it dissipated to a half finger foamy head that has some retention. There is carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear.

Nose: A rich malt aroma is all I can detect.

Taste: A nicely rich malt with a subtle hop like citrus, and resin.

Overall: A very clean beer. There is a dryness to the beer in the finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated and chalky. The beer overall is okay I was hoping for a subtle hint of sweetness when I tried the beer but I didn't get it. I feel the hops is a little to much for the beer.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear orange, with just a hint of autumn brown, topped by a creamy smooth head that vacates surprisingly quickly. Velvety smooth, and delightfully malted, it envelops the tongue like a bearskin rug. It is seemingly warming from the inside, like it assisting in the perparation for the winter ahead, insulating from the cold, yet opening your senses for more. Really enjoyable, especially in-season, but not wholly, if only for the fact that it doesn't leave me immediately craving the next one.

Photo of Vendetta
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt for the most part

T - Follows the smell sweet malt with some caramel to it

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not expecting much from Beck's I was surprised that it was a decent sessionable beer

Photo of asabreed
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clearly-marked best by date on there too.

Appearance: Nice amber-copper body, but not a lot of lacing or head retention going on.

Smell: Malty and sweet with some honey, lemon, a bit of marmalade perhaps, and herbal tea.

Taste: Balanced but not a lot there really. Malt sweetness, some mild honey, earthiness, citrus, and the omnipresent herbal tea flavors.

Mouthfeel: Some slickness but enough carbonation to make it alright by the end and through drinking it.

Drinkability: This has never been one of my favorite domestic styles, especially since almost every single brewery has one, most to capitalize on the suckers who buy it because of the name. That said, being Beck's it's what you expect: balanced and drinkable enough without being anything to really savor.

Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very dark bronze body with lots of beige head but there is not much for lace. It smells mainly grassy and mixed grains. It has a caramel taste at first then it becomes a balanced taste grains and hops. It is crisp Oktoberfest beer with a good use of hops. It has almost a medium body.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cooper color with off-white head. A nice 2-3 finger head that slowly settles to a nice creamy layer. Its almost looks, and feels like, it was on nitro. Very nice presentation for a bottled beer. Smell is off a dark caramel with some sweet malt and a burnt aroma to it. Taste is good, of roasted grain, sweet malt, and a caramel backbone. Moutfeel was smooth and a bit velvet-like. Overall I have to say I'm very surprised. I bought this beer because it was on clearance for $3.99 a six pack and it was more than well worth it!

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness tulip pint glass. Marked "Best before 6/2009".

Appearance: Pours a lighter copper color with a slightly tan head that begins dissipating quickly and then dissipates slower. When it is gone, there is a slight, creamy looking head left over.

Smell: Malty and sweet.

Taste: Sweet with a toastiness about it that all German beers seem to have. Very little bitterness, expected of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a slight, balanced carbonation. Finishes with a slight tingle. Thinner than expected, but I'm not complaining.

Drinkability: Overall a solid beer. The only thing that I have had from Beck's, but better than their other stuff from what I hear. Lighter than most Oktoberfests, but still good and well-rounded.

I would drink it again, but for the regular price that I have seen it, I wouldn't normally buy it. I stumbled across it on sale for $11.49 for a 12-pack so I grabbed a couple for a party I was having. If it can be found cheaper, get it. If it's above $15, better options are available for this style.

Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle marked "best by 6/2009" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Bright reddish coppery with stunning clarify. Foamy head settles down a bit to a thick cap and good clingly lacing. Good looking brew! Nose of buttery diacetyl, sweet caramel malt, and honey toast. Tastes of mid-sweet malt, with a light burnt toast finish a bit on the dry side. Clean, crisp mouth, watery and quenching; goes down easy. Drinkability is great; this is an exemplary session beer.

Overall: A solid Octoberfest brew, nothing too extreme or out there, just a good beer for drinking and enjoying. I've never been a big "Beck's" fan, but this one is every bit as good as any other good German Octoberfest brew.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the B'Ville Oktoberfest.

Poured a dark nutty brown with a finger of tan fluffy head. Alot of bubbles. Retention is decent, lasted the lifetime, and lacing was nonexistant.

Smells of malt, peanut and mild earthy hops.

Taste is strong dry malt, a bit of salted peanut, and a very mild hop lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp. Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I paired this with a dinner of bratwurst, red cabbage, and German potato salad. Pretty well rounded and easy to drink.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at 1899 Pub in Willoughby Ohio

Kick the keg special, $2/pint

a: rich copper color slight carbonation off white head that reduces to light lacing

s: roasted malts, nut

t: caramel, malts and a hint of nut, not hoppy

m&d: dry, medium body.


Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I imagine a great German Oktobefest beer, I don't image something very far from Beck's version of the infamous beer. It pours a brilliant amber color with the smell of malt, grains, and subtle spices. It has the initial taste of Beck's lager but finishes much smoother with the malt coming out and the smoothness of the Oktoberfest shines very nicely. I've had many Oktoberfest beers and I can say this one ranks somewhere in the top 10 on my list, I bet it would move up higher had I had it on tap!!

Photo of dstc
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with ruby highlights. Off-white head that falls to a minimum head with thin lacing.

Nice malts in the nose with a faint roasted aroma coming through.

Taste is of the mildly roasted, sweet malts that the nose picked up. Caramel undertones and a very slight bitter finish.

Medium bodied in the mouth and average carbonation.

Very pleasant on tap and easy drinking. Nice Oktoberfest.

Photo of scottg
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly with spotty lacing. Earthy, grainy aroma and lots of caramel. Grainy flavor up front gives way to lots of caramel and light hop flavors. Medium body, medium carbonation, this is a very clean & smooth drinking beer.
I was very surprised I enjoyed this beer so much, let that be a lesson to me about judging a beer by its cover.

Photo of Gmann
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice honey amber color with a small yet dense off white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is faint, some doughy caramel malt and grassy/grainy Euro skunk. The taste has a base of the Beck's pilsner with a bit more a malty profile. There is a light yet kind of harsh grassy hop profile. Flavors don't seem to mix well with me. The feel is light to moderate and well carbonated; finishes with a light yet harsh bitterness. It seems that they took their original Beck's recipe but used more caramel malt. Very average.

Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
78 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.