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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

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 sudz42
4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional, easy quaffing Oktoberfest, surprisingly refreshing for the style; belying its amber hue and frothy head.

I was reluctant to buy and be stuck with the 12er (you know the feeling), anticipating a potential malt syrup bomb, but I am pleasantly surprised, and may be scoring another 12er before supply runs out.

The trademark Becks soft water feel is marred by an underlying astringency, like a macro hop bitterness.

This Oktoberfest is a welcome change from the typical Ringwood yeast ale diacetyl sugar shack disasters that are readily available in New England.

Becks is the #1 German import for a reason, friends. They've done it again here. Prost!

Photo of yemenmocha
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours between light amber and golden color with smallish head that doesn't retain. Nose is weak/faint with light toasted malt and an overall "clean" character. Palate is light in flavors, body, and is remarkably watery overall. Gentle hops are there but the light toasty malt is in the forefront. You could have fooled me into thinking this was one of those pseudo-craft beers from Michelob. At least this Beck's is NOT skunked.

Photo of philbe311
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Thin half finger of tan fizzy head fades quickly to leave a very minimal lacing which is thicker around the edges of the glass and almost non-existent in the center... A decent amount of moderate to fast paced carbonation rises throughout... A wonderful orangish amber, especially when held up to the light, with a faint reddish hue...

S - Heavy roasted grains to start... With a little persistence you can detect the textbook malty marzen goodness... Caramel and toffee... Sweet fruit... An ever so slight nuttiness...

T - The roasted grains again take the lead... Disappointingly the malt is nowhere to be found... There is a faint hop bitterness... Tastes like an adjunct lager to me, not a marzen...

M - Medium bodied... Thin and watery... Sharp carbonation... No real depth or character... Not eventful...

D - Not a stellar marzen... Heck, I'm not even sure it's an average marzen... Not terrible, but I have no need to revisit in the future... The appearance and aroma keep this from being a complete dud...

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color. A minimal off-white head forms and leaves a lacing around the edges. No sediment and carbonation is noticeable.

The aroma includes caramel malts and a hop component that is kind of earthy.

The taste is primarily malty sweetness/caramel. A minimal hops presence. Mild alcohol at the end.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied and overall seemed a bit weak to me. Mild dryness at the finish. Reasonable but mild carbonation.

Overall, I do like this beer and feel it is easy to drink although I feel there is lots of room for improvements. It is a staple for this time of year, when I try to have as many different oktoberfest beers, as possible.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
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 CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big mug on the first evening of the Oktoberfest minitour at O.C., Roseville, MN.

A-Clear, light copper beer. Arrived with a 1 cm layer of head that retained moderately.

S-Biscuity, slightly sweet aroma with a spicy hoppiness.

T-Slightly fruity, bready/biscuity malts. Spicy and perfumy hoppiness ushers in a bitterness that kicks in midway in the flavor, but still allows the malts to dominate overall.

M-Medium body and a smooth, moderate carbonation. This is a pretty typical-feeling Oktoberfest brew.

D-Very dinkable. Smooth, medium body lends to easy drinking, with a flavor that is not overpowering, while still providing my taste buds with enough action to keep enjoying themselves and wanting more.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smeel is mild, a bit malty. Taste is also mild, some malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this beer makes for a decent choice.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery amber with a creamy light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Caramel and fresh bread make up the nose. The flavors are nice and rich with sweet malt and toasted grain. Medium smooth bodied and easy to drink. A decent O-fest.

Photo of JoeBloe
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

when the bartender recommended this one i replied 'as long as it doesn't taste like a beck's with some octoberfest on it " but that's just what it tastes like - maybe it's me but beck's beer always tastes skunked - maybe that's beck's - the octoberfest is a little buttery, creamy, malty - but there's still that underlying beck's skunkation - looks good on the pour, and i hoped on-tap would relieve me of the beck's 'skunkation', with the green glass bottle out of the equation, but no, i smelt it , tasted it ,and drank it, but i wouldn't order another - the bartender claimed this to be the top seller since it came in this week - not for me...

Photo of SmithwicksNut
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. This one was skunky. 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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
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
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
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
1.8/5  rDev -46.9%
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

Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
77 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.