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
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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 babaracas
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid orange with billowy offwhite head, not much lacing. Smell: bready malt, floral, fruity, pretty restrained. Taste: spicy and tea-like hops, toasted malts, hints of caramel. Finishes sweet but a little thin. Decent, even in a green bottle it avoids the import-grain taste of a Spaten, but a little thin in the malts.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a medium amber color to a nice pillowy head that dissipates rather fast. Smell was almost non-existent for me aside from a few floral notes. Taste was unexciting and almost metallic, not bad but certainly not the best. I expected better from a renowned German brewery. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, acidic. Drinkability is about average given the aftertaste and decent ABV. Be forwarned though, I would say this is a one-timer as there are definitely MUCH better Oktoberfest brews out there.

Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark amber color, with a thin off white head.

S- Malty, bready and a touch of hops.

T- Overall sweeter than I expected, malty and bready.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, and not bad at all just think there are better ones out there.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful deep marzen with a 1 finger creamy, light beige head that was fair in retention lapsing to a thin sudsy covering. A few steady streams of co2 was observed.

S: The nose was light toasted dry malt with a dried fruitiness lingering about.

T: The flavor was fruity with ripe apples, dried cranberries and a semi-dry toasted malting. A light dry spiciness of cinnamon with a slight bitterness of flowery hops was also tasted. A light showing of sweetness from the malt is well balanced by the dry flowery nature of the hops.

M: a medium viscosity with a nice smoothness. Very soft carbonation on the tongue while a light dry flowery residue coating laces the tongue.

D: Drinakbility was respectable and surprisingly good. A nice dry semi-sweet toasted malting with a flowery hopping makes this a decent example per style and one you can easily drink with little or no complaints. Worthy of a try.

Photo of hops4me
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great. Brilliant amber with big sturdy head. Smells of peaches and floral hops. Tasts slight toastedness and hop flavor and bitterness. I felt this one was well on the light side. Not quite enough malt in my opinion. But with the lightness it makes it go down easy and still enjoyable.

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color with a nice head of slighly off-white foam. Decent lacing and carbonation throughout.

S - Malty with hints of caramel and spice. Also present was the slightest hint Euro lager style skunkiness.

T - Malty with a slightly spicy sweetness up front followed by slightly bitter hop flavor.

MF&D - Reasonable price and good flavor make this one a Fall Classic. Highly recommended.

Photo of vicg12
4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Octoberfest beer, some brewers get it right others don't, Beck's got it right. My only complant is that is is a litle light on flavor and feel then I would like to see in an Octoberfest beer. In my opion must better then regualr Beck's. Worth a try.

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

pours a clear dark amber with a medium size off-white head, not much lacing.

smell is faint, light caramel, and malt.

taste of malt, caramel, touch of spice, and some grain, ends on the dry side.

overall weak for an oktoberfest but still drinkable.

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

A: Clear, bright amber color. Pours with a rocky one finger white head that settles to a quarter inch and holds. Inconsistent lacing

S: Biscuity malts. Light hop bitterness.

T: Biscuity malts up front. Lingering finish. Characteristic of the style.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation

D: Clearly a drinkable beer. I think the lack of a good finish diminishes it.

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a SA pint glass. The brew poured a deep copper color with a nice thick fluffy head. The head receded somewhat quickly with little lacing. The smell is of sweet caramel malt. Upon tasting the malt flavor is strong up front with a dry, slightly bitter finish. The body is light with little carbonation, making this beer easily drinkable. Overall this beer is a solid Oktoberfest.

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white head.

S- Nice malty aroma with some caramel, this is my first Oktoberfest of the year so it is nice to get back into the style.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a good amount of malt and little hops in the finish, just enough to balance out the malt.

M- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a good sessionable brew. Not the best Oktoberfest I have tried, but pretty solid. I could definitely throw back a few of these with ease and enjoyment. Good stuff.

Overall, Beck's Oktoberfest is a solid Oktoberfest that I enjoyed. It is not the tastiest one on the market, but definately worth a try and something I would likely pick up again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle picked up today from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my Smokestack goblet.

3/4" head dies back quick... brew is polished copper orange.

Nose is toasted malts and a little bit of metal..

Flavor mirrors the nose with the same "penny" taste toward the finish... nice dry finish. body is light with maybe a little too much carbonation.


Photo of changeup45
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all I must say I was a somewhat impressed with this beer. I've had Beck's and Beck's Dark before so I thought I had an idea of what this might be like. This is certainly better than those. Sampled on tap, dark brown appearance, with semi-malty aroma. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with spices mixed in. Not a ton of flavor but it's not bad. Overall this was pretty solid.

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 dsa7783
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $1.99...
A hefty pour resulted in a beautiful overall pour, a classic, traditional, dark-amber Oktoberfest hue with a massive foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Classic aroma replete with hints of grains, amber, bread, butter, and caramel...
Taste: Crisp and refreshing with a lack of cloying flavors and or alcohol on the tongue, but overall taste was compromised due to an unattractive bitter finish...Flavor strongly paid homage to the aroma, with a sharply noticeable bread and butter essence along with mild hints of vanilla and a strong malt backbone...
Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkabilty to match...
Not bad, but certainly not the season's best I've yet sampled...

Photo of ibashmuck
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of BuffaloBill91
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on sale at my local beer store so I could pass it up.

A-Looks a nice golden color w/a 1 finger off white head - doesn't seem to have very much carbonation- head disappears quick leaving a little lace.. I hate green bottles.

S-Smells like malt and spices maybe with some citrus

T-Tastes at first like a typical macro company brew but I do love the nice carmel notes and has just the right hop bite in the finish that makes you want to take another drink when it goes away.

M-Mouthfeel is average if you swoosh it - its goes all foam quick.

D-Drinkability on this was better than average only because it seemed to make me more thirsty.. Definitely a session beer.

WHY don't these brewery's stop using these green bottles? They make the beer taste skunky? You would think that they would bottle it in brown bottles to keep the light away from it? oh-well.

Photo of KeefD
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, expiration date of June 2008..

Dark amber in color, very little head, slight lacing. The nice color was the last good thing about it. Not much to smell in this beer. Slight nuttiness but no hop aroma at all.

Taste and body is light with moderate carbonation. Slight pumpkin and apple taste. Lightly roasted malts, little to no hops. Almost like a watered-down brown ale.

Not the best Oktoberfest, but maybe it's just the wrong time of year to be drinking it.

Photo of Tilley4
1.9/5  rDev -44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What is it with these green bottles???

Pours out looking great.. Nice dark amber with a tremendous head... And then I smell the skunk....not bad, but enough to let me know that this probably aint gonna be great... I'm right... It tastes rather like a regular Becks except skunked...

Go figure..

Photo of Contra
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes a lot like regular Beck's. A bit of an off-taste, but a decent hoppy flavor as well. Has a strong alcoholic flavor, even though I'm sure it's not high in alcohol. Fairly typical appearance, but with mounds of head. Smell is funky, rather unappealing.

Overall, not a great Oktoberfest, but you can do worse. Not recommended, but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber color, two finger head left some decent lacing.

S- Sweet malty aroma with a hint of green bottle skunk.

T- Decent malty sweetness, but it doesn't carry all the way through. Once again geen bottle skunk rears its ugly head.

M- A little light for the style.

D- If I see it on tap I'll give it annother try, otherwise prolly not.

A decent oktoberfest but nothing really good. Most of this this beers shortfalls are due to the green bottle. Hopefully this is better on tap, I'll keep my eye out.

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

Now I do like oktoberfest brews but this is the second straight dissapointment. The smell was a bit enticing but things went down hill from there. I enjoy the Becks Dark but this one seemed very uneventful and had an awkward taste that lingered about?! I haven't been able to pin it down yet but I 'm not going to drink another to find out. Not that its a bad beer...just that I've come to expect more.

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

Oktoberfest in January not too bad. Bottle smell is delicious with malty smell of caramel and toffee. Pours to an orange bronze with a very light tan head. Taste is very similar to the smell, toffee but the hop bitterness is present right from the start. The carbonation is good and the mouthfeel is creamy yet with some sparkle. The is an amazingly well balanced Oktoberfest. I was expecting it to be too sweet but I am pleasantly surprised. The taste is consistent from start to finish with a slightly dry and moderately subdued bitter finish. This is a darn good brew. A sessioner without a doubt. No problem drinking this beer year-round if available? I found it nestled with a bunch of twelvers of Beck's Dark I was pondering. Good find!

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange color with thin foamy head about half a finger width. The smell was actually of autumn leaves and oak. The taste did not disappoint either. There was tastes of hard woods, dry autumn leaves, and burnt hops. The feel in the mouth was cold and crisp which turned into a warm feeling as it was being swallowed very much like autumn (seriously I am not trying to be cliche I was as surprised as you are). The drinkability was wonderful and will definitely be buying more.

Photo of youngleo
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured to a caramel like off white head. Head didnt last long. Left some light lacing around the sides of the glass. Head tasted a little creamy.
S-Had that dark beer smell. A little on the skunky side. With some malt smell present. Maybe a hint of sweet.
T- Had a strong dark beer taste. Stronger that their traditonal dark beer. Tasted like caramel with a hint of coffee, and some kind of maybe hazelnut.
M-Felt good in the mouth. Felt a little thicker than domestic beer. Carbonation was just about right.
D-I could drink these, but just not all night long. Dont know what the alcohol content was, but it seemed to give me a nice buzz after a few.

Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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