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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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.

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Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beck's is a line of beers that have never really impressed me, and their Oktoberfest does nothing to change that trend. However, this is still their best offering as it has far more flavor and aromatics than their year-round lagers. I noticed that the label for this one has light blue and white trim: the official Bavarian colors. At least they try to be authentic.

Beck's Oktoberfest pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger off-white foam head that lasts for about 30 seconds. The smell has some caramel malt characteristics, but some cheap/soapy aromas are noticeable too. This came in a green bottle, but really wasn't that skunked, but the cheap/soapy aromas do seem to be a common denominator of "green bottled Euro macro lagers." The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, with an ample amount of fizz. The taste is mostly of some nutty and caramel flavors with some moderate dryness and bitterness in the finish. No "wow" material here. This is a simple and non-complex brew. In the aftertaste, a very light dryness carries over, with some buttery notes appearing after the light caramel disappears. This finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This beer is a bit on the light side for an Oktoberfest, but it is an easy drinking brew that would go well with some brats. Not too bad of a beer altogether, but it just fails to excite me. Beck's should brew this all year round to help round out their "lineup."

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 05:34:12 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 04:14:04 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 01:38:47 | More by oberon
Photo of putnam


3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Would you look at that? Beck's can knock out a good Maerzen!
Gorgeous old bronze color and creamy, fine top occur before I put it to my nose and make note of this beer's fragrant, English pub bitter aromatics. Lots of caramel, butter and nut extracts rise up ...conspicuously absent is any trace of aromatic hops. On the palate it is rich with powdery, bittering hop crispness that keeps the flavors in focus. Sauteed banana and apple survive briefly before the peppery hop resins and chunky gas arrive to clean it all up. Authentic.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 00:33:35 | More by putnam
Photo of beerguy101


3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, medium head. Light bodied marzen style beer. Mild malts, slightly sweet. Mild hops, not much of a hop bite. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is malty with a slightly bitter finish. Nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:32:46 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Rifrafboy


2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Good head with decent lacing. Nose gets the aroma of malt. Nice malty mouthfeel, a little stronger than regular Beck's. This is a nice seasonal brew. A good beer to drink around the fire or with a good meal. This is a little sweet fot my taste, but I would not turn down a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 16:34:44 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a clear dark amber with a modest head, frothy in texture and the lace decent enough to cover the glass. Malt nose, hints of caramel, slightly sweet as is the start, top skeletal and the finish perkily acidic with a pleasant hop bite, dry and lingering aftertaste, drinkable, but a touch light for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 11:15:19 | More by Gusler
Photo of Pegasus


3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear medium amber in color with lots of irregular lace. The off-white head is about a quarter of an inch tall at pouring, but utterly vanishes in a minute or so.

Aroma: The aroma did not possess the skunk characteristic noted by many others. Caramel, malt notes and earthy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Taste begins with caramel and toasted malt and strong earthy hops. The hops dominate the taste more than they should for this style, making the malts see lacking. Mild nutty flavors appear later; finishes dry with a lingering earthy and tea-like bitter note that seems heavy-handed.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, although a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: The excessive hops really are to the detriment of this beer, more-so for a style like Oktoberfest, which emphasizes maltiness. Being that it is a beer from Germany and a major brewer, it should be of better quality. And why the green glass bottles? I bought a twelve-pack in a sealed carton, so the beer has not suffered light damage, but it is well understood by now that brown glass is a better choice.

Presentation: Packaged in a green glass (it was clear glass in past years) Euro long neck-style bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 20:02:05 | More by Pegasus
Photo of ThreePistols


2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper color, short lived off-white frothy head, spicy, malt nose, spicy, lemon rind bitterness, hoppy flavor, with a semi-dry, caramel sweetness finish.

The finish to me is the best part of this beer. Not a real Beck fan and this is a Beck.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 05:57:11 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of Winter


2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear glass bottle with "Best before 07/2003"- so this beer wasn't old but tasted somewhat skunky unfortunately. Poured a clear amber with a 1/4 inch head that retreated in seconds. Aroma consisted of sweet caramel, malt and hops. The qualities of the taste and smell of this Oktoberfest are vaguely similar to that of an original Becks. The finish was skunky and rather bitter. I was looking forward to this one, but it was a letdown. I would probably try to seek this out on tap to see if it was any better tasting than what was offered in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 17:09:30 | More by Winter
Photo of BeerBob


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck’s Oktoberfest pours a copper hued amber from a 12 oz clear glass bottle, with a date of “Best before 07, 2003”. Head goes to about one finger then fades to a thin cap of foam with slight lacing.

Nose is a nice pleasant malt with just a hint of the small black furry mammal with the white strip down the back, damn you Beck’s for the clear glass bottle! Palate is a thin sweet malt and nowhere near what an Oktoberfest should be.

How to make a good Oktoberfest is no big secret in Germany, but Beck’s has yet to figure this out!


Now comes in a green glass bottle and the best before date of 06 2004.

Better... Much Better!!!

Good sweet malt, nice taste for an Oktoberfest!!!


Best by 06 2006

The green glass bottle has endured, the beer pours a darker copper hued amber with a tan head that went to over two fingers with a good amount of lacing and a firm cap of fine bubble foam.

Nose is all sweet barley malt with just a bit of alcohol vapors.

Palate had the first impression of a well bittered brew, then came the sweet barley malt... but not as sweet as last years tasting notes.

This years offering is just as appealing as last years, but for other reasons... the well bittering, but just not as sweat.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 02:08:58 | More by BeerBob
Photo of garymuchow


3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant fresh aroma, more closely associated with a German pilsner than Oktoberfest, with a light flowery character and not much malt. Thick full head, amber-orange color and clear. Light to medium malt flavor with hard water quality. Has a refreshing quench to it as well. Shorter than average finish, for style, with some dryness. Mouthfeel is medium and doesn't have any softness. Not a bad Oktoberfest. I do prefer this to the other Beck offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 20:29:27 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Morris729


2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber color with a light head that quickly dissipates. It has a sweet caramel aroma once poured into a glass (being from clear bottles, I was afraid it would be a bit skunky, but fortunately, that was not the case). The flavor was not that impressive—similar to regular Beck’s but with more of a roasted malt and nutty flavor. There are definitely better Oktoberfests to be had.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 19:17:07 | More by Morris729
Photo of RBorsato


3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color was a very impressive bright amber with a nice ivory,light-tan head. Unfortunately this was about the only character I could find that would justify an Octoberfest style. Had a sweet burnt aroma and a sweet, almost nutty, flavor. Medium bodied but leans light.

Not a bad beer - just not a Marzen. Didn't have any of the bready and spicy characteristics I look for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 11:49:57 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-light copper color, with a decent head that dissipated quickly, and left little lacing. Toasty malt aroma with a touch of spiciness. Light-medium body, and a smooth mouthfeel. Taste was of bready maltiness with hints of carmel, ending with a bit of hops to balance. Very easy to drink, especially compared to regular Beck's, which is a fight for me to swallow. A bit thin but better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 04:51:11 | More by Lupe
Photo of xXTequila


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper with a quick fizz of the head and then it's gone.
Cold the taste was almost not even there. Warmed a bit the caramel was the over all flavour with a dry husk graininess that held into the aftertaste.
Very clean and not as sweet as American Oktoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 13:08:16 | More by xXTequila
Photo of budgood1


3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep copper color....little head and no lace. typical beck's aroma with an undertone of caramel malt flavor. nice mouthfeel...buttery goodness the accentuates the caramel malts used. tastes great....my favorite becks by far...the taste is perfect for an o-fest. hops are flowery, malts are sugary sweet and balanced. oh so smooth. for a mass produced beck's product, this is a very good buy especially if you like the euro taste of lagers. easy to quaff many of these!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 18:08:38 | More by budgood1
Photo of aaronh


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nicest quality of this beer is the spicy aroma. It also pours with a nice color, which is copper topped with a white head that leaves a little lace. The taste is a little lacking. It has some malt, but just not exciting and malty like most oktoberfests. The finish leaves a bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is not a very drinkable beer. Mnay better O-fests available.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 20:02:42 | More by aaronh
Photo of Zraly


3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beck's presents a mild mannered, drinkable Oktoberfest. The color is probably the most unique characteristic of this lager...the subtle but rather sensual tint of this beverage is a beautiful copper. The initial scent was a bit skunky accompanied with a light citrus note. Overall, it is a light-medium bodied beer that finishes a bit weak on the palate. Drinkable, yes. The best, no.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 18:43:13 | More by Zraly
Photo of jackndan


2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s O-Fest: Its been done! A skunked out euro-lager with a handful of “oktoberfest” spices. Really disappointed in this beer. It looked just fine, but c’mon, its just bad. It had the underlying taste of beck’s, bad and skunked, with a very limited level of O-fest malts thrown in the mix. Worst O-fest ever.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 20:05:16 | More by jackndan
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2002 07:15:03 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of ADR


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, clear...pretty good yellowish head of some persistence. Malty aroma carries a foot from the glass. Soft malty flavors, slight pear with caramel tones. Lacks much of a hop counterpoint, could use more. Lighter bodied. Pretty OK Fest and drinkable entry from the king of German exports.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2002 07:15:32 | More by ADR
Photo of Thrasher


2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a Beck's fan to begin with, although this is probably their best beer. They brilliantly decided to use clear bottles this year (with a faint green tinge) but are selling them in enclosed 12 packs. Skunky aroma which fortunately vacated when dumped into mug. Some good head & coloration but a bit too artificially fizzy to be truly handsome. Very cold, this beer had some good caramel sweetness in the attack but everything else is a wash. As the beer warmed to the appropriate temperature, the bad flavors became more obvious. Too much regular Beck's flavor, which I find disgusting. Also an offensive metallic aftertaste, much the same effect as sucking on a quarter that you picked up off the street. Will have to recruit some friends to finish this 12 pack for me. Should have known what to expect from Beck's.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 13:57:26 | More by Thrasher
Photo of bditty187


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everything about Beck’s Oktoberfest seemed a tad too subdued. Aside from the great looking coppery-cinnamon color and the off-white head, nothing jumped out and said “wow”! The nose was of faint malt, spice, and caramel. The taste matched up with the aroma (add in a little floral too). I think I could smell and taste a faint note of skunk. It got a little sweet at the end. But overall this is a very drinkable beer and by no means is there anything wrong with it. I’ll gladly drink another.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 18:32:02 | More by bditty187
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured into the glass with a very light tan head, over a nice looking amber/tea-colored brew. The nose is malty, grassy & very fresh too. Taste is great, a bold maltiness followed by a flowery fresh hoppiness and some light roasted malt tones. The finish is wonderfully balanced between the malt sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. A great example of a well-made German O-Fest...everything is turned up to 10 on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 17:05:47 | More by beerluvr
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