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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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733 Ratings
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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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 zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A short-lived and small head. No lacing.

S - It smelled malty and of grasses. Maybe clove, too.

T - Nice blend of spiciness, malt and grassy flavors. It has a subtle bitterness.

M - It was crisp and light to medium-bodied.

D - I enjoyed this very much. It is a pretty good version of the style.

zeff80, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this brew on tap at a local restaurant. Its appearance is a rich and clear coppery/amber color with a thin white head. It was an average-looking brew. The aroma is sweet, with notable caramel and malt smells. There’s a little toast and sweetness in the smell, with very little hops. It’s an appropriate and enticing aroma, but a little faint. The taste is bready, with a lightly-toasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is a little light for the style, which takes away from the experience. It is, however, very drinkable and pleasant. The finish is balanced and clean. This is an average Oktoberfest: good, but there are many that are better.

Suds, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before June 2007.

Clear copper...modest off-white head sits on top.
Smell is thick, rich caramel & roasted malts.
Nice authentic German malt flavor, some lingering hop bitterness.
Fairly light bodied for the style, and the flavors do not stick around more than a few seconds after each sip.
Certainly an Oktoberfest you could drink all day long..but not very thick and lacks the flavor depth that I'd like. Overall, this was actually better than I expected it to be, but not the best example of the style by any means.

hero27, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel tinted gold with a small firm, fluffy cap of off-white foam. Some patchy lacing and strings sticks.

Aroma is mellow of some bready tones drizzled with a light caramel and some dryish hop notes.

The taste is more dry and hoppy in the finish then one would expect out of an O-fest. The malts are there in a mildly creamy caramel and bread dough sweetness that's paled and only slightly toasty and drying towards the finish. Hops emerge quite fevered into the finish with dried floral pine. Not bad, but the ride is fairly short and the finish keeps throwing me for loop every time.

Feel is about medium. Fairly creamy but somehow shortened in character and lessened in malt girth. Again, that quick and uncharacteristic hop finish is pulling away from what could be a decent enough Marzen.

An OK O-fest, a bit boring and not as malty or toasty as I like to get out of the style. Maybe I'm nitpicking here, but, still, it just isn't doing to much for me.

tavernjef, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't really like this Beck's offering. The smell was much too grainy in my opinion. The apperance is its best quality -- a deep amber with a slight white head. Not much lacing. The taste, like the smell, was just a bit skunky/grainy. I could taste hints of citrus and toffee, but the high carbonation turned me off a bit. I don't think this would be a good session beer. Just didn't like it that much.
***Edited**** Tried this again and liked it a little better. Noticed more of a sweet/caramel/apple taste to it. Not bad, but still prefer the Sam Adams Octoberfest.

oldirtycaffrey, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of uwmgdman
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first German brewed Oktoberfest of the fall pours a very bright, beautiful copper into my 16 oz pint glass. The white head is very thin and diminished without a lace after the first two sips. The aroma of the beer is moderate malty sweetness with no hop aroma, maybe a little bready. The initial taste is quite malty, mainly sweet with some hints of toasted grains giving it a slightly spicy edge not as much bready like the aroma. The hop bitterness is moderate, providing a good balance; the beer is not overly sweet, which I usually do not care for. I also enjoyed a detectable hop flavor and this was appreciated. The beer is delivered on a moderate carbonation, with a medium body giving it very good drinkability for an Oktoberfest. Overall I enjoyed this Oktoberfest. I most enjoyed the color of the beer and taste. I enjoy the slightly spicy notes from presumably toasted grains following the initial sweetness and liked the solid balance between malt and hop bitterness. I would have liked a little more nose to the beer, it has much better flavor than aroma. The medium body was also fine with me, although some times I’d prefer a more full-body; this is definitely one I could have my share of a few of boots.

uwmgdman, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is a dark reddish amber, with good carbonation. The head is OK, 1 finger off white, almost no lace.

The Smell good almost, slight staleness.

The taste follows, nice Carmel malt, well balanced but there is a slight alcohol like staleness that comes as it warms

The mouthfeel is OK medium body good carbonation.

Drinkability is average. fresher maybe, better crisper, toastier, and this would be a much better beer. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour produced a nice light amber color. A fluffy White head of an inch and a half retained for a few slowly shrunk over a few minutes. Almost no carbonation bubbling can be seen. Light lacing down side.

An aroma of malt had a main character of sourdough. Has a bitter quality that I can only say I see in all Beck's products. A light hops note in the second whiff doesn't have strength to make it overly appealing.

A bitter malt flavor hopped onto the back of the tongue first and brought a blend of spice flavors. Spices include a woody pepper and an oregano flavor. The hops quality is nice but a bit subdued to the overall taste of this beer.

Just an average feel in a beer. Thickness was average. Only a small kick of carbonation bursts on the tongue.

Overall a very pleasing beer. Fantastic option to go with a nice Oktoberfest dinner. Nothing to complex, just an above average beer of the style. Definitly a beer I can knock back more then one of.

RedChrome, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of BBM
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap. It pours a clear amber color with minimal white head and no real lacing. Looks pretty standard for this type of beer. The smell is of hops, some spices, and a certain sweetness to it. But it wasn't that strong.

It tastes of spics, malt, and a little citrus hoppiness. The flavor is full and well-balanced. Mouthfeel is clean, if a bit thin. And it's quite easy (especially this time of year) to down a few of these in a row without even batting an eye, so drinkability is high as well.

Overall it's a fairly standard and enjoyable Oktoberfest from the most well-known German beer company here in the US. I'm a fan of Beck's beer, and this one doesn't dissapoint. Very solid.

BBM, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Charley Brown's in Woodbridge, NJ

Pours orange/amber with nice clarity. A thin head becomes an isolated patch at first, but with some stirring of the glass becomes a lasting creamy head. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of sweet caramel and some roasted grain. It's on the thin side, but what is there is nice.

The taste is of sweet caramel on a roasted grain, bready background. Nicely balanced for the style. The malt remains just ahead of the hops. While the flavor is pretty standard for the style, they are strong enough to make a nicely flavored beer.

The body weakens a bit more than it should, but nothing is unpleasant, and it goes down smoothly.

While not in the same caliber as the Bavarians (and some Americans), it is a solid Oktoberfest. And, considering the source (Personally, I think the Beck's pale lager is awful and the dark better, but still lacking), it's not bad at all. I have this almost every year (usually through friends bringing it over), and find it pretty consistent from year to year.

jwc215, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of silver1audi
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with minimal head and lacing. Smells of sweet malts, toffee, raisons, caramel, etc... all of which are present in the taste. Highly drinkable and overall probably one of my favorite "oktoberfests". I'm not often pleased with octoberfest beers (especially the American versions) as they seem to over-do it on the sweet malty flavors.
This one has a nice crisp, light, and dry mouthfeel with mostly malt flavors up front with a slight hop profile detectable in the finish. All of what you can detect in the nose are present in the flavor, and IMO exist in just the right strength. The flavors are certianly a little less "in your face" than others (example: SA) but I think it serves well. Makes it very enjoyable on an autumn day.
I recommend this. It's one of the few oktoberfest beers I can honestly see myself revisiting. I've never been a fan of most American versions.
Just right and well done. Not over-done. The flavors are all there, but not in the way of enjoyment.

silver1audi, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before End 07/2007

Pours a clear golden brown with a thin but lacy ivory head. Smells of biscuity caramel malt.

Tastes of caramel malt with a nice balancing level of noble hops. Finishes clean. Body is a bit thin and unsatisfying. Average in every sense of the word.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle. It has a nice color, but average for an Oktoberfest. I got very little head, and no lace after the head was gone. I was expecting something better, but this was not awful. Just a smidge above average. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in 12 oz. bottles with a light blue label.
Pours a dark orange color with a off-white head.
Very malty with caramel, has a spicy hop taste as well.
Mouthfeel is average with ample amount of CO2 and is a great fall time beer. I usually try to get a lot of this style around this time of year and it hits the spot.

MrHolland, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: overall a thin color with a touch of redness to it. Looks very pale. A weak head quickly formed and suddenly vanished...the overall presentation was quite lacking!

Smell: a very slight smell of fruit coupled with a sweet malty smell...kind of fake smelling to me. A touch of hops and caramel also included.

Taste/Mouthfeel: good carbonation and fairly smooth finish....somewhat makes up for the lack of taste. Mostly a malt flavor with caramel overtones make up for a dry, even clean taste. It is a drinkable beer but will not end up in my fridge again.

Coming from Germany...I thought it would be better...but it does beat some american "oktoberfest" beers!

Magpie14, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of techdiver
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Working my way through this style, at last one I can give a favorable review. Typical clear amber and minimal head. At least it has some drinkability in that it's the first of my samples I could conceive of drinking more than one. Not bad at all, much better than the Victory Festbier I tried last night.

techdiver, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with exceptional clarity. Fizzy biege two finger head with passing retention and poor lacing. Green bottle aroma is evident at the pour, but fades quickly and presents a bouquet of toasty munich malt and peach fruitiness. Overall mild aroma, with no hops to speak of. Mild toasted amber malt sweetness upfront, met with skunk and faint licorice flavor. Dry aftertaste, some saaz flavor, but mostly a bland bitterness. The thin body and overly crisp carbonation fall far short of the typically malty and robust oktoberfest mouthfeel. Finishes dry, leaning towards the bitter end. Slightly off-balance and timid in flavor, this may be fairly drinkable, but it is also fairly dissapointing.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby tinged amber with little head. Fairly flat carbonation. Only vague aromas of sweet malts (adultered by corn, perhaps) and the slightest dusting of fruity hops. Very forward on the palate -- light malts with a cloyingly sweet note that grows to unpleasant proportions by the end. Sweet on the finish, with a touch of alcohol showing. Overall, this beer has little to recommend it, but that doesn't mean it's bad. There's nothing terrible about it, and it's certainly drinkable enough. With a choice of this or regular Beck's, I'll take this anytime.

geexploitation, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A disappointing brew from a Germany brewery. Geez, it was more dunkel than Oktoberfest. I will say it could be offered as a cross-over – it certainly won’t offend anyone’s senses.

A deep clear amber, ivory head. Almost no aroma – VERY subtle hints of malts and spice. Weak in the taste, almost like their dark lager with a teaspoon of spice tossed in the vat.

Well, I tried it, and between the wifey and myself, we’ll finish the sixer. But my appetite is ready for some tasty OK fests.

Vancer, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly underrated Märzen. This is easily the most drinkable Oktoberfest out there. Unlike the typical "Beck's" pilsner, this pours a gorgeous dark, even luminescent bronze/red in the glass with a head that disappears quickly, but leaves a layer of foam on the top. Also, unlike many Oktoberfest styles that are very malty right up front, this one has a very nice balance, with a gentle hops bite in both the nose and the taste buds. There is a subtle sweetness and a very slight carmel taste, but an extremely favorable (if subtle) bitterness or tartness in the aftertaste that leaves the taste buds begging for more. The smooth, slightly carbonated, thinner mouthful completes the very tasty picture. Happy Oktoberfest. Strictly based on how many I'd enjoy throwing back, I think we have a winner here.

tugdriver7, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of thegiggy86
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

During the Oktoberfest season, I like to enjoy Beck's Oktoberfest.
Although it cannot compare to local craft beer, it has its good qualities.

This beer is usually available at supermarkets and is priced reasonably.

There is nothing really special about its appearance or smell, but it is made up with its good drinkability and distinct European Oktoberfest taste.

thegiggy86, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of becktone
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest looks quite nice when poured. It is copper in color and is very clear. It starts with a nice head but it quickly disintegrates into nothing, not even lacing. However I believe that this is due to the fact that the glass I am using is not a proper "beer-ware" and therefore has not been cleaned properly, matter of fact it probably went through the dishwasher not too long ago. With the exception of the dirty glass This beer looks nice.

The first thing I noticed when I smelled this beer was that it had a spicy aroma to it. I also detected feint amounts of diacetyl amid the malt backbone of this beer. I don't really smell any hops here.

Beck's Ocktoberfest tastes better than it smells. It is has a good toasted barley flavor to it that is nicely balanced with the hops. Although they aren't detectable to my nose, I can definitely taste the influence that they have on this brew. In addition to the toasted flavor there is a light but apparent sweet taste to the beer, perhaps caramel?

This beer has an about average mouthfeel to it. In my opinion the carbonation is a little over the top, but that's just me. Perhaps, a little less carbonation would have been better. The carbonation gives the impression that the body is fuller than it actually is, the body is medium-lightly full, but not quite full. It has a dry finish and goes down smooth. The beer is easy to drink, and I wouldn't be opposed to buying a sixer of this next time I see it. It is definitley a great beer to drink in the fall. It seems to characterize the season.

becktone, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange beneath a pale orange cap that has a great deal of character. Three fingers to start, it falls at a leisurely pace as tiny surface bubbles pop in slow motion. An acceptable amount of lace ends up on the glass before beginning to melt away. This is a pretty standard O-fest look, but a good one.

The nose, likewise, is better than average. It's big on heavily toasted grain and contains a smidgen of earthy hoppiness. So far, I'm pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to seeing what Brauerei Beck can do with this most German of styles.

There are no big surprises on the palate; the beer tastes pretty much like it smells. I enjoyed the first sip (especially the balance), but subsequent samples have led me to focus on the relative lack of malt. For an Oktoberfest, that's pretty close to an unforgivable sin. While it's okay for a lighter, 'masses friendly' version, connoisseurs will likely be disappointed.

Lightly toasted grain leads the way, with earthy, tea-like hops riding shotgun. The beer is actually more bitter than sweet, further evidence of the malt deficit. I'm surprised to note a 'best before end' date of 7-2006. That seems a long time for an Oktoberfest to last, but it certainly tastes none the worse for wear.

An obvious consequence of a lack of barley is a lack of body. The mouthfeel isn't bad, and it does fit with the light nature of overall experience, but more heft would be better. The target audience will probably be impressed by its fullness after conditioning their palates with innumerable bottles of Bud Light (or Beck's Light).

Beck's Oktoberfest isn't a bad beer by any means. It's inoffensive in the extreme and is actually fairly drinkable for those who can't find anything better to celebrate the Oktoberfest season. Or for those who simply aren't aware that much better beer is likely to be lurking within arm's length on the other side of the beer cooler.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap and in the bottle last year, this review is for the tap version. On tap at a local pub, enjoyed whilst shooting the shit with my Father. A lighet shade of amber with a 1/2" head of fuzzy white foam. Aromas of munich malts and slightly floral German hops. Balanced nicely. The taste is balanced and sweet with the malts and the hops working together nicely to serve as a refreshing beverage. Mouthfeel is a bit light for an o-fest, and drinkability is good. Hey, it's not the best o-fest out there but it is tasty enough. What did you expect?

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Unfortunately it is packaged in a green bottle, but does not seem to be light struck. Has a nice aroma and really nice malty taste. This is much better than I expected given their other offerings. A nice example of the style, I would drink it again.

Drew966, Feb 01, 2006
Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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