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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000)
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3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a bit of thick, bubbly head. The smell is slightly malt. The taste is predominantly the caramel malt expected, but there's also a good bit of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few of these.

I know Beck's is seen as a product of the evil empire Interbrew, but they can produce good beers, and this is one of them. Unlike the Spaten, the green bottle didn't contribute to a light-struck taste, which I suppose means something, and it definitely doesn't seem like Beck's simply dropped some food coloring in their lager. That said, this isn't a great Oktoberfest, but not a terrible one either.

10-12-2003 21:38:51 | More by beergeek279
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

The beer pours an orangey amber, topped with a huge, frothy almond head. Good head retention, only diminishing to about a half inch thick foam, with tons of lacework on the glass.
Aroma is mostly a malty caramunich aroma. Clean, but with a sort of soapy sanitizer smell. Mild noble hops, well suited for the style, with that characteristic green bottle skunkiness. A little light for an octoberfest, but still decent. The soapiness is light, but ruins what could otherwise be a solid aroma.
Flavor starts out with a moderate caramel maltiness. The caramel dies out towards the middle, allowing a lighter toasted malt flavor come through. Some earthy, tangy hops enter and finish the beer with mild bitterness, enough to balance the malt. Lightish medium bodied, with moderate, small bubbled carbonation. Pretty clean, with very little aftertaste. Some malt lingers on your tongue, but it's very discreet.
A decent octoberfest. A great beer for someone looking to get into craft brewed beer, with a decent flavor that doesn't really challenge your palate too much and a pleasant sweetness. Not half bad, but there are way better german brewed marzens out there.

10-08-2003 04:19:17 | More by UnionMade
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4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

Had this one on tap at the local Oktoberfest. Poured a nice amber color with a small off white head. It had a slightly citrus-y smell to it along with hops. The flavor was very good, it had a nice citrus bite to it especially as it warmed. Not a bad Oktoberfest beer, but not the best you'll find either

10-05-2003 08:58:54 | More by Dmann
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4.43/5  rDev +30.3%

Its crystal-clear copper body is topped by a short but creamy head of light tan foam that drops fairly quickly to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. It does, however, leave some interesting lacing. The nose displays a rich, bready, caramelish and lightly toasted malt with a subtle background of floral hops. It's medium body is creamy and smooth in the mouth with a very fine and moderate carbonation that lends just enough bite to get things started. Spicy and grassy hops start the flavor with some zest before the malts start to warm, and carry all the way through to the finish. The malt isn't quite as rich as the nose suggests, but it is nicely toasty and not so bold that it builds on the palate. In fact, between the spiciness of the hops, the low-level bitterness, and the character of the malt this is one hell of a balanced, drinkable beer! Very well done!

10-04-2003 21:14:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.23/5  rDev -5%

Presentation: Served from the Tap at Heroes in Claremont. I spied this on a recent Sunday Night visit. The light wooden tap handle had the familiar red and white Beck’s oval shaped logo, but the word ‘Oktoberfest’ grabbed my attention with its light blue colored horizontal band. I have never tried this before.

Appearance: A very pale looking amber light brown offering that had me wondering if this was the right beer at first. A solid dirty white head hangs around throughout the drink and laces well but breaks down into clumps after a while. Very high carbonation levels, which makes the clumpy head all the more strange.

Nose: Not much to write about, industrial malt whiffs with a sweetish smell, light caramel fused with a hint of yeast and nuts.

Taste: Some toasted malts linger in the mouth at the start, a crisp sweetness hides in the background, and it is never overwhelming, but ever present. Finish has veins of toffee mixed with caramel and some walnut hints. The Taste, whilst just above average, is restrained for an Oktoberfest, is probably the best part of the experience.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average all round, the carbonation on the tongue, and in the mouth whilst downed more than makes up for the lack of body, and ultimately rescues a light beer and lends an average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Rather drinkable, but mainly because of its easy going nature to be honest. A few Pints of these would be a nice match for some Wursts though.

Overall: Quite average to be honest, a reasonably clean drink that has a very light nose, taste profile and mouthfeel. This lends some Drinkability, but it is really rather an average Oktoberfest, that I suspect is brewed to appeal to a wider audience, and as such may be a little too tame for some OktoberFest fans.

10-02-2003 03:51:48 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Clear copper/amber color with a frothy head that recedes to the sides of the glass. Toasted malt nose, light hops in the nose. Strong taste of toasted and caramel malts, definitive hop finish, and I think I even notice a little roasted grain at the very end. Beer has a good body to it, just a bit too hoppy. Tasty beer, and quite a surprise.

10-02-2003 01:19:59 | More by jlervine
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Clear dark orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a thick lace in the glass. Has a light flowery and malty caramel aromas, sweet and roasty malts flavors, finishes clean, medium body, a little thin and semi-watery mouthfeel, this is a bit better than I expected, still very average.

10-01-2003 21:18:01 | More by maxpower
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3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: Copper/amber hue, with a nice off-white thick head.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, malty aroma. No apparent hops in the nose.

Taste: Malty taste, slightly "raw" malt texture with mild hopes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating mouthfell, but in no way thick or cloying. Mild, crisp finish.

Drinkability: A standard O-fest, with little or no distinguishing character. Enjoyable, but glad it was on sale.

10-01-2003 00:11:05 | More by winomark
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District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; "best before" warning -- in this case 06/04 -- stamped on its rear label's bottom, right corner; $5.99/6 from Ralph's.

Appearance: Crystal clear; amber hued; one-fingered, bone-white head; fairly intricate web lacing; decent head retention.

Aroma: Largely of toasted malts; a bit floral; mildly citric.

Taste: Upfront, primarily of toasted malts; finish is predominantly characterized by a) a gentle hop bitterness and b) fairly assertive grain notes; an understated sweetness throughout; floral, lightly spicy hop flavors; a tad phenolic; medium-bodied; perkily carbonated.

Notes: Decent, forgettable O-fest. Would happily drink this all day long if it made me smarter.

09-18-2003 07:12:31 | More by Mustard
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3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

A decent representation of the style, it pours out a nice tan nothing too dark here, the head retention was ok, with some slight lacing. At firts taste it had soem decent malts in theyre, and was slightly chewy, and then end it brought some if its hop buddies along as well, but not quite as much as I expected. This beer left me saying Paulener here i come.

09-16-2003 21:38:03 | More by Ianhockey91
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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Nice malty textrue like an Oktoberfest, but the smell and color are noticably lighter. This looks like one of the "modern" Okto beers, which get paler every year to please the Bud drinking contingent. Not really memorable, but okay, and a little typical of Beck's mega-brew approach.

09-15-2003 14:56:03 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%

Very clear amber colored brew that poured with a tall head that retreated to about a 1/4 inch foam layer that lingered, and left lace. Pretty high level of carbonation evident as the foam was constantly replenished by bubbles from below. Smelled faintly grassy and fresh. The taste was quite light and a bit sour due to the high level of carbonation. More hoppy than typical Oktoberfest style beers but not overly so. A bit lacking in character, but overall a decent session beer.

09-10-2003 02:47:30 | More by rajendra82
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North Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Just about what I would expect from Beck's. It's wonderful! Pours a reddish colour almost like tea. Has an almost sweet smell to it, almost remnicent of brown sugar. Nice, thick head at first, but dissipates quickly. Even though the head dissolves quickly, there's still moderate to heavy lacing of the glass. The mouthfeel is of a medium weight (if that makes any sense, that's the only way I know how to describe it.) Seems to me to have a smooth but almost heavy finish. Also seems to have a bit more carbonation than most other brews. Any how, a wonderful brew nevertheless. I highly recomend it if you are a fan of German/Western European beer.

09-09-2003 02:52:11 | More by SilentSabre
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2.95/5  rDev -13.2%

My style, not my Octoberfest bier. A decent look of dark amber and red hues, the off-white head and light lacing werepresent if unimpressive. Smell is straightfoward malt with a touch of caramel coming through in the taste. I like more bite and a more full-bodied sense in this style. The feel is far too thin and the drinkability is limited by this factor.

09-06-2003 20:13:50 | More by AtLagerHeads
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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

I had this one last night on tap at the Chicago German American Fest. This is a great festival put on by the various Chicagoland German societies and clubs. The fest takes place in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Beer was a reddish brown with a tan head. Some malt on the nose.

Beer was kind of an O-fest light. Decent malt based sweetness, but not really enough heft to be a truly good Oktoberfest offering. I overheard one of the local Germans comment on the beer. He basically said that you can't expect a northern German Brewery to make a great Oktoberfest. Perhaps he's right. Still, this may be the best of the Becks beers. It is easy to drink and really not that bad . Thin mouthfeel and decent drinkabilty round out the beer.

09-06-2003 17:11:45 | More by Redrover
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New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -15.3%

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."

09-06-2003 05:34:12 | More by Beastdog75
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West Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -35.3%

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.

09-03-2003 04:14:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

08-30-2003 01:38:47 | More by oberon
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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

08-30-2003 00:33:35 | More by putnam
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3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

06-26-2003 17:32:46 | More by beerguy101
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2.85/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

03-18-2003 16:34:44 | More by Rifrafboy
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

01-04-2003 11:15:19 | More by Gusler
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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

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

12-12-2002 20:02:05 | More by Pegasus
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2.65/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

12-03-2002 05:57:11 | More by ThreePistols
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2.78/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

11-17-2002 17:09:30 | More by Winter
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