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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe I've never reviewed any Beck's! How'd that happen?
Well, I've got a sample bottle here, haven't tasted one in years...let's do it!

Into a squat Warsteiner glass mug she goes...

Clear, coppery/amber hue, huge head, fluffy, cream-toned foam. Not bad.

Sweet malty nose...I can almost taste wort, weird as it seems, Then, grainy and dry. Grain mash more than anything.

Dry and flat in the mouth. Light bodied, with some grainy mouthfeel, thin and watery. Bright and lightly sweet, turning dull and pedestrian. Does nothing for the tongue. Very dumbed-down delivery of flavors.
Gets flinty and metallic...water wins the day, and the brew leaves the mouth with no impression left behind.
Since knowing better marzens with beefier bodies and more powerful flavors, this one has been passed over year after year...and tasting this bottle, I remember why. Thank goodness it was free.

Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a short pilsner glass

A: Beautiful dark copper hue with thin but frothy head.

S: More floral than I expected which I liked. Still has plenty of toasted caramel aromas.

T: Quite citrusy and abruptly bitter on the first taste that builds in more typical toasted malty sweetness as you progress through the beer. Grainy in the end which didn't fit well with the toasted flavors.

M: A little thin in body with a lot of carbonation, which is the only part of this beer that is typical for a Beck's product.

D: A little too much carbonation and a strange mix of flavors for a marzen that hurts its smoothness somewhat.

Photo of Throwrug
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color, and retains an average head. Tastes a bit bitter when served too cold. After waiting for it to warm a bit has a nice easy-going oktoberfest taste. Very mild mannered and nice. Wasn't overly impressed with the overall taste (a bit bland), but overall an easy-going drinkable beer for the season.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean reddish amber color with an off-white head that is tight and long lasting. Sheets of lacing line the inside of the standard pint. The nose is of roasted malts and a touch of fresh bread. Floral hop aromas hide in the background. The palate is on the sweet malty side in Oktoberfest fashion, but does contain a healthy amount of herbal/floral hop balance to keep it from being overly sweet or cloying. Finish is nice and silky with low acidity and only moderate carbonation. Definitely an un-challenging Oktoberfest, but doesn't this kind of define the style as it is now. Really quite drinkable and much more flavorful than the "typical" Beck's offerings. Nice.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured light bready and caramel aromas with a smattering of spicy hop.

The taste was rather well balanced with subdued elements of caramel, bread and nuts upfront. A healthy dose of hops dries the beer at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the thin side and overcarbonated perhaps. Clean.

Overall a better than expected Oktoberfest. Very easy to drink and relatively tasty.

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

Purchased at Albertson's for US$7.00 a 6 Pack.

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly and leaves a fine broken layer with a bit of lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt, biscuit, and a touch of citrus.

The taste is prety bitter up front and it has some notes of biscuit and roasted malt but again, this is a pretty bitter taster for the style. It finishes dry with a short aftertaste and it's a medium mouthfeel with medium-high carbo.

First time I've seen this one in many moons and I find it pretty average as a beer and below average for the style. 1 6'er will do it for me.

Photo of matty
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.There is a nice barbeque finish to this beer.It goes down like water and none of that annoying gassy aftereffect.It had full flavor from the top to the bottom of the bottle.I am a big fan and will try to buy a case of this shortly!!

Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is a beautiful deep amber hue with a creamy one finger head that eventually disappears and leaves only a haze behind. Some wet spotty lace is left on the glass, and a swirl musters a small short-lived cap. A pretty unimpressive head, but the color is quite appealing....almost like some of the lighter colored dopplebocks.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malt right up front...spot on for the style! Burning leaves and toffee too.

T - Worther's Original butterscotch candy. Loads of caramel malt and some supporting leafy hops to balance the sweetness. Damn, this just brings me back to last fall...football, weinies at the bonfire, girlling out...I can't wait for fall!

M - Light bodied with a low level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Thirst quenching and it actually has a touch of alcohol warmth....though I would guess that it has a pretty low ABV. Nice lingering aftertaste.

D - All Oktoberfests are extremely drinkable by definition (IMO), and this is no exception. Nothing stands out as a superior fest brew, but it ain't bad. An all around average Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of Gatch
4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While watching Beer Fest the movie, we had a sudden urge to buy some German beer. Well we came across Warsteiner Dunkel and Beck's Oktoberfest. I wish we bought cases of Beck's, because it was so good. The appearance was great, a nice red/amber color w/ a thick, creamy white head.
The smell was of bready, sweet malts.
The taste was smooth, flavorful, and very surprising. This is what I imagine the typical, but exceptional, German beer to taste like. Nothing to blow your mind, but so drinkable.
The mouthfeel & drinkability are nothing short of incredible. We had the choice of the aforementioned Dunkel or Beck's Oktoberfest and I kept going back to the Beck's. It's so well-rounded and consistent. It went perfectly with Beer Fest. Enough with this review though, back to the Beck's.

Photo of billybob
4.57/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear reddish copper color with a beige two finger head with a normal pour, head fades quickly to just cover the beer. fruity bready smell with a taste of chocolate and caramel bready malts with some hops to balance the finish. mouthfeel light and carbonation is there. just a good tasting smooth and balanced beer i'll be looking for it again.

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

Pours out a rusty orange with a thin film of off-white head. Scant lacing. Has the required bready toasty malt aroma and noble hops, but is a bit thin in the nose. Again, with the flavor, the typical Oktoberfest flavors are there, but the malt is kind of weak on this one. Needs more of a kick. However, the hops give a solid bitterness that I'm kind of impressed with. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a bit too prickly. Decent drinkability.

Overall, an average O-fest. There are better and worse ones out there.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How come Beck's isn't one of the 6 beers served at Oktoberfest in Germany?, because they're not from Munich?, who cares, this is by far one of the best Oktoberfest beers one can buy. I wait each year for it to become available at my local beer store and buy most of what gets in. I keep it in my basement and break it out for Christmas - Memorial Day - July 4th festivities. My friends and family are glad I hoared this stuff and save it for special times with special people. Don't miss out on this if you appreciate a top quality Marzen/Oktoberfest style brew.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy amber color (more on the deeper red side) with a small head, but good retention.

S - Very hard to detect any distinct aroma...a little malt.

T - Biscuity taste with a malty background. Some spices come out on the way down...a little peppery, which made me want more.

M - On the thin side with very little carbonation.

D - Actually better than I expected. Finishes a little spicy, which left me wanting to try another sip each time. I'd say it's worth the try, if you find it on tap.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

suprisingly good beer. roasted malt flavor slides away into a hoppy bitterness. extremely drinkable. really really solid. a real good example of the style. nothing spectacular, just done pretty damn right. not as bold with the flavors as some like but all in all decent.

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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.

Photo of hero27
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.74/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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

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.

Photo of BBM
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of silver1audi
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
77 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.