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Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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 tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
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 +2.9%
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 -2.1%
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 -5%
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 +2.9%
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 +12.6%
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
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant enough, normal looking oktoberfest. Good one inch head filled my pintglass.

Smells slightly skunked (green glass bottle), with a strong almost maple-like sweetness.

Tastes like an average oktoberfest - accurate to the style. Metallic/copper finish.

Pretty similar to Spaten's Oktoberfest. A little less flavorful. Average, average, average! But then, I expected nothing more.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Jarod
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured a light golden yellow color, decently carbonated and crystal clear. The head that was produced was white to off white in color, decent foam somewhat fluffy and airy but not well lasting, and no real lace present. To be honest not what I would have thought for this type of beer. I even sent it back saying that it was not what I ordered and it must have been Bud, but I watched her pour and it was. The aroma was rather weak, some malt and spices and some citrus hops, but all real faint. The flavors were not much more then the aromas, some malts, alitttle crisp but not much as far as depth for this style of beer. From beginning to end average at best and weak for the style. Lght in body, somewhat easy to drink. It would be a decent regular pilsner styled beer but not one for the typical fall classic. Not one for me to get again.

Jarod, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Seasonal Octoberfest of Becks. Interesting. Pours a lighter amber color with some lighter orange hues. A decent head that quickly dissipated to the edges and eventually disappeared altogether. Limited lacing.

The nose is spice with some malt characteristic. A definite Becks smell from the yeast strain. Kind of plain after that.

The taste has that lager taste that is familiar with Becks. Kind of a like a European skunked pilsner taste. Though the beer had good spice flavor and some malty and limited bready zest to it No real taste that would indicate an Octoberfest. A limited bite from the hops but blends nicely with the yeast, which gives it a zing aftertaste.

The body is light to medium. A interesting taste but overall limited taste.

Oxymoron, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprise I didn't know Beck's made an Octoberfest beer.

Pours a clear orange to amber colored beer with a tan head.

Smell is spicy hops with a lot of grain and dark roasted grain scents. Spiciness of this is quite surprising I would almost suspect they broke the law and tossed actual spices in this.

Taste is a little sweet and slightly spicy with a good bready and malty main flavor to this beer. Fairly strong herbal hoppiness to this beer, but not enough to prevent a pleasant malty caramel after taste after with this beer.

Good mouthfeel.

This was a nice surprise, a GOOD Oktoberfest from Beck's? INCONCEIVABLE!

Zorro, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of nortmand
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours amber, with a white head with decent retention. No lacing, though.

Lemon balm grassy smell, with an alcoholic kick at the end. Strangely out of place.

Caramel notes up front. Ends with a slightly grassy slightly bitter roast. Leaves a grainy aftertaste.

Little to no body, but still a quaffable brew, if only because it is innoffensive.

nortmand, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Beck's O-fest i've wanted to try for some time. Found it in 12 pack form only, glad I did.
It pours a nice clear copper with a nice full off-white head. There is alittle fizz but a nice film remains after the head fades, lace is left fair.
The aroma is mostly malts. The taste carries that malt base with caramel and a nice floral hop background. The hop dose its best to crisp things up as a slight hop dryness is left on the mouth.
As a Beck's, not a bad find.

chilidog, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper pour with a thin head and light lacing. Sampled on tap last evening while at Duda's in Fells Point. Aromas of mostly just some expected malts. Rich malt profile in the taste. Lots of crystal and nutty characters going on. Flavor was medium, but this was a pretty good drinker. Very light hops on the finish, which was quite clean.

Dithyramb, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium to dark amber with a one finger head. Smells of euro trash skunk,,not very appealing.Taste isnt too bad though, i mean it doesnt have a whole lot of flavor but whats there isnt too bad. A dry brew with a slight bit of hoppage , slight and i mean slight hint of coffee in there too. Mouthfeel,,,eh. Not a bad brew though, wouldnt go out of my way but wouldnt turn it down either.

tweeder263, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger, white head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Nice clear amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Starts sweet, mellow no aftertaste. Bottle has this good until 7/2006??? 6-pak of 12oz bottles $6.99 from Hannaford's Derry, NH.

jdhilt, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Typical Oktoberfest coloring, dark/medium copper color, small off whitish head. Smell is diacetyl and slight grassy malt. I check the label, best before 06/06 (that is a very long shelf life for an O-Fest, I wonder how they justify it). Taste is a little weak, not a lot of malt action, or any kind of action. Very watered down, pretty lackluster. OK mouthfeel, but this is a bad oktoberfest in any sense of the word.

TastyTaste, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Applebees the other day and found to be a medocre beer. This one pours a clear copper color with a slightly rocky head. I only could smell caramel and it tasted predominatly of lemon spice and a little hoppy bitterness. I had two and found them to be enjoyable

ryantupy, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of battlekow
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice golden color, no head. Doesn't smell like much, a little sweet maltiness, some toastedness, and some troubling hints of tastes to come... Beck's Oktoberfest does not taste good. A harsh, bitter metallic flavor clings to the back of your tongue with a hint of wet dog as its accomplice. Does have a nice toasted character, but I'm not a big fan of wet, toasted metal dogs.

battlekow, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of sraimondi
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought the Beck's offering in 2004 was surprisingly good. This one falls down ALOT! While the appearance is ok for an O'fest, everything else was very subpar. Not recommended. Go for a Sam Adams or one of the much better other German imports. Hopefully Becks will do better in 2006?

sraimondi, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of DevilDogBeer
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beck's Oktoberfest started out with some promise, it poured a clean amber color and had a white head that sat well on the glass. The head, however, dissolved rapidly becoming a thin layer of foam that did not alce well in the glass. The smell was less caramel like than I would have expected and had a pronounced hop nose; an off characteristic for this beer style. The taste was very bitter with an earthy tone to it. THere was little malt character to this beverage and was carried on the back of the hop additions. The mouthfeel for such a robust beer proved to be on the light side for this Oktoberfest. Overall drinkability of this beer is average, it would make a good party beer if you are looking to have a fall themed party and not worried about savoring the brew.

DevilDogBeer, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this one still seems to change from year to year, and not for the better. Deep copper color, small compact head. light in carbonation. High point is the maltiness quite evident in the nose. Uneventful, not bad, not good, flavorwise, where did the malt go ? Finish is adjunct like macro brew with a very short aftertaste.

jimbotrost, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light/medium bodied, nice clear reddish amber color with a fizzy off white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Aroma is fresh bread, caramel toasted malt.

Taste is caramel malt, slightly nutty with excess carbonation giving a bit of soda water taste at first. Finishes mildly dry with a decent grassy hops bitterness.

A little thin for the style but drinkable.

whynot44, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bit better than I expected, though the smell scared me pretty good. The appearance was pretty nice actually. It was a good clean amber/brownish color with an off white head. The head started out pretty big and fluffy, but later dies out to a laceing. The taste was a little bit buttery. The warmer it was, the better it was though. When it was colder, it seemed a little soapy. Along with the butteresque taste, came caramel, a little honey, and some lighter fruits. A little bit of a hop taste to it as well. The smell was a little bit hoppy with the escesnse of skunk interlaced. Overall a nice brew.

JISurfer, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark mahogany with a three finger head that very slowly dissapated and left a thick foam on top of the beer throughout the drink.

The smell was hard to pick up good until the beer warmed. After it warmed sweet malt overpowered the nose.

The taste, like the smell was hard to pick up on until it warmed. After it warmed a suprisingly sweet and light mix controlled the palate. Somewhere hidden on the back of the drink was a slight hop bite. The finish was clean and crisp.

All and all a great beer. I'd like to try it on bottle to see what the differences are.

coasterfreak75, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing the search for a good German O-fest, I decided to give the Beck's a try, saying that it couldn't kill me. A very surprising offering that poured a decent amber with a thick tannish head with lots of lacing. The aroma was malty with hints of the yeast and some hops hints.

The taste is dry and malty with a bitter finish. The feeling in the mouth is clean and medium bodied. This went down really easy, and lead to a second pint.

rdrummer, Nov 27, 2004
Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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