1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Beck's Oktoberfest - Brauerei Beck & Co.

Not Rated.
Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

678 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 678
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Beck's Oktoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 678 | Reviews: 400 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of pezoids
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had superb clarity with a generous amount of carbonation. A thin white head formed quickly on top of the beer, then dissolved away quickly. The aroma is lightly sweet and grainy, with a light and lemony hop note. The taste is light and has some caramel sweetness. Lightly caramelized malt body with a bittersweet and slightly spicy malt finish. Not bad. Light and drinkable.

pezoids, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz green bottle. Freshness date labeled on the back of the bottle for 06.2005. Plenty of life left on this beer.

Amber brown in color with an off white head on top. Minimal lacings.

Aroma is a blend of caramel, metal and green bottle skunk.

Taste of sweet malt up front with a spicy hop bite on the finish. Smooth and drinkable.

Solid Oktoberfest Beer. I'm glad I sampled this one tonight.

Hibernator, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok served in the 12 oz green bottle.
Actually surprisingly attractive beer to look at in the glass..nice clear amber/brown..small pure white frothy head
The aroma is actually just like regular Becks that is faint grassy hops..though there does seem to be something malty lurking.
The taste again is just regular Becks with the faint floral hopiness..with a touch of caramel malts and some fruitiness thrown in.,
Pretty average on the palate.
This is not a great beer but I found it vvery drinkable..a good fall back in the Autumn.

Reidrover, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish dark amber color, with some dirty foam and lacing. Nose is a distinct apple cider one, with some alcohol and supporting grains. Medium body and medium to light creamy carbonation, good oktoberfest drinkability. Taste is small, with malt character and something of salt and cherries.

Had on-tap at the German-American Fest in Chicago.

donnebaby, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours a rich clear amber color with a thin beige head. Very little lacing. The aroma is mildly malty with a hint of nuts. Lighter body than most Oktoberfest beers with a sweet malt flavor, along with caramel and nuts. The flavor isn’t bad but it is not very pronounced at all. The finish is sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. Overall a somewhat weak example of the style, however it isn’t really offensive in any way.

Dogbrick, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of proc
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re-rating - 8/29.04: This beer has been somewhat of a pleasant surprise the past two years and has become one of my go-to O'fest beers. Pours out to an amber color in the glass with a light aroma of malt. There is a slight malt sweetness to this that isn't overpowering, but yet is rounded out enough to make it a solid offering. I know its a mass-produced O'fest, but its a good one.

Original Rating - 8/28/02: Average all the way around. Slight taste of roasted malt with some caramel thrown in. Nothing makes this jump out at you, but its not bad either. Better than regular Becks.

proc, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good overall octoberfest brew. interesting taste. never had it on tap but i imagine it owuld be very very good. but it keeps in with the octoberfest tradition of being a thick, tasty, beer that was meant to be enjoyed not chugged. I lookj forward to picking up a 6 pack every october.

twi1609372, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice amber color with a decent amount of head on it. Lacing was left around the glass at the end. Smell consisted of sweet malts with a little bit of caramel. A little bit weak but not bad. Taste was decent enough. Toasted malts and sweet caramel hit the palate first and lasts into the aftertaste. There was some hops toward the middle and end, but very weak, and could use a little bit more. It was smooth and creamy, but the sweetness was a little cloying at times, but it wasn't overboard. For a macro import, this is not a bad offering. A fresh six pack during the Fall time could make this very ideal. Give it a shot.

necoadam, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice red brew, although it didn't have a big head.

The aroma was of strong malt, and well-hopped. It was pleasant.

The taste was slightly roasted, with bitter overtones. Better than average, but not spectacular.

Mouthfeel was well rounded, with a little bit of body.

Drinkability was better than average, certainly better than their standard pilsener.

I liked the bitterness, but the overall experience was not as good as the smell and appearance led me to believe.

connecticutpoet, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WEll I am pleasantly suprised. This beer sat in a garage for more than 2 years. Still really tasty! This beer and a Pete's Strawberry blonde were still really tasty, but a bottle conditioned (?) Victory Prima Pils was completely shitty. It sat for just as long in the same conditions and it sucked! Something abut being filtered I think makes a beer more stable, not bottle conditioning!

Anyway, this beer smells pretty good. Nice warm, soft munich malt notes. Flavor is quite nice. Really nice malty flavors with just a hint of hops in the finish. Really fairly dry, but the mouthfeel is still quite smooth and not too thin. Really drinkable.

cerevisiaephilus, May 07, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.29. I was unaware of a Beck's Octoberfest, so I figured what the hell.

Poured a dark amber-gold color. Small white head that dropped fast. Slight, wispy lacing. This was a more correct for the style color than I thought it would be. Certainly, its darker than Spaten's Oktoberfest.

Smell is of primarily of sweet, brown sugar-ish malts and mildly floral hops. There's a slightly skunky odor hovering in the background.

Taste is mostly sweet malts. There's a slight hoppiness at the beginning, but it's quickly drowned out by the malts. Slightly skunky taste in the background, but far less than I feared, considering my last Beck's experience.

Mouthfeel isn't off-puttingly thin, but no better than I expected.

Drinkability is ok, better than I thought it would be, actually. This is not a great Oktoberfest by any means, but it is drinkable. Just not sure I will have any need to buy it again.

woemad, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, almost florescent orangish-brown in color with a decent head.

Smell – The lone aroma of toasted grain makes up this nose.

Taste – The grain isn’t very good, average at best, but the toasting seems to be just right. There’s a touch of caramel sweetness to this one making it right on style if not overly tasty.

Mouthfeel – Sweet and sticky and light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability – They did a good job with the style, but the grain was a little sub-par for my tastes.

RoyalT, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of palma
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper body. Light brown color head that is thin and quick fading and barely leaves any lace.

Smell: Pretty good. I like the smell of most oktoberfests and this one was about average or a little above nose wise. Sweet and malty with floral aromas.

Taste: A pretty good balance between the hops and malt. You get the sharp hoppiness and then a sweet mellow aftertaste. Being a Beck's, I was expecting some overwhelming bitterness but that was not the case with this beer. Strong orange and lemon, though not fruity. Some caramel. A lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation. I noticed a significant loss of carbonation as I got half way thorugh the beer and I didn't drink it slow.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer and would definately drink it again. It goes down easy after that initial heafty amount of carbonation you get from the bottle. I have a feeling this beer is much better on tap.

palma, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Beck’s O’fest had a clear amber color and a scrawny ¼” whitish head that immediately collapsed to a ring, leaving very little lace. The smell was mainly of caramel malt and some minor citrus aroma with just the faintest sourness hovering at the edges. The taste was pretty sweet up front, of caramel and toasted malt. A mild hops bitterness played at the back of the palate in the finish. The sourness I detected in the nose fortunately didn’t translate into the taste. The feel was rather light and smooth.
Overall, this is a decently drinkable Oktoberfest brew. Not on par with the top-tier O-fests but not one I’d pass on, either.

Boilermaker88, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a dark copper that was transparent with a small head to match. The smell of this beer told me nothing. And the taste didn't really wow me either. But it was good enough. Pretty balanced leaning slightly toward the malty side. Kind of a thin body to it. I am not the biggest fan of the over the top oktoberfests and this easy going oktoberfest was alright to me.

granger10, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Three Dollar Deweys...had never seen it before which meant only one thing: review! Nice dark golden when poured, no head. Bready aroma. I noticed a medium body. Slightly caramelly and no stringency. Not bad, just not a real wower. pat

PatandDavid, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with one finger of head. The smell is a faint malty aroma, with just a little floral hint. The taste is slightly malty with some spice, very weak though. The body is a little light for the style. The drinkability is fairly nice. Just an average Oktoberfest.

SheepNutz, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of far333
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One more selection is my quest to sample as many Oktoberfests from Germany as possible this year. Not as good as the others though. Pours a honey-copper color with a thin off-white head, and has a strong sweet honey aroma. Taste is initially a bit metallic, but has some notes of sweet corn and honey to smooth it out. It doesn't get any more complex than that, and then the metallic flavor comes back big in the aftertaste, which turned me off to this beer entirely.

far333, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is a golden reddish light brown. with an ok light tan head.

everything in this beer turns out to be a little weak. but the quality is there. compared to other beck's beers, it's damn good. i've only had one other octoberfest beer (sam adams) the two qualities they have in common is drinkability. i'm guessing that is there purpose?

this is very drinkable, but a little too mild for my taste. if you get it for a good price, you won't be disappointed.

flaminghomer, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sitting in sun by the fountain, gazing at the Bavarian decor in overdrive that is the German section of Epcot, even the pleasant surroundings could not salvage this very average beer from mediocrity. Nondescript roasted malt flavors with some caramel notes, the overall flavor profile was harsh and not very festive.

Brent, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the grand scheme of things, this is an OK beer. As an Oktoberfest, it is lacking ooomph. The appearance is lacking in head retention. the head looks promising but disappears rapidly and tries to leave a little lace. The aroma is of green bottle funk and rough Munich malt. Not bad, but not that great either. Flavor is that signature cheap eurolager flavor with an anemic contribution of Munich malt. Finishes dry and steely (wrong!). An OK beer as far as beers go in general, but a piss-poor excuse for a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

EagleTalon, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark golden with a short head leading to a very nice glass ring with limited cling. The carbonation is extremely light and the body is full. Aroma is very lightly of yeast.
The taste is a malt expierience with a light hoppy back.
After taste is minor and shortly lived.
Acceptable with reservations.

Shiloh, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

All in all, not too bad. I had hoped for a little bit better, truth be told. This brew poured out a great dark yet golden color and left a great, German-like head on top. The aroma was meaty in a bier sense and went down pretty well, all things considered. This is not a bad Oktoberfest, by any means. If you can get your hands on it, and there is no reason why you couldn't, it is worth a try.


goindownsouth, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a nice amber color with no head, and leaves no lace.

No real strong smell pours out of the top of glass. A slint aroma of malt is there but not strong. Low hop aroma does not help.

The malt flavor is much stronger to the mouth than the nose. The hops are still not there but ok. The rich caramel malt puts of a nice taste as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is nice but not great. The drinkability is ok but not great as well.


kunzbrew, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

beergeek279, Oct 12, 2003
Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
78 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.