Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

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Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of sudz42
4.63/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional, easy quaffing Oktoberfest, surprisingly refreshing for the style; belying its amber hue and frothy head.

I was reluctant to buy and be stuck with the 12er (you know the feeling), anticipating a potential malt syrup bomb, but I am pleasantly surprised, and may be scoring another 12er before supply runs out.

The trademark Becks soft water feel is marred by an underlying astringency, like a macro hop bitterness.

This Oktoberfest is a welcome change from the typical Ringwood yeast ale diacetyl sugar shack disasters that are readily available in New England.

Becks is the #1 German import for a reason, friends. They've done it again here. Prost!

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Photo of vicg12
4.59/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Octoberfest beer, some brewers get it right others don't, Beck's got it right. My only complant is that is is a litle light on flavor and feel then I would like to see in an Octoberfest beer. In my opion must better then regualr Beck's. Worth a try.

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Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice robust head and some good lacing.

deep malty nose. bready with some nice fruity notes w/o being 'sweet'

taste is nice and thickish w/o a cloying sense. full-bodied for sure. malt smack down which is what i need since taking a break from hop beatdowns. this is how i like to enjoy a malty brew. not really spicy in any sense, but this is simply satisfying. a nice bitter/hopy ghost floating in there...very happy i bought a case.

probably the best beer Beck's puts out...

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Photo of billybob
4.57/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.56/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange color with thin foamy head about half a finger width. The smell was actually of autumn leaves and oak. The taste did not disappoint either. There was tastes of hard woods, dry autumn leaves, and burnt hops. The feel in the mouth was cold and crisp which turned into a warm feeling as it was being swallowed very much like autumn (seriously I am not trying to be cliche I was as surprised as you are). The drinkability was wonderful and will definitely be buying more.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beck's Oktoberfest
Brauerei Beck & Co.
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
ABV: 5.00 %
bottle > pint glass
(leftovers from our 2009 Ofest party)

4.5 across the board in all catergories.

Perfectly clear copper color with excellent 2 finger head but short head retention & no lace.
Smells as a mild brew day with mellow malts wafting in the air.
Tastes as it smells, smooth malty-ness equally balanced and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is medium+ carbo & medium-light body.
Drinkability is better than many Ofest brews IMHO, could have some more bold aroma, but other than that a solid Ofest rep acorss the board.

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Photo of gilman
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good ocktoberfest, this pours a dark amber with lots of foamy head that lasts. Good flavors with spices malts and some hops. Full-bodied with lots of carbonation and a good bite. This is a very well done and refreshingly light octoberfest beer.
this is very easy to drink as I sat in front of the tube watching football and drank a full growler not one complaint.
I would recommend this one.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a liter mug

A : pours mahogany red with a two finger head

S : caramel with faint fruit and spice

T : bright bursting with flavor

M : creamy smooth very well balanced

D : 2at a time in a liter mug all night long - very drinkable

of fifteen to twenty different Oktoberfeststs I've sampled this is my Go-To

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

This, to my surprise, happened to be the most enjoyable, most drinkable Marzen I've tried. Simple, smooth, ideal malt flavor and body. A look just like you'd like - deep, dark auburn body and a big, healthy off-white head that expands effortlessly from the pour, however, doesn't cling too well to the glass. Once again, a simple, straight-forward, uber-clean, thick malt aroma, where hops nor yeast influence what is a textbook Oktoberfestbier smell. Drinks clean and smooth with a moderate malt backbone that features a fairly musky, not spicy, tone to it. The balance of sweet and dry is stellar as well. In other words, the taste is not too sweet and the finish is only slightly dry. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

Beck's Oktoberfest pours a dark amber color with a weak scent of spices and heavier scent of malts. The same is in the taste with weaker spices and thicker on the malts, but they are very well blended together in a good smooth taste. It's nice to have an Oktoberfest beer that doesn't have an overpowering spice taste like some of the american beers.

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Photo of Terrapin777
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my 2nd favorite Oktoberfest beer of 2010. It had the 2nd best Märzenbier flavor out of all the beers I tried in this catagory. New Glarus Oktoberfest is always the best.

I gave it a rating of 3.0 for appearance and smell because I like to drink it, not look at it or smell it.

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Photo of DavidEasterling
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice from a bottle into a cold

Very nice head

Biscuity smell and taste. Giving this a high score
because the taste and feel were very refreshing.

Light feeling and easy drinkability compared with taste reminds me of the old "less filling, taste great" Miller Lite commercials
Except this actually tastes great.

Perfect for "more than one" kind of seasonal beer.

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Photo of OverToad
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a copper color with a nice white head. It has a very strong malt smell and flavor. It was a lot sweeter than I was expecting. There was a little bit of the alcohol coming through at the end. It had a nice creamy mouthfeel. One I would drink again if they were to make it again.

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Photo of Gatch
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of anything that Beck's delivered and this one sure is a treat.

Presentation: 12oz Bottle poured Into Pint Glass

Appearance: An off-amber color with very nice lacing as I drank, minimal head depletes into nothing bringing out that beautiful color of this one.

Smell: Grainy, earthy, yet still the Beck's trademark smell, almost like a skunk. The smell is probably the least enticing part of this beer but if your a Beck's drinker, you really won't mind.

Taste: MMMMmmmm.. strong hoppy malts accompany this one, a nice spalsh of nutmeg and caramel emerges through this one, not overly hoppy at all, and defintley has a great after bite, smooth and delectible.

Mouthfeel: Classic Beck's carbonation on this one, a mild mouthfeel and not bitter or tart at all. Very refreshing for an October

Drinkability: So sessionable it's uncanny. I can easily throw back a sixer and not even know I had one. This one is better then the original Beck's recipe. Filled with flavor, yet exemplifies the style perfectly. Well crafted brew and Beck's deserves it's props.

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Photo of Dmann
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a amber color with a finger and a half white head.

S= smells of hops and malt

T= light bitter hop taste. like a lighter sam adams boston lager

MF= medium carbonation smooth and drinkable and left great lacing

a great beer that i can se my self buying every october


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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Funny thing about this one, on the weekend of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, in Cincy, locally brewed Sam Adams has raised the price of their Octoberfest 12 pack to $16 while this from Bremen, Germany sells for $14 at local Kroger stores.
This is an excellent Oktoberfest, and please note this fresh sealed carton, does not have any of the light damage problems associated with green glass bottles.
What makes this quite good is the cherry note obtained in this Rheinheitsgebot presentation, plenty of malts with a beautiful finish.
May I suggest, remove your marketing bias and approach this fine beer on taste alone. Well worth the trouble.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really nice copper color with supreme clarity.

A sweet, bready smell with some hops in there.

Sweet and malty flav with a nice taste of hops in the finish. Taste good as it warms as well.

Very smooth feel, little to no carbonation.

Took down a twelve pack with ease and did not suffer.

This is a sleeper beer. Do not be a pretentious beer snob. If you want to throw down with some quality, this is the beer. Damn fine drinkable beer. Imagine if Yuengling was pure, and you have this beer. Great stuff. Will drink this again next year.

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Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid head that leaves a little lace. Nice rust color.

S: Very present nutty aroma.

T: Wow, a really intense "rusty" taste. It has a lot of flavor and is very smooth.

M: Sits easy in the mouth but supplies a lot of taste.

D: So smooth and has a brilliant amount of flavor.

One of the better Octoberfests. There is nothing to argue against this beer. Right there at the top of seasonal beers.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very copper amber, totally clear with a nice fluffy off white head that lingers suprisingly well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is slightly spicey with good malt undertones and lagery grain.

Hmmm. A nice marzen. I dont know. Anway, a pretty nice malt driven lager with a decent amount of hoppiness to it actually. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect. Nice and macro fizzy and clean.

Drinkability is through the roof, as it should be for the style.

Overall, a nice and drinkable marzen, that i would drink anytime. There are certainly better ones out there, but this is in no way offputting, a good okto slammer.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cooper color with off-white head. A nice 2-3 finger head that slowly settles to a nice creamy layer. Its almost looks, and feels like, it was on nitro. Very nice presentation for a bottled beer. Smell is off a dark caramel with some sweet malt and a burnt aroma to it. Taste is good, of roasted grain, sweet malt, and a caramel backbone. Moutfeel was smooth and a bit velvet-like. Overall I have to say I'm very surprised. I bought this beer because it was on clearance for $3.99 a six pack and it was more than well worth it!

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Photo of jak3676
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's - Oktoberfest

Now Bottled in St. Louis, MO. I bring you "Beckswiser" as my Fath-in-law likes to call it. I'm sure you can still get the authentic German stuff in Germany, but I guess it was inevitable that Becks would start getting made and bottled is the US after InBev bought Anheisher Busch. But that may not be a bad thing - I don't think it was possible for Becks to some how scew up AB worse that it was.

But as for their now US-made Oktoberfest, I like it. I like it a lot actually, and I'm not normally a fan of Beck's beer. But I think they got the color just right with a perfectly clear amber/copper/reddish-orange thing going on. I don't see the 5.0% ABV anywhere on the bottle or their website, so I'm going off beeradvocate's advice there. That's the weakest märzen I've had yet, maybe they watered it down some more for US tastes?

Flavor wise they seem to have hit the spot - somewhat hoppy and malty. I feel the need to subtract 1/2 a points for printing "pry off" on the bottle cap - I'm pretty sure I've never had another beer have to print that out for me, yet somehow I've always managed to figure it out. Stamp on the back says 12206, which seems like it's missing a digit? Oh well, I like it all anyway - a good flavor can overcome everything else I guess.

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