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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ripperltj
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dsshuck
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dbnrhino
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smeel is mild, a bit malty. Taste is also mild, some malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this beer makes for a decent choice.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Magpie14
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: overall a thin color with a touch of redness to it. Looks very pale. A weak head quickly formed and suddenly vanished...the overall presentation was quite lacking!

Smell: a very slight smell of fruit coupled with a sweet malty smell...kind of fake smelling to me. A touch of hops and caramel also included.

Taste/Mouthfeel: good carbonation and fairly smooth finish....somewhat makes up for the lack of taste. Mostly a malt flavor with caramel overtones make up for a dry, even clean taste. It is a drinkable beer but will not end up in my fridge again.

Coming from Germany...I thought it would be better...but it does beat some american "oktoberfest" beers!

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Photo of donnebaby
3.22/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: attractive auburn ruby-copper, with fair head fading to leave a think ring around the glass

s: mild hops and slightly fruity character announce the nose

t: underwhelming malt and hops

m: smooth and light, a refreshing brew...no argument there

d: definitely drinkable but nothing special here...


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Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. green bottle.

Deep amber color with slow moving carbonation, clear with a thick but bubbly off-white head that actually stuck around a while. does'nt look bad.

toffee-butter malt scent, semi-sweet with light herbal green hop, although pretty mild.

The flavor is very herbal, almost spicey malt with a toffee and light malt-extract (straight out of the can) effect. Pretty simple but effective.

Medium look, with a light feel, crispy and clean with a slight slickness at the end.

This is much better than the average Beck's lager, and has much less of the "skunked" effect. This one is a bit easier to drink.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark amber with a medium size off-white head, not much lacing.

smell is faint, light caramel, and malt.

taste of malt, caramel, touch of spice, and some grain, ends on the dry side.

overall weak for an oktoberfest but still drinkable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of woemad
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best-by 05-2011

Pours a dark amber with small amount of creamy head. Leaves a slight ring of lace upon dissipation.
A scent strong on caramel malt and a hint of grain.
Flavor mostly a breaded, semisweet malt which fades into a cola-like note with a smattering of hops in the finish.
Decent mouthfeel, but doesn't make up for the thin flavor.
A bit better than expected, still I expect a richer flavor in a marzen, heavier on malt. Saving that, at least a well-brewed lager. A rather weak non-Munchen entry I doubt I will be drinking again.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) head that was just a shade off of white with lacing that was almost non-existent.

The aroma was of toasted bread malts, a mild herbal hop and a soapy yeast with a mild hint of toffee, dried fruit and some spice.

The taste was nice and malty with just a hint of sweetness at first then became a bit more on the bitter side and a little acetic with a mild hoppy-sweet flavor at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a light Oktoberfest, with a nice balance of flavors making it quite drinkable. It is typical of the Märzen style and a tasty brew.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours between light amber and golden color with smallish head that doesn't retain. Nose is weak/faint with light toasted malt and an overall "clean" character. Palate is light in flavors, body, and is remarkably watery overall. Gentle hops are there but the light toasty malt is in the forefront. You could have fooled me into thinking this was one of those pseudo-craft beers from Michelob. At least this Beck's is NOT skunked.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.


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Photo of jdhilt
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Went on my yearly Octoberfest seasonal binge, this is the first single to try.

Pours a copper color, not much of a head to this one... nice overall look to it though. Not much there for me in the aroma department. Now to taste.. nice mouthfeel up front, medium bodied. A little bit of spiciness to it.. very slight hop tinge to it as well. Kinda watery is the main thing I get with this one. Nice and smooth and great consistency to it but flavor wise there isn't that much there, then again this style is always lacking enough flavor for me (with a few exceptions). Solid beer, but I'm sure there's better O-fests out there.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 811 ratings
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