Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest
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Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
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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Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a dark copper colored hue; one finger white colored heard forms, hols alright; bubbly; not much lacing though; clear body and well-carbonated

S - Deep, deep malt smell; sweet caramel nose; hint of wheat; spice; fire-roasted bread

T - Heavy malt coated taste; roasted malt, and very nutty; this beer also carries a buttery flavor that carries over into a slightly bitter taste on the back-end; overall, the beer is mostly malt though, nothing much else; slight hint of spiced pumpkin; soft hop flavor

M - Not much body; slightly effervescent; smooth with a soft bitter finish

D - Not bad; pretty good for Beck's; I thought they did a good job of bringing up the malt flavor, which is usually lacking in these types of macro beers with some pumpkin-October spice; could have used more body

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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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, bright amber color. Pours with a rocky one finger white head that settles to a quarter inch and holds. Inconsistent lacing

S: Biscuity malts. Light hop bitterness.

T: Biscuity malts up front. Lingering finish. Characteristic of the style.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation

D: Clearly a drinkable beer. I think the lack of a good finish diminishes it.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest in January not too bad. Bottle smell is delicious with malty smell of caramel and toffee. Pours to an orange bronze with a very light tan head. Taste is very similar to the smell, toffee but the hop bitterness is present right from the start. The carbonation is good and the mouthfeel is creamy yet with some sparkle. The is an amazingly well balanced Oktoberfest. I was expecting it to be too sweet but I am pleasantly surprised. The taste is consistent from start to finish with a slightly dry and moderately subdued bitter finish. This is a darn good brew. A sessioner without a doubt. No problem drinking this beer year-round if available? I found it nestled with a bunch of twelvers of Beck's Dark I was pondering. Good find!

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Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frst, let's dispense with htis issue: Beck's is brewed in Bremen, which is in Northern Germany and many miles from Bavaria. That said, Beck's brews a decent version of this style. This has a translucent copper body and emits roasted apple on the nose.

The palate detects a mild hit of caramel and fig, while the mouthfeel tends toward a mild driness. Little hops, no afterness and very low carbonation makes this - much like all Octoberfets - a relaible session. Makes sense as people don't drink this beer to get mindlessly drunk. (This, they save that for dopplebock season.)

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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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big mug on the first evening of the Oktoberfest minitour at O.C., Roseville, MN.

A-Clear, light copper beer. Arrived with a 1 cm layer of head that retained moderately.

S-Biscuity, slightly sweet aroma with a spicy hoppiness.

T-Slightly fruity, bready/biscuity malts. Spicy and perfumy hoppiness ushers in a bitterness that kicks in midway in the flavor, but still allows the malts to dominate overall.

M-Medium body and a smooth, moderate carbonation. This is a pretty typical-feeling Oktoberfest brew.

D-Very dinkable. Smooth, medium body lends to easy drinking, with a flavor that is not overpowering, while still providing my taste buds with enough action to keep enjoying themselves and wanting more.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beck’s Oktoberfest has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, copper appearance, and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, medium-roasted barley malt, brown bread crust, and a slight molasses. Taste is of the same, with a bit of sourness and noticeable, yet mellow, hop bitterness at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Beck’s Oktoberfest finishes semi-dry, refreshing, easy going, and highly drinkable. Overall, this beer is excellent and interesting.


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Photo of blinky1717
3.56/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dhay55
3.56/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle picked up today from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my Smokestack goblet.

3/4" head dies back quick... brew is polished copper orange.

Nose is toasted malts and a little bit of metal..

Flavor mirrors the nose with the same "penny" taste toward the finish... nice dry finish. body is light with maybe a little too much carbonation.


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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass froma bottle.

A- Reddish orangish hue, pours with a thin head that dissapates into tendrils of fine lace.

S - Toasted malt armoas with a nutty scent pervades the beer.

T - Sweet and malty with hints of hops to balance it out.

M - Smooth,lightly carbonated, and goes down easy.

D - This could easily be a session beer, I could suck down a six pack of these on a Monday night :)

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I normally don't pick up Becks products as I believe that they are "ordinary" at best. I saw this O-Fest sitting in Wal-Mart today. It is unusual for me to be in Wal-Mart, and let alone looking at the beer there, which normally sucks, but this time I saw Sierra Nevada Celebration there and this one caught my eye too. I have never tried the Becks Oktoberfest and thought that this may be one of their better offerings. After looking at the scores, this appears to be their best beer, so I am glad that I got it. Let's see what its like:

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small 1/4" head of airy off white bubbles that was shortly maintained by numerous bubbles rising. The bubbles slowed down, so the head started to fall. There is already a little bit of lacing stuck to the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is definitely Oktoberfest with sweet toasty Munich malt notes being the predominant aspect with no real hops to speak of except for a slight floral aspect that comes out early and gets mixed up with the malty sweetness. There is none of the metallic notes that I often notice with other Becks products, so overall this one is pretty pleasant so far.

Taste: The flavor doesn't have as much punch as the aroma did, but it is still good. The malt is still running the show as it should, especially in the beginning, but the ample carbonation and high attenuation dry this beer out in the flavor and finish quite a bit so much that it seems like the hops are making things bitter in the finish, but I believe that this is just an impression that I am getting from the dryness. The finish does show a little metallic note that is a bit like aluminum.

Opinion: This is a decent beer. I like the aroma and wish that it carried into the flavor completely. As it is, I won't have any problem drinking the six-pack of this beer, but I actually like the regular Oktoberfest offerings of Paulaner and Spaten better than this one. Oh well, I am glad that I tried it, as it truly is one of Beck's better offerings and undoubtedly one of the better beers that you will find at Wal-Mart.

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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

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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.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a kinda reddish orange clor. The beer had a light tan head that was gone pretty fast.The beer stunk as far as smell goes. It smelled kinda sour and just off. However the taste was not. The taste was really good caramally with a little nuttyness. I will buy again.

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

A: Deep tawny copper, very bright and clear with some effervescent bubblies rising. Short cap that drops, but leaves plentiful lacing.

S: Fruity Euro-lager base to the nose with heavy notes of sweet dark German caramel malts.

T: Typical marzen malt forwardness, but also very Beck's Floral spicyness of noble hops with some grassyness in there too. Lots of caramel, grainy sweetness, touch of bisquit, and hints of toffee.

M: Medium body, firm, tight medium carbonation. Slightly drying finish.

D: Nice and solid. I like how some brews hit both the style and the brewery "signature." This is a very refreshing brew and I could see myself having a few or three or so in a beer garden. I just need a pretzel, some hot potato salad, and maybe some sausage.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of herrlybird
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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

A= medium amber-brown, fair head, nice rimming and pooling ongoing.

S= rich malts, apple cider.

T= rich thick malts, apple cider, definite bitterness and tartness in the follow.

M= nicely bitter-tart, some malt and cider residue

D= very drinkable in session

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (this year's, best before 5.2009) poured into my Meantime snifter, Beck's Oktoberfest is clear, bright garnet with a large, clay tinged khaki head that leaves decent lace. I like it when my Oktoberfest's look like märzens rather then pils, so far so good!

Smell is surprisingly hoppy, a wet leaf/citrus (not as overt as PNW hops), combined with the sweetness of the malt, it smells exactly like unfermented wort. Strangely appealing to the homebrewer in me, but unusual.

Taste is a bit on the thin side, even though it looks old school, it has a more modern blandness, made for tourists to chug by the liter. Not sweet or hoppy like the nose, just bit of melanoidin and malt sweetness on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but drier, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is ok, nothing offensive about this bland, watery lager, but it's not to exciting either. If it wasn't for the smell and color, it would be a very generic german lager indeed. This was surely my first O-fest back in the day, and will always hold a fond place in my heart, in spite of the fact that I know longer buy beer based on it's conducivness to drinking in extremely large quantities!

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Caramel sweet upfront with spicy hop halfway through followed up with more tea-like sweetness. As the beer warms, I pick up more toasted malt and grains. Light bodied and smooth drinking.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 26.7% out of 100 with 810 ratings
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