Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.
Germany
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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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the guy below me, my first Oktoberfest beer of 2011.

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch light tan head that settles to a thin film. Random spots and streaks of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt and some grassy aromas. I did get a quick whiff of skunk when I first opened the bottle. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a surprisingly strong hop bitterness on each sip that lingers on the palate. A nice carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but I don't think I would drink this one too much.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a few years ago at a festival at Blue Mountain Ski Resort. The beer pours out as a brown color with a white head the aroma was decent but still had that skunky aroma like the lager has. The taste was a little bit better due to the malt base being darker. It hid the skunkiness a little better. The mouthfeel was decent, pretty standard feeling beer. Overall I wouldn't have to have this again but I could if it was around.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear coppery amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of skunk are present in the nose along some notes of malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that skunk is a little more subdued as there are light notes of biscuit and toasted malts. Faint amounts of bitterness are also perceptible.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but the skunk aromas and flavors might be a causality of the green bottle this came in.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably better than average compared to all the Oktoberfests that I have tried this season. Starts off with a bold mix of toated malt and cereal grains in the aroma with light earthy hops that give the beer some extra kick. Flavor follow the aromas closely. The malt character is a bit more toasty, but the grain qualities deter from the overall taste. The hop flavor is ligher than the scent is in the aroma, but does offset the sweetness, barely. Low on esters or any common sulfers. The beer feels light on the creaminess, allowing the grain husk astringency to come through more and more as the beer warms. Caramelly melanoidens give the impression of a traditional decoction mash. Finishes a little grainy, but with a balanced hop / malt flavor that fades away in a cola-like fashion.

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3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a bodega in Manhattan.

Spot-on copper colour body of impressive vibrance. Clear and clean, with a frothy off-white cap that retains for a good 4 minutes, leaving an even layer of coating on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is bready and malty, with a nice toastiness and mild vaguely fruity hop profile.

Texture is coating but overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and somewhat dry and coarse, dragging a bit on the palate. Medium-bodied and adequately thick - some might contend too much so for a beer in a style meant to be quaffed by the litre at beer festivals. Filling. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent, but it does drag a bit on the palate.

Tastes bready and malty, deemphasizing hops in a manner true to style, though some mild fruitiness does make its way in. Toasty, on the sweeter side, and balanced for the most part - though its simplicity and shallowness reduce the impressiveness of that feat.

Brauerei Beck delivers a drinkable enjoyable festbier that isn't quite on point when it comes to stylistic tradition, but will please the casual drinker crowd it's aimed it. Side by side with a paragon like Ayinger, this couldn't hold a candle, but it's not a bad pick when you're after a festbier on a budget and need something widely distributed. The kind of beer I'd happily reach for in the cooler at a friend's barbecue, but it wouldn't be a regular rotator in my fridge at home.

Low C+ (3.03) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that retains fairly well and occasionally dots the glass with lace

Smell: Biscuity malt character

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt flavor that progresses after the swallow; long-lasting finish; other Oktoberfests may have a bigger malt flavor but this definitely captures the character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is not bad at all; I think many BAs have rated this lower because it is Beck's but I have had many far worse (of course the green bottles could have ruined it for others, too)

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A short-lived and small head. No lacing.

S - It smelled malty and of grasses. Maybe clove, too.

T - Nice blend of spiciness, malt and grassy flavors. It has a subtle bitterness.

M - It was crisp and light to medium-bodied.

D - I enjoyed this very much. It is a pretty good version of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz green bottle, best before June 2009, into a pint glass.

Pours a light thin layer of head that fizzles ever so quickly. No lace at all. Color is a nice mahagony red/orange.

Definately smells like a Beck's. A very light smell of slightly roasted malts and a hint of hops. Taste has a distinct carmel flavor to it. After it lingers enough, alcohol becomes present. Very little hop flavor tasted.

Carbonation level is very low. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but just a touch of bitterness is there.

Overall, not my favorite beer. Something I probably won't buy again. There are other Oktoberfests out there that appeal to me more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation that rises quickly from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a medium thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light aroma of caramel sweetness. Also there are some light aromas of grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy + herbal hops which imparts a very light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Surprise, surprise...this beer does not have the aroma or flavor of skunk which is surprising considering I grabbed it as a single in a grocery store with bright fluorescent lights and it comes in a green bottle. Better than I was expecting, since I was expecting the skunkiness to be present but still not an amazing representation of the style. Easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 9/27/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of caramel and a little bit of fruit. There is some spice in the background and a mild hops presence comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad but there are definitely a lot of other O-fests that I would pick first.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slways one of the first fest beers out on shelves,pours a lighter shade of brown with a light head for the style.The aroma is caramelly sweet, the flavor starts out very sweet but there isa light hop bitterness that kicks in in the finish.Seemed a little light and watery for the style,a good beginners beer for people having it for the first time but a true beer guy (or gal) not a top notch brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber color with a smallish off-white head. Nothing much available in the smell; there is some roasted malt character, but the entire scent is somewhat lacking given the style. The taste is somewhat more robust, with some caramel and darker malts. Little to no hop presence to balance out the low malt content. Mouthfeel is somewhat full with low amounts of carbonation. Drinkability is okay given the feel, but the taste doesn't invite another sip.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma toasted malt, faint caramel & honey, dried leaves, bready. Taste metallic, light grass & floral hops, earthy, slight bitter finish!

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3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear amber, with nearly 3 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a thin foamy layer that leaves some thickish swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is mostly sticky sweet malts with just the slightest whiff of skunky lager yeast. There is some light floral spiciness to this, otherwise that is it for hop activity.

The taste does a little better in the hop department, with a mix of toasty sweetness and moderately assertive hops. Bit of an earthy dry spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe lighter, with a relatively sharp crispness to it. Generally very easy on the palate.

Nothing wrong here. Easy, clean, and crisp, with a good mix of malt and hops in the taste. I could down a couple of these easy.

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