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Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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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 Kinger86
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of abrand
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass from 6 pack

Pours a deep amber color with a nice white head on top. Decent looking pour with good clarity. Smells of raisins, grains, and malts. Some toffee also present. Taste has a nice bitter presence to it. Pretty drinkable with it being pretty light overall. This is a decent oktoberfest but nothing really stands out with it.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear orange, with just a hint of autumn brown, topped by a creamy smooth head that vacates surprisingly quickly. Velvety smooth, and delightfully malted, it envelops the tongue like a bearskin rug. It is seemingly warming from the inside, like it assisting in the perparation for the winter ahead, insulating from the cold, yet opening your senses for more. Really enjoyable, especially in-season, but not wholly, if only for the fact that it doesn't leave me immediately craving the next one.

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Photo of JeltMaaj
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +34.8%
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 BeerBob
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck’s Oktoberfest pours a copper hued amber from a 12 oz clear glass bottle, with a date of “Best before 07, 2003”. Head goes to about one finger then fades to a thin cap of foam with slight lacing.

Nose is a nice pleasant malt with just a hint of the small black furry mammal with the white strip down the back, damn you Beck’s for the clear glass bottle! Palate is a thin sweet malt and nowhere near what an Oktoberfest should be.

How to make a good Oktoberfest is no big secret in Germany, but Beck’s has yet to figure this out!


Now comes in a green glass bottle and the best before date of 06 2004.

Better... Much Better!!!

Good sweet malt, nice taste for an Oktoberfest!!!


Best by 06 2006

The green glass bottle has endured, the beer pours a darker copper hued amber with a tan head that went to over two fingers with a good amount of lacing and a firm cap of fine bubble foam.

Nose is all sweet barley malt with just a bit of alcohol vapors.

Palate had the first impression of a well bittered brew, then came the sweet barley malt... but not as sweet as last years tasting notes.

This years offering is just as appealing as last years, but for other reasons... the well bittering, but just not as sweat.

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Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 Dmann
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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 thespaceman
4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
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 wakajawaka76
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Lewdd
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BierStein711
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draught into plastic cup at local Oktoberfest

Dark brown in color with an off white two finger fast reducing head, moderate carbonation.

Mouthfeel: thicker

Smells: warm muffins, bread, and crackers

Taste: bread, toast, and spicy hops

Overall, this is a good beer. But, it is not the best from Braurei Beck!

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Photo of JasonL02
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of zander4dawin
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - A darker amber body than I'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Fizzy head.
Smell - Sweet, malty. Not over-baring.
Taste - A little watery and cheap tasting. Not a whole lot here to work with. Catching some malts with slight caramel, raisin flavors.
Mouthfeel - Feels too light. Has a sharp crispiness that almost stings the tongue.

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Photo of mikerems
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Give this one a chance and you might be surprised, quite good.

appearance; typical Märzen red-brown amber look. Off white to light tan head, that disapates quickly, quality lacing.

smell; malty, can best be described as a less intense Bock beer odor, some toastyness.

taste; like a mix of a Märzen and a Bock. Malts are the strongest taste but are not thick or chewy. Slight hops in the finish but malts take over, toastyness of malts is strong but not smokey.

mouthfeel; nothing special, good stinging carbonation, loose, and wet.

drinkability; very drinkable and less heavy than others of this style.

Much more malty and less balanced than its Bavarian cousins of this style, not quite sure how to catagorize it. Really a tasty treat nevertheless!

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper copper color with a small 1 inch head that leaves no lacing down a goblet glass.

Smell is almost non existent. I maybe get a faint smell of malts and corn.

The taste really helps this beer with a sweet malty taste then a little bit of skunky taste that is pleasant in beer. I get a small amount of hop bitterness near the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light with good carbonation.

Overall, an average beer. I will not seek this out in the future but I dont feel it was a waste of money.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of palma
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of Wrex68
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of r0nyn
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Comes out as a nice, coppery liquid that's easy to see through. Forms a good sized head that lingers for a bit before receding and leaving generous amounts of lacing. Smell is grainy with just hints of malt wafting about along with light caramel and spice nuances.

Initial sip yields a snap of hoppy bitterness that stays prevalent throughout, even as the caramel and grainy sweetness show up as the beer rolls around. Finishes off clean and dry, with a bitter aftertaste that sticks with you. Has a light-bodied mouthfeel with maybe just a tad too much carbonation, but nothing game-breaking.

Drinkability is good, as it's not a bad marzen by any stretch of the imagination. Given the choice, I'd probably pick the Sam Adams iteration of Oktoberfest, but Beck's is good enough to stand on its own as a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of berserker256
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber/gold reddish color. Head wasn't too full but that may have been my fault in the pouring. Smells of nice sweet carmel malts and a bit of hoppyness. It's got a pleasant rich sweet malty flavor with a nice hop bite. Pretty good representation of what a Marzen/Oktoberfest beer should be. Nice full body and easy drinking. Pretty good beer and a little less expensive than the Paulaner, Hacker-Schorr, etc. variety. I'd definitely get this again.

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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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