Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

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Brauerei Beck & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of beerguy101
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, medium head. Light bodied marzen style beer. Mild malts, slightly sweet. Mild hops, not much of a hop bite. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is malty with a slightly bitter finish. Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Good head with decent lacing. Nose gets the aroma of malt. Nice malty mouthfeel, a little stronger than regular Beck's. This is a nice seasonal brew. A good beer to drink around the fire or with a good meal. This is a little sweet fot my taste, but I would not turn down a bottle.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a clear dark amber with a modest head, frothy in texture and the lace decent enough to cover the glass. Malt nose, hints of caramel, slightly sweet as is the start, top skeletal and the finish perkily acidic with a pleasant hop bite, dry and lingering aftertaste, drinkable, but a touch light for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear medium amber in color with lots of irregular lace. The off-white head is about a quarter of an inch tall at pouring, but utterly vanishes in a minute or so.

Aroma: The aroma did not possess the skunk characteristic noted by many others. Caramel, malt notes and earthy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Taste begins with caramel and toasted malt and strong earthy hops. The hops dominate the taste more than they should for this style, making the malts see lacking. Mild nutty flavors appear later; finishes dry with a lingering earthy and tea-like bitter note that seems heavy-handed.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, although a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: The excessive hops really are to the detriment of this beer, more-so for a style like Oktoberfest, which emphasizes maltiness. Being that it is a beer from Germany and a major brewer, it should be of better quality. And why the green glass bottles? I bought a twelve-pack in a sealed carton, so the beer has not suffered light damage, but it is well understood by now that brown glass is a better choice.

Presentation: Packaged in a green glass (it was clear glass in past years) Euro long neck-style bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass

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Photo of ThreePistols
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper color, short lived off-white frothy head, spicy, malt nose, spicy, lemon rind bitterness, hoppy flavor, with a semi-dry, caramel sweetness finish.

The finish to me is the best part of this beer. Not a real Beck fan and this is a Beck.

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Photo of Winter
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear glass bottle with "Best before 07/2003"- so this beer wasn't old but tasted somewhat skunky unfortunately. Poured a clear amber with a 1/4 inch head that retreated in seconds. Aroma consisted of sweet caramel, malt and hops. The qualities of the taste and smell of this Oktoberfest are vaguely similar to that of an original Becks. The finish was skunky and rather bitter. I was looking forward to this one, but it was a letdown. I would probably try to seek this out on tap to see if it was any better tasting than what was offered in the bottle.

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Photo of BeerBob
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant fresh aroma, more closely associated with a German pilsner than Oktoberfest, with a light flowery character and not much malt. Thick full head, amber-orange color and clear. Light to medium malt flavor with hard water quality. Has a refreshing quench to it as well. Shorter than average finish, for style, with some dryness. Mouthfeel is medium and doesn't have any softness. Not a bad Oktoberfest. I do prefer this to the other Beck offerings.

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Photo of Morris729
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber color with a light head that quickly dissipates. It has a sweet caramel aroma once poured into a glass (being from clear bottles, I was afraid it would be a bit skunky, but fortunately, that was not the case). The flavor was not that impressive—similar to regular Beck’s but with more of a roasted malt and nutty flavor. There are definitely better Oktoberfests to be had.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color was a very impressive bright amber with a nice ivory,light-tan head. Unfortunately this was about the only character I could find that would justify an Octoberfest style. Had a sweet burnt aroma and a sweet, almost nutty, flavor. Medium bodied but leans light.

Not a bad beer - just not a Marzen. Didn't have any of the bready and spicy characteristics I look for in the style.

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Photo of Lupe
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-light copper color, with a decent head that dissipated quickly, and left little lacing. Toasty malt aroma with a touch of spiciness. Light-medium body, and a smooth mouthfeel. Taste was of bready maltiness with hints of carmel, ending with a bit of hops to balance. Very easy to drink, especially compared to regular Beck's, which is a fight for me to swallow. A bit thin but better than expected.

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Photo of xXTequila
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper with a quick fizz of the head and then it's gone.
Cold the taste was almost not even there. Warmed a bit the caramel was the over all flavour with a dry husk graininess that held into the aftertaste.
Very clean and not as sweet as American Oktoberfests.

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Photo of budgood1
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep copper color....little head and no lace. typical beck's aroma with an undertone of caramel malt flavor. nice mouthfeel...buttery goodness the accentuates the caramel malts used. tastes favorite becks by far...the taste is perfect for an o-fest. hops are flowery, malts are sugary sweet and balanced. oh so smooth. for a mass produced beck's product, this is a very good buy especially if you like the euro taste of lagers. easy to quaff many of these!

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Photo of aaronh
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nicest quality of this beer is the spicy aroma. It also pours with a nice color, which is copper topped with a white head that leaves a little lace. The taste is a little lacking. It has some malt, but just not exciting and malty like most oktoberfests. The finish leaves a bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is not a very drinkable beer. Mnay better O-fests available.

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Photo of Zraly
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beck's presents a mild mannered, drinkable Oktoberfest. The color is probably the most unique characteristic of this lager...the subtle but rather sensual tint of this beverage is a beautiful copper. The initial scent was a bit skunky accompanied with a light citrus note. Overall, it is a light-medium bodied beer that finishes a bit weak on the palate. Drinkable, yes. The best, no.

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Photo of jackndan
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s O-Fest: Its been done! A skunked out euro-lager with a handful of “oktoberfest” spices. Really disappointed in this beer. It looked just fine, but c’mon, its just bad. It had the underlying taste of beck’s, bad and skunked, with a very limited level of O-fest malts thrown in the mix. Worst O-fest ever.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess a German brewer knows what an Oktoberfest beer should be better than I. Very Clear copper colour with slight lace. Sweet malt nose with subtle hops. Although malty, not as potant as others. Body is a smooth light-medium sort.

A better Beck's, but not a great Oktoberfest. Light-medium body and smooth malt make easy drinking. Cheers!

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, clear...pretty good yellowish head of some persistence. Malty aroma carries a foot from the glass. Soft malty flavors, slight pear with caramel tones. Lacks much of a hop counterpoint, could use more. Lighter bodied. Pretty OK Fest and drinkable entry from the king of German exports.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a Beck's fan to begin with, although this is probably their best beer. They brilliantly decided to use clear bottles this year (with a faint green tinge) but are selling them in enclosed 12 packs. Skunky aroma which fortunately vacated when dumped into mug. Some good head & coloration but a bit too artificially fizzy to be truly handsome. Very cold, this beer had some good caramel sweetness in the attack but everything else is a wash. As the beer warmed to the appropriate temperature, the bad flavors became more obvious. Too much regular Beck's flavor, which I find disgusting. Also an offensive metallic aftertaste, much the same effect as sucking on a quarter that you picked up off the street. Will have to recruit some friends to finish this 12 pack for me. Should have known what to expect from Beck's.

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Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everything about Beck’s Oktoberfest seemed a tad too subdued. Aside from the great looking coppery-cinnamon color and the off-white head, nothing jumped out and said “wow”! The nose was of faint malt, spice, and caramel. The taste matched up with the aroma (add in a little floral too). I think I could smell and taste a faint note of skunk. It got a little sweet at the end. But overall this is a very drinkable beer and by no means is there anything wrong with it. I’ll gladly drink another.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass with a very light tan head, over a nice looking amber/tea-colored brew. The nose is malty, grassy & very fresh too. Taste is great, a bold maltiness followed by a flowery fresh hoppiness and some light roasted malt tones. The finish is wonderfully balanced between the malt sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. A great example of a well-made German O-Fest...everything is turned up to 10 on this one.

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Photo of Murph
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear orange/amber color with a nice creamy, pillowy head and ok lacing. Nice toasty malt aroma with some light noble hop scents as well. Taste stays pretty solid all the way through, a malty, toasty foundation with some lighter hop profile floating on the surface that makes for an excellently balanced brew and a surprisingly nice Ofest. The brew is a little thin for the style but that is about the only detraction of this very drinkable bier.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that bad a bier, but what's up with the clear glass bottle? Poured a medium/light copper color, even a bit orangey. Had a decent, fine head which thinned down quickly, and minimal lacing. I liked the nose - a good dose of toasty malt. Body was in the medium range, with a bit of roughness over the tongue. Taste wasn't too bad, either. Had a good bready maltiness, with a bit of a bitter hop ending that sticks in the back of the throat. Better than I expected.

overall: 3.6
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of shirfan
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, but thin off-white head. Clear bottles were not a detriment since they came fully enclosed in cardboard.

I expected this to be maltier. It does go down a bit thin, although not bad by any means; what malt does come through has a mildly roasted flavor. A little too carbonated, and lacking the typical Beck's astringent note. Reminded me of an unskunked Heineken but with a moderate amount of spicy hops (Saaz?), instead of an Oktoberfest.

I'll let this one go in the future, Spaten is better.

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Photo of Jon
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice orangish-copper color with a relatively creamy head that is short-lived. The smell is of toasted malt and perhaps a little caramel. The taste is a little thin, but it has hints of malt, caramel and some fruit. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but that does bring the drinkability up a bit. This isn't a bad representation of the Oktoberfest style, but it could certainly be improved.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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