Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

809 Ratings
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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Photo of DavidEasterling
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice from a bottle into a cold

Very nice head

Biscuity smell and taste. Giving this a high score
because the taste and feel were very refreshing.

Light feeling and easy drinkability compared with taste reminds me of the old "less filling, taste great" Miller Lite commercials
Except this actually tastes great.

Perfect for "more than one" kind of seasonal beer.

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Photo of justinbednar
1.39/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured copper color with very little head. Smelled a bit stale (most likely was expired). Thin mouthfeel that coated the tongue with an unpleasant bitterness. It could have been more carbonated. Heavy maltiness with an offputing sour hop flavor. Tasted far from balanced.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, brown caramel color with a small head and has nice lacing.

Smell - Right when I opened the bottle an aroma of skunk filled the room. Skunky, sweet, toasty, slight bit of caramel, and barley.

Taste - Quite different than other Oktoberfests I've tried, but I like it. Malty with caramel, has a toasty taste to it, somewhat nutty, a little sweet, and slightly bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Definitely not the average Oktoberfest.. it's different but not in a bad way. If you like amber or brown ales then you'd like this.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +5%
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 samie85
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a ruddy copper color with two fingers of head.

S-Rich, malt with dark fruit and that traditional Oktoberfest spice character.

T-Bitter hop notes upfront with some light malt backing.

M-Light and pretty well carbonated with a prickly feel.

D-The aroma is dead on for what I like in an Oktoberfest, but I'd really like more malt to come through in the taste department.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Rising suds speed through this cherry reddish brown brew. Nice 3 finger head on top with good retention.

S - Rich malty aroma, sweet, with a touch of grassy hops. Smells very fresh.

T - Good malty body with a nice balance. There is a bit of a soapy quality which causes a hit here.

M - Light body, moderately carbonated, and clean on the finish.

D - Not bad. Picked up a twelve pack of these, and not one went to waste. Would definitely revisit.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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 BeerDocT
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Not much head and what little there was disappeared quickly. Beautiful, perfect amber color to this beer.

-Smell 3.5: Very pleasant, mouth-watering bouquet. Light caramel notes, but a lot of barley and slight hoppy smell.

-Taste 4.0: Interesting Maerzen taste. Hops up front, followed by a light, earthy barley taste. After the swallow, a very pleasant dryness appears that counters any sweetness one might have expected based on the smell. Aftertaste is also good and slightly hoppy.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Nothing bad about the mouthfeel, but nothing outstanding. Average amount of carbonation.

-Overall 4.0: One of the best Maerzens. Beck's is different in that it is hoppy and has a dry aftertaste, which makes it really stand out. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

$13.99 for a 12 pack in Atlanta, GA.

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Photo of JamesS
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Charlie and Benny's Chili Restaurant, Indianapolis. Poured a nice copper color with just a bit of decent head; no real lacing to speak of. Nice crisp and autumn-leaf aroma, with slight hints of caramel and a nice hit of thick malts. Good flavors, clean and crisp, a nice thick maltiness with some caramel in it and a bit of nice spicy noble hops at the end. Went down very smooth.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App- Amber and orange body that has one finger of a whipped and soapy head. The head definitely looks nice, although there is minimal lacing.

Smell- The herbal hops mingle with the sweet malt backbone. It is okay.

Taste- Whoa, The sweet malt now is more roasted? There is a queer alcohol taste in the finish as well. This is pretty unappealing, and since the profile isn’t that complex, it is hard to give it any bonus points in the taste category.

Mouth feel- It is pretty light for an Oktoberfest. It is slick and a little bitter from the herbal hops.

Overall- It is hard to tell if the terrible finish is a result of a dirty line or some other kind of infection in the beer. Even if the malt characteristics had been more prominent, this offering could have fared much better on the palate.

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Photo of abrand
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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 TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

One of (if not the) my last O-Fests still hangin' ;round the fridge. It pours a clear amber-copper topped by a short-lived half-finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits slathered in buttery toffee. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste doesn't change much, but it does toast the biscuits pretty thoroughly and adds a touch of mandarin orange flesh for good measure. Well, it was a nice thought, anyway... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad O-Fest. The toasted, nearly charred taste really does nothing to help this stuff along at all.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark amber with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Malt and strong fruit notes.

T: Sweet and bitter. Citrus hops. Dark malt flavor. Interesting.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Surprisingly good. Different from some of the other Oktoberfests I've had.

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Photo of DavidST
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a nice amber color with a foamy off white head. The smell is pretty similar to a regular becks, with a hint of caramel. Feel is pretty thin with a little carbonation. The taste is also light, it reminds me of regular becks although with a little caramel, there are the grassy notes and a very slight hop bite. Overall this is okay, out of the 5-10 oktoberfests I've tried this year, this might be the worst.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a liter mug

A : pours mahogany red with a two finger head

S : caramel with faint fruit and spice

T : bright bursting with flavor

M : creamy smooth very well balanced

D : 2at a time in a liter mug all night long - very drinkable

of fifteen to twenty different Oktoberfeststs I've sampled this is my Go-To

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while watching a soccer game. Wasn't expecting much from a mass produced beer, but was pleasantly surprised.

A - pours a clear amber with a fluffy tan head. Lots of carbonation.

S - fresh caramel malt; as it warms had some honey notes.

T - light hops attack (somewhat grassy) and finishes with some sweet malt with a spicy twist. Reasonably solid backbone on this, surprisingly!

M - quite light with mild carbonation. Definitely a solid thirst quencher.

D - Overall this was surprisingly good for a mass produced beer. I had been on a bit of an Oktoberfest tasting kick, and this was one of the better ones. Nicely balanced and relatively flavorful.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light ruby orange that pours a thick head leaving faint lace. Smell is lightly sweet and roasted caramel, grainy. Taste has that Beck's background of grain with some roasted malts thrown in having a light sweet note and mild bitter that cloys. Mouthfeel is medium - light with a good spike of carbonation. Wouldn't be my first go to for an Oktoberfest, but not bad.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple if these with a buddy after work-- this is number three...
Bottle into pint glass.

Reddish brown color with a white head of two fingers.
Smells malty-- sweet caramel malt with a mild bitterness on the finish. Lightly hopped beer here, with only a touch of spicy notes.

Body is medium and oily feeling.

Overall, not a bad beer... No where near the best Octoberfest that I've had, but certainly far from the worst-- as evident by the fact I've had 3 so far.

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Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with 1/4" of head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. It smells like a typical euro lager with faint caramel malts. The taste is smooth, caramel malts with a mild toasty character; bitter, earthy, faintly piny hops; and some faint yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Unfortunately, this doesn't do it for me. Being from a German brewery I was expecting something more. This however is a played up version of any other euro lager in both taste and smell.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a huge amout of fluffy foam that overfills the glass. Aroma is very strong of crystal malt... smells almost like unfermented wort.

First sip is very very malty. A ton of dark roasted crystal malt flavor comes forward. Finishes pretty sweet, but the sweetness is not even close to being over the top.

This is actually a pretty good beer. There is a great flavor, and nothing off-putting about it. I'd consider getting a 6'er of this.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of pretty much nothing. There is some extremely faint malt, but it is really hard to detect. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce green bottle, dated best before 06/2012

This poured a very nice deep copper color with a good firm head that lasted a reasonable time.

The aroma was a bit funky on opening (damn green bottles!) but diisapetd quickly,(or I got used to it!).

The taste is crisp well balanced a whispering hint of citrus.

Overall a good beer across the board!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appetizing dark clear amber with a fine-bubbled pale amber-tan head. Malty aroma has a strong honey note and a fruity hint. Mainly malty flavor has tones of honey and caramel with hints of cloves and horehound. Texture has an average body and is quite fizzy, leaving a nice tingle and a hint of sweetness.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far be it from me to disagree with the Bros, but I just couldn't get into this one. The smell was unimpressive, and the taste disappointed. Did not get the malt sweetness I have come to expect from a Märzen. There was some malt presence, but finished with a harsh bitterness, almost burnt toast.
There are too many really good Marzens for me to want to come back to this one.

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Photo of streetcommander
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle a crisp, clear copper-brown. Aroma was malty, nutty' and bready, with no noticeable spice on the nose. It did have that distinctive skunk-hop smell and flavor which I generally find alarming and a spoiler in German beers, but...

The flavor is fantastic. The spice note comes through balanced perfectly and finally the spice aroma comes through in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is well balanced and very sessionable. Well done Becks!

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 809 ratings.
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