Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

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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 DerekP
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber/copper. Solid head retention. Deep enough to avoid the label of being transparent.

Smell: Sweet malts and caramel. Toasty.

Taste: Hoppy all around. Hops drive the taste, with a notable malt backbone to pull it all in. The malts add to the flavor in a more pronounced fashion than they add to the body. Still, medium bodied. Some caramel in the taste, but very reserved.

Drinkability: I'm very impressed by this beer. It's so accessible, I had to pick up a single at $1.75. Beck's Oktoberfest redeemed my faith in the style. Whether at a festival or hanging with friends, I could drink this all day or all night. Try it for yourself.

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Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Just like it should be copper/brown. The head starts out nice but fades pretty quickly.
S- Smell is roasty malts but very mellow.
T-The malty taste is good at the beginning but has a bit of a metalic finish.
MD- It's just okay to me. Lots of better Maerzens out there. I wouldn't turn it down, but many more I'd got to first.

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Photo of bigrzman
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this from a a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. i have one thing to say. Did Becks package Becks Dark and plop this as Oktoberfest Bier???

A: Clear, copper color with about an in and a half of head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation that was even and of the same size.

S: Earthy smelling, like dirt. A Munich malt aroma is trying to appear from the ashes but doesn't get there.

T: Tastes roasted and earthy. Not what I expect out of a Oktoberfest but OK. Slightly bitter with a dry hop finish.

M: Lighter, watery texture throughout, carbonation is pleasant and not disturbing.

D: If I liked dirt I would come back for some more. I used 4 bottles to boil bratwurst with because that was what it was good for.

Not a solid performance. Oktoberfest should be made in Bavaria not in Bremen or anywhere in the north....period!

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Photo of mattyblazer
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was a poor offering from a decent company, malty, & metallic,orange, and disappointing.
I am kind of broke due to the economy, and I went for a few extra bucks when I saw this, thinking that it would be decent, after all its Becks...
Not bad just not good, if I was going to drink something I tolerate, it might as well have Bud

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

Look - Clear, copper color with about 2.5 fingers of head that dissipates slowly. Moderately good carbonation.

Smell - slightly hoppy and earthy smelling. Sweet, maybe caramel aroma, or maybe a touch of molasses, but not enough to affect the color a lot.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Slightly bitter, but with a middle that balances out, slightly bitter finish too. Pale lager taste, not a whole lot of body to it. Fairly hoppy in general. Lighter, watery texture.

Drinkability - Unfortunately not a whole lot of complexity here, despite it tasting okay. Easy enough to drink, but maybe not worth coming back for.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best Before End 06.2011.

A - Beck's Oktoberfest pours with a beautiful amber color with a huge three-finger, almost overflowing off-white head. Poor retention though. I could literally watch it deflate into the highly carbonated beer. No lace left over either.

S - Toasted Vienna malts back up an off-putting metallic nose. Minimal hop interaction in the aroma. Bland with a bleak outlook on what the flavor will be.

T - Metallic notes with mineral flavors and a backing of light caramel notes with Vienna malts. No real hop flavor either. The metallic is far too much here.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a mineral dry texture to the finish and a crisp carbonation spritz.

D - Average drinkability but it's a bland beer across the board. There just isn't a whole lot of anything going on in this one and the metallic flavor is far too much.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - super clear orange/light amber color with a thick well retained white head

S - grainy, bready malt aroma, no hop, clean - no esters or phenols

T - malt dominated flavor characterized by a bread-like quality a touch of toastiness, slight sweetness lingers, but still fairly dry finish; a touch of indistinguishable hop is noted on the finish as well

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a slightly above average oktoberfest/märzen. It fits the bill but lacks some of the rich depth of the better examples of the style. Still, it's fairly drinkable and not unpleasant.

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Photo of NODAK
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is fairly does have some caramel and toasted grain on it...and a little bit of skunk.

Taste is surprising in a way. The carbonation is certainly high here and serves to cover up the taste a bit. The body has caramel malt on it, but it's pretty restrained for style. There just isn't much. This gives way to a rather big hop bitterness on the finish for style...more than most, for sure. There's a little lingering grain after the swallow.

It's not a bad beer but not among my favorites in style. If I were reaching for an oktoberfests, I know of others that I'd prefer.

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Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged up a 6-pack to try... buddy at work loves the stuff and stocks up on it every year...

- Nice dark amber... clear... rich copper color... quick finger of light tan head... down to an off-white ring and some floating fizz....

- Sweet grain bed... oats, caramel... skunky hops.. a trademark of Becks... really sweet smelling.

- Light skunky hops.. pine, earthy... caramel smooth... slight tart edge to the caramel... interesting... sweet, earthy... hard to peg the flavors.. very unique..

- Light bodied.. slightly drying.... very good feel.

- Overall I am actually a fan of Becks... I don't have any bad things to say about it... I prefer the dark, and this... the light is too much like corn... but this is rather drinkable... and I bet would be a treat on tap...

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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 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 secondtooth
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This malty red-amber brew pours with solid lacing, and a rich, yeasty biscuit toastiness upon initial sips. Not really a complex beer, but easily drinkable, and more than pleasing to my palate. Good showing, especially from the usually sub-par Beck's label.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A very thin mildly brown beer. Easy to see through despite a little brown in the color, no head, although the carbonation seemed fine.

Taste, just a slight nutty smoothness. Not an offensive beer. The slightest almost rye spice feel to it, maybe because it just doesn't have any hops to interfere with the delicate flavor profile in here.

$8 for a six pack of mild beer isn't really my thing. It is easy drinking, and it isn't bitter or high in alcohol, so maybe your girlfriend will like it. I'll keep some at my place for her.

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Photo of Emerging1
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to try a Beck's at a football party. At first appearance it looked all right - lighter than I like. The aroma was fine, a whiff of grain. Decent mouth feel but very average after the initial taste. Not a strong hop finish that is distinctive of a fine Octoberfest. Probably not my next choice.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice coppery color with a head that does not hold very long.It seems to have plenty of carbonation, which adds to the fresh appearance.very inviting.
The smell is the typical "Becks" flavor very the hops are dominating over the malt.
Once you taste the beer you will experience a little more a malty flavor with a hint of caramel, yet the beer still has all the hopiness of a typical "Beck".
Mouth feel is refreshing and you really will feel carbonation.At the right temperature this beer will be a lot of fun. Great job for a seasonable beer, even from a brewery, which is in my opinion more a mass production brewery.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours that quintessential copper color you expect in Oktoberfest beers. Thin off white head. Good retention but didn't leave me much lacing. Smell is toasted malts and slight hoppiness. The taste is mostly the same, with caramel maltiness dominating with some hops in the finish. Its a little more bitter than I expected. Mouthfeel is light, lots of carbonation, and easy to drink to make this a sessionable beer.

This was ok. There are certainly better Oktoberfest beers I could think of and I only had this because its what was available.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Funny thing about this one, on the weekend of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, in Cincy, locally brewed Sam Adams has raised the price of their Octoberfest 12 pack to $16 while this from Bremen, Germany sells for $14 at local Kroger stores.
This is an excellent Oktoberfest, and please note this fresh sealed carton, does not have any of the light damage problems associated with green glass bottles.
What makes this quite good is the cherry note obtained in this Rheinheitsgebot presentation, plenty of malts with a beautiful finish.
May I suggest, remove your marketing bias and approach this fine beer on taste alone. Well worth the trouble.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a clear, copper-ish amber, with a one-finger off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of toasted, caramel malts, and lightly floral hops.

T - Taste starts out with robust, toasted caramel malts, and finishes with lightly floral, tea-like hops with moderate bitterness. Pretty well balanced, with maybe a slightly more bitter than typical finish for the style.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and semi-creamy. Not bad at all.

D - Despite a pretty decent body for the ABV, still a pretty sessionable beer.

Overall - Not a bad Oktoberfest. There are many better ones out there, but nothing offensive is to be found here either. This is also a better offering than their year-round beers (The standard and dark lagers).

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. green bottle marked 06/2011-L-16104A. The pour is a good looking reddish-amber with a long lasting half-inch of head and deent clinging lacing. The aroma is roasted malts amd thankfully not skunked as is typical in the green bottle. The taste tendsw to be bitter with malts and a sharp finale. I liked it.

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

Beck's Oktoberfest is definitely reminiscent of regular Beck's, which makes for an interesting twist. It starts off with a dark red/brown/orange color with a weak head and moderate lacing. Smells like a Pils, mostly crisp hops, but there are some caramel malts as well. Really not to Oktoberfesty so far.

The taste is about the same, it tastes like a nice bitter Pils only with more of a full roasted bread flavor. Most of the flavor comes from the hops. The beer does not taste bad, on the contrary! But it does not seem to be made to style IMHO.

The beer feels smooth and refreshing in your mouth, nice body. Like regular Beck's is great on a summer day, Beck's Oktoberfest is great on a nice cool Autumn day.

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Photo of philbertk
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beck's For Oktoberfest--Yellow 2000-A 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Clear rich copper bronze color. Light roasted malty Bavarian hop nose. Hint of green bottle stank. Smooth light biscuit body is chalky with touch of caramel fruit sweetness. Malty end is light and clean. Sampled 8/18/2000.

Beck's Oktoberfest--BlueLabel--2000-B 12 oz. Green Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright copper red color. Rich toasted malty front. Smooth mildly spicy malty sweet toasted cherry biscuit Oktoberfest body. Finishes sweet and malty. Best Beck's to date. Sampled 1/15/2001.

Beck's Oktoberfest--Blue Label 2001 12 oz. Green Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0 ) Clear rich bright copper amber color. Big rich lacy head. Mild crisp malty front. Smooth crisp rich malt sweet light caramel body. Finishes smooth and malty. Quite nice. Sampled 9/23/2001.

Beck's Oktoberfest--Yellow Label 2001 12 oz. Green Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Light sediment Slightly hazy rich amber color. Light stank to mild fruit malt front. Malty smooth crisp medium amber lager body. Mild caramel malt flavor. Clean mild end. Crisp but bland. Sampled 4/3/2002.

Beck's Oktoberfest--Blue Label 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear thin bright amber color. Light lacy head. Bavarian malt mild hop front. Smooth crisp thin tangy mild malt body with light toasted biscuit fruit notes. Dry smooth malt spice mild hop end. Mild. Sampled 10/28/2002.

Beck's Oktoberfest--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich bright thin amber red color. Light lace head. Light tangy toasted malty mild hop front. Crisp mild citrus toasted malty thin sweet caramel biscuit body. Mild malt citrus hop end. Tangy Fest. Sampled 10/21/2003.

Beck's Oktoberfest--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Tight mild lace head. Bright thin pretty copper red color. Mild hop malty front. Crisp CO2 malty mild sweet toasted smooth crusty caramel biscuit body. Cloying mildly tangy mild hop end. Best so far 2004. Sampled 9/25/2004.

2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 15 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear thin amber red color. Mild toasted malt hop front. Crisp dry sweet toasted crusty thin smooth caramel body. Clean dry mild tangy mild hop end. Thin but tasty & malty. Stank hint. Sampled 9/7/2005.

2006 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear fizzy thin bright copper amber color. Mild hop malty front. Crisp clean mellow toasted caramel mild green bottle stank fest body. Easy smooth mild hop end. Easy good mild Fest. Sampled 9/26/2006.

2007 12 oz. Green Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy lacy copper head. Clear thin bright ruby color. Mild hop malt front. Thin smooth mild tangy toasted caramel toffee mild sweet Fest body. Clean mild malt spice crisp easy fresh end. Mild Fest. No Stank. Sampled 9/11/2007.

2008 12 oz. Green Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Slow developing rich lacy off white head. Clear bright amber red color. Mild stank toasted malt mild hop front. Crisp CO2 tangy dry sweet toasted toffee mild fruit thin malty Fest body. Mild tingly malt spice hop stank hint clean dry end. Thin. Slightly stanky. Sampled 9/2/2008. 6-Pack $7.49.

Beck & Company Brauerei--Beck's Oktoberfest--2009 12 oz. Green Bottle 5.20% ABV. 10 IBU'S? (2.0 / 5.0) Mild lace thin off white head. Enticing clear bright thin amber red color. Green bottle aged stank hint mild hop light toasted fruit malt front. Thin mild sweet toasted caramel stanky mild fruit smooth Fest body. Clean weak Fest end. Aged true & weak. Sampled 9/11/2010. 6-Pack-$7.79.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured into my duvel tulip a dark clear amber with a foamy finger of off white to light brown head, does lace a little.
S: sweet bready malt. has an aroma that reminds me of a bock a little. dry light grass hop aroma.
T: overall seems a bit bland, no lingering bread malt sweetness. all the stays around is a light bitter grass hop.
M: seems like water creamy feeling.
D: its not bad overall, but not a liter at a time marzen.

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Photo of Natural510
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best-by 05-2011

Pours a dark amber with small amount of creamy head. Leaves a slight ring of lace upon dissipation.
A scent strong on caramel malt and a hint of grain.
Flavor mostly a breaded, semisweet malt which fades into a cola-like note with a smattering of hops in the finish.
Decent mouthfeel, but doesn't make up for the thin flavor.
A bit better than expected, still I expect a richer flavor in a marzen, heavier on malt. Saving that, at least a well-brewed lager. A rather weak non-Munchen entry I doubt I will be drinking again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and coppery colored. Nice rising bubbles. Decent head, but it doesn't last, and a not too much lacing.

Very caramel malty on the scent. Slight sweet grainy, bready aroma as well. Almost smelled like an ESB, but didn't taste much like one at all.

Tastes quite caramel malty with some hops and a definite nice sweetness. Mildly spicy. Actually I was surprised at the amount of flavor this beer produced, I was expecting less. This beer actually captures a lot of what I like about octoberfest beers.

Smooth, slick and easy to drink.

Drinks better than regular becks or the dark, both of which I happen to like, despite their not being world class beers by any measure. A fine offering that I can easily see myself buying another sixer of soon!

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber with a bit of a coppery orange hue -- looks pretty when held up to the afternoon sunlight. A short lived eggshell cap of foam disappeared quickly, leaving a thin collar. Transient lacing, mostly clumpy. Malty aroma, toasted and caramel, with a hint of grassy hops. Bitterness was more pronounced than I expected and lingered in the finish. Herbal and grassy hops throughout. The flavour started off with a lot of toasted and caramel malts, a bit bready, but the sweetness fell away towards the end, leaving a slightly astringent and metallic finish hanging on my palate. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, decent texture. Overall, a decent beer. It seems a little light in malt character, which would improve the flavour profile.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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