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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 drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Sigh* The best Okfest beers this year have, at best, a little malt chewiness, and none of that essential Vienna malt roastiness that, with the other ingredients make this such a session beer style. Served with a decent, off-white head, and a bit of lace. Color is a reddish amber. Aroma is malty and a little caramel. Flavor is malty, a hint of bitterness, a bit of toffee. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like the rest of it, ok, not bad, better than the other 2/3rds of them. Could be a session I suppose.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, half inch head that faded super fast leaving no real lacing just a ring around the glass, crystal clear copper coloring, not alot of carbonation.

s- sweet malt, brown sugar, slight vanilla.

t- malt, lots of biscuit, very slight sweetness toward the backend, little prickly, bit of a hop tang in the finish.

m- nice medium body.

d- very drinkable, an overall solid oktoberfest, it's drink this again for sure.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very copper amber, totally clear with a nice fluffy off white head that lingers suprisingly well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is slightly spicey with good malt undertones and lagery grain.

Hmmm. A nice marzen. I dont know. Anway, a pretty nice malt driven lager with a decent amount of hoppiness to it actually. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect. Nice and macro fizzy and clean.

Drinkability is through the roof, as it should be for the style.

Overall, a nice and drinkable marzen, that i would drink anytime. There are certainly better ones out there, but this is in no way offputting, a good okto slammer.

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Photo of sbe1
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super clear light amber/copper color with a healthy tan head that dissipates within the first few minutes to a sudsy ring.

Smell: Caramel, sweet malt, hint of spice and hop.

Taste: A touch of spice and sweet malt, followed by light hop/ citrus on a slightly creamy background. Sweet clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, light bodied, low-carbonation, refreshing.

Drinkability: a very nice session beer, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of guntherhophead
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I just had this beer the other day at Chuck's, a pretty good sports bar in Toledo.
a: beautiful amber, not much head. Little to no lacing.
s: some hops, a bit molasses kind of sweet.
t: First tast wasn't bad. It went down fairly smoothly as the beer was still very cold. Second drink became kind of sweet and thick. As the beer warmed slightly the taste became even more sweet with less hop taste and more molasses.
m: not bad. good carbonation.
d: I think that Beck's focused more on the colour and label than on the taste of the beer. I suppose it's worth a try if there isn't a better choice of octoberfest and if the beer is very cold.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: attractive auburn ruby-copper, with fair head fading to leave a think ring around the glass

s: mild hops and slightly fruity character announce the nose

t: underwhelming malt and hops

m: smooth and light, a refreshing brew...no argument there

d: definitely drinkable but nothing special here...


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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 crossovert
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the 3 prominent green bottle Oktoberfests. Although it is a prominent name like Beck's it doesn't seem to be the most densely populated Oktoberfest product on the shelves here in my neck of the woods. That could be good considering the mass produced original Beck's suffers a bit from mass production techniques.

It pours with an almost quintessential Oktoberfest appearance into my mug. Has a foamy somewhat quick dissipating tan/white head and a beaming, clear, darkish amber/orange body.

Smells sweet and nutty like a good Oktoberfest, slight metallic notes, no sign of skunkage. I forgot to mention the best before end is 6 of 2010 so it is an extremely fresh bottle and has been properly shipped and stored.

Like the Warsteiner Oktoberfest, hints of original Beck's stick out a little bit in this one, but overall it seems like a better crafted brew than the original. Like in the Warsteiner, the flavors are a bit more subdued than your typical Oktoberfest, but the both the nutty, roasty, sweet malts, and peppy hops make this a highly enjoyable beer. I really like the mouthfeel on this one, it is a bit light in body but goes down very smoothly.

Its lower abv (5%) makes it one of the more sessionable Oktoberfest brews.

Overall it is the best Beck's has to offer and holds its own in the Oktoberfest category. Despite its macro and masses pleasing leanings it is a good brew and is extremely addictive.

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Photo of cavedave
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a beautiful, effervescent, dark amber into the glass. A one finger head dissipates quickly to a cap, and further to a ring encircling floating amoebas of bubbles.

It has a mild nose, but very pleasant, featuring a sweet and light fresh bread, even lighter caramel, with floral hints, and a bit of citrus.

The taste is a bit of a surprise. Been drinking Oktoberfests for years, somehow missed this one. It is an immediate burst of light bready notes, toasty bready notes, some hop bitterness, but not a lot of the floral I got in the bouquet, nor citrus, in fact not a whole lot going on, which is the surprise. The malty notes are clean, but they aren't delicious, and there's not a lot of teamwork with the hop profile.It's a decent flavor, though, and it does have a semi-dry finish. Even the finish is a surprise, though, as its too darkly bitter. I'm halfway through the glass, and as it warms it becomes apparent this beer is lacking in uplifting flavor. I am enjoying this beer, it's a different take on a familiar style, but it really isn't all that good, certainly way behind my perennial favorites Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr, it's not even as good as this year's SA.

My opinion of most bottled Becks is that they are overcarbonated. This lighter side of medium-bodied brew is no exception. Good cling for the style, despite its lack of real body, but with its deficient flavor it isn't an asset as it otherwise might be.

Not as refreshing or easy drinking as others of this style, hence the above rating.

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Photo of sudz42
4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional, easy quaffing Oktoberfest, surprisingly refreshing for the style; belying its amber hue and frothy head.

I was reluctant to buy and be stuck with the 12er (you know the feeling), anticipating a potential malt syrup bomb, but I am pleasantly surprised, and may be scoring another 12er before supply runs out.

The trademark Becks soft water feel is marred by an underlying astringency, like a macro hop bitterness.

This Oktoberfest is a welcome change from the typical Ringwood yeast ale diacetyl sugar shack disasters that are readily available in New England.

Becks is the #1 German import for a reason, friends. They've done it again here. Prost!

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours between light amber and golden color with smallish head that doesn't retain. Nose is weak/faint with light toasted malt and an overall "clean" character. Palate is light in flavors, body, and is remarkably watery overall. Gentle hops are there but the light toasty malt is in the forefront. You could have fooled me into thinking this was one of those pseudo-craft beers from Michelob. At least this Beck's is NOT skunked.

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Photo of philbe311
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Thin half finger of tan fizzy head fades quickly to leave a very minimal lacing which is thicker around the edges of the glass and almost non-existent in the center... A decent amount of moderate to fast paced carbonation rises throughout... A wonderful orangish amber, especially when held up to the light, with a faint reddish hue...

S - Heavy roasted grains to start... With a little persistence you can detect the textbook malty marzen goodness... Caramel and toffee... Sweet fruit... An ever so slight nuttiness...

T - The roasted grains again take the lead... Disappointingly the malt is nowhere to be found... There is a faint hop bitterness... Tastes like an adjunct lager to me, not a marzen...

M - Medium bodied... Thin and watery... Sharp carbonation... No real depth or character... Not eventful...

D - Not a stellar marzen... Heck, I'm not even sure it's an average marzen... Not terrible, but I have no need to revisit in the future... The appearance and aroma keep this from being a complete dud...

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color. A minimal off-white head forms and leaves a lacing around the edges. No sediment and carbonation is noticeable.

The aroma includes caramel malts and a hop component that is kind of earthy.

The taste is primarily malty sweetness/caramel. A minimal hops presence. Mild alcohol at the end.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied and overall seemed a bit weak to me. Mild dryness at the finish. Reasonable but mild carbonation.

Overall, I do like this beer and feel it is easy to drink although I feel there is lots of room for improvements. It is a staple for this time of year, when I try to have as many different oktoberfest beers, as possible.

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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 CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big mug on the first evening of the Oktoberfest minitour at O.C., Roseville, MN.

A-Clear, light copper beer. Arrived with a 1 cm layer of head that retained moderately.

S-Biscuity, slightly sweet aroma with a spicy hoppiness.

T-Slightly fruity, bready/biscuity malts. Spicy and perfumy hoppiness ushers in a bitterness that kicks in midway in the flavor, but still allows the malts to dominate overall.

M-Medium body and a smooth, moderate carbonation. This is a pretty typical-feeling Oktoberfest brew.

D-Very dinkable. Smooth, medium body lends to easy drinking, with a flavor that is not overpowering, while still providing my taste buds with enough action to keep enjoying themselves and wanting more.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smeel is mild, a bit malty. Taste is also mild, some malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this beer makes for a decent choice.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery amber with a creamy light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Caramel and fresh bread make up the nose. The flavors are nice and rich with sweet malt and toasted grain. Medium smooth bodied and easy to drink. A decent O-fest.

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Photo of JoeBloe
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

when the bartender recommended this one i replied 'as long as it doesn't taste like a beck's with some octoberfest on it " but that's just what it tastes like - maybe it's me but beck's beer always tastes skunked - maybe that's beck's - the octoberfest is a little buttery, creamy, malty - but there's still that underlying beck's skunkation - looks good on the pour, and i hoped on-tap would relieve me of the beck's 'skunkation', with the green glass bottle out of the equation, but no, i smelt it , tasted it ,and drank it, but i wouldn't order another - the bartender claimed this to be the top seller since it came in this week - not for me...

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. This one was skunky. 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 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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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest of the year! Havent had this one in a while.

Consumed 9/8/09- from notes.

Green 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright clear amber topped off with a one finger bone white head that hung around for most of the glass. Good carbination.

S- Toasted malt, caramel hints as well as something else I cant nail down.

T- Toasted malt and caramel again, a little sweet, a little grassy/floral. Started to get a little dry at the end.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbination tingle.

D- Very easy to drink, definitely sessionable. I had forgotten how much I liked this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Brownish in color with a nice pillowy off white head.

Smells very bready and malts lend a subtle underlying sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose, nice Munich style malt which re-enforces that this is a good German lager here. Lightly toasted malt which is balanced by a ghost like hop.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Overall this was a very drinkable Oktoberfest. Flavors are all spot on, nothing out of place. Definately a good session brew.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 06/2010.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with a medium-sized, froth

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose of toasted bread with some caramel hints as well as some supporting dried herb notes.

Taste: Bready, toasty, faintly grainy malts with some sweet touches of caramel. Herbal, earthy hops with a light bitterness. Dull hop hints ride out along the toasted malt taste through to the drying finish. Thin streak of graininess emerges in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Great? Not so much. But! But, it's surprisingly tolerable, really, and, for me, the best of the Becks offerings.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass froma bottle.

A- Reddish orangish hue, pours with a thin head that dissapates into tendrils of fine lace.

S - Toasted malt armoas with a nutty scent pervades the beer.

T - Sweet and malty with hints of hops to balance it out.

M - Smooth,lightly carbonated, and goes down easy.

D - This could easily be a session beer, I could suck down a six pack of these on a Monday night :)

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Photo of Tomas77
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burn't orange/copper color with an off white foam head that lasts to the end.
Slight carmel with toasted malt accents and a mild alcohol scent. Little hop aroma.
Sweet carmel malt flavor with toastiness mid-palate. Herbal hop with slight spiciness probably from the alcohol and not the hop i'm guessing. Slight bitter finish.
Medium body but thin in the middle with the malt. Finishes dry with a carbonic sting on the tongue. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

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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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