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 Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a good sized head and lacings. Aroma is malty with floral hops. Taste is sweet roasted malts with a strong bitter hop presence. Amazingly good for a Beck's product. Tastes like a good craft beer amber. Surprisingly tasty. Freshness counts. This bottle had a best by date of 05 09.

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (this year's, best before 5.2009) poured into my Meantime snifter, Beck's Oktoberfest is clear, bright garnet with a large, clay tinged khaki head that leaves decent lace. I like it when my Oktoberfest's look like märzens rather then pils, so far so good!

Smell is surprisingly hoppy, a wet leaf/citrus (not as overt as PNW hops), combined with the sweetness of the malt, it smells exactly like unfermented wort. Strangely appealing to the homebrewer in me, but unusual.

Taste is a bit on the thin side, even though it looks old school, it has a more modern blandness, made for tourists to chug by the liter. Not sweet or hoppy like the nose, just bit of melanoidin and malt sweetness on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but drier, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is ok, nothing offensive about this bland, watery lager, but it's not to exciting either. If it wasn't for the smell and color, it would be a very generic german lager indeed. This was surely my first O-fest back in the day, and will always hold a fond place in my heart, in spite of the fact that I know longer buy beer based on it's conducivness to drinking in extremely large quantities!

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Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz green bottle, best before June 2009, into a pint glass.

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. 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 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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Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nut brown/red color with great clarity. A fairly thick white head but dissapates very quickly with little lacing.
S- A pretty clean smell. Some light malt and nut smells. A bit of earth/yeast smell deep in there.
T- Taste of light malt, caramel, a bit of earthiness, and finishes with a nice tasting nut/malt taste.
M- Somewhat light bodied but not watery. Carbonation was reasonable. Good mouthfeel overall.
O- Very drinkable. One of the most refreshing marzens, and one of my favorites. A simple beer but a quality beer. A great beer with a variety of food selections too.

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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 electricfields
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber with a creamy tan head. This is a pretty beer.

S: Spicy and malty. The spice especially kind of jumps out at me but the malt gives it a nice sweetness.

T: A little too sweet for my tastes personally. I do, however, really like the spicy notes and the mild bitter hops.

M: Not bad. Nothing to complain about here. It's got a good feel and a nice amount of carbonation. The consistency is sort of medium. Not that thick, not too thin. I like it.

D: It's pleasant, but not something I'd keep coming back to. Still, as far as sweeter beers go, it's definitely one of the ones more tolerable to my palate.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a dark burnt orange amber colored body with good clarity. The pour produced a thick and creamy light tan head. The head had decent retention and made some slippery lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a pleasant malty character with sweet caramel notes and light hints of spicy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a modest caramel maltiness with light toasted notes and a good balance of spicy hops. A slight herbal and a very slight metallic comes through as well in the finish. The palate has a slick texture with active carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small cream colored head that maintains. Mild spotted lacing on the glass.

Caramel malt aroma with a nice herbal hop smell.

Caramel malty upfront leading into a medium bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Finishes dry and fairly clean with a mild lingering hop flavor.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

Nicely drinkable, and quite better than expected. Decent marzen choice for the price.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured deep amber with very little carbonation and no head, no lace. A little rust in the smell, mostly a weak malt scent and a slight hint of the skunk. Damn green bottles. Mouth swished thin, left a sticky film inside with slightly bitter aftertaste. Malt. Octoberfest malt. As advertised.

Well, finding things that I can describe with the flavor is kind of tough. Seems like I've had one maltoberfest I've had them all. A slight bit of maple syrup, toasted malt, a thicker malt? That's about it. The bitterness sort of reminds me of a red.

So, drink up. It's pure and pretty decent but still seems like a macro. I'd chose more local 'tobes.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at Boone's in Galena with some wings, glad I did too. A thick finger of off-white head accompanied an auburn head with prominent ruby highlights; nice head retention and some lacing--good presentation. Moderate malty aroma--caramel, a bit nutty, and thankfully without the green bottle funk that so often accompanies it--another good sign. Fine bready, malty taste, thick and smooth, caramel and hazelnut with the latter especially prominent at the finish. Smooth mouthfeel was aided by just the right amount of carbonation, making this an easy one to down and order a second--or third.

Very good Oktoberfest, not the most complex but what this did, it did well. This is one I'd certainly order again. Well done.

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Photo of mnapier
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees fahrenheit. Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Through the glass I detect reddish orange hues with a nice clarity. The beer pours a medium off-white foamy head that recedes into an island of lace.
A waft of dryness is detected along with a hoppy-ness and some roasted barley.
Swirling this in my mouth I detect a mild sweet malt introduction with a hop dryness in the middle, that finishes roasted barley. The mouth is rather mild though, befitting if this is indeed a low ABV beer. All in all a decent 'light' Oktoberfest beer if you want to have a few of these over a long evening conversation.


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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOOT! 100 Beers!

A: Poured a nice, crystal clear burnt orange color, with an off white head, about half an inch thick, excellent lacing. Retention is fair.

S: Caramel, bready, not much for hops going on. This one smells very, very sweet.

T: Very sweet, and honey like. The honey taste really lingers in this one. Almost no hops. Seems a little watery, but not too far off on style at all. Definitely malty though. Very malty.

M: Thin, this one lacks a huge mouth, which kinda takes away from the flavor. But it's not too bad.

D: This is very drinkable, I wish I had picked up a six pack of this instead of a single. All in all not the most spectacular beer in the world, but a drinkable, flavorful beer. Great session beer and that hits the style right on the money.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a big head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is of roasted grain.

A malt sweetness hits first followed by the roasted grain and with a fairly clean finish. A little underwhelming in the taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp.

Could easily down a lot of these in one sitting.

Overall it isn't very impressive, but does exude many characteristics of the style decently.

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

12oz green bottle

Beck's Oktoberfest was dark amber in color with good clarity. It had a nice beige head that soon became a thin layer and left a little lacing behind. The aroma was toasted grain. The taste was sweet upfront, with toasted malt flavor and fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel was a little light with good carbonation. Drinkabilty was good. This was a decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of TenEighty
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper, with a nice foamy head, and mild lacing.

S: Distinct malts and spices, however not on par with other Oktoberfest beers I have had recently.

T: There is a funny aftertaste that this beer leaves, that isn't very appealing, the flavor is decent, but once again, not n par with other Oktoberfest beers.

M: There is just the right amount of bitterness for this style and it complements the flavor well.

D: Not bad, not the greatest. This beer is worthy enough to try, but there are much better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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Photo of MDekker
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: I've never a big fan of the green bottles. It pours out a reddish brown with some head that fades and leaves a layer on the top. Not bad looking.

S: Malty, rich bread flavors. Hints of candy, and faint hop aromas. Nothing very inspiring.

T: Not much here - I was surprised. Some faint malty flavors, but it mostly just washes over the tongue and disappears. Soapy aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation, but nothing special.

D: It went down fine but I'm surely not inclined to get another one of these. Bummer.

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Photo of hdofu
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, not a great beer either though, good for a throwback or two or with a pizza. Has a ruby color and thick beige head. Smells earthy and malty. Tastes pretty much like malt too with the occasional spice note and bitter feel. The mouthfeel is bubbly, the bubbles hitting the tongue. It isn't too heavy for more then a couple either

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Day two of the München Oktoberfest brings this Bremen-brewed version of the style.

Pours a deep amber-brown hue with a full, pillowy, off-white bloom.

Aroma is of mild, faintly sweet toffee malt notes with equally mild herbal hops with a bit of earthiness.

Body is light-to-medium with a noticeable lack of carbonation which could owe to an overly aggressive pour. Tastes of mildly sweet caramel malt up front balanced by a pinch of hoppy bitterness in the middle, with a long, dry finish.

Light and easily drinkable, though the low carbonation (which, as mentioned, could have been due to an overly aggressive pour) keeps it from being quite refreshing enough or as quaffable as Spaten's original version.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a light redish mahogany color and is clear. A medium head caps the beer and produces moderate lacing.

Smell is an earthy acerbic aroma.

Taste is an edgy malt flavor with smokey bitter hop flavor. The beer could be a little sweeter.

Mouth feel is a little biting, but crisp and not cloying.

Drinkable but not a smooth as it could be. A nice enough O-fest, but I think there are many that are as good or better.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle into mug.

Crystal clear burnt orange hue with a tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Light toasty grains mixed with a bit of sweet caramel, and a touch of sugary hard candy.

Once again, crisp and clean toasted malts provide a little bit of caramel. The toastiness itself provides a little flavor itself, akin to a little bit of light dry toast. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Not a bad Oktoberfest from Beck's. Crisp and refreshing with a good amount of toasty grains and caramel flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Reddish amber with 2 fingers of off white head. Retention is moderate, minimal lacing.

S - Bready, toasty, slight caramel malt. The weird part is the top note of spicy hops; much like a pils.

T - Very sweet and toasty, like a dark bread. Some nuttiness and vanilla pulls through as well. The hops from the nose kick in late palate offering an interesting compliment to the slight burnt-ish flavors. Finishes fairly dry with some bitterness.

M - Nothing that stands out, but decent. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation; slightly coarse in the mouth. A little watery near the end.

D - A good beer. I like the sweetness that seems to be missing in other marzens I've had recently. Easy to drink.

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

Pours a solid orange with billowy offwhite head, not much lacing. Smell: bready malt, floral, fruity, pretty restrained. Taste: spicy and tea-like hops, toasted malts, hints of caramel. Finishes sweet but a little thin. Decent, even in a green bottle it avoids the import-grain taste of a Spaten, but a little thin in the malts.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a medium amber color to a nice pillowy head that dissipates rather fast. Smell was almost non-existent for me aside from a few floral notes. Taste was unexciting and almost metallic, not bad but certainly not the best. I expected better from a renowned German brewery. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, acidic. Drinkability is about average given the aftertaste and decent ABV. Be forwarned though, I would say this is a one-timer as there are definitely MUCH better Oktoberfest brews out there.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark amber color, with a thin off white head.

S- Malty, bready and a touch of hops.

T- Overall sweeter than I expected, malty and bready.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, and not bad at all just think there are better ones out there.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 813 ratings