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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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, just some meaningless code on the back label. A new oktoberfest style beer to me from Beck's. "Brewed under the German purity law of 1516." Uh huh.

Poured into an Oktoberfest nonic glass.

A - Pours a dark coppery sienna orange colored body with two fingers of quickly fading tan foam for a head. No real lacing to speak of. It doesn't look entirely bad, considering what it is. 3

S - The aroma is neutral, and fairly non-existent. Perhaps a touch of grainy, toast, and brown bread. Inoffensive, but nothing else really escapes the glass. 2

T - Taste follows the aroma - fairly neutral and bland. A touch of sweetened grains / malts, toasted brown bread, and a very light herbal presence. Inoffensive and drinkable, but there are no real flavors to ponder here. The toasty grains do make it more interesting than the regular cheap adjunct-ridden Beck's, but the papery cardboard flavor is still buried in there. 2.5

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Light-bodied, and easy drinking. I would say it is refreshing, but it's not a beer I would want much of. Adequately carbonated. 3

Overall, it is what I expected it to be, a cheap bastardization of the style from a big macro lager brewer, but interesting enough to the point where you can have a few without cringing. A passable fall oktoberfest style beer, but not recommended for those of us who enjoy more depth to our beers.

Beck's Oktoberfest -----3/5.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly mild malty October beer. I'm not a big fan of the style and this one is a bit more carbonated than I like.

It is amber in color, with a mild smell and average mouthfeel. It was a perfectly fine happy hour beer for this time of year, but I would be hard pressed to buy it by the case. Or six.

Updated 11/25/13: Tried it again. Definite caramel notes. More balanced than I remembered, though hops are very mild. Upgraded rating slightly

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Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle pick up and poured into a pint glass. 10/27

Pours copper colored amber. Fluffy white foam leaves a modest layer and some lacing. Malty pilsy nose. Like someone upped the malt ante in a Beck's pilsener. But does work. Somewhat sweet, clean flavor. Just a hint of a bite and then a fast finish. Not bad, certainly sessionable.

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Photo of Jparker37
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint.

A - Fizzy vanilla colored head falls to a cap. Perfect clarity to the deep copper beer. Little if no lacing.

S - Lightly toasted malt character. Mild grassy hops with a tinge of sweetness. Hinting at green bottle issues.

T - Starts a little acidic, hard water, or twangy hop bitterness. Very little toasty malt depth, straw or corn-like, no sweetness. Little hop flavor, still grassy here as well. The flavor as a whole passes quickly and abruptly. Very little aftertaste.

M - Light to medium-light body, light to medium-light carbonation, never sweet but with some drying effect in the finish.

O - Disappointed in this but not really shocked. This beer seems to be the product of trying to avoid offending any light beer drinker, withholding any attempt of grazing the light end of the style.

Judgement: Pass

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beck’s Oktoberfest has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, copper appearance, and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, medium-roasted barley malt, brown bread crust, and a slight molasses. Taste is of the same, with a bit of sourness and noticeable, yet mellow, hop bitterness at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Beck’s Oktoberfest finishes semi-dry, refreshing, easy going, and highly drinkable. Overall, this beer is excellent and interesting.


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Photo of BierStein711
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draught into plastic cup at local Oktoberfest

Dark brown in color with an off white two finger fast reducing head, moderate carbonation.

Mouthfeel: thicker

Smells: warm muffins, bread, and crackers

Taste: bread, toast, and spicy hops

Overall, this is a good beer. But, it is not the best from Braurei Beck!

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve packs of this brew were on sale at my local grocery store. This was my first time trying Beck's contribution to the Oktoberfest seasonals so I was skeptical but it turned out to be a good deal.

The beer pours to a dark amber... almost brown. It is a translucent mahogany when held up to light.

The aroma is nutty with subtle hints of caramel and citrus.

The first sip is tangy and bitter. It is lighter than other Marzens but it still contains a pleasant amount of flavor. This is fairly toasty with a semi-sweet malty finish.

I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer. I know many view Beck's as a mediocre brand, mainly because of their very mediocre Pilsener, but their Oktoberfest competes with many other upper tier Marzens.

Bottom Line: Worth checking this beer out.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frst, let's dispense with htis issue: Beck's is brewed in Bremen, which is in Northern Germany and many miles from Bavaria. That said, Beck's brews a decent version of this style. This has a translucent copper body and emits roasted apple on the nose.

The palate detects a mild hit of caramel and fig, while the mouthfeel tends toward a mild driness. Little hops, no afterness and very low carbonation makes this - much like all Octoberfets - a relaible session. Makes sense as people don't drink this beer to get mindlessly drunk. (This, they save that for dopplebock season.)

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a clear copper color with a smallish but consistent wisp of head on top that manages pretty good spotting.
The aroma offers both caramel malts and a distinct note of Noble hops, grassy, earthy, floral and lightly spicy. It's a bit tame but otherwise surprising.
The floral spiciness comes into the flavor up front, with caramel for balance but a touch of breads and some citrus, too. It goes a little grainy for the enitre session, but it's not over top of the other elements of this beer and it doesn't come on too strong.
It feels good, a nice mix of crisp and smooth in a medium body with just a touch of dryness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a one finger rather fizzy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall. While light, there are aromas of caramel and a bit of roasted malt. Along with these smells are some notes of apple and some spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted and bready taste. The flavors are on the lighter side overall. From the start there is a little bit of caramel and lighter fruits as well (apple and pear). The sweetness grows more toward the middle only to weaken as the flavor advances to the end. Along with the loss of a bit of the sweet, some moderate spice flavors of nutmeg and clove as well as a bit of an herbal flavor comes to the tongue, leaving an overall drier, roasted malt, and lightly spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little more thickness in body may have been slightly better for the roasted malt flavors of the brew, but overall it was a rather drinkable feel and quite decent for the style.

Overall – A decent Oktoberfest, but overall a little subdued in flavor. An easy drinking autumn style brew that may be nice when tailgating or just socializing outdoors with friends.

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Photo of The-Sud-Truth
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Red Copper with extremely little lacing and minimal foam

Smell: Subtle without notable aromas

Taste: Goes in full without bitterness but no remarkable aftertaste. I have no idea if I just sipped a cheap domestic or a seasonal import.

Mouthfeel: Full and lingering. A slight pull on the cheeks.

Overall: I have had this in many consecutive years and feel that I give it an unearned esteem because it hales from Germany. As I reviewed this, I am disappointed in this year's model (2013). I remember previous releases as being a "Go To" for the Oktoberfest season and this one leaves me lacking. Will I try it again next year ? Yes. Will there be unopened bottles a month from now ? Probably not. But I feel this is overall an inferior least for this year.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours and looks like the average Oktobefest. Dark, thick, with a medium head.

It's taste is again, typical for an Oktoberfest, but fresher, I guess I'd say. Doesn't have the hoppiness of many Oktoberfest's, which is unique. Kind of hard to describe it, and just absolutely loves my pallet. Often times when I drank large amounts of a Marzen or Oktoberfest I feel full and slow. Not the case here. And it's not due to a lack of taste or quality, just not quite as heavy.

Only drawback is it can be a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, clear copper body with a nice, lasting white head. Very little aroma; what's there is malt-like. Slightly above-average taste, but barely; faint, rich malt with a hint of caramel; no real bitterness detected. Soft and fizzy body; wants to be medium bodied but quickly dissolves to an almost watery, light body consistency.

A pretty diluted Oktoberfest brew. Lacks any robust malt aroma, taste, or feel for the style. Sure, there are hints of these good things, but they get washed out with the overall mediocrity of this brew.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear orange with a one finger off white head.

S- Grain, lager yeast, dark fruit, lemon grass, smells like a typical Oktoberfest.

T- Grainy at first. Sweeps over with a thick and heavy caramel malt, a bit of toffee and a syrupy sugaryness. A surprising dark fruit presence reminds me of a doppelbock. A clean tasting Oktoberfest.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty chewy for the ABV and drinks fairly easy. Aftertaste is somewhat dry but rather clean.

O- An average Oktoberfest but I think it should be slightly higher rated then what it is.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours a dark amber, transparent, with a small beige head that fleets away quickly. This beer smells sweet with caramel notes, toffee, wheat bread. I don't really care for the feel on this one. There is a great amount of bubbles rising through this one, that really gives this a spritzy feel. I think this detracts from enjoying the flavors quite a bit. The flavor profile is pretty average to the style: sweet caramel, mild bitterness, metallic ting on the back end. This beer had some some things I liked about it, but overall nothing really worked together. With so many better options available to me at this time of year, I don't see myself reaching for this one again.

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Photo of barczar
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear amber color with a solid half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Nutty, caramel malt, and a bit of metallic notes form the aroma. There's a bit of floral hop at the finish.

The flavor reveals more toasted malt character, slightly fruity, with underlying caramel and nutty tones, finishing a touch bitter, with floral hops rounding out the profile.

Body is moderate, with somewhat low carbonation. There's a touch of astringency.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Malt complexity is overshadowed by the metallic/sour character, but it's not enough to ruin the experience completely.

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

Amber color, clear. Fairly good amount of carbonation rising up. Thick frothy head, leaves a lacing behind.

Mostly sweet toasted malts. Some herbal hops.

Malty up front. Rich, toasted malts, caramel, a little coffee bitterness towards the finish. Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a beautiful amber with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

S-Malty and spicy, I swear at first I thought it smelled a little like pumpkin pie.

T-Rich and malty with a hint of spice. It has enough hops to balance it out. It was fuller in flavor and body than I expected.

M-Just about right as it wasn't took thick or too thin and definitely was not over carbonated which allowed it to feel pretty full bodied.

D-Very drinkable, you could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Overall, the only bad thing I can say about this beer is that its brewed in St. Louis and not Germany so its not really an import. That being said it is still a solid choice for Fall consumption.

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

A drinkable but unexceptional seasonal offering from Becks. At least it’s in a brown bottle. The appearance is likely the beer’s best aspect; pouring dark orange with good clarity, a two finger head of strong retention, and lacing that sticks well to the glass.

Mild toasty aroma, some biscuits and bread malt character, faint floral hoppiness; a more prominent honey and caramel note than expected. This is confirmed in the taste; the beer is on style for the most part, but has a somewhat overly assertive sweetness that seems out of place. Otherwise it’s fairly close to style, with muted noble hops underneath a toasted malt body. Not dry enough for my liking.

Medium to slightly light bodied, crisply carbonated. You could do worse in an octoberfest but in the end my impression of this beer was one that was both a little bland and a little too sweet.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a translucent light amber color with two fingers of white soapy foam that falls apart in about a minute, leaving behind fairly decent loops of lacing on the glass. Light watery body and lighter carbonation, it feels too thin in the mouth for a marzen.

Light aroma of faint caramel and herbal tea / earthy hopping.
The flavor, however, really suffers from a diluted and weak malt presence that doesn't provide enough toasted or bready structure for the hopping (which is actually surprisingly well-done BTW) to build upon. Adjust the grain bill to match the care and attention put into the hopping, and this one could be something special.

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Photo of jak3676
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's - Oktoberfest

Now Bottled in St. Louis, MO. I bring you "Beckswiser" as my Fath-in-law likes to call it. I'm sure you can still get the authentic German stuff in Germany, but I guess it was inevitable that Becks would start getting made and bottled is the US after InBev bought Anheisher Busch. But that may not be a bad thing - I don't think it was possible for Becks to some how scew up AB worse that it was.

But as for their now US-made Oktoberfest, I like it. I like it a lot actually, and I'm not normally a fan of Beck's beer. But I think they got the color just right with a perfectly clear amber/copper/reddish-orange thing going on. I don't see the 5.0% ABV anywhere on the bottle or their website, so I'm going off beeradvocate's advice there. That's the weakest märzen I've had yet, maybe they watered it down some more for US tastes?

Flavor wise they seem to have hit the spot - somewhat hoppy and malty. I feel the need to subtract 1/2 a points for printing "pry off" on the bottle cap - I'm pretty sure I've never had another beer have to print that out for me, yet somehow I've always managed to figure it out. Stamp on the back says 12206, which seems like it's missing a digit? Oh well, I like it all anyway - a good flavor can overcome everything else I guess.

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

I often look forward to October for the obligatory Oktoberfest beers. So when I saw an Oktoberfest by Becks, who happens to brew a personal favorite the Dark, I was excited. That excitement fell to malaise as I experienced one of the more bland and average beer tastes of the season. I wanted to like it but bland is all I can muster, sorry.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I hate that the label says, "Brewed in St. Louis, MO." Fail, ABInBev, Fail.

It looks right (nice amber color with good but low carb), but the white head just doesnt exist as much as I want.

The smell is just light, I want more sweetness. Earthy skunk from the green bottle pervades. Smells oddly soapy and slick as well. hm. not overly impressed, kind of turned off.

Oh ABInBev, you ruined an almost ruinable style. my god. Theres too much grain, and nothing to balance it out. I want more sweetness, but theres an astringent bite that just doesnt work. But that was at first. I get what its about now. The skunk has faded enough to let the light watery caramel shine. Still average, but better than bad. Its Breaking Bad. (Sorry I had to).

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pretty dark copper color with a cream colored head. The head recedes to a film eventually with light lacing on the glass.

Smells: Caramel malts, slight sweetness, and sour skunk smell from the green bottle.

The taste is masked by the green-bottle-skunk. That's unfortunate, because I want to find the sweet, warm caramel malts in here. A bit of a tart bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I'm never buying this again. In fact, I'm never drinking a beer that is in a green bottle again.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look is a magnificent orange-red. Smell is roasted malts, dry leaves. The taste is more dry leaves, slight caramel, burned toast, but the dry leaves overwhelms, though not in a bad way. Feel is light, crisply carbonated, and easily drinkable.

Surprisingly good, though with the multitude of Oktoberfest beers it's probably not one I'd buy again.

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