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Beck's Oktoberfest | Brauerei Beck & Co.

410 Reviews
Beck's OktoberfestBeck's Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2000

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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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Photo of womencantsail
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is almost copper in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells skunked (already?!). Sort of a pennies type aroma to it with some bread and yeast. A light sweetness of toffee and caramel, luckily. A touch of cherry cough syrup, too.

T: A lot of straw and grain husk astringency to this. Fairly metallic with a moderate bitterness. Light grassy hops, some yeast, and a subtle (more like drowned) sweetness. A touch of skunk on the palate.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Way too many things gone wrong with this one, and it just came out!

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice off-white head made of thing bubbles that leave generous lacing. The beer itself is crystal clear, as expected, and a nice moderate amber color. Not too dark, not too light.

S: Smells finely of caramelized biscuits, if that makes any sense at all. Its a good smell, however, its not that strong.

T: Based on the smell, I didn't expect much, but this beer sure delivers on taste! It has a toasted bread-like flavor, the kind that got a little to burnt in the oven. The finish brings on some complex caramel flavors that draw out the toasted flavor and add a new dimension to the experience. A slight bitterness is detected after the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, nice and sharp on the tongue, but not bitter. Medium body, and quite nice.

D: This beer is great! I am shocked at how good and easy to drink this is. At it's ABV, I could easily enjoy this over an Oktoberfest Grill. Love it!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with a slightly orange frothy head.

Smells of sweet caramel, bread, and bitter herb.

Taste a touch of sweet caramel up front giving way to sweet doughy bread, then ending with bitter herb that seems to dominate. Finishes dry and there are some toasted bread notes. There is some really good flavor going on here, but the aftertaste is a little off.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark copper with a creamy whitehead. The retention is very good and lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the beer mug. Get caramel, and roasted malts in the smell. The taste starts out with caramel, followed by some hops and spices and finishes off with some roasted malt flavors. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp and easy drinking. This tastes different than the oktoberfest beers I reviewed, but it is a yummy beer and sometimes different is good.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-transparent amber with a thin cream colored head

S-dark honey. slightly burnt. roasted. faint scent.

T-enters with a spciy and sweet taste of roasted barley and dark honey. good taste that ends with a good roasted biscuit flavor.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a decently dark tasting example of the style. fairly complex and pretty impressive. i like this. it goes down quite easy. didn't expect this from Becks. I could totally see me setting a lot of these back at some late September celebration in Munich.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) head that was just a shade off of white with lacing that was almost non-existent.

The aroma was of toasted bread malts, a mild herbal hop and a soapy yeast with a mild hint of toffee, dried fruit and some spice.

The taste was nice and malty with just a hint of sweetness at first then became a bit more on the bitter side and a little acetic with a mild hoppy-sweet flavor at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a light Oktoberfest, with a nice balance of flavors making it quite drinkable. It is typical of the Märzen style and a tasty brew.

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

A: Golden color. Nice head that fades into thin lace.

S: Hints of caramel and apple.

T: Malt, caramel, bready flavors, light hop flavor, a little watery.

M: Easy to drink, lightly carbonated.

Overall: Not the best Oktoberfest, but still enjoyable. Has decent flavor and is easy enough to drink.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a quest this Oktoberfest to drink as many as possible, this one will not be a repeat.

Beer is clear and amber / dark ruby with a thin off white head, low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet malt and sulfur skunk.

Beer is mildly sweet and a little dry on the finish and skunky, green bottle alert, apparently beck's doesn't know how to take care of their beer. idiots, never again.

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Photo of KLAYNE87
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest of the year. Not really a beer to have in August while I'm down in FL, but I get excited when I see the O-fest beers come out.

Popped the cap off; took a "nice" good whiff of that Euro-funk. If I was blind I would have thought I purchased a regular Becks. Poured into a nonic. Color is a nice rich auburn that a good Oktoberfest should have. It left minimal lacing, but I wasn't expecting much.

Taste is pretty good, despite that green bottle skunky flavor that is in the background. Mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. This is an okay Oktoberfest for that transition from summer styles to autumn beers. It's light, refreshing and not heavy at all. Certainly sessionable at only 5% ABV but after two you're ready for something with a more complex flavor. Not bad from a Macro though and the best from Beck's.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - A darker amber body than I'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Fizzy head.
Smell - Sweet, malty. Not over-baring.
Taste - A little watery and cheap tasting. Not a whole lot here to work with. Catching some malts with slight caramel, raisin flavors.
Mouthfeel - Feels too light. Has a sharp crispiness that almost stings the tongue.

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Beck's Oktoberfest from Brauerei Beck & Co.
78 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.
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