Beck’s Oktoberfest makes it as part of this year’s ‘Oktoberfestathon’ where The Brew Club tries to sample as many Oktoberfest and Pumpkin flavored beers as possible before we become utterly sick of the concept. (Or when Autumn ends, whichever comes first!)
The Becks Oktoberfest isn’t one that I normally think of as an option, and I’m not sure why. Usually when I think Oktoberfest the math is something like this. German beer + Oktoberfest = Paulaner, Spaten or Hacker Pschorr.
According to the label on my Beck’s Oktoberfest bottle, and the Beck’s website, this beer is brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516 so from that standpoint its legit, but how does it stack up to the aforementioned German brews in the tast department?
I had to use a lager glass for this beer – the slightly more suitable glasses were all in the dishwasher when I decided to have this one! The beer pours a very nice amber color, quite appropriate for the season and similar to the other Oktoberfest beers mentioned. The Beck’s Oktoberfest created a huge foamy head, just slightly off white in color that really took a good bit of time to fizzle out.
Taking a whiff of this Beck’s brew, it seems to be the malty breadyness that the other Oktoberfest beers I’ve sampled have demonstrated to differing degrees. The smell to me was dominated by malt, and a sweetness too, much like caramel. Quite nice I thought.
Getting on to the taste, I thought that the Beck’s Oktoberfest was very close to the aroma. Very malty and ‘bready’ with a caramel type of thing going on as well. The beer was smooth and while there was a touch of bite from the hops in the finish that I cold feel on the tongue, I really didn’t pick up much in the way of hops in the taste. Its in there, I just couldn’t taste it that well!
I’m going to have to do some research to see how Beck’s is considered among the beer nerds, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this particular Oktoberfest beer! I dig malty beers, and this one hit the spot! I guess in a way I think the Beck’s, while somewhat typical for the style, does typical very well and to me tagged all the bases.
At the same time Beck’s is fairly common in my area – its all over the place! If you’re looking for a real German Oktoberfest beer, it might not be the ‘best-of-breed’, but I think you could do much worse than a Beck’s Oktoberfest.
So, I’m going to give this beer a 3 star rating which is better than the Spaten, on-par with the Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, but not as good as the Paulaner Oktoberfest which was my personal favorite. What do you think?
Have you tried the Beck’s Oktoberfest? Better yet, what’s your favorite Oktoberfest beer?