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Written by Tom
Before I was asked to write for PHM I had been jotting down some notes for a couple Oktoberfest beers I sampled during the Fall. Figuring it is probably time I translate those notes into reviews, allow me to sum up my experience with Beck’s Oktoberfest.
This is not a bad brew in and of itself, but compared to other Marzens it falls by the wayside. My first experience with this beer was 2 years ago and I thought it was one of the best beers I’d had to date. Since then, my opinion has changed. I’ll spare everyone a long review and cut right to the basics.
Appearance: Copper in color with pale-amber highlights. The head was decent and it settled out into a nice film. The carbonation was consistent.
Aroma: It definitely had a crisp lager quality with minor sulfur notes and a faint earthy hoppiness. The malty backbone was evident lending a richness and caramel/toasty character (Vienna and Munich malts).
Taste: Basically an malted-up version of Beck’s standard lager. There was almost a Pilsner-like ending that was somewhat spicy, but lacked depth. Classic Marzen malt flavors were apparent, but a little weak sauce for me.
Overall: This time around it was not as complex, smooth, or malty as I experienced 2 years ago. It was crisp and left my mouth feeling clean with some caramel malt notes. If you find a case of this next Fall at a good price point, it is worth the buy. On the other hand, if you’re looking for quality Marzen try Spaten.
Grade: CBeck's Oktoberfest,