More Oktoberfests! Tis the season to be sure.
Name: Beck’s Oktoberfest
Origin: Brauerei Beck & Co.
Style: Oktoberfest / Märzen
IBU: not given
I drank this: on tap at Old Chicago, OP, KS
Of all of the Germany-originating Oktoberfests I’ve had this fall, this one is far and away my favorite (excepting the Paulaner Weizn Blonde, which is sadly already tapped out everywhere in the area). It’s everything I want in an Oktoberfest without any of the drawbacks.
So what makes a good Oktoberfest? Medium malts, light hop bite without much bitter flavor, pretty amber/auburn color, pleasant “beer” smell, light carbonation, and a good malty aftertaste. Beck’s has all of these qualities in spades.
The thing is, after giving that list, there isn’t really much else to say about the Beck’s Oktoberfest. Flavor-wise, it’s pretty much on par with everyone else’s Oktoberfest offerings. What makes this the standout Oktoberfest is the aftertaste. The other Oktoberfests have somehow leaned bitter or sour in the aftertaste, and that aftertaste has lingered for quite a while. The Beck’s aftertaste is malty biscuits – not sour malty biscuits, not bitter malty biscuits, not burnt malty biscuits… just malty biscuits. Yummy.
If I’m going to have an Oktoberfest, I’m most likely to go American, being that this is where I am and that will make the beer fresher. However, should I find myself wanting a German Oktoberfest, I’ll be hitting the Beck’s. Preferably with a plate of pierogies and onions.