As I usually do when I write any review, I am sitting with my PowerBook, hunting and pecking my way through this copy with one hand and holding the beer of the month in the other.
This particular month… Beck’s Oktoberfest. Beck’s has a line of beers that they import to us here in the states that includes Beck’s Light, Beck’s Dark, Beck’s Oktoberfest, Original Beck’s and Haake Beck’s- a non-alcoholic brew that I will review in the future (when my liver fails).
First, some Deutch history. In 1810 some bier loving German royalty decided to get married. It was their very successful 16 day celebration starting in late September and continuing on through October that later became the annual event known as Oktoberfest.
Since drinking Americans tend to celebrate Octoberfest only when prompted by marketing & advertising by big-label bottlers, I decided to give Beck’s Oktoberfest a try.
I would place Beck’s Oktoberfest a few notches below Sam Adam’s Octoberfest. The Beck’s has a severe aftertaste that I definitely do not care for. It has a bitter taste that is just a bit stronger than I would prefer. It pours very well and has a nice amber hue, but it’s head died pretty quickly (it’s worth noting here that I maintain a clean set of pint glasses that have never been soaped).
Beck’s packages their line so that each beer has the traditional Beck’s label with a distinctive color to set it off from the others. Unfortunately, the Oktoberfest gets sky-blue accents on the label and it leads me to feel like I’m drinking a low-sodium brewski. The Oktoberfest scores a 5.0% alcohol by volume, slightly edging out Original Beck’s by 0.2% but looses to Sammy A’s Octoberfest which comes in at 5.7%.
I wasn’t at the first Oktoberfest in 1810 (if you were, send us an email), but Beck’s Oktoberfest Bier is no doubt a poor interpretation of the party in Munich all those years ago. Given a choice of Sammy A or the Beck’s, I’d go with Sammy- you should too.
Beck’s Oktoberfest is brewed seasonally (as you might imagine) and is available during September & October.