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Beck's Alkoholfrei - Brauerei Beck & Co.

Beck's AlkoholfreiBeck's Alkoholfrei

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BA SCORE
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.27
pDev: 33.04%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Andreji on 06-29-2003)
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Chrispyhorne

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First things first - this is a non alcoholic beer. All comments should be interpreted through this lens. Becks NA is hoppy and tasty. Though there is not much of a head, it had a great flavor and goes down smooth. I could down one if these on a hot day in about 3 seconds. I should also note that I prefer NA beer when it is Ice cold. The one I am reviewing came from the porch at 32 degrees. Yum!! Cold, smooth, delicious!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:47:16 | More by Chrispyhorne
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.59/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"For when you don't wanna even approach drunkenness with your beer..." Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises hard water, very light generic grains, and a twinge of the vaguest sense of flowers possible. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hard water leading the charge all the way. There's almost no flavor here, much less that of the "beer" flavor our grandparents always go on about. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a thoroughly watery feel. Overall, this doesn't seem all that much like non-alcoholic beer to me as much as it does beer-flavored water. If you wanted a Beck's without the alcohol, you'd be sorely disappointed here.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 16:49:44 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, 0.0% ABV, a single from the local 'super' grocery store, which looks very much like 'Beck's Blue', but says nothing of the kind, so I'm going with the generic translation selection here.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, billowing white head, which leaves a few layered bands of cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it evenly and stoically bleeds away.

It smells of warm breakfast cereal - bready, grainy, in an overcompensating sort of manner, but that's perhaps my own bias - with a hint of aged lemon juice, and almost crisp grassy, leafy noble hops. The taste is more thankfully subdued grainy cereal malt, a certain skunky grassiness, twinges of indistinct citrus notes, and a stoney flintiness.

The bubbles are rather sedate and generally non-interactive, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, with little aiding or detracting in the matter. It finishes off-dry, the grainy cereal character trailing off a fair bit, as does the threat of green-bottle Euro-skank.

Once again, those Germans know how to make lagers, even the kind without an ingredient that readily defines beer. Not great, but drinkable enough, if you happen to be in the unfortunate position to make this sort of thing your regular go-to.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:41:48 | More by biboergosum
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Pegasus

Texas

2.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark golden in color, quite clear, with a fairly large, dense and creamy white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and unbroken, the carbonation slight.and slow-rising.

Aroma: Aroma consists of cooked vegetables and sweet corn, with a little hops.

Taste: Modestly sweet malt taste, reminiscent of caramel corn, from start to finish. Later in the taste, a subdued tea-like hop presence. Finishes with slight residual sweetness.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft, not unpleasant, with a little zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Its not that great, but then again, I would choose it over a sugary soft drink.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce green glass Euro-style long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:55:26 | More by Pegasus
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jwc215

Wisconsin

1.93/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best before end of 08.2013:

Pours straw yellow with a fluffy, lasting white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Pretty impressive for the style!

The smell is pretty heavy on the sulfur/lime. Scant spicy hops might be mixed in there, somewhere...I think.

The taste is chemical-like. An odd bitterness with a touch of sweetness clash. Sulfur lingers.

The carbonation sits just about right. Pretty smooth despite the aftertaste. Unfortunately, the taste and aftertaste put a dent into what would have been a decent texture for the style.

Too chemical-ish for me. "Euro-skunk" and a nice appearance, and appropriate carbonation, about sums it up. Not the most "refreshing" NA/low alcohol beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 19:11:17 | More by jwc215
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Spikester

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with one inch of white head and very nice lacings both last all the way down.
Smell is mild cracker and corn.
Taste is sweet malts with a decent Pilsner style hop back.
Mouthfeel is fine and fairly full bodied for a near beer.
Overall if you like regular Beck's and need to avoid alcohol for some reason give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 06:17:48 | More by Spikester
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harrymel

Washington

2.83/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by 07.2013

Golden with a finger plus of whites that only slowly falls to a solid sheet of the same. Really the best looking N.A. beer I've seen. Smells like many of the others: corn, grain, sweet white bread, but this one has an odd squash (butternut or pumpkin) character. Taste is corny with some sugar and a slight grain cleanliness. Medium on light with moderate carb and a fairly dry finish. Not bad, don't care for the nose here.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 06:20:06 | More by harrymel
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing as a low alcohol beer, not comparing to other German pilseners. I appreciate the lack of adjuncts and preservatives.

Pours a golden straw colour with a spongy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing and settles as a small cap.

The smell is a bit skunky at first. After breathing in a pilsener glass for a few minutes there is a sweet, honey-like aroma, floral hops and a metallic note

The taste leans towards the dry side, but is balanced by a mild sweetness that comes through on the tongue. There is a burned grain flavour as well. The finish is dry, with faint earth and metal tones in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation. Mostly crisp and clean throughout.

As far as low alcohol beers go, Beck’s Non-Alcoholic is a surprisingly good anomaly in that it actually tastes like beer. Watery beer, sure, but it’s in stark contrast to contemporaries that compensate by being too sweet from using corn syrup or simply taste like carbonated water.

I’ve enjoyed it with snack foods like popcorn, beef jerky and kettle chips, as well as sandwiches and pizza.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 21:52:04 | More by bryehn
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

1.2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Justifications for this review - 1) Never have had or reviewed a NA/Low Alcohol Beer 2) It's the newest installment in the now-infamous series "Free Beers From Work!" This has a best by date of 01.2013.

Pours a somewhat dark shade of yellow. A billowy white head actually retains well and leaves some lace.

Scent is, well...not pleasant. Old cooked veggies and wet cardboard come to mind. Just plain terrible, no redeeming qualities.

After struggling to get close enough to sip it, I find the taste is a slight improvement over the smell, but still quite offensive. Cereal, grainy malts with lots of adjunct garbage cardboard blech. After maybe 5 sips, I decide the taste IS just as bad. Mouthfeel, although inconsequential due to the awful flavor, is carbonated at least.

Man, I suppose this COULD be skunked, but can NA beers even skunk? What would've this tasted like in 2013?? Honestly hard to keep down.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 17:57:37 | More by Chico1985
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a couple of thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Starts with a pretty strong aroma of skunk (when you are further away from the glass) that disappears as you get it closer to your nose - weird. There is also quite a bit of grain adjunct malt sweetness. The skunk aroma is outputting and did not make me want to drink this beer.

T: Starts out with a sweet adjunct grain malt flavor and then there is a lighter amount of grassy hops. There is also something very chemically in this beer - probably as a result of the process of removing the alcohol. The sweetness in this beer lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and could be sessionable (considering the negligible amounts of alcohol but I do not really see the point). Not a style that I drink regularly but I think that all of the beers in this style seem to be rated kind of low.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:01:18 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

2.98/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of skunkiness in the nose.
T: There are sweet flavors of bready malts in the flavors along with notes of chemicals.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad considering that it is non-alcoholic—it has some flavors of bready malts but there seems to be some leftover chemicals from the process used to remove the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 17:14:44 | More by metter98
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/5/12

A clear straw yellow with lots of carbonation feeding a well sustained thumbs width of soapy bone white head and it even leaves a few partial rings of lace

S skunky sweet malt and some grassy hops

T oh dear, this gets nasty fast, the smell is tolerable but the taste is sour and skunky with some soggy cardboard

M watery and well carbonated but the aftertaste is awful and seems lo linger

O I gave it a fair chance but this is quite bad regardless of the style

a party leftover and I can't think who left this behind, perhaps they were wise in doing so
Why bother?

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 17:41:59 | More by wordemupg
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright golden color with just less than 1 finger of fluffy white head that leaves sticky lacing throughout the beer. Very lively, bubbly carbonation.

The scent is tea-like, notes of mint and kind of skunky.

The taste is of sweet malt, tea flavors, grainy, a strong metallic finish.

Light bodied, very thin and watery, low carbonation.

This is probably an above average beer for the style, I didn't really enjoy it all that much due to the lack of flavor but it was better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 13:04:46 | More by BeerCon5
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big white head slowly fades into a decent bisquity lacing above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.

Skunky sour hops and grain malt aroma that transfer to the taste quite the same, not impressed with either, but than again I'm not much of a Beck's fan other than their dark with is quite good.

Give me a IPA or a Oktoberfest, Stout or basically anything else. lol

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:29:20 | More by LXIXME
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almundane

Louisiana

2.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As part of my overseas experience, I [get] to try some non-alcoholic brews. I'm trying to keep the look relative to the style and not focus on the depressing nature of what I'm drinking. Beck's is the most ubiquitous here, so it gets the first look.

A: Poured a clear yellow into a plain pint glass with a very dense 2+ inch head. The head's lasting power and lacing are pretty and impressive. On looks alone, this thing could go into a magezine advertisement.

S: Sour and faint. No noticeable hoppiness. Without the alcohol, there are smells that just don't manage to evaporate, but as it warms a pleasant toasty white bread smell develops.

T: Lightly bitter without the obnoxious artificial-tasting sweetness that tends to be the hallmark of the non-alcoholic styles. Unpleasantly metallic aftertaste.

M: Less carbonation here than I was expecting. Very thin and very watery.

O: Easily more drinkable than many real alcoholic light lagers. Thanks to its surprising bitterness, there are fleeting moments that might lead one to think they were drinking something else. Because of its low carbonation and lack of outright offensive qualities, it makes for a decent enough sports drink.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 11:28:16 | More by almundane
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sommersb

Tennessee

1.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted On: 08-02-2011
Freshness: Best before 05-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. green bottle
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Wal-Mart

The color is light straw and is very clear. A small amount of bubbles can be seen coming from the glass bottom. Head is pillowy and white, 3 fingers high; lacing is almost non-existent.

Aromas have a little floral quality, but these are overshadowed by the off-putting smells of metals and skunk. No malt aroma.

The taste is like a badly flavored water, with a metallic and astringent character. Body is thin and carbonation is pretty high. The aftertaste is bitter and unpleasant.

Overall this was a very bad beer! Not one I'd like to ever have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 04:16:29 | More by sommersb
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yellow straw colour that is incredibly clear & has a few bubbles rising to the surface. A two-finger sized head that halves in size quickly then gradually disappears to leave a slight lacing at the top.

A skunk & grain mix than does smell like a lager, but a heavily watered down one. It's not the most appealing mix of water, corn & other adjuncts with slight citrus aroma at the back end.

Sweet & watery at the same time, a pretty poor mix of grain & corn, a little grassy hops & more water. It is rounded off with a lingering bitterness.

Thin bodied and very watery to drink, it has a rather smooth texture but it is quite dry in the finish despite being wet to start.

Not a good beer, the watery taste is match by a watery smell; it is basically a standard (poor) pale lager mixed with water. The head is a lot better than I would have imagined although it is sort lived.

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Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 18:47:10 | More by flyingpig
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

1.33/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

330ml bottle
0.0% ABV (as written on bottle)
I tried this beer on April 5, 2011 after purchasing from a local bakery (yes - a bakery). The beer poured a translucent medium gold with a huge frothy white head. The aroma grainy malt. The mouthfeel is very watery with almost no carbonation. The flavour is weak malt, and nothing else. Could quite possibly be a heavily watered down Beck's.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:33:13 | More by cyrenaica
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kojevergas

Texas

1.95/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a stolen Bitburger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: A three finger head of nice cream and thickness. Clear yellow.

Sm: Clean fresh barley, and that's all.

T: Flavour is loaded towards the front. Unbalanced. Just one note of clean barley, accompanied by malt. Gutted, empty finish.

Mf: Very light and thin. A bit watery. Too wet.

Dr: You could down it all night, but it's just be empty calories and no drunkenness. Decently priced, to its credit - even by Irish standards.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:56:38 | More by kojevergas
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Well this looks like a standard macro lager...crystal clear straw color with minimal head retention, although it does leave behind a thick-ish foam ring around the brew. The lacing is actually decent, sticking to the side of my glass. Looks to be well carbonated as well....lots of big bubbles rising to the top. Nothing much else to look at here.

S- This area also has a macro-like aroma, being primarily skunky, and grassy dryness...it definitely smells like a beer and actually I think it has a more prolific malt aroma than what would be expected.

T- This tastes like Becks....really it does! It's sweet and malty on the front of the palate and finishes dry, but not in a hop manner, but it's dry and grainy. Overall, much like Beck's though, it isn't anything to brag about....just a processed lager.

M- Thin and watery, yet it is totally refreshing with the carbonation that bristles the palate.

D- If I didn't know this was non alcoholic beer, it would be hard to tell the difference IMO. Perfect for those nights where you want a brew but just want to give the liver a rest from the booze. I'll probably get this again and don't have a problem drinking this!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:56:26 | More by ChrisCage
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

1.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I have never had an "alcohol free/non-alcoholic" beer before. Till now. (Let the muted, neutered trumpets sound...)

Rather suspect looking from the start. Incredibly clear piss-yellow color, with a wispy, almost dishsoap-looking white head. But, uh, if we're supposed to review to style, I guess this looks okay, considering...

Smell? What smell? If I get anything, it's like a glass of water with a teaspoon of white grape juice added. Okay, maybe a tablespoon.

For a second, there was something about the taste that I thought I liked. But it quickly got very weird. Again I'm reminded of white grape juice. But there's also a sweetness like Splenda or some other non-sugar sweetener, and something kind of bitter or astringent, but not in that good hoppy way...more like chewing on a grape vine or some other such roughage. I knew from the second sip there was no way I was going to finish this bottle.

I guess it feels okay. It's lightly carbonated.

Must be very drinkable at .3%, huh? Bullshit. No way should this trangression ever be done to beer, but it has been. At least I didn't buy it. A-V-O-I-D or forever disgrace yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 00:44:02 | More by Metalmonk
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treque

Mexico

2.6/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent amber color with large bubble, has plenty of carbonation made of small foam dissipates leaving no residue

S: Aroma almost null

T: Denotes a bitter taste from start to finish, totally refreshing and bubbly on the tongue, lightweight body that allows very large drinks.

Good option for a non alcohol beer

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 23:05:45 | More by treque
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.88/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a fluffy white head that thinned out after a while but still left it's fair share of lacing.
S - aroma is sort of like original Beck's with water added, it's very subdued.
T - actually, it had decent flavor. I could taste some malty sweetness and there was a bitterness on the finish.
F - thin, light and wet.
D - if you have to stay away from alcohol but still want the flavor of a beer, this one is ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 21:47:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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roddwolff

Mexico

2.4/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured in a bayen-pilsener glass. Look: Golden-crystal color, very bright, the foamy head is fat but disappear in seconds. Smell: Grains and mineral water, not unpleasant. Taste: Dry malt and some grass hops, the grain from the smell disappear. Mouthfeel: Very dry, tart, high carbonation and very light body, almost nonexistent. Drinkability: Excellent beer without alcohol but not my type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:14:21 | More by roddwolff
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youradhere

Arkansas

2.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The only reason I am rating this beer is that I am deployed to Iraq and no real beer is allowed here. So to accompany the camel-cheese "Pizza Hut" pizzas we try to drink this stuff. Definately carbonated properly, and almost smells like real beer. I think they may have upped the bittering hop additions to compensate for lack of alcohol flavors. Tastes sweet like, of course, unfermented wort. I get the back palate flavor of envelope glue, with all flavors quickly dissapearing leaving only a bitter-sweet sensation on my tongue.

All in all, not good at all. I can only stand to drink maybe two in one sitting on a good day, however Becks is still the best of the NA selection IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 07:10:28 | More by youradhere
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Beck's Alkoholfrei from Brauerei Beck & Co.
59 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.