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Beck's Alkoholfrei - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.26
pDev: 34.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
2.09/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

Pegasus, Jun 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of EsoxLucius
2.8/5  rDev +23.9%

alright, bought this one at the supermarket, i'm guessing a case of it fell and some broke because i was able to get 3 of them for 50 cents each! worth a shot.

A: looks like Becks. straw yellow with white head.

S: skunky, more so than regular becks. some trace of hops, and the skunk smell never goes away until it's all gone.

T: whats there is sweet with a bit of malt, tastes very overprocessed, almost mechanical.

M: ultra thin, like water.

D: for NA beer its not bad. better than Molson and Labbatt's NA beer.

hey, for 50 cents it was cheaper than a bottle of water and sort of tasted like a real beer =)

EsoxLucius, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
2.1/5  rDev -7.1%

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

LXIXME, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +39.4%

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.

biboergosum, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
1.4/5  rDev -38.1%

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.

Metalmonk, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of tdm168
2.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tdm168, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of hreb
2/5  rDev -11.5%

Working from home today. Too much beer in the fridge to resist having one with lunch, yet drinking while working seems like a conflict of interest (unlike, say, beer reviewing... :))

Why not.

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours a bright yellow with a thick white head that quickly collapses. Aroma? No. Maybe a hint of vague skunky lager.

Flavor? Not really. Mostly watery, with a hint of slightly-bitter apple juice.

Carbonation is acceptable. Hey look, there's some scant lacing!

Still better than Corona.

hreb, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of lemonlime311
2.5/5  rDev +10.6%

lemonlime311, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
3.4/5  rDev +50.4%

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!

ChrisCage, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.68/5  rDev -25.7%

Bottle: Poured a light copper color lager with a small foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light skunk with some light medium sweet malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some light medium sweet notes with some distinctive adjunct and some light skunk notes (damn green bottles). I can't say that this is really a lot worse then a regular Becks but then the regular beer is not very flavourful to start with.

Phyl21ca, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev +50.4%

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.

Spikester, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of BeerSingh
1.95/5  rDev -13.7%

By the time I finished the 2nd NA beer I'd ever had, I was fully convinced that if you want to stay away from alcohol, have water / coke / soda. NA beer is a wrong number. This one looked alright, just like any macro would. The moment it moved from sight to smell and taste - it was a big let down. Very metallic, stale and lifeless. It was syrupy and unpalatable. Fizz, reminded me of stale and bitter ginger ale. I should've stuck to a Diet Coke or water.

BeerSingh, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev +31.9%

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.

metter98, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev +45.1%

I have had to drink a lot of non-alcoholic beers lately. I have found this one to be the middle of the road. It is not the best one available to me but it is not worst either. It is the most expensive though.

Appearance- Darker than any of the other NA beers that I have tried. With a lot of carbonation.

Smell- I have tried this beer several times each time it has had a slightly skunk odor to it.

Taste- It is alright. It is more sour than bitter. It also has a stronger after taste than most NA beers.

Mouthfeel. Sourness hurts the mouthfeel. Thin with a fizzy carbonation more than a bold carbonation.

Drinkabity- Alright. I wish I could give a little more detail but I am really marginal on this one.

MTNboy, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of keywestgourmet
3.5/5  rDev +54.9%

keywestgourmet, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of roddwolff
2.4/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

roddwolff, May 12, 2010
Photo of jwc215
1.93/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

jwc215, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
1.75/5  rDev -22.6%

Whatup14, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of BeerCon5
3.15/5  rDev +39.4%

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.

BeerCon5, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
2.58/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

dbrauneis, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.59/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
1/5  rDev -55.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Andreji
1.58/5  rDev -30.1%

This is truly an example of alcohol removal gone bad. A normal beer beck's is, this version is embarrasing to the brewery. It pours quite a pale golden tone with a scarce head. The smell, faint and with no inviting elements, has some hops but almost no other feel. The taste, i can literally describe as biting into grass and chewing, a weak presence of malt and excess water topped by an awful excess of hops (bitterness) unappropriate for the beer's style. Oh, this is a beer gone bad.

Andreji, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of bryehn
3.53/5  rDev +56.2%

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.

bryehn, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Noxious26
2.98/5  rDev +31.9%

330ml green bottle poured in a pilsner glass. Saw this in the grocery store on sale and thought, "What the heck!?"

Straw yellow and clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. White head is 1 inch on the pour, but recedes to a thin cap.

Actually smells almost like a beer. Has a bit of that traditional German pilsner noble hop, but it's balanced by your typical NA sweetness (corn?).

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Halfway between a typical North American NA and a German Pilsner. Noble hops provide a little bitterness, but the cloying sweetness is still there. Aftertaste is mildly bitter noble hops.

Light and fizzy mouthfeel is about par for the course with NAs.

This is by no means great, but it's probably the best NA I've had yet. I'd buy it again if I was the designated driver and it was on sale.

Noxious26, Jan 10, 2007
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Beck's Alkoholfrei from Brauerei Beck & Co.
59 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.