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Beck's Alkoholfrei - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
60
poor

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 34.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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1/5  rDev -57.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
1/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ugh...

I tried this just to compare it with becks' normal stuff and to see if i could ever use this as a substitute when i cant drink

This, is foul, seriously, it tastes like something which was intended to make you sick on purpose

The aroma is off putting, just a strong smell of maltiness, ugh

It tastes, like nothing i've ever tried before, almost impossible to stomach...stay clear

cypressbob, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Johnq1964
1/5  rDev -57.3%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of atrocity
1/5  rDev -57.3%

atrocity, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
1.2/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

Chico1985, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of cyrenaica
1.33/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

cyrenaica, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
1.4/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Metalmonk, Dec 18, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Lane_in_ID, Feb 16, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Peyton5410, May 26, 2012
Photo of JDV
1.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Light golden pour with a surprisingly long lasting white head. Smell is similar to most other NA beers I've tried. Malty, gummy and a little odd, but not the worst one I've smelled. Taste is pretty sweet and malty. Corn syrup like sweetness and just cloying. This is like beer flavored soda. Undrinkable but not the worst NA beer.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Andreji
1.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 Brad007
1.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

If one must ask, the only reason that I am reviewing low (or non) alcohol beers has to do with my commitment to diversity in the amount of beers/beer styles that I review. That and I try to find at least one good example out of each style, even if it seems futile with certain styles.

Pours a golden yellow color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems typical.

Aroma is full of nothing but skunked grain and corn in the nose. Not surprised here either.

Taste is grainy and full of corn and it's mostly sweet. Not much else can be detected. The fact that it's skunked gives it the consistency of tea.

Mouthfeel agrees with taste. Certainly feels like I'm drinking grain tea or something like that. Reminds me of ginger ale as well.

It certainly won't win any awards but if you can't have the alcohol in your beer, you're better off to stick to water.

Brad007, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light yellow body with a smallish, unappealing, white head.

Smell: What a stink we have here! It's Skunk and it's Metal and together they're Skunk & Metal.

Taste: Blargh. Sweet, careless, cheerless malt taste. Then, in leeches some skunk and then an unpleasant, sidewalk coinnage metallic taste. Beyond lacking alcohol, I'd say it's also lacking hops if it weren't for that skunky, light-struck hop taste. Lastly, it's a curtain call of icky flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A horrendous beer and a poor product all around, really. Why, it's bad enough to drive one to drink!

ChainGangGuy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of the inaugural NA Shootout (With Blanks) in which this bottle of Beck's Alkoholfrei/Non-Alcoholic will be compared to St. Pauli N.A. When doing these head-to-heads, I try to maintain some sort of theme rather than throwing two completely unrelated beers into the ring. 'Germany's finest' seems as good a theme as any, although I'll see in just a few minutes how fine the beer really is. One thing is certain, at least I'll be clear-eyed and clear-brained throughout.

The beer is a much darker and richer amber than the St. Pauli; not that remarkable since the other beer was acid-washed straw in color. The foam is also a few shades darker, more ivory than glaring white. Consistency-wise, the head looks just as good, persists just as long and lays down just as much lace. A pleasantly surprising look to both beers, but now the real competition begins...

See the St. Pauli review for a description of the nose, but the short answer is 'nasty'. I keep going back and forth between the two glasses trying to pick up the slightest difference between them, but haven't managed to do so. For all intents and purposes, they smell identical. And identically bad.

Compared to its competitor, Beck's Alkoholfrei is Westvleteren 12. Not really, but it is noticeably superior even if it's still pretty crapalicious. I don't experience quite the same level of revulsion when the liquid hits my tastebuds, though they still shrink in horror at what I've subjected them too. Even though a higher taste score will likely carry this beer to victory, it's still lousy.

Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, but it shines in comparison to St. Pauli's mouthfeel. At least there's a little (very little) volume and smoothness. Neither beer's carbonation is notable; they're neither under- nor over-bubbled.

I haven't yet put in the numbers, but it's obvious that Beck's Alkoholfrei/Non-Alcoholic is the better of these two products and is, therefore, the winner of the first NA Shootout (With Blanks). It isn't the best one of these low alchohol beers that I've ever had, but is drinkable in a pinch. Let's hope that I never find myself in that big of a pinch.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 flyingpig
1.68/5  rDev -28.2%
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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flyingpig, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.73/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours crystal clear straw with a soapy two finger head. Surprisingly good retention, active streaming carbonation, and rings of lace. Skunk aroma, with the possibility of pilsener malt. Sickeningly sweet taste, like splenda, and skunked noble hop aftertaste. High carbonation and light body fight a losing battle to slickness, and the finish is challenging. I like to be surprised by a good NA beer, but this one is dissapointing.

PBRstreetgang, May 25, 2006
Photo of Whatup14
1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

Whatup14, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of sommersb
1.83/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

sommersb, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of jwc215
1.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

jwc215, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of BeerSingh
1.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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 kojevergas
1.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

kojevergas, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of hreb
2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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
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Beck's Alkoholfrei from Brauerei Beck & Co.
60 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.