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Beck's Alkoholfrei - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 81
Avg: 2.32
pDev: 46.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Andreji on 06-29-2003

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.71/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.67/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.96/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.12/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of jwc215
1.97/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.56/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.07/5  rDev -10.8%
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?

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Photo of Brad007
1.59/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.86/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.79/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on the fact it IS NA, so trying to rate within its subset.

A - Pours very clear straw, with green hue. Two finger tight bubbled cotton white head. Some sudsy lacing.

S - A bit skunky, veggy smell. Malt seems beat up here.

T - Not much sweet to dry out. Not much dry to balance sweet. Reminiscent of a beer, but very very light.

M - Thin, a bit oily. Light carb.

D - Okay, here's the thing. If you really thirsty and it is hot, this stuff kicks butt. It's low in calories, and you almost feel like you are having a beer!

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Photo of harrymel
2.79/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
1.44/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.7/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

1001 Beers to try before you die:

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Photo of JDV
1.57/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
1.23/5  rDev -47%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.26/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.39/5  rDev +46.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.36/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: DMS and fresh wort;

T: follows the nose; light sweetness; virtually no bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate to high carbonation - a little effervescent;

O: pretty undrinkable;

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.18/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.16/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a tall, dense, bright-white head that left a beautiful coat of lace. Glowing pale golden beer holds a swarm of fast rising bubbles. Strong herbal hop notes are a bit pungent, and ride above a faint pale malt sweetness that is ever so slightly artificial. Faint flavors of spring flowers and tea ride a solid backbone of artificial sweetener and an acidic twang. Light crisp mouthfeel is dominated by the acidic taste. This beer has none of the typical NA off-flavors in the nose, and those in the flavor are less dominant then average. I don't mind the acidic flavor, but if there is one major flaw that is it. I'm on the fence with this one.

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Beck's Alkoholfrei from Brauerei Beck & Co.
61 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.