Beck's Alkoholfrei - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 35.59%
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:
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(Beer added by: Andreji on 06-29-2003)
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Photo of treque
2.6/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.88/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of roddwolff
2.4/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of youradhere
2.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.6/5  rDev -32.2%
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!

Photo of BeerSingh
1.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of hreb
2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
2.8/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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 =)

Photo of srandycarter
2.78/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Photo of Brad007
1.58/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.68/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of JDV
1.55/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.13/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev +39%
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.

Photo of Noxious26
2.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.73/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.65/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Photo of JCBears
2.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer in camp Udari Kuwait before going into Iraq.

Appearance: Green bottle served slightly cool. Decent bubbles with a lacking head

Smell: slighly skunk with the usuual north German bight at the first feel yet a little bit rounded at the sides

Taste: not as sharp as a usual Becks more like a Hieneken, with a flat begining and end and really not much bulk in the middle

Mouthfeel: little characteristic or body. Went down well especially for a non-alc.

Overall: a plesant surprise for the location. Never really noticed the lack of alchol, flavor made up for it even in a mass market beer

Photo of cypressbob
1/5  rDev -57.6%
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

Photo of Andreji
1.58/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Beck's Alkoholfrei from Brauerei Beck & Co.
60 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.