Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark brown in color with an orangish hue. The head was a decent size and showed good retention.

Smell – The roasted grain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. There’s also a deep molasses aroma here that intrigues.

Taste – The cheap grain is helped along by some big roasty flavors. The molasses comes out big at the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel – This is hard to describe. On the one hand, the bitter, roasted flavors salivate the mouth and feel huge, whereas the beer itself is rather thin. I’ll call her medium and leave it at that.

Drinkability – I can find a lot better examples of the style, but if you’re in a grocery store with a macro selection and want something dark . . . give this one a try.

Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown color, slight ruby tint; good clarity for a beer this dark. Creamy, light-tan colored head, leaves surprisingly decent lacing along the glass. Aroma is somewhat faint and kind of weak, hard to pick up on, especially when it's cold. Some astringent metallic notes, toasted caramel malt, floral aromas, and not a whole lot else. The malt is certainly dominant, but the floral element is still obtainable. The taste is lacking a bit as well; slightly metallic at first, but it tends to mellow out over time. Toasted malts and grains, light caramel and toffee flavors which turn to a very slight floral bitterness across the palate. A little bit watered down; carbonation snaps on the tongue to bring out the hops a bit more, but they are still secondary to the Munich malts. The lager yeast is also very detectable on the tongue, especially near the latter half of the brew. Thin body, medium-high carbonation.

Pretty average brew. Not really sure how this one compares to the rest of the Beck's family since I haven't had any others. I'd take this over just about any BMC lager, but I'd still be looking for something else first.

Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a gold foiled neck, “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Big frothy chunky cream coloured head sticks sporadically, deep brown hue holing a sublime clearness that possibly shows strong filtering.

Smell: Big malty, bread aroma. Spicy smell feigns rye with cracker maltiness and hop in the nose. Clean to the nose.

Taste: Nice crispness that is structured well with the medium carbonation and full graininess. Maltiness bring a handful of sweetness but more grassiness of the grain, more graininess piles on to bring in a slow astringency. Odd mild toasted malt comes forth off the astringent flavour. Hops get mixed around, yet don’t get in the way. Palate goes thin and husky tearing away at the want to drink this brew.

Notes: Sadly this brew turns into something that may have been good to something that is a tad hard to drink. There are better dark lagers in the world that will beat this one time and time again.

Photo of merlin48
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Been a couple years since I had one of these. Pours a very dark brown, very small head is quickly gone. Very little lacing. Not much to the nose. Medium body that seems a little watery. Faint taste of chocolate and malt, with a slight hop finish. Drinkability is helped by the watered down sensation. Maybe that's to be expected for this style, but I liked these much better a few years ago. Not a bad dark lager by any means, just not what I'm looking for.

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before dating. Pours dark brown, mollasas in color, off white head, some lacing. Malty nose with some chocolate. Soft chocolate notes on a malty backbone. Some hops come in late to balance the sweetness. Medium body. Fairly dull brew. Better then the skunky lighter version. Better then most macros in a pinch.

Photo of mattster
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce Bottle (BB Date 11/08), poured into Nonic glass.

Pours no head atop a cola dark opaque brew. Some lace across top of glass.

Smells a tad bit skunky at first with some dark malts. Taste follows nose with slightly skunky, corn taste. Some maltyness and bread taste. Bubbles are present and a tad bit harsh. Not a bad beer, but not what I would look for normally. Finish is OK, but nothing to look forward to. Drinkable, but must be ice cold.

Photo of jakester
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this at Fellingham's in Southampton, N.Y. I drank it in a wine glass. (They had no beer glasses!)

Pours a clear and very deep garnet with brown tints. A one finger head of tan bubbles forms, then quickly dies. No lacing was observed on the glass.

Aroma is DMS, brown sugar, faint pils malt, very faint spicy hops if you work, and some off smell I can't identify.

First flavor is watery brown sugar and caramel, DMS or some other sulphur compound, and a back of the throat astringency. Gentle hop bitterness and a slight spicy hop flavor, with a short and bitter aftertaste. Not terrible, but not great, either.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a mouth-puckering astringency. Carbonation is fizzy.

I drank this because it was the best one or two choices in the place, and is the only reason I would drink it again. It's not a horrible beer, but it's definitely made for a newly adventurous American beer drinker.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On my previous encounters, I had thought (as others had) that this tasted like regular Beck's, only dark. But this tasting was a little more than that. The color was dark ruby with a short-lasting thin head. The smell was of sweet malt. The flavor was much more flavorful than the aroma let on. The roasted malt was pleasing, but not complex enough to consider great. There was good carbonation, but it was a little thin. I would rate this beer as highly drinkable had decent flavor and was light to drink. Refreshing.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before 08.2011.

pours out a clear brownish color, ruby red in the light. fizzy light tan head that faded to a thin ring pretty quick. no lace.

aromas of toasted grains, mineral water, a bit of fruits, lager yeast, and floral herbal tea hops.

sweet toasty grains, a touch nutty. lager yeast funk. mineral water. herbal tea hops, with a bit of bitterness. decent balance.

smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body. a bit over carbed, a little fizzy at first.

drinkable for sure, easy to session, but i would pick so many more beers over this for the price. i prolly wont buy this again.

Photo of niknar
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark with some hints of deep red. A nice thick almond colored head appeared, but quickly reduced to a thin lace. The smell was difficult for me to place, but seemed to be a little fruity or citrus. Nothing really stood out there. The taste is pleasing, but not as full as I would expect from such a dark beer. It has malty characteristics and a nice hop flavor, but not as expressive as I would like. It finishes with a hint of hop bitterness, but not as strongly as I would expect. The mouthfeel is decent...but not wonderful. I drink this beer occasionally to shake things up. Nothing to drive miles and miles to find, but a worthy offering if you like darker beers. I suppose this is a beer that was almost great...but came up just a little short in most areas.

Photo of Dizzy
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with tan head. As others have said, the head falls quickly. Aroma has some malt, faint floral hops and some faint roasted smell. Flavor is malty with little hop bitterness. Some roasted flavor there too. Mouthfeel is thin. This isn't bad, its drinkable but it has too little flavor and its too watery. That said, its better than any BMC type beer.

Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark burnt umber color, clear...good 1/2 inch head early, clears in a minute. Aroma has a little bit of spice to the malty sweetness. Not bad – nutty and toasty flavor. Munich-like. Lighter-bodied and a little paste-like early, malt impression carries to the end. Finish is similar to the start, with a little drying hop and a grainy quality. No skunk. OK beer, pretty average and there’s so much more to explore in the world of beerdom than this one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel brown with a decently frothy tan head impressed by the length of the retention, lacing still lies rather thin specks. Aroma: European hopping dosage with cooked veggies and darker roasts bringing slight caramel notes not bad. Taste: Much better than I recall Beck's ever tasting, with slight sweet mild chocolate notes and a hoppy cooked veggie finish not bad refreshing and flavorful not bad. Mouthfeel: A bit thin but it's not horrible light to medium bodied nowhere near as watery as a typical American macro. Drinkability: I could definitely buy a sixer of this to watch a football game with has some flavor and character therefore not bad in my book.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small to medium light tan head quickly falls into a pretty decent lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Initial skunky aroma is quickly replaced my a light roasted caramel to toffee malts.

Light roasted to almost burnt caramel/toffee taste, there is a slight bitterness within the taste, might be some hops sneaking in although I really can't taste it.

There is a little bit of the light caramel that stick around on this dryish aftertaste. A medium bodied beer that holds a pretty decent but lighter side tastes.

After drinking a regular Beck's this is quite a step up, but I guess making a average beer is way better than making a crap one.

Photo of SetarconeX
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minimal head, but what is does have is made of unusually large, oboxious soda bubbles. That, combined with an oddly familar dark brown color resembling....can it be? The damn thing looks almost exactly like the Coke I had right before it!

The scent is somewhat malty, but mostly a harsh, unpleasent astringency. Not many other reviewers seem to be noting a scent like that, so I checked the freshness date to see if I got an old batch. Nope, nice and fresh, so I guess it's supposed to be like that. I'd say it was chock full of nasty chemicals, but there's that German purity law claim on the label, for what that's worth.

The taste is fairly straightforward. Maybe your fairly standard heavy lager, with an unusual amount of grain in it, and whatever is causing that rancid scent. Honestly, it tastes like someone left a can of Fosters in a drainage ditch for a few days.

Still, better than a lot of more standard pale lagers, and definately better than the normal Becks. Drink it, if your options are thin.

Photo of brewQ
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A frothing off-white head and nice brown body. Detected a bit of skunkiness in the aroma at first- maybe the green bottle curse?

Taste was nutty and caramel- one of those few old school brews I hadn't done in a while that exceeded my memory and expectation.

This is a nice drinkable dunkel.

Historic notes- many years ago-(late 1970's?) a former Miller Brewing Exec, Walter Driskill, became the importer for Becks. His company was Dribeck (Driskill/Becks). In the wasteland of the '70's this was a quality choice.It has changed hands since.

Photo of eweneek83
3.22/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - This pours a dark brown amber with a 2 finger head of offwhite foam. The foam dissipates quickly.

Smell - Smells a bit smoky. Some weak notes of malt a touch of bitterness.

Taste - Quite bitter (which I think is good) and strong for it's beer type. Some noticeable hop bitterness up front with a weak, somewhat grainy malt presence. Hits my palate strongly and overall, not a bad taste at all.

Mouthfeel - after it's gone, it's GONE . A thin feeling with a resurgence of bitterness.

Drinkability - This one is actually really drinkable for a beer that seems strongly carbonated. To each his own though. But I could down six of these in a couple hours. not a bad choice.

Photo of dacrza1
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: October 12, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: celebrating PSU's unBILLeivable comeback against Michigan--and my son's fifth birthday... APPEARANCE: "dark" velvet black as night body with a brownish roadside snake-colored head; lacing is nonexistent, with a random streak or spot... AROMA: classic Beck's ping/tang hops with a doughy funky roundness; a "dirtier" version of the pilsner...PALATE: slick and oily; lightly bodied with subtle activity at the teeth...TASTE: bready, doughy and slightly malty; light hops do not really add balance or memorability...OVERALL: on the plus side, sessionable and autumnal; on the negative, almost indistinguishable from the Oktoberfest, save the presence of extra doughy malts...

Photo of BrewMaven
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a really pretty dark ruby with a quickly fading white head..Not much lace.
Nose was slightly malty, not much going on that I could notice. Not alot of carbonation and had a mostly thin mouthfeel. Taste was mildly malty with a slight macro skunk. A hint-o-hops in the finish. 6 months ago I'd have had higher praise for this but now, even though it's ok, I'd never feel the urge to buy it.

Photo of nicnut45
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this one after a long hard day at work. Here goes....

A: Pours a nice brown color, reminds me of watered down coffee. Has a beautiful head. Nice tiny bubbles that continuously bloom throught the session looks like fluffy pillows.

S: Smell is kind of hard to describe for me, but I would have to say paperlike, metallic, with something else of a roasted nature.

T: Taste follwed the nose, Hits upfront with that cardboard taste, which I have to say I like. Followed by a burnt coffee taste, then a bitterness that tastes like a penny in your mouth. Odd sensations I know but I have to say I like it.

M: I would say maybe a little watered down. But this isnt a particularily heavy style. Nice and creamy as it hits the back of the throat.

D: Could definetly go for more. I'm finding a 24 oz. goes down pretty quickly. I've been drinking a lot of heavy beers lately and this is a good break from the norm. Slammin a sixer of these wouldnt be a problem on a Friday or Saturday night.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this since I discovered what truly great beer is...I wonder if it'll have the same appeal as it once did? It used to be something to grab if the only other choices were Bud, Bud Light, MGD, Coors, et al. I was never ignorant enough to think it was something exotic, but it used to really do the trick.

Pours a quarter-inch foamy head, with reddish-brown color underneath. Little specks of lace are left as the liquid slowly disappears. I'd be fooled into thinking this was a brown ale if I didn't know otherwise.

Not really impressed with the aroma. Cooked veggies a wet paper fight with and win out against toasted pumpernickel and brown sugar. The sweeter, breadier elements of the aroma don't have a change against the more typical (for the style) vegetal element.

Flavor is where it counts the most, and this one does boast some of that. I like the milk-chocolate pudding flavor, also the toasted grains, caramel and dark-bread side of its character. Carbonation is on the higher end of the scale, adequate for the style but probably a little too much for my liking. Each sip is nice, there's something to enjoy here, but don't expect nirvana.

Not amazing, but certainly not repulsive. Definitely one of the best of the widely-available corporate beers. In a pinch, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of Magpie14
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ones out of a large and in charge 24oz green bruiser with a freshness date of best before 07-2009...

A: in all of my beer days I have never seen so many bubbles stuck to the walls of my glass, initially it was almost white all around. Eventually they disappeared and worked up to foam heaven. The head is foamy, soapy, and light tan in color and graced my glass briefly. A few dabs of lace and the beer itself is brown in color with some golden hues when held up to the light.

S: dry malts and grains, small amount caramel and a whiff of metallic bitterness (skunked)

T: sweetened grains, very light malt profile that gives way to lightly toasted breads, and that bitterness pops through and leaves me saying "I am drinking this out of a rusty tin can." It is hard to describe a flavor of metal on the tongue and you can only really associate it by smell. So if I had to describe the taste of copper, this would be it. Lingering metallic/copper flavors and not much for hops

M: lighter body and somewhat smooth after the beer settled down upon pouring. The lingering flavors take away from any crisp/fresh characteristics, but not bad

D: probably will never buy this again. Not horrible, but struggling to hit average for me. I would try it on draft...maybe

Photo of tweeder263
2.67/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a decent looking dark amber brew with a one finger head that doesnt last long.Smells of typical skunk euro brew.Very pale taste considering the color. Not a bad taste just lack of.No hops to speak of. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Is drinkable,probably in mass quantities,,on the same par as typical macros.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A - Translucent black brew with a small head of tannish foam. The head eventually disappears entirely.

S - Light chocolate/mocha aromas along with some toasty malt. Weak but pleasant.

T - Soft chocolate and dark cereal flavors. Nothing outstanding. A bit boring actually.

M - Light bodied and very refreshing.

D - Session beer! Uncomplicated quaffability. A very nice bar beer to compliment a burger.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish amber with a thick, dense, brownish head that has decent retention

S - grains, musty, caramel, toffee

T - toffee, caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nicely, sessionable beer with decent flavor. It's simplistic and a bit sweet. The musty aroma is off putting. I probably won't buy this beer again, but it was nice once.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.