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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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587 Ratings

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 18.15%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.69/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film that eventually disappear completely. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel, and a skunky aroma that I can only attribute to the green bottle. Taste is tart with dark malt, caramel, and a slight soy sauce flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some weird aromas and flavors that don't make it pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:39:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beck's Dark was a beer that I used to order in college when I was trying to impress someone. It was imported, German no less, and dark. It didn't hurt that I actually enjoyed the flavor. I'm interested to see what the years (and my newfound enhanced appreciation of good beer) have done to those impressions of old.

Dark brown that becomes dark, reddish copper when backlit with sunlight. The medium tan head isn't quite firm and isn't quite soft. The nose is average at best with some heavily toasted caramel malt and very little else.

The flavor is okay, but is hampered by metallic notes that are too prominent. Again, lightly sweet caramel malt and... I'm thinking. No hops to speak of. The taste score would easily be a half-notch higher if not for that infernal 'sucking on a penny' flavor. The body is both too light and too carbonated.

I'm not sure what I ever saw in Beck's Dark. It's better than many of the other offerings in bars and restaurants and it just might be my pick given the poor overall selection that's out there. It is not, however, a beer that I'll buy for the pleasure of its consumption.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 01:01:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the menu when we went out for drinks before the movie last night. Had actually never tried it, and that shocked me when I thought about it, so you know I had to get it now.

A - Poured a nice hazelnut brown, very clear with a smallish off white head that quicly faded leaving just a token little bit of lace ring on the top. Nice carbonation could be seen rippling from the bottom

S - Light, nutty a bit with alot of grain, decent amount of sweetness came through on the back

T - Yummy, very light but a good malty lager. Had a bit of a roasted taste to it, and a touch of sweetness as well. Decent profile.

M - Crisp, clean, quick finish. Nice carbonation made the drinking easy, and the lightness let it go down quick

Overall this was a nice little dark lager. Better then I expected. It was very light in feel and flavor, and served cold went down very easily. I think I like it better then the regular Becks, but I havent had one in a while to compare. Not a bad brew at all though, and would not have a problem having it around for a session or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:23:35 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well...it's beer. Not good, not bad, just beer. Predictibly dark brown with typical tan head retention and a little lacing. Smells a normal toasty, lightly roasty and bready. Light sweetness with the malts, relying on roasted grain to offer flavor and bittering. Medium body with medium cleanliness. Ordinary and, unfortunately borring. A moderate grainy flavor keeps it from ranking higher for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:43:37 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: When held up to a bright light, this beer is clear very dark amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving large wispy bubbles on the surface of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The dark malt flavors in the taste are much stronger than the smell and also include hints of burnt malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style but is also a lot lighter-bodied and not quite as flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 16:56:30 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


1.98/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark reddish-brown body with a moderately-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Initial waft of skunkiness, which is expected in green bottled lagers, but just seems a bit more off-putting for a darker beer. Given a few minutes to gather its thoughts, the skunk has blown off, but now there's another problem -- some repellent metal notes. Trying to sniff around all these problems yields helpless notes of sweet, bready malts and fruit.

Taste: A light taste of dark malts with some grainy tones and a light sweetness. Strong, unyielding metal tones arrive early on -- fairly displeasing. Touch of fruit. More filthy nickels and dimes. Touch of hops and bitterness. Sweetish t-- forget it. This one's a drain pour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended at all. Particularly loathsome metallic taste, like tonguing the return coin slot on an old, used vending machine. It's like a cow's eyeball in my soup, I just can't appreciate any other qualities when I this glaring fault staring back at me. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:21:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.23/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

The normal Beck's has been on sale so long by me that I got this darker cousin in my head. Dammit. Anyway, it pours a dark, clear garnet-russet topped by a short-lived finger of dusty off-tan foam. The nose comprises corn, light musty wheat, and the faintest possible touch of toasted caramel. Something tells me I'm lucky everything's faint, as it might just be offensive if more perceptible. The taste holds notes of mild char, light toasted caramel, hard water, vinyl, grass, and rice. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a sorta drying finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, frankly. I compare it to one of those sticky regulars on the pole during Amateur Night at the stripclub: I don't necessarily mind looking at it, but anything involving my nose or tongue just ain't for me...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:57:44 | More by TMoney2591
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is typical of a German lager. There are a few small notes of crystal malts. There is little hop aroma. The taste is decent, but nothing to write home about. This is a light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. It seems a bit light and watery, but goes down easy. A good party beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 01:13:34 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark, mahogany color with a small, tan, bubbly head. No lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt with a subtle grassy aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some honey. A slight earthy/grassy hop character emerges as it warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay dunkel lager. Easy drinking and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 19:31:57 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle of this during a lunch break from class at Nick's Pizza in Bethlehem Pa. The color is a nice dark brown, the aroma has the same skunk as the Pilsner, the flavor is bitter, a little burnt and some caramel. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side, not thick at all. It's a decent beer, better than the Pilsner in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:11:55 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown (somewhat on the clear side) with a thin off-white head that very quickly fades to a small wisp that partially covers the head, despite continued carbonation.

Slight caramel with a touch of subtle alcohol notes. It's not bad - somewhat pleasant, but thin.

The taste is of some dark fruits with a touch of grainy hops. It's on the thin side, though not overly watery. Not bad - but, flavors could be stronger.

It thins a bit in the mouth, but has a fairly clean, refreshing quality. More bitter than sweet is left in the mouth, along with a tinge of metal.

Overall, it's not bad at all, but nothing particularly special. It weakens as the drink progresses. The first sips are the best. It thins after that. It's easily accessible, fairly smooth, but better examples of the style are out there. A tad above average brew, but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 04:42:14 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 16:23:03 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 02:42:42 | More by Billolick
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New Hampshire

1.45/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a one-finger off-white head that leaves no lace. Deep, clear amber color. Light bodied and very light carbonation. Skunky nose. Starts with a tinny, metallic, skunky taste (what is it with the green bottles??) and has a watery finish. $1.55 for a 12oz. bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 22:41:47 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2002 21:50:27 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is malty with a fruity smell, also has a grassy grainy scent.

Taste is malty and a bit buttery and bitter. Hay and a bit of fruitiness also are in there.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty brew, better than regular Beck's, but there are better German brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 02:59:56 | More by Zorro
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2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dense dark brown with a transparent outer edge. A small off white head quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, cracked grain, a toch of toffee, and mild skunk.
Taste is of the aromas with a gentle fruitiness up front followed by a yeasty bread and dark grain.
Mouthfeel medium bodied, spritzy, and mildly bitey.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:01:32 | More by weeare138
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark plum color with a medium beige colored head that was about 1 finger in height and collapsed rather quickly. Not much of a lacing or visible carbonation was observed.

S: ripe fruitiness of plums and fresh raisins with darken caramel. Overall the nose was moderate and strength.

T: dark semi-sweet caramel with light cola hints. Ripe dark fruit (plums, dates) and a light dark toasted malt along with grapes and a very faint detection of smokiness being found on the finish. Overall sweet with some dark ripe fruit makes this an acceptable entry.

M: light in body, smooth in texture with a slight fizziness. A slight astringency was found on the finish and swallow.

D: Above average drinkability and certainly nothing to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 22:10:17 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its escape from the 12 ounce green bottle sets in the glass a somewhat hazy brown color, the head spumous and the color a light tan, lace manages to cover the glass. Nose is mostly malt with a hint of sweet caramel, fresh with the start nicely malted, sweet and the top fair in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderately acidic, the hops light but noticeable, dry aftertaste, drinkable yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 16:12:44 | More by Gusler
Photo of Brad007


3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a head that recedes fast. Some skunk in the nose but otherwise, quite malty for what it is. Taste is nice and malty with some fruitiness/skunk in the background. The aftertaste is similar to burnt coffee, which isn't a bad thing. Somewhat roasty as well. Not a bad interpretation of a style I've never had.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 22:51:31 | More by Brad007
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3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Aggressive pour left a 1" lite tan head above crystal clear brown brew with nice deep brown highlites... fairly pretty leopard spot lacing.

Aroma is deep toasted malts... sorta nutty with some out of place burnt toast notes... still smells very clean.

Flavor is great Dunkel ... *except* a little overwhelming burnt toast in mid palate is outta whack... otherwise, this brew is great... very clean but a low French Roast finish that probably shouldn't be there... drinkablity is not as high, because the roasty flavors would burn me out after a couple bottles.

Body and carbonation are good for the style.. IMHO.. Beck's dark is not as bad as the reviews signify.. I think that the brewery just found something that worked ... "dark" color and "dark" flavor without being offensive to the "occasional" dark/import drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 09:28:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to medium brown in color with hints of garnet red when held up in the light and moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The dominant aroma from this beer is the malts - dark malts, toasted malts, and some burnt malts. The malts are moderate in strength.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the malts with dark, toasted, and burnt malts all present. The beer is neither sweet nor bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light compared to other examples in the style - perhaps a little too light.

O: Pretty easy to drink and well balanced - enjoyable but nothing that stands out. Could easily be a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 10:39:58 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Dogbrick


2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rather unremarkable brew. Characteristic is reminiscent of a standard lager with some brown food coloring thrown in. Light and crisp, yet lacking in body that should be found in a Dunkel. Wish I had something better available at my own wedding!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 08:29:55 | More by Dogbrick
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3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear cola brown with a semi small capping of tightly foamed light tannish froth that slips away within a minute and leaves minimal spotty lace with a couple strings flinged about.

Aroma is bready sweet with a slight roast em, toast em Munich malt crispness. Clean and subsiding with a hint of molasses.

Taste is more of the same as carries a thinning molasses character over a mediumish breadyness thats tender, clean, crisp, sweet, and slightly paled in a roasted malt edge.

Feel is a bit understated; however quite clean and crisp, semi fullfilling even, but not a whole lot of body to it. Its a bit out of balance with the flavors, as the flavors seem fairly rounded and firm, yet the body is thin and takes away from the overall on the experince.

This isn't half bad for Beck's. The sweetness can get a bit bothersome and old after about mid glass, ecspecially due to its lack of body to hold the sweetness together better in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 19:19:04 | More by tavernjef
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3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear brown, almost chocolate-dark and rather appetizing. Aroma is not strong but inviting, malty with a touch of apple or pear. Flavor is rather enjoyable, mainly malty with just a hint of hops, a whisper of sweetness, and some fruity taste. Finish is smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:57:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.