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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
70
okay

626 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

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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UCLABrewN84

California

2.69/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

01-27-2013 03:39:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.3%

12-01-2011 20:36:46 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

06-30-2012 16:56:30 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-18-2004 01:01:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-22-2012 00:43:38 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

07-15-2007 23:23:35 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -0.3%

08-08-2013 22:59:02 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.98/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

07-04-2009 02:21:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

03-22-2011 04:11:55 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -25.9%

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...

11-16-2011 03:57:44 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

11-01-2008 19:31:57 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -0.3%

02-12-2013 15:54:12 | More by JAHMUR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

12-09-2003 16:23:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

04-19-2002 21:50:27 | More by Jason
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -0.3%

05-23-2013 23:44:04 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

08-17-2003 01:13:34 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

08-25-2006 04:42:14 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -0.3%

12-08-2011 19:47:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -0.3%

05-10-2012 01:12:34 | More by DrunkinYogi
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

05-09-2014 22:40:36 | More by XmnwildX12
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beernads

Florida

2/5  rDev -33.6%

04-11-2013 06:27:45 | More by beernads
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GClarkage

California

3.03/5  rDev +0.7%

12/20/04- Consumed at a relatives house over the weekend.

Appearance- A darker gold pour with a fairly nice foamy head, but light lacing at best.

Smell- Well, it's kind of similar to regular Beck's, except this beer is all about the malt. I still smell grain, but I smell more malt.

Taste- Not horrible for a dark beer. Some sugary dark malt is the main taste.

Mouthfeel- More carbonated than regualr Beck's, but still goes down well. Kinda heavier feel than I expected though.

Drinkability- This wouldn't be that bad of a session beer I guess. Decent brew.

12-20-2004 22:21:59 | More by GClarkage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

10-24-2010 00:01:32 | More by weeare138
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3/5  rDev -0.3%

05-12-2014 03:41:31 | More by Georgiabeer
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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.