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Beck's Dark | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.
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Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber brown,with lacy off white head, Newcastle-like in appearence.

The nose yields wet grains, sweet brown sugar, and overripe strawberries.

The flavor profile is quite subdued,light caramel and sweet mollasesdominate a tin-like aftertaste which I assume is hop bitterness.

Lends a light bodied, small bubble feel, a little stickiness after the swallow is nice.

Perhaps an average job from one of the big boys, but it could be so much better.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark brown, with perhaps a ruby hue in the light. A fizzy off-white head dissipates to nearly nothing but a ring around the edges. No lacing whatsoever. The smell is slightly dank, musty, but otherwise slightly sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness. The beer tastes a bit metallic. There are some faint caramel and toasted malts in here, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Overall, if I'm going to pound some beers for a sporting event, I'd drink this over Beck's Lager. That's about it. There are far more better options for dunkels and whatnot. I'm not regretting buying it, it served it's purpose.

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Photo of soju6
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, spice and somewhat grainy.

T: taste of malt sweetness with some grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Decent drinker that goes down easy. good for a couple.

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Photo of JamesS
3.69/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copperish-brown with excellent head and very nice lacing throughout. Decent scent, a bit of roastiness, a lot of jerkiness and some earthiness; not very deep and malty or roasty, nor as spicy as most German brews are. Good flavors, with some nice roastiness over a decently sweet maltiness and a nice slight earthy finish. Goes down incredibly smooth, by far this beer's best attribute. If you're looking for something to get someone started on a bit of a darker beer/lager, this would be a good choice to go up to, without shocking their system.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.12/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark but clear brown with a one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Skunked to hell. An extremely light malt smell behind the skunk.

Taste: Not as skunky as the smell, but there also isn't anything else going on here. Light skunk, light metal, extremely light malts, water.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation, easy as hell to down.

Overall: Good for occasional drinkers who enjoy AALs, because it really reminds me more of an AAL than a dark beer. Not what I was expecting, and not very flavorful at all.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours out of a nice looking bottle that just has a hint of class to it with the gold foil around the neck. The brew is chocolate brown with some reddish hues when looking through the clear liquid in the light. The head starts out promising, but unfortunately fizzles like a typical lager into a thin patchy film and ring around the glass. As well, there is some modest sticky lacing that clings to the glass that slowly sinks back into the beer. Average looking at best in my opinion.

S- This smells like a maltier version of Beck's overall. There are dry grain hints, mild chocolate and there is definitely some biscuit like yeast throughout. The finish seems to have some hop retention and a slightly metallic characteristic too.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely, with there being a more malty flavor than the regular Beck's. There is a roasted character in the malt and more of the metallic notes that were found in the aroma. The finish is actually quite astringent and bitter, which is nice yet concerning at the same time.

M- Reasonably thin bodied and with an amount of carbonation that was expected for this brand. It has a crisp, clean finish at first, but then there is a yeasty, astringent aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

O- Not the worst brew I've had, but there is definitely better product out there. The best way I can put this is that this is a macro version of a specialized style and it is too mild and not refined enough to warrant anything other than calling this average. I won't go out of my way for this one again, but if ever I have the chance to try it again, I'll do so....

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
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...

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.19/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a wide flute glass. Nice dark amber color, transparent with two fingers of head that fell to a quarter finger in a minute.
Well, it smells like a regular Beck's. Metallic with a hint of malt.
Tastes like nothing... then a metal flavor followed by the characteristic bitter of a Berlin Lager. A big miss on style.
Light bodied, moderate carbonation.
No malt in the body or taste, no real flavor and not even close to a Dunkel. It is just a darker colored Beck's. Stay away.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.42/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped Best before 05.2012.

Appearance - Pours two finger tan head with decent retention and good stick. Clear very dark brown body.

Smell - Corn and a wet lawn.

Taste - Stale corn and lots of metal. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Almost no effervescence. Astringent and slightly acidic.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is overwhelmingly metallic, bitter, astringent and acidic. I consider all these to be off characters, and this is particularly bad when the beer is otherwise dull, mild or flavorless. All bad characters, not much in the way of good ones past the appearance. This would definitely be a drain pour if it wasn't for the fact that I'd at least like getting a buzz in return for tasting this beer.

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Photo of godlessape
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured three bottle's into my favorite monster Teutonic glass mug.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost stoutish in color, and maybe a little cloudy, with a underwhelming wee bit of a head.

Smell: Bready, with just a shadow of malt notes if you sniff real hard, and no hop aroma at all.

Taste: A mild toasted malt flavor charges forth and occupies the palate leaving room for little else. Nothing complex here, just a solid dark, mellow, malty lager.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable. It won't shoot you to the moon, but it won't disappoint.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the green bottle marke 04.2012-L10914N. Sampled on October 29, 2011. It pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin but lingering head. The aroma goes to the malts more than anything else with a drop of toffee. Those aromas remain constant throughout. The body is thin. The taste is on the bland side with a noted maltiness and sugar in the raw. Low bitterness. This is a beer I drank a lot in the 1980's thinking it was something special. My how my tastes have changed.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Becks Dark wasnt as good as I hoped it was going to be. The regular Becks is much better. The beer poured a dark amber, not quite opaque, had a ecru head, which did not lace. The smell has sweet malt and slight roast. The taste was standard dunkel...grain, sweet malt, with some hop balance. Mouthfeel was ok, medium to light body with ok carbonation. Overall if your a dunkel fan you should try it...if not dont bother.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.67/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

very low caramel malt aroma. no hop aroma. clean lager aroma. mild skunk aroma.

deep amber color. ruby highlights. clear.

mild sweetness. low roasted malt flavor. no hop flavor. low hop bitterness. distinct skunk flavor.

light body. medium carbonation.

overall this beer might be pleasant were it bottled in brown bottles. i suppose ill have to post a revision of this beer when i find it on draft...

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Photo of karait95
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a very impressive exponent of the type

A: dark color but not a big head

S: The aroma is not to intense it has some toasted notes, malty

T: the flavor is more hops not to malty and simple

M: The ending is with good lasting but not to pleasant.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle
had this at the in -laws..drank it straight from the bottle,,smell was malt and dark toffee with some hop and chocolate ,taste was much the same roasted malts and hops ,grain and bread;good carbonation with a medium mouthfeel,,was really not that bad as i was not expecting much..

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Photo of barleyroad
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown in color with an a smell that is to much like the becks lager. Taste, well, slight hint of roasted flavor. After that it is lacking. Feel on the mouth is clean finish. If you never had a dark beer this would be a good start. Not a dark beer we are use to drinking.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a brown colour with a large fizzy beige/light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, grains, faint chocolate and dark fruits, skunk

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with grains/bread and some very light notes of chocolate and raisins. It finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It doesn't really taste all that much like a dark beer.. but the taste is well balanced and it was very drinkable. It's better than the beck's regular for sure.

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Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 6-pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a darker brown color that is rather flat with not much carbonation or head to it. The scent is slightly heavier than a cheap adjuct lager but not by much. The taste is rather light for being a dark colored beer. It's basically a light colored German pilsner with a dark brown color added. Drinks rather smooth and easily as it has almost the same texture as water. Some grassy, cheap wheat taste stand out. Not too taste to emplore here but at least it's drinkable!

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Photo of nofalltoofar
3.76/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass

A: A dark beer just a shade lighter than stout. Likewise, it has a beautiful tan-colored head of two-fingers thickness. This beer is a looker.

S: Dark, rich, and definite caramel presence

T: The same with a healthy representation of bitterness to balance out the caramel

M: A little oily, but not too bad. Has a bit of thickness to it

I was pleasantly surprised by my feelings about this beer. I was told I was going to hate it. I have had quite a few since then. I enjoyed them straight from the bottle. Then an incredible thing happened when I was drinking them at my place where glasses were available (yes, people I was drinking with were Philistines). There was a huge explosion of caramel flavor and a hint of fruit base underneath the bitter front of the beer.

This beer is extremely tasty, even during the summer when most sensible people are drinking pale ale or lighter colored lager.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, Coca Cola like. Can still see through. 1 finger off white head, little tan. Hardly any lacing. Disappeared quickly. Big bubbles in head. Little carbonation from bottom.

S: Sweet roasted caramel. Roasted malts. Very good smell.

T: Roasted sweet caramel & malts. Just like smell. Not much bitterness. Little molasses. Kind of a tinny taste, almost if it was from a can. Fairly good for a dark lager.

M: Very light. A bit to fizzy, almost like a soda pop. With a dark beer I'm almost expecting a thicker feel. Will have to try more darks though.

O: Very easy going beer. Not a lot going on. Easy way for someone to venture into the Dark Side. Almost like drinking Coca-Cola.

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Photo of DCon
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a 12oz bottle of this for $3.50 (special!) @ Cicero's in The Loop (St. Louis), MO. Poured into a Half (Cut-off) Hefeweizen Glass and had a B.O.D. of 11.2011 on the back.

Appearance- Poured very deep brown color with a 1 finger of white head head. Head died quickly, didn't leave any lace, but had nice carbonation.

Smell- Has a huge roasted malt/nut brown ale aroma and then a sweetness. Tough to catch many attributes though.

Taste- Very malty, roasted, but fell short. It takes VERY similar to the traditional Beck's Lager. Was hoping for a DARK beer.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Good Carbonation, Crisp, but didn't do much to the palate.

Overall- Good beer overall but was looking for a Dark Lager. I was hoping it was going to have more body to it. Very enjoyable, good drinkability, but fell short as an average beer to me.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown in color. Tan foamy head withe moderate retention. No lacing.

S - Toasted grains in the nose with a bit of skunkiness. Also picking up some burnt coffee.

T - Burnt grains and coffee, a little bitterness, some sourness, and some skunk like flavors. Pretty bad.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation. Doesn't work well.

O - I didn't like this one. The nose was a little deceiving seeing is that the rest of the beer was sub-par. Don't waste your time and money on this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.