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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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637 Ratings

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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 PhxHorn
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stuck in a bar with Bud/Miller/Coors, plus this. So I give it a try. Color is a dark amber with a bit of a tan head. Smells of herbs and grass, similar to Heiniken, except not as good. Tastes of herbs and licorice, not a very agreeable flavor, really. Sort of like Heiniken except mixed with licorice and then watered down. Carbonation was fine, but this beer really isn't happening.

PhxHorn, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Chestnut brown color with a short-lived white head that left a few spots of lacing.
Roasted malt aroma is pretty good.
Taste falls a bit short of what the aroma is, but it's a decent tasting beer. Much maltier than the original Beck's. Malty sweet finish.
Medium bodied with a good carbonation level/feel.
Goes down easy and is quite sessionable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- rich dark clear rosewood brown with orange highlights. head is beige and loose and short lived and leaves some little spots of lace on the glass.

S- metallic, toasty, caramel, well water, stone, mild chocolate.

T- malty sweet with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance things out. a little roasted bitterness near the end too.
mild flavor, burnt caramel, toffee, fruity malty tartness, some chocolate and coffee, slightly metallic, old stone, spicy hops, and a nice malty finish with a touch of hop flavor.

MF- i'll call it 'a weighted thinness' medium generic feeling carbonation and the same goes for the body. bubbles are kinda numbing.

D- an easy drinkin dark one, and a great beer to use for cooking as its all around character plays nicely to things that necessitate a flavorful liquid (namely cooking wursts) although i've used it all across the board of german cuisine due to its availability and affordability. point is, i never have a problem drinking what i don't put in the pot.

hustlesworth, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, consumed 7/28/09. Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Brownish amber with about a one finger off white head that faded pretty quick. Not much in the way of lacing.

S- A faint sweet malt aroma.

T- Sweet caramel up front that got less noticable towards the finish.

M- Medium bodied. A little watery and yet thick at the same time if that makes sense.

D- When I started drinking this was my go to brew. When I moved to Guinness and other stouts this remained my main session brew. Still have a soft spot for it and have one every once in a while for old times sake.

tatoodkelt, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured nice and dark out of a 22oz bomber. Was using it to cook some beer brauts and had a perfect pint left over. Decent start.

S- Smells sweet and malty, perhaps a bit of dark chocolate.

T- A little bland, but easy to drink with a malt back ground and the smooth finish of a lager. Wish it had a little more going on.

M- light body no alcohol and leaves more flavor as an aftertaste than it had in the front.

D- Overall this beer is not bad, I think my brats will be happy cooking in this. Could be a little bit more complex but overall a decent beer.

SeattleBeerBlog, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best by date printed on the label: 07 2009.

A - Poured a rich dark amber color with a thick tan head. The head had decent retention. While it became low it left small legs but no lacing.

S - The aroma consists of low levels of toasted malts that give off a crisp yet somewhat sweet smell. Surprisingly low adjunct aromas. Cereal grains are afoot too.

T - Well, the flavor is comprised of a strong mineral water flavor backed by grains and some sweet corn. The toasted caramel malts are an afterthought in flavor. Tiny touch of coffee and dry bitterness on the finish.

M - Smooth and lightly creamy, it's still a fully carbonated medium-bodied beer.

D - Good drinkability save for the gross mineral water flavor. Otherwise a solid dark session beer.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.98/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Almost black color with a small head.

Smell: A surprisingly sweet, almost fruity smell. It did have a hoppy kick to it.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet but then has a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery, nothing special.

Drinkability: Nothing outstanding, but nothing offensive. It's something I could drink again.

civilizedpsycho, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cola like color, dark brown with amber tints. Provides a small off-white tan head with some minimal lacing.

S: Not much happening here, some faint hints of caramel and dark fruit.

T: The flavor is a sweet caramel, molasses. Not much complexity here, just basic flavoring.

M: Somewhat thin with some bitter astringency.

D: Pretty easy to drink, low ABV. Not much happening here with this beer, a better option than most macro beers.

IronCitySteve, May 28, 2009
Photo of vishneda
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as our Friday afternoon beer.

A - Almond-colored one finger head that quickly is reduced to a light foam. Looks a little like flat cola, very dark with some red coming through with light.

S - Malty smell that was distracted by the fact that the beer was a little skunked. Nothing real dramatic here.

T - Not punchless, but certainly not a bold drink. Has a consistent dark flavor. A little sweetness, hints of coffee and toasted bread. Leaves a little bitter and somewhat dry.

MF - Pretty smooth, definitely not over carbonated. Not real heavy or creamy.

D - Easy going beer with a mild ABV. Holds up well throughout the glass and is not over carbonated. Probably a great session beer, was perfect for the Friday afternoon work crowd.

Bottom Line: Not a real character, but a steady beer. I haven't had much in this style, but I would drink it again. Just wish I had one that was better cared for.

vishneda, May 22, 2009
Photo of hungerfordj
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle poured into narrow pint glass.

Dark mahogany color. Very brown unless held up to light, then it's amber redness becomes apparent. Pours a nice thick almost white head which looks nice against the dark lager.

Smell some skunk; I blame the green bottle. I think I also got it from a bunch of beers (build your own 6-pack) that were exposed to the sun a bit too long. I'm not of the opinion that this is necessarily a bad thing, however. It isn't overpowering and dissipated pretty quickly. Otherwise nothing of note in the nose.

A bit of sweet, then some sourness, and as decent bitterness at the end. Not unbalanced.

Has a lingering biscuity sweetness that I like. Smooth and crisp. Definitely drinkable.

Not bad, but definitely not up there with some other dark lagers I've had.

hungerfordj, May 13, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 24 ounce bottle. Best by date July 2009. Pours clear dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Minor lacings. Aroma is pleasant floral hops and caramel. Taste is initially sweet molasses. The flavors are more hoppy and less sweet as the beer recedes. The malt also improves in character. Nice dark roast flavors come forward. Good mouthfeel once some of the carbonation subsides. Drinkability is quite good due in part to the 4.8% abv. Nice no fault beer that would best accompany a meal. Medium dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Spikester, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had some ups and some downs. Pours dark, dark, brown. Clear, with slightly creamy off-white head. Very cola-like in appearance. Smell wasnt too bad. Nice caramel tones with some raisin and sweet malt. Taste was just bland I thought. Some caramel, some toasted grain, but overall just not much of anything. Mouthfeel was light and refreshing, high carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer. A good session beer and could be a good one to ease people into "better beer."

bunnyhustle, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured nice and dark with clarity towards the edge of the stein. It had a nice three finger off white head that clung to the sides of the stein while it receded slowly.

It had a mellow hard to detect scent of malt and hops. Very weak.

It had a great smooth malt and hops flavor. The body was lite and refreshing. It left a subtle malt aftertaste that was pleasing.

It was very drinkable. I had not had a Beck's Dark for several years. I was not impressed during my last experience but I am beginning to think that I had a bad bottle back then. I would recommend trying this, or trying it again from a different source.

Rennpferd, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark copper color with good clarity and rising carbonation. The head was off-white, the retention and lacing good. The aroma was of some floral hops mixed with dry grains, rather generic. The flavors were super dry and bitter in a grainy way. The malt was clearly toasted but it lacked balancing hops. Similar in every way to a slightly 'darker' version of standard Beck's; easy to imagine and simple to drink. The mouthfeel was rough due to the prickly, high levels of carbonation. The body was medium. An average offering.

thekevlarkid, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Underdog Bar and Grill

A- pours a dark mahogany color that has red highlites. A decent head but doesnt hang around too long. A poor lacing but there is some.

S- german malts, small hints of caramel. somewhat metallic as well.

T- caramel, metal dry malts and grain.

M- smooth but a metallic caramel feel takes away from that.

D- easy to throw these back. a poor session beer. Notm uch flavor and not too enticing but a decent brew.

Dodo2step, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Magpie14, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a good light tan head but not much of it. However this beer makes up for it in lace. It has a traditional grainy lager aroma more than a dark malty aroma. The aroma is malty just not as roasty and malty as one might think. It is also a little earthy. It has sweet taste first followed by a plastic and hops flavor. There are some tiny caramel tones in the flavor. It has a thin body and is easy to drink. It is an alright beer but I find it incredibly average.

MTNboy, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark cola color with red hues. There is no head.
Smell: Roasted malt, cereal with a hint of floral and molasses. Taste: Has a nice roasted malt but needs more a malt complex. Hints of molasses, caramel, and esters.
Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent.
Overall: It is an okay beer. To me it lacks a malt complex.

colts9016, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of hopdog
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Poured a dark reddish/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aroma of initial grassiness that turned to a rotten vegetable smell with some caramel. Tastes of light grass, light caramel, and roasted malts. Lively but thin body.

Notes from 12/16/05

hopdog, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

zeff80, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Basic euro dunkel, rather drinkable but somewhat boring. Faint aroma, lightly skunked but cut with some decent caramel malt and very faint grassy hops. Average pour. Light and crisp, finish is a touch too bitter in an awkward way. Flavor is alright at best, not too much to explain other than some toasted notes and grassy, grainy malt.

kinger, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues toward the bottom of the glass. A one finger off-white head settles to a thin even cap.

Very light deeply roasted malt aromas with a touch of creaminess.

Like the aroma, the flavor is very light. A little bit of roasty flavors, walnut, and a little brown sugar. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.

This style doesn't usually pack a lot of flavor, but this one seems to not have any at all. The standard notes are there, just turned down a lot.

BeerSox, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Superior to regular Beck's, Dark lays out a dense finger of slightly tan head with an amaretto drizzle over a mahogany body with ruby highlights, modest duration and a tease of lacing. Bready, malty aroma is subtle but pleasant. Fine malty taste with caramel, hints of cocoa, and a bit of ginger to complement the grassy hops taste. Quite good. Creamy, smooth, and nicely carbonated, Dark doesn't flatten. This is rather good, not a great Dark Lager but solid and well worth grabbing.

Gehrig, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't care what anyone says, I like this beer.

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a small white head and mediocre lacing. The smell is strong and honeylike, with a clear bite of grain. The flavor is sweet and honeyish with a clear flavor of malt. There is a little hop bitterness in the back, but otherwise relatively little hop aroma or flavor. The mouthfeel is thin, with a sting of carbonation and a slight cling. The finish is nice - grainy and bitter. This is a remarkably drinkable beer.

Seanibus, Oct 15, 2008
Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.