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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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661 Ratings

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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 marcobrau
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had an odd craving for a dark lager lately so I couldn't resist an $11 12-pack of Beck's Dark. Poured at first in a glass stein to observe color and head formation and then a ceramic stein for drinking. (There's something about a ceramic stein that enhances the mouthfeel of the German lagers.) Pours brown with oodles of foam that forms a somewhat rocky head that sadly drops to nothing eventually. Smells a bit like burnt caramel and roasted grain. The aroma is by no means overpowering, but it is also not weak. Tastes of wet malt, touch burnt grains, a hint of toffee with some acceptable hop bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel falls short of creamy and ends up coming across a bit watery, but this is beer meant to quaff or chug, not to sip.

Photo of divineaudio
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best before date on back. poured into a pokal glass.

pours a medium, mahogany brown with some amber highlights. got a finger of foamy tan head that calmed quick. no lace.

smell is a little floral and a little roasty with a slight medicinal quality.

taste wise i get a light roast first that fades into a sweeter, cola like flavor. has some light coffee notes and a clean sort of bitterness that comes in at the end to help balance things out.

body is the lighter side of medium with a coarse co2 profile.

an easy drinker for sure and fits the style. not a great beer by any means, but good enough to drink if it's around.

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

Look - Very dark amber in color, almost brown. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Seems to have a pretty balanced smell. I can't seem to smell it being more toward the hoppy or malty side.

Taste - A little bit of a bitterness from the hops, but that is subdued by something else...something just a bit sweet. Not too strong of an aftertaste, but it's there.

Mouthfeel - Medium..good balance between thickness and wateriness.

Drinkability - Not too bad for a darker beer from Becks. I'm not of a fan of their pilsener, but this style I like better. Not very fulfilling in terms of taste complexity, but the taste isn't bad, and the aftertaste not too strong. Easy enough to come back to.

Photo of beers2danno
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I started drinking this in College on tap at a restuarant that served minors unknowingly. Since then I still enjoy it with a steak and when it is on sale. I wouldn't pay $14 for a 12er, but $10 or $11 is ok.
A...clear coffee colored with light tan head, holds for a short period of time.
S...roasted malty aroma only when head is still there.
T...creamy, toasted maltiness, somewhat coffee like.
M...like a German dark beer should be, slightly heavy but not alot, somewhat carbonated.
D...It goes great with a steak and probably other red meats, i'll try it with a medium rare burger next.

Photo of darkmartin
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a dark, reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Head doesn't seem to last long and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Fairly grainy, with slight traces of toasted malts.

Taste: Flavor is quite bland, very faint evidence of hops and grassy tones.

Mouthfeel: Clean with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Very average taste makes it bearable when superior choices are unavailable.

Photo of jsprain1
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance is a nice brown color, super clear with a thick head on that bears pretty good retention and lacing.
S- smell is of toasted malt, a bit of hoppiness, but mostly just malt and "import lager" smell.
T- Taste is initially malty, but has some metallic element to it common to foreign imports. The hops seem a little lost, as they are present but didn't seem to fuse in with the rest of the beer properly.
M- this, for me was where the beer went wrong. too thin and the carbonation was a little bit to sharp when i wanted smooth.
D- this is a decent session beer, and if you're looking for a beck's/heiniken/amstel type beer, this is actually not a bad choice. all in all, it just didn't do it for me.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with reddish hues. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Very grainy with hints of grassy hops. A slight spiciness comes out here as well.

Taste: Starts with a grassy hop bitterness. Develops into a sweet, malty finish with hints of toastiness. Has an unfortunate metallic taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery...

Drinkability: A pretty boring lager. I definitely wouldn't pay for this again. There are much better beers for the price.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a large off-white head that leaves behind pretty thick lace.

Smell: Grainy, with some floral and herbal notes and lots of grassiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel beginning with a grassier finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with sharp carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: This beer is largely unimpressive- not terrible, but nothing I would try to have again.

Photo of wesclaypool
1.95/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A favorite of my mom's, so a mother's day review is in order.

a - Stays true to its title, very dark with dark amber/brown color where the light comes through. Pretty decent head upon initial pour, but faded quickly.

s - Not much going on in terms of smell. Standard, crisp lager-type smell.

t - Bitter at first with no real aftertaste. Can't really discern any special flavors that pop out.

m - Thin, crisp carbonation.

d - Not bad if its all you have, certainly drinkable. Wouldn't go out of my way for it though.

Not my favorite, sorry mom. Happy Mother's Day anyway!

Photo of BeerManDan
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured the color was a dark amber with very little light tan foam and no lace. The smell had a hint of roasted malts and hop's. The taste had a nice balance of bitter/sweetness for a German Lager. This was a pleasent surprise for a mass produced German Lager!

Photo of SAABtech
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was introduced to this beer from an old boss. i think he drank it so that no one else would ask for one... normal appearance, smell but sub par taste stale, oxidized finish that remindes me of pecan shell bitterness.
drinkable because nothing is very intense. kind of bland if you dont think about it much.

Photo of jt31914
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12. oz bottle:

A: dark in color with a decent amount of head; pretty carbonated brew.

S: Smell is very faint malty and graininess. Subtle and slightly boring

T: Taste is watery, the worst part of the beer. It is kind of grainy and malty, but it is all too underdone and simple. Nothing exciting and nothing new here; the taste has some kind of odd fruity note on the finish also.

M/D: Very drinkable since it isn't the heaviest dark lager, but I'm not a huge fan of this one... purely average.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 24 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhelmingly of malts. Taste is good, lots of malts with a hint of caramel, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of rednrag
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I once played in a band with a guy whose favorite band was the Rolling Stones and whose favorite beer was Beck's Dark. Well, he was killed in 1995 when a bomb went off in downtown OKC. Anyways,Steve, my brother, I'm listenin' to "Gimme Shelter" and drinkin a Becks Dark. This one's for you. Love ya.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick beige head forms atop this beer. Decent retention actually. Shoe Leather brown color with decent clarity.. A little lighter in color than I remember. No lacing at all

Aroma is fairly bright. Grains, a bit of grassy hop aroma. Slight malty notes.

My God this is watery vs the appearance. Pretty much a straight grainy malt flavor. While I knew this was Beck's and didn't expect much, I am blown away how mild the flavor is. Slightly metallic as well. Straight malt flavor with a touch of caramel. Not really sweet at all. Finishes fairly crisp.

Thinner in body then you would imagine.

I bought this single so that I could taste this again, since its been years. It will be years again. Many Many

Photo of Tilley4
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fairly dark looking brown in the glass with a creamy thick head... Not outstanding to look at but nothing horrible either....

Rather bland aromas of perhaps some roasted malt but mostly that damn green bottle skunk.. I hate that..

More skunk in the flavor as well... The malts are there and while the beer itself isn't offensive, the skunky aroma and flavor are...

On to the next one here... Glad I got to try it but I won't be going back...

Photo of mempath
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is still better than most any everyday american corporate brew, but still a tepid pour that foams up a little, looks nice and dark and goes flat very fast. looks like flat pepsi. a slight malty/bready nose that poofs away quickly. tastes crisp for a split second and it's drinkable. ok mouthfeel. flat fast. nothing keeps it crisp. but this is drinkable enough and i can't say it tastes bad. it's just not impressive. so many better choices out there. i bought this because it was 1.99 for a 24 oz. bomber. something to drink on the way home while i carried the treasure box of much better brews from more impressive breweries. onwards...

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, deep brown with a little amber hue with a finger of light tan head which dissipated rather quickly. Overall, not bad at all.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with notes of caramel. Perhaps a little on the sweet side, but I still quite like it.

Taste: malty, slightly grainy lager taste but pretty well executed in my opinion. There are hints of the caramel that I got in the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel: lightish body but a nice level of carbonation led to an appealing light-yet-creamy mouthfeel. I like it.

Drinkability: quite nice. It's lager-lightness makes it refreshing and its darkness makes it somewhat more complex and interesting than a normal lager. It reminds me of Negra Modelo; I'm sure it would go great with Mexican food.

Photo of Minkybut
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black as it should be and poured a big head. The beer was a nice mahogany color. The beer was skunky smelling as most Becks are. Taste was green like just about every beer like this, kinda Heiny tasting or like a St. Pauli Girl IO will not buy again.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color. The tall, tan head has a thick, frothy texture. Retention is pretty solid, with a spattering of lacing left along the glass.

S: Aroma is primarily of standard herbal German hoppiness along with a muted toasty caramel character. Some vaguely fruity and metallic notes are also noticeable.

T: Some moderate toasty sweetness, with mild caramel flavor. A musty, vaguely fruity, herbal/grassy hop flavor is accompanied by a medium bitterness. Again, a modest metallic flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Rather watery, with thin carbonation. A somewhat mealy, astringent grainy finish.

D: There are worse beers out there, but this is pretty pedestrian. Metallic, musty, and yes, a bit skunky. The mouthfeel is also somewhat laborious unfortunately.

Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An older buddy of mine at work mentioned this to me... and when I was younger, I would usually buy Becks occasionally because I liked the skunky flavor.

- Quite dar, and rootbeer-like in color... and actually had a fantastic light mocha colored head, and ring of lacing that stuck around a bit... impressed for a mass marketed brew...

- Lovely skunky hop smell... which I actually like. I don't mind the grassy, funky, earthy hops... because I am sure that is the way most all hops used to be before us humans started tweaking them.. Light sweetness, grains, and malt.

- Skunk, smooth grain, no porter-like chocolate, but yet a subtle sweet dark pilsner like brew that actually went down well, and made be take a double-take at the bottle. 24 oz. Becks that I actually liked!

- Not dry like a lot of pilsners... overall very sharp, delightful, and smooth!

- Fort a cheap (cost has NOTHING to do w/ my score) dark pilsner mass German brew... this one has got to be a favorite. If you want a buzz... avoid it, it's light... if you want a fine dark lager-pilsner... you have a winner! For the style, and taste... and beauty.. there you have it!

Photo of albern
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't had this beer in 25 years or thereabouts, and it was one of the first "good" beers that were available back then. I was expecting bad things revisiting this all this time later, but alas no. This isn't a bad beer at all, it isn't great, nor is it worth seeking out, but it is eminently drinkable and worthy in its own right. It looks good, with a nice brown mahogany color and nice creamy off white head, with decent retention.

The nose is toasted grains, some sweetish malts, some overly processed aromas too. The taste is quite a bit more dry, slightly hoppier than I remembered it. There is an astringent, slightly nutty, slightly roasted taste, maybe some charring is in there too. The beer falls down in that it has a very overly processed, adjunct feel to it, maybe indicative of something cheaply made. The beer is light enough, but not watery, it is light to medium bodied, but not thin in consistency. The mouthfeel is a touch oily, the aftertaste is very slight.

Photo of dimitrius
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a glass stein. Sports a pretty decent sized head with very slight lacing as it quickly dissipates. The color is promising, a rich dark brown with a hint of burgundy.

S- Definite smell of toasty caramel malts, but it's faint. It's important to note that my sense of smell is weaker than my other senses. I think I smell herby hops very, very faintly, and I believe this beer's smell might be slightly more impressive if not for one other characteristic of this bottle's smell: A metallic skunkiness. Unfortunately, I think this one's been in the sun too long.

T- Slightly metallic, almost as if it was in an aluminum can before they bottled it. A touch of the caramel toastiness that the smell promised, but not enough to impress. Slightly hoppy finish, almost overpowered by the fact that it's almost skunky.

M- A slightly watery medium body. Pleasant amount of carbonation, actually, but for me this is not as important as others.

D- I could see a fresh case of this being fairly drinkable over a session. It's not too heavy, has a little bit of character, but overall is pretty average. Looks good in a glass, though.

Photo of cjgator3
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.  

S- The aroma is sweet slightly bready malts with a touch of caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma features some sweet malt and a touch of caramel with a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall this is a decent beer but nothing special. I don't think I would purchase again.

Photo of PhxHorn
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.