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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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657 Ratings

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Ratings: 657
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 mattster
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce Bottle (BB Date 11/08), poured into Nonic glass.

Pours no head atop a cola dark opaque brew. Some lace across top of glass.

Smells a tad bit skunky at first with some dark malts. Taste follows nose with slightly skunky, corn taste. Some maltyness and bread taste. Bubbles are present and a tad bit harsh. Not a bad beer, but not what I would look for normally. Finish is OK, but nothing to look forward to. Drinkable, but must be ice cold.

mattster, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of dfillius
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of off-white head. Texture of the head is like fried egg whites - large and small bubbles evenly mixed. Dark brown liquid with a peachy-red edge when held to a light. Good head retention. Very attractive beer.
S: Bland, a little malty biscuit, maybe corn grits smell in there? Definitely not if this indeed was brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot.
T: Bland. Not much there. Some rough CO2 thaste at the end, like seltzer water. When warmer, a bit bready with a faint whisp of hop - redeeming characteristics!
M: Thin and watery, with some bitterness from the abundance of carbonation. Too much carbonation, not enough body.
D: Worse than water. Perhaps a session beer, but I'm not interested in not tasting a second one of these.

dfillius, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby-brown pour with a thin white head that remains a ring throughout.

S: Slight roasty maltiness, very slight hop presence. Honestly, not much going on in the smell department. No skunk detected.

T: Malty start, fairly well-balanced with respect to not a lot of hops in the nose. Smoth finish with no aftertaste.

M: Feels good on the tongue. Thin - not the feel of a "dark" brew.

D: This is a darker brew and advertised as such. However, like a some dark homebrews, it looks darker than it tastes. In this case, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of "dark" flavor. This is a dark looking brew that drinks like an amber.

Saunapoika, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of tbeck
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown, cola like with a thin white head that stayed around. Aroma was definetly skunky as was as the taste. Quite a bit of metallic in the taste also. The texture was thin and light. Overall I was disappointed I thought I would be getting a little more. It seemed that it was a lager with food coloring added. Not recommended.

tbeck, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - This pours a dark brown amber with a 2 finger head of offwhite foam. The foam dissipates quickly.

Smell - Smells a bit smoky. Some weak notes of malt a touch of bitterness.

Taste - Quite bitter (which I think is good) and strong for it's beer type. Some noticeable hop bitterness up front with a weak, somewhat grainy malt presence. Hits my palate strongly and overall, not a bad taste at all.

Mouthfeel - after it's gone, it's GONE . A thin feeling with a resurgence of bitterness.

Drinkability - This one is actually really drinkable for a beer that seems strongly carbonated. To each his own though. But I could down six of these in a couple hours. not a bad choice.

eweneek83, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a Jewel brand cola color witha few ruby highlights. But a good film of foam hangs around for all twelve ounces of this beer. The aroma has a touch of stale coffee that then moves to a better defined roasted malt in lager form. But lets not forget the adjuncty smell there. But the taste has an almost, hot pot coffee taste from the local Denny's with the waitress who has the bum leg, to it. The dark malts are great, minus ther adjunt must to it. I can't really explain why, but this is one of my, "right after a hard day of work while you wait for dinner to cook beer." Easy on the palate and tastes good from the bottle and the glass.

scruffwhor, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of this beer the other night on my way home from work...from a small little dive bar in the middle of nowhere. This was pretty much the best of their selection... did I mention I was in the middle of nowhere!!!

Beck's Dark has a nice deep brown amber color with a cream colored head full of bubbles.

Not much to smell here. Slight malt scent with barely a trace of hop aroma.

Decent tasting beer. Toasted maltiness with minimal bitterness. Nothing really stands out.

Rather thin feel in the mouth with not quite enough carbonation for a dark lager.

Hovever, this beer is very drinkable, I plowed through five of them before I knew it. I wouldn't recomend this beer if other dark lagers are available of better quality, but if you've never had one, it couldn't hurt to try one at a restaurant... or a party!

ckaufman, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like sweet and dark malts, and also a little bit of hops, cooked veggies and some skunk too. The taste is a bit different that the aroma, I can taste some coffee, caramel and toasted malt, but there's also a little skunk in the taste too. But the good outweighs the bad in the taste, it is drinkable and it does taste better as the beer warms a bit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent, not great but not bad either. Overall it's an OK beer. I'd drink it again if there was nothing better available, but I wouldn't make a point to seek it out either.

bluejacket74, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark brown amber with a 2 finger head of offwhite foam.

The smell is typical for the style. Some weak notes of malt a touch of bitterness.

The taste follows the nose. Some noticeable hop bitterness up front with a weak, somewhat grainy malt presence. It's a bit too bitter for the amount of malt that hits my palate and overall, this one does not strike my fancy at all. One purchase is enough.

Bitterbill, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a leather couch brown with gives a two-finger head that is frothy but does die quickly.
A malty aroma, some breadiness, a little bit of hops and a faint spicy smell. A medium-bodied brew that has some crispness up front and is a little chewy. Some sweetness derived from the malt, although the malts are rather basic and not distinct. Not much in the hops department and while this beer goes down smooth with a little kick on the backbite it is not the most pleasant tasting. Better than other Beck's offerings, but I am not completely sold on this beer.

clayrock81, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second beer I had at Cafeteria on Newbury. Poured from the bottle into a tapered beer glass. Very dark brown color, small white head. Smell was just a hint of roasted coffee. Tasted a bit like some dark chocolate. Very malty backbone, making this a thicker than expected beer on the palate. Actually not a bad beer from a larger brewer. I wish I saw this on more menus.

morebeergood, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the beers I keep on hand. Filled bottle looks brown, but it's green with nice golden foil neck. Beer in glass is moderate brown and pours with a bit of foam, with fairly thin character and lots of "bubbles." A hint of dark malt with yet a similar hint of Beck's typical "veggie" or fruity hops (though much less than regular Beck's). Taste is the same, though the malt comes through a bit more on the tongue. Slightly sweet (though not too much so) and extremely drinkable. Definitely not a craft-brewed Dunkel, nor one of the better Germans... But it's a great sidekick to food. Oh, and the brewery name is a nice touch.

tugdriver7, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of supercolter
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible, but just not a lot going on. Appearance is average, darker than I expected with the green bottle. No head or lacing. Smell is meh, not much there. Taste is a bit more prominent, but a bit stale on the malt side. A bit of sugar and malt is all.
Mouthfeel is way too weak, no carbonation.
Pretty drinkable.

supercolter, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at restaurant recently that featured a lot of imports, but not many interesting brews. I've been trying out some dunkels lately and thought I'd sample Becks.

Poured a medium brown with some reddish highlights. Served in beer glass with about a half an inch of tan colored head that provided a fair amount of lacing.

Smells malty, nothing overpowering.

Taste is a bit to thin and plain. Frankly I was disappointed in this drink. Easy to drink, but not one that I'd go out of my way to drink again.

AgingWarrior, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my gateway beers. I get this at the Grub Mart here in J'ville. 12oz pour into a pint.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with lots of ruby highlights. Has a frothy head that sticks around.

S: This is where this brew is lacking. Kinda weak with a malt smell and a faint smell of hops.

T: Malt shines here, tastes of caramel, earthy hops. Tasty. It has a nuttiness to it too.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. No real after taste. Clean and crisp.

D: Absolutely drinkable. This beer is even better on tap and is a fine German beer. Far better than regular Becks. Don't know why this beer has a bad rap, it is good for the style.

everetends, May 16, 2008
Photo of botham
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a clear chocolate brown color with amber highlights. three fingers of light tan head top it off, and leave light lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with nots of caramel and chocolate malts, along with a light floral hop character that helps balance out the profile. lacking in overall character and concentration though.

taste is light, with notes of caramel malts and a bit of chocolate malt, giving the brew a distant nutty character. overall flabby and without any solid character of its own. finishes on a watery note with a bit of roasted malt, but still very weak.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thin and watery texture and a thin finish. residual malt in the aftertaste.

drinkability is decent. this is a munich dunkel lacking any real character. the brew comes out tasting like some malt, a touch of hops, and water. dissapointing.

botham, May 15, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one of the make-your-own-six-pack dunkels I purchased. Had this chilled in a pub glass. Poured a nice crystal clear iced tea brown color with an alright head. Smelled of a little milk chocolate and toffee. The taste was a little disappointing. Very thin and not much balance, just a lot of malt and tiny hop undertones. It is pretty easy to drink but I have had better dunkels.

Portertime, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of flatblack80
4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark warm brown with cream colored head that stays. light lacing on the glass

toasted maltyness with a hop undertone to the smell

light hop flavor with deep caramel and dry, roasted malt flavor.

Nice carbonation in the mouth, very dry with a sweetness that stays on the palate.

very drinkable, small doses. I love to have a few of these around while at the camp fire.

flatblack80, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours chestnut brown with off white head, one finger deep.

aromas of munich malt, toast, chocolate, and noble hops. lovely german lager stuff...

taste is just like a german dark lager. The roasty stuff is there and the beer's very dry but there's a little caramel/ malty sweetness there as well. great hop character, clean lager character.

mouthfeel is mostly dry with a slight sweet spot of malt on the midpalate, carbonation is assertive and hops are minor in impact. great balance.

overall, a very nice example of the style..

beerbutcher, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of adams82
1.23/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep red, filtered clear, no head.

I'm trying to pick out a smell on this one... sweet skunk comes to mind.

It really doesn't taste like much. Imagine drinking roasted water... At least it doesn't taste as it smells.

Mountfeel is OK, although a little watery and thin though. This has absolutely no character at all and absolutely zero attributes that can save it.

What an awful beer. Note that I did check the "Best By:" date and it was 5-2008, this was not an old bottle.

adams82, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown brew with an off-white head.

Smell: Touch of caramel with hints of toffee and a decent hop presence.

Taste: Solid malt flavor. Good overall character with hints of tobacco intermingled with the sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying medium bodied brew.

Drinkablity: A tasty and satisfying, widely available brew.

SargeC, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of searsclone
1.68/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I had this poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

I was in a bar while I tried this, so I don't have much of a review concerning the appearance since it was not very well lit.

The beer smelled like a skunk. I didn't pick up any other smells.

The first half of the bottle tasted to me like what I imagine a well used ash tray would taste like. I don't mean it had a smokey flavor, more rancid and dirty tasting. The second half of the bottle to me had very little taste.

I found this beer to be undrinkable, I did not finish this one.

To be fair, it may have been an out of date bottle, I did not check.

Personally, I will avoid this beer.

searsclone, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured dark garnet red, 1/4" head that diminished quickly with minimal lacing

S - malty and hoppy balance, pretty standard

T - tastes like how it smells, bit with a bitter finish. Very slight caramel hint, dry finish

M - light/medium body (more light than medium), medium carbonation

D - decent drinkability

Overall - an ok dark beer with balanced taste. However, Warsteiner Dunkel is definitely a better catch. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this, but if it's there, I'd have it with a pizza or something.

DmanGTR, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of barleyman
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the green glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. Dark color with standard amount of head which quickly dissappates. Smell is of malt with little hop balance. Taste is of malt with little hop balance, raisins and dates predominate. Mouthfeel is good for the style, light and crisp. Drinkability is also good, with little skunk, probably due to the green glass bottle, a long time favorite.

just a thought,


barleyman, Apr 03, 2008
Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.