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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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638 Ratings

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.88%
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 Deconstructionis
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer this to regular Beck's but it's still pretty mediocre.

It is a brownish reddish sort of color with an insubstantial head. It has only a slight aroma with almost no roastiness and very little hops, more of a caramel sweet smell. The taste is smooth and inoffensive a bit more robust than the smell would predict, again a little too sweet and lacking bitter counterpoints. It is smooth and moderately carbonated, easy enough to drink.

This might be my baseline for a "3" very average-- when you get a good bottle.

Deconstructionis, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwc215, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with tan head. As others have said, the head falls quickly. Aroma has some malt, faint floral hops and some faint roasted smell. Flavor is malty with little hop bitterness. Some roasted flavor there too. Mouthfeel is thin. This isn't bad, its drinkable but it has too little flavor and its too watery. That said, its better than any BMC type beer.

Dizzy, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beck's dark pours from the bottle looking very fluid, not too watery, and with much CO2. A head forms very easily but dissipates to fine lacing, and then a rim of foam around the glass. The body is blackish red, and nearly opaque.

The brew smells very malty, with not much hops aroma here.

This tastes like a lager with just a hint of malty sweetness. There's a bit more hint of hops than I expected and finishes with a piney sensation.

Though this is a dark lager,it feels a little light. Not too watery, but lighter than I expected.

TheSarge, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Classic German bottle. Color dark brown, minuscule bubbles, small head and generous amount of lace.

Smell not impressive, I expect more aroma from a Dunkel. Roasted malts are weak but distinctive, other notes - floral, hoppy? - not so clear.

Start malty with no extra sweetness. Body petite but rounded, mouthfeel very pleasant, hops and roasted malts balanced well.

Finish hoppy, aftertaste a bit nutty. Decent mass-production beer, easily drinkable.

ernie, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of xtremejammn
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly below average dark beer that I find to be a bit on the overrated side, it's twice as popular as it should be.

Appearence: Looks ok, slightly above average, nothing to report.

Smell: Smells great as far as im concerned, just as any dark beer smells.

Taste: Tastes slightly worse than an average dark beer would, with a bit of a solid bite after a drink, with a hint of some cheap hops.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly which makes for an unpleasent mouthfeel, but It's bearable to say the least.

Drinkability: Average drinkability, nothing special. Goes down smooth but has a strong bite to it that almost all dark beers have.

Bottom Line: Plain and simple, not reccomended. I must say that this is a sort of a below average beer that the only thing that I could really note as a special feature was the smell. Cheers

xtremejammn, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of nicksta
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a very clear cola brown. It has an airy head that quickly recedes and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: There are some faint toasty sugars and some maple. The smell is almost as weak as...

T: The taste contains some faint malty sugars. Should I let it warm up a bit? If I sip it I can pick up some sourness. This is just too light for me.

M: The mouthfeel is good with the exception of the carbonation sting at the back of the throat as it goes down.

D: It is drinkable, but it is bubbly.

This is weaker than I thought it would be. Perhaps, it could work as a converter of macro drinkers?

nicksta, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a small head that fades fast. Fairly mild malt smell. Taste was not bad. Strong malt flavor and fairly smooth. I detected some mild chocolate or molasses type sweetness as I drank it but the overall initial taste is malt with some bitterness. Mouthfeel a bit weak, but disguised by the flavor. This is a beer to order when dining out and the selections are limited. Not bad, but there are so many better beers. Sold at premium prices, I don't see this as a sessions beer.

JayQue, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottlle best before 05/ 06. just in time.

clearish dark brown with a short lived tan head.

aroma is slightly malty, roasty, brown sugar.

Flavor is sweet and slightly roasty.

dry metalic finish detracts from the overall experience, found it hard to finish just one

Padron4KM, May 20, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass clear and the color of a cola. A short-lived off-white head fades into a halo of small bubbles. Lace is not present.

Smell is faintly caramel malt, raw grains and grassy.

Taste is caramel malts, grass-like flavor, slightly peppery with mild hop bittering.

It is drinkable, but this is not a very good example of a Munich Dunkel Lager. It is not in the same league as other true German versions of the style.
I would probably be upset if Beck's started to try marketing this as Beck's Dunkel. It just wouldn't be right.

EvilKeith, May 18, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BEERchitect, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beck's Dark pours a dark brown with lighter brown highlights around the edges with an off white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. I can smell a little bit of hops, but it's a fairly mild - but somewhat skunky aroma. I can taste some malt along with the hops. Drinkable, but not particularly interesting.

Drew966, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and bring out a nice off-white head. Smells slightly of chocolate malt but mostly it is very muted lager smell. The taste is nice clean unskunked lager with a slight complementary roasty and nutty flavor. Nice med-light body along with a low abv gives this a six pack award for cheap, tasty, and slammable.

Higravity, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of DESTRO
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this pours out a deep reddish brown. average head. its looks pretty good. it dosnt attack your nose with anything but light hints of whats to come. smells sweet. a little funky. taste wise, its pretty much the same. tastes like a euro lager with a little extra malt, a little dark fruit here and there and a touch of skunk. not really my bag. mouthfeel seemed off. highly carbonated and a bit much. not "smooth" by any means. overall i wasnt feeling it. decent beer i guess, but not one id drink often.

DESTRO, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear dark chestnut color with a very stiff looking 1/8” head of tannish foam. There don’t appear to be many bubbles rising to maintain the head, but the thickness of it lets it remain a thin layer across the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some toasty malt along with a noticeable skunky presence. Bummer! Apparently this beer is light struck in its snazzy green bottle. There is a hint of roast here along with a light addition of dark caramel. It is hard to get anything else beyond the skunk.

Taste: Some rich dark malts give this beer a slightly acidic punch. There is a bunch of toasty malt flavors, but the skunkiness is definitely a big player in the flavor also. If you can manage to get past the attack skunk, there are some fruity flavors that taste like they may be derived from caramunich. Either I am getting used to it, or the flavor softens, but the skunk seems to be letting up some as the beer warms up. My wife just tried it and “skunk!” was her first comment with a grimace on her face…I guess I am getting used to it.

Opinion: I have drank this beer quite a few times when this was the best the bar I was at had on tap, but I don’t remember ever having one that was this rough. I am sure that I will try this beer again, but it is a mediocre beer at best…especially by German standards.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce bottle. This is a lot of an unknown quantity.

Medium brown body with a decent off-white head that fades quickly to a rhin ring. Smell is mostly biscuity malt with a note of caramel, and a slight hint of hops. Taste is sweet biscuit malt. Not much here, but then not offensive either. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but nicely drinkable.

This is very unoffensive, very average, very consumable.

ColoradoBobs, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of danielharper
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dark auburn color with a thin khaki head. Head dissipates to a foamy "soapscum" look after only moments. I like the darkness here, but that's about it.

Aroma is... like a dunkel, to be honest. Malty sweetness mixed with slight alcohol astringency. Nothing to write home about, but seems well-balanced to-style.

Much milder flavor than I was anticipating here. Malty up-front with a very dry aftertaste. No real complexity at all.

Moderate mouthfeel. Carbonation a little high -- scratches the tongue and throat on the way down.

I don't care for this beer. Won't buy again.

danielharper, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of doctorjoeyboey
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep red-brown with a highly perforated and quickly diminishing head. Smell is slightly skunky although from my experience this is just how Beck's is and I don't believe all the Beck's beers I have tried have been skunked. Taste is simple... sweet and caramelly with no suggestions of the skunkiness implied by the aroma.

Overall this is a tasty beer that I could drink several in a row of but it seems underflavored and overcarbonated for it's darkness (and that is taking into consideration the small head). It is missing the redeeming quality of Beck's Light, the refreshing taste. To me this is another beer that fools Americans with the concept of a dark beer from Europe, even though it doesn't fully fit the bill.

doctorjoeyboey, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light body, dark amber color with a tan foamy head that vanishes immediately wiyhout leaving any real lace.

Very little aroma - mild toasty malt.

Nice toasted malt flavor but a little thin, slight hops flavor and bitterness at the finish.

Smooth finish. Altogether nothing special but a decent drink.

whynot44, Dec 08, 2005
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark color but is still clear. i used a pilsner glass. This beer did not have much head and hardly laced the glass. the smell wasnt that great not very hoppy. It is somewhat of a bitter tasting beer. It is sort of bland but not too dry. Medium carbonation, might be better with just a tad more bubbles. very thin mouthfeel. I dont know about this one, its definately not on the top of the list for me. but try it i guess

KALIKGOLD, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark mahogany, but very clear. The head is thin in consistency and hieght, and does not retain very well or leave any lacing. The nose is mostly clean, just some faint toasted dark amber malt and noble hop aromas. Roasted and smoky flavor, with a generous dose of skunk. In the aftertaste, the off-flavor turns medicinal and astringent, which will eventually ruin the finish and drinkability. Mild carbonation and a light body. Perhaps this was lightstruck, but if this is how it's supposed to taste, there is a gross imbalance of taste that ruins what would be a smooth mouthfeel.

PBRstreetgang, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highs: Appearance, good malted flavor
Lows: Slight metallic off-taste

Pours pitch brown, almost opaque with a medium tan head that fades away at a moderate pace. Nose is of wheat and yeast, with some toasted barley malt and a hint of something sweet, perhaps grapes? Initial flavor is quite good, consisting of toasted barley and coffee and perhaps chocolate. It’s slightly bitter, perhaps not quite enough for my tastes. Finish is a tad metallic and again only slightly bitter—it detracts from the overall flavor. The bitterness lingers on the tongue long after, however, giving the impression of toasted malt for some time afterwards. Mouthfeel is pretty average, as is drinkability.

Overall: Definitely a decent and not-too-expensive dark lager. Worth a try.

jettjon, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of jakester
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this at Fellingham's in Southampton, N.Y. I drank it in a wine glass. (They had no beer glasses!)

Pours a clear and very deep garnet with brown tints. A one finger head of tan bubbles forms, then quickly dies. No lacing was observed on the glass.

Aroma is DMS, brown sugar, faint pils malt, very faint spicy hops if you work, and some off smell I can't identify.

First flavor is watery brown sugar and caramel, DMS or some other sulphur compound, and a back of the throat astringency. Gentle hop bitterness and a slight spicy hop flavor, with a short and bitter aftertaste. Not terrible, but not great, either.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a mouth-puckering astringency. Carbonation is fizzy.

I drank this because it was the best one or two choices in the place, and is the only reason I would drink it again. It's not a horrible beer, but it's definitely made for a newly adventurous American beer drinker.

jakester, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a decent looking dark amber brew with a one finger head that doesnt last long.Smells of typical skunk euro brew.Very pale taste considering the color. Not a bad taste just lack of.No hops to speak of. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Is drinkable,probably in mass quantities,,on the same par as typical macros.

tweeder263, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green glass longneck generic bottle, red/black on white label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: deep brown color, large off-white head, some lacing

Smell: strong malt, spices, hops

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, very malty, some hops

Notes: nothing special, but pretty drinkable

BeerBeing, Oct 07, 2005
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