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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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662 Ratings

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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 Abita45
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Surprisingly easy drinking with decent taste. There was no aroma to speak of, and it does not have a distinguishable appearance, but I managed to enjoy a couple of them over the course of a couple hours. A nice malt flavor and smoothness are the most noticable qualities, though it did not have the roasted earthiness I associate with beers of this kind.

It was a warm evening, and this beer served to refresh me. I don't have any real complaints, though I don't have any very strong, distinct impressions of the beer either. A nice, decent beer. Nothing more; nothing less.

Photo of biggmike
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beck’s Dark pours a dark brown color. It is clean with a beige head. The aroma and flavor are dark roasted malt, caramel, some hints of molasses, and a bit of the typical skunkiness. This beer is medium bodied with a smooth texture. Went okay with the steak I had at Outback.

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

A: Near black body, 1 finger tan head with little retention and lacing.

S: Odd combonation of molasses soaked bread and a macro lager. Almost good.

T: Bready roasted malt with an odd metallic taste that ruins what should have been good.

M: A bit lighter than it should be - and over carbonated. Almost fizzy.

D: Drinkable, and there are far worse choices, but it's not good enough to keep me from moving to a better beer.

Photo of giblet
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a tasty dark german style beer. i consider it a macro and with that it is a lighter style than other craft beers i have tried. pours nice and decent head and carbonation. darker color but not too black. i like the smell and taste. refreshing for a dark lager.

this is relatively cheap and easy to find. certainly worth a try!

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of Bookseeb
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with a frothy head that laces nicely. Aroma is light with roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Taste has a roasted malt, coffee and a light hop bite with a light - medium mouthfeel. I've bought this beer many times over the years, its Nothing special, but for the price it's just a good dark lager that I enjoy when wanting something different.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the menu when we went out for drinks before the movie last night. Had actually never tried it, and that shocked me when I thought about it, so you know I had to get it now.

A - Poured a nice hazelnut brown, very clear with a smallish off white head that quicly faded leaving just a token little bit of lace ring on the top. Nice carbonation could be seen rippling from the bottom

S - Light, nutty a bit with alot of grain, decent amount of sweetness came through on the back

T - Yummy, very light but a good malty lager. Had a bit of a roasted taste to it, and a touch of sweetness as well. Decent profile.

M - Crisp, clean, quick finish. Nice carbonation made the drinking easy, and the lightness let it go down quick

Overall this was a nice little dark lager. Better then I expected. It was very light in feel and flavor, and served cold went down very easily. I think I like it better then the regular Becks, but I havent had one in a while to compare. Not a bad brew at all though, and would not have a problem having it around for a session or two.

Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a dark ruby color beer with a slight but fading initial head. Nose is grainy malt, but with some light toasted character--better than, say, St Pauli's dark or Heineken dark. Not very complex, but not bad tasting either: malt is the main flavor, grainy but there's enough bitterness to keep the sweetness back. No caramel flavor like many american interpretations of dunkels. Aftertaste is a little toasted. Body is a little watery.

This does actually match the Dunkel style reasonably well. It's not a style I'm a great fan of, but it's drinkable.

Photo of beckscrusader420
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good dark beer. Much much better than its skunky green brother. If you like lagers/dark beers and you have the choice between this and regular becks definately go with the dark. It has a much fuller more robust flavor than the skunky green bottle. I've had better beers than Beck's Dark but not many.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from green 12 oz bottle into pint glass. The head formed to a 3/4" fluffy cap that slowly dissipated to a thin cap leaving nice lacing behind. The beer was dark brown and clear.

The smell was of malt with tiny hints of hoppy notes.

The taste .... while MUCH better to MY TASTE than the pilsner (Beck's) is just normal for a Dunkel. It was lacking in complexity and all I could pick up was a tiny bit of maltiness and a hint of sweetness like honey.... but then the hops overpowerd the sweetness...and evened it out...

Mouthfeel was average for the style.... a bit thin and fizzy for my taste.

Drinkability - another one that you could drink all day without suffering.... but nothing special.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A - Translucent black brew with a small head of tannish foam. The head eventually disappears entirely.

S - Light chocolate/mocha aromas along with some toasty malt. Weak but pleasant.

T - Soft chocolate and dark cereal flavors. Nothing outstanding. A bit boring actually.

M - Light bodied and very refreshing.

D - Session beer! Uncomplicated quaffability. A very nice bar beer to compliment a burger.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice chocolate brown color and clear with mild carbonation. Good head, light brown and foamy.

Similar toasty bread malt as Beck’s regular. Light old-world floral hops. Watery caramel sweetness. Very mild tart (raisin) fruit and chocolate notes. Slight chalky/powdery feeling.

Medium-light bodied and really smooth while maintaining a nice carbonation sting. Fairly light taste comprised of grape-like fruit touches on a powdery-toast, watery-caramel malt. Metallic flares throughout. Same light chocolate richness to it; this could be beefed up as it is too understated. At the warm end it is quite bitter.

I really enjoy Beck’s regular as a kick-back-easy beer (despite the unnecessarily high import price). This dark, though, doesn’t do it for me.

Photo of goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out like rusty grape juice with a thin head that fizzles out to nothing rather quickly. I mostly get hops in the nose: flowers, herbs and tea. Some roasted malt comes in if I really strain, but this is mostly flwoery smelling. Some toasty and chocolatey malts mix well with the abundant hop flavor as found in the nose. Kind of sweet. Mouthfeel is a little too sticky for me. This is all-around OK. Not really bad or good.

Photo of Contra
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My father had bought a 6-pack of this and offered me a bottle. I'm never one to pass up free beer, and what a better time to review a beer I normally wouldn't buy myself.

Appearance - As I was pouring, I thought to myself, "They call this a dark beer?". Well, once it settled, it became much less translucent and thicker in color. It looks slightly darker than Coke or Pepsi.

Smell - Ugh, just rancid. This really set me up to bash this beer, but the taste is quite a bit different. Other people seem to like the smell, which makes me wonder if it's me. No matter.

Taste - Reminds me of a Pilsner, but with more malt. Certainly not as bad as I was expecting, but nothing great either. On the plus side, there really aren't any negatives to the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly standard for its style. Not too thick, but not too watery either. Not much to say.

Drinkability - Well, I guess if someone else is buying, the rating would be through the roof. But assuming I have to pay for it, I really wouldn't want to drink a whole lot of it.

Overall, it's certainly not bad. It's lacking in flavor and complexity, but not all beers need to be barley-wines. I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you're out someplace where the choices are fairly bland. These aren't the driods you're looking for, move along.

Photo of drpimento
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served with a huge, frothy, foamy, textured head and lots of lace. The color is a nice clear dark brown with garnet highlights. Aroma is slightly roasty, malty, beery, and fresh. Flavor is the same but bittersweet. Nice body. Very drinkable and definitely a session beer! Much better than I remember, especially from the bottle.

Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- a pretty typical pour for a dark lager. A deep black with a little bit of lacing. Small head.

Smell- Notes of coffee. Somewhat typical for a munich dunkel. The most noteworthy scents were of caramel and roasted nuts.

Taste- Hearty, like a dunkel should be. Roasted malts with a hint of caramel is the dominant. The subtle hops provide a nice little bite. This brew is perfect to down with a steak or a hamburger.

Mouthfeel- Nothing special. Kind of thin with (as aforementioned) a nice bite from the hops.

Drinkability- I could drink this all day and night. No shit

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

Pours a black color with amber hues and a nice foamy tan head with little lacing. Smells of sweet coffee and caramel. Taste was similar with the slight sweetness, I could taste caramel with a bit of roasted coffee flavors. It tasted pretty good and I'll drink it again... I've enjoyed several of these lately, a decent beer to have with friends or even have as an everyday beer.

Photo of neenerzig
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a bottle of this left in my fridge after the superbowl party I had last night so I figured it was time to drink and review. This beer pours a clear, dark brown color with some copper highlights. The tan head is about half an inch thick when poured and settles to a somewhat thin film layer on the beer's surface about 5 minutes after being poured. The film layer eventually all but totally goes away after awhile. Almost zero lacing. Has some nutty, bready, malty aromas followed by a hoppy aroma. The taste is slighly nutty and sweet upfront followed by somewhat strong hop bitterness. The aftertaste reminds me of black coffee. It has a smooth and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way beer should be. Nothing special, but not bad at all either. Worth a try. However, being that this is a brewery that wticks to the purity guidelines of 1516 in brewing their beer, you'd think they would know better than to put their beer in green bottles. Luckily I don't think mine was skunked.


Photo of RJLarse
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Beck's Dark at a grocery store to taste and review. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark mahogany color and is clear. A one-finger bubbly tanish head forms, but is not particularly resilient, and leaves a little light lace on the glass.

The smell is sharp, acerbic and quite hoppy.

The taste is bitter. It's mostly about hops, with a little cereal flavor coming through. There is also a little of the skunk flavor that seems so common among Euro beers.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, but very dry.

This beer is not particularly appealing. It's drinkable, but there are a lot better dark lagers to be had.

Photo of mpyle
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling clear with a dark amber to brown color. Poured a bit but coarse and rapidly disappearing head. Surprisingly aromatic, with a nice mix of malt and noble hops in the nose. Malty up front, but balanced by the darker malts and the hops. Hop bitterness somewhat dominant in the middle, which surprised. Low to medium body, with fairly high carbonation. Generally smooth and clean - no astringency. A beautiful, nicely drinking beer. Bitterness perhaps a bit too much from the style, and restricts it from being an easy pounder. Nicely attenuated with a dry finish.

Photo of tavernjef
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear cola brown with a semi small capping of tightly foamed light tannish froth that slips away within a minute and leaves minimal spotty lace with a couple strings flinged about.

Aroma is bready sweet with a slight roast em, toast em Munich malt crispness. Clean and subsiding with a hint of molasses.

Taste is more of the same as carries a thinning molasses character over a mediumish breadyness thats tender, clean, crisp, sweet, and slightly paled in a roasted malt edge.

Feel is a bit understated; however quite clean and crisp, semi fullfilling even, but not a whole lot of body to it. Its a bit out of balance with the flavors, as the flavors seem fairly rounded and firm, yet the body is thin and takes away from the overall on the experince.

This isn't half bad for Beck's. The sweetness can get a bit bothersome and old after about mid glass, ecspecially due to its lack of body to hold the sweetness together better in the taste.

Photo of Foxman
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear brown, with reddish splotches in the lighter areas. A finger of off-white head disappears in a flash, leaving little of itself behind. Lacing is minimal at best.

The aroma delivers a roasted malt note, unexpectedly charred and crust, but still rather sparse. There's a faint floral hop touch that never steps up enough to reveal anything more than vagueness.

Upon tasting, the malt is barely sweet and somewhat seared, with a little caramel and dark fruit to go along with a tease of biscuit. The hops are even less present here, with a mere impression of floral or herbal essence at the edges of sensibility. The finish is a muddled but not unpleasant mix of malt remnants and briefly lingering bitterness. The flavor is, simply, mediocre, with nothing to recommend it.

Light bodied, it does coat for a few moments, before going its way.

This is what my friend had on hand for the Eagles victory over Dallas. And as an Eagles fan, it's hardly worthy of celebrating a win. Still, with some hoagies and chili, it at least wasn't totally overwhelmed. But really, that's not an endorsement. It's about as blah and overtly average as a beer can get. If it had just something, somewhere, that stood out, I'd have enjoyed drinking this. As it was, I might just as well have been drinking water, were it not for the fact there was at least some alcohol in there. So I won't be coming back this way again. Next time I bring my own beer.

Photo of billybob
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown red color half inch head fades fast. weak smell not much there. taste sweet caramel with a very slight hop taste at the end. mouthfeel light crisp dry would have liked a smoother taste for a dark beer but it was ok. its enjoyable but for a dark beer i have had better.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the taste of this beer.

I feel that it has a good balance of flavors and for a macro, it has a decent amount of character.

A- Pale brown, thin tan head that disapated quickly.

S- A little thin, but mostly roasted and malty.

T- A little bit of bitter bite at first but then it opens up a bit into a roasted blend of hops and malt.

M- Crisp, bubbly. Don't really like the bubbles because I drank it really cold. A little harsh on the tongue.

D- This beer is decently drinkable. It doesn't leave any bad taste in your mouth and if it was up to me I'd say this beer is recommended. Best Beck's I've had.

Photo of steinlifter
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, but for some reason never reviewed it, well, here goes.

This poured clear brown, off white fluffy head that left some broken lace all the way through.
smell is a faint hop whiff, not much else.
hop bittering up front that mellows to a carmel-like slightly slick aftertaste, bit of dryness on the end.
mouthfeel is thin and cisp, with a slightly creamy feel on the end.
Drinkability is fine, these go down so nicely, not as substantial a flavor as some, but nice and refreshing..and worth a try in my opinion, I have picked these up here and there over the years, and I know I will have them again.

Photo of Deconstructionis
3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.