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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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 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
Photo of mentor
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from the discount bin of a local liquor store. Bottle stamp reads 04.2006 L11859R. Ha, I just had a Gonzo from Flying Dog...let's see how a Beck's "dark" holds up. Pours a two finger brown head that's quickly settling. A crystal clear dark brown mohogeny liquid. The head has already nearly settled and is popping like that ine cereal. Smells potently of tin hops. Saaz, my nose says. Sweet malt way beneath with searching. Hey, maybe even a hint of roast! Tastes hop bitter. Tin hop taste of Saaz. Some roast, but way beneath the hops. Almost beneath the flavor of the carbonation. Upon the swallow, I get some green apple, which I think may come from the use of black patent. Malt sweet is the aftertaste, but this is not a strong flavor. Md-light body, which is thicker than I was expecting. Too carbonated, but this is drinkable and actually tastes much better than i expected.

mentor, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is usually passable on tap at some cheez college bar in NYC.
Pours a dark nut brown with minimal head. Swell is unbelieveably sweet..maybe carmel but too much sugar for my nose..
Taste has proper bitterness with a hoppy hint. It stays in the Beck's tradition but also adds some roasted maltiness. You could do worse. A little too much carbonation but has a satisfying aftertaste.
This is also okay in a bottle for when your slumming it in the village, plus the NYU coeds will probably think you're sophisticated for drinking Beck's.

daliandragon, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of bditty187
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, shinny ruby-brown in hue, as to be expected, for a beer of this sort; somewhat beige head, at its height point the bubbles created a cap that was barely able to cover the beer. Plus, the “head” quickly faded to a thin collar. On top of that, there was no subsequent lacing. The appearance isn’t very impressive.

The nose doesn’t say, “Dunkel Lager.” The bouquet seemed skunked at first but it was just the earthy-grassy-husky aromas with a kiss of sulfur. It is empty besides that; I couldn’t find a hint of straight maltiness. How did this beer get its color? Munich malts? I wonder. The nose is not inviting, it is sadly articulate with its firm potency. I’m not looking forward to taking a sip.

Thankfully the palate wasn’t as unpleasant was the nose, maybe because I’m drinking it a hair cool. Clean husky-grainy maltiness with the lightest kiss of caramel (maybe!). Grassy hops, with some light bitterness at the swallow. No sign of skunk. This is a fair Dark Euro Lager thingy… it is not a true Dunkel in my book.

Lighter then medium in body, low carbonation helps produce a dull, flat mouthfeel. This aspect of the beer is serviceable. I do wish there was more heft and effervescence.

I could drink this in a major pinch. It is better than most American B/M/C. Only slightly better though. It has flavor and not much of it is “off.” It is what it is. Drinkable? Well, the bottle is finishable. My bottle was purchased in Omaha.

bditty187, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle

Appearance is a very amber. Light head that dissapates rather quickly. An attractive beer in the glass.
Smell of wood with some smokeyness
Taste is bitter/sweet with a buttery finish.
Medium carbonation, nothing exciting.
It is quite drinkable and would certainly have another if in a bar that didn't have a great selection.

atigerlife, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a ruby red/brown color with an tan head that fizzles out to nearly nothing.

The aroma is of light chocolate and coffee, slight skunk smell

The taste is malty and also has some light coffee and chocolate notes. slight bitterness in the too.

The mouthfeel is decent medium carbonation and medium body.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. Good session brew.

Brian700, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Green bottle (ick) with gold foil top. Best before end of 02.2006… which seems like a really long shelf life given that’s 8 months away. Note about German Purity Law.

Aroma: Light notes of coffee and chocolate malt.

Appearance: Very clear dark brown amber with a slowing dying head of larger bubbles that give a feeble attempt at lace… but fail.

Flavor: Fairly sweet with notes of corn. This is a bit harsh: but change the color and lower the body and this is just another macro-brew. Only hints of hop noted.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body.

Overall Impression: *Yawn*. Yeah, nothing wrong with it. I guess it could serve as a gateway for macro drinkers. I don’t think I’ll be back anytime soon.

HardTarget, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of ski271
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Medium-sized, frothy, light tan head diminishing to a film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Caramel, milk chocolate, light coffee, light skunk, very light citrus

Taste: Malty & sweet with a bitter, lightly astringent finish that was a little metallic.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer wasn’t terrible. There were some nice flavors and aromas in there, but it just didn’t taste complete. Something is just missing. Not really worth the price.

ski271, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of BrewMaven
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a really pretty dark ruby with a quickly fading white head..Not much lace.
Nose was slightly malty, not much going on that I could notice. Not alot of carbonation and had a mostly thin mouthfeel. Taste was mildly malty with a slight macro skunk. A hint-o-hops in the finish. 6 months ago I'd have had higher praise for this but now, even though it's ok, I'd never feel the urge to buy it.

BrewMaven, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a clear brown color with modest puffy head. Smell is of a toasty maltiness with hints of burnt sugar. Toasty malt flavor shows through with a slight bdry, bitterness at the finish. Not a beer to get excited about, but better than the American macro lagers.

tgbljb, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.85/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fills the glass with a very dark color. Not quite pitch black, but maybe the darkest shade of brown I've ever seen. Not much head to speak of. The nose is of pure sweet carmel malts. Not too strong, but I only notice that one characteristic in the scent. Surprisingly, it tastes very similar to regular Beck's. It has the same mild skunkiness that I seem to find in almost every German beer. The aftertaste in this one is a bit sweeter and maltier, but other than that there's not a lot of differences in the taste department. The mouthfeel is a tad over medium-bodied. Very good feel and nice drinkability as well. Although I seemed to complain about this beer once or twice, it sure went down fast!

jasonpeckins32, May 19, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been a while, so I figured it a good time for a revisit of this brew.

Pours a medium brown with reddish tones prevalent. A slightly off white head that a good bit of retention but was gone by the end of the pint. Nose is a little weak, not much happening, a slightly bready character, a little malty, that's about it. Taste is really similar, bready and malty, very low bitterness leaving an imbalance, comes of tasting weak and watery overall.

Not horrible, quaffable, but I probably won't be looking for this either.


Gaisgeil, May 15, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz green bottle poured into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A fairly hard pour induced more than an inch of off-white foam that faded to about a half inch within a few minutes. Impressive lacing. Dark brown color showing ruby highlights when held up to light.

Smell: I smell malt. No hops, just malt. It's not a bad thing, considering the style, but I thought the aroma might have been a little more complex.

Taste: Starts off all right, very malty with almost no hop kick. Seems a bit unbalanced in that respect. I understand that the style calls for hops only to offset the maltiness, but I don't even taste that. Maybe it's just me. However, considering that I tend to like extremely malty beers and still found this one hard to drink towards the end, I have to question that.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, not overly carbonated, but enough to make it enjoyable.

Drinkability: The slightly unbalanced character makes it difficult to drink more than one of these in one sitting. I think with just a bit more of a hop kick in the finish this might be improved.

MurphyMacManus, May 14, 2005
Photo of walleye
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from the bottle . I bought this bottle because it has ben a long time since I have had a becks .poured brown with off white head. aroma, malts , barley, malts. flavor, malts, caramel, corn, I use to like this beer in my younger days when I thought that drinking a becks was cool.

walleye, May 10, 2005
Photo of RedLion
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish-brown. Head is thicker than I like.

Smell: Kinda sweet.

Taste: Typical for a dark beer. Nothing special. It's really kind of a fall back for people who love dark lagers.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. I can feel the weigt of the beer, but it's not doing anything.

Drinkability: There are better beers out there, there are worse. There's just nothing special about this beer, and I'll almost never pick buy this by choice. Give me Warsteiner or Spaten any day.

RedLion, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased single 12oz bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance is a very dark, murky brown with minimal head
Smell is ok. a bit sour.
Taste is disappointing. Bitter, bland, with a skunky aftertaste.

Overall: I can't really recommend this beer. It's drinkable but doesn't taste great.

LPorter33, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very ruddy chocolate color. Nose was unremarkable, head was only 1/4" of cream that disappaited quickly. Tongue was a balanced bitter-hoppy, difused with a solid mocha-like current to it that provided a very mild sweet (like a dark chocolate type sweet). Went down a little sharp. Its an odd beer, but I did enjoy it.

BuckSpin, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had these free at a work happy hour, so was only able to sample direct from the bottle. Was able to detect a roasted malt, by sticking my nose in the bottle, which drew some puzzled looks from co-workers. DIDN’T detect the ol’ Euro sulfur skunk, thank God. Actually, this brew was good; tangy, maltly and nicely carbonated. Nothing fantastic, but still very drinkable and enjoyable – maybe the free price helped, but I’ll get these again.

Vancer, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a 12 oz green bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. Best before date marked for 11.2005 or L 31649 N.

Brownish red in appearance with a 1/2 inch head on top. The head quickly turns into a thin ring. There are some circle spots on the sides of the glass.

Whiffs of plums, caramel and moist bread. At first there was that classic Beck's sulpher skunk, but it went away after a few minutes.

Sweet maltiness up front...mainly a caramel sweetness takes over. Some juicy fruit (plums or figs) flavors mixed in too. Imported hop twang on the finish.

Not bad, but there is nothing noteworthy about this beer either. I would order or buy this over a regular Beck's.

Hibernator, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beck's Dark pours a midnight maroon from a 12oz dark green glass bottle. Head goes to just less than two fingers with a firm pour into a 22oz beer glass, then settles down to a broken ring with dabs of bubbles here and there on the surface of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent, as the sides of the glass are spotless.

Nose is a strong damp stainless steel with some sweet toasted barley malt notes. Could not pick out any hops as the metallic presents was overpowering most everything else.

Palate is a rich and firm bitter with a malty aftertaste and the sting of carbonation. A well bittered beer for sure, but not in balance with the malt. In my humble opinion, this beer needs more sweet barley malt to bring it around and make Beck's Dark a better beer. The level of carbonation is well done and adds to the overall refreshing mouthfeel.

A diamond in the rough, the damp stainless steel nose and the lack of adequate sweet barley malt to balance out the bitter hops keeps me from praising this offering from Beck's.

BeerBob, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/20/04- Consumed at a relatives house over the weekend.

Appearance- A darker gold pour with a fairly nice foamy head, but light lacing at best.

Smell- Well, it's kind of similar to regular Beck's, except this beer is all about the malt. I still smell grain, but I smell more malt.

Taste- Not horrible for a dark beer. Some sugary dark malt is the main taste.

Mouthfeel- More carbonated than regualr Beck's, but still goes down well. Kinda heavier feel than I expected though.

Drinkability- This wouldn't be that bad of a session beer I guess. Decent brew.

GClarkage, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of cooter
2.1/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours like a root beer; black with soda-like head (large "sudsy" bubbles, unevenly sized, rapid carbonation, head dissipates). Very peppy in the mouthfeel and carbonation. Smells skunked and malty. Taste doesn't mesh well with smell; hoppy and bitter in a bad way. Consistency seems off, like a syrup--similar to some mediocre Czech dark lagers I've had. Maybe it's the style...

Taste is flat and without depth. The drinkability is good, except it sits in the stomach and leaves a thin residue on the mouth that doesn't entice another drink...I don't want to sip again, also, because it tastes like seltzer after half a bottle. Blech. Best aspect of the beer has to be...erm...mouthfeel, which. Zesty. Otherwise poor.

cooter, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Disappointed from the beginning by paying $3.50 for a bottle after my first two choices on the menu were unavailable. Better than an original Beck's but that's not saying too much. Took an entire dinner to drink one down. Medium hoppiness, okay carbonation and lacing. Not a huge fan of Munich Dunkel Lager style.

Backer2004, Nov 28, 2004
Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.