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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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669 Ratings

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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Photo of mpyle
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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
3.01/5  rDev 0%
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
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
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
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Dizzy
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ernie
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of xtremejammn
2.72/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of nicksta
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
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?

Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
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

Photo of EvilKeith
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Drew966
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of Higravity
3.96/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Photo of DESTRO
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.62/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of danielharper
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of doctorjoeyboey
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.