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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 RBorsato
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tawny brown with a full light tan head, decent carbonation, and no lace. Dark-ish malt aroma a la flavoring. Tastes like dark flavoring; not really roasty as website would suggest. Light bodied and airy.

Nothing more than a dark flavored lager -- a no buy !

Best Before: 04/2004
Tasted: 08/06/03

($5.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is typical of a German lager. There are a few small notes of crystal malts. There is little hop aroma. The taste is decent, but nothing to write home about. This is a light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. It seems a bit light and watery, but goes down easy. A good party beer.

WesWes, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of rajendra82
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my favorite beer for a long time. I have since moved on to a new style (IPA). But I still have fond memories of looking forward to the motor oil. Still a very good stop gap beer when no other truly exotic brews are available. This may be the Michelob of German beers, but it serves the purpose in a pinch.

rajendra82, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of granger10
2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This certainly looks like a dark beer with a nice head and some good carbonation to match. But that's where the comparisons end. Scent is alright. Kind of malty but not real strong. The taste is surprising in the fact that it tastes SO light and weak. Watery to say the least. Flavors are hiding and can't come out. I notice an astringent grainy flavor. The rest are too scarce to notice. Finishes forgetably. I don't know who would drink this. It's not for the calorie conscience nor is it for the true beer lover.

granger10, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber - actually, it's more like a watered down dark beer more than a dark amber. There is little head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost non-existant. The little bit of aroma is slightly malty. The taste is actually pretty smooth, but a little watered down. I found this beer quite enjoyable even though it's not too interesting. The aftertaste is a little dry, but good. Recommended.

clvand0, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dunkel or dark lager from Becks.. much maltier than the original Becks with hints of chocolate and a nice smooth finish.. dark brown in color with a lasting head and subtle mouthfeel.. drinkablility is good since it is just right in ABV worth the taste and easy to find.

bierman2000, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall this is a step up from the more forgettable Beck's pale lager offering, being above average in appearance and better in smell and taste. Though this brew is still a bit light in body it does give a nice malty, bready sense that comes through in both departments. The look is good with a nicely billowing head and small level of lacing. The dark malt adds a bit of sensual improvement just not possible in the pale gold version.

AtLagerHeads, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beck's Dark is a quaffable dunkel type beer and is far superior to the other brands in Beck's lineup. Although this probably is dumbed down so as to appeal to a broader audience, this beer retains enough flavor to make it palettable as a session brew, or as a last choice if nothing better is available.

Beck's Dark pours a clear brown color with amber hints which is dark, but not quite as dark as some similar dark/dunkel beers. A very thin tan head forms and quickly disappears (I took appearance points off because of that). The smell isn't that strong, although some of the obvious roasted malt aromas are detectable. I also detected somewhat of a wet doghair type of smell (possibly contributed by the green bottles?). Mouthfeel does have a slight smoothness to it, although it is thin and has an overcarbonated bite to it. When tasting, a decent roasted malt flavor hits the palette. Dark coffee type notes are most detectable, and there is a "medicinal root and herb" type of bitterness present. Finish is a little dry. The aftertaste has a continuing bitterness and roastiness, with some licorice notes as well. This beer concludes with some alcoholic warmth.

This beer does conjure up some memories of Michelob Amber Bock, but it is of higher quality (as far as macros go). This won't be a regular in my fridge, but I wouldn't mind picking this up every once in awhile.

Beastdog75, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's very much like a Coors with some dark malt thrown in for color which also adds only a hint of flavor. Overall I found this to be pretty bland and uninteresting but not offensive in the least. DMS came through a little on the finish. Surprisingly not skunked despite the green bottle.

jreitman, May 22, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 24 oz green bottle..the famed Beck"s crest apon the label..will this be the "Key" to my taste buds :-)?
This is actually quite a gorgeous looking beer when poured into a glass.. nice dark mahogany brown colour..with a good sized frothy off white head which lingers well..very good!
Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate( dark) greets my senses....little black coffee to..also good.
Taste is very bland in comparison to the aroma and the appearance quite subdued hops and almost no toasted malts as a i had expected from the aroma..what went wrong?..but its not offensive.
pretty average for this style on the tongue, though not nearly as harsh as i find the regular Beck,s.
All in all a pretty drinkabkle beer which could be a lot better if they spiced up the taste a bit..come on Beck's take a chance!

Reidrover, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of taez555
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this dunkel out of the 24oz bottle. Poured a big thick white head that dropped rather quickly. For a dark beer it was very clear, almost looking like a mix of coke and orange soda. The taste was unfortunate. Perfectly balanced malty carmel flavors with just the right amount of nobel hops, but always overshadowed by the skunkyness brought on by the green bottle of doom. It reminded me a lot of some mexican imports like dos XX, but with all the qualities of good german beer.

It really is a shame about this beer. This is a perfect examble of a German dunkel, a beer that really doesn't exist in the US. It's hard to come by true dark lagers that aren't octoberfests or bocks. Sadly the skunk overshadowed this really nice complex balanced beer.

taez555, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Webby64
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, nice looking bottle! Pours nice too, head is about 1/4 inch, lace is ok. Appearance is med dark, clear, almost amber. Smell is non existant, maybe skunky. Has a malty, hoppy slight carmely taste, not bad or the money.

Not sure why I bought this brewski, I think because it was on sale and at one time I thought this was the "good stuff". It is a tasty beer.

Overall, its "ok" and I would buy it again.


Webby64, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours dark brown with a little off-white head on top. It dies quickly, and will leave a little tace of lace on the sides of the glass. There is a lot of pale malts and bitter aromas in the smell. I smells basically the same as Beck's with some dry oats thrown in there.

The taste also follows the traditional beck's. It is bitter with a lot of malt. There is not a whole lot of dark matls in this one. The nice roasty flavor is almost completely absent. This is a disappointing beer and nothing more.

ElGuapo, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got almost no head out of this one (despite its freshness), but its appearance is otherwise nice and even interesting. Pours a dark but clear brown with amber highlights when held to light. Nose is sweet and malty with yeasty notes. Tastes sweeter than expected with a persistent crispness as well as malt and grains. Crispness creates a good mouthfeel in this drinkable but so-so dark.

BitteBier, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of tang214
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer from a style I do not know much of. It pours a nice dark brown with some head that fades fairly quickly. It smells good with nice smelling hops. The taste has some roasty, caramel taste that plays against a bitter bite. Nonetheless it goes down fairly smooth and has a good drinkability. Overall, a good brew that will probably get again for a nice change of pace.

tang214, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear amber brown with a half-inch off-white head that disappears in a minute or two. Carbonation is modest with a small amount of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt aroma with bread notes, slight hops.

Taste: The taste begins with strong, slightly sweet dark malt and bread flavors, herbal hops arise in the middle of the taste, the finish is dry and a with a touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is somewhat watery and insubstantial.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, but rather undistinguished for a German beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a green glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark burnt umber color, clear...good 1/2 inch head early, clears in a minute. Aroma has a little bit of spice to the malty sweetness. Not bad – nutty and toasty flavor. Munich-like. Lighter-bodied and a little paste-like early, malt impression carries to the end. Finish is similar to the start, with a little drying hop and a grainy quality. No skunk. OK beer, pretty average and there’s so much more to explore in the world of beerdom than this one.

ADR, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of ipogios
3.9/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/amber colour. I only had the dark version of Beck's with food and i must admit that i really enjoyed it. Spend some money to buy a couple of sixes and you won't regret it...



ipogios, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of StevieW
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiny brown color. Thin bubbly beige head. Not much to note smell wise. Taste was crisp, sweet, and somewhat malty. Very light on the beer flavors. Much thinner than I was hoping for, but about what I expected. Moderate carbonation, crisp and tasted fresh. No skunkiness factor to note. Easy to drink, but lacks alot of flavor. Overall a decent dunkel, it will do when in a pinch.

StevieW, Nov 14, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rather unremarkable brew. Characteristic is reminiscent of a standard lager with some brown food coloring thrown in. Light and crisp, yet lacking in body that should be found in a Dunkel. Wish I had something better available at my own wedding!

Dogbrick, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of TAMU99
4.15/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet dark beer. A strong molasses taste make this a tasty dark beer. Foam dissipates quickly, but served cold it doesn't matter. Very drinkable as there is no bitterness often associated with darks. Kind of a thin mouthfeel, but doesn't really detract from the experience.

TAMU99, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of proc
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer. Some roasted malt taste blends in nice. Drinkable, but not complex. This is a beer macro drinkers will drink and isn't a bad idea to introduce them to in order to show them that all beer isn't yellow.

proc, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not terribly bad...kinda okay. Appearance is nice with a dark brown/amber with a tan 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell was not "out of this world" as it had a slight skunk to it, but hints of malt were apparent as well. The taste was better than the smell, as it did not taste of skunk. The creamy mouthfell and malty taste were the upside, but the tale end is a very thin mouthfeel that doesn't quite go with the initial taste. Prosit!

BeerAngel, Sep 19, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On my previous encounters, I had thought (as others had) that this tasted like regular Beck's, only dark. But this tasting was a little more than that. The color was dark ruby with a short-lasting thin head. The smell was of sweet malt. The flavor was much more flavorful than the aroma let on. The roasted malt was pleasing, but not complex enough to consider great. There was good carbonation, but it was a little thin. I would rate this beer as highly drinkable however...it had decent flavor and was light to drink. Refreshing.

ryanocerus, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of shirfan
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown, but transparent, with a moderate head.

Unlike standard Beck's, this had no trace of skunk, but shared that same slightly acrid smell and flavor that the standard lager carries.

The roasted malt was very noticeable, but other than that I suspect this beer is very similar to the golden lager, with the same style of hops used. As other reviewers have stated, it tastes very much like a regular Beck's with a good splash of Guinness poured in.

Not a bad thing in my opinion; I like that strangely unique flavor that Beck's has, and it's present here as well, just with roasted malt. The lack of any skunk was another plus, probably both from being in an enclosed 12er and from the color of the beer itself. Could stand a little more bitterness.

Mouthfeel did leave something to be desired, it was slightly too flat and watery. Instead of comparing this with more robust and exotic beers, I'll leave it at this: Beck's that's dark. That really does sum it up.

shirfan, Jul 21, 2002
Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.