Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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661 Ratings

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001)
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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of dnichols
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a capped 12 ounce (335 ml) bottle into a large Spaten mug.

A: It poured a dark brown body that when back lit was a washed out cherry red. The head was about one finger tall and tanish. The head retained well and supported a decent lacing.

S: There was a dominant smell of toasted malts as well as a recessive aroma of brown sugar. There was also a pungent musty aroma...Looks like I hooked up with a skunky macro.

T: The sweet malts were overtaken my the musty flavor that made the experience one I will regret for a long time.

M: It is light bodied with a malty after taste.

D: I need to sample this one again...hopefully one that is not skunky. If this is the norm...ouch!!

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.28/5  rDev -24.3%

Photo of mikeg67
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy, off- white head, a lot of lacing. Regular grassy aroma of European macro with some hints of toasted malt. Light-medium body. Taste is of burnt malt and some unpleasant bitterness (I'm curious what are they using instead of hops). Long, bitter finish. At least I did not buy it.

Photo of Brent
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not nearly as dark in flavor as in color. Mildly caramel, without much depth. Mass-produced character, but drinkable, particularly if fresh.

Photo of dfillius
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of off-white head. Texture of the head is like fried egg whites - large and small bubbles evenly mixed. Dark brown liquid with a peachy-red edge when held to a light. Good head retention. Very attractive beer.
S: Bland, a little malty biscuit, maybe corn grits smell in there? Definitely not if this indeed was brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot.
T: Bland. Not much there. Some rough CO2 thaste at the end, like seltzer water. When warmer, a bit bready with a faint whisp of hop - redeeming characteristics!
M: Thin and watery, with some bitterness from the abundance of carbonation. Too much carbonation, not enough body.
D: Worse than water. Perhaps a session beer, but I'm not interested in not tasting a second one of these.

Photo of marc77
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown - deep garnet hue and crystal clear as expected for a lager. The head isn't well retained and settles into a thin but tight layer. Very husky, grainy notes dominate the aroma and chocolate notes are perceptible but very subdued--Munich malt toastiness is absent. The body is very thin for a Dunkel and the mouthfeel borderlines on being watery. Malt complexity is lacking in this brew-- light roasted grain flavors manage to emerge, but nothing else supports them flavorwise. Beck's Dark finishes dry, lightly bittersweet and quite bland. Beck's Dark is to regular Beck's as Michelob Dark is to regular Michelob.

Photo of ski271
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
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

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2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12. oz bottle:

A: dark in color with a decent amount of head; pretty carbonated brew.

S: Smell is very faint malty and graininess. Subtle and slightly boring

T: Taste is watery, the worst part of the beer. It is kind of grainy and malty, but it is all too underdone and simple. Nothing exciting and nothing new here; the taste has some kind of odd fruity note on the finish also.

M/D: Very drinkable since it isn't the heaviest dark lager, but I'm not a huge fan of this one... purely average.

Photo of beertaster13
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beck's Dark is highly available and fairly priced, 1.99 a bomber. I picked one up and got what I expected. The apperance is dark with light streaks and a tan head that fades like a soda pop. Smell is roasted malts with grain, fruit tones. The taste was to fruity for me, tasted like a watered down juice not a beer. Felt decent in the mouth, light but with bounce. Drinkable if you don't have much money and you need an average beer. Still much better out there.

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2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a green bottle (12oz) into a small pint glass.

A--Light tan head. Black walnut body.

S--Sweet, candied fruit smell.

T--Sweet malt front, some metallic flavor, hops are light in the middle, and a sweet end.

M--Light. very thin

D--Just doesn't taste like an effort was made in making this good. Just tastes dated, old. Like my grandfather keeping bottled beer for two years in the basement.

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2.48/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with reddish hues. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Very grainy with hints of grassy hops. A slight spiciness comes out here as well.

Taste: Starts with a grassy hop bitterness. Develops into a sweet, malty finish with hints of toastiness. Has an unfortunate metallic taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery...

Drinkability: A pretty boring lager. I definitely wouldn't pay for this again. There are much better beers for the price.

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2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
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!

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
70 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.