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Beck's Dark - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's DarkBeck's Dark

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298 Reviews

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 702
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 27.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.67/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

very low caramel malt aroma. no hop aroma. clean lager aroma. mild skunk aroma.

deep amber color. ruby highlights. clear.

mild sweetness. low roasted malt flavor. no hop flavor. low hop bitterness. distinct skunk flavor.

light body. medium carbonation.

overall this beer might be pleasant were it bottled in brown bottles. i suppose ill have to post a revision of this beer when i find it on draft...

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Photo of errantnight
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The first bottle I thought: "well, this really isn't so bad."

I mean, it poured out a reasonable deep brown, with ruby notes. Head and lacing were minimal, and it wasn't anything I was particularly excited about smelling, but it was quaffable.

And with each subsequent bottle my desire to be drinking any more of this decrease significantly.

Malty and vaguely sweet, nothing over the top but not real substantial bitterness to clear the palate. Felt nice in the mouth, crisp but not fizzy.

Kind of muddled in flavor, a bit of brown sugar/molasses but without substantial body.

Drinkable, but I'd rather not support the waste of importing this sub-par Dunkel.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
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)

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown in color. Tan foamy head withe moderate retention. No lacing.

S - Toasted grains in the nose with a bit of skunkiness. Also picking up some burnt coffee.

T - Burnt grains and coffee, a little bitterness, some sourness, and some skunk like flavors. Pretty bad.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation. Doesn't work well.

O - I didn't like this one. The nose was a little deceiving seeing is that the rest of the beer was sub-par. Don't waste your time and money on this one.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
2.69/5  rDev -11.8%
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.


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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.69/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark mahogany, but very clear. The head is thin in consistency and hieght, and does not retain very well or leave any lacing. The nose is mostly clean, just some faint toasted dark amber malt and noble hop aromas. Roasted and smoky flavor, with a generous dose of skunk. In the aftertaste, the off-flavor turns medicinal and astringent, which will eventually ruin the finish and drinkability. Mild carbonation and a light body. Perhaps this was lightstruck, but if this is how it's supposed to taste, there is a gross imbalance of taste that ruins what would be a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of jackndan
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s Dark: Nice appearance, and smells much better than the typical euro-lager. However, the taste just simply is not there. It has a very weak brown beer. There are probably thousands of better dark beers out there.

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Photo of AaronRed
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, with a flat head, no aromas besides vague maltiness. Not all that impressed. I had it on tap, and although it started off flavorful, it quickly faded and became almost tastless. Dark malt it present and this beer is smooth. Not compelling at all.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass ~ had this review written for ages, just never transferred it to here.

A: Not quite opaque dark brown with a light tan head that quickly diminishes to nothing, but leaves respectable lacing. Some mahogany hues shine though with the sunlight.

S: Lots of bready malts, and not much else. A little bit of toasted malt maybe? Mostly clean here... Moving on.

T: Some weird tasting toasted malts... Not a whole lot of hop flavor; it just provides a weak touch of bitterness in the finish. It's not offensive, but there's really not much to talk about here.

M: Really light-bodied and thin with a bit of slickness that finishes a lot like a fountain soda. There's not much here to keep your palate wanting more.

O: I guess Beck's Dark isn't as offensive as it gets, but it's definitely not as good as it could be. There's definitely some good qualities to this brew, but not enough to outweigh the bad qualities. I wouldn't call it offensive, but it's definitely something to stay away from if there's other options.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film that eventually disappear completely. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel, and a skunky aroma that I can only attribute to the green bottle. Taste is tart with dark malt, caramel, and a slight soy sauce flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some weird aromas and flavors that don't make it pleasant to drink.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of xtremejammn
2.72/5  rDev -10.8%
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

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Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues toward the bottom of the glass. A one finger off-white head settles to a thin even cap.

Very light deeply roasted malt aromas with a touch of creaminess.

Like the aroma, the flavor is very light. A little bit of roasty flavors, walnut, and a little brown sugar. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.

This style doesn't usually pack a lot of flavor, but this one seems to not have any at all. The standard notes are there, just turned down a lot.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I grabbed a bottle from my folks' house. The bottling code states it's still good for another couple months. Poured right from the fridge into an imperial pint glass.

L: Pours a cola brown--slightly ruddy at the edges--with about an inch of tan head that dissipates very quickly down to just a weak ring that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: A bit of a nondescript bouquet. There's some weak malts, stewed corn, some skunk, and a bit of earthiness in the mix. Not very pleasant.

T: Cracker and bread-like malts up front, along with a bit of cracked pepper. The middle brings on the characteristic flavor of corn, lending the brew some of its sweetness. There are some lemon notes that add tartness that carries into the back end. There's more of the somewhat indiscernible malts at the close, along with a touch of earthiness and skunk.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one drinks a little thin and watery. There's some creaminess to this, but toward the end it started to feel flat. It's a bit tart, but there's no discernible bitter.

O: I know that I've had this beer years ago, and I remember it being better than this. Those adjuncts really come across quite clearly--much more clearly, unfortunately, than any malt or hop flavors. I won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of Zadok
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep oak amber with virtually no head nor lacing.

Smells of a very mild malt and not much else.

Flavor is of mild malts and a very mild coffee bean, not much else is going on.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, low carbonation.

Not a bad beer for the run of the mill imports, has decent sessionability. Could definitly use a liitle boost but overall better than some alternatives.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle of this during a lunch break from class at Nick's Pizza in Bethlehem Pa. The color is a nice dark brown, the aroma has the same skunk as the Pilsner, the flavor is bitter, a little burnt and some caramel. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side, not thick at all. It's a decent beer, better than the Pilsner in my opinion.

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Photo of bditty187
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I was younger, a long time ago, this was something "crazy" you bought to be cool. Now, I recognize it for a mediocre beer at best. Some darker malt suggestions separate it from the light BMC pack and may make it more compelling, but it doesn't deliver the flavor or quality that a beer is capable of.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minimal head, but what is does have is made of unusually large, oboxious soda bubbles. That, combined with an oddly familar dark brown color resembling....can it be? The damn thing looks almost exactly like the Coke I had right before it!

The scent is somewhat malty, but mostly a harsh, unpleasent astringency. Not many other reviewers seem to be noting a scent like that, so I checked the freshness date to see if I got an old batch. Nope, nice and fresh, so I guess it's supposed to be like that. I'd say it was chock full of nasty chemicals, but there's that German purity law claim on the label, for what that's worth.

The taste is fairly straightforward. Maybe your fairly standard heavy lager, with an unusual amount of grain in it, and whatever is causing that rancid scent. Honestly, it tastes like someone left a can of Fosters in a drainage ditch for a few days.

Still, better than a lot of more standard pale lagers, and definately better than the normal Becks. Drink it, if your options are thin.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ones out of a large and in charge 24oz green bruiser with a freshness date of best before 07-2009...

A: in all of my beer days I have never seen so many bubbles stuck to the walls of my glass, initially it was almost white all around. Eventually they disappeared and worked up to foam heaven. The head is foamy, soapy, and light tan in color and graced my glass briefly. A few dabs of lace and the beer itself is brown in color with some golden hues when held up to the light.

S: dry malts and grains, small amount caramel and a whiff of metallic bitterness (skunked)

T: sweetened grains, very light malt profile that gives way to lightly toasted breads, and that bitterness pops through and leaves me saying "I am drinking this out of a rusty tin can." It is hard to describe a flavor of metal on the tongue and you can only really associate it by smell. So if I had to describe the taste of copper, this would be it. Lingering metallic/copper flavors and not much for hops

M: lighter body and somewhat smooth after the beer settled down upon pouring. The lingering flavors take away from any crisp/fresh characteristics, but not bad

D: probably will never buy this again. Not horrible, but struggling to hit average for me. I would try it on draft...maybe

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Photo of RJLarse
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of jakester
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of peabody
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark and not foamy. Has a little bit of lacing.
Smell is very skunky and that makes it hard to smell what is really in this beer. As it warms I get a little hop aroma and some caramel/coffee but these are all very slight and may as well not even be there!
The taste is a little watery and that makes all the flavors hide even more. Some coffee hints and mabey just a tad of caramel.
Mouthfeel is clean but too clean, IE nothing here for the mouth to feel.
I used to love these beers when I didn't know what a Stone RIS was.

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Photo of weeare138
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dense dark brown with a transparent outer edge. A small off white head quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, cracked grain, a toch of toffee, and mild skunk.
Taste is of the aromas with a gentle fruitiness up front followed by a yeasty bread and dark grain.
Mouthfeel medium bodied, spritzy, and mildly bitey.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$1.49 singles cooler edition.

Appearance (3.5) : Ha. That's funny. Here I thought it was a black label but the honey colored beer along with the green bottle makes it look black. Creative. Anyways there's a pretty tall and creamy head that stands about three fingers. The body is a dark honey/oktoberfest color with about 80% opacity.

Aroma (3.5) : Wheat, caramel toasted malts, some musty grain, and earthy hop. Smells a bit like a Vienna or an Amber. A bit sweet at the end, maybe brown sugar? Not a bad or offending smell, and somewhat complex.

Taste (2.25) : Not good. I can already tell this is probably going to be a drain pour. Some sour malts with what tastes like an old jawbreaker. Old coffee grounds. Malts are a bit toasted but burnt too. Sour and bitter notes that don't really amount to anything. They are just there, and they clash. It just has this burnt flavor. And lots of ugly sour hop. It's really not good at all.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Mildly creamy, finishes dry. Medium bodied.

Overall (2.83) : If Beck's Premium Lager didn't scare me away from the brewer, this one did. This very well may be my last Beck's beer I ever try. These guys are horrible. Whether you look at it as a dark ale or look at it as a "Dunkel", it's a fail either way. I've had both styles, neither of which this beer represents. It's burnt, sour, earthy, and bitter. Just blech. What's even worse is that it's really the definition of mediocre.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.