Beck's Premier Light - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 28.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yeagerbm on 03-30-2005

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Photo of Zorro
1.91/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I am comparing this to regular Beck's as I review this to see how close they came to the regular full power stuff.

Poured in to a glass side by side the regular Beck's the appearance is almost exactly the same. Color and carbonation are exactly the same but the regular Beck's holds on to its head a little bit better.

Smell is quite grainy and similar to a Non-alcohol beer and is distinctly like biscuit. Compared to the Regular Beck's there is no comparison. The regular Beck's has a far superior aroma the big difference being the presence of actual hop aroma in the regular version.

The taste of the light Beck's is dry for a near Non-alcohol beer. Faint grain and yeast flavor and a bit tart at first from the carbonation nothing in here has a flavor strong enough to overwhelm it. The same tartness you get from the first taste of seltzer water. Comparing it to regular Beck's there is no comparison, a clear lack of malt and hops just jumps out at you.

Mouthfeel is sorely lacking. Regular Beck's is far better.

Drinkability is no real comparison. Beck’s light would be a good NON-ALCOHOLIC beer, but is a lousy light beer. Regular Beck's isn't my favorite but I can and do drink it when there is nothing better.

This Beck's Premier Light simply doesn't measure up, it IS better than a Michelob Ultra but it isn't very close to the real thing.

Photo of BeerBob
1.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beck's “Premier Light” pours a light pale amber from a light green 12oz glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers before going to a full ring of foam with islands of froth. No signs of lace were evident with this review. The bubbles of carbonation keep welling up from the bottom of my glass in an endless supply.

Nose is of cut grass and cooked vegies.

Palate is much, much too light even for a light beer... could even pass for an NA... Not! Loads of carbonation with little if any taste, barley malt or hops or anything else for that matter.

I do not under stand the point of justification for this product. When does beer stop being beer? When it’s Beck's “Premier Light” !!!

Photo of yourunclewalt
1.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I'm not entirely sure that this qualifies as "beer," per se. The most distinctive characteristic is definitely "seltzer," to the point where my girlfriend commented that, upon hearing its dismal abv, you could simply "cut" Coors light with seltzer to produce something akin to Beck's Premier. That being said, however, I've grown oddly fond of the concotion. It inspired me to make a dive to my local distributor to find a bottle of Anchor's Small Beer, which, alas, they did not have. The taste, of course, is nil, though it's oddly refreshing as a water drink, rather than a beer. What caught my interest, however, is the uniquely low alcohol content. Not quite an NA beer, but almost half the alcohol content of most lights, this is something of its own class. Smirinoff "Pure" comes to mind? Anyhow, it's appearance, nose, mouthfeel, and taste are so lacking its not really worth dignifying with a description. I am going to give it a "3" for Drinkability, though, because I honestly believe that this is a great utility beer. It's remarkable for, say, family functions where the possibility of embarassing oneself in front of Aunt Gertrude is ever-looming as a direct result of a mountain of free beers and, lets be honest, not much else to do. The same goes for tailgating when you actually want to remember the game or concert, etc. It's the ultimate in session..."beverages"...for the sessions with friends, family, and colleagues of the Coors Light & Labatt's set, aka, America.

Photo of RedChrome
1.98/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purely clear with a faint yellow hue. White head of a half inch faded rather quickly. Only random carbonation bubbles to the surface. Almost no lacing.

Almost no aroma whatsoever. Has the same distinct scent I have come to associate with this brewery, but nowhere near the normal strength. Similar to champagne in fruitiness.

Taste was overly sweet, and had the taste of light champagne that was noted in the aroma. Has an overall taste strength you would expect in a beer with so few calories.

This had all the texture of a glass of water. A good bland beer to pair with spicy food to let the heat retain. I can't recommend this to anyone without having a crisis of conscious. Drink at your own risk.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.98/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nigh transparent, with a slight yellow twinge, with very scant carbonation

S - malty aromas, nearing an appley smell, overpowers any hops that might be in there

T - yup, carbonated malt water, malty sweetness is pretty, um, gross

M - mouthfeel is nice, like water

D - high due to its lack of beerdom

Photo of mikes2923
2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The description for a "2.0" rating pretty much says it all. It's very pale, with little smell to note, and the taste and drinkability are that of a severely watered down beer with little acolohol content. But then what do you expect from 64 calories? It's not horrible, and stil maintains bit of the flavor of a regular Beck's although severely diluted. I suppose if you're planning on doing some binge drinking, and feel like saving a few hundred calories then it's not a bad option... just start with something better and switch over when you have enough of a buzz going that the lack of taste isn't a huge concern. ;)

Photo of Jason
2.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a freshness date on the back label, boasts only 64 calories … must be pretty low in alcohol cause it only has 3.9 grams of carbs.

Appearance: Pours like sparkling water, quite a pale lucid yellow hue. The head retention lacks and the bubbles look soda like as they crackle away.

Smell: Faint yet odd mix of grain husk and over cooked hops.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very dry, lighter than water on the palate. Very little grain flavor … not sign of malt character. Hops are weak yet double with the crisp carbonation to add a bite. Nothing in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Tastes like a dry non-alcoholic beer. Why is there a need to brew something that is so close to water? I really hope the market dies on this stuff.

Photo of dacrza1
2.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nostalgia aside, can this beer be rated in a glass? I can't recall pouring this beer before. Here goes... short-lived, thin head in a willibecker...tawny yellow color...aroma is pleasantly mass-produced...flat, faux malt appeal...for a light, it offers a pinch of taste and no aftertaste--a "hammer me" beer if there was one...still, that magic number 64 (calories) is apparently as magical for Beck & Co. as it is for the Wu-Tang Clan...

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.04/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sun-faded straw with several large, soda-like bubbles flitting up to the ghastly looking head. Is it the lack of carbs or something else that's responsible for this abomination sitting atop my beer? Dingy white in color, softly styrofoam-like and without the slightest hint of stickiness, the cap fizzes away in minutes and looks like absolute crap while doing so. Lace is an impossibility given the texture of the foam.

The nose is nothing to write home about, but is a damn sight better than the appearance. No direction left to go but up, right? The minor degree of skunkiness that greeted me on crown cracking is no longer present. What's left is the usual melange of stale grain and musty hops. To give it some credit, the nose has more strength than a lot of light beer. Doesn't smell any better though.

Not good. I tend to forget how bad these low carb offerings are between bottles (it keeps the nightmares at bay), but it's all brought home to me after one swallow. The malt backbone... well, there really isn't one. The beer tastes like light beer cut with distilled water. As always, a lack of flavor means a certain lack of offensiveness. I reserve the right to still be offended though.

I also pick up a cardboard-like flavor that can't be due to age because the 'best by' date is still a ways off. It could be due to maltreatment I suppose, though I have a feeling that this is just lousy beer through and through. There's no flavor arc to speak of--no beginning, middle and end--just a quick blip of watery beerness and then... nothing.

I'm surprised to see that the ABV is so low, but then alcohol has calories and calories are to be avoided in beer at all costs. This one has 64 if anyone cares; of which I'll be drinking about 40. I refuse to comment on the body since there isn't one and I don't want to be accused of making shit up.

I can't say that I had high hopes for Premium Light because I've had too many of Brauerei Beck's products. Still, I thought it might be okay beer in a 'not that bad' kind of way. Apparently I'm a slow learner.

Photo of soulfly967
2.06/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My rep gave me a bottle of this to try. I have never been one to turn down free beer, so here it goes.

Poured a crystal clear pale yellowish color, with a fizzy head that quickly vanished without a trace. The smell was slightly sweet, maybe some sort of grains in there, but I can't tell. Taste was dry, and crisp at the end with nothing in the middle. Pretty pathetic. Mouthfeel was like carbonated water. I can't say that I would ever drink this one again, even if it was free.

Photo of BryanCarey
2.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s Premiere Light has little going for it. The aroma is skunky, the body is light and watery, and the finish is almost non- existent. Tastes present include light grain, an apple and lime mixture, and grassy hops. In many ways, it is typical of a big name light brew but in other ways it is very different.

How is this beer different? Well, for starters it has fewer calories than almost any other light beer and its alcohol content is about half that of most beer products. But what is unusual is that Beck’s Premier Light still manages to offer some good beer taste. Granted, this isn’t a very pronounced or award- worthy level of taste but it is at least equal to or better than other light beers, including those with twice the alcohol.

Beck’s Premier Light is a good choice of beer when you’re craving the taste of malt and hops but don’t want the calories, carbs, or alcohol. It is a little better than the worst light beers on the market (is that a compliment??) and it does offer an easy drinking formula that light beer advocates will enjoy.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

No real head to speak of on a straw clear body. Aroma is very mild and is your typical light pale hopless malt nose. Flavor is watery with pale malts and slight bitterness showing up in the finish. Super light body and high carbonation and as refreshing as water. Overall low expectations for which I wasn't surprised or disappointed in the outcome.

Photo of Pegasus
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very pale and clear golden color, with a large white head, this soon collapses to scattered islands of foam. The lacing is patchy and broken.

Aroma: Massive skunk aroma, the worst I have ever experienced. Beneath this there is a cooked grain aroma and some rather faint hops.

Taste: Very thin malt taste, quite close to mineral water; there is a faint metallic hop note at the finish, which lingers on, as if feebly struggling to make an impression.

Mouth feel: Quite watery with aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This beer is ephemeral, insubstantial, ethereal, unfortunately, this is not in any sense favorable. It might as well be mineral water. I am surprised that Germany can produce a beer as bad as this. This beer might be refreshing on a hot summer day, but, if so, that is all I can say in its favor.

Presentation: Packaged in a green glass Euro-style longneck with a pop off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Lemke10
2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear and very pale golden color. There is only bits of a head to it. Scent is that of cheap grassy grains. The taste at least has some flavor to it but not very much. The taste is very grassy and drinks like water. No texture at all and essentially drinks like beer flavored water. The only thing this beer has going for it is that at least it's better than MGD 64.

Photo of danielharper
2.24/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

(Beer consumed on 3/17/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Very clear yellow with constant carbonation and a very thin head.

S: Grassy, slightly hoppy. Thankfully, no skunk.

T: Very "off" pilsener taste. Grass, sure, but also awful sugar and "lite" taste. Aftertaste like acetone. Awful.

M: Mouthfeel thin, to-style.

D: Very low drinkability, not my style. Drain-pour.

Photo of jaymirage
2.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Found this in the back of the fridge, and decided to give it a go. The verdict: to each his/her own, but to me, this is very much beery soda water. A shame.

Appearance: a lemony seltzery pour. Very little to nonexistent head, barely lacing the glass.
Taste: like a black & tan, but with light beer and soda water.
Mouthfeel: thin, but drinkable.
Drinkability: due to the thin and lightness, drinkability is fair.

Avoid.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Used to be one of my light beers of choice before being introduced to the wonders of Bell's and Goose Island back in Chicago.

Pours a very light straw color with a moderate white head. Nose is quite faint with some miniscule amount of grassy, floral hops in the background alongside a faint grain presence. Grassy and grainy flavors dominate what is a really, really faint body--you can really tell from the taste that not much went into this brew. Feel is light and prickly. Goes down quite smoothly, and is better than its American comparisons in that it actually would be preferable to carbonated water, at least for me.

Photo of granger10
2.3/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The last of the low carb beers brought over during the family gathering. Looks watery with the slightest yellow hue. Decent head in comparison to the others. Smells of well water and a bit of grassiness, I'm straining for that though. Taste is also watery with a slight floral aspect and a stronger artificial sweetener flavor. Mostly though its well water. This might have been better than the other low carb beers I tried but its still horrible. I don't know why people get this, I will never have a low carb beer again, even if its free. My low carb experiment ended with the conclusion that low carb and beer were never meant to be in the same sentence. Duh.

Photo of packetknife
2.3/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

An ultra light is an ultra light and expecting anything more from it is unreasonable. And in that spirit I'd have to say this wasn't a bad representation of the original. The pour is an overly carbonated golden-yellow with a frothy white head that fades quicky, no lacing. Very slight old clothes/book smell on the nose but not offensive. Just enough hops to remind you it's a beer and not a sports drink. I'd add this to the list of Aspen Edge and Bud Select for ultra-lights although Amstel and others still qualify.

Photo of lionking
2.3/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour from bottle into a glass.

About a half of a finger of head which quickly dies. Some good bubble action too. Light golden color. The nose was the typicaly euro-skunk. Taste was bitter but watery in the mouth. This beer started out ok with the look and smell but kind of dies when you drink it. Hey but what do you want for 64 calories and 2.3% abv. A good beer to have if your not drinking for the night!

Photo of Hibernator
2.3/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beck's Premier Light
12 oz green bottle
Best before 07.2006
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a very light and transparent yellow color. Some mini carbonation bubbles shoot to the top of the glass. No head and no lace...I'm concerned.

Very faint nose with some German hops in the distant background.

Taste reminds of carbonated Polar Spring bottled water with a touch of grains. Slight hop snap on the finish. Super clean tasting and thirst quenching more than anything.

This beer is rated on the low side and it may be misleading. It's not a poorly crafted beer by any means (there are much worse), it lacks flavor & complexity.

Photo of socon67
2.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a generic light lager. Had a bit of a skunky smell. There is a watery taste; generally why I'm not a fan of light lagers. Its just really bland. It is drinkable, and is light bodied enough for the beginning beer drinker.

Overall I'd imagine there would be better choices than this.

Photo of puboflyons
2.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle marked: 09.2007-L25669M. I did not look at the date when I bought it. It was in a closeout rack. Now I know why. Still, it pours a very carbonated yellow like it should. The aroma has a skunky maltiness to it but nothing special. The mouthfeel is like water and the taste is bready and grainy. A typical LA.

Photo of billybob
2.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours very light straw color half inch head faded as quickly as the beer was poured with no lace. smells like a wet dish rag. taste dry, grainy, corn husk, slight hop note. mouthfeel was light carbonation tight, crisp. not worth the money. pass by this one.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours the palest light straw color, with pristine clarity. Two and a half finger head of fizz shows zero lacing and no retention. Extremely faint hallertau or saaz hop skunk aroma, with a weak pale malt and wheat scent; but no aroma to speak of. Extra light pale malt and wheat taste; kinda sweet- with a gentle wave of euro-hop bitterness that overcompensates for the lack of malt flavor. Hint of light-struck hops in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation and very watery body gives it a super-light and crisp mouthfeel similiar to tonic water. The finish is clean other than a trace of euro-skunk; so a good drinkability but very boring. This is way to light even for the style and the hop character is grossly unbalanced.

Beck's Premier Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
55 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.