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Beck's Premier Light - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
55
awful

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 2.17
pDev: 29.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yeagerbm on 03-30-2005)
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Photo of Vancer
2.63/5  rDev +21.2%

Popping this one for a review, as I got a sixer. Now, I’m reviewing as a LIGHT beer, as advertised.

Pour is a very clean, but very light straw with a decent white head that dies quickly. Aroma is the typical euro skunk and veggies – and it has a faily pronounced kick of those.

The taste of the euro style pilsner is actually pretty good, the big drawback is with the low alcohol comes the watered down body – fairly lifeless.

If you HAVE to drink low calorie, here ya go – otherwise, get the real deal.

Vancer, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of variousartists
1.38/5  rDev -36.4%

This will be a short review, mainly because this beer is so short on actual flavor. This is so close to water that I was tempted to put it on ice, no kidding. Becks managed to combine the poor flavor of a non-alcoholic beer with the shortness of flavor of a light beer. I am not one for knocking a beer but this stuff is down right bad. The appearance is an unattractive one, weak head, and next to no color. Smell is not noteworthy by any means, nor the flavor. If your looking for a light beer, look ELSEWHERE!

variousartists, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Overlord
1.88/5  rDev -13.4%

Lots of carbonation ... more like club soda than beer. Thin yellow mouthfeel, pale yellow color. For this much carbonation, not much of a head.

Taste is thin, some malts, no real hop flavor, no real fruit flavor ... no real flavor, period. A mild skunky/bitter aftertaste that surprisingly isn't as unpleasant as it sounds.

I can believe the calorie rating on this: it's one step above carbonated water.

Overlord, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of HochFliegen
3.25/5  rDev +49.8%

My favorite light beer.

Pours a clear yellow color with little head retention. Smell is of honey mixing with a hint of sweet malt. The taste is mellow and crisp. Sweet with a slight dry flavor profile in the end. Very clean flavor and refreshing. A great beer when you only want to chill and have one.

HochFliegen, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Brad007
2.6/5  rDev +19.8%

Very pale in color with no head if any. Typical cooked corn/syrupy aroma that's somewhat sweet. Taste is much of the same except that it's almost bland and seltzer-like. Not sure if this can be called beer but I guess I could put it a bit above typical american light lagers.

Brad007, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
2/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

yourunclewalt, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of jaymirage
2.28/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

jaymirage, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev +38.2%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light upfront noble hop spice with a light grainy malt.

The taste was light and shallow with some hop spice. Some doughiness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was thin and crisp.

Overall a good and highly drinkable light beer. More flavor than I expected.

plaid75, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
2.05/5  rDev -5.5%

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...

dacrza1, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
1.98/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

RedChrome, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
1.78/5  rDev -18%

A - Poured out a very pale yellow color with a small, short-lived head.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. A slight skunky aroma, too.

T - Did not taste skunky, but it didn't taste like much of anything. There was corn and a little bitter bite that might have been caused by a hop or two.

M - It is very thin and very light. At 64 calories, it is very easy drinking.

D - Not much for flavor and incredibly light. Compares to Michelob Ultra except Beck's has more flavor.

zeff80, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of bashiba
1.48/5  rDev -31.8%

This beer poured the dullest shade of yellow with an ultra thin light white head, that was gone as quickly as it came with no residual lacing. The smell even in a tulip glass was a barely discernable light toasted malt. It drank like a cold glass of water with just a hint of malt flavor, absolutely no hops to speak off. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with some very mild carbonation. Overall its drinkable like a glass of water is drinkable, there is no enjoyment to be found in this beer. Easily the worst european beer I have ever had, and easily the most boring beer I have ever drank.

bashiba, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Drew966
1.68/5  rDev -22.6%

Beck's Premier Light pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is skunky and not very pleasant. Very light flavor, kind of grainy, kind of skunky and altogether unpleasant. I didn't realize until now that this was a 2.3% beer. I can't really imagine who the intended market is for this, it tastes bad and it doesn't have enough alcohol in it to appeal to people just trying to get a buzz or appeal to those who want an na beer.

Drew966, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Jordan1985rec
2.65/5  rDev +22.1%

I picked up a six pack of this stuff and headed over to a friends house to play a game of Trivial Pursuit, I was drinking this and everybody else was drinking the Miller High Life that my roommate brought. Let's just say I won, easily. The beer itself is not horrible in context. By this I mean if you put it next to a "real" beer it tastes like piss swill, but on its own with the fact that this is a very light beer it tastes okay. I drank these straight out of the bottle so I didn't notice much of a head, but based on other reviews there wasn't much of one in a glass either. The color was golden but very light and the smell was nearly nonexistent. The taste was watery and left my mouth a bit dry after each sip. But on the good side each beer was only in the double digits on calories and I was able to drink a non-alcoholic beer and still win at Trivial Pursuit!

Good if you want to be sober and skinny.

Jordan1985rec, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
1.68/5  rDev -22.6%

Looked as any other macro light looks.

Smelled as any other macro light smells, only a bit fainter.

I'm skeptical of any beer that advertises it's nutrition information on the front of the label, and this beer surely did nothing but reinforce that. If you're in the mood for a light beer Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors Light are all well ahead of this in terms of flavor. Watered down would be the understatement of the year.

As much as I dislike American macro lights I understand they have their place, and I do admit I drink them from time to time, but this is the most watered down beer I think I've ever tasted.

HugoGrim, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of BryanCarey
2.15/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

BryanCarey, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.5/5  rDev +15.2%

A: Pours a clear light straw color with a massive rush of bubbles and a brief head. Carbonation streams steadily throughout the course of the drink. No lacing.

S: Strong skunky aroma. Not pleasant.

T: Fortunately the skunk is gone in the taste. Surpirisingly malty with a taste of honey. The taste isn't very good, but I'll take it over most other light beers.

M: Light and watery with moderate-high carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D: By no means a good beer, but it tastes significantly better than any other light beer I've tried. At 2.3%, it's going to take a lot of these if you're planning on feeling any alcoholic effects (totally defeating the purpose of drnking a light beer), but if you're watching your weight and are having one or two social drinks, this may be your best choice.

klewis, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.7/5  rDev +24.4%

Skunked, watery, German-style pilsner. There's no other way to describe it. It does have a more grainy malt character to it than Beck's Light, and there are some delicate hop flavors in the background, but there's really not much going on. The flavor ranks right up there with non-alcoholic beers, and for the extra 1.8% abv that you're getting I see no point in bothering with this at all. There are much better light beers out there! Unless, of course, you really like that German malt and hop flavor - but if that's the case why not really enjoy one good bottle of beer versus two of these? Disappointing to say the least...

NeroFiddled, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
2.42/5  rDev +11.5%

Paid 2.79 euro for a 3-pack. This is marketed as "Beck's Next" in Italy. Looks sufficiently like fizzy yellow beer. Big bubble, fluffy head for about 5 seconds which then vanished into nothing. Smell is somewhat limey. Taste is about what you expect from this category, but slightly better than the standard low-carb beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly nice, not too weak with decent carbonation. A little too sweet I suppose.

benmiliron, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.93/5  rDev -11.1%

Being that my wife is on a "diet", we picked up a six pack of this for the 4th weekend. Looking at it through the bottle, it looked like water. Pouring it out, I was corrected: It looked like dirty water. The slightest bit of yellow color emerges from the very effervescent beer. The head is actually not bad, expecially since there is basically no body to this one.

No aroma to speak of. Taste was beer flavored water. Lots of carbonation. I could probably drink this instead of water all day during exercise due to its lack of pretty much anything beer.

At 64 calories, this stuff will probably fly off of the shelves. My wife, who is beginning to appreciate the better beers, said she probably wont finish the six pack. I have never been happier!

SaCkErZ9, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.95/5  rDev -10.1%

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

sinstaineddemon, May 23, 2006
Photo of granger10
2.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

granger10, May 17, 2006
Photo of danielharper
2.13/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

danielharper, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of mikes2923
2/5  rDev -7.8%

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. ;)

mikes2923, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.35/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 18, 2006
Beck's Premier Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
55 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.