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Beck's Premier Light - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 181
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 25.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: yeagerbm on 03-30-2005

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Photo of bashiba
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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. (589 characters)

Photo of Drew966
1.68/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (467 characters)

Photo of Jordan1985rec
2.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (916 characters)

Photo of HugoGrim
1.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (625 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
2.1/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of klewis
2.41/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (807 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.68/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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... (627 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
2.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (422 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.9/5  rDev -14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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! (757 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (315 characters)

Photo of granger10
2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of danielharper
2.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of mikes2923
2/5  rDev -9.5%
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. ;) (620 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.04/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (2,077 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
2.72/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

alright, enough flack from all you real men who dont drink light beer. sometimes drinking 5 imperials of barley wine and washing it down with 10 plates of nachos is a little overkill. theres nothing wrong with enjoying a light beer every now and then. (gasp!) anyway, this stuff is alright. im not in love with it, but hey, i dont like soda and this is a good pick for lunch or after the gym when you dont really need the full impact of a heavyweight brew but need a little refresher. its pale, of course, and it smells faint. lightly sweet and grainy if anything. its crisp in the mouth, refreshing and light and delivers a touch of sweetness matched with the slightest pressence of hops. like a dumbed down, lighter version of....becks! it is somewhat enjoyable, a lil funky and it tastes better than the usual NA beer. which is basically what it could be chalked up as (low alc. very low calories). so all in all, i think its a decent stab at a low cal/alch. beer, and on hot days when the sun is out in full effect, its a decent quencher. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2.37/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

very very light shade of yellow beer, almost like ginger ale in colour, massive bubby head, looks artificial. Aroma is somewhat akin to regular bottled Becks, light saazy hops. Taste is like water with maybe somehops in it.perhaps 1 hop cone per 20 gallons, light and seltzer like. Thin and watery on the palate Overall I would say tis would quench ones thirst, and in all reality with only 64 calories the lightest of light beer., it is better than its American competitors like Green Light and Mich.Ultra (506 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
1.93/5  rDev -12.7%
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” !!! (695 characters)

Photo of packetknife
2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.35/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

64 Calories? Might be the lowest ever? I could care less.
Pours a yellow/faded gold color and looks a little on the bubbly side. The nose has a skunky edge to it. The flavor is gross. This absolutely tastes like a "diet" beer. Reminds me of sparkling water. This really does not taste like beer at all. The mouthfeel is ridiculous. So thin and watery, it almost disappears before you swallow the drink. I'm really struggling to find any good remarks about this beer. (467 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
1.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz light green bottle. Best before date on back label.
It pours a pale pissy yellow with fizzy seltzery bubbles and no lacing.
A grainy husk smell is noticed at first, but then just the smell of mowed lawn remains.
There is no malt body to speak of. A taste of dried hay comes to mind.
There is an edgy metallic back-of-throat bitterness and then a clean finish. You see your empty glass and bottle and wonder to yourself; did I just drink a beer? (453 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.13/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of twi1609372
3.34/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

i do not know what is different about this compared to beck light. I do not know if they have changed to this or what. I will say that this is a good bang for your buch as calories are concerned. yes the flavor is weak! but at 64 calories what do you expect. This is not a "beer drinkers beer" per say it's at least an alternative to michelob ultra,aspen or the other "low calorie" beers. for the 64 calories it is, this delivers acceptable taste. (447 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the first tips in reviewing a beer is "Keep the style in mind." This new product is not regular Beck's. But that's OK. It's actually a very drinkable, smooth and tasteful competitor to the "Aspen Edges" and "Michelob Ultras" of the world. On that comparison, it succeeds very well because, frankly, it has at least some quality taste about it. It's weaker than the Regular brew from Beck's, yes; but for a low-carb and low-cal brew, why not drink a Beck's? It won't become my "regular" beer, but I think I will become a regular "Beck's Premier" drinker. [Thanks, JB, for the sample bottle. I went out and bought some more!] (630 characters)

Beck's Premier Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
57 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.