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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.


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1,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 1428
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of notabeersissy


1/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

BUD should be slapped for ruining this one time great beer. Sorry I really cant hold back the new Becks is pure shix!

BE WARNED STAY AWAY FROM THIS STUFF as well as the Becks Dark. I see that many of the chain stores have it on sale for a while now and its not moving...

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 14:47:31 | More by notabeersissy
Photo of snowman4440


2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Well I have to agree with the majority this beer really lost something in the transfer from Germany to STL. I really enjoyed this beer in the late 80's. The beer was robust and well worth the price at that time. The flavor just was outstanding! I felt as if I were in Germany just by drinking it! I'm trying to be nice here the color is great, it pours okay but then I have to drink it and I say to myself what happened? I hope inbev will address this situation but I understand its all about money to some people.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 20:46:14 | More by snowman4440
Photo of damndirtyape


3.06/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (date stamp 13325 SM26) poured into a .2l polar glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow to light gold color. Thin white head with an occasional island of lacing.

Smell: Apple, light clean lager smell.

Taste: A bit sweet, with a weak crisp finish. A bare amount of noble hops at the finish that comes out a bit more as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation approaching fizzy, but not quite.

Overall/Drinkability: Like many German lagers, engineered to be drank in large quantities, and this fits that quality. I could drink more, but, I know there are more flavorful German lagers out there. Therefore this beer is at best average.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:50:12 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle like any common lager, with a sunny yellow color (with maybe a hint of green) and a white fizzy head. The aroma is a combination of musty hops, a little bit of lemon, and some light cracker-like breadiness. The flavor features sweet cereal grains, a bit of corn, and only a faint earthy hop character. There is also a little bit of a metallic flavor in the finish, which always tends to turn me off. There is some body, but the light, fizzy carbonation cuts right through it. Overall, this beer is fine and drinkable, but not appreciably different than most other common, mass-produced lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 15:47:53 | More by devilben02
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.04/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's one fingers worth of white colored head. While retention isn't great, it's better than other macro lagers.

S: There's some malt sweetness, some corn sweetness, but no skunk, though! Shame there aren't any hops to cut through the malt, though. Better than Bud, at least.

T: Really, there isn't much. It's got malty sweetness, touches of creamed corn, and - most distressingly - a green apple/formaldehyde finish. Finishing bitterness is nonexistent. The flavors aren't any good, and the off notes are the final nail in the coffin.

M: Nice and light on the palate, but too sweet. Carbonation is healthy, as expected.

O: Well, it lived up to my expectations. No more, no less. Next!

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 19:10:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Theheroguy


2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Smells skunky but isn't overwhelming. There's no noticeable hop aroma or flavor either. This is all malt not even good malt. There is no way that this qualifies as a pilsener. It's kind of pricy cor what you get. It tastes like a generic cheap euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:20:07 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of beerobert


1.65/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

on the way home grabbed a couple beck's bombers (the 24oz. bottle) and poured the first into an imperial pint (19.2oz) took a good slug, and poured the rest into the glass. the level didn't come up that much; the glass should have refilled. and it didn't taste at bit like beck's. i put it down to competing flavours in my mouth left over from dinner.

i looked at the bottle. 22oz(!!). wtf? and it didn't taste like beck's?!? hmmm. paranoia started creeping in to me thoughts.

sure enough--on the front label, instead of brewed in bremen, brewed in st. louis. fuck. another of life's simple pleasures killed by the bean counters.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:12:39 | More by beerobert
Photo of MarkoNm


3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

As lagers go, this is a very good choice. Pours with a clear golden color and is topped with a medium foamy head. Aroma is malty where grains are dominant. The taste is therefore initially slightly sweet, followed by a pleasant bitterwsweet body finishing with a slight bitterness. Similar to other lagers, but there is more taste present here. Refreshing and tasty, it’s Beck’s.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 16:25:21 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of JWU


2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- very pale yellow. A decent white head on top but fades quickly.

S- very pale malt sweetness, some very faded hops and some skunk.

T- Very pale malts, slight sweetness. a very feint hop bitterness. Skunk on the backend.

M- Thin. Moderate carbonation lends to a decent, but unremarkable mouthfeel.

O- Straight forward pale lager, that I wouldn't pay more than $20 for a case.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:05:54 | More by JWU
Photo of Rkeeeballs

New York

3.04/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

InBev really messed up the greatest beer on my planet...German purity law...scrapped !....Now tastes like a shot of water has been added to every bottle...YUCK !...Trying to locate the Oktoberfest version....MISSING IN ACTION !...WTH ? are they thinking ? Gosh sakes...add a dollar to the price of a 12 pack and go back to the great brew it once was !...I had that sick feeling inside when informed of InBev desires to brew it in a "Bud" plant...Gave it my best try and couldn't believe they would alter it....Very foolish move....As for now, my only redemption is Saranac Oktoberfest and the hunt for a new , regular beer ....Can you say "Spaten"....I can !...By the way, I and my friends think the art work on the bottles is idiotic....really bad !..Can't make up for the watering down ...nope.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 15:51:00 | More by Rkeeeballs
Photo of FrozenJoe


2.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A somewhat serviceable though generally disappointing AB version of a euro-style lager. Not that good.

The best thing about this beer. Pours with a large frothy head. The beer is medium gold in color. Very clear. Medium carbonation. Looks inviting.

Does not smell like beer. Sour. Weird.

Sour. Dry. Weird. Not good.

Pretty good mouthfeel that is ruined by the lingering taste. Carbonation is good and balanced. Decent body. But the taste ruins the experience.

Why? Why drink this? I guess I could session with this if I had to. Not sure what AB/InBev is trying to accomplish with this flavor profile. The pickle juice of beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 05:42:17 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of mikethebeerguy


3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Becks is on of thoses beers you have to appreciate the second time around. When I first had it I didn't like it at all. Second time around I tasted the stout-like finish at the bottom of the bottle. It was somehow more smooth. I'm not saying to anyone who reads this to go out and buy becks, but I'm saying that I like it. It has character.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 03:13:11 | More by mikethebeerguy
Photo of hdf561


2.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I picked this up in a make your own 6 pack at my local grocery store. Been wanting to try this beer for awhile

First off the smell was just horrid, not as bad as Caguma but not much better, it plain old stunk.

The taste and mouth feel were not much better, carbination, very little taste, and what taste there was wasn't pleasant.

If its your style then good, but I did not enjoy this beer and it actually cause my stomach to get upset.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:19:15 | More by hdf561
Photo of jimiboi


1.53/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got a free carton of Beck's from one of my sales reps at work, as he reps for a German company. I so wish he knew of my penchant from Weihenstephaner. Aaaanyways…long story short, I purchased and consumed many other beers before I finally finished this case in a fit of desperation. This is by all accounts a macro beer. It is lacking in taste, and hardly drinkable, smells ‘orrible, looks clear light-yellow and feels underwhelming. I avoid this beer as it’s very hard to drink. I respect this beer for its worldwide appeal, its high international sales and its country of origin. That’s about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 10:53:29 | More by jimiboi
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.55 CDN poured into a pint glass. Served cold.

Appearance - 2 fingers of crystal white head sit on top of a clear pale golden colored beer. Decent retention in the head and lots of bubbly goodness is present. Not bad.

Smell - Found this a bit skunky, which was a bit unexpected given the can. Beyond that there was light grassy notes and a hint of something metallic (expected). Smells not really strong but smell crisp and give illusion that the beer will have some bite. Harsh boozy smell, if beer warms too much or as you come to completion of the glass.

Taste - Very mild, slight hop bite but nothing distinctive and no aftertaste left behind. Quite crisp. Not much else to say other than basic German Pilsener tastes.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp, high carbonation makes it a bit gassy but doesn't detract too much. Very mild finish that is not distinctive.

Overall - A good refreshing beer, but fails to stand out. BA's won't be impressed, but it's not bad and highly accessible. Quaffable but so many better (if slightly harder to find) options.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 22:10:13 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of unbridledid


2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I wondered if all the talk of the beer being different was an exaggeration. I was given a 12 pk this spring by my neighbor.

Chilled and poured out of the bottle into a nice clean glass... Where is the hop aroma and bite ?... Really weak and watered down.. I know the becks of old...had it plenty of times... Shame they did this to a beer with the reputation that Becks had.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 12:45:48 | More by unbridledid
Photo of hackmann


2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: clear crystal yellow body with a nice white head; not much on the lacing front

Aroma: sweet bready malts, clean, no more Euro smell, not much else

Flavors: bready, light fresh grass, little sweet grain, a faint hoppy feel, tastes like flavored water - just one more boring Pilsner

Mouthfeel: okay carbonation, clean, too clean,

To the Point: just another tasteless pilsner; right in there with Corona, Land Shark, and the like; I don't remember the last time I had a Beck's but it did not taste like this

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:21:31 | More by hackmann
Photo of dren74


3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice Golden color. Pours with about a inch and a half head which slowly dies down leaving a remnant on the sides of the glass.
Taste is not to over powering but has a hopsy taste like a mild pilsner
not fabulous in taste but worth having.
Nothing to stand out. But a very drinkable beer.... Would have to say Average, But enjoyed it
Could actually use a bit stronger pilsner taste....

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 01:23:22 | More by dren74
Photo of dar482

New York

3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a clear yellow color.

The aroma has grassy hops and some pale malts.

The flavor has a really good hops for what I would walk in assuming to be a horrible macro brew. It really does a grassy pilsner flavor quite well, but then an adjunct flavor comes in. It's a clean drinking beer, other than that last part of the flavor. Surprisingly decent for a macro.

I would recommend having this on tap or something, instead of a possibly skunked green bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 05:39:38 | More by dar482
Photo of RHWeir


2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Not a bad beer until it was produced domestically. Save yourself some money and order a Bud; same stuff anyway. The Becks Black is even more disappointing. They added more alcohol but it's the same crummy, fake import. For a few dollars more, go for a Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:56:22 | More by RHWeir
Photo of meumithink

New York

1.33/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

My friends and i have been wondering why the taste has been different lately. (Not good) We now know its because becks is no longer made in germany. It's made in St. Louis. Honestly it is bad by comparison.

Becks was # 3 favorite behind bass & guinness in the world. Now... not sure if i (we) will ever buy another one.

Make that a never period. The complete lack of notification & the tiny colorless writing on the label just adds more distaste to the expirience.

Fyi.. my fav- bass ale may be selling out also. The new "bass india pale ale" is horrid. (Made in usa also). I must have had thousands of each beer ( becks, bass) but now... well it wont be helping the european economic union.

As far as describing the different taste, hhmmm? Just not sure how to put it in words. Just not as strong a tang. (Like a supermarket tomato compared to one fresh from your yard - or local farm). May be the water also. For some reason they just don't taste as clean.

Not sure when this change was made but it seemed around the time the label promo was in effect. (6 months or so we noticed the diff) It was only today we found the product of usa on the bottle. It is sad.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:21:01 | More by meumithink
Photo of filstan


2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For those that remain unaware of the fact that InBev has ceased bringing German Becks into the United States, and has chosen instead to now brew it at AB in St Louis, you will not be surprised to learn that Becks as we all knew it no longer exists. What we have now is a beer that tastes remarkably like what Budweiser/Michelob USED to taste like! This InBev insult to Becks Brauerei Bremen is almost devoid of hop aroma and character. There is malt to be sure, but it is restrained. We now have a beer for the masses that will elicit little if any comment. This is now a hot weather quencher that can sadly sit along in the ice filled cooler with Coors, MGD, Bud, and light beers ad nauseum. This is what InBev wants it to be.

I drank this beer last night at the UC in Chicago out of a 16 oz can. When I saw the label, Brewed in the USA I knew I had the imposter in hand. Everyone, I implore you, do not buy InBev products if you can help it. Certainly don't buy Becks USA. Do not support their program to buy breweries, cheapen recipes, and ruin what was otherwise good beer. InBev are a plague on this earth. Becks is their latest outrage to the beer drinker. BOYCOTT THIS BEER!

Serving type: can

02-26-2013 22:09:06 | More by filstan
Photo of The21ner

4.28/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately domestic American beers are a joke. I completely gave up on them. Of the foreign beers, beck's has to be one of my favorites. It has a very classic skunky European smell to it, It's nod bad , just a very distinctive odor. It goes well with food or by itself after a long day. It can be found in most stores in my area and has a very affordable price at $3.49 for a 24 oz bottle. I am surprised to see other comments bashing this beer, i suppose it's a case of love it or hate it. Overall 4.25.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 21:47:35 | More by The21ner
Photo of fsimcox


3.14/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, transparent straw color. White head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of grass, fresh cut hay, and some faint hop hints. Clean and fresh, but faint.

Tastes of sweet grass, some hop notes, and little sweet in the finish. Perhaps a hint of bitter hops that linger.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, crisp and light, with some carbonation. A dry finish.

Certainly an easy drinking Pils. I think the US version is brewed in St Louis. Go figure. But, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:34:55 | More by fsimcox
Photo of Evansbeer


3.65/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a generic German pilsener. If you do not like pilsener, you will hate Becks. Very strong flavor, quite bitter actually. Tastes best a little warmer than most beer 50-60 degrees, which allows the true bitterness to be revealed. Refreshing taste, with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 17:29:26 | More by Evansbeer
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