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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 240 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-18-2002

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Photo of SonicAddict
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Short and sweet:

Party beer, and I would walk past it if it wasn't on sale.

Photo of Beerparrot
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was late at night and it we were outside looking for the full moon. Found the bag of canned Beck's and we were thirsty from running the last 2 miles of trail. The air was cold, the beer was cold and we were thirsty. Aww Beck's, the right beer at the right time.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer sampled as part of a tasting tonight. You kinda forget how nice this beer is in its simplicity and elegance.

Fairly standard when compared to other authentic German pilsners. What stands out is a very rich boquet of floral hops that hint toward fruitiness, herbal notes, and a nectar-like character that accents the sweet pilsner malt flavors and aromas. Light sulfers give the beer teeth, but that floral hop aroma and flavor supresses any would-be match stick sulfery character. Round and moderately creamy with a mild hint of grain astringency. Finishes crisp and with a balanced hop-malt lingering. A terrific small beer.

Photo of mickeyswasp97
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Green, the color of sickness, the color of sallow malevolence. This beer almost always comes in green bottles, which usually is indicative of skunky goodness. My best intentions led me to purchase this brew in cans, which led me down a path of darkness and pain. This is my own fault, and I abhor creation and the almighty himself for the suffering invoked after a night of consuming this blasphemous nectar. I awoke with a head pierced by a dagger of molten ore and pounding fury. My mouth was an arid, dessicated abyss where only demons and harlots dare tread. All of this, in the name of Teutonic superiority. Would I recommend this beer? If you wish to gaze into the the eyes of Satan, then wholeheartedly.

Photo of Jensen83
4.42/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing and one of my favorite German Pilsner. Great clear color and best if it's ice cold. Smooth and clean ingredients won't give you any headaches even after you finish 6 bottles by yourself. ;)

Photo of Popsinc
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in years! Can't believe i used to drink it like it was going out of style!

What can i say? A pale golden pour with some good carbonation. Head fades fast. The nose leaves much to be desired. Taste wise, geez, I dunno. It's pretty much bland. A little malt. A little grain. Big bitterness on the finish. Not a world class pilsener but better than alot of macros. Easy drinkin but you probably don't want too many of a mediocre beer.

For nostalgic reasons I can't completely slam Beck's. If i'm watching a soccer game in the middle of summer, one or two of these might go down my throat.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very light, diluted yellow in color with a big, foaming head that went down quickly but left some nice lacing.

Smell – The typical grainy aroma is not as bad as in most other macros. There’s a slight sweet note to this one as well that makes it smell almost palatable.

Taste – The grain really softens up making this one not so bad. The even sweetness comes out fairly well.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation helps this light-bodied ale go down pretty good. Usually you would want more carbonation here, but since most efforts at the style end up with cheap, fizzy carbonation I think it was best here to not make the attempt.

Drinkability – This went down much better than your average macro swill.

Photo of Dmann
3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer used to be one of my fav's untill I discovered what else was out there. But tonight I decided to try a bomber bottle of this stuff just for old times sake. It poured a straw color with minimal white head that did not last long but left a decent lace around the glass. Smell was skunky but the taste has a good balance of malt sweetness and a little hop bitterness. If you can get past the smell, you can drink quite a few of these suckers. It is a decent session brew, but nothing close to lowenbrau as far as "mass produced" german beers.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this one on a Friday evening at work. Clear light yellow pour with a thin white head and fast bubbling carbonation. Fairly standard for a Euro lager. Aromas of sweet grain with a big helping of skunkiness. Maybe a hint of spicy hop bit it's hard to discern.

First sip brings a crisp, sweet grainy pale malt that has the same residual skunkiness. Fairly sweet with a mellow spicy herbal hop. Almost creamy on the way down. Not bad...but there's so much better out there.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with ample carbonation. There's actually a nice body to this compared to most Euro lagers. Easy enough to drink..but it really doesn't grab my attention at the same time...just puts me through the motions of drinking it. Worth it if there's nothing else better around.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.52/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle better before en 09 2007 in the back label

the appearance is a very light golden brown,but like i said very pale, with a small white head that's go out almost inmediatly.

It smells like hops a little litte bit,very nice smell for mass import.

The taste is really nice. Is not a hard taste, very easy to drink, This is not the best beer i have taste but i could drink this more often.

Photo of twi1609372
4.4/5  rDev +60%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beck's is a good German beer. beck is a nice balance between ultra strong and subtle beer. one of my all time favorite. very smooth, and not watered down, yet not motor oil. very addictive beer, once you start it's hard to stop. excellent draft or out of the mini keg. also fun to try to peel the foil wrapper off without breaking it, a challenge after you have had 5 or 6.

Photo of generallee
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 24oz green bottle into a tall flute glass.

Appearance: It pours a very pale yellow color with great clarity and a tall fizzy white head. The head faded fast and left behind no lace.

Smell: The aroma had a light skunky aroma over light floral and grassy hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: There was a delicate grainy malt with some floral hops that finished on a skunky note. Its palate was thin with a watery texture and fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Not sure if I got a bad bottle but it was consumed well before the freshness date on the label.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.7/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do like Beck's and other German pilsner's. It's a good beer that's almost available everywhere here that is distinctive by comparison to the mainstream beers here in Saskatchewan.

Appearance: Pale yellow and when poured into a glass, creates a foamy white head that doesn't last. There is very little lacing and what is there also doesn't last. Overall appearance is very average.

Smell: Skunky at first, then a peppery hops smell takes over. Smells a bit sweet as well. Because the skunk smell goes away almost straight away, I don't find this offensive at all and the end smell is ok. Definitely tastes better than it smells.

Taste: I like this beer, especially just drinking it sitting around on the deck. I'm typically an ale drinker, the wife's drinking an Irish ale beside me right now, but a change of pace is always a good thing. Becks has a nice sweet taste to it, you can easily detect the hops, there is no bitterness and has no offensive aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: pretty good considering! Its medium bodied, thickens up a bit then smoothens out. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but that's expected.

Drinkable: quite, this to me could be an everyday beer if I didn't like some others. Beck's isn't my first choice, but I do buy it from time to time along with Lowenbrau, Dab, Holsten, and Warsteiner when I want a German beer without needing to go on a long search for one.

Photo of Jason
2.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label. Brewed in accordance to the German Purity Law “Reinheitsgebot” so the assumption is that this is an all malt beer.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slim white head, very light in colour for an all malt beer and the head retention lacks.

Smell: Thin graininess with a faded hop aroma that has ghost like skunk and musty aromas.

Taste: Rolling smoothness with a refreshing crispness show that they have the mouth feel down, solid medium carbonation with a moderate body shows signs of thinness. Odd hop twang which seems one of the hallmark characteristics for this beer and beers similar in stature, faded and with a stale bitterness. Malt is quite thin with lots of grain and husk on the palate to go around, touch of sweetness though the grain is dominant. Hop twang is enhanced when the beer dries up in the finish.

Notes: This beer is right up there with Heineken and other Euro lagers that have been chewed up and spit out by the stressed brewing processes (pasteurization). It is what it is, there are better ones to choose from.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is based on a 24 oz bottle. Poured average for a German Pilsner. Clean white head. Taste is of malt, a little floral. A little skunky, though that in my opinion is not a bad thing. Wonder what brown bottles would be like. Hops are well balanced. Finish is smooth. This is the Bud of Germany, much better though.

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours very light and clear, white head, fizzy bubbles that continue to rise from the bottom. This is an old favorite of mine. When viewed through my BA critical eye, this tastes light and fizzy. Not much body. Minimal malt, some faint hoppy grainyness. Just kind of grassy and skunky. Decent lawn mower brew, but sadly not much more.

Photo of Rkeeeballs
3.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a can with no freshness date. Poured a medium golden, with about a 1/2 inch of head that receded rapidly. After only a minute or so, all traces of head or lacing were gone.

Nose was that of a somewhat skunky Euro macro, which got worse as the brew warmed up.

A slightly sweeter macro flavour, with a bitter finish. Flavourful to be sure, but still not up to snuff.

Mouthfeel was medium body, but the carbonation completely crapped out a few sips into it and it tasted flat. Not sure, maybe I got a dud can, but it really brought the experience down several notches nontheless.

In my early drinking days, this was considered a primo import, and I'm fairly certain I liked it then. Now I see it as just another run of the mill Euro macro. Nothing special; there's so many others of the style and price point with better drinkability to go with instead.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a good head, but the color is wrong for my favorite beer gender (aka style). I can smell the traditional German smell, but it is weak. The taste is as weak as the smell. The German taste is there, but... Yes, it is carbonated, but not "highly" as many state. It does go down good, but a German Pilsener is no drinking game beer. Drink a different German beer.

Photo of magictrokini
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average German Pilsner. Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Sweeet and sour aroma of malt, metal, and saaz. Crisp, tangy taste of saaz, with s dry finish. Metal pops up frequently, with a sugary flavor. Not a bad option, just know that this beer packs a serious hangover.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Das Bierhaus soft opening poured into a .5L stein.

Pours a very amber/red and golden color with a 2 finger nice head with lacing. Nose is light, sweet and malty.

Taste is toasty and rich, pretty nice and super drinkable. Very good for a macro beer and it really shows how good even mediocre german beer is, this blows away the american macro competition.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 275ml green glass bottle with a BB of March 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear straw-yellow colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of creamy white foam. Aroma of light malt with faint hints of grain and leafy hops, accompanied by a slight stale background note.

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitterness. Reasonably crisp, with subtle hints of grain and noble hops. A stale 'off' note presents itself upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly but rather watery. A slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkable, but not a brilliant lager compared to some. Flavour too light and bland, with insufficient hop presence to add character. This is cheaply available and OK on a hot day, but nothing special.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't look like the most impressive beer in the world. Nothing to separate it from BMC except for a little more impressive carbonation.

Smell is kinda neat, has a lighter zip feel to it. Some may negatively call it the alka seltzer affect. Taste comes through, delightfully light and zesty, like a pilsner should be. This is a good introductory style to a decent pilsner. Stays drinkable throughout, little heft left on the palate.

Photo of ADR
3.01/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculously long expiration period, bottles I bought in September don't expire until this July...flavor sharp but mostly "upfront", even a mild skunkiness is gone in a second or so...along with crisp, its gassy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another European lager with the same skunky smell, and the same damn green bottle. This beer is not even a true golden color, but in the scheme of things I would say this beer is not good or bad just tolerable. That is bad when you have to settle for something not being what you want. It pours with a head if you can even call it that, and to me this beer is the bottom shelf when talking about German beers. This is a simple beer that I guess some can settle for, but I want better than this. This beer is another favorites of the man in the business suit trying to look important, but this is not impressing me. The flavor is subtly sweet, but overall the flavor is bland and leaves me wanting more.

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Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,838 ratings.