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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,826 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,826
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 224 | 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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2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell upon opening is immediate skunk that fades and gives way to grainy and corn flake aromas. Taste is also of grain and corn flake flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around but the skunk aroma when I first opened the bottle was one of the worst I have smelled in a beer before.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat-deep straw color with a multi-finger white head that leaves behind the tiniest bit of lacing. Smell brings some very light herbal, floral hops and some grain. Taste is slightly bitter and mostly consists of a plain grain and husk flavor. Large amounts of carbonation on a light body. Drinks okay and better than a lot of its "peers," but not one of my favorites.

Photo of metter98
3.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with just a few bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are faint aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the notes of caramel malts are more noticeable. Very little hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and isn't very carbonated.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing.

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

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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.

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1.5/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color lager with no head and very limited carbonation. Light floral malt aroma is detectable. Taste is extremely light and boring. Aftertaste is non-existent. Overall, this beer totally lacks any inspiration and taste like some many other macros out there.

Photo of Knapp85
1.58/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Becks was probably one of the first German beers I had ever tried and it really didn't raise the bar too high. I couldn't get over how skunky this beer smelled, the taste kind of reflects that too. Grassy funky flavors on the tongue, which didn't really make me enjoy this beer at all.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber with slowly falling fine debris and rapidly rising bubbles. The bright white head is frothy, but isn't as airy and as insubstantial as it appears. In time, it settles to a child's two fingers in thickness and pauses for a bit. Very little lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose consists of floral, spicy noble hops. There aren't a lot of other aromas--no lemony citrusiness for instance--just pure, unadulterated Saaz. I picked up quite a bit of skunk when the bottle was first opened, but the little critter wandered off by the time I got around to sniffing it for real.

And the long, slow slide in score continues. Right out of the gate it isn't too bad, but the flavor profile begins to fall apart as the mouthful progresses. It's lightly, malty sweet to start... and then a burst of pungent, bitter Saaziness hits. The finish consists of a (borderline metallic) mishmash of ever weakening flavors and textures. Average mouthfeel with a somewhat boisterous amount of carbonation.

Unfortunately, Beck's is a member of the GBLB (Green Bottled Lager Brigade), European division. I drank a fair amount of this--more Beck's Dark actually--back in my younger days. I'm not sure that I ever felt it was good beer and I most certainly don't feel that way now. While not abysmal, it does give German beer a bad name.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic, I was actually happy to be able to try this one after a long time. Served cold and poured into a glass, this one was consumed on 08/08/2010.

Very clear and very carbonated pour reveals a nice and light amber colored bod with a small white cap of foam that comes up and over the top of the glass. Nice and even retention eventually does leave next to nothing on the top though.

Aroma of musky grains, hints of light grasses and a very small herbal hop presence all collide to bring a mellow, and muted smell. Clean, clear and concise taste, it is not the most flavorful thing in the world, but it works on some level. Small finish has a touch of hop bitterness but is mostly clean an non existent.

Overall its a solidly average version of the style. Not terrible by any means, but not really great either.

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

Pale straw with a fizzy white head, not much retention or lacing to speak of. It has sort of a generic Pilsner aroma; grassy and ambiguously organic. The taste is a bit fuller and richer than, say, Heineken, and it's fairly clean without any strong off-flavors. The hops come out quite a bit in the end, but lack any real complexity or distinct character. Body is very light and crisp, though the carbonation feels a bit harsh to me. Not a bad beer in all, better than many macro lagers, but not great by any means.

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2.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow body with a well-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Nose of very pale malts with some thin, faint notes of spice and florals.

Taste: It's your basic, run-of-the-mill pale maltiness and accompanying sweetness. Slightly spicy hop presence with just a kiss of bitterness. Grows a tad grainy as it warms a bit. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes sir, Australian for... wait, that's one of the others. Another forgettable member of a seemingly endless parade of lagers.

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3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, cold and rather appealing on this somewhat uncomfortably warm August afternoon in the so-called Center of the Universe.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy and faintly cream whipped cream white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of limestone arch lace around the glass as it slowly disappears.

It smells of mildly biscuity pale grain, sort of breakfast cereal-like, a hint of overripe lemongrass, wet cut grass, and softly skunky, floral hops. The taste is more of the same - semi-sweet bready, grainy malt, which does well to predominate over the stale, weak citrus notes, and do battle with the dead grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly average, hardly noticeable at times, the body a decent medium-light weight, and adequately round for a Euro macro, with an agreeable enough smoothness. It finishes off-dry, yet moderately crisp, and with a last bit of somehow acceptable skunky weediness for the road.

Speaking of the proverbial road, the first time that I had this beer was on a train en route from Frankfurt to Prague. The rather polite partying German students in my car shared their tall cans of Beck's with me. Sehr Gut! As for the beer now, it's a so-so German Pils, nothing too off-putting, nor anything really that remarkable, but it does its job as refreshment for the time being, so there's that.

Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and some corn. A slight grassy aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and corn. There was a subtle bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent German import. It is session-worthy.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I figured I'd try this stuff out in a can on a lark...then realized I'd never reviewed it before anyway. Hm. Let's do it, then: It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white froth. The nose comprises light grass, light corn, light flowers, and light hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though a vague sense of corn-syrup-style sweetness comes in in a big way. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sub-par pils, but a decent adjunct lager-ish beer. I've had better, and I've definitely had worse.

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3.9/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear straw-gold body reveals a multitude of fine to average-sized bubbles rising steadily to the surface. Its frothy head of bright white foam holds well, maintaining a thin lid throughout most of the glass, and leaving some nice lace as it goes. The nose is fresh with some floral and grassy hops over a delicately grainy malt. The body is light-medium, and it's gently crisp on the tongue. The flavor delivers a delicate combination of floral and mildly grassy hops over a slightly straw-like maltiness that's solidly backed by bitterness. The dry and lingering finish is simply an extension of the flavor in the mouth with some maltiness and lightly floral hop flavor followed by a distinct bitterness. Although it lacks the firmer body, fuller flavored maltiness, and finesse of some other fine examples, this remains a refreshing German pilsner in every way!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and some hops but has the same pungent odor that many of the lower-quality beers in this style have.

T: The taste starts out with a mild malt sweetness that is quickly followed by bready flavors of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is decent and brings some balance. The after-tastes is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent poundable beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.