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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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 jazzyjeff13
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 24oz "super size" bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent straw gold with tons of carbonation rushing to a fluffy, disappearing before my eyes 2-finger head. Head is gone halfway down the glass, leaves a few splotches of lacing.

S - Noble hops on a grassy, malt background. Perhaps slightly skunked due to the green bottle.

T - Nothing much upfront, maybe just a tiny bit of alcohol. The body is the best part of this beer- noble hops ping lemony flavors with grassy malt in the background. The finish is a quick flourish of lemon soda as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leading to a lemon grass aftertaste.

M - Heavily carbonated and light bodied. Definitely more substance than a macro, but could stand to be thicker.

I actually found this beer to be more enjoyable than I though I would. Not as good as Bitburger, but that's fine since we don't have that in Socorro anyway. Wouldn't buy a sixer of this, but another 24oz bottle for $2.60 if the German pils craving hits may not be out of the question...

Bockrules, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours out a very light pale yellow with hardly a head on it. very poor retention and hardly any lacing. Not much carbonation either.
S. Corn, grass or hay with mildew growing on it.
T. Sweet corn, some other sweet stuff and a little grass, but not much of anything else.
M/O. A light watery sticky beer that is rather forgetful. Awhile back a friend of mine who told me about beer advocate told me Beck's was pretty much another budweiser, but even though budweiser is nothing great i'll take that or rolling rock over beck's any day.

DannyDan, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Brenden
2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an extremely pale yellow color, a bit lighter than the typical "straw" yellow describing most macros. This is just an exceptionally light color. The white wisp of a head never actually forms, and only makes a very thin cap of foam for a fairly short length of time. There are very few spots of lacing.
The aroma is quite lame. Besides a light bready malt, really all I get is grains, I barely pick up some grass, and a mustiness that may come from some effort at hops, but it's so light it's hard to tell and the mustiness is really all it gives.
Mustiness remains in the flavor, almost like hops gone stale. Bready malts still come through and at least here some grains, grassy character and a light sweetness work together.
Carbonation isn't too heavy, so that this thin body isn't too much like a soda. It's not watery, but there's not much substance other than the crisspness that remains and the smoothness it develops that follows into the finish.
This is a German Pilsener brewed in Germany. These guys really need to step up their game.

Brenden, May 27, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
1.8/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An undeserving macro!

Pours up with high carbonation a bright golden with 2 finger fizzy head. Doesn't last.

Strong rice and bread smell. Even stronger rice taste.

Taste profile is perfect for those who don't really like beer: upfront sweetness, very little malt or hops--then no aftertaste. A soda-pop beer that's forgettable as soon as it's done.

Matt1516, May 13, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Decent clear, golden body with a nice 3 finger head. Head disappears pretty fast, but leaves a nice web on the top of the beer. THAT stays around for a bit and there is mild lacing on the glass.

Smell - Bready malts and a strong corn smell. Mild hops and LOTS of skunky water smell.

Taste - There's a sweetness to the front of it. The malts come through nicely, but after that there is a little bit of bitterness and then...nothing. Pretty flat stuff.

Mouthfeel - A little watery and the carbonation isn't too crazy.

Overall - Eh.... No thanks.

shaunb81, May 11, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- pours a golden and clear yellow with bubbles streaming quickly in the glass a simple yet on par look for the style

Smell- faint hops, grain, and overall just not very powerful nose

Taste- overall starts with very slight malt flavor up front but overall taste is very much dominated by a nice hop flavor which come through on the mid palate and hold strong and firm through a long finish, this to me is actually quite a nice flavor profile for a lager of the style, nice hoppiness yet not so strong as to wreck flavor either of a lager

Mouthfeel- light body weight and very smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

Drinkability- overall this beer is highy drinkable to me as they come, its got such a nice hop finish and for such and affordable beer and easily available this is way towards the top for me, its above both stella and above heineken overall for me in the European easy to find everywhere lager style, its got enough flavor to keep it interesting and still has those perfect characteristics your looking for on a hot summer day, to me and underrated beer especially when compared to its peers

Stunner97, May 04, 2011
Photo of marty21
3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden with two fingers worth of foamy white head. Settles to a ring around the glass and left some thin lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Light grains and faint grassy hops. It almost has a skunky character to it.

T: I get a bit of grain and a faint skunkiness. It has an odd metallic finish as well and leaves a biscuit malt taste on the tongue.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light body that isn’t watery.

O: There’s nothing special with this beer. But I wouldn’t say no if I was offered this beer. It’s an easy drinking session beer.

marty21, May 02, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my heartland brewery pint glass

Pours a clear pale golden color, thin 1 finger head, decent retention for the style. Strings of carbonation are everywhere.

Bit of skunk unfortunately, I smell some hops and cooked grain, to faint to get much else

Cooked grains, veggies, little bits if that bubble gum flavor, not bad

Watery, carbonation is nice though, very crisp and decently refreshing.

Overall, I don't hate it, if this was all I could get my hands as well as the usual BMC I'd happily take it but there are better options usually available to me, that said it's not bad and right now my favorite of the bland lagers.

Fenris244, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of bluepiranha
3.85/5  rDev +40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk poured into a glass from a 330mL bottle. Very thin head, and whatever it has goes away almost instantly.

Smell, mouthfeel and appearance don't stray very far from your usual mass-produced adjunct lager. It's straw yellow, has lots of smooth carbonation (relatively "decapitated" though - see head comments) and smells like your usual mass-produced beer. The taste however is surprisingly quite different. I didn't pick up a lot of variety to the flavor, hovering about malty and hoppy with barley notes, but it's very smooth, mellow, very very drinkable and has a dry finish. It's an "adjunct pilsener" but it's a good, enjoyable one.

In terms of Philippine beers, it's much closer to and is even slightly better than San Miguel Super Dry. The regular San Miguel Pale Pilsen doesn't compare. I enjoyed this brew.

bluepiranha, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale clear straw yellow, your usual run of the mill adjunct beer here. Not much of a head, and what was left of it fades quick.

S: As with the appearance, this one's scent is made up of ever so slight malts and hops. Not much.

T: Very light hops and a bit of spice. Not very malty at all.

M: Light bodied and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

Eh. Not fairly impressed.

HockeytownBrew, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear, light bronze colour, solid finger of head with great retention, some sporadic lacing, and heavy body carbonation.

S - Light grassy hops with a light biscuit malt. Classic euro style pilsener.

T - Came across a tad metallic, but the grassy hops shine through, while a citrus bitterness lingers among biscuit and buttered bread malts.

M - A tad too light, though it down go down smooth and finish nice and wet.

O - Overall, a crisp and refreshing pilsener that is easily drinkable and boasts decent flavours for a mass produced ale. One of the better macro pils, IMO.

andrenaline, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw colour with a two finger sized (thick) head.

Grain and some light hops along with a metallic aroma and some corn. The taste is pretty similar to the nose.

Has nice carbonation and a pleasantly crisp finish, if a little dry. Light bodied although not watery like a lot of it's rivals. Moderately refreshing as well.

A pretty average lager on the whole although it is definitely better when drank from the bottle.

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flyingpig, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.43/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale-golden body with a small 1 finger head and minimal retention. Smells pretty much like a German pilsener. Not too much distinctive here. Tastes slightly biscuit-y with a pleasant fruity finish which leaves a slightly dry feel on the back of the tongue. Not the best, but not the worst German pilsener. If given the choice, go with Spaten!

Beerbluesbiology, Mar 22, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml can into Guinness pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Four finger mediocre head of unappealing thickness. Devoid of cream. Clear straw yellow colour. Bleh.

Sm: Light scent of shite straw. Double bleh.

T: Standard crystal malt/barley body with a shite straw finish. No real open. Balanced like Kathy Bates opposite a leprechaun on a seesaw.

Mf: Too smooth and wet, but at least it goes along the tongue quickly so you taste less of it.

Dr: It's very cheap. That's the best I can say for it. Leave it on the shelf, lads.


11/28/13: Truncated notes from a casual sipping (from a bottle).

T/Mf: A bit of crystal malt sets this one off nicely. Good clean barley foundation. Spring water. Generic floral hops. Pilsner malts. Decent balance. Not much complexity or subtlety. Cohesive, but not gestalt.

Crisp. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Light in body. A bit on the thinner side. A bit overcarbonated.

The crispness is fantastic - a real highlight.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Not oily, harsh, rough, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Very drinkable. A definitely step up from macro adjunct lagers. Not a bad brew for football games. I'd pick up a 12 pack on sale. Ultimately, it's a very accessible German pilsner with good availability. By no means world class, but in its own way its something of a classic. Best regarded as a table beer.

The bottled version is definitely better.


kojevergas, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass. Best before: 08/20/2011.

A: It pours a clear, pale-yellow color with a two-finger, egg shell white head that recedes to a half-inch cap that lasts throughout. It looks good for a macro European lager.

S: Metallic notes, light corn, grassiness, and some faint hops.

T: Identical to the nose with some light juniper berries and a little toastiness.

M: It has a light body with average carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: It is surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable to a certain degree.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Light gold with some amber hints. A really small bubbly head that dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing

S- Very thin but nice. Some citrus and hops are detectable

T- Malt is very thin. Hops are right there and give this beer a refeshing and dry character, but they taste a bit too metallic if that may be the right word. Some lemon hints are detectable. Not bad but sure really boring

M- Decent crispness and carbonation. The good point with this beer is that it is refreshing, the bad one is that there is nothing else

D- Again, refreshing but not as drinkable as you would expect. Too metallic and too thin to be really pleasant in the mouth

A high selling beer in europe, and possibly one of the best among that category. Still, not good

Cozzatoad, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a leftover from a party for the wife's office.
I used my perfect pour glass, I have no fucking idea why. The color is a light gold color with a tiny ring of white foam that gets even tinier then disappears. The aroma is a light grainy pilsener smell. The taste, here we go..., actually nice up front. The grain and corn blend is actually kind of nice, at least for the first seven seconds. Afterwords it turns very acidic, teetering on the verge of seeming sour, and then, it does turn sour. The finish is a bit tart, the body is ok for the style.
I'm glad I didn't pay for this one.

DesMoinesMike, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" white head which dissipated to nothing. Clear straw yellow color. Smells of a basic lager with the slightest hint of start of skunking. Taste is corn and a mild sweetness. There's a slight zing. All in all pretty boring and in a blind taste testing I'd have guessed it was some Adjunct American Lager.

MoreThanWine, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.75/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an odd off straw color with a thick white head that goes away quickly and has no lacing. Smells well -- skunked -- just terrible -- like a rotting corpse or something dead. Tastes better, like corn adjuncts, some sweet malts and a faint inkling of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is not very good.

TheKingofWichita, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass...not very impressive pale yellow body with a fizzy head.

this beer is sort of like a German version of our swill beers. Sells for a slight premium over our swill here. Why? It's not much better, tastes like most other adjuncts except maybe a little more crisp.

This is not a real lager.

chicagoabbot, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of irishevans
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- light straw color, the same of a typical Macro lager, but fits the lighter side of the scale for it's style. no head to speak of, just a thin white film that doesn't even cover the entire top of the liquid.

N- Light bready esters, Faint noble hop aroma, and not much else.

T- like the nose, but with a mild sourness to the finish. I should note that the hops show up MUCH more in the taste than the nose. nothing spectacular, but about dead on for a pilsner.

M- carbonated as can be, crisp, nice hop pinch in the latter middle that doesn't really linger, and that sourness on the (brief) finish.

D- If people want to supply their parties with it, I'll drink it. as far as buying it... I'm just not that into pilsner that I would want to get such a run of the mill basic one.

irishevans, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of robnews
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Harp pint glass.

Clear and light amber color with fast dissipating white head.

Nice mild euro pilsner smell. Very slight citrus coming off. Nothing strong here.

Excessive carbonation going down, nice pils flavor. Nothing overpowering. Not sure what this beer would taste like without the carbonation but...feels refreshing though.

Definitely mild but a good simple pilsner brew.

Great to have for guests that are not into home brew I guess.

Not my fave but makes me appreciate a great craft beer even more.

robnews, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma, at first, is quite skunky. After a few seconds, it turns into a relatively inoffensive cereal grain, slightly hoppy and still a bit skunky odor. Pretty standard Euro pale ale stuff.

Taste is strongly grassy and of barley in the body; definitely the predominant taste of this beer. Rather crisp in the finish, but only a little smattering of hop bitterness. A little cereal grain lingers after the swallow.

Very standard stuff here. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't intensely drinkable. Maybe I have a soft spot in my heart for it since it was one of my very first non-USA macros...but I do enjoy it.

NODAK, Feb 12, 2011
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.