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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 108 | 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 taigor

New York

2.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from bottle into a mug.

A - Poured clear pale yellow with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Mostly grains with a little bit of skunk but nothing much else present.

T - Right away it is bitter followed by slight hoppiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation maybe even too much carbonation.

D - If Heineken is your beer then this would be perfect for you otherwise, a very simple pilsener with nothing complex going on.

10-14-2010 20:19:43 | More by taigor
Photo of Thorpe429


2.68/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-13-2010 10:25:35 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BeerConnoiseur


3.83/5  rDev +39.8%

A- typical German pils, slightly less carbonated.

S- slight hops

taste; faint bite of hops and a hint of a malt after taste, a good pilsner

mouthfeel; nice spicy burn on the tongue but not complex enough, still verygood.

drinkability; really a light, refreshing, moderate taste, great beer to drink all night with your buddies or slam down after a long day of work.

Not bad at all but nowhere near the best, take it for what it is and enjoy and like all Reinheitsgebot beers, hangovers are a rare side effect.

10-13-2010 00:06:13 | More by BeerConnoiseur
Photo of fourplayed


2.85/5  rDev +4%

color is very clear and lite golden yellow. head disappears fairly fast.

smell is of wheat, lite malts. a bit of bitterness

Tastes a bit too tart and grassy with a tinge of sweetness. the heavy carbonation takes some of that away.

Very lite body with a lot of carbonation.

Best when cold. an o.k. brew but, not a great one.

Overall you'd expect a better brew when considering the nice packaging and the fact this is a German brand. Would buy it discounted from time to time. Definitely much better than coors n' bud

10-11-2010 23:12:12 | More by fourplayed
Photo of megahurts4


2.83/5  rDev +3.3%


Appearance: Pale golden with a small head and very little lacing.

Smell: Skunky grains.

Taste: Malts and grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall: A decent lager. Very skunky, but is refreshing with its light flavor. Definitely best suited for sessions.

10-09-2010 03:07:37 | More by megahurts4
Photo of sfprint


2.28/5  rDev -16.8%

A: Thin for a pils in color. Lots of carbonation.

S: Very sweet malt. Copper. Grassy.

T: Bitter grass, sour malt. This is the kind of beer that you just drink really cold and don't think about it. Thinking about it, it's not so great.

M: A tad mouthpuckering, a tad sour. Nothing remarkable.

D: Not great. Needs to be cold.

10-03-2010 20:33:08 | More by sfprint
Photo of foogerd

New York

3.1/5  rDev +13.1%

A- clear golden colored piss with a small white head which disappeared
S- light touch of hops a tad of skunk not terribly upsetting light grains
T- pretty refreshing when drinking it cold, sweet grainy corn taste a slight bit of bitter hops
M- creamy decent carbonation
D- drink them cold only, i had nothing else lying around figured id pop open one and review, turns out it wasnt horrendous

09-19-2010 03:23:32 | More by foogerd
Photo of gkunkle


2.98/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a transparent gold color with a 1" white head. Smells like a traditional german pilsner, but its a very light scent. Taste is lighter than other pilsners I have tried, its crisp, hoppy and refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little watery and pretty carbonated, but its crisp and refreshing. The unoffensive taste and crisp mouthfeel plus the tolerable ABV make for high drinkability. Overall Its a fine beer, but it is nothing exceptional, only a few steps better than bud or miller.

09-06-2010 05:13:28 | More by gkunkle
Photo of EgadBananas


3.1/5  rDev +13.1%

Ice cold bottle into a pilsener glass.

Though the style itself is not appealing, it's precisely on point to it. Pale, clear golden in color. Big soapy head that stays around for longer than your normal lager, but is still gone fast. There is a little bit of soapy streaks as you drink it down.

Smell is actually present, but it is a little astringent, with a metallic twang and malt hints.

Taste has this stark tinny twang about it. There is a hint of pale malts...a hint. Can't pick up a single hop. There is flavor there at least.

Light, thin, crisp, uber carbo'd and somewhat refreshing.

Though a bland style, there is enough flavor to make it drinkable, not just because how light it is.

09-06-2010 02:08:22 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

From the 24 fl. oz. green bottle marked 04.2010-L11191T. The pour is a lively golden yellow with a good two inch puffy white head that lingers for a good period of time. The aroma is of sweet malts and fortunately not a lot of green-bottle tainted metals. The mouthfeel is light to medium. The taste is full of grass and traditional German malts with a slightly sour bitterness on the end. I have had it before and it tastes as I remember it.

09-06-2010 01:37:06 | More by puboflyons
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

09-05-2010 00:18:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.8/5  rDev +38.7%

appearance; looks like a typical German pils, slightly less carbonated than higher quality beers of this style with a quickly disappearing head.

smell; not much of anything, slight hops when I nearly when i breathe in the foam.

taste; faint spicy hops and a bit of a malt after taste, simply a gentle pils.

mouthfeel; nice spicy burn on the tongue but not complex enough, still quite good.

drinkability; really a light, refreshing, moderate taste, great beer to drink all night with your buddies or slam down after a long day of work.

Not bad at all but nowhere near the best, take it for what it is and enjoy and like all Reinheitsgebot beers, hangovers are a rare side effect.

08-30-2010 06:43:19 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.15/5  rDev -21.5%

440 mL can. I've tried it poured into a glass, and straight from the can. While the glass is slightly better, neither are very good.

A: thin yellow, lots of bubbles, 1-finger head that dissipates into nothing with no lacing--not too much different from a fizzy lemonade.

S: typical lager, slightly skunky, hints of corn and sweet grains

T: bitterness that increases as the beer warms (and not in a good way). There's not really anything enticing here.

M: thin and highly carbonated--nothing interesting.

D: only if it's the only beer available.

08-24-2010 18:57:08 | More by fullsweep
Photo of scobeer


4.85/5  rDev +77%

Golden yellow colour, doesn't look particularly appealing but not bad either. More carbonation than appearance would suggest but feels great, just the right amount. Tastes clean and refreshing with enough interesting hoppiness to keep coming back for more. Good one for summer days. Drinkability is great and can't think of much more to want from a lager than this offers.

08-17-2010 04:39:36 | More by scobeer
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a clear gold with fizzy carbonation and moderate cap of foamy white head that disapears very quickly. Scent is of pale, but fresh grains with a touch (im really reaching far done for this, but they are there) of earthy and slightly spiced hops. Taste is clean, minimal fresh grain taste. Light bodied, highly carbonated. Once again, with a beer like this all i hope for is the absence of impurities and this comes across as clean, clear and crisp, although lacking anything noteworthy.

08-16-2010 14:39:18 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Nerudamann


3.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Look - Light straw or hay in color. Decent carbonation, and about a finger and a half's worth of foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smell - typical German pilsner smell that I personally don't care for. Very hopy.

Taste - quite bitter, and fairly strong at the back of the palate. Still, lighter in taste. Not as bitterly hopy as it could be.

Mouthfeel - oddly enough, creamier than I would have thought it to be, but still somewhat light.

Drinkability - I'd say that if you're looking for a lighter feeling German pils that's not actually a light lager, this wouldn't be too bad. Still, not one of my favorites.

08-12-2010 04:36:07 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

08-12-2010 02:16:05 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +16.1%

A-Pours a clear gold with a bright white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving only a bubbly ring around the edge of the beer.

S-It smelled skunky from the moment I popped the top. Once you get beyond the skunk odor there are some grassy notes, and what smells like some noble hops.

T-Slight hop bitterness followed by a slight grassy note. It finishes clean and crisp. No skunk in the flavor, which was nice. While there isn't much flavor to speak of as it is kind of watery, it tastes refreshing.

M-Thin, carbonated, and watery.

D-Pretty drinkable given its crispness and low alcohol content.

Overall, this is a better choice than macro swill, but for about a dollar more a six pack you can get a good micro beer. I only drink this about once every 3 years.

08-03-2010 01:22:22 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of woodychandler


3.85/5  rDev +40.5%

A knock at the door! Who CAN it be? My in-person trading partner, tone77, dropping off some new CANQuest (TM) beers and picking up some that I had recently scored.

I have had Beck's from a bottle before and while it was good, I expect that it will be better from a CAN, as many beers that I had previously had out of green bottles have shown signifiCANt improvement from a CAN. The rocky, bone-white head quickly fell to wisps. Color was a light-sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like unadulterated lager - semi-sweet with a light apple juice scent underlying. Mouthfeel was medium, but it had the characteristic lager flavor of honey on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry, lightly bitter, definitely refreshing. I drained the contents of the 11.2 fluid ounce CAN pretty quickly on this humid afternoon, lemme tell ya! This definitely rates some cooler space, especially given its relatively low ABV.

08-02-2010 17:01:59 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Sudsy89


2.65/5  rDev -3.3%

I will say I'm generally not a fan of lagers.
Beck's isn't really impressive, but I'd take it over a Corona or American macro, it doesn't taste gross to me.

12oz bottle, chilled

Appearance is a pale golden color, has a small foamy head that quickly disappears. Has a high level of carbonation, stays fizzy in the glass.

Aroma and taste, pretty average, typical lager.
Bit of maybe grain or corn smell, slight hop bitterness. Tastes similar to a macro lager like
Bud or Kirin. I will say that it isn't offensive to me, so I think it's an average drinker, I could drink a few bottles. Nothing special, would be good with a simple dinner or a burger.

07-27-2010 00:48:15 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of ithacabaron


4.15/5  rDev +51.5%

Pours a uniform blonde with a big, foamy head that soon settles into a 1/8 inch cap. Standard and appealing.

Aromas of cooling cut grass, sweet corn on the cob, and chalk hit the nose. Refreshing.

Taste provides a glow of blonde malt with carefully tuned edges of bitterness. On the swallow, the bitterness grows to wash over the palate, leaving it refreshed. Oddly enough, the drying sensation in the mouth during the finish makes the mouth water for another swallow, or savory meat -- this beer was born for roast chicken, or a well-seasoned hamburger.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with, small, compact bubbles softly scrubbing every surface in the mouth. It is full, but never aggressive.

Drinkability is quite nice as well; having another chilled bottle close by is a lovely idea.

All in all, this is a wonderfully balanced beer, and a fantastic example of what can be done with just four ingredients. Even the slight DMS note is welcome -- it is a clean, bright sweetness, the sugar of fresh corn, rather than the vegetal, overcooked flavor of many lesser lagers.

If you must, you can look down your nose due to the fact that it's a mass-produced beer. If you do, however, you're missing out. This is a world-class beer, and one that's always welcome in my fridge.

07-24-2010 03:52:43 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of darkmartin


3.43/5  rDev +25.2%

Appearance: Pours to a light amber with a small white frothy head that dissapears fairly quickly.

Smell: Strong citrus flavor, primarily lime.

Taste: Very smooth with again a strong lime flavor.

Mouthfeel: Clean, thin, very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, very hard to stop.

07-23-2010 05:39:50 | More by darkmartin
Photo of mnrider


2.4/5  rDev -12.4%

12 oz. Green bottle.

A: Pours an ultra clear yellow. Heavy carbonation, with a large white head. No lacing because the head evaporates in seconds.

S: Water, light malts, with a skunky aroma.

T/M: It gets a little better. Creamy smooth and crisp. But hops and malts are almost unnoticeable. While the carbonation and bitterness is noticeable. Also slightly grainy.

D: Nothing special going on here. Not sure I'd get this one again. However I feel Beck's is somewhat better out of the can.


07-21-2010 04:23:42 | More by mnrider
Photo of deaconoflove


2/5  rDev -27%

Ap. Very pale yellow with minimal head that dissappeared quickly. More head on second pour, but vanished immediately.
Sm. Very pale smell, kind of grainy.
Ta. Mild, slightly sour, grain. Typical cheap beer taste with very slightly bitter finish.
Mf. Thin and light.
Dr. Why?

07-20-2010 21:45:10 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +16.8%

On tap into a Becks pilsner glass glass. Two finger bubbly head on a light golden. Lots of carbonation. Spotty weak lacing. Surprising fruity smells.
Fruity notes again in the taste. Smooth hop finish. Lightly flavoured in general.
Light body and carbonation. Drinkability is good, bearing in mind that this is a very drinkable style. No major flaws here.

07-10-2010 17:50:01 | More by scott451
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