Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.
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3.33/5 rDev +21.5%
Presentation: 12oz green pop top with freshness date clearly stamped and a foiled neck
Appearance: Dark straw/medium gold beer with streaming carbonation...a hard pour produces a decent white head, but it quickly fades to a thin film...not real impressive
Smell: Skunk soon fades to be replaced by light nondescript vegetal tones and some light grassy hops...as it warms there's just a hint of grainy malt in the background
Taste: Not as vegetal as I expected it to be, there's actually a decent bit of grainy malt up front (even if it's very one-dimensional).
Conclusion: Significantly better than a Budweiser, an MGD, a Coors, a Heiniken, etc, but nothing special and there are better "big" import brands than this (I'd personally probably pick Lowenbrau and Stella over this)
08-28-2009 02:59:05 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.18/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
08-26-2009 21:04:33 | More by biboergosum
3.1/5 rDev +13.1%
330ml bottle poured into pint glass aug12 2009
A golden yellow, two finger head thats gone in no time, no lace
S sweet grassy hops
T like it smells, nothing special, nothing offensive either
M/D not too bad, a little bite too it, easy enough too drink
got this in a mixed beer bag, 6 different beers for 10$ canadian
08-12-2009 18:50:12 | More by wordemupg
3.48/5 rDev +27%
I like this beer, the first German beer I had I think. I like the beer because it is really a definitive lager..actually maybe a Pilsner. Nice dark golden pour with a thin head. Smells a mix between sweet malty and flowery... Tastes really clean, crisp with a great balance between maltiness and hoppiness. Medium bodied, great drinkability all year round.
08-11-2009 14:53:34 | More by BeerSingh
3.23/5 rDev +17.9%
BECK'S (From a cold bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass)
A - Clear golden yellow with a solid white head that dissipates quickly. Surprisingly, there is some spotty lacing.
S - Very mild. Kind of like a freshly mowed lawn.
T - EXTREMELY MILD. An ever so slight bitter hop aftertaste kicks in long after the drink.
M - Not too carbonated, kind of smooth.
D - Very drinkable. Especially in the summertime.
08-06-2009 18:11:52 | More by Beerislife652854
2.98/5 rDev +8.8%
I had this beer in a Beck's ceramic stein obtained at an auction (along with other "beer-ware"). It poured a straw-yellow with a medium white head.
The smell immediately has grassy tones of hops with a slight bit of malt. The taste is similar, with a biting and slightly grassy hop flavor. This is followed by a rush of carbonation fading into a medium/light malt body with some biscuit flavors. This is finished by the hops returning for the aftertaste. Carbonation is medium/high and consistency is medium.
I thought this was an alright beer, but didn't really care for the hop profile. I also felt that the carbonation and hops made for an excessively bitter flavor. Nonetheless, I drank several and enjoyed them. Give it a whirl and see for yourself.
07-30-2009 02:30:25 | More by jdmorgan
2.9/5 rDev +5.8%
From notes, consumed 7/28/09. Bottle poured into a shaker glass.
A- Golden yellow with a small bubbly head that faded pretty quick. Pretty active carbination, almost looked like a Sprite or Ginger Ale.
S- Not much on the nose, a little sweet and faint grassy hops.
T- A nice mix of sweet and spicy. Seems better balanced than the smell suggests.
M- Medium bodied, creamier than I expected. Finishes a little dry.
D- Usually my choice in restaraunts when faced with the Macro barrage. Pretty easy to drink but I dont go out of my way for it.
07-28-2009 12:42:58 | More by tatoodkelt
2.98/5 rDev +8.8%
Its certainly upsetting when you are stuck at a bbq where the only beer options are yuengling, bud light, and their ilk. I tried a Beck's for the first time in this situation. While there isn't a ton that can be said good about not, not a whole lot is so bad either. The flavor and aroma aren't offensive as you find with most American macro lagers.. the flavor is farily crisp and not dominated by adjunct (which is sad that "not dominated by corn" is a plus, possibly even something to be considered above average). Mostly the beer is mediocre with no highlights. It is failry light which lends itself to drinkability. Its better than aforementioned alternatives, but I would never, ever go out of my way to buy it.
07-27-2009 15:14:22 | More by BirdFlu
4.65/5 rDev +69.7%
I live in Costa Rica right now and I bought it a small supermarket which has a large wine, spirit, and beer selection which is rare.
I didn't pour it, I had it straight out of the bottle. I have to say I really like this beer. There is nothing extraordinary about it, it simply has a really clean taste which I like and is hard to find. The most prominent taste would be that of hops and malt.
I would definitely recommend this beer.
07-25-2009 04:59:34 | More by DV8HARD
3.75/5 rDev +36.9%
poured into stantard tumbler glass
A: pours very golden and a soapy white head about a finger tall and it disipates quickly also you can see lots of carbination
S: smells of nice sweet malt and skunky spicy smell of sazz hops maybe and nice grassy tone finishes the nose
T: sweet to start off very sweet then you get a big punch of the spicy hops and finally a lingering bready tone stays in the mouth
M: light body not watery and a very crispy type of carbination almost like an american beer
D: drank this a little to warm just so i can taste it more but enjoy this beer when it is cold it makes it way better
07-24-2009 03:09:11 | More by hockeyhead
3.25/5 rDev +18.6%
Freshness date of 10.2009. Pours a crystal clear medium yellow color with an initial thick layer of bright white foam. Fades quickly, but leaves some pretty nice lacing on the glass. Actually not a bad looking beer.
Pretty much a boring smelling beer with stale light maltiness and a mild grassy hop aroma, smells like saaz to me. At least this is not skunked, and appears to be pretty fresh.
Malt is a bit stale tasting and have a rough feel to them like they are not of the highest quality. Grassy and spicy hop flavor is there and is actually somewhat pleasant. I was pretty much ready to bash on this beer going in, but it is actually not too bad. If this is Germany's Budweiser, I would trade macros with them in a heartbeat. If properly stored and drank fresh, it is not too shabby.
07-18-2009 02:11:17 | More by twiggamortis420
2.45/5 rDev -10.6%
This has an average app. similar to most american adjunct lagers or other imports, foam when poured stick for a while , nice.
Smell- Smells aged and smells very strong, There is a sticker on the back that says best by 03/20/10, I'm wonderin how becaude I thought lagers only were good up to 3 or 4 months, but that just must be how they roll.
Taste- Not bad taste though , at first it seems very skunked and undesirable , but leave it in for a second and you get this wierd malt/copper like sweetness that is very pleasant.
MF-A little heavy for a lager , but not obnoxious , its ok MF
Drinkability- Not that good I'd stick to 1 12oz.
Going to give it another try in 12 pack because I am disapointed from this 24oz super size bottle, I mean dos equis was better.
07-16-2009 18:24:39 | More by bgreg3
2.45/5 rDev -10.6%
A clear pale golden color body with a small fizzy white head , medium to high carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and faint skunk pee. Flavor is lightly sweet with the typical Euro lager hop notes, very boaring and not very good, light body , crisp mouthfeel . Drinkable but nothing I would buy again.
07-14-2009 22:23:13 | More by WakeandBake
3/5 rDev +9.5%
Had this on tap in germany. available at almost every place and is usually the one beer when only one is available. Better than one might expect but still not great. However, a great alternative to budweisser (American) or even stella artois. Get it if you can.
07-13-2009 07:08:19 | More by david18
5/5 rDev +82.5%
I refuse to go with the crowd. Becks is a magnificent drink. My credentials: raised in a major US macro-employed corporate environment (and employed as Tour Guide through college), related associates in Germany and Switzerland; tastings in said associates' breweries; lived in Hamburg. I know swill from good.
Disclaimer: I'm unimpressed by high ABV, stacked malt-hop affairs that seem to mostly determine high ratings from most reviewers. Oh, and St. Pauli is a nearly identical brew by Becks, so if you reviewed that higher than Becks, you got duped by the big t1ts.
Becks, like most Old World pilsners/lagers in northern Germany, is founded on limestone. This is the key to Becks' softness, something missing from US pilsners and most lagers. Nothing takes the place of limestone water for creating a good pils.
Becks is clear; it is not ale. US micro pils are ales masquerading as pilsners.
Becks tastes fresh; the grassy Hallertau and Saaz are present; the biscuit malt is subtle (something we Americans have trouble with). A wisp of coriander can even appear. The co-mingling of all these elements create a *drinkability* that must be respected.
Or not. Talk about stress and over pasteurization. Bash the macro import. It's only beer.
But this one is legendary.
07-08-2009 23:52:01 | More by sudz42
3.33/5 rDev +21.5%
A: I poured it from the can into the tulipglass. A pale golden beer with a pretty nice head - white, thick and large. But the head shrinks pretty fast.
S: Bitterhops, malt, apples, citrus and kind of dry. The smell is rather nice - it raises the expectations...
T: Rough and dry. Bitterhops as well as a bit malt. I can also taste apples. But overall, after my nose got excited my mouth got kind of disappointed - it's not as complex as the smell indicated and the aftertaste "dies" pretty fast.
M: Creamy and dry.
D: An average german pilsener - not bad, but it doesn't stand out.
07-01-2009 17:45:23 | More by Evil_Pidde
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev +31.4%
This beer will always remain a sentimental favourite, I think. A German guy gave me a bottle as I was walking through a park in Oldenburg, about 30 minutes from Bremen, where Becks is brewed. It wasn't cold but I liked it just the same. Definitely a good beer to reach for. I think I may do so once I return to the U.S. of A. as I believe it is probably more widely available there than most other German brews.
Pretty smooth, a tad bitter but definitely good-tasting.
06-29-2009 14:14:52 | More by leighton
2.63/5 rDev -4%
Poured bottle into mug.
Appearance: Pale golden color that is very transparent. Had a small head that fizzled fast.
Smell: Had kind of a funky hop smell to it. Nothing bad, but nothing good.
Taste: Slightly bitter, but a little skunky.
Mouthfeel: Very thin and felt quite watery.
Drinkability: I admit that this beer got better as I drank it, but I did not find anything special about it.
06-25-2009 15:27:53 | More by civilizedpsycho
3.4/5 rDev +24.1%
Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Hardly much of an aroma to speak of. Has a crisp, clean taste with a mild bitter aftertaste. Watery feel in the mouth. Drinkability is decent. Overall not a bad choice but nothing great.
06-22-2009 23:43:38 | More by tone77
2.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from a bottle. Clear yellow colour with moderate white foam. Smell is like bland beer - some citrus, some hops, but otherwise grainy. Taste is watery - kind of a tinny pils. Much better pils out there. Ok drinkability. A good choice for a neighboorhood barbecue where I had it, but otherwise, not the best beer to enjoy by yourself.
06-14-2009 12:47:40 | More by KTCamm
3.35/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
06-07-2009 20:19:32 | More by PsychoJedi
2.95/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: Light yellow, not much head.
Smell: Light hops with yeasty aroma.
Taste: I tend to like bitter beers and I thought this would be sweet like American macros but it surprised me, which is why I may rate it higher on taste than I should.
Feel: Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: Of the major macros, it's probably my favorite. But that's not saying much.
06-04-2009 03:44:14 | More by teejay76
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.98/5 rDev +8.8%
500mL can with best-before on bottom of can (awkward place to read it) poured into pokal.
Body is a pale, clear yellow with lots of big bubbles visible feeding the rocky, foamy white head. Retains briefly, but once it's gone, there's not even a haze left behind.
Smell is bland grain, with a coarse leafiness to it.
Raw, earthy grassy hops up front mellow into a honey and grain sweetness. Body is light to medium on the thin side, with a moderate dose of carbonation, giving a decent balance to the smoothness. Finishes a bit sweet, and clean.
It seems to be brewed with the intention of a clean and inoffensive palate. It achieves this, but it's a pretty bland beer, and there are lots of flavourful examples of the style.
05-30-2009 21:43:27 | More by nighthawk
United Kingdom (England)
2.25/5 rDev -17.9%
I would almost describe this as a picturesque pilsner, if only its pastel-yellow body weren't just a bit too pale and its bubbles a bit too large. The head is mightily impressive, though, snow white and smooth with great retention. I am less captivated by the aroma, dominated by corn and metal with a frail yet off-puttingly sharp edge of leafy hops and a suggestion of honey. Bizarrely sweet on the palate with an unpleasant sulfurous/fusel alcohol quality that interferes with an otherwise pleasant toasted grain flavor. Hops are nondescriptly bitter and especially noticeable in the finish, which is dry but not as dry as it ought to be. The carbonation is good - not too sharp, not too soft - but on the whole the body feels a bit thick. I must say I found this beer to be much worse than I expected, and my expectations were pretty low. It's not awful - about on par with Heineken, I'd say - but it's a bit nasty and it has no real character, unless the overlay of bad adjunct flavors on top of good malt flavors counts as character.
05-25-2009 15:57:56 | More by soulgrowl
2.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Chilled bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner glass.
Two fingers worth of head that quickly shrinks down to only a thin layer sitting a top of a bright yellowish gold body with only a minor amount of effervescent bubbles moving up ward.
Smell detects only the weakest of malt and little else.
Taste has a mild malt notes and perhaps soft hops. On the mouth Becks is crisp and weak bodied.
There really isn't much to write home about with Becks and it is very far from complex.
This really deserves to be approached on its own merits and its place in beer society. This beer is great for a BBQ beer or something to drink whilst watching the game or at the local bar. There is nothing in this beer that would hold beer snobs interest long enough to finish a glass.
05-17-2009 11:20:04 | More by SleepyMonk
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.