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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,542
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 80 | 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 galante27


2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am not a pilsner fan so my opinion may be skewed...

I realize this is the top exported German Beer to the States, probally because of the standard American drinkers love of corn infused lighter beers, def a step above the mainlne pils, imported and domestic but leves something to be desired

A- Typical pilsner light color, small head
S- slight corn scent(Which is weird cause they don't use it in production)
T- Lighter taste not an over abundance of flavor.
M- ...(no Comment)
D- Not a bad drinkability, but in a world with so much variety, one must never settle.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 16:26:16 | More by galante27
Photo of zeff80


3/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 13:13:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of IPAcraig


3.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a fairly straw gold with only a bit of a head.

Smells of very light grain. A tinge of bitterness and not much else. But it smells nice.

Only a small bit of malt and hops shine through A clean tasting beer. Very clean.

Fairly big carbonation makes this beer feellighter than it is.

Not the greatest of beers. but damn it is drinkable . A solid pislner despite the naysayers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 03:04:25 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of JEdmund


2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Half inch, foamy white head; torrent of carbonation; light honey yellow

Surprisingly better than I had anticipated--I can actually detect a little malt and hops; reminds me quite a bit of Bitburger's aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wow, watery and thin. Starts off somewhat promisingly enough, but then just falls flat mid-way through. Extremely thin body and hardly any flavor at all! It's just so watered down.

The only saving grace for this beer is that at least it doesn't have any offensive skunky/sulphury notes commonly found in cheap pilseners. Otherwise, it's an incredibly dull and lifeless beer. It's aroma is its best attribute.

Serving type: can

04-10-2008 22:16:58 | More by JEdmund
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.13/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not the best pilsner to buy in most situations, but works in a pinch.

A- Very transparent with a yellow/brown piss color

S- Smells like fresh hops and alcohol. Most of the skunk smell stays in the bottle.

T- Not much flavor which is a turn-off for many, but something I personally enjoy at times. Tastes slightly of floral hops with wheat malt flavor.

M&D- Feels and drinks like mineral water. easy to drink too many when thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 06:01:02 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of BeerCon5


1.45/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Clear, light yellow straw color, with little head.

S: Mostly some malt and spices.

T: Mostly a bitter taste. Also kind of skunky with some spice. Not very pleasant tasting.

M: Pretty smooth feel with average carbonation.

D: Not easy to drink. I was very disappointed after hearing good things about it from friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 19:54:30 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small fizzy head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a bit of spicy hops. Light skunkiness, which is common with the style.

Very light malt taste, mild bitterness, and a touch of spicy hops. A bit skunky in the taste as well. Finishes clean and dry.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

What can I say, it's no world class pilsner, but it does fine with washing down a burger. I actually went for some Sunshine Pils, but grabbed this out of nostalgia when no Sunshine was yet to be found. Not a worthy substitute by any means.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:15:43 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of albern


2.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another crappy pale Euro lager ... woohoo! I used to like this stuff some 25 years ago when it was about the only imported stuff around. I haven't tried this in nearly two decades. Needless to say, my tastes have matured a bit. Here are some random thoughts: It's pale; it smells a bit skunked up; it has an astringent lemony bite that makes it ever so slightly interesting; it has a chemical sourishness characteristic of so many other macro lagers that does not make it interesting; it has almost zero hoppiness; it has plenty of cooked vegetable; it is bad, but there are a lot worse, and what more can I add to the collective wisdom? Avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 21:31:05 | More by albern
Photo of dnichols


2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12 ounce foiled and capped green bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a gold colored body with a very weak head of less than one finger. The head was bone white and disappeared fast and without any lingering lacing.

S: It was dominated by a sweet grainy aroma with lightly toasted malts. Hops and alcohol aromas were non-existent.

T: It was smooth, sweet and grainy. Very lightly carbonated and it was hard to detect any alcohol. After sitting for sometime and approaching room temperature the flavors flattened and a stale uninteresting flavor dominated. DRINK COLD.

M: Smooth, thin-bodied beer with a clean finish, light carbonation and hidden alcohol and hops.

D: Not bad on a hot sticky day when served ice cold. Not a beer I would self select but average to above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:49:35 | More by dnichols
Photo of clayrock81


2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pils glass and received a solid head (it did die quickly) on top of a light gold, seethru body. A grainy smell with some hops mixed in, but nothing really nose-catching. This has the dryness of a pils, but it isn't that good. The hops don't deliver any remarkable taste, and it goes down a little rough instead of having a nice smoothness to it. There's no real flavor to this beer, just a "euro-macro" that is a tad edgier than a American macro. Not horrible, but there's no real point in drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 17:17:13 | More by clayrock81
Photo of TippySelenoid


2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is yellow with a thick head and lots of carbonation.

It smells like a beer from a green bottle. Faint hops and not much else.

Tastes a little bitter. I let it warm a while and it's not very pleasant.

Feels very thin with a biting carbonation.

I don't really want to drink a lot of these, but I could.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 17:39:00 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of TheSarge


1.55/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Remarkably, this beer has a good presentation to it. There's at least two fingers thick of bright white head, with a light gold and clear body. This is what a pilsner is supposed to look like.

The aroma is not anything to brag about, though. It is dominated by metallic aromas, and seems kind of skunky.

The taste shares the kind of bastardization as well: very skunky and meaningless. It's taste is worse than its smell.

This is a horrible impression of a lager/pilsner. I don't understand how this became a popular import. The Germans don't even drink this crap. If this beer tastes like this in its homeland, then the export version has to suck ultra royally. Avoid this monstrosity!

Serving type: can

03-23-2008 19:39:53 | More by TheSarge
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a distinctly sub par lager. It's not horrible, but it leaves a lot to be desired. The beer poured with a very pale straw color and a tiny head. It smelled of a touch of skunkish pale malts and a touch of hops. The taste was rather flat and bland, palatable, but nothing special. If Pilsner Urquell wasn't available, I'd pick Heineken over this.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 02:22:10 | More by cbleary
Photo of nicksawick


4.5/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great for fans of Heineken. I've had better beers but this is fairly cheap and good for a daily drink. It is a nice golden color that you see with Heineken. Not overly bubbly. Not a very harsh first taste and finished smooth. Great served extremely cold.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:52:38 | More by nicksawick
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.98/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smells a little sweet, a little hoppy.

Pale to medium staw

Medium-thin bodied rush of sweet nectar into my mouth, oh! Dry toasty malt notes over a good bit of fruity sweetness. Light brushes of hop complement the malt and sweetness nicely. Finish is fairly clean.

This is my ideal thirst-quencher: its tastes is light and mostly pleasing. It has some body to go along with the malty/sweet flavor. The only downside is that it's not cheap-cheap, but rather imported.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 00:34:30 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of cfriend2

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - light golden yellow in appearance with a fizzy head. i really like the looks of this beer.

S - malt and hops, and a vague fruity odor. something about the way the odors intermingle is somewhat unpleasant.

T - smooth with light carbonation, though judging by the appearance, didn't think such would be the case. the flavor is malty alongside a taste I can only describe as grass-like. lightly bitter aftertaste.

D - I've heard so many people sing the praises of this beer. I don't think it lives up to the hype, but don't get me wrong. It's pretty good, and I would be content with drinking another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 06:36:38 | More by cfriend2
Photo of jadpsu


1.78/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Talk about disappointment. This German import would be overpriced even at half the price it sells for. Thin pale gold in color and a weak appearing beer, with no body or substance on tongue or back of throat. Skunky oder that hides any notice of malts or hops.
A glass of beer that you will be happy to see empty

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 01:31:11 | More by jadpsu
Photo of tempest


3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You know, if this beer wasn't in a green bottle, it'd probably be pretty decent. It's looks a clear, pale gold with zero head retention. The aroma is pretty offensive, with a mix of skunk and boiled vegetables (DMS) and only a little bit of sweet bready grains in the background. Those grain do, however, come out in the flavor along with a bit of grassy hops and a mild bitter bite. The carbonation is on the high side of medium and it's light on the palate.

This beer is clearly a pilsner, as opposed to another Euro pale lager. It actually has discernible hops and malt, but the flaws and handling drag this one down. It'd be pretty decent if it wasn't in a green bottle and mishandled along the trip over.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:20:42 | More by tempest
Photo of youngleo


2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured to a good head that disappeared fairly fast. Very big bubbles. Had a little lacing, but nothing to brag about. Was a very light yellow in color.
S- Smelled a lot like Heineken. You know that strong skunky smell.
T- Tasted a lot like it smelled. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Also seemed light tasting. Like not a lot of flavor. It started strong but didnt have much of a finish.
M- Felt good in the mouth. I thought maybe too much carbonation. Again, it was very light in the mouth.
D- Im not sure if Heineken tastes like Becks or the other way around. If you like the Heineken flavor, buy Heineken. I woudnt turn down drinking this Becks. But unless I got a good deal, I dont think I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 19:43:13 | More by youngleo
Photo of hdofu


2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I can honestly say this is one beer that I can't say many nice things about. Having had the taste of a Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale still fresh on my tongue the last time I had one of these I hadn't realized just how horrible this beer really did taste on its own. Beck's has a yellow color, a strong smell of citrus. The taste is rather bitter like a grapefruit. The feels like seltzer water on the tongue. Not a beer worth drinking by itself. Not a memorable beer. I'm going to finish this one just to get it out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 19:21:42 | More by hdofu
Photo of BMan1113VR


3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, Heineken comparisons are bad, Beck's is much better and cleaner tasting. The beer I tasted came in a 1 pint can, poured into a Lager Glass. Aroma is pretty strong, moderate citrus hops, very very light malt. Also smelled something raisin-ey or possibly red wine. Relativly generous size creamy white head when pouring. Color is a light yellow, and not paticularly attractive. I must say that it left pretty decent lacing around my glass. Flavor is short in duration, and a bit watered down in taste, but still pleasant. The hops come throught the most, and I would guess that this would go quite well with food. By itself, like I said, it is a bit boring and watery. Texture is watery again and a bit on the dry side of things. Carbonation is soft and the finish is extremely clean, very nice. Pretty good overall, but not a super-premium lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:19:20 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of baos


2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into Pizza King mug at Pizza King.

A: Golden w/ 3 finger head.

S: Skunky fox piss deer hunter smell.

T: That strange skunk-weed hop character. Not really that bad with pizza.

M: Forced carbonation.

D: I could've had two if the server ever came back. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:49:06 | More by baos
Photo of JohnGalt1


2.76/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced a flimsy head and no lacing ... crystal clear straw golden brew.

Aroma is thick pale malts and metallic dominant hops.. there is some spice there.. but it smells like a grainy/penny.

Pale malts with not too much of a bitter backbone.. lite/medium body.. malts are there in the background as they should be.. very drinkable (mine is not skunked).. pale malts and middle of the road spicy hops... the malts are there, but Beck's pils could use a touch more hop flavor.

Not much to get excited about, but still IMHO better than the reviews say... just a pretty good pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 09:55:13 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale yellow in color with a white head that didn't seem to last. Smell faint hops not much else. Taste a little sweetness and a bitter finish and not much of an aftertaste. Mediem carbonating light in body. Drinkabilty was ok I would choose this one over an amrican macro any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 20:01:55 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of Sperzel

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light gold into a pint glass. An almost non-existent head disappears fairly quickly.

The smell is nothing captivating. A thin hoppy smell with somewhat "musty" characteristics.

The taste is fine. Medium carbonation and a nice crispness, but is just too "processed" tasting. Has a certain sweetness to it, but gets slightly more bitter before fizzling to a near forgetful finish.

A drinkable beer that is OK for any occasion, but the big thing with this beer is it's commercial taste. There are many more flavorful beers to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 02:12:25 | More by Sperzel
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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