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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,741
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 156 | 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 Bigboyash73
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is much better in a can than it is bottled! I once had a german friend who offered this beer to me and I wasnt impressed. Granted it does taste better to the good ol' american bud light! Becks has an awful smell to it! But if you can get beyond the smell it does taste ok!

Bigboyash73, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of kwjd
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a bar without any good choices. Pours a pale yellow colour with very thin white head. Almost no lacing and head dissipates to nothing pretty quickly. Smells of some grains, I don't detect even a hint of hops. Small bitterness in the flavour, fairly sweet. Mouthfeel actually is nice for the style, which seems to be about the only thing I liked with this beer.

kwjd, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of ELN
3.88/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's really surprising this beer (bier!) that's massly available only has 535+ reviews. I remember seeing it when I was underage when I knew nothing about brands of beer!

Pilsner is an awesome style of beer!

serving type: bottle (drank out of. they don't sell it ANY.OTHER.WAY!)
appearance: dunno. :)
smell: clean. not sure what it is tho. very refreshing tho. like a Heine(ken).
taste: bread, malt and a little hops.
mouthfeel: good. medium and kinda bubbly. finishes real smooth.
drinkability: sure!! i'll have a 6 pack!!!

i haven't drank this beer since 2003. A relative visited at the time and we went to the store and picked out some beer to watch during a movie (Mars Attacks), this is what my guy relative picked. It's not an amazing pick but a good one. This is a smooth and pretty non offensive beer. I wish there were more pilsners on the shelves where I live. Good style!! No need to mark this beer down. It's pretty good. It's a different style than what I'm used to if anything.

BTW, they've updated the label from the photo here. It's basically a large BECK'S logo across the middle, more pronounced. For the better probably. I'm sure people are donating the bottles in the photo to their local thrift store(s) or will someday and they'll mark them as 'collectable' like my local Hazel Dell Salvation Army would and then sell them for $12.

ELN, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of steveh
3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was looking for a good Bavarian Helles because I was in the mood for something light, mellow and drinkable. None of my usual sources had anything at all. Decided to sample the Beck's because I hadn't in some time.

German Pils, eh?

Green bottle, best by 10/2011.

A -- Very, very pale, clear straw yellow -- macro lager pale, with a white head that falls flat very quickly.

S -- Skunk character when first capped, but a vigorous pour and some warming helped to dissipate the green bottle curse. Spicy, vaguely citrus character with some very mild, bready malt back and some light DMS.

T -- Lightly spicy hops up front that blend into some light bready malts and finish with a citrus, light lemon character with the spicy hop character in the finish -- even a little graininess.

M -- Light body with a smooth, soft mouthfeel.

D -- Well, after the skunk fades this is certainly drinkable. Is it a German Pils to style? I think I'd pick it over EKU Pils in a blind test pretty quickly. The citrus character and grainy flavor seem to put this beer in its own category, but the bottom line is that I'd choose it over BMC any day, but definitely not over a good Munich Helles. Sure wish I'd found one of those.

steveh, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of emiricius
1.27/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- bad watery yellow with thin white head, poor retention and thin rings of lace.

S- Skunk, metallic, hints of corn and sweet malt, citrus notes, and musky

T- cheap, musky sweet undertones, with funky ruined buttery hints, citrus notes, and sulpher water. Can we say the buttermilk of beers or something similar?

M- thin and watery, overly fizzy

D- Blah, bitter and skunky. Nasty as others say before me :)))

emiricius, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jellis00
1.35/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Looks like a very light pilsner. I like the green bottle, which has nothing to do with the beer, but the beer is not much to talk about.

S: It is okay, nothing not worthy.

T: So bad, it is not a good taste. I think the taste is the worst aspect of the beer.

M: Meh, really lite. I would say it is not awful, could be worst.

D: I will never purchase this beer again.

jellis00, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of JxDuff
1.58/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much to say about this beer really so I won't get into the details.

It is your typical watery mass produced pilsner. While tasting a little better than most it is still isn't very good. The only plus side is it's easy to drink....that is if you can ignore the lack of taste...

JxDuff, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Distilled10
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A clear golden color.

Smell: A hint of skunk, also some what strong.

Taste: Very Bitter, and some what sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very Carbonated, a bit rough to drink.

Drinkability: It's not one that I personally would drink regularly, but it's a good beer to drink on a celebratory basis.

Notes: I haven't had it often, but when I have it was a good beer to drink on tap.

Serving type: Tap.

Distilled10, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of thatguy3579
3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color, with strings of carbonation springing to the surface. A furious pour summons up a good amount of head, but alas it is gone in a few minutes.

S: Smell is very faint, mostly of grass and biscuits.

T: Taste is mostly sweet up front, faiding to a mild grassy bite on the end. A little skunk is present too. All in all there is not much here and what is present does not excite.

M: Thin and bubbly.

D: A fairly pricey option for a thin uninteresting brew. Drinkable, but so is tea.

thatguy3579, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
1.63/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Thin watery yellow with thin white head, little retention and thin rings of lace.

S- Skunk, metallic, hints of corn and sweet malt, citrus notes, and musky funk.

T- Musky sweet undertones, with funky ruined buttery hints, citrus notes, and sulpher water. Can we say the buttermilk of beers?

M- thin and watery, overly fizzy

D- Blah, bitter and skunky. Nasty

JayS2629, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Bricelyn
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale Fizzy watery yellow!!! First thing i smell two feet off is an oniony skunk... Don't you love sub tropical island that could care less if your beer has sat out in the sun for years.... anyhow It turns out its not so skunky Sharp pils bite that quickly subsides into wonderful malt then after its gone down the sticky residue brind back on more hops and says hay lets have another drink shall we! Mouthfeel lets be honest its just good to have a brew in my mouth, Its cold and almost harsh bite to it the carbonation is that of warm soda but quickly smooths out.

Bricelyn, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of SteveoNY
4.53/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 24 oz green bottle with silver foil neck. best before date 9-2011.

Appearance: crystal clear golden color with 1 finger of thin white head, fast to dissipate, thin runny lacing.

Smell: slight bouquet of skunk, some citrus esters.

Taste: crispy and acidic with a bitter yet sweet finish that has good hang time.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with overly moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: keep em coming, morning day or night this ones a keeper for me ...

Notes: my workhorse Pilsner. gonna price out a 1/2 keg this week.

SteveoNY, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Started drinking this one out of the bottle but decided to put the majority of it into a glass. It had the typical fast dissolving head with the typical gold color. It smelled of skunk with the rest of the beer behind it. The taste thankfully only has a slight tinge of that skunk with that German European beer taste in the background. Besides the skunk it had a grainy malt taste but with a pretty nice hop character that reminds of me of a subtle version of Victory's Prima Pils. Its a very floral bitter hop note that reminds me of the hops in a Boston Lager. It has some creamy mouthfeel which is definitely a plus. Seriously if they just put this in brown bottles it'd be quite enjoyable. Other than that there's other German beers you can get for almost the same price that are better in my opinion.

thebrood1987, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Straw yellow, about a fingers worth of head that disappears very quickly... no lacing at all.

S: Grainy, grassy and corny, with a slight hint of skunk.

T: Pretty much like the smell.... There is a slight bitterness mid palette but settles with little to no aftertaste.

M: Light, thin (a little watered down) with lots of lively carbonation.

D: Euro Lager, pretty plain and not that enjoyable...

mralphabet, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

.5L, Germany, best by 4/11.

Color is distinctively pale and reminiscent of urine. No lacing, weak head.

A wallop of skunky, sulfuric hops on the nose, reminiscent of some of the other "Premium" Euro-lagers. At least there's something going on in the aroma department, despite its harshness.

Flavor is lightly bitter and not that bad at all. Actually pretty dry and refreshing: thank god it's not sweet or too grainy like so many of these German pilsners. However, the metallic presence is pronounced, so this is definitely not well-made beer. Average mouthfeel with surprisingly soft carbonation. Though, the finish is pretty harsh and metallic.

Sorry Germany, this is not a good pilsner. It's more like a typical Euro-lager. Think Heineken, but with more steel and aluminum.

dasenebler, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of MP72
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow with a weak head that does not last.

S-Bready malt and some hops,,slightly skunky sulfur smell.

T-Mild hop taste with a biscuity malt character,,also a little grainy. I enjoyed the taste.

M- medium body , good carbonation

D- I liked this beer and think it is high.

It is brewed by the German Purity law says so on the bottle and websight. Its a decent tasting beer for a macro and I dont understand why it gets a bashing. Its a great pounder in the summer over the BMC junk.

MP72, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of cheesepuffs
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Becks really reminded me of a slightly watered-down Heineken, actually. It's more focused on hops than malts but it's not overpowering. I liked it way more than I thought I would. Overall, it was similar to Heineken but smoother and less skunky. I'm sure I'll be drinking it again. For a German macro, I was surprised at how decent it was. I thought it would be lacking in flavor but use the German name as a crutch for sales. But I wouldn't hesitate to order one again. If you like smoother, crisp, hoppier beers, this is one to try for sure.

cheesepuffs, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden with a small, short lived, white head. Aroma of hay, grassy hops and bready malt. Bready malt, grain and floral hops balanced nicely in the mouth. Light crisp body. Average, earthy finish. It's been a long time since I drank this beer and I didn't expect much. However, this Helles is better than most I tried.

mikeg67, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of samwello
4.65/5  rDev +69.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite beer for daily consumption. Never a hangover and is very refreshing if you live in the South. I love German pilsners, they rarely have odd additive flavors that occur when a foreigh substance is added to the brewing process, such as wood, blueberries, or spices.

Nice Nobel hops flavor.

Medium malt flavor.

Average carbonation.

Clean pleasant after taste.

samwello, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of A380
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a bottle and it was pretty skunked so im reviewing it from a can!

Well definitely pours the same... little head weak lacing
it smells very grainy and tastes slightly watery with grain and slightly spicy hops. not a very powerful taste and kind of lacks character.. but its pretty ok. better than that bottle i tried. This beer definitely tastes a lot better! please dont make that same mistake i made and but crappy skunky bottled becks

buy it from a can then decide if you like it of not!

A380, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pale pilsner produced a weak one finger head of light white foam. It quickly vanished leaving nothing but a ring of wisp around the edge of the glass. Pale yellow color matches a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. This beer has the aroma of caramelized wheat, barley malt, and green hops. Tastes are wisps of lime, golden wheat and heavy hops. Sort of watery across my tongue and against my upper palate. I was hoping for a little better flavor, but I don't think I will have another unless it is offered.

beerprovedwright, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of thekanna
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear yellow with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: Generally clean; some malts and even less perceptible yeast.

T/M: Some faint herbal, medicinal hops, a bit of malts and yeast; crisp and relatively flavorless.

D: Over-carbonated and under-flavored. Next, please.

thekanna, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of taigor
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

taigor, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of BeerConnoiseur
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

BeerConnoiseur, Oct 13, 2010
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