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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 23.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-18-2002

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beck’s has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-straw appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of roasted barley, clean water, and bitter hops. Taste is likewise of mild barley, water, and at the middle to the end, bitter, pleasing hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Beck’s finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. If there is a negative to associate with this beer, I don’t know what it is. I love it, and I strongly suggest giving it a try.


Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: 1/8" white head that dissipated extremely quickly over straw coloured liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Metal, yeast, and sugars.

T: Floral hops and sweet malt.

M: Thin viscosity and low carbonation.

O: A drinkable but average German Pilsener.

2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into brew fest mug.

A: Pours a light straw colored body, with a light head that sinks instantly, with very little lacing and medium level of carbonation.

S: The aroma is a rice, astringent grassy note, that does not fair well for the likes of a pilsen malt.

T/M: Very light and crisp mouthfeel, with a light noble hop presence. The linger is short and very un-notable.

O: Overall this is a fairly poor brew, as the flavors are all over the place and the overall character is slightly concerning.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant straw-golden color, translucent, with modest white head. Noise is big oily skunk-like character. Palate offers fizzy, highly carbonated cereal grain sweetness with herbal/oily/skunk flavors. Fnishes the same. Light, though not watery.

Photo of nickd717
2.11/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from 12/19/2008.

Becks always reminds me of that line from Beerfest: "...und...und...und...und Becks!!!" Classic cinema, does not get any better than that. Where were we? Oh yeah, Becks. Third best beer in Germany? Riiight. "Becks" is probably German for "run of the mill." Not terrible for a macro, but still watery and a little skunky. Typical clear pale yellow appearance. Some grassy/grainy/unpleasant hop notes. Standard pale lager mouthfeel. Und...und...und NEXT.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale, very clear light blonde body, with a watery white head.

S - Pale scents, with sweet grains and skunky bitterness.

T - Dry, watered down bitterness. Corn-like grain notes. Semi sweet on the palate.

M - Pretty crisp and drinkable. Super light, with a watery body.

O - A light commercial German pilsner. Not bad out of the pick of mass produced beers though.

Photo of kilustration
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not as good as I once remembered. Very BORING German beer.

Pale color, ho hum taste that is slightly grassy.

Head dwindles quickly.

Would rate as a higher quality domestic brew. Aint saying much...

Would not turn down though....if free, very few I would.

Going to look elsewhere.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.67/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very typical, almost boring Pilsener appearance. I'm a little disappointed in the head. With a moderate pour, this beer achieved only a fingers worth of head which fizzled away to a few blotches on top within seconds.

S- The scent I am getting redeems this beer somewhat. There is a smell of malts blended in with that "Pilsenery" citrus hoppiness which actually works quite well. There is also a definite note of skunk which detracts a little- courtesy of the green bottle.

T- On the front end, there is a good malty sweetness which actually lingers for a while. This is then followed by hops and grain. Quite a simple palate but altogether pretty satisfying. There is also a bit of a metallic twist at the end but nothing really off-putting is present.

M- Impressively, this has a smooth and well balanced mouthfeel. The carbonation provides definite character to the brew and a decent sizzle. Much better than what I expected.

O- While not blowing me away, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this beer. It has enough of a definable character for me to remember it- amongst the millions of other beers in this style. It definitely is not as robust as I would like- but more than I anticipated.

Photo of olimpia84
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from a bottle and served on a pilsener glass. Pale clear yellow color although not as clear as other pilseners I've tried before. Head is not foamy at all and dissipates rather quickly. Hints of citrus and grassy/floral touches both on the smell and taste. Carbonation is just about right on this one.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with 1/2" of head with decent retention. Smells musty with a slight hop aroma. Taste is grainy with mild hops for balance; smooth not very bitter. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall not a bad beer. For the style it's decent and refreshing.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.84/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The Pilsener poured a very clear, light yellow color, it produced a nice white head with average head retention. Average lacing. The aroma consisted of light grain, a small amount of hops and it was somewhat musty. The taste of this pilsner was light in body, some light malt base with a sweet crisp finish. This beer is OK in a pinch...there are much better German Pilsener's out there to be had. Skip this mass produced lager and get a real german beer. Prost!

Photo of thehyperduck
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As with most green-bottled import brands I review, I went with a 500 mL can to avoid the skunk. Pours a pale golden straw colour, topped with one finger of fizzy white head that is in a hurry to leave. A thin cap and collar are left behind in its place. Pretty pedestrian-looking - it's a lager, that's about all I can say. The smell is dull but appropriate - grainy malts, barley, some grassy hops. Odour is a little stronger than many generic euro lagers but not any more interesting.

Taste is mostly barley malt. Clean-tasting with a quick flash of hoppy bitterness at the end. Clean finish without much aftertaste. Disappointing hop character for a pils. Light-bodied, watery, with fairly high carbonation.

Somehow I've managed to avoid trying Beck's until now, and I think I'm justified in saying I really wasn't missing much. Everything about this beer is bland, and honestly if this were an EPL that wouldn't be quite as damning. Unfortunately it's supposed to be a pilsener. Regardless, it's easy to toss back and plenty drinkable. If someone offered this to me I'd drink it happily, but I doubt I'll ever purchase it again. It certainly isn't what I would consider a good example of a pilsener.

[Updated Feb. 21 2014]

I picked up another can and compared it side-by-side with some other German pilseners (Warsteiner, Stiegl Pils and Holsten Premium). I have long been of the opinion that Beck's is just a regular Euro pale lager rather than an actual pils, and this re-tasting is just confirming my beliefs. There is almost no noble hop presence, and the flavour seems rather corny. This just isn't a very good pilsener, and there are plenty of other German imports I would select before this one, including the three listed above.

Final Grade: 2.75, a C grade.

Photo of JMad
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is a pale yellow color with a foamy white one finger head. It smells like a typical green bottled Euro lager, it was funky, skunky and had hints of grass and lemon. The taste is slightly bitter with grassy hops and grain. The beer is light with prickly carbonation. This is pretty much your average Euro/ green bottled pale lager.

Photo of wschmit
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint. Expecting all the worst skunking...here goes:

A: Doesn't look terrible at all: a clear, golden/straw body with plenty of carbonation. The middling white head fizzles out quickly, leaving a pretty wussy ring.

S: Skunking is actually pretty subdued--as are any hops, unfortunately. That said, it actually has a pretty nice, decocted, vaguely raisin-y malt sweetness to it that I find charming, although it's not as good as other German lagers by any stretch.

T: The malt actually comes through pretty well, too. Not a trace of hops at all--not even a vague bitter tingle in the end, and with a slight metallic bite up front. Not as bad as expected, frankly, but there are better German lagers, even at this pricepoint--see DAB, BBK, Konig, etc.

M: Too flat at this point--really blew itself out. A bit of acridity from something. This could stand to be quaffed ice-cold.

O: For an "import" macro lager, it's not that bad--I'd take it over Bud any day. But for a marginal increase, you can get much better beers. And good Lord, give up the green bottles--do yourself a favor and drink this canned, if possible.

Photo of BEERME528
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat attractive head with moderate retention. Does not offer the most appealing smell. The taste was not very unique from the majority of other macros, both American or not. Would like to find this on tap somewhere to see what it is like after not being stored in a green bottle.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright yellowish orange color, almost a golden. Provides a small white foam head that dissipates and disappears quickly. There is a small amount of spotty lacing.

S: Some grassy hops, toasted white bread and skunk. The skunk is the most prominant scent.

T: Starts off and finishes with a nice amount of grassy noble hops with a light saltine cracker backbone. Also present much not quite as strong as the smell is the skunk flavor. But it is more of an undertone.

M: A little grainy taste on the palate. Not as crisp and clean as expected from a pils.

O: Not a bad option if there is nothing else. I would not reach for this pils if I had options, but would not turn it down either.

Photo of stjaernstoft
2.82/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beck's, ABV: 5.0%.
330 ml bottle, 13.50 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: This beer pours an extremely pale, clear, yellow liquid, and gives a weak, white head that quickly looses all its integrity.

S: Aromas of sour lemons and green apples hits the nose instantly, but I can hint smaller fractions of malt and grassy hops.

T: My mouth gets sour and somewhat bitter flavours of more citrus fruits and apples, as well as some grainy maltiness. It's odd, to me, but still pretty neutral.

M: The carbonation is quite strong, the body is rather light, the bitterness is medium to low, but the drinkability factor is good.

O: Friends of mine drink this as a "party beer", and it does that job rather well. I will not over analyze that, it's a decent beer, but 'Beck's' isn't my beer of choice for those occasions. The fruity apple taste isn't really my pint of pilsener. I find better options out there - like 'Bitburger' or 'Starobrno' - with more pleasing character and bitterness.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.82/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an unbelievably see-through golden color. Half way between water and most other Macros. Almost zero head. Leaves some lacing.

S-A mixture of skunkiness and noble hops. Lightly grainy. Smell is more aggressive than I would have expected.

T-Flavor actually displays more of the noble hop and less of the skunk. Hey I won't even hate on this beer's flavor. It is better than most of its peers. That being said, the flavor is miles from awesome.

M-Has a seltzer-like quality. Body is very light, and the carbonation is strong. I wonder how light the body is on Beck's Light. I won't hold my breath to find out.

O/D-To summarize, I would probably pick this before a bunch of other Macro brews. That is all.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour an entirely translucent brew of the palest straw color. It holds a brief one finger head of active white bubbles. Moderately thick lacing is left around the glass as the head rapidly departs. No sediment is noted and the carbonation appears outrageously active, like champagne on uppers. The nose is acrid with adjuncty grain, and all of the aromatic characteristics of a fatty and frightened stinktier. There is a faint hint of apple fruitiness, but this is more conducive with a musty apple core. The remainder of the nose is filled by floury, chalky grain, and an unidentifiable peppery, spiciness. As we sip, the mouth meets first with sour grain and unpolished coin. The middle moves us forward with more bitter grain, and what begins as a bright sweetness. This lasts only temporarily, but long enough to drag us through to the finish where we part ways with the flavor. These last visitors to leave are of a hollow honey sweetness, watered-down malts, and baking flour. The aftertaste breathes of adjuncty grain and barley, plastics, bitter yeast, and a wiry metallic component. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is offensively high, biting hard on the tip of the tongue. This contributes a bit of burpiness to the drinker, for later. The flavoring and feel are also watery throughout. The mouth is left on the drier side of life, and there is little coating or froth to each sip. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks easily for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how mild the flavoring was. Had they attempted to amp up any aspects of this beer’s flavor profile it could have resulted in a much more offensive and bitter beer. While it falls generally within the parameters for the style, everything is muted and the beer is not really the most exciting thing to drink.

Photo of aval89
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear golden straw color.. lots of bubbles sticking to glass.. 2 finger head (bright white).. settles to almost nothing.

s: noble hops with a soft lemony like aroma.. sweet pale malts as well. also has a mild musty smell, which strangely i like.

t: upfront its musty, but not in an entirely bad way.. as it rolls on the tongue you get those sweet pale malts & some grassiness. backend is slightly bitter with the hops coming through at their peak. slight earthiness with mild spice for the hop bitterness. some musty characters do linger.. also a bit of a lemony quality as well.. nice little hoppiness at the end, but nothing that compares to ipas, etc.. just a good clean pilsner bitterness.

mf: light-medium body with crisp clean carbonation. cleanses the palate.

o: i had this a few months ago out of the can and was disappointed. maybe cuz i was already intoxicated. this beer actually surprised me.. at $1.59 a 16oz can, its somewhat of a bargain.

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, floral notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and a bit of a floral spiciness. It actually comes across as being a little dry tasting, which takes away from it being refreshing. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A step up from the countless other euro-beers that are on the market, but it's still nothing to write home about. There are some other beers in this style/category that I'd drink before this one.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a fizzy, white head; it’s nothing spectacular.

S: Aroma is mostly bitter and malty, very prototypical of other German brews.

T/M: Tastes bitter and malty as well, like a more potent Grolsch.

It’s extremely basic, but in all fairness, Beck’s subscribes to the Reinheitsgebot, or the “German Beer Purity Law,” a now defunct regulation originating in 15th century Germany that prohibited beer from being made with anything other than water, barley, and hops. It’s more or less just a marketing ploy now, but if that’s how you earned your success, why change it. It’s hard to find a lot of complexity in beer that is literally water, malt, and hops, but it makes for a good baseline to compare other beers to. It’s good if that’s what you’re in the mood for, but relatively basic otherwise.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can into nonic.

I'll admit I used to order this beer quite a bit, back in those "straight outta the bottle" days. I haven't had this in a few years, but upon seeing this in a can, I couldn't resist!

Very pale and clear yellowish body with a frothy 3 finger cap of white head. Virtually no lace, but retention was decent.

Lemony notes cone through over a pilsner and biscuit malt. Noble hops smell floral and spicy.
The taste follows the nose perfectly-- sweet malts are nice and soft with a surprising hop bitterness at the back end. Crisp clean finish.

I never buy bottles of this beer due to their choice of green glass-- but I will consider buying cans again.
This was a very pleasant surprise-- I was expecting to be handing a D on this review, and I'm pleased to say it was better than I had remembered!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Bockrules
3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
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...

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