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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 123 | 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 Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

24 oz., 2/3 quart bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a full, fizzy, white head, right out of the bottle into a mug, the head has good retention, and leaves limited lacing on the glass. Best before 3/2008, so I'm thinking I got a fresh bottle.

S: Light smell of pilsner malt and noble hops, typical of a Continental Pilsner.

T: The taste begins with sweet bread malt, and a little bit of sugar, and ends with a biting, almost spicy noble hop character, that is reminiscent of grass. Nice flavour for a mass-produced beer.

M: Very light, fizzy, not up to par with some of the better German lagers, like Spaten or Paulaner.

D: A good drinking pilsner, which was a nice respite from the fray from some of the bigger beers I have been drinking lately in December. Much better than BMC, but it's important to get it as fresh as possible, I've had bottles that certainly weren't of this quality, so if you find an unskunked bottle, enjoy.

Halcyondays, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of sbe1
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent Euro Larger (actually a pilsner, but whatever).

Appearance: Light clear gold, fizzy head that dissipated rather quickly. No worse than other Euro macro brews.

Smell: malt, hop, slightly pungent smell that's hard to put my finger on.

Taste: Smooth, light carbonation, decent malt/hop balance. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, refreshing, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. I can drink these all night in a pinch when there isn't really good beer to be had. Good for what it is.

sbe1, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden yellow with largish bubbles in body and thin white head that disappears quickly. Soapy aroma with light malt. The initial flavor is malty with lightly bitter aftertaste that is clean and relatively refreshing. Only a hint of the soapy flavor noted in the nose. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to go with grilled chicken orsomething. Not very interesting otherwise.

walshclimb, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of madvoice
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rather light golden colour with a rather thick frothy head that stuck around for quite a while. Smelled very yeasty and fruity and a little earthy. Rather uneventful and nondescript for taste and had a mild bitterness. It was a rather fizzy beer which I am not used to drinking. I could have this one again but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. If it was at a BBQ and in the esky I'd certainly help myself.

madvoice, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12 pack, poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Very pale white/yellow, produced a quarter inch of head that dissipated quickly, and left absolutely no lacing.

S - Not much here, some sort of herbal undertone, but not much else.

T - Actually tastes better out of the bottle for some reason, I think the carbonation provides a bit more of a bite that way, which might confuse your senses into thinking there is more taste than this beer has in reality. Reminds me of a watery Heineken.

M - Thin bodied and watery, yet crisp and very clean. High carbonation which suits this brew well.

D - Fairly high I'd say, it's very inoffensive and easy to consume. Overall nothing distinct, and the next time I drink one it'll probably be because I forgot what it tasted like.

PhageLab, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Overlord
2.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Middling yellow color, about a half inch white head.

Tastes of malt and ... foliage? Shrubbery or grass. Not particularly complex, no hops, but not unpleasant either. Just a flat, simple, not unappealing taste.

I certainly opt for this over U.S. macro lagers, but I wouldn't say this is a particularly good pilsener. Just slightly below average across the board.

Overlord, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Graham5161986
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep golden colour with plenty of carbonation bubbles, frothy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent lace

S: grassy nose with a slight tartness but not skunky

T: refreshing grassy flavour with a touch of malty sweetness

M: light bodied, with good carbonation and a watery finish

D: A refreshing beer that is easy to drink and, while not being anything special, does not disappoint the senses. I drink this as a session beer quite often as it is always available and is slightly superior to many of the typical euro macro lagers.

Graham5161986, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass.

A - clear, golden color with a small white head that fell pretty fast.

S - German malt, sort of bitter aroma.

T - good balance of sweet malt and bitter hop flavors.

M - light/medium body with refreshing amount of carbonation.

D - good enough beer to drink all night.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear light golden-yellow hued body with a pale white thin film sits on top for a bit. There is gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding through the body.

S- This beer has a smell of pale malt with a fresh dry Munich malt flavor and a soft noble hop hint comes through only as it warms.

T- The nice Munich malt flavor has a dry honey malt hint like that of a good Kolsch. There is a dry light bitterness at the finish that has a faint sulfur quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish with a tight little finish.

D- I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The Munich malt tasted fresh and had a nice flavor of a good Kolsch. The other flavors were a bit muted and the hops were almost nonexistent. No off flavors in the beer but a bit dull.

rhoadsrage, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

sadly, this was the best option available at a ritzy wedding and i was forced to revisit it. clear straw in appearance with an ok white head. nose was mostly vegetal and grassy w/some skunk to it. just a hint of malt in the taste with a moderate bitterness. light and crisp mouthfeel. not bad, but not that good either. still better than an american macro lager, though.

MrMcGibblets, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is ok but not great. I prefer ales to lagers, so maybe I dont appreciate this. But judging by other ratings, I must have got it right. Typical macro lager that pours yellow and fizzy without much aroma or taste. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability is okay only because the beer is not that offensive. One of the first widely available imports.

biggmike, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of armock
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this for the first time last night has a golden color with a white head. Smell was not so good maybe mine was bad because it was smelling skunky. Taste I was not impressed with it at all skunk. It wasn't bad in my mouth high carbonation. I would possibly try this again but wouldn't drink more than one.

armock, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this at Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest. Pours up pale gold with a creamy head. A slight trace of hops in the aroma, otherwise pretty clean. Crisp taste, with hops finishing on the side of the tongue. It's a bit thin, though. A very nice beer on a hot, humid Texas afternoon.

hiikeeba, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

How did I get to review #2393 without getting around to Beck's? Another mystery of the world...

Clear pale yellow, slim white head...

Lemony smell, some hops, some pee...sorry, can't help it, the nose smells what the nose smells...is this why folks drink it out the bottle, to avoid the aroma...I can't find anything to like about it. ...but it's not too far from the par for this style, actually.

Big carbonation, sparkling, but sour, lemony flavor, and thinly bodied.

Nothing I can say will stop anyone from buying it...thin, watery, blah...yeesh.
The #1 German beer in America...actual Germans know better.

And that's where I'll leave it.

feloniousmonk, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised when I re-tried this beer. I first had it years ago, but didn't write a review. It was skunked and bad. However, this one was pretty good, relatively.
A straw pale yellow color with soapy head. Not very durable either. No surprise.
smell had a hint of citrus and hops. It seemed crisp, not skunky. What a relief.
Taste is less malty than I thought; a touch of crispness from hops, some floral hints and no skunk. Malt comes in heavy at the end, making it a bit tough to drink, for me.

Mebuzzard, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
2.33/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is the epitome of nothingness. There is just absolutely nothing to it. Pours a very light gold, like a bud light. Little head that dissipates fast. no to crappy smell. faintest bit of funk. taste is like carbonated water. BLAH! I only dont rate it worse b/c it is better than something that tastes bad, i suppose.

Lnedrive14, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of peabody
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a really clear straw color with no head and no lacing to speak of.
Smell is skunky like the St. Pauli Girl and like that one you can't really smell anything past that. Mabey a dirty dishwater.(my glasses are clean though)
Taste is almost like the dirty dishwater I just mentioned. Watery mess of sweet/bitter but ever so slight. Almost undetectable.
Mouthfeel is bland.
Drinkability ,,,, well you see my score, you make the call.

peabody, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow color with a nice white head that quickly dissapears and little to no lacing.
Smell the faint skunk as pouring but no trace of it in the aroma,nice freshness and crisp freshly mowed grass and faint musk.
Tastes quite refreshing and light with some snap to it.bitterness towards the end and than the dryness.
Light and little carbs to this one.
Not a bad beer,goes down very easy and very refreshing on a hot day,can easily polish of a few of these.

GrimmReaper, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a rapidly dissipating head. Within a minute there was no head, no cap, nothing. Almost flat looking except for the tiny carbonation bubbles floating to the top. The smell is a zesty, grassy hop, a bit of that green bottle skunky aroma. The beer is grainy but does have a decent spicy hop taste. The pilsner characteristics do show up but it also has that Euro lager green bottle funk. The feel is light and well carbonated, has a slightly dry finish. A decent beer, probably one of the better choices you may have at a crappy gas station store. A notch better than the typical Euro lagers.

Gmann, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of CaptainObvious
3.45/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Figured I'd try this one as many people have talked about it, but few could give a decent opinion of it. I poured it from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Lighter golden appearance and very clear

S: Very standard smell for a lighter commercial lager

T: The taste was very simple. It was something that I would expect a lot of people that are not avid beer drinkers to like.

M: It felt like a lighter-bodied lager with no standout characteristics.

D: Definitely easy to drink, as I was through a few of these fairly quickly.

CaptainObvious, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong musty noble hop with a light graininess.

The tatse consisted of an earthy and spicy hop with a light husky grain. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and perhaps a bit overcarbonated.

Overall a good pils. This beer gets a bad reputation I believe because of it mas produced status. Not a bad drinker. Certainly not the most complex pils, but certainly worth drinking in a pinch.

plaid75, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.5
A clear pale gold with a lot of bubbles. Poured half a finger of white head that disappeared instantly.

Smell - 2.5
Lack of skunk instantly impresses, but unfortunately there is not much in the way of smell. A little floral hops, vague grain, nothing nasty.

Taste - 3.0
Very refreshing and crisp upfront, and dry and bitter in the finish. A nice level of hoppy bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavour. Aftertaste is bitter and fresh.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation quickly reduced from high to lower than average. Goes down quite smoothly, gives the feel of having a lot of small, champagne like bubbles.

Drinkability - 4.0
This is a highly sessionable beer. While it is not particularly delicious (well, not at all), it is refreshing and free of nasty tastes.

This is one of the better bitter, dry beers out there. If you want taste, look elsewhere, but that isn't exactly the idea with this beer. The price is high, and value below average, but I will surely drink this on tap in the future, as it is widely available and makes for easy drinking.

LittleCreature, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Brad007
1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 24oz bottle. Aroma is kinda skunked and bland upfront. Taste is much of the same. Very odd aftertaste. Best before date is 2/08. Regardless, the taste is pretty dull and bland. If you took away any of the skunk, it would still be dull and bland. Almost not worth drinking.

Brad007, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Becks pours a big stiff head over a clear, pale yellow brew. The nose in
this sample was, unfortuantely a bit skunked. When that dissappated, the
nose was pretty simple stuff- a mere whiff of light barley malt. The flavor
is not too bad- very mild barley malt up front with a bit of grassy hop in the
finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. I dunno- I think a premium import should
have a little more going on. The skunkiness is a calculated risk associated
with the green glass. I don't think I'll be willing to take this particular risk again-
what you get just isn't worth the expense.

shadow1961, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of ekempey
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle, with a "best by" date of 3/2008, into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a light golden/copper color with almost no head, and no retention or lace. The beer has grains on the nose, as one expects of a beer fulfilling the purity law of 1516. The first taste is that of malt and a slight hint of hops on the back end. It is very drinkable, and even though in a green bottle it does not have the overwhelming euro pilsner skunk that other green bottle beers have.

The beer is a great alternative to other "pilsner" beers, as it actually uses the malts and hops to its advantage to make a well balanced beer. This is a good alternative to other beers out there, but it still has its weaknesses in lack of body and over carbonation.

ekempey, Aug 07, 2007
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.