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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 138 | 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 ChrisCage
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured this from a super size 710mL bottle and gave a fairly hard pour, which produced a decently thick foamy head, that had a bit of retention, which I wasn't expecting really. The color is a shade darker than straw and there appears to be a lot of carbonation in this brew.

S- This is definately a pilsener. Not as strong a smell as some other German pilseners that I've had, but the sharper hop aromas are definately there. I also detect a decently pronounced freshly milled grain aroma, which is something that I have come to enjoy finding in a decent beer.

T- The best marks in my opinion come in this category. I really like the sweet malty goodness, which is well balanced with a slight floral note and the hops that really are noticable on the finish...very nice!

M- I'm guessing the heavier hopping of this style contributes to the oily feel that I get from this beer. It's well carbonated, as first thought, and lighter than I expected. Nothing really special but not bad by any means.

D- With a great flavor and a light body, this one is a good candidate for being a session beer. I would be able to enjoy this one throughout a night without the need to change. Very decent brew!

ChrisCage, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of generallee
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 24oz green bottle into a tall flute glass.

Appearance: It pours a very pale yellow color with great clarity and a tall fizzy white head. The head faded fast and left behind no lace.

Smell: The aroma had a light skunky aroma over light floral and grassy hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: There was a delicate grainy malt with some floral hops that finished on a skunky note. Its palate was thin with a watery texture and fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Not sure if I got a bad bottle but it was consumed well before the freshness date on the label.

generallee, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of germanbeerluvr
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to think this was a good german beer, then I grew up. The only reason I drink this in bars is because in the Bronx, it's the only german beer that is served. That's why I go to the Heidelberg Restaurant in NYC, who's tap beer collection would make you slap your momma.

germanbeerluvr, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of galante27
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

galante27, May 19, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

zeff80, May 17, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
3.55/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

IPAcraig, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

JEdmund, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev +50.2%
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.

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
1.45/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

BeerCon5, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of albern
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

albern, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of dnichols
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

dnichols, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

clayrock81, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of TippySelenoid
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

TippySelenoid, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
1.55/5  rDev -43.6%
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!

TheSarge, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of cbleary
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

cbleary, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of nicksawick
4.5/5  rDev +63.6%
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.

nicksawick, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +44.7%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of cfriend2
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

cfriend2, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
1.78/5  rDev -35.3%
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

jadpsu, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

tempest, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of youngleo
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

youngleo, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of hdofu
2.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

hdofu, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of baos
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

baos, Feb 05, 2008
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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