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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,826 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,826
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 1,826 | Reviews: 665
Photo of Sudsy89
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will say I'm generally not a fan of lagers.
Beck's isn't really impressive, but I'd take it over a Corona or American macro, it doesn't taste gross to me.

12oz bottle, chilled

Appearance is a pale golden color, has a small foamy head that quickly disappears. Has a high level of carbonation, stays fizzy in the glass.

Aroma and taste, pretty average, typical lager.
Bit of maybe grain or corn smell, slight hop bitterness. Tastes similar to a macro lager like
Bud or Kirin. I will say that it isn't offensive to me, so I think it's an average drinker, I could drink a few bottles. Nothing special, would be good with a simple dinner or a burger.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a uniform blonde with a big, foamy head that soon settles into a 1/8 inch cap. Standard and appealing.

Aromas of cooling cut grass, sweet corn on the cob, and chalk hit the nose. Refreshing.

Taste provides a glow of blonde malt with carefully tuned edges of bitterness. On the swallow, the bitterness grows to wash over the palate, leaving it refreshed. Oddly enough, the drying sensation in the mouth during the finish makes the mouth water for another swallow, or savory meat -- this beer was born for roast chicken, or a well-seasoned hamburger.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with, small, compact bubbles softly scrubbing every surface in the mouth. It is full, but never aggressive.

Drinkability is quite nice as well; having another chilled bottle close by is a lovely idea.

All in all, this is a wonderfully balanced beer, and a fantastic example of what can be done with just four ingredients. Even the slight DMS note is welcome -- it is a clean, bright sweetness, the sugar of fresh corn, rather than the vegetal, overcooked flavor of many lesser lagers.

If you must, you can look down your nose due to the fact that it's a mass-produced beer. If you do, however, you're missing out. This is a world-class beer, and one that's always welcome in my fridge.

Photo of darkmartin
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a light amber with a small white frothy head that dissapears fairly quickly.

Smell: Strong citrus flavor, primarily lime.

Taste: Very smooth with again a strong lime flavor.

Mouthfeel: Clean, thin, very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, very hard to stop.

Photo of mnrider
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Green bottle.

A: Pours an ultra clear yellow. Heavy carbonation, with a large white head. No lacing because the head evaporates in seconds.

S: Water, light malts, with a skunky aroma.

T/M: It gets a little better. Creamy smooth and crisp. But hops and malts are almost unnoticeable. While the carbonation and bitterness is noticeable. Also slightly grainy.

D: Nothing special going on here. Not sure I'd get this one again. However I feel Beck's is somewhat better out of the can.


Photo of deaconoflove
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ap. Very pale yellow with minimal head that dissappeared quickly. More head on second pour, but vanished immediately.
Sm. Very pale smell, kind of grainy.
Ta. Mild, slightly sour, grain. Typical cheap beer taste with very slightly bitter finish.
Mf. Thin and light.
Dr. Why?

Photo of scott451
3.22/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a Becks pilsner glass glass. Two finger bubbly head on a light golden. Lots of carbonation. Spotty weak lacing. Surprising fruity smells.
Fruity notes again in the taste. Smooth hop finish. Lightly flavoured in general.
Light body and carbonation. Drinkability is good, bearing in mind that this is a very drinkable style. No major flaws here.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.29/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Zero foam or lacing. Bright gold with good transparency. Extremely disappointing. Ginger ale! On my third try with this one I got some ok foam. It still disappeared right away.

Smell: Strong musky hops and smoky grain (mostly corn?). Decent malt as well. A bit skunked I think. I may need another one of these to know for sure.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly hops. Not to lemony, but more floral. Heavily malted finish. Definitely an alcoholic bite in the finish.

Drinkability: A bit heavy and not quite as good as other European lagers.

Overall: Probably the best gateway to this style. Only the appearance really disappoints.

Photo of GNR4life2
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I have a buddy who swears by imports and loves this beer. First off it pissed me off cause its 11.2 ounces so I feel short changed already.

A: Looks like water with oil and some bubbles. barely any head

S: Kinda peppery like Heineken.

T: Its beer. its average not too strong not too light.

M: feels good to drink after a long day of bullshit at work.

D: I wouldnt recommend this. If its given to you for free then go to town but if you buy this then you will be very disgusted.

Photo of wahhmaster
1.68/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale golden color with very few carbonation bubbles. Has a thin, white head that leaves little lacing as it quickly dissipates.

Smell: Has a strong sickly sweet smell. Not really much else there besides that.

Taste: Mildly bitter and sickly sweet throughout. Pretty bland and boring but borders on unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and way over carbonated.

Drinkability: Ugh... This is really just another poorly made European macro lager. For the price you pay for this, it certainly isn't worth it. I also don't really understand the "German Pilsener" designation. I really feel that this is more in line with the Euro Pale Lagers like Heineken, Grolsch, or Carlsberg. Definitely pass on this one.

Photo of Evocatus
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma was definitely wheaty, not a huge fan. Taste was somewhat feint. Not too watery, but no robust either. It was also very wheaty, not a huge fan. Crisp and well carbonated however. Not a huge fan, probably won't have this agian.

Photo of metter98
3.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with just a few bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are faint aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the notes of caramel malts are more noticeable. Very little hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and isn't very carbonated.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing.

Photo of jsprain1
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a pale yellow with a thin head that fizzes fast. rather much resembles an american adjunct...
s- graininess, grassiness. a little bit of hop. kind of smells like the inside of a barn. not in an entirely bad way. mildly import/skunked smell as well.
t- a smooth beer, with very little malt flavor and kind of a strange hop taste. a bit of skunk/vegetable taste as well.
m- smooth and crisp. not entire a poorly structured beer.
d- this beer is essentially a slight step above heinekin in an entirely similar field.
last edit: 7/11/10

Photo of mjurney
2.61/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Pale straw color, clear, lots of carbonation, soapy head, not much lacing.
[Smell]: Very skunky smell at first. I could smell some grainy and mild spicy hops, but the skunky smell overpowers it.
[Taste]: Sweet grainy up front, dry herbal hops, slight fruity (green apple like) in the mid-palate, bitter at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, well carbonated, dry and slight crisp finish.
[Drinkability]: Average. Not the best Pilsner/Euro lager I had, but it's quite decent.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holy skunk. This is, I think, the skunkiest-smelling green-bottled beer I've ever had. Oddly enough, though, it tasted OK.

Very clear, pale yellow, with not much head.

The taste is just average. If nothing else is around, and it's a hot day. No problem. Esp. if it's free.

Fine in the mouth... just a little overcarbonated, maybe.

Fairly drinkable.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is pure gold and perfectly clear with a light head that doesn't last and light lacing on the glass.

It has a lightly hoppy and grassy smell that's pleasant, but doesn't stand out and is not very strong.

I think it tastes ok although not outstanding. It's got a lightly sweet taste, with hops for sure, perhaps a touch of grain, and a lightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but thin and non-outstanding.

The drinkability of this beer is quite good, despite its failings. For a mass produced beer, it's certainly light years ahead of budweiser, coors, lite, and those types of beers. It's a good barbeque beer and is just fine ice cold out of a cooler on a hot day.

Photo of JamisonM
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: ultra clear small bright white head does not last long no lacing to speak of

S: this beer is not skunky but it has a skunky smell non the less how on earth? slight sweetness in there too

T: taste offends me even drinking very cold

M: light and watery mouth

D: offensive taste makes it not very drinkable

overall: shame that a German beer is so bad if you want to drink a macro lager there are better beers out there.

Photo of adman33
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Drinking out of a 24oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Appearance is clear yellow/gold about 3/4 in white head that dissipated rapidly.

Smell is initially strong of bitter hops with a slightly sweet finish.

Taste is light on the front end and slight bitter almost chemical taste.

Light mouthfeel. Almost like drinking sparkling water.

Drinkability is pretty decent for what it is. Nothing spectacular.

Photo of BucBasil
2.61/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 500mL glass bottle into a Stella glass.

A: The beer is a pure gold color with a 1.5 finger thick pure white head with little retention.

S: Skunky kind of smell coming off this one right from the pour. A bit of grass and a soap. Not much good to say here.

T: Graininess and a bit of floral hop. Finishing with more light hop and a soapy, rubbery off taste.

F: Smooth all the way through. The high point of a mediocre beer.

D: This one goes down as easy as any other pils, but there are way better examples to be found elsewhere... even mass produced ones.

Photo of eschbach
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has got to be one of the most popular German Beers in the US. And honestly, I have no idea why. There are so many better German Lagers on the market. But with that said it's still much better than a lot of imported Lagers. However, I have been to Germany and almost no Germans drink Beck's.

The beer looks good in a glass. It has a good golden color, with a nice head. It has a strong floral aroma, and a strong floral taste. The floral taste of the beer makes it a good beer to have with food in my opinion.

Beck's isn't bad beer but it's not great. Not to mention it's not exactly cheap. Beck's is sold at most places that sell beer. So if you are fiending a German lager this might be all that is available for you.

Photo of ktrillionaire
1.48/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is not very good. Not even in comparison to BMC, or Heineken, or Mexican lager.

It may be able to hang with mediocre Kvass.

A - Straw-hued, flat in two-seconds flat, and disturbingly translucent.

S - At first I thought I caught a whiff of lemon-lime, and something a little perfume-y. But, no, it was actually the same smell as a new Nike shoe box. More on that later.

T - Terrible, overall. There are some redeeming char... err... wait, no there aren't. Sickly sweet, with a flavor that makes it clear that this is the product of massive industrial machinery.

M - It feels better spitting it out. Also, I would think it has to taste better coming back up than it is going down. The poster-child for wimpy, limp lameness.

D - During high school, I had a friend who worked at Foot Locker, in the mall. I always thought that the new shoe smell of that place was unbearable. This beer smells and tastes just like that 'essence of Foot Locker'. As to enjoyability, its a notch below O'Douls.

You've really done it Beck's! You have created the only product imaginable that is head and shoulders below BMC. Way to shit on over a thousand years of Bavarian brewing excellence.

Photo of hmk22
3.8/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised at the number/scope of the negative comments about Beck's. It's not a bell-ringer, but I don't think it deserves a D in any category. It seems to me to be a decent and serviceable, if not memorable, German-tasting pilsener. It has more hoppiness than other more expensive European beers -- I recall many many years ago thinking it was mondo bitter -- but I have come to consider Beck's my go-to "better"/affordable beer: For some reason, the RiteAid in Grand Central Terminal -- the majestic marble palace of transportation through which I commute twice a day -- sells it for less than any other retail outlet I know of. I like Beck's much more than Heineken for its crispness and drinkability and consider it a great starter beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a can with no freshness date. Poured a medium golden, with about a 1/2 inch of head that receded rapidly. After only a minute or so, all traces of head or lacing were gone.

Nose was that of a somewhat skunky Euro macro, which got worse as the brew warmed up.

A slightly sweeter macro flavour, with a bitter finish. Flavourful to be sure, but still not up to snuff.

Mouthfeel was medium body, but the carbonation completely crapped out a few sips into it and it tasted flat. Not sure, maybe I got a dud can, but it really brought the experience down several notches nontheless.

In my early drinking days, this was considered a primo import, and I'm fairly certain I liked it then. Now I see it as just another run of the mill Euro macro. Nothing special; there's so many others of the style and price point with better drinkability to go with instead.

Photo of Pencible
1.71/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This poured a clear pale gold with some quickly dissipating white head. It smelled like skunks and lemons and grassy hops, with wild bready yeast. It tasted like lemon zest and creamy yeast, with sour grassy hops. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a dirty bitter aftertaste. Overall this was not at all a good beer. I couldn't find a single redeeming quality to it. The scent seemed skunky, even though the beer was fresh. The taste wasn't much better. The body was weak. German macros are worse than American macros.

Photo of zoso493
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale straw color that is more or less par for the style, if maybe just a touch too translucent. There's not much in the way of a head and no lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: There's a very skunky smell to this one, which is the first thing that jumps out at me. Other than that, there's a slight grassy hop scent and some grains in the background.

Taste: The taste is pretty nonexistant in this beer. There is a light hoppiness to it, a touch of toasted malt and an ever-so-slight graininess, but all of these are extremely muted.

Mouthfeel: Beck's is especially thin and highly carbonated. There really is not a whole lot of body, but it is relatively crisp.

Drinkability: I could see this being a very drinkable beer, but for the utter lack of flavor. It's low in ABV and very light, so you could have a few, but whether or not you'd want to is another question.

Overall, this is a pretty mediocre example of the style and not a beer I'd want to drink to often. It's far too light on the flavoring, but it is a pretty poundable beer. This would make a nice substitute for an adjunct lager, but that's not lofty praise by any means.

Photo of Ptelea
3.95/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great go to beer-- It pours like a pilsner should gold color and visible carbonation. The smell is fine- some hops, grass.. The taste is balanced -hops and malt.. This beer is highly drinkable- great year round beer and pairs with fish, salad, bbq, anything. More complex pilsners exist however for the price and availability one cannot beat this beer. A safe session beer

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