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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,814
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 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

Photo of sdj5
2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Very average.

S: To be honest, the beer smelled like a skunk.

T: The beer had a very refreshing taste with the immediate aftertaste of skunk. (which I didn't mind)

M: A bit too carbonated.

D: Fairly easy to drink despite the high carbonation. A higher quality, relatively tasty and drinkable brew.

Photo of dopehousex3
3.95/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6 pack just to try a new German beer and I got to say it was not that bad. I like the smell the look and how smooth is it when its nice ice cold. I could see myself pounding a few down in a bar with freinds. I would recomend people to go out and try it in my opinion I think you'll like it.

Photo of herman77
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pale straw color with super clarity. White head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and collar. No lacing.

S: SKUNK! Huge whiff of skunk right when I cracked this open. Didn't even get to pour it yet and the skunk smell takes over. Closer inspection reveals faint sweet malt, bread, and a just a tiny hint of grassy hops.

T: Very grainy. A tiny bit of sweetness. Skunk. A touch of grassy hops. Slight bitter finish. Skunk taste hangs around in the finish as well.

M: Very thin, light body. Lots of carbonation. Almost watery feel.

D: Meh. Not doing much for me in this department. I do NOT want another one, 12oz is enough, actually I would be content with 6oz.

Photo of JerseyPaul
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, straw yellow color; lots of carbonation; thin white head dissipates rather quickly, leaving decent lacing

Smell: Slight sweetness; detect some slight grassy & floral notes; nothing too exciting

Taste: Light & refreshing; there's a slight sweet malt taste, with some of the floral hops from the nose; again, nothing too exciting

Mouthfeel: Light & crisp, although not watery; good carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink pilsener; goes down nice & smooth, allowing multiple beers to be consumed in one sitting

Overall, Beck's is your average German Pilsener. It's easy to drink, but neither the taste or smell is exceptional. It's crisp & refreshing, a good light beer for the warm months. I'd like to have this again, but it couldn't be from a bottle. Or in the US. And I don't think I'm getting to Germany anytime soon, so ...

Photo of mothman
2.49/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Becks into Schell's pilsner glass.

Pours about a finger of white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden straw.

Aroma: I get a big amount of skunkiness right away. Lots of grain, with some muted hops. Nothing that impresses me. I actually get some metallic flavors here.

Taste: More grain and skunk flavors. Just like the aroma. I can taste the lower level of grassy hops here. I really can't pick too much out of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. A medium amount of carbonation shows. Lighter bodied. Ends dry and skunky again.

Overall, this beer just isn't my thing. It seems to taste skunky all around. I probably won't be drinking this anytime soon again. I just had the SA Noble Pils and I prefer that much over this.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow body with a well-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Nose of very pale malts with some thin, faint notes of spice and florals.

Taste: It's your basic, run-of-the-mill pale maltiness and accompanying sweetness. Slightly spicy hop presence with just a kiss of bitterness. Grows a tad grainy as it warms a bit. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes sir, Australian for... wait, that's one of the others. Another forgettable member of a seemingly endless parade of lagers.

Photo of gerardoluna
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a brunch this past weekend.
Eyes: Light gold with white bubbly head with a little retention

Nouse: littloe notes to malt feel. non descript water...

MOuth: Very light bodie, good and gentile bitternnesss ideal for a good sunny day or take some six or box @ the bech

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours yellow with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.
Nose shows some aromatic floral and grassy Euopean hops with grainy malt in the background.
Flavours are too sweet with lots of cooked vegetables.
Quite watery.
Another boring euro-lager.

Photo of CaptMurdock
3.21/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint

Look: Pours a a very vibrant straw color with a large bright white head that leaves minimal lacing..

Smell: The smell is very light and very refreshing. There is a certain sweetness to it that I find to be very inviting.

Taste: The malt character is very German which was highly enjoyable. There was also a small hop presence which really worked well with the malt. I was a little upset that the sweetness in the aroma did not carry over to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy on the carbonation and slightly light on the body. Just a tad bit unbalanced.

Drinkability: I really enjoy a few of these at a BBQ or after an afternoon of yard work. Very drinkable and refreshing

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't look like the most impressive beer in the world. Nothing to separate it from BMC except for a little more impressive carbonation.

Smell is kinda neat, has a lighter zip feel to it. Some may negatively call it the alka seltzer affect. Taste comes through, delightfully light and zesty, like a pilsner should be. This is a good introductory style to a decent pilsner. Stays drinkable throughout, little heft left on the palate.

Photo of flagmantho
2.66/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden straw color with a huge three-finger white head. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malt, grain and a little skunk; typical green-bottle aroma.

Taste: somewhat drier than the aroma would suggest, but still a little sweet. Hops are slightly floral in character, which works here. There is also a tartness which is not really good for a pilsner, but doesn't kill it entirely. Overall, it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with low level of carbonation. It's not impressive.

Drinkability: not great, not horrible. If I had to choose a green-bottle pilsner to drink with a burger at an outdoor restaurant, I would probably not choose this one. But it would be better than no beer at all.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 OZ. bottle into a pilsner glass at a local restaurant.

A: Pretty average looking pilsner. Golden colored, not see-through or anything and with an average head.

S: Light and hoppy, nothing really stands out.

T: Hops up front, but went it touched the tip of my tongue I swear I tasted apple. Pretty good, all in all.

M: Good carbonation and a fair body. No aftertaste so it all went down pretty smoothly.

D: Really enjoyed having this beer with my friends. It'll stick around for a while. Not bad.

Overall, I thought it was a good pilsner and wouldn't mind kicking back with a couple of friends. Nothing astonishing, but hey, who needs astonishing all the time? Refreshing is the key word here.

Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.