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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 222 | 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 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.

Photo of jkrich
3.51/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with freshness date on back label.Poured a clear yellow golden color with a nice fluffy head.

Sweet malt aromas and a faint skunky aroma due to the green bottle. Overall though, surprisingly fresh for an import.

This has a solid sweet malty backbone with a touch of hop flavor. It is somewhat one dimensional, but it is refreshing.

This had more body than I anticipated with a solid, sweet (though not cloying) mouthfeel. The carbonation was restrained.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise. It is really not a true pilsner, but it is a tasty pale lager.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Das Bierhaus soft opening poured into a .5L stein.

Pours a very amber/red and golden color with a 2 finger nice head with lacing. Nose is light, sweet and malty.

Taste is toasty and rich, pretty nice and super drinkable. Very good for a macro beer and it really shows how good even mediocre german beer is, this blows away the american macro competition.

Photo of roddwolff
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow color, no foamy head, the bottle and logo remind me stella artois;

S: Very good, lots of earth hops, gives you and idea of wet grass, after smelling 2 minutes i figured it would be tasty;

T: Too soft, just a bit of hops on the first draft, then just sweet malt;

M: Fizzy, mild bitterness, light body;

D: Very easier to drink german beer.

Photo of showell
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a rather mediocre beer. Poured an average yellow with about a 3 inch head that quickly melted to almost none. There was carbonation that appeared almost like a soft drink. The smell was grassy with a sharp almost clover odor. The taste was almost identical to the smell. One thing I rather liked about it was that there was no metallic flavor. Often times in these more "macro" brews there's a metallic or a skunky flavor. This had neither. It's what it is. It's definitely better than the average macro, but on the other hand, there are many other german pilsners I'd rather have.

Photo of EarlNuce
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A golden pilsner with an average bubbly head.

S: Skunky, sweet, with a slight aroma of some earthy hops.

T: Light and hoppy, clearly made to compete with other European lagers.

M: Very light in the mouth but at the same time quite an enjoyable drink.

D: Very easy to drink, a fine session beer.

For me this beer is a good session beer with a light body. There are better German Pilsners out there, but this is a great replacement to the vast majority of mainstream largers in the supermarkets at the moment.

Photo of TheSicilian33
4.16/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Comes in a green bottle with the Beck's name printed on it

Smell- It smells like eggs in the beginning, but it really won't bother anyone

Taste- It has a tad bit of a sugary taste, but it's a great taste. It's not watery at all

Mouthfeel- It's great

Drinkability- It's a great beer that I purchase a lot. Next to Imperial it's my top beer. It has a unique taste that tastes similar to Hacker Pschon. I would recommend to anyone to purchase this beer because it's a good social beer.

Photo of Highvoltageism
3.9/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like it. It just seems like a high quality brew. It has a pale yellow color and tastes crisp and refreshing. The green bottle is the only way to drink this beer as its superior taste led to this conclusion. Anyone who like European lagers should be impressed with this beer.

Photo of TheHammer
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got clean out the fridge, and I've been meaning to get rid of the last of this stuff.

Appearance: A crystal clear blonde well carbonated blonde body is betrayed sadly by a head that is completely absent. Nothing more really needs to be said.

Smell: A little bit of skunk, a little bit a grass and hay and maybe the barest touch of earthy hops. Not very strong, and not pleasant enough to warrant an average rating.

Taste: A complete absence of malt character makes me sigh at this beer. It starts with a straw taste mixed with sugar and a metallic taste that then turns to a more grassy and earthy taste as fairly generic hops kick in.

Mouthfeel: A bitter, plastic like aftertaste lingers at the back of your tongue for too long. However it is smooth to drink and the carbonation is ok, however the complete lack of head deducts those benefits.

Drinkability: Well, it's drinkable but it is boring as all heck. Decently refreshing, no stomach or gas issues and went down alright. Still something is missing from the whole experience.

Final Thoughts: This is a fairly disappointing beer, and since it seems to be the macro of Germany, I guess I'm not surprised. Bland, boring stuff you'd expect from an adjunct that trades sweet malts for additional hops. I can't really recommend it for any situation where another big name Lager couldn't do the same job, for probably a better price. You will want to avoid.

Photo of Josievan
2.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light straw. Decent head.

Smell: A little skunky, maybe slight hops aroma.

Taste: Rather bland for a pilsener. Little bit of a skunky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite light, not much there to work with.

Drinkability: It's not offensive, but the lack of much substantial taste deson'tmake me want another.

Overall, a very average German Pilsener. I would choose it over most light domestic lagers, but not over most German lagers. There are much better examples of this style.

Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A half inch of head offers moderate retention. Quite clear in presentation.

Decent light pils nose offers moderate depth and complexity. Light in body and not very bready in flavor yet pleasant and fresh. Nose expands with warming, offering a slightly sweet and grainy sense to it. This beer exceeds my recollection for it has been quite a while. Actually improves with a bit of warming. Fairly good drinkability, slightly sweet but not overly so. Not bad.

Photo of imanidiot777
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium gold color, good size head that stayed for an average period of time, decent lacing.

S: A little skunky, some hops, not really any malt but then again I'm not the best at the smells.

T: Pretty light, a little hoppy, no malts, not very complex and I don't like the aftertaste it is a little skunky.

M: Good carbonation, not grimey or anything just nothing special that comes to my mind.

D: I'll give this category the highest because it is pretty light and I could drink quite a few of these without being full. Goes down fairly easy.

Photo of morebeergood
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle at a hotel bar in New Jersey, because I didn't feel like ordering a Bud. Poured into a pint glass. Bright yellow color. Fizzy carbonation, with a small head. Looked average. Smell was a bit musty and damp. Taste was not a winner. Somewhat bitter and mostly bland. Mouthfeel was watery going down but a bit thick on the palate afterwards. I drank it because I ordered it, but that's not to say that I loved it. Nothing about this beer makes it a memorable German pils.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A big, almost white head that fades with decent haste. The beer is beyond pale straw, it really is too clear. I can read my computer through it. However, it is crystal clear and free of haze, which is good.

S: Rice and corn mixed in with malt, though not as much as some Americans. Fairly mild, and free of pretty much any hops, though maybe a few mild herbal germans sneak in.

T: Maltier than the nose, but with these light malts it's hard for me to differentiate. Maybe a little hop in there again, but very bland. A decent Euro pils, but not pre-prohibition by any means in my book.

M: For how light it is, surprisingly smooth and enjoyable. Very low carbonation.

D: I could drink plenty if that's what was being offered, completely agreeable.

Photo of Keblar
2.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not awful. Reminiscent of other German Plisners and Pale Lager's, but a pretty weak representation.

Better than Heineken, but not much.

Thin, kind of skunky, and a bit of a metallic aftertaste. You could drink worse, and on my budget I usually do. Unless it's on sale, there are much better alternatives for the money.

Photo of Kooz
1.83/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass, Beck's had a golden-yellow appearance. The slightly bitter smell hinted at what was to come. The beer had a watery feel and was overwhelmingly bitter. Too bitter. I can't imagine having more than one or two. There may be people who appreciate a really bitter beer, but I don't, so...

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Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.