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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: 206 | 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 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...

Photo of smibroncos
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Poured a clear, dark straw, with a small white head. A little lacing on the glass.
S. Hops, hay, flowers, barnyard
T Floral, and slightly fruity, Spicy hops with a bitter finnish
M. Fizzy carbonation, Medium bodied, thin
D Not my favorite, . The aftertaste I did not care for,

Photo of nota
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This review is taken from my tasting notes on my blog Pilgrims Pub. This beer pours a clear gold color with a two finger white fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing on glass. Smells kind of skunky but also detect a floral scent. Taste is grassy, apple and cooked vegetables. Somewhat of a watery mouthfeel with crisp finish. Simplistic and easy beer to drink.

I like German Pils but this was a disappointment and rather lackluster. The price is outrageous for what you get.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color with a big fluffy head, fades quckely

light hoppes and a sour skunky flavor

extremely one dimensional light malts slightly bitter hop finish

light and carbonated

goes down easy

i'd say this beer is a few rungs above budweiser about the same level as heineken i would never buy this beer again unless i was at some sort of bar that only sold macros i'd rather save the money and buy an 18 of high life or buy an actual half way decent beer

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green pop top with freshness date clearly stamped and a foiled neck

Appearance: Dark straw/medium gold beer with streaming carbonation...a hard pour produces a decent white head, but it quickly fades to a thin film...not real impressive

Smell: Skunk soon fades to be replaced by light nondescript vegetal tones and some light grassy hops...as it warms there's just a hint of grainy malt in the background

Taste: Not as vegetal as I expected it to be, there's actually a decent bit of grainy malt up front (even if it's very one-dimensional).

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Significantly better than a Budweiser, an MGD, a Coors, a Heiniken, etc, but nothing special and there are better "big" import brands than this (I'd personally probably pick Lowenbrau and Stella over this)

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, cold and rather appealing on this somewhat uncomfortably warm August afternoon in the so-called Center of the Universe.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy and faintly cream whipped cream white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of limestone arch lace around the glass as it slowly disappears.

It smells of mildly biscuity pale grain, sort of breakfast cereal-like, a hint of overripe lemongrass, wet cut grass, and softly skunky, floral hops. The taste is more of the same - semi-sweet bready, grainy malt, which does well to predominate over the stale, weak citrus notes, and do battle with the dead grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly average, hardly noticeable at times, the body a decent medium-light weight, and adequately round for a Euro macro, with an agreeable enough smoothness. It finishes off-dry, yet moderately crisp, and with a last bit of somehow acceptable skunky weediness for the road.

Speaking of the proverbial road, the first time that I had this beer was on a train en route from Frankfurt to Prague. The rather polite partying German students in my car shared their tall cans of Beck's with me. Sehr Gut! As for the beer now, it's a so-so German Pils, nothing too off-putting, nor anything really that remarkable, but it does its job as refreshment for the time being, so there's that.

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

330ml bottle poured into pint glass aug12 2009

A golden yellow, two finger head thats gone in no time, no lace

S sweet grassy hops

T like it smells, nothing special, nothing offensive either

M/D not too bad, a little bite too it, easy enough too drink

got this in a mixed beer bag, 6 different beers for 10$ canadian

Photo of BeerSingh
3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, the first German beer I had I think. I like the beer because it is really a definitive lager..actually maybe a Pilsner. Nice dark golden pour with a thin head. Smells a mix between sweet malty and flowery... Tastes really clean, crisp with a great balance between maltiness and hoppiness. Medium bodied, great drinkability all year round.

Photo of Beerislife652854
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BECK'S (From a cold bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass)

A - Clear golden yellow with a solid white head that dissipates quickly. Surprisingly, there is some spotty lacing.

S - Very mild. Kind of like a freshly mowed lawn.

T - EXTREMELY MILD. An ever so slight bitter hop aftertaste kicks in long after the drink.

M - Not too carbonated, kind of smooth.

D - Very drinkable. Especially in the summertime.

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

I had this beer in a Beck's ceramic stein obtained at an auction (along with other "beer-ware"). It poured a straw-yellow with a medium white head.

The smell immediately has grassy tones of hops with a slight bit of malt. The taste is similar, with a biting and slightly grassy hop flavor. This is followed by a rush of carbonation fading into a medium/light malt body with some biscuit flavors. This is finished by the hops returning for the aftertaste. Carbonation is medium/high and consistency is medium.

I thought this was an alright beer, but didn't really care for the hop profile. I also felt that the carbonation and hops made for an excessively bitter flavor. Nonetheless, I drank several and enjoyed them. Give it a whirl and see for yourself.

Photo of tatoodkelt
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes, consumed 7/28/09. Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Golden yellow with a small bubbly head that faded pretty quick. Pretty active carbination, almost looked like a Sprite or Ginger Ale.

S- Not much on the nose, a little sweet and faint grassy hops.

T- A nice mix of sweet and spicy. Seems better balanced than the smell suggests.

M- Medium bodied, creamier than I expected. Finishes a little dry.

D- Usually my choice in restaraunts when faced with the Macro barrage. Pretty easy to drink but I dont go out of my way for it.

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