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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 123 | 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 ekempey
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle, with a "best by" date of 3/2008, into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a light golden/copper color with almost no head, and no retention or lace. The beer has grains on the nose, as one expects of a beer fulfilling the purity law of 1516. The first taste is that of malt and a slight hint of hops on the back end. It is very drinkable, and even though in a green bottle it does not have the overwhelming euro pilsner skunk that other green bottle beers have.

The beer is a great alternative to other "pilsner" beers, as it actually uses the malts and hops to its advantage to make a well balanced beer. This is a good alternative to other beers out there, but it still has its weaknesses in lack of body and over carbonation.

ekempey, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light golden with a head that dissapates quickly. Aroma and taste is light and refreshing with light malt and hops having the right amount of carbonation for that crisp finish. Having a light - medium mouthfeel it's not a bad beer, but I couldn't drink it as a session.

Bookseeb, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of daaru
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

inoffensive summer refresher. a far better alternative to mass-market beers if you're looking for a beer to accompany casual tv watching or cooking. not worth a whole lot of analysis, but not bad either. (but apparently i need another 46 characters worth of analysis, which this last sentence was not.)

daaru, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.43/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i had this girl again last night. not bad for a lighter pilsener. nice head, nice small carbonation, decent lace. i enjoy the aroma and the taste. had it with a bacon cheeseburger....drool! they went well together. this was of course after i had two on their own.

i would recomend giving this one a try. it is pretty cheap for an import. it is light and easy to drink and fairly easy to find. their dark version is good as well.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Light blonde in color with a nice little soapy head, this beer is more pilsner than pale lager. A little spicy hop and straw will do that, even if it the flavor goes blank for a brief second. In short, a pilsner for the masses. This might be the number one German beer sold in America, but look around a little and you'll find a number of tastier German pilsners for a comparable price.

DoubleJ, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard many many great things about Beck's, so naturally I had to try one. Unfortunately, I was not able to add any great comments. This is just an alright beer. The colour is a nice translucent golden colour, the aroma was neither appealing or repulsive with a slight malty smell. The flavour was mild with some grassiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with just the right amount of carbonation.

cyrenaica, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of largadeer
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw with a fizzy white head, not much retention or lacing to speak of. It has sort of a generic Pilsner aroma; grassy and ambiguously organic. The taste is a bit fuller and richer than, say, Heineken, and it's fairly clean without any strong off-flavors. The hops come out quite a bit in the end, but lack any real complexity or distinct character. Body is very light and crisp, though the carbonation feels a bit harsh to me. Not a bad beer in all, better than many macro lagers, but not great by any means.

largadeer, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of chadlebald
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deeper shade of straw, with a nice white head. Slight citrus aroma.

Flavors are light, as most German lagers of this ilk tend to be. Typical amount of hoppiness that drinks very cleanly.

Just bitter enough to keep you wanting more to quench your thirst. That's a good thing if you want to keep drinking, naturally!

While far from a breakthrough beer, it's a good standby if you're in a bar that has little else to choose from. Beck's is like the VW Jetta: it's nothing too special, yet no one will think you crazy for getting one.

chadlebald, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle better before en 09 2007 in the back label

the appearance is a very light golden brown,but like i said very pale, with a small white head that's go out almost inmediatly.

It smells like hops a little litte bit,very nice smell for mass import.

The taste is really nice. Is not a hard taste, very easy to drink, This is not the best beer i have taste but i could drink this more often.

BeerDreadz, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s is a well marketed brand, but I sincerely do not see anything great about it.

Appearance: very clear with a golden color. The head is white, low and it seldom persists.
Aroma: nice hoppy nose.
Taste: well balanced between the hopps the malt.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (my bottle stated 5,0% ABV), light body.
Finish: not so long and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Beck’s is a well-balanced beer. It can be refreshing in a hot day. On the other hand it has not a distinctive character. Too common to get a higher rating.

AlexLMS, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of zdk9
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A crisp clean finishing beer without much else. The smell comes off with very light pilsner malt flavor and a hint of DMS, overall pretty weak. Taste is very lightly malty, like wonder bread. Hops come off as slightly spicy but mostly just contribute a balancing bitterness. It's not a bad taste, but like the smell it's weak, and very uninteresting. The carbination is bouncy on the tongue and the mouthfeel overall is good. I would take this over a BMC or maybe for something refreshing and mild, but not my favorite beer by a lot.

zdk9, May 27, 2007
Photo of slargthorb
2.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a - nothing special, some head

s - slight skunk detection, uh oh!

t - I'll finish this 6 pack - not in a hurry but it wont go down the drain either. something wrong here. not a total turnoff but i'm sure there's a recipe malfunction somewhere!

m - actually, pretty good in the mouthfeel department. nowhere near enough to save it but I'll give it credit here

d - just enough of a "beer-like experience" to finish the last becks I'm likely to buy.

slargthorb, May 24, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this by mistake....I ordered a Beck's Dark... but I figured I'd try it anyway...

Poured from it's green bottle into a pint glass. It was all I could to to raise a 1/2" fizzy head...that immediately dissipated to nothing. The beer itself is a pale yellow.

Aroma was thin and had a tiny twang of moldy mustiness to it.

Taste was average... nothing special here. Crisp, clean, refreshing on the up-side. Light hops, and very little malt taste.

Mouthfeel... thin...appropriate for a pilsner. A bit too fizzy for my taste on the carbonation spectrum.

Drinkability - I suppose this would be a good summertime beer to have after mowing the lawn in the hot sun. You could have 5 or 6 and not be bloated... just not my style...

TheBierBand, May 23, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.48/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very white head, medium thickness, slowly dissapates to just a thing ring. Very light brown in color, one of the lighter beers Ive seen.

Smell- Smells rather yeasty, almost bread-like. Very pleasant.

Taste- Very crisp taste, hits fast and then quickly subsides. Flavors of light wheat followed by a distinct spiciness from the hops. Gives it a pleasant bite at the end. Simple flavor.

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel is easily the weakest aspect of this beer, it leaves my mouth feeling coated.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, its crisp taste may not be complex, but it is pleasant and not overly filling.

Bowdoinbeerboy, May 09, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Lots of foamy white head at first, but it quickly dissipated. The beer itself was extremely light in color, almost transparent. It smelled a bit like grain and hops, no malt. Taste had very little malt flavor but a surprising amount of hops (at least when compared to American macro lagers). Taste was all right for what it is, though this is definitely not as malty as other German pilseners. Mouthfeel was soda-like, making the beer as drinkable as a Coke.

Mickelswit, May 07, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
1.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a straw color with barely any bubbles and a practically nonexistent head. Has a grainy, almost broth-like smell to it that is really off-putting. Floral hops barely make their way through the chicken stock. There is honestly not much to the taste but the sweet. There's a good deal of grain with some mild maltiness. Hops come out in the finish just a tad. Mouthfeel is kind of syrupy. Carbonation is nearly absent, but what is there is harsh. All around, this is poor. Compared to this, their Beck's Dark is a masterpiece.

goochpunch, May 04, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Light golden straw with little to no head, even when intentionally poured with no decanting. Small lacing.

S - Smells like a macrolager with an almost metallic tang.

T - Decently bitter lager, no more no less.

M - Light, watery body with a carbonated finish

D - I'm not sure what the big deal is about Beck's, it reminds me of a more bitter Heineken, which I suppose excites some palates, but not particulary mine.

yourunclewalt, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Free at work-party, so worth a review. No glasses available, so I brought one home. This is a quite pale gold color, crystal clear, with lots of fine bubbles and a modest head. Nose is average at best, with grainy malt and a very light dusting of hop aroma. Taste is simple and clean (and dull): slightly sweet grain with just enough bitterness to take the edge off the sweetness. Finish leaves no aftertaste.

No flaws other than extreme boringness.

allengarvin, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color. Fluffy airy white head that eventually becomes... nothing!

Smell: Typicaly grainy aroma that you'd expect in this type of beer. Grains, light malts, and light hops.

Taste: Has a generally light malty flavor. A bit of florals and/or malts are noticable if you're really paying attention.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, slightly crisp, and generally smooth. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise it's fine. Taste-wise it gets pretty boring.

Typical Euro pilsner. Nothing impressive. Nothing really bad either... just unimpressive. Next, please...

mithrascruor, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Beerman420
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable beer. Smell is a little funky at first.
A - Foams quickly, light color.
S - Skunky, not impressed.
T - Good taste after initial tasting. Bitter but smooth.
M - Light, not very foamy.
D - Very drinkable, light, heartburn may occur after drinking about 12. :)

Beerman420, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml can. 5% ABV.

A- very pale and clear golden yellow. Decent effervescence but smallish head that goes down very fast. Ring of bubbles lasts a while.

S- Pleasant standard beer. pale malt and herbal hops. Weak though.

T- Doesn,t really have much flavour. Out of a can, it doesn't have the skunkiness I associate with Beck's and similar green-bottled euro lagers. So, no off flavours, but I wish it had some kind of flavour. There is afaint presence of light malt and a touch of herbal and grassy hops. Would be decent if the flavour was amplified about five times. Faint lingering aftertaste.

MF- Crisp and refreshing lager. Surprisingly decent body considering the lack of flavour. Still a tad watery though.

D- Ridiculously easy to drink and inoffensive. What most macros probably aim for, but I know of much better ways to spend my money­.

JOaikido, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since the office has had a Friday afternoon party, so in honor of that (and the mediocre selection of beers)...here's a review of the one beer they served that I'd never reviewed (or for that matter, never had one in 5+ years). 12 fl. oz. green-glass bottle, poured to a pint glass. Best before end : 07.2007.

A: With a steady vigorous pour comes a 2+ finger-thick foamy/pillowy head, white as driven snow. Color is pale golden, carbonation is initially strong, then tapers off to being sporadic then ceases altogether. Just a little bit of clinging specks of lace.

S: Despite the green glass and fluorescent lights at the convenience store where purchased, this beer didn't seem to suffer any of the common "skunking" issues. Crisp 'pilsener' smell, fresh grassy hops, cracker-y maltiness, a slightly lemon-smelling sourness. Clean and generally appealing.

T: Dry, bitter hops. Malt like a saltine cracker. Same slight lemon flavor with a cut-grass/hay flavor that's fresh and brings with it a little spice. Since this beer sticks to the Reinheitsgebot, it's nice to enjoy a clean simple flavor not messed-up with adjuncts.

M: Light to medium body. Clean and crisp, refreshing. A little bolder & smoother with less carbonation than expected, and with some lingering dry bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D: Is it good enough to drink again? Yes, it is. Though my preference is for beer styles different than this, I believe Beck's is a good pilsener and one I'd have another of. Thanks to my office manager for picking up a 6-pack so I could give it a try from a new perspective.

msubulldog25, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favourite session beers, largely because its readily available where I'm from (Newcastle) and pretty inexpensive. I think its pretty well balanced with a big hoppy character that's well integrated. The aroma is a bit stinky but that's just the hops I think. I like its simplicity and crispnesswhich is why its a quaffer. It's not complex so there's not much to think about and I guess its a bit on the macro side but I drank the review beer with some chicken and black bean sauce and the bitter crispness cut through the meal and stood up afterwards. Sure there are much better pilseners but this is a handy barbecue companion.

rjimlad, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Shadman
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

being frugal as always..purchased the big 710ml version for $3.99cdn vrs a sixer..

average looking brew, pale yellow in color, quick disappering heada, small amounts of lacing

Could smell the skunk from 2 feet away, not surprising given the green bottle. spme sweet grainy malts as well.

tasted much better than it smelled.sweet fairly smooth..some bitterness toward the end of a swallow that would allow this to be called a Pils I guess. Ok..but would certainly go for a czech pils before trying another Beck's

Shadman, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a light golden color with a nice frothy white head. which laces quickly, mild carbonation continues. the smell of hops is probably the only thing thats apparent other than water. first thing i notice is a slight "skunkiness" to it. not a whole lot of taste, nothing bad but nothing that makes me want alot more. mouth feel and drinkability are great i could drink it all day long since it doesn't have a bad aftertaste or too strong of an alcohol bite. its a beer thats fun to drink every now and then but not every day

1fastz28, Feb 16, 2007
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.