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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,611
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 105 | 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 vancurly


3.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Merangue-ish head, sank quickly, some lace, no bubbles.
Golden yellow colour..
Some very subtle noble hops on the nose.... would expect more for a German lager.
Flavour is well balanced, typical euro lager.
But has no sparkle, tastes flat, and misses the crisp finish one demands of this style.
In Australia, Becks is brewed locally under license, and is generally quite approachable. This bottle originated in Bremen, and had lost a lot in transit.

08-07-2006 04:48:54 | More by vancurly
Photo of becktone


2.4/5  rDev -12.4%

At a Holiday Inn in MD in a plastic cup. Bad head retention and lacing, what can be expected from a plastic cup though. Golden in color, definately could look better.

Overall weak aroma, almost nothing. So weak infact that I can't really smell anything.Maybe some weak pils malts and weak hop aroma.

I actually like the taste on this one. Better than I expected considering the appearance and aroma. Everything that is missing from the aroma is present in the taste. Spicy hop taste, and fairly good malt backbone to support it. Pretty well balanced, bittering hops easily tasted, moreso than the flavor hops. Malt taste is weak but detectable, a little bit of sweetness to balance the weak but noticeable flavor hops.

In the mouth it is ligt on the palate and is highly carbonated. A little too much in my opinion. Carbonation takes away from the flavor of the beer. Feels like sprite or tonic water on the palate, but easy to drink and kinda hits the spot on a hot day after work. Prolly won't buy it again because I know that there are much better German Pils on the market. However, I think it can and is a good crossover beer.

08-02-2006 23:04:50 | More by becktone
Photo of jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%

Beck's is enjoying a revival in NZ as one of the increasingly few genuine "imported lagers" not contract brewed here. That said, it is hardly stellar but definitely as many have said a decent quaffable, admitedly thats how I find most examples of this "euro-lager" style in anycase. Pours what you would call a lager colour, with a short-lived (but present) lager head.

Smell, is a bit dodgy but the Taste I would describe as a "rising bitterness" not sure how to translate that into brewspeak. Compared to other eurolagers such as Grolsch or Carlsberg it definitely has more flavour, is quite a harsh one however. I can see where other reviewers get "metallic" from, in my view this counts as a postive plus for "uniqueness" as the mean taste of Becks does stand it (slightly) apart.

07-29-2006 06:21:22 | More by jahsausage
Photo of MusicmanSD


2.93/5  rDev +6.9%

Beck's is an odd beer. Sort of a lifeless pilsener that has enormous potential if more hops were used. The water is soft though, I'll give them that. Like a less potent form of a St. Pauli Girl, even though they are made in the same exact brewery...
The appearance is that of a clear, refreshing looking lager. Lots of carbonation, and you have to drink it out of a glass. Strait from the bottle is just too hard to mask out the CO2.
Smell is almost floral, but too shallow to make an impact.
The taste is the interesting part to Beck’s; I don't think anything in the world is like it. Distinctly pilsener, but the aftertaste is almost overpowering. Not the lingering effect, but the right after you swallow taste. It's metallic, tart, and bitter; just weird. I still can't explain it. Doesn't want to make you drink any more that two bottles of the stuff.
The mouthfeel is very good however. For how light the beer is designed to be, it feels like an ale.
Drinkability is where it gets its shoes knocked off. After about two you’re just sick of the immediate aftertaste, almost to the point of yacking sometimes. Still an interesting product nonetheless.

07-18-2006 20:14:30 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -20.8%

330ml green bottle poured in a pilsener glass. Best before date (12-2006) on the back of the bottle.

Clear, pale straw yellow. White head is 1/8 inch on the pour but quickly reduces to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma is dominated by skunky/noble hops.

Noble hop bitterness is mild up front, but slowly increases in strength to a moderately bitter finish. Aftertaste is all skunky/noble hop bitter.

Light bodied mouthfeel. High carbonation. Crisp with the sharp bitterness.

I'm generally not impressed by this beer. I would expect a German Pilsener to have atleast some malt aspects instead of just hops. Below average at best.

07-09-2006 23:39:14 | More by Noxious26
Photo of jpkoch1962


3.03/5  rDev +10.6%

I was surprised that this lager got such below average reviews. Served from a green bottle at 45 deg F. Pours a light golden color. The foamy head is quite rocky. The head disipates quite easily, and leaves faint lacing The aroma is of subtle noble hops (hallertauer?), and faint malt hints. The front end of this lager is quite average, if not watery.The hops come out quickly, but any malt sweetness is subsumed. The middle and end are dominated by a weak bitterness that is way too mellow for even an export. This lager finishes clean and dry. I could drink many of these; just the same, I could easily change to a less expensive beer.

After several tastes, I can see why Beck's can be a bit disappointing. Other German macros have produced better renditions of this mass produced style. While not offensive, Beck's is disappointing.

07-08-2006 00:21:22 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +10.6%

Part of a 12 variety pack. Dark Green bottle with a best by 08/2006 printed on the label. Pours a bright, clear pale yellow with just a little head even with an aggressive pour. Light floral aroma with some grassy/hay notes. Taste is mostly grainy malts with just a little hop bitterness. Not bad, but for 2 bucks less a six you can get a much better pils at Aldi (Wernesgrener).

07-06-2006 14:13:15 | More by clemtig76
Photo of spiffysamurai


3/5  rDev +9.5%

This beer is a decent macro brew and its one of the beers that first got me interested in learning about beer and digging deeper into the world of beer. Though overtime I have outgrown it. The beer overall is decent, its under-carbinationed and hits the flavor for the times that you just want to chill and grab a quick beer.

07-06-2006 02:03:37 | More by spiffysamurai
Photo of russpowell


3.35/5  rDev +22.3%

A friend brought a sixer over so WTH?
Pours clear golden with a 1" white head & efferevescence. No head retention or lacing

Smell: Malty with grass-like notes

T: Matly sweetness up front Slowly gives way to asligh hops profile, finishes crisp & slightly hoppy (floral)

MF: Good balance, medium body & under carbonated

Drinks okay, just not enough character or taste to hold your attention. Certainally rates above BMC & Warsteiner

07-02-2006 02:55:01 | More by russpowell
Photo of akajimmyd

District of Columbia

2.55/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance - Appealing light golden color with a big white head that recedes but then laces well.

Smell- Minimal malty aromas.

Taste - A little watery up front. Grainy in the middle. Astringent and malty finish.

Mouthfeel/Noes - Very thin. Yet finishes crisp. Not as fizzy as you might expect. Drinkable but boring. Below average on the whole.

06-29-2006 02:50:52 | More by akajimmyd
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%

Not a great beer but available everywhere. American M4 tank was not a great fighting vehicle, but its availability helped the Allies to win WWII. Beck's, produced by the Axis, is a great winner in every bar where its neighbours are the blandest of local lagers.

Bottle's looking good. Beer itself is looking good, too - pale golden, with medium carbonation level and modest head.

Smell is nothing special - malty with faint herbal note. Start is fresh, on the malty side, body dry and firm, welcome hop notes turn into a main motif towards finish. Aftertaste bitter, a bit grassy.

Not my favourite lager, but how many times it saved me from being thirsty and/or sober!

06-27-2006 14:50:05 | More by ernie
Photo of soultrain

New York

3.43/5  rDev +25.2%

Poured into a classic pilsner glass.

A-Transparent, pale yellow beer. 2" head fades to a microscopic film of head within seconds. Effervescent ropes of streaming carbonation. Some minor lacing, even. Pretty appealing.
S-Mild notion of grains and noble hops. No skunk at all.
T-Very, and I mean VERY subtle flavor. Hopped just enough to have a "that's brisk, baby" finish. Not much flavor at all, really. Nice amount of bitterness for the euro-macro style, which is why I've bought so much of this beer in my younger days, that I personally put the children of all of the Beck's employees through college.... Some claim that it's skunky, but I've never had a skunky one, though some sulpherous aroma is a natural byproduct of the pilsner brewing process that I've always found appealing, I'll admit...
M-God bless the German purity law of 1516: this beer is so pure it's almost water!
D-Most drinkable beer ever? Most sessionable? Best lawnmover beer? Best beer after a day of hanging drywall? Yup. Yup. Yup. Yup...

CRUX: ABOVE AVERAGE "AVERAGE" EURO-MACRO HERE. If you drink it out of the bottle, add .5 points to all of my scores. If they are ICE COLD add another .5 point. Beck's really is much more appealing in it's own frosty cold bottle dripping with rivulets of ice cold water.

06-13-2006 21:12:49 | More by soultrain
Photo of bunbury


3.58/5  rDev +30.7%

Beck’s does fall into this category. I have come to realize that it is really nothing special. Life may beckon but you can do far better for beer. This is merely a mass produced beer that gets by on image. It is style over substance all the way.

The flavor is also rather tame. It has a drinkable quality although it is heavier than the mainstream American lagers. It has a malt emphasis although there is little distinctiveness in the brew.This beer has very minimal hop presence.

06-10-2006 06:20:22 | More by bunbury
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle.

A friend of mine loves this stuff, he swears by it. He seems to really like macro lagers.And I seem to remeber a time when I thought this stuff was real quality. anyway...

Looks kinda thin, light gold color with a tiny white head. High carbonation. The head has decent retention and is pretty sticky.

smells of slight hops and grains but most of all a bready, no dought yeast scent.

Taste is middle of the road for an imported macro German Lager, a bit thin and watered down feeling but the
Carbonation is pretty high and initial hits are refreshing, but it gets old fast with only a very mild gree, veggie hop flavor and a very thin almost non-exsistant malt...all that's really left is a dominating doughy-yeast flavor.

my limit is two.

06-10-2006 00:44:46 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of acrawf6


2.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours out a straw color with a decent white head.

Smell. A grainy cereal aroma really jumps out. cereal aroma makes it dry.

Taste. Small maltiness, but that is the dominant flavor. Small metallic taste also. Taste is very neutral. Aftertaste has a small cereal maltiness, but is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Light body, good carbonation. balance is good for what they are going for.

Overall. This beer has almost no taste to it, the malty taste is ok though. So i could see many people sucking these down, cuz i could finish this in 5 minutes. But as far as a good beer, no.

06-08-2006 02:26:19 | More by acrawf6
Photo of neenerzig


3.4/5  rDev +24.1%

Poured out of a can into a pint glass. The color of this beer is a light pale yellow golden one. Has a white head about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick when first poured. Head settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice big cluster of surface foam. Lacing isn't bad either. Has a bit of a funky, grassy smell with aromas of mild hops and some German pilsner malts. Sort of a slightly sweet taste with some German pilsner malts and a big of hops to balance out the sweetness of the malts. There is also however the unmistakable taste of adjunct grains like rice and probably a bit of corn as well. Why the hell any brewer thinks any even somewhat knowledgeable beer drinker wants to taste these types of shitty adjuncts in a beer that is a German style beer is totally beyond me. brewer thinks people Not much else here in terms of taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp with a clean finish and also somewhat watery. Moderate carbonation. I was a bit surprised the carbonation was as high as it was considering the light and watery body, taste, and mouthfeel of this beer. I also would have thought this beer would have been more drinkable than I found it to be, considering its other characteristics. All in all I find this to be a decent beer, but nothing special or exciting happening here either.


06-04-2006 20:17:28 | More by neenerzig
Photo of danielocean03


2.73/5  rDev -0.4%

Poured from a green 12oz. bottle with a "best before date" of 03-2007. Appearance is crystal clear yellow with a thin and very fizzy bright white head that dissipates almost immediately. Aroma is fairly sweet and malty, faintest hop profile also present. Taste is very much in the same, very light on the tongue with a sweetness about it with a mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation, slightly rough as it washes across the tongue. Drinkability is a stronger point of this beer as I find it refreshing and thirst quenching, with an occasionally appreciable light quality about it without the typical taste of a light macro beer. Would probably purchase again, nice for a hot summer day in the yard.

06-04-2006 19:18:18 | More by danielocean03
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North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured a light golden color with a 1 inch head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma was malty with some hops coming through.
Taste was malty sweet with a slight hop bitterness in the finish, but mostly watery and boring. I could taste a very slight skunkiness, but it wasn't too bad. This beer was very light bodied in the mouth and thus pretty easy to guzzle. For this reason I'm giving it an average drinkability. In my opinion, this beer has a little more character than US macros, but it's not as tasty as Heineken.

06-03-2006 22:59:46 | More by rodrot
Photo of RJLarse


2.83/5  rDev +3.3%

I picked up a Beck’s bomber at the grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a very pale yellow/gold color and is quite clear. A fizzy white head forms, and dissipates quickly to a champagne style ring on the surface of the beer. The head produces some light and delicate lacing on the glass. The beer appears to be highly carbonated.

The smell is a hop aroma, and not much else. It is a very typical beer smell.

The taste is also very typical, a strong hop flavor, with a bit of a biscuit finish. It’s not a real flavorful beer.

The mouth feel is clean and crisp but watery. This beer has a very light consistency.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s not real robust in terms of flavor, but I think it’s a fair representation of the pilsner style. I would probably have Beck’s pilsner again, especially since there are not a lot of pilsners to choose from in my local market.

05-25-2006 23:48:56 | More by RJLarse
Photo of shererjt


3.38/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured a clear yellow with low-to-moderate carbonation and a finely beaded head. Lots of escaping bubbles were visible. Aroma was clean; some Munich malt up front and on the sweet side. Couldn't detect any skunkiness despite the green bottle. Flavor was balanced towards the malt. I'd almost say there was a bit of corn taste; not sure if this is an all-malt beer, though. Very clean flavor and some hops evident as well. Body was on the light side of medium and quite pleasant. Nice drinkability as well.

Pretty good beer, at least by US macro standards. There are far better German beers, but this is worth a try at least once. Its best quality is its drinkability; it's a highly quaffable brew.

05-21-2006 01:23:33 | More by shererjt
Photo of utahbeerdude


3.9/5  rDev +42.3%

Visual: Light gold color, somewhat creamy head with some persistence, fair bit of carbonation.
Aroma: Quite subdued, but with a balance between malt and some floral hoppiness.
Flavor: Malt with slight hop bitterness to start and in middle, but then nice, clean, but moderate bitterness in finish. Slight dry bitterness remains in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Fairly prickly carbonation balanced by good body.
Overall: I must admit that given the high level of advertisement for this beer I was prepared to not like it. However, I find that it appeals to me. In summary, it is quite clean with a nice overall crispness.

05-16-2006 18:30:58 | More by utahbeerdude
Photo of palffyfan


2.6/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance - Golden yellow color with average carbonation, formed a solid head. Looks pretty appealing.

Smell - Smelled very skunky coming out of the bottle, but smelled normal in glass. Grass the predominant smell with a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Overly carbonated with a grassy taste. Kind of hard to describe, but not particularly pleasant. Mild bitter finish.

Drinkability - I imagine that fans of the pilsner would enjoy a beer like this, but it would certainly wear on me because of the unfamiliar taste and the lingering bitterness at the end. Not worth the price of the import.

05-13-2006 03:43:58 | More by palffyfan
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%

Pours a very pale yellow with a descent white head that doesnt stick around long. The aroma is mostly biscuity malt, and grain husks, with some slight herbal and spicy bitterness. The flavor is again mostly malty with notes of biscuit and grain husk, as well as some mild spicy and herbal hops...simple and basic but refreshing. The mouthfeel is crisp and sprightly, with high carbonation and drinkability is excellent. A descent lawn mower beer, very refreshing on a hot day.

05-07-2006 05:01:45 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +28.8%

I was weaned on this beer and it has always been one of my favorite pilsners however due to the terrible inconsistancy in quality you get with the green bottles ( light struck skunkinesss) I gave up buying it except on tap...then the new inert eurocans started showing up...these are a godesend to the 3 top imports in green bottles that had a bad rap because of the sulpherous skunk created by photo degeneration of the yeast/hop byproducts.

This can produced very near draft taste...it was fresh, bright with nobel hops and the Beck special pale malt decoction was detectable in the falvor profile. A light hoppy dry German Pils that has stood the test of time.

05-04-2006 22:12:42 | More by pootz
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.1/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left less than a finger of head with almost no retention, and no lacing at all. Color is a yellow-gold-amber.

Aroma - of course the first thing is that famous "Beck's skunk" odor that so many people find disgusting. I don't love it exactly, but I like it enough to enjoy the beer. Anyway, it's that odor, which I would desrcribe (for us BA's) as a very spicy hops odor. Some sweet grainy malt comes through, all the while that spicy hops dominates.

Taste - A lot like the nose, spicy hops and grainy malt upfront, mildly spicy wateriness (?) in the middle followed by bitter hops finish, sometimes slight alcohol astringency with that finish. Spicy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full to moderate, a little chewy. Moderate carbonation. Slight to moderate hop slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down easy, and can put down several in a session. This is not great beer by any means, but it's not bad, either, and will do when it's all that can found when far from sources of great craft brews. And, certainly I'll take it over the vast majority of Am. Macro Brews.

05-04-2006 19:49:52 | More by ultralarry2006
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