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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,565 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 94 | 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 elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow with next to nothing for head. Plenty of little carbonation bubbles can be see climbing quickly up the glass.

The smell is strong, in fact I was able to smell it before I finished pouring. It smells of cut grass, something metallic and a little bit of skunk. The aroma isn't pleasant at this strength.

Hmm, taste is mild, there is something sweet in front and a faint bitterness to finish. The finish is a bit odd, like it wants to be bigger.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth, but has a bit of coarseness to it. Carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel is light.

If it wasn't for the smell at the start I would consider this to be a good session beer, in fact it used to be one of my choices. Still not a bad beer, but certainly not one of the greats.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 05:54:26 | More by elricorico
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in years! Can't believe i used to drink it like it was going out of style!

What can i say? A pale golden pour with some good carbonation. Head fades fast. The nose leaves much to be desired. Taste wise, geez, I dunno. It's pretty much bland. A little malt. A little grain. Big bitterness on the finish. Not a world class pilsener but better than alot of macros. Easy drinkin but you probably don't want too many of a mediocre beer.

For nostalgic reasons I can't completely slam Beck's. If i'm watching a soccer game in the middle of summer, one or two of these might go down my throat.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 19:44:53 | More by Popsinc
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden pilsener color, very much like the other beers of this type. There is a nice tall white layer of foam as well. The beer smells a bit of skunk, but I sense some sort of sugary citrus accents as well. Not unlike the appearance, the taste is very similar to other beers of its class (Heineken, Dab, Grolsch). I think Beck's might be a touch more bitter, but other than that I would almost have a rough time with them in a taste test. Its not a bad beer by any means, but I think these european pilseners are a little overrated. Not bad at all, but for the price, there are far better beers to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 02:40:08 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of ski271


1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: From a 24oz “super size” bottle. Pale gold with a medium-sized, white, foamy, mostly diminishing head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Big skunk smell as soon as I opened the bottle, didn’t get much better on the pour, but it did fade away a little after sitting there for a few minutes. Grain, grass, a little malt, and not much else.

Taste: There’s a drab hops bitterness to it that start from the moment it touched you lips, and then continues to grow into a rather unpleasant experience. And it's giving me skunk burps. Nasty!

Mouthfeel: Light body, watery texture. I can’t get the nasty hops bitterness off my tongue.

Drinkability: Hey, I love a good hoppy beer, but this is just WRONG! It’s hard to concentrate on anything else but the foul hops and the skunk nastiness. This is a very low-rate Euro-macro. Germany’s #1 imported beer? Well, they sell a lot of Bud too, doesn’t mean it’s good beer. I was happy to find out from an ex-girlfriend that was over in Germany for the summer that Beck’s is a cheap-ass beer to them too. As she described it, “Beck’s to them is like Natural Light to us”. Just avoid it!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 18:33:30 | More by ski271
Photo of BeerNutta


3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beck's is an ok beer. It is a beer that you can drink a session of and feel neither good nor bad. I put it into the heineken, lowenbrau, crown lager range. Its better than some, but not good as others.

Pours a light yellow. Has a skunky aroma.

Taste is well average. Doesnt offend, but doesnt impress.

Mouthfeel is ok. Better than expected. Drinkability is ok as in Australia, Becks often go on sale so therefore it is affordable. If you had to choose between a lower brand beer and becks for the same price its a no brainer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 05:52:53 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of Rootdog316


2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beck's is definitely a very good tasting German pilsner. Although, it did have a very skunky smell at first, I seemed to get used to it after a while. Although I have never had it on draft, I heard it is very good that wasy as well. I would recommend this beer to anybody.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 11:07:31 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of watermelonman


2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a very light shade of yellow, with a medium head. The head quickly faded and no lace was left.

The smell is mostly of cheap grains and is not very pleasing. The taste isn't very good either. The finish brings a balance of hops that just isn't very good. The drinkability is acceptable, but that's the high point.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 03:21:57 | More by watermelonman
Photo of aquaderek


3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I was of legal drinking age, a friends older brother told me you would not get hangovers if you drink Beck's. I have proven him wrong time and time again by overindulging in this german delight. Poured into a pilsner glass, light "golden yellow" color with minimal head. The smell is somewhat skunky. It has a nice light refreshing taste with a slight malty notes. This isn't the best beer in the world, but when its around I drink many of them.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 03:55:06 | More by aquaderek
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber with slowly falling fine debris and rapidly rising bubbles. The bright white head is frothy, but isn't as airy and as insubstantial as it appears. In time, it settles to a child's two fingers in thickness and pauses for a bit. Very little lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose consists of floral, spicy noble hops. There aren't a lot of other aromas--no lemony citrusiness for instance--just pure, unadulterated Saaz. I picked up quite a bit of skunk when the bottle was first opened, but the little critter wandered off by the time I got around to sniffing it for real.

And the long, slow slide in score continues. Right out of the gate it isn't too bad, but the flavor profile begins to fall apart as the mouthful progresses. It's lightly, malty sweet to start... and then a burst of pungent, bitter Saaziness hits. The finish consists of a (borderline metallic) mishmash of ever weakening flavors and textures. Average mouthfeel with a somewhat boisterous amount of carbonation.

Unfortunately, Beck's is a member of the GBLB (Green Bottled Lager Brigade), European division. I drank a fair amount of this--more Beck's Dark actually--back in my younger days. I'm not sure that I ever felt it was good beer and I most certainly don't feel that way now. While not abysmal, it does give German beer a bad name.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 20:41:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I normally do not drink on the way home from work. I met a family friend on the ferry home from the city and she insisted on buying me a beer. One advantage of taking the high speed ferry (aside from the fact that instead of taking an hour and a half on a good day I am home in 45-50 minutes) is the availabilty of cocktails on the ride home. I normally get a Jack Daniels on the Rocks $6.00 for what I think is easily a double and a half. A decent deal for this area.

Seastreak, the ferry operator has BMC, Becks, and Heineken in Cans and periodic guest specials (St. Pauli Girl, Bass etc.) Well she was buying so Becks it was.

Pours a straw color into the clear plastic cup with minimal head no lacing.

Aroma was floral hops with traces of malt.

Taste was clean, mild, pale malts with a light hopppy note and little or no bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel was as expected, thin but not overly watery.

This is summer day at the beach beer when good beer in cans is hard to come by.

Serving type: can

01-06-2005 00:31:57 | More by Citadel82
Photo of Holyterror


3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's, in my opinion, is the definition of a "grass-cutting beer." That's not to say that the quality is low; it is simply a thin, German brew obviously aimed at the American macro crowd and others who are in the market for a simple beer.

I've had Beck's several times over the last couple years, but tonight I'm drinking canned Beck's. Why? Simple: I found a 4-pack of them pretty cheap at a local drug store. So I figured I might as well review it while it's handy. The first thing to note about this beer is that it's extremely pale. It's paler than 90% of the adjunct brews that I've seen. The appearance is not particularly appetizing to me, but it is sort of a prelude to the watery thinness that will soon become evident. The nose is rather weak, but there is no trace of skunkiness or staleness (the aluminum can may help, but bottled Beck's is similar). In general, the taste is that of a watered-down pils. It has a distinctive edge over American macros: it doesn't have any "off" flavors. It is much in the same vein as Heineken, but slightly more drinkable. This is the beer that I drink when I am more inclined to drink water. Drinkers of the big three should have no trouble adapting to this one, as its quality is much higher but at the same time its taste is not overwhelming by any means. It is very, very smooth going down and could easily be consumed in mass quantities (read: session beer). Case in point: the 4-pack (of 16 oz. cans) has disappeared in a span of about 45 minutes.

Take some of this stuff golfing. Think of it as a "sports beer." It won't wow you with taste, but it will satisfy you when you're thirsty for something with more flavor than water. And hey, it's beer, so it's obviously superior to cola.

It is interesting to note that I found this beer alongside Budweiser in almost all of the London tourist traps I visited last summer.

Serving type: can

01-05-2005 10:06:12 | More by Holyterror
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass and a faint quickly dissapaiting head formed but carbonation ran up the side of the glass throughout the sample.

I usually don't care much for similiar beers of the style (i.e. Heineken) but had not yet tried Beck's and it did surprise me a bit. It tasted a bit more full-bodied than it looked, certainly more so than others of the same style. It had a bit of a crisp finish that was not as watered down as Heineken is. The mouthfeel was very light (especially in comparrison to the darker ales and stouts I usually enjoy) but yet is had a refreshing crispness to it that made it easy to finish the sample, and even be tempted to have another - a feeling I have never gotton having Heineken or Urquell.

All in all, I like it more than others I've tried of the same style, yet, not having a wide range of knowledge or sampling on this style I can not say how it might fare against other lesser known imported pilsners. For me though, one I will be apt to have again, though certainly not on any regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 21:12:57 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of GClarkage


2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/20/04- Consumed at a relatives house over the weekend.

Appearance- Medium large bubbled foamy head, zero lacing and a straw yellow pour.

Smell- A tad bit skunky (like a Heineken) and buttloads of grain.

Taste- All about the grain. Thankfully the skunky taste isn't there. Not horrible, just another macro tasting brew.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation makes this a pretty easy drinking beer.

Drinkability- A guess it would be an OK beer for a hot day. Kinda like a Corona would be on the beach in Cancun. When it's all you have to choose from it's acceptable at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 22:16:34 | More by GClarkage
Photo of newyawker

New York

3.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We're sitting down with the in-laws to Thanksgiving Dinner. The game is on and I am on beeradvocate.com! A case of Becks is in the fridge, so I think its time for a review. Pretty fizzy and yellow, nice white head though. Smells like not much, but it tickles my nose. Taste is clean and a little hoppy, nicely drinkable. Alright, not a kickass beer, but good in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 23:47:47 | More by newyawker
Photo of wgk


4.33/5  rDev +58%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24-ounce bottle (called "bombers" sometimes around here).

Presents brief skunkiness on opening, good color and nice head in the glass, although from the bottle is really nice. Stands up well to very cold temps and tastes better and better as the beer comes around to a little warmer temp...and as you get mellow from the 24 ouncer. Very good mouthfeel, taste and drinkability. Slightly filling, but never an issue. Very satisfying beer. You will not feel like you need another to quench your thirst, but might feel like you want another because you are enjoying the experience.

This beer presents very differently on-tap, in bottle and in can, in my opinion. Very noticeable. Next to on-tap, favour the 24-ounce bottles over the 12-ounce bottles and over the 12- and 16-ounce cans on ALL counts. Be warned the pricing for the 24-ounce bottle is usually a disincentive when compared to the other forms...sadly...a marketing flaw or a price you have to pay to get a better beer shipped across the pond?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 19:29:35 | More by wgk
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Standard golden color with nice carbonations. Head is ample and foamy.

Smell- Immediately upon uncapping the bottle I got hit with a wave of skunkiness. After that initial aroma, I noticed no further skunking. Aroma is typically grainy with an underlying sweetness.

Taste- I thought the taste would be off due to the skunk blast, luckily I was wrong. Taste is mainly a balanced grainy sweetness, with just a little bite. Sip finishes with more lingering sweetness.

M.F./Drinkability- Good and crisp, this is very easy to drink and to find. Of course this is below average by German standards, but this is one of the better super-macro Euro beers around.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 01:54:09 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Product of Germany

Appearance-Poured into the ol' pint glass...Golden to golden off brown color, minimal white head and lace, dissapears after a few.

Smell-corn, alcohol, DNS, and of course a little bit of that european skunk character, it's not too bad.

Taste-a full murky character reminiscent of corn and grain on the toungue, quite bitter at the beginning but evens out in the end. Nothing offensive but really nothing great either.

Mouthfeel- A slight blandness hurts it but overall its fine, nothing too offensive, goes down ok and aftertaste is ok.

Drinkability-as easy to drink as any other pilsener out there, nothing offensive, but then nothing that makes you want to jump out of your chair.

Overall-An adequate beer for the style that gets the job done, I would drink this if offered but I don't think it is worth the extra money as an import when compared to beers that are just as good for less. This beer gets a lot for its upscale image that is a result of marketing instead of the beer. For what it is though it is a solid euro lager, nothing more and nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 01:16:12 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of TastyTaste


1.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a standard euro-lager gold-straw, with a small head thaat fizzles out post haste. Surprise, surprise, smells like grassy malt (and not much else). Taste is overpowered by skunked grass malt (best before 05-05, seems like a long shelf life for a lager). Yuck. Not a good beer, even as euro lagers go. Get something else, there are tons of better german beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 16:12:16 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of barknee

New York

3.43/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beck’s pours with a well-defined half-inch high white head of medium density, which settles down to a thin carbonated slick; it is a true 18K gold color. Upon the initial pour, this beer has a nose akin to fermenting wine, similar to Heineken, although not as pronounced. This fermenting like nose gives way to hints of pate' as well as having a mushroomy, wet dough like component, not dissimilar to better champagne.
Beck's is a dry, light to medium bodied beer, and is somewhat bitter in the mouth w/ a gentle effervescence on the tongue. Exhibiting latent pilsner qualities, the taste is lean and dry and generally inviting. I have probably had this beer 1K times, but never "really" evaluated or broke it down into its vital components before. Freshness is critical in this mainstream class of product, as is drinking it "young", so check the date on the bottle and select one with an expiration date no later than six months beyond the current date. Turns out, that for a globally distributed - mass produced export, Beck’s is really quite decent, and makes for good contiguous consumption.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 23:02:20 | More by barknee
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Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dull yellow with a white head that vanishes very quickly. Smell: P-U! Skunky! I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Taste was mainly hops, but isn't very smooth, and has a weird bitterness that makes it less drinkable that a typical German Pilsener. The mouthfeel has a rather agressive carbonation. It's not a terrible beer, but it certainly isn't as good as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 23:29:54 | More by tatterdash
Photo of TinusTime


2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to write home about here. Pours a clear gold with a bit of fluffy pure white head. Aroma is a bit metallic, with some hop notes. Taste is boring. A bit of malt up front and then Noble hops come in and dry it out. Becks has always had a weird finish to me. Mouthfeel is a bit biting. Smooth but not that smooth. Drinkability is OK, but I would much rather have other pilsners. Good in a tight pinch, but otherwise not recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 14:02:41 | More by TinusTime
Photo of SkullFission


3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has pretty much the same taste that Beck's Dark has, but without the distinct metallic taste of the Dark. Nice and smooth, it goes down easy; you almost don't even notice you're drinking it until you have to get another one. There's no real smell to it, no skunkiness that is stereotyped to be present in green bottles. The carbonation is a little crisp, but not stinging. All in all, a decent beer, one of the best you can get for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 00:42:37 | More by SkullFission
Photo of ppoitras


2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ozer bottle purchased in a two pack with a bottle of Beck's Light at Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA. Some sort of special promo packaging, only $0.99 for the pair!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a fluffy 1" white head above the clear, brightly golden brew. Head fades, but at a reasonable pace for the style, and lacing is good. Aroma is that usual "seems skunky" scent that Beck's and Heineken seem to have. Very noticeable, can almost smell it from across the room. Taste is slightly sweet of pale malts, with a somewhat generic hops bitterness at the swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, with this offering acceptable for the style, but nothing worth running ot the store and getting. A fallback if pickings are slim when at a function, or something, perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 21:33:00 | More by ppoitras
Photo of surfmeister


3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, solid pils.
Crystal clear yellow, firm, white head which lingered, snappy bite of hops which was well balance with malt, great guzler, much more taste than american micros and a good role model for them to consider. A fantastic match for the tailgate chow at the Cal/USC game, too bad Cal lost.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 04:18:53 | More by surfmeister
Photo of Redrover


3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle.

Beer pours a nice gold with a fluffy, large white head. Not much in the lacing department.

The beer smells of grain and spice. Not a lot of either, but not that bad. A bit of flower type smell as well. No skunk smell at all in this sample.

The taste is solid if unexceptional. Bit if spicy bite (pepper) from the hops and more than a bit of grainy taste. The taste is almost a generic example of what people think that green bottle imports should taste like.

The motuhfeel is the best part of the beer. Great bracing carbonation seem well suited to this beer. Average drinkabity here. Nothing bad, nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 17:56:14 | More by Redrover
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