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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 23.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 207 | 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 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.

Photo of BirdFlu
2.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its certainly upsetting when you are stuck at a bbq where the only beer options are yuengling, bud light, and their ilk. I tried a Beck's for the first time in this situation. While there isn't a ton that can be said good about not, not a whole lot is so bad either. The flavor and aroma aren't offensive as you find with most American macro lagers.. the flavor is farily crisp and not dominated by adjunct (which is sad that "not dominated by corn" is a plus, possibly even something to be considered above average). Mostly the beer is mediocre with no highlights. It is failry light which lends itself to drinkability. Its better than aforementioned alternatives, but I would never, ever go out of my way to buy it.

Photo of DV8HARD
4.6/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I live in Costa Rica right now and I bought it a small supermarket which has a large wine, spirit, and beer selection which is rare.

I didn't pour it, I had it straight out of the bottle. I have to say I really like this beer. There is nothing extraordinary about it, it simply has a really clean taste which I like and is hard to find. The most prominent taste would be that of hops and malt.

I would definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into stantard tumbler glass
A: pours very golden and a soapy white head about a finger tall and it disipates quickly also you can see lots of carbination
S: smells of nice sweet malt and skunky spicy smell of sazz hops maybe and nice grassy tone finishes the nose
T: sweet to start off very sweet then you get a big punch of the spicy hops and finally a lingering bready tone stays in the mouth
M: light body not watery and a very crispy type of carbination almost like an american beer
D: drank this a little to warm just so i can taste it more but enjoy this beer when it is cold it makes it way better

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of 10.2009. Pours a crystal clear medium yellow color with an initial thick layer of bright white foam. Fades quickly, but leaves some pretty nice lacing on the glass. Actually not a bad looking beer.

Pretty much a boring smelling beer with stale light maltiness and a mild grassy hop aroma, smells like saaz to me. At least this is not skunked, and appears to be pretty fresh.

Malt is a bit stale tasting and have a rough feel to them like they are not of the highest quality. Grassy and spicy hop flavor is there and is actually somewhat pleasant. I was pretty much ready to bash on this beer going in, but it is actually not too bad. If this is Germany's Budweiser, I would trade macros with them in a heartbeat. If properly stored and drank fresh, it is not too shabby.

Photo of bgreg3
2.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This has an average app. similar to most american adjunct lagers or other imports, foam when poured stick for a while , nice.

Smell- Smells aged and smells very strong, There is a sticker on the back that says best by 03/20/10, I'm wonderin how becaude I thought lagers only were good up to 3 or 4 months, but that just must be how they roll.

Taste- Not bad taste though , at first it seems very skunked and undesirable , but leave it in for a second and you get this wierd malt/copper like sweetness that is very pleasant.

MF-A little heavy for a lager , but not obnoxious , its ok MF

Drinkability- Not that good I'd stick to 1 12oz.

Going to give it another try in 12 pack because I am disapointed from this 24oz super size bottle, I mean dos equis was better.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear pale golden color body with a small fizzy white head , medium to high carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and faint skunk pee. Flavor is lightly sweet with the typical Euro lager hop notes, very boaring and not very good, light body , crisp mouthfeel . Drinkable but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap in germany. available at almost every place and is usually the one beer when only one is available. Better than one might expect but still not great. However, a great alternative to budweisser (American) or even stella artois. Get it if you can.

Photo of sudz42
5/5  rDev +81.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I refuse to go with the crowd. Becks is a magnificent drink. My credentials: raised in a major US macro-employed corporate environment (and employed as Tour Guide through college), related associates in Germany and Switzerland; tastings in said associates' breweries; lived in Hamburg. I know swill from good.

Disclaimer: I'm unimpressed by high ABV, stacked malt-hop affairs that seem to mostly determine high ratings from most reviewers. Oh, and St. Pauli is a nearly identical brew by Becks, so if you reviewed that higher than Becks, you got duped by the big t1ts.

Becks, like most Old World pilsners/lagers in northern Germany, is founded on limestone. This is the key to Becks' softness, something missing from US pilsners and most lagers. Nothing takes the place of limestone water for creating a good pils.

Becks is clear; it is not ale. US micro pils are ales masquerading as pilsners.

Becks tastes fresh; the grassy Hallertau and Saaz are present; the biscuit malt is subtle (something we Americans have trouble with). A wisp of coriander can even appear. The co-mingling of all these elements create a *drinkability* that must be respected.

Or not. Talk about stress and over pasteurization. Bash the macro import. It's only beer.

But this one is legendary.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.37/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: I poured it from the can into the tulipglass. A pale golden beer with a pretty nice head - white, thick and large. But the head shrinks pretty fast.

S: Bitterhops, malt, apples, citrus and kind of dry. The smell is rather nice - it raises the expectations...

T: Rough and dry. Bitterhops as well as a bit malt. I can also taste apples. But overall, after my nose got excited my mouth got kind of disappointed - it's not as complex as the smell indicated and the aftertaste "dies" pretty fast.

M: Creamy and dry.

D: An average german pilsener - not bad, but it doesn't stand out.

Photo of leighton
3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer will always remain a sentimental favourite, I think. A German guy gave me a bottle as I was walking through a park in Oldenburg, about 30 minutes from Bremen, where Becks is brewed. It wasn't cold but I liked it just the same. Definitely a good beer to reach for. I think I may do so once I return to the U.S. of A. as I believe it is probably more widely available there than most other German brews.

Pretty smooth, a tad bitter but definitely good-tasting.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Pale golden color that is very transparent. Had a small head that fizzled fast.

Smell: Had kind of a funky hop smell to it. Nothing bad, but nothing good.

Taste: Slightly bitter, but a little skunky.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and felt quite watery.

Drinkability: I admit that this beer got better as I drank it, but I did not find anything special about it.

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Hardly much of an aroma to speak of. Has a crisp, clean taste with a mild bitter aftertaste. Watery feel in the mouth. Drinkability is decent. Overall not a bad choice but nothing great.

Photo of KTCamm
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle. Clear yellow colour with moderate white foam. Smell is like bland beer - some citrus, some hops, but otherwise grainy. Taste is watery - kind of a tinny pils. Much better pils out there. Ok drinkability. A good choice for a neighboorhood barbecue where I had it, but otherwise, not the best beer to enjoy by yourself.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a good head, but the color is wrong for my favorite beer gender (aka style). I can smell the traditional German smell, but it is weak. The taste is as weak as the smell. The German taste is there, but... Yes, it is carbonated, but not "highly" as many state. It does go down good, but a German Pilsener is no drinking game beer. Drink a different German beer.

Photo of teejay76
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light yellow, not much head.

Smell: Light hops with yeasty aroma.

Taste: I tend to like bitter beers and I thought this would be sweet like American macros but it surprised me, which is why I may rate it higher on taste than I should.

Feel: Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Of the major macros, it's probably my favorite. But that's not saying much.

Photo of nighthawk
2.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can with best-before on bottom of can (awkward place to read it) poured into pokal.

Body is a pale, clear yellow with lots of big bubbles visible feeding the rocky, foamy white head. Retains briefly, but once it's gone, there's not even a haze left behind.

Smell is bland grain, with a coarse leafiness to it.

Raw, earthy grassy hops up front mellow into a honey and grain sweetness. Body is light to medium on the thin side, with a moderate dose of carbonation, giving a decent balance to the smoothness. Finishes a bit sweet, and clean.

It seems to be brewed with the intention of a clean and inoffensive palate. It achieves this, but it's a pretty bland beer, and there are lots of flavourful examples of the style.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.27/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I would almost describe this as a picturesque pilsner, if only its pastel-yellow body weren't just a bit too pale and its bubbles a bit too large. The head is mightily impressive, though, snow white and smooth with great retention. I am less captivated by the aroma, dominated by corn and metal with a frail yet off-puttingly sharp edge of leafy hops and a suggestion of honey. Bizarrely sweet on the palate with an unpleasant sulfurous/fusel alcohol quality that interferes with an otherwise pleasant toasted grain flavor. Hops are nondescriptly bitter and especially noticeable in the finish, which is dry but not as dry as it ought to be. The carbonation is good - not too sharp, not too soft - but on the whole the body feels a bit thick. I must say I found this beer to be much worse than I expected, and my expectations were pretty low. It's not awful - about on par with Heineken, I'd say - but it's a bit nasty and it has no real character, unless the overlay of bad adjunct flavors on top of good malt flavors counts as character.

Photo of SleepyMonk
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Two fingers worth of head that quickly shrinks down to only a thin layer sitting a top of a bright yellowish gold body with only a minor amount of effervescent bubbles moving up ward.

Smell detects only the weakest of malt and little else.

Taste has a mild malt notes and perhaps soft hops. On the mouth Becks is crisp and weak bodied.

There really isn't much to write home about with Becks and it is very far from complex.

This really deserves to be approached on its own merits and its place in beer society. This beer is great for a BBQ beer or something to drink whilst watching the game or at the local bar. There is nothing in this beer that would hold beer snobs interest long enough to finish a glass.

Photo of jimj21
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle labeled best by July 2009. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden color. Very clear with a good stream of bubbles rising in the middle of the glass. Topped by about a finger or white head, which recedes rather quickly. Some spotty lacing remains.

Not too much in the way of smell. There are light aromas of both hops and malt. Maltiness is sweetbread like while the hops add some spiciness. There is also some other kind of bitter smell that I don't think is from the hops.

Taste is ok. Like the nose, there is a bit of malty sweetness along with some spiciness from the hops. As I'm drinking this, the sweetness seems to be overtaking any hop character. It also seems a bit musty.

Very crisp. Good amount of carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer. Kind of prickly on the tongue. A little dry on the finish.

Not bad, but not great. It is refreshing and would be fine for a hot day. Also, there's a high chance of skunking due to the use of green bottles.

Photo of BarrelO
3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before end: 09/2009.

A: Straw-colored. Head quickly disappears.

S: Hops, grass, a bit of skunkiness.

T: Pretty much a basic bare-bones lager. There's nothing extra to make it stand out from the crowd, but there's no off flavors to detract from it either.

M: Light-bodied. Plenty of carbonation.

D: As far as mass-produced lagers go, this is actually pretty good. It's certainly leagues ahead of any American macro. In fact, if it were less expensive, I'd make it my go-to cheap beer. But it can't hold a candle to the better German beers.

Photo of kshankar
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold with barely any head. Carbonation is heavy.

Aroma: Faint, maybe a little hops? Some grassy notes, if anything. Otherwise, its just..there.

Taste: Grassy blandness.

Mouthfeel: Light, goes down fairly well. Its crisp

Drinkability: Okay, this is what this beer is really meant for. Bland and tasteless "refreshment" for a hot day. Taste is unoffensive and mouthfeel is fine, so this works.

If you want a refreshing beer, go for a witbier or hefeweizen. This is just bland, but it works in the category its supposed to be in, I guess.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
2.32/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bier has been reviewed to death. The only thing I can say is that Germans don't drink this bier! Its almost impossible to find this one in the hinterland. Tolerable on a hot day if nothing else is available. The German equivalent of Coors, which is not a compliment.

Photo of rodney45
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very Yellow and uninviting. I really dont get much of anything except malt, skunk, and chlorine (wtf) from this bier's aroma. It tastes just like any other pilsener, perhaps less, but when you're talking about a beer as unappealing as this one is, who cares. Light, and drinkable.This beer is functional in beer pong, and flip cup... anything other than that and you have better options, even among the macro euro-trash.

Photo of RollingRocker
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very gold color with a very quickly dissipating head. Faint hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp and hoppy with slight skunk flavor. Very smooth carbonation across my tongue and all the way down. A good beer that's quenching in some serious heat but is a bit overpriced for me.


Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.