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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 191 | 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 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.


Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.07/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow straw color. Slight head which was gone quickly.

S - Sharp, distinct smell that was slightly skunky which is not to be confused with lightstruck skunky.

T - The most noticable thing about this beer is the quick, sharp, slightly bitter aftertaste. Its a very light beer that's refreshing. Not too much in the flavor department though.

M - Crisp and carbonated dominate the palate.

D - Extremely drinkable on a summer day. Session beer, sure. Something I'm going to buy all the time, no way.

Photo of bsend
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a mug.

The beer pours a light golden color. Its very pale with a moderate amount of champagne to soda sized bubbles. It pours a small 1/2 head bright white head.

The aroma is average for an adjunct lager. It provides adequate amounts of yeast with a nice level of lightness.

The taste is what you would expect. A nice light refreshing flavor. This beer out of the bottle tastes a little skunky, but in the mug we get to experience all it has to offer.

The moutfeel is standard but consistent. The light beer plays nicely around the mouth.

The drinkability on this one is definitely there. Light refreshing beer makes for a great BBQ or summer beer. Good for sessions while watching sports.

Final Thoughts - This is my Dad's go to beer and it has a fondness in my heart. Going home for the holidays, I can always expect a 12 in the fridge, and while visiting family we always pick up a case. Not the best beer out there, but my favorite of the large mass market European companies.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of several "exciting" brews left over from our friends on Mardi Gras.

Pours a pale straw color with a small white head that quickly subsides and leaves only slight lacing.

Smells of grass and a slight skunkiness but not a very pronounced aroma. Neither attractive nor offensive, just sorta...whatever.

Taste of grass, some light bready notes and only the slightest hint of being skunked. Again a very neutral flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery with lots of carbonation. This is close to just being carbonated water. Beck's is decent or maybe tolerable at best but compared to the typical BMC product, I'd probably prefer this. Not particularly good but not too offensive either.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.7/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do like Beck's and other German pilsner's. It's a good beer that's almost available everywhere here that is distinctive by comparison to the mainstream beers here in Saskatchewan.

Appearance: Pale yellow and when poured into a glass, creates a foamy white head that doesn't last. There is very little lacing and what is there also doesn't last. Overall appearance is very average.

Smell: Skunky at first, then a peppery hops smell takes over. Smells a bit sweet as well. Because the skunk smell goes away almost straight away, I don't find this offensive at all and the end smell is ok. Definitely tastes better than it smells.

Taste: I like this beer, especially just drinking it sitting around on the deck. I'm typically an ale drinker, the wife's drinking an Irish ale beside me right now, but a change of pace is always a good thing. Becks has a nice sweet taste to it, you can easily detect the hops, there is no bitterness and has no offensive aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: pretty good considering! Its medium bodied, thickens up a bit then smoothens out. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but that's expected.

Drinkable: quite, this to me could be an everyday beer if I didn't like some others. Beck's isn't my first choice, but I do buy it from time to time along with Lowenbrau, Dab, Holsten, and Warsteiner when I want a German beer without needing to go on a long search for one.

Photo of njthebestofme
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i like german pilseners.. there are better one out there.. but for the price and a quick cold beer with some respect its not too bad.. yellow when poured.. not much head.. tastes good light hops.. not over powering.. refreshing on the most part.. would drink it again..

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

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head and lots of bubbles.

Smells grainy, subtle hops in the background and some decent maltiness...

Some grainy malts, a bit of hay and honey. Meh, tastes like an average lager, I wouldn't call this a pilsener, compared to other german lagers this fails.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.01/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale, straw yellow but decent bubble activity. A finger of soapy head forms and sticks around a little longer than I'd expected leaving a modest white collar. Stray lacing as well.

S - Well, no doubt about it this beer is incredibly skunked. As I opened this I was having some trouble with the bottle cap, but even with one side pried up, I could immediately detect the skunkiness. After sitting for awhile this has dissipated somewhat, but it's still very much there. Behind all that is a little bit of a honeyed biscuit aroma.

T - Luckily the skunkiness doesn't interfere too much here, but it's still a fairly bland beer. Noticably sweet and bready malt early palate, and just like the nose the first thing that comes to mind is honeyed biscuits. Though rather pleasant, the sweetness is a bit much for a beer this light and crisp. Following of course are the grassy/garlic/peppery notes from the noble hops, and then late palate a slight to moderate bitterness jumps out briefly. Finish is sort of a weird combination of the honey sweetness and fresh cut grass.

M - What starts off somewhere near the high end of light bodied ends with seltzer water. Carbonation is appropriately high, but the body starts out a tad too thick and ends a bit too thin.

D - Drinkable enough. Part of the problem with Beck's is that it's lumped in with any number of other fine German Pils when at best this is just an above average Euro pale lager. This 24 oz has been quite easy to get though, but I'd never want to drink it all night.

Photo of PintOHops
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale gold/yellow, with no head and no lacing. Has medium-high carbonation, almost looks dead and uninviting. Smells of sweet stale bready malts, some citrus grape notes, and a little clean & somewhat dry. Cooked vegetables and some grassy earthyness as well. Grassy earthy aroma isn't to pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet malt, some tart grapes, some cooked vegetables and tastes a little watery. Lots of earthy grass like flavors that are a little much and not very pleasant, in fact almost skunky. Not much flavor overall though. Mouthfeel is a little thin, kind of watery, lite-medium bodied and some lively carbonation on the palate.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - While this beer is highly drinkable, I don't think i could stomach putting down more than 2-3 of these. I really didn't like the grassy almost skunky aromas and flavors. I even picked up a closed case to insure freshness and no skunk! It didn't seem to help with this beer though, I think ill stick to Heineken over this any day. Heck, I would have a Bud over this stuff.

Sorry, not a fan, save your money for something better folks.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.81/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a pint glass (topped up the rest).

Appearance - golden colour with plenty of carbonation. Thin frothy head - looks good.

Smell - grassy hop scents, although relatively faint.

Taste - tinny, thin flavour with a bit of bitterness on the end. Well-balanced, for what's there.

Mouthfeel - pretty decent smoothness although a bit too prickly for such little flavour.

Drinkability - again, another selection that can be passed over for better. I suppose putting a few of these away wouldn't be that bad, just not great.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer sampled as part of a tasting tonight. You kinda forget how nice this beer is in its simplicity and elegance.

Fairly standard when compared to other authentic German pilsners. What stands out is a very rich boquet of floral hops that hint toward fruitiness, herbal notes, and a nectar-like character that accents the sweet pilsner malt flavors and aromas. Light sulfers give the beer teeth, but that floral hop aroma and flavor supresses any would-be match stick sulfery character. Round and moderately creamy with a mild hint of grain astringency. Finishes crisp and with a balanced hop-malt lingering. A terrific small beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

P- Underdog Bar and Grill in harrisburg

A- pours a light yellow with tints of green. looks like weak lemonade.

S- earhty and german malt tones. Not much hops to it but the smell of a pilsner.

T- sweet yet quite sour taste flavor. It is like a malty miller lite.

M- watery and skunky.

D- BMC beer drinkers be praised because you have something else to fall back on. After a year and halfof drinking good micros i think this sets me back.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smells of some sweet malt, but some serious skunk.

Malt sweetness is faint, some decent hop bitterness, but no real hop character. Some sour and off notes. Euro macro at its finest.

Fairly fizzy and mouth cleaning - hot weather lawnmower beer here. Loved this "top' beer in 1985, not so much now.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A. Stunningly clear with a short livid soapy head lacing the edges. Fine oil slick surface.

S. Malty with european style hop. definition of a pilsner. Hop extracts in the aroma.

T. Sweet malty dextrins coupled with a slightly bitter finish. Toffee like malt and a dry yeastiness. Some adjuncts and huskiness, cooked corn sweetness gets cloying but still decent.

M. Light bodied, slightly flat but still refreshing. A little watery, could use a bit more carbonation.

D. A solid pilsner. Nothing spectacular and overpriced, but it doesn't really dissappoint.

Photo of MillySox
1.39/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Good God, I have not tried this beer in 10 years and don't care to again for another 100.

There was nothing unusual about the appearance, and it was all downhill from there. The smell was skunky and stale. I cannot swear by the quality of the bar I had it in but it was probably on par with a typical retailer of this beer. The taste and mouthfeel together started out like plain water and quickly turned to liquid skunk juice. There is just enough carbination to force this offensive flavor into the nostrils.

This beer is not representative of the country it is brewed in. The worst German beer I have ever had.

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

After another night at MSG enjoying a good show or game, it's time to review Becks after mutliple tastings over a extended period of time.

A: Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass to reveal a pale yellow with a 3/4 finger light white head that laced somewhat in small specks initially then disappeared. I had a few of these and found the head to grow with a higher pour but resulted in the same small head and almost no lacing.

S: A musty mild mixture of grains and mild noble hops.

T: Starts off pretty good with a sweet rush from the grains followed by noble hops and zing of Saaz in the middle. However, as you work you way down the glass, the flavor fades fast and what remains are grains and a bitter thiness.. Almost no malts or citrus to be detected.

M: Crisp, solid medium body and average carbonation and dry finish.

D: I recall in my younger days thinking this was a skunky beer. The skunk aroma peaks out when you open the can but never returns. I have not had many of this style but can assume this will be on the lower end of the reviewing spectrum when I pick up a few more.


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

Light gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is metallic and a tad of skunk.Taste is a little swwet and malty.I was expecting a skunkfest with this but I am pleasantly surprised by it's freshness and drinkability.All in all it's a good beer that I probably would purchase again!!

Photo of magictrokini
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average German Pilsner. Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Sweeet and sour aroma of malt, metal, and saaz. Crisp, tangy taste of saaz, with s dry finish. Metal pops up frequently, with a sugary flavor. Not a bad option, just know that this beer packs a serious hangover.

Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light golden beer with a big-bubbled head that settles into a soapy head.

Smell is mostly hoppy which appears to be kind of artificial. Still very nice.

Taste is light and hoppy on a base of bready malt that is typical German pilsner malty. Mouthfeel is light and there is a sweet note in the aftertaste.

Photo of Clubchat
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Supermarket in Quebec, 12 oz green bottle

A - Pours a clear golden yellow pilsner color, a carbonated head is there for a couple of seconds, not a good start

S - Smell of pils malt, corn, grass and hops, a bit of skunk there also with the green bottle

T - Taste of malt, noble(maybe) hops, sweet corn

MF - Sharp on the tongue because of the high carbonation, dry finish, don't really appreciated the MF

D - Refreshing on a hot day for sure, ok-beer

Photo of TheTrevor
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow with a large head that receded fairly quickly. The smell is sweet and a little grassy. The taste starts off with a little bit of malt sweetness that gives way to a bit of some hops that linger on the palate. The thinness of the beer and the carbonation make for a crisp beer. The drinkability is also pretty high with this one, not a bad six-pack to grab if you've got something going on and don't want to drop too much money.

Photo of jackthewelshman
3.07/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pale yellow type of colour. Bubbles rapidly fizz upwards. A decent head is made, but shortens to about a fingers worth. Fairly inviting

Smell: A musty and bitter smell, with a tinge of sweetness in the background.

Taste: Il liked it, it is one of my favourite beers. Medium fizz / carbonisation, with slight malt taste and hoppy taste to it with a sweet kick. Fairly good retention, but ends with a bitter type of taste to it - it would be better if it left with a more well rounded aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light,a bit on the thin side

Drinkability: I beleive it is drinkable. One of the best easily available beers to me (big Euro imports). I wouldn't mind drinking this for the night, of course I would rather be tasting more sought after beers in search for something better.

Photo of germanbeer1
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a bottle and can, both in the US and in Germany. It pours a light golden color with a fizzing white head. The taste is metallic and bitter for a German beer with only the slightest hint of malt. Beck's by no means has any type of a clean finish, but this is a good beer for people who want to believe that they are truly drinking a German imported beer. Within Germany, the stature of this beer can be equated to our opinion of Budweiser. It's a "gateway" beer to bigger and better things.

Photo of Rayek
3.07/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant Gold with semi-active carbonation. Soapy white head retains OK. Leaves no lace.

S: Slightly musty. Aroma is a combination of raw malts and a little grass.

T: Certainly pleasant, but completely uninteresting. Dry malt up front followed by a bitterness that is almost flavorless outside of some lemon tartness. Finishes clean.

M: Light body is a little grainy. Carbonation level is on the high side.

D: A forgettable member of the German Pils family. There are better bets in this style at Beck's price point.

Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,792 ratings.