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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 23.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-18-2002

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Photo of thespaceman
3.98/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had to review this one, just because I've been a fan of Beck's for years and this is one of my favorite offerings from them.

6 Pack Bottles: Poured from bottle into 12oz glass

Appearance: Nothing here to go crazy about, a thin head tops this beer with very minimal lacing. The appearance of this beer is probably it's worst feature, not bad looking just not appeasing.

Smell: The best way to describe the scent is skunky, this might turn certain people off but the smell is definetley strong, a bit of floral scents tries to emerge from the skunk induced smell but it's hard to tell.

Taste: Probably one of the most refreshing beers on the market, the taste completley makes up for the smell, small citrus fruit notes tickle the back of your throat, taste is comparable almost to a soda.

Mouthfeel: Clean, yet highly carbonated. This one feels like it has enough carbonation in it to make a can of soda seem flat. Probably why this beer tastes so refreshing, but doesn't take points away from it, especially when compared to the dry mouthfeel of a Heineken.

Drinkability: 5.0! So easy to drink it's scary. Goes down like a carbonated soft drink, I can easily enjoy 3 in a sitting and finish the rest soon after.

Photo of BeerSox
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. Green bottle says: best before October 2008 (just in time).

Crystal clear straw hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a patchy cap.

Light spicy noble hops with a light and sweet musky malt aroma.

There isn't much hop taste in the flavor; it's mostly sweet husky malt. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering sweet malts.

This isn't really a bad beer, as far as the large brands I might prefer it over an American Macro Lager. However, if I want a German Pilsner, or any German Lager for that matter, there are so many other choices that are much more superb. This is more of a cost saving choice, and I bet I can find something for around the same price that I would enjoy more in the same style or any other style out there.

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

This is not very good at all, barely mediocre, and is one of the weakest German beers I've ever had, generally a very good lot in my experience.

It's deep gold with a small, dense white head soon dissipating to a small ring.

The aroma is grain, a little bread, a hint of sulphur and sharp grass quality.

The taste is similar, some light grain and sharp, green grass. It has fairly lasting flavour, but this is mild, lacking character and is rather sharply unpleasant, a tad rough, and very bland. The bitterness is a bit rough and lacks real flavour.

Photo of Silenus89
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with fizzy head

S. Smells of malts and hops

T. Its got light carbonation its pretty smooth too. some grassy hops

D. This has a good drinkability and overall not a bad beer. A good beer to have for a night then maybe get it again in a month or two

Photo of Goliath
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden/amber color with a thin white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. Some pale malts, and slightly skunky due to the green bottle.

Taste is ok. Again, some pale malts giving a bit of a bready feel, but the skunkiness dominantes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Easily sessionable, but skunked flavor will bother most. This one I don't mind, but it really isn't that great of a beer.

Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the mass market beers, this is my favorite. It is not, perhaps, the best German Pilsner out there, but if you've got no choice but to buy one of the bigboys at the beer store, this is the one to have. This beer is better than many (but hardly all) of the craft brewed examples of the style I have tried. I taste it and think of a hot, clear summer day, sitting on a porch, reading a book and watching the world go by.

Pours bright golden with small lively head lots of carbonation from the bottom and clinging to the sides. The smell is strong with a clear honeylike bite of pale malt. The flavor is strong and honeyish, with a satisfying, strong pale malt character and light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a little hop bitterness.

Photo of froghop
2.12/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly, lively carbonation, with not much lacing.

smell of grain, corn, and malt.

taste is crisp, watery, malt, and corn syrup, ends oily, with a funky aftertaste.

overall bland and not worth the time.

Photo of changeup45
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle. Golden color, small white head. This is the kind of beer I liked the more I had it but it is very limited. Some sweet malts, grassy and pretty crisp and refreshing. Not bad. However I have had my fair share of skunked bottles so that's a concern.

Photo of tbeck
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light golden yellow with a decent white head. Aroma was malts and cereal grains with a slight skunkiness. Not much flavor, some cereal grains and a metallic taste. Well carbonated, but a little on the watery side. This would be okay on a hot day, not much on the flavor department.

Photo of kinger
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly solid european style lager. Pours a light gold into my glass with a frothy head and decent lacing. Good carbonation and an overall pleasant look. The aroma is typical of this style with a touch of bitterness and hoppy accents. Clean mouthfeel that finishes with ease. The flavor is very good, I enjoy these types of lagers much more than their American cousins. Overall a nice average beer that always tastes good to me.

Photo of Cresant
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pint can into a pils glass. Dated 11/2008. The body was golden yellow. The active carbonation created a pithy white head the settle quickly.

Smell was hay, earth. Light floral as it warmed.

Taste was vapid. I experienced more texture than taste. Well balanced blandness. Clean, light bitterness. Dull.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied an quite zesty. I love pilseners but this hardly qualifies.

Photo of klintok21
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ehh, I'm very iffy on this one. I normally like German beers but I'm a little turned off on this one. Has a very bold taste and kinda high on the carbonation. I prefer the Becks Dark.... If your looking for a good German beer, I would recommend Warsteiner or even better Warsteiner Dunkel (dark). I guess I just prefer darker beers in general; without a doubt regardless this is worth a shot if you haven't tried it before.

Photo of dsa7783
2.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Saw this beer around a lot, finally tried it...
Unimpressive, pale, lucid, clear, golden-pour with no head and hardly any lacing or carbonation...
Faint, unassertive, unappealing aroma with an equally average-at-best taste...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel and an average at best drinkability...
Bland, mediocre, and nothing special...

Photo of donteatpoop
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow beer with a thin white head.

The scent was very skunky, the taste was much the same. The hops seemed to have turned a bit fir the worse.

Low carbonation made the beer a bit flat.

I could certainly drink a few of these down, but I'd much rather pour something else.

Photo of JamesS
2.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely light yellow color with some decent initial head, which goes away very quickly. It has a nice scent, a light straw aroma with nice peppery overtones. Good taste, crisp and clean, a little spicy, but a bit weak. It does go down quite smoothly.

Photo of ommegoose
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can, part of a 4 pack for $4. Odd to see the 1 pint size, rather than the more common 16.9 oz (.5L) can. Stamped 02 2009 on the bottom. No abv marking.

Pours out a typical straw color with hints of gold, very clear. A few carbonation streams move slowly. Started off with a decent head, but faded really quickly, leaving only a small ring around the edge.

Smells grassy/grainy. Not a lot of potency or a lot going on except for the initial pour. Really mild hop presence. No real off notes, and smells inviting enough for the style. It was not skunky or metallic, just kind of bland.

The flavor is mostly non-descript, aside from some musty grassy notes and a bit of hop bitterness. The malt really lacks heft. I was hoping more flavor would follow the somewhat heavy body. The finish is semi-sweet, with mildly spicy and bitter hops. Medium-dry, and pretty clean. There aren't any real off notes, and no skunked or metallic flavors, which is a plus. Average in every sense of the word.

Mouthfeel is pretty average as well, close to expectations. The body is maybe a bit heavier than other lagers, and carbonation is not intrusive, slightly low. Moderately slick.

Okay, this beer is really geared for sessioning rather than savoring. It feels dumbed down though. I enjoy Carlsberg, Dinkel Acker, and Bitburger much more, and they're all in the same price range and availability as this, mostly. Still, I'm drinking this on a hot summer night, and it's very refreshing. Would not be my first choice, but I will probably have little trouble downing the next three cans before bed. It comes close to being a EPL really, with the mild hop presence barely pushing it into Pilsner territory. Certainly compares pretty well to other macro lagers, and deserves a bit of credit for that at least, and it gets better with each successive serving.

Nothing about this beer will blow anyone away, but really, you could do way worse. My impression is that it will be a little better from the can vs. the bottle.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, poured into a pils glass:

Pours light straw yellow with a bubbly head that eventually vanishes. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk". The lime and sulfur, however, is not without a hint of grain and grass.

The taste is of lime/sulfur with a touch of salt. Enough hints of mild grainy sweetness and grassy (though stlightly metallic and salty) bitterness to give it some flavor and balance. Overall, it's clean. Finishes crisp and rather dry, in a watery sort of way.

Light-bodied - a bit thin, but at least it's not too fizzy.

Not bad for a mass-produced Euro-brew. There are, however, better brews of this ilk just as accessible and in same price range. There are, on the other hand, worse. Easy enough to drink, though tiresome/bland after awhile. It is what it is...

Photo of gpogo
3.19/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear light gold with white head that dissipates into a tiny ring. Left one little spot of lace.

A- Light malty sweetness

T- Crisp and slightly sweet followed by some bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste,

M- Light body and moderate-low carbonation.

D- I'm honestly surprised how much I liked this beer. It's a very refreshing beer. It is kindof boring, but it was good.

Photo of everetends
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle gotten throughout the land. Poured into a tumbler on a hot summer day.

A: Pours the expected golden yellow pilsner color. Has a nice big head that forms but doesn't last the whole party. A bit disappointing.

S: Smell is grains, a touch of malt, grass, and hops. A bit of skunk there also.

T: Taste is a bit vague. You can get the malt, earthy hops, grains and thats about it. Still it works for this beer and makes it somewhat pleasant.

M: Watery thin, with big time carbonation. Really makes this beer refreshing but nothing else.

D: Price and refreshing quality makes this a decent session. Still, I prefer Beck's Dark if I must encounter Beck's. Not a great beer but tolerable.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.7/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured this from a super size 710mL bottle and gave a fairly hard pour, which produced a decently thick foamy head, that had a bit of retention, which I wasn't expecting really. The color is a shade darker than straw and there appears to be a lot of carbonation in this brew.

S- This is definately a pilsener. Not as strong a smell as some other German pilseners that I've had, but the sharper hop aromas are definately there. I also detect a decently pronounced freshly milled grain aroma, which is something that I have come to enjoy finding in a decent beer.

T- The best marks in my opinion come in this category. I really like the sweet malty goodness, which is well balanced with a slight floral note and the hops that really are noticable on the finish...very nice!

M- I'm guessing the heavier hopping of this style contributes to the oily feel that I get from this beer. It's well carbonated, as first thought, and lighter than I expected. Nothing really special but not bad by any means.

D- With a great flavor and a light body, this one is a good candidate for being a session beer. I would be able to enjoy this one throughout a night without the need to change. Very decent brew!

Photo of generallee
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 24oz green bottle into a tall flute glass.

Appearance: It pours a very pale yellow color with great clarity and a tall fizzy white head. The head faded fast and left behind no lace.

Smell: The aroma had a light skunky aroma over light floral and grassy hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: There was a delicate grainy malt with some floral hops that finished on a skunky note. Its palate was thin with a watery texture and fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Not sure if I got a bad bottle but it was consumed well before the freshness date on the label.

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

I used to think this was a good german beer, then I grew up. The only reason I drink this in bars is because in the Bronx, it's the only german beer that is served. That's why I go to the Heidelberg Restaurant in NYC, who's tap beer collection would make you slap your momma.

Photo of galante27
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am not a pilsner fan so my opinion may be skewed...

I realize this is the top exported German Beer to the States, probally because of the standard American drinkers love of corn infused lighter beers, def a step above the mainlne pils, imported and domestic but leves something to be desired

A- Typical pilsner light color, small head
S- slight corn scent(Which is weird cause they don't use it in production)
T- Lighter taste not an over abundance of flavor.
M- ...(no Comment)
D- Not a bad drinkability, but in a world with so much variety, one must never settle.

Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and some corn. A slight grassy aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and corn. There was a subtle bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent German import. It is session-worthy.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.55/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a fairly straw gold with only a bit of a head.

Smells of very light grain. A tinge of bitterness and not much else. But it smells nice.

Only a small bit of malt and hops shine through A clean tasting beer. Very clean.

Fairly big carbonation makes this beer feellighter than it is.

Not the greatest of beers. but damn it is drinkable . A solid pislner despite the naysayers.

Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.