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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
65
poor

1,554 Ratings
THE BROS
62
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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

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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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

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

Where it's at...Creamy head with nice lacing. Pale color with lots of bubbles. Smells of skunk at first but that goes away and allows the sweet malt and noble hops to come through. Flavor is grassy (hallertauer?) hops up front and dryish malt in the background with just enough sweetness to balance out the strong bitter twang. finishes dry and sharp. A nice session brew but nothing too special. I like it enough to order it when there are no decent domestic micros available. ...Two turntables and a microphone.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 17:46:14 | More by EagleTalon
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PZuke

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was out at Boston Billiard the other day and thought what the hell I’ll have a taste of this beer. Right off the bat it was very skunky and hard to drink. I was drinking straight out of the bottle so forgive me for not having tones of visual images. It did have some maltyness there but nothing to write home about and it did have a crisp flavor to it but like I said before it is very hard to get past the pure skunkyness of this beer. The thing that gets me the most is the fact that this is a German beer and they should know better. It’s just depressing that when your average person thinks of German beers they think of Becks. Well next time I’ll have to try a St. Paulies Girl.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 22:04:29 | More by PZuke
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Had last reviewed this months ago in boittle form, which i found bad..but I have been drinking this in cans for weeks now and so time for another review.
Pretty nice looking but average light golden coloured beer with a tiny white head ..some lace.
Compared to the bottled version the aroma is quite refined and nice..nice floral hops and some malts..delicate.
Again in the can the taste is light but trasty,,its a very delicate balance between the hops and the small malt..I think this is lost in the bottle due to the green glass
Nice smooth mouthfeel.
Very drinkable light pils in the can..delightful and worth a try even if you've been burned by the green bottles.

Serving type: can

10-06-2003 04:08:45 | More by Reidrover
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, straw hue, degrading aroma of light hops, grass and even adjuncts detected on the nose. Up front, rather bland, a slick hoppiness, lacks any sort of body or character. Som malt detection in the body, not much to write home about, a decent quencher, yet nothing to get hyped up about.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2003 02:24:06 | More by GeoffRizzo
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guinness33

New Jersey

1.85/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

what's the deal with beck's? i don't think i've ever had a decent tasting one. even brews like heineken aren't bad if you have a bottle that has been sheltered from the light in a 12 pack or something. beck's always tastes and smells skunked. it pours a plae golden colour with thin lacing. high carbonation is apparent, as is the smell of rotting skunk carcass. the taste here is more of the same: skunky, musty, metallic (perhaps from the foil cap cover?), stale and earthy...basically nothing good. oh yeah, if you try real hard for it, you can taste some hops through this mess. better made than most american macros, but come on guys, get your act togther and hit us with some fresher tasting brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 16:49:58 | More by guinness33
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SetarconeX

Florida

2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A very crisp yellow color, and try as I might, I couldn't get to generate any head at all, much less retain it. Odd. There's plenty of bubbles in there, it's decently carbonated, they just don't feel like sticking around. The smell is malty, and almost dreadfully skunky.

Taste isn't particularly anything to write home about either. Acidic, astringent, and with a mildly unpleasent bitterness at the end. That said, as European macros go, I'd still drink this before a Heineken.

Simply not a very impressive beer.

Serving type: can

08-25-2003 20:40:36 | More by SetarconeX
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WesWes

New York

3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an almost clear color, but with a light shade of gold in there. The head appears frothy for a moment until it totally fades to nothing leaving a slight lacing. The nose is nice although there is little character to speak of. Sometimes simple is the best way. This is a very clean tasting brew. There is no maltiness about it. I wonder if they use adjuncts in the grist. This beer is just too clear for words. The mouthfeel is alright, except that it could use a little more carbonation. If it's going to taste like a crappy macro, it might as well get the whole stereotype going. The body is extremely light and it drinks well. Like I said, it is a very clean tasting beer. I wonder why I paid a premium price though.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 02:27:08 | More by WesWes
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Dmann

California

3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer used to be one of my fav's untill I discovered what else was out there. But tonight I decided to try a bomber bottle of this stuff just for old times sake. It poured a straw color with minimal white head that did not last long but left a decent lace around the glass. Smell was skunky but the taste has a good balance of malt sweetness and a little hop bitterness. If you can get past the smell, you can drink quite a few of these suckers. It is a decent session brew, but nothing close to lowenbrau as far as "mass produced" german beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 09:19:36 | More by Dmann
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very frothy head subsided quickly atop an utterly clear beer. The clear golden color is very nice but the carbonic acid bites a little too much in the flavor. Nice maltiness balanced by a strong german hop flavor is very enjoyable in this beer. Light body is nice and a skunky hop bitterness is present in the finish. Good german pilsner but a little too much carbonic acid made it lacking in the smoothness department.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 23:30:27 | More by RenoZymurgist
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euskera

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I can't seem to find a bottle of this stuff that isn't skunked. It's a nice light golden blond with a nice head, but once I smell it, that's it. It's just like Heineken in the skunkiness department, although it does beat it hands down in taste. I just don't understand why these breweries put their products in green glass....

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 11:18:11 | More by euskera
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear straw-gold body reveals a multitude of fine to average-sized bubbles rising steadily to the surface. Its frothy head of bright white foam holds well, maintaining a thin lid throughout most of the glass, and leaving some nice lace as it goes. The nose is fresh with some floral and grassy hops over a delicately grainy malt. The body is light-medium, and it's gently crisp on the tongue. The flavor delivers a delicate combination of floral and mildly grassy hops over a slightly straw-like maltiness that's solidly backed by bitterness. The dry and lingering finish is simply an extension of the flavor in the mouth with some maltiness and lightly floral hop flavor followed by a distinct bitterness. Although it lacks the firmer body, fuller flavored maltiness, and finesse of some other fine examples, this remains a refreshing German pilsner in every way!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:47:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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

Pale yellow golden color with minimal white head that quickly fades.
Has that classic import lager aroma. A bit pungent and skunky smelling.

Taste is somewhat crisp, but not clean. Light and fairly refreshing. Lingers on the palate a bit after the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery.
Decent drinkability.

Overall, a decent pale lager, but certainly nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 09:44:56 | More by PhantomVodoo
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The number one German beer in America, probably because it has the same look and allure of Heineken. A "classy" looking import for the masses. They say that this adheres to the Reinheitsgebot and it probably does, but it still tastes somewhat cheap. One can even argue that this isn't really a true German beer since it is owned by the Interbrew conglomerate. Anyway, this is a simple, mass produced German pilsener that is pretty much just a boring beer.

Beck's pours a yellow straw color with a decent foam white head that actually leaves some lace. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but has quite a crispness to it. The smell is of course pure skunk. There is some hop presence detectable underneath the odor, but I was expecting some black and white hair to pour out of the bottle. The initial taste is of some light malt which is slightly cracker-like. Some husky flavors and skunk do carry over into the flavor. Pretty decent hop presence though. All around bitterness and dryness on the palette which carries over into the finish. Somewhat citrusy. The aftertaste is a continuation of the hop bitterness and finishes off dry with some alcoholic warmth.

If Beck's weren't so skunked, it would make quite a decent thirst-quencher. It is not exciting in any imaginable way, and sadly it is the first beer many people think of when they think of German beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 21:25:54 | More by Beastdog75
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

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

Look like straw and has a skunk nose... it is quite hoppy. A light lager in reality with little body no head.. Taste was not balanced and is not highly drinkable.. the green bottle does not add to the storage propeties of this beer and is a mass produced German Style of Bud.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 17:36:12 | More by bierman2000
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Stingray5

New York

1.63/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a clear golden yellow with a decent sized fizzy white head. No lacing, but a nice ring did remain throughout half the beer. Aromas of corn and cooked vegetables. Do these guys use green bottles on purpose? Medium carbonation. Taste was more cooked veggies, mostly broccoli and cabbage. The finish, however, had a nice dose of hops. Very unbalanced next to the boiled greens though. If not for the skunkiness, this may have been a decent brew. Instead I found it undrinkable. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 16:36:53 | More by Stingray5
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beerguy101

California

2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light gold colored lager, with a medium whiteish head. Aroma is grainy and very sweet Mildly hopped lager. Taste and flavor are mild. Finish is clean and mild. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. This tasting does NOT have a grren bottle skunkyness to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:31:29 | More by beerguy101
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Either I am going senile, or Beck's has improved a bit from when I last used to drink it. Still, that's not saying much for it either.

Poured from a 710ml green bottle, silver foil around the neck, with a freshness date on the back (no way I'm buying a 6 of this). I lucked out and got a decently fresh bottle, no skunk at all. So THIS is what it's supposed to actually smell like. Light malt, light floral hops, a bit metallic. It's a pale straw colour, had a decent head, but it shrunk immediately to a faint ring. Flavour is light and crisp, nothing very special, but it's drinkable, I don't mind it much at all, better than a Heinie. All in all very average, I wouldn't say no to another if someone was offering, but wouldn't put down more money for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 12:30:30 | More by IronDjinn
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alittlehazy

Kansas

3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling light gold with small active bubbles forming on the glass. Not a lot of aroma, maybe a slight maltiness.

I like the mouthfeel on this lager over a typical macro American lager, but their isnt much more taste than a slight hoppiness. No skunk, luckily, and this is a pretty smooth Euro lager that tastes more or less like any other one you'd buy.

I wouldn't buy this normally, but in a pinch I wouldn't mind drinking another.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 11:01:23 | More by alittlehazy
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hotstuff

Indiana

1.35/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer was pale gold in appearance. It poured a medium size head with very little lacing. It had a fruity, citrusy aroma with a bitter taste to it. It had an aftertaste that just would not go away. There was no carbonation evident. The body of this beer was light. I could not believe how awful this beer tasted. I am glad I have this one out of the way.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 06:41:03 | More by hotstuff
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

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

Pours a pale gold with a minimal lacey head. Smells a little skunky (but not as bad as other beers). Also a bit of hops. Taste is fairly crisp, and pretty smooth. Again, somewhat hoppy with almost non-existent malt characacteristics. Just a tiny bit of sweetness. I'd say overall this is a little better than Heineken, but this is a macro of course. I only tried this because this is all that was offered (at a party). Needless to say I wouldn't buy this on my own.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 11:19:45 | More by Admiraldinty
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

Becks, an all around mass market euro-lager. pours a cleanm clear yellow clour with a decent head. Smells hoppy and a bit skunky with some malt in the aroma as well. Taste hoppy and unique, definite german influences are in this one. This has an O.K. mouthfeel and the drinkability is good as well. This is good in a pinch, but there are so many better beers out there!
Cheers!,
F.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 16:45:52 | More by francisweizen
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

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

This review is based on a 24 oz bottle. Poured average for a German Pilsner. Clean white head. Taste is of malt, a little floral. A little skunky, though that in my opinion is not a bad thing. Wonder what brown bottles would be like. Hops are well balanced. Finish is smooth. This is the Bud of Germany, much better though.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 16:24:38 | More by Rifrafboy
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tolerable, if not impressive. The package presentation is very nice, but the green bottle leads to the standard need for freshness. The appearance is appropriate for a Pilsener; clear, light amber, white head that disappears quickly. The taste is very average with a dry finish that is light on hops for Pils. Better to go to Urquell.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 17:50:19 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Pegasus

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw golden color with a modest-sized snow white head, resembles an American light lager, attractive broken lace, mildly carbonated. Slight malt aroma with some mild herbal and a fairly strong skunk component. Taste begins with fairly rich malt and smooth carbonation, flavor turns grainy towards the middle. Toward the middle part of the taste the hops appear with a harsh and bitter medicinal quality that lingers well past the end of the taste. The mouthfeel is rather watery. This beer is does not meet the high level of quality that is the hallmark of German brewing. Not a terrible beer, but terribly average. It is unlikely that I will purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 13:28:53 | More by Pegasus
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BitteBier

Indiana

2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear with a pale yellow color and a substantial white head that disappears quite quickly. Smell is less than appealing--a mix of stale grains and that all-too-common macro lager skunkiness. Just to be sure, I confirmed that this bottle was well within its self-proclaimed window of freshness. Taste is not terrible, just terribly uninspiring. Mouthfeel is fine; this is a very smooth beer but a very bland beer. Just a bit of crispness toward the end, otherwise nondescript grains dominate. I notice the taste of water as much as I notice anything else, which probably isn't a good sign. I can drink these if they're cold, but there are many, many better choices.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 16:39:55 | More by BitteBier
Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.