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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 190 | 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 JEdmund
2.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Half inch, foamy white head; torrent of carbonation; light honey yellow

Surprisingly better than I had anticipated--I can actually detect a little malt and hops; reminds me quite a bit of Bitburger's aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wow, watery and thin. Starts off somewhat promisingly enough, but then just falls flat mid-way through. Extremely thin body and hardly any flavor at all! It's just so watered down.

The only saving grace for this beer is that at least it doesn't have any offensive skunky/sulphury notes commonly found in cheap pilseners. Otherwise, it's an incredibly dull and lifeless beer. It's aroma is its best attribute.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not the best pilsner to buy in most situations, but works in a pinch.

A- Very transparent with a yellow/brown piss color

S- Smells like fresh hops and alcohol. Most of the skunk smell stays in the bottle.

T- Not much flavor which is a turn-off for many, but something I personally enjoy at times. Tastes slightly of floral hops with wheat malt flavor.

M&D- Feels and drinks like mineral water. easy to drink too many when thirsty.

Photo of BeerCon5
1.51/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Clear, light yellow straw color, with little head.

S: Mostly some malt and spices.

T: Mostly a bitter taste. Also kind of skunky with some spice. Not very pleasant tasting.

M: Pretty smooth feel with average carbonation.

D: Not easy to drink. I was very disappointed after hearing good things about it from friends.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small fizzy head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a bit of spicy hops. Light skunkiness, which is common with the style.

Very light malt taste, mild bitterness, and a touch of spicy hops. A bit skunky in the taste as well. Finishes clean and dry.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

What can I say, it's no world class pilsner, but it does fine with washing down a burger. I actually went for some Sunshine Pils, but grabbed this out of nostalgia when no Sunshine was yet to be found. Not a worthy substitute by any means.

Photo of albern
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another crappy pale Euro lager ... woohoo! I used to like this stuff some 25 years ago when it was about the only imported stuff around. I haven't tried this in nearly two decades. Needless to say, my tastes have matured a bit. Here are some random thoughts: It's pale; it smells a bit skunked up; it has an astringent lemony bite that makes it ever so slightly interesting; it has a chemical sourishness characteristic of so many other macro lagers that does not make it interesting; it has almost zero hoppiness; it has plenty of cooked vegetable; it is bad, but there are a lot worse, and what more can I add to the collective wisdom? Avoid it.

Photo of dnichols
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12 ounce foiled and capped green bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a gold colored body with a very weak head of less than one finger. The head was bone white and disappeared fast and without any lingering lacing.

S: It was dominated by a sweet grainy aroma with lightly toasted malts. Hops and alcohol aromas were non-existent.

T: It was smooth, sweet and grainy. Very lightly carbonated and it was hard to detect any alcohol. After sitting for sometime and approaching room temperature the flavors flattened and a stale uninteresting flavor dominated. DRINK COLD.

M: Smooth, thin-bodied beer with a clean finish, light carbonation and hidden alcohol and hops.

D: Not bad on a hot sticky day when served ice cold. Not a beer I would self select but average to above average for the style.

Photo of clayrock81
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pils glass and received a solid head (it did die quickly) on top of a light gold, seethru body. A grainy smell with some hops mixed in, but nothing really nose-catching. This has the dryness of a pils, but it isn't that good. The hops don't deliver any remarkable taste, and it goes down a little rough instead of having a nice smoothness to it. There's no real flavor to this beer, just a "euro-macro" that is a tad edgier than a American macro. Not horrible, but there's no real point in drinking this.

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

This beer is yellow with a thick head and lots of carbonation.

It smells like a beer from a green bottle. Faint hops and not much else.

Tastes a little bitter. I let it warm a while and it's not very pleasant.

Feels very thin with a biting carbonation.

I don't really want to drink a lot of these, but I could.

Photo of TheSarge
1.66/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Remarkably, this beer has a good presentation to it. There's at least two fingers thick of bright white head, with a light gold and clear body. This is what a pilsner is supposed to look like.

The aroma is not anything to brag about, though. It is dominated by metallic aromas, and seems kind of skunky.

The taste shares the kind of bastardization as well: very skunky and meaningless. It's taste is worse than its smell.

This is a horrible impression of a lager/pilsner. I don't understand how this became a popular import. The Germans don't even drink this crap. If this beer tastes like this in its homeland, then the export version has to suck ultra royally. Avoid this monstrosity!

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

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a distinctly sub par lager. It's not horrible, but it leaves a lot to be desired. The beer poured with a very pale straw color and a tiny head. It smelled of a touch of skunkish pale malts and a touch of hops. The taste was rather flat and bland, palatable, but nothing special. If Pilsner Urquell wasn't available, I'd pick Heineken over this.

Photo of nicksawick
4.55/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great for fans of Heineken. I've had better beers but this is fairly cheap and good for a daily drink. It is a nice golden color that you see with Heineken. Not overly bubbly. Not a very harsh first taste and finished smooth. Great served extremely cold.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.94/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smells a little sweet, a little hoppy.

Pale to medium staw

Medium-thin bodied rush of sweet nectar into my mouth, oh! Dry toasty malt notes over a good bit of fruity sweetness. Light brushes of hop complement the malt and sweetness nicely. Finish is fairly clean.

This is my ideal thirst-quencher: its tastes is light and mostly pleasing. It has some body to go along with the malty/sweet flavor. The only downside is that it's not cheap-cheap, but rather imported.

Photo of cfriend2
3.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - light golden yellow in appearance with a fizzy head. i really like the looks of this beer.

S - malt and hops, and a vague fruity odor. something about the way the odors intermingle is somewhat unpleasant.

T - smooth with light carbonation, though judging by the appearance, didn't think such would be the case. the flavor is malty alongside a taste I can only describe as grass-like. lightly bitter aftertaste.

D - I've heard so many people sing the praises of this beer. I don't think it lives up to the hype, but don't get me wrong. It's pretty good, and I would be content with drinking another one.

Photo of jadpsu
1.76/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Talk about disappointment. This German import would be overpriced even at half the price it sells for. Thin pale gold in color and a weak appearing beer, with no body or substance on tongue or back of throat. Skunky oder that hides any notice of malts or hops.
A glass of beer that you will be happy to see empty

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You know, if this beer wasn't in a green bottle, it'd probably be pretty decent. It's looks a clear, pale gold with zero head retention. The aroma is pretty offensive, with a mix of skunk and boiled vegetables (DMS) and only a little bit of sweet bready grains in the background. Those grain do, however, come out in the flavor along with a bit of grassy hops and a mild bitter bite. The carbonation is on the high side of medium and it's light on the palate.

This beer is clearly a pilsner, as opposed to another Euro pale lager. It actually has discernible hops and malt, but the flaws and handling drag this one down. It'd be pretty decent if it wasn't in a green bottle and mishandled along the trip over.

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

A- Poured to a good head that disappeared fairly fast. Very big bubbles. Had a little lacing, but nothing to brag about. Was a very light yellow in color.
S- Smelled a lot like Heineken. You know that strong skunky smell.
T- Tasted a lot like it smelled. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Also seemed light tasting. Like not a lot of flavor. It started strong but didnt have much of a finish.
M- Felt good in the mouth. I thought maybe too much carbonation. Again, it was very light in the mouth.
D- Im not sure if Heineken tastes like Becks or the other way around. If you like the Heineken flavor, buy Heineken. I woudnt turn down drinking this Becks. But unless I got a good deal, I dont think I would buy it again.

Photo of hdofu
2.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I can honestly say this is one beer that I can't say many nice things about. Having had the taste of a Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale still fresh on my tongue the last time I had one of these I hadn't realized just how horrible this beer really did taste on its own. Beck's has a yellow color, a strong smell of citrus. The taste is rather bitter like a grapefruit. The feels like seltzer water on the tongue. Not a beer worth drinking by itself. Not a memorable beer. I'm going to finish this one just to get it out of the fridge.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.14/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, Heineken comparisons are bad, Beck's is much better and cleaner tasting. The beer I tasted came in a 1 pint can, poured into a Lager Glass. Aroma is pretty strong, moderate citrus hops, very very light malt. Also smelled something raisin-ey or possibly red wine. Relativly generous size creamy white head when pouring. Color is a light yellow, and not paticularly attractive. I must say that it left pretty decent lacing around my glass. Flavor is short in duration, and a bit watered down in taste, but still pleasant. The hops come throught the most, and I would guess that this would go quite well with food. By itself, like I said, it is a bit boring and watery. Texture is watery again and a bit on the dry side of things. Carbonation is soft and the finish is extremely clean, very nice. Pretty good overall, but not a super-premium lager.

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

12 oz into Pizza King mug at Pizza King.

A: Golden w/ 3 finger head.

S: Skunky fox piss deer hunter smell.

T: That strange skunk-weed hop character. Not really that bad with pizza.

M: Forced carbonation.

D: I could've had two if the server ever came back. Not bad.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced a flimsy head and no lacing ... crystal clear straw golden brew.

Aroma is thick pale malts and metallic dominant hops.. there is some spice there.. but it smells like a grainy/penny.

Pale malts with not too much of a bitter backbone.. lite/medium body.. malts are there in the background as they should be.. very drinkable (mine is not skunked).. pale malts and middle of the road spicy hops... the malts are there, but Beck's pils could use a touch more hop flavor.

Not much to get excited about, but still IMHO better than the reviews say... just a pretty good pils.

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

Poured pale yellow in color with a white head that didn't seem to last. Smell faint hops not much else. Taste a little sweetness and a bitter finish and not much of an aftertaste. Mediem carbonating light in body. Drinkabilty was ok I would choose this one over an amrican macro any day.

Photo of Sperzel
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light gold into a pint glass. An almost non-existent head disappears fairly quickly.

The smell is nothing captivating. A thin hoppy smell with somewhat "musty" characteristics.

The taste is fine. Medium carbonation and a nice crispness, but is just too "processed" tasting. Has a certain sweetness to it, but gets slightly more bitter before fizzling to a near forgetful finish.

A drinkable beer that is OK for any occasion, but the big thing with this beer is it's commercial taste. There are many more flavorful beers to choose from.

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

Upon the bottle being poured into a pint glass, the color is a pale yellow with a thin white head.
Smell is kind of skunky and light.
Taste is pretty decent, crisp and light, with an aftertaste that leaves something to be desired.
MF is bland, which in my opinion is typical of a pilsner.
Drinkability is so-so, never my first choice. But to go alongside a casual meal of burgers and fries, Becks does the trick.

Photo of patsalvaggio
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Long lasting whipped cream looking head, decent lacing, golden crystal clear.

Aroma: Ridiculous skunky smell

Mouthfeel: Thin, Crisp

Taste:Crisp, refreshing,not very bitter, a little watery

Drinkability: I have drank this beer for quite some time but never really sat back and reviewed it. Its flaws are numerous, largest being the skunked smell from the green bottles most likely. personally i can drink it but i wouldnt recommend it to a friend.

Photo of bboven
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep yellow, crystal clear body with lots of carbonation shooting up to a thin but lasting bright white head.

The hops and a great malt aroma are in there, but it's overridden by a huge skunky smell. Curse these green bottles!

The hops float all around on a very good malt base. They are each very distinct in this beer and nice. However, there is a chalky bitterness overpowering all those great things from the degraded hops. This stuff might be great in a can, but in a bottle you can only see what it could be.

Very crisp and slightly drying mouthfeel, the bitter taste stays with you for just long enough.

Eh. I can't really see myself buying this again.

Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.