Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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1,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,767
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of mltobin
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
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
2.75/5  rDev 0%
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
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Rudgers73
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Definite skunky pilsner aroma. There is a faint whiff of malt that gives a little backing to the aroma. This malt also helps a very little bit in the mouthfeel and taste. The is much like St. Pauli's Girl. A boring, skunky macro pilsner.

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

This is a very average Pilsener that really is fairly consistent. You're gonna get an average smell, average foamy head, average color, average taste, and an average mouthfeel.

A little on the malty side, this is the type of beer you can drink all day and have a very average experience. No real highs or lows. All in all, I'd call this an overpriced average pilsener and say that when nothing else is available, you can pick up a 6 pack of Beck's and have a really average time.

Photo of stagman
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour a light yellow with a faint head. The head fades very quickly.

Smells kind of grainy and has only a faint hops aroma. It's getting close to skunkiness.

There's a bit of crispness from the hops in the flavor, and the carbonation is now present. Yet, it tastes like it's going stale. The malt is weak and the hops are all off.

How this is the number imported beer from Germany is beyond me! Even with the AB/Inbev deal, Beck's still tastes over-processed and skunked. Pass.

Photo of dacrza1
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vivid yellow, moderately bubbly body with a short white head...looks crisp...metallic ping that is Beck’s...clearly a grain presence...aggressive start and quick finish...most directly a back-of-tongue effervescence...slightly acidic moments but a generally clean flavor, great for partying...a classic for me, not as a session beer but definitely a quality macro that packs a cutting, crisp pilsner taste...a slight step from Pilsner Urquell

Photo of hustlesworth
3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- mostly typical pilsener appearance, clear pale golden yellow with rising bubbles, 1in creamy sudsy foam white foam with ok retention that settles to a thin soapy ring and trails of short lived lace.

S- pale malt, floral grassy hops, almost skinky but not quite, cooked veggies and a bit of diacetyl.

T- watery pear apple, delicate pale barley, raw grains, some subdued floral hops at the end.

MF- thin crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation makes for a velvety feel

D- a pumped up more german version of our american macros. could be better in alot of ways, BUT it was bred for drinkability.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

24 oz., 2/3 quart bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a full, fizzy, white head, right out of the bottle into a mug, the head has good retention, and leaves limited lacing on the glass. Best before 3/2008, so I'm thinking I got a fresh bottle.

S: Light smell of pilsner malt and noble hops, typical of a Continental Pilsner.

T: The taste begins with sweet bread malt, and a little bit of sugar, and ends with a biting, almost spicy noble hop character, that is reminiscent of grass. Nice flavour for a mass-produced beer.

M: Very light, fizzy, not up to par with some of the better German lagers, like Spaten or Paulaner.

D: A good drinking pilsner, which was a nice respite from the fray from some of the bigger beers I have been drinking lately in December. Much better than BMC, but it's important to get it as fresh as possible, I've had bottles that certainly weren't of this quality, so if you find an unskunked bottle, enjoy.

Photo of sbe1
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent Euro Larger (actually a pilsner, but whatever).

Appearance: Light clear gold, fizzy head that dissipated rather quickly. No worse than other Euro macro brews.

Smell: malt, hop, slightly pungent smell that's hard to put my finger on.

Taste: Smooth, light carbonation, decent malt/hop balance. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, refreshing, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. I can drink these all night in a pinch when there isn't really good beer to be had. Good for what it is.

Photo of walshclimb
3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden yellow with largish bubbles in body and thin white head that disappears quickly. Soapy aroma with light malt. The initial flavor is malty with lightly bitter aftertaste that is clean and relatively refreshing. Only a hint of the soapy flavor noted in the nose. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to go with grilled chicken orsomething. Not very interesting otherwise.

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

Pours a rather light golden colour with a rather thick frothy head that stuck around for quite a while. Smelled very yeasty and fruity and a little earthy. Rather uneventful and nondescript for taste and had a mild bitterness. It was a rather fizzy beer which I am not used to drinking. I could have this one again but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. If it was at a BBQ and in the esky I'd certainly help myself.

Photo of PhageLab
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12 pack, poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Very pale white/yellow, produced a quarter inch of head that dissipated quickly, and left absolutely no lacing.

S - Not much here, some sort of herbal undertone, but not much else.

T - Actually tastes better out of the bottle for some reason, I think the carbonation provides a bit more of a bite that way, which might confuse your senses into thinking there is more taste than this beer has in reality. Reminds me of a watery Heineken.

M - Thin bodied and watery, yet crisp and very clean. High carbonation which suits this brew well.

D - Fairly high I'd say, it's very inoffensive and easy to consume. Overall nothing distinct, and the next time I drink one it'll probably be because I forgot what it tasted like.

Photo of Overlord
2.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Middling yellow color, about a half inch white head.

Tastes of malt and ... foliage? Shrubbery or grass. Not particularly complex, no hops, but not unpleasant either. Just a flat, simple, not unappealing taste.

I certainly opt for this over U.S. macro lagers, but I wouldn't say this is a particularly good pilsener. Just slightly below average across the board.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep golden colour with plenty of carbonation bubbles, frothy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent lace

S: grassy nose with a slight tartness but not skunky

T: refreshing grassy flavour with a touch of malty sweetness

M: light bodied, with good carbonation and a watery finish

D: A refreshing beer that is easy to drink and, while not being anything special, does not disappoint the senses. I drink this as a session beer quite often as it is always available and is slightly superior to many of the typical euro macro lagers.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass.

A - clear, golden color with a small white head that fell pretty fast.

S - German malt, sort of bitter aroma.

T - good balance of sweet malt and bitter hop flavors.

M - light/medium body with refreshing amount of carbonation.

D - good enough beer to drink all night.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear light golden-yellow hued body with a pale white thin film sits on top for a bit. There is gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding through the body.

S- This beer has a smell of pale malt with a fresh dry Munich malt flavor and a soft noble hop hint comes through only as it warms.

T- The nice Munich malt flavor has a dry honey malt hint like that of a good Kolsch. There is a dry light bitterness at the finish that has a faint sulfur quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish with a tight little finish.

D- I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The Munich malt tasted fresh and had a nice flavor of a good Kolsch. The other flavors were a bit muted and the hops were almost nonexistent. No off flavors in the beer but a bit dull.

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

sadly, this was the best option available at a ritzy wedding and i was forced to revisit it. clear straw in appearance with an ok white head. nose was mostly vegetal and grassy w/some skunk to it. just a hint of malt in the taste with a moderate bitterness. light and crisp mouthfeel. not bad, but not that good either. still better than an american macro lager, though.

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

This is ok but not great. I prefer ales to lagers, so maybe I dont appreciate this. But judging by other ratings, I must have got it right. Typical macro lager that pours yellow and fizzy without much aroma or taste. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability is okay only because the beer is not that offensive. One of the first widely available imports.

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

Had this for the first time last night has a golden color with a white head. Smell was not so good maybe mine was bad because it was smelling skunky. Taste I was not impressed with it at all skunk. It wasn't bad in my mouth high carbonation. I would possibly try this again but wouldn't drink more than one.

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

Tried this at Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest. Pours up pale gold with a creamy head. A slight trace of hops in the aroma, otherwise pretty clean. Crisp taste, with hops finishing on the side of the tongue. It's a bit thin, though. A very nice beer on a hot, humid Texas afternoon.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

How did I get to review #2393 without getting around to Beck's? Another mystery of the world...

Clear pale yellow, slim white head...

Lemony smell, some hops, some pee...sorry, can't help it, the nose smells what the nose this why folks drink it out the bottle, to avoid the aroma...I can't find anything to like about it. ...but it's not too far from the par for this style, actually.

Big carbonation, sparkling, but sour, lemony flavor, and thinly bodied.

Nothing I can say will stop anyone from buying it...thin, watery, blah...yeesh.
The #1 German beer in America...actual Germans know better.

And that's where I'll leave it.

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

I was surprised when I re-tried this beer. I first had it years ago, but didn't write a review. It was skunked and bad. However, this one was pretty good, relatively.
A straw pale yellow color with soapy head. Not very durable either. No surprise.
smell had a hint of citrus and hops. It seemed crisp, not skunky. What a relief.
Taste is less malty than I thought; a touch of crispness from hops, some floral hints and no skunk. Malt comes in heavy at the end, making it a bit tough to drink, for me.

Photo of Lnedrive14
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is the epitome of nothingness. There is just absolutely nothing to it. Pours a very light gold, like a bud light. Little head that dissipates fast. no to crappy smell. faintest bit of funk. taste is like carbonated water. BLAH! I only dont rate it worse b/c it is better than something that tastes bad, i suppose.

Photo of peabody
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a really clear straw color with no head and no lacing to speak of.
Smell is skunky like the St. Pauli Girl and like that one you can't really smell anything past that. Mabey a dirty dishwater.(my glasses are clean though)
Taste is almost like the dirty dishwater I just mentioned. Watery mess of sweet/bitter but ever so slight. Almost undetectable.
Mouthfeel is bland.
Drinkability ,,,, well you see my score, you make the call.

Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 1,767 ratings.