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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.


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1,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 1428
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

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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Ontario (Canada)

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

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, floral notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and a bit of a floral spiciness. It actually comes across as being a little dry tasting, which takes away from it being refreshing. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A step up from the countless other euro-beers that are on the market, but it's still nothing to write home about. There are some other beers in this style/category that I'd drink before this one.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 17:26:21 | More by spinrsx
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3.65/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can into nonic.

I'll admit I used to order this beer quite a bit, back in those "straight outta the bottle" days. I haven't had this in a few years, but upon seeing this in a can, I couldn't resist!

Very pale and clear yellowish body with a frothy 3 finger cap of white head. Virtually no lace, but retention was decent.

Lemony notes cone through over a pilsner and biscuit malt. Noble hops smell floral and spicy.
The taste follows the nose perfectly-- sweet malts are nice and soft with a surprising hop bitterness at the back end. Crisp clean finish.

I never buy bottles of this beer due to their choice of green glass-- but I will consider buying cans again.
This was a very pleasant surprise-- I was expecting to be handing a D on this review, and I'm pleased to say it was better than I had remembered!

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 03:57:53 | More by AleWatcher
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2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Decent clear, golden body with a nice 3 finger head. Head disappears pretty fast, but leaves a nice web on the top of the beer. THAT stays around for a bit and there is mild lacing on the glass.

Smell - Bready malts and a strong corn smell. Mild hops and LOTS of skunky water smell.

Taste - There's a sweetness to the front of it. The malts come through nicely, but after that there is a little bit of bitterness and then...nothing. Pretty flat stuff.

Mouthfeel - A little watery and the carbonation isn't too crazy.

Overall - Eh.... No thanks.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 02:41:16 | More by shaunb81
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden with two fingers worth of foamy white head. Settles to a ring around the glass and left some thin lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Light grains and faint grassy hops. It almost has a skunky character to it.

T: I get a bit of grain and a faint skunkiness. It has an odd metallic finish as well and leaves a biscuit malt taste on the tongue.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light body that isn’t watery.

O: There’s nothing special with this beer. But I wouldn’t say no if I was offered this beer. It’s an easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 22:02:06 | More by marty21
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Pours a crystal clear, light bronze colour, solid finger of head with great retention, some sporadic lacing, and heavy body carbonation.

S - Light grassy hops with a light biscuit malt. Classic euro style pilsener.

T - Came across a tad metallic, but the grassy hops shine through, while a citrus bitterness lingers among biscuit and buttered bread malts.

M - A tad too light, though it down go down smooth and finish nice and wet.

O - Overall, a crisp and refreshing pilsener that is easily drinkable and boasts decent flavours for a mass produced ale. One of the better macro pils, IMO.

Serving type: can

04-09-2011 00:54:34 | More by andrenaline
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2.66/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml can into Guinness pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Four finger mediocre head of unappealing thickness. Devoid of cream. Clear straw yellow colour. Bleh.

Sm: Light scent of shite straw. Double bleh.

T: Standard crystal malt/barley body with a shite straw finish. No real open. Balanced like Kathy Bates opposite a leprechaun on a seesaw.

Mf: Too smooth and wet, but at least it goes along the tongue quickly so you taste less of it.

Dr: It's very cheap. That's the best I can say for it. Leave it on the shelf, lads.


11/28/13: Truncated notes from a casual sipping (from a bottle).

T/Mf: A bit of crystal malt sets this one off nicely. Good clean barley foundation. Spring water. Generic floral hops. Pilsner malts. Decent balance. Not much complexity or subtlety. Cohesive, but not gestalt.

Crisp. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Light in body. A bit on the thinner side. A bit overcarbonated.

The crispness is fantastic - a real highlight.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Not oily, harsh, rough, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Very drinkable. A definitely step up from macro adjunct lagers. Not a bad brew for football games. I'd pick up a 12 pack on sale. Ultimately, it's a very accessible German pilsner with good availability. By no means world class, but in its own way its something of a classic. Best regarded as a table beer.

The bottled version is definitely better.


Serving type: can

03-14-2011 23:11:41 | More by kojevergas
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2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is much better in a can than it is bottled! I once had a german friend who offered this beer to me and I wasnt impressed. Granted it does taste better to the good ol' american bud light! Becks has an awful smell to it! But if you can get beyond the smell it does taste ok!

Serving type: can

02-03-2011 16:55:42 | More by Bigboyash73
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a bottle and it was pretty skunked so im reviewing it from a can!

Well definitely pours the same... little head weak lacing
it smells very grainy and tastes slightly watery with grain and slightly spicy hops. not a very powerful taste and kind of lacks character.. but its pretty ok. better than that bottle i tried. This beer definitely tastes a lot better! please dont make that same mistake i made and but crappy skunky bottled becks

buy it from a can then decide if you like it of not!

Serving type: can

11-06-2010 01:39:57 | More by A380
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United Kingdom (England)

2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

440 mL can. I've tried it poured into a glass, and straight from the can. While the glass is slightly better, neither are very good.

A: thin yellow, lots of bubbles, 1-finger head that dissipates into nothing with no lacing--not too much different from a fizzy lemonade.

S: typical lager, slightly skunky, hints of corn and sweet grains

T: bitterness that increases as the beer warms (and not in a good way). There's not really anything enticing here.

M: thin and highly carbonated--nothing interesting.

D: only if it's the only beer available.

Serving type: can

08-24-2010 18:57:08 | More by fullsweep
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New Jersey

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

Pours a clear gold with fizzy carbonation and moderate cap of foamy white head that disapears very quickly. Scent is of pale, but fresh grains with a touch (im really reaching far done for this, but they are there) of earthy and slightly spiced hops. Taste is clean, minimal fresh grain taste. Light bodied, highly carbonated. Once again, with a beer like this all i hope for is the absence of impurities and this comes across as clean, clear and crisp, although lacking anything noteworthy.

Serving type: can

08-16-2010 14:39:18 | More by rfgetz
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3.85/5  rDev +40%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A knock at the door! Who CAN it be? My in-person trading partner, tone77, dropping off some new CANQuest (TM) beers and picking up some that I had recently scored.

I have had Beck's from a bottle before and while it was good, I expect that it will be better from a CAN, as many beers that I had previously had out of green bottles have shown signifiCANt improvement from a CAN. The rocky, bone-white head quickly fell to wisps. Color was a light-sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like unadulterated lager - semi-sweet with a light apple juice scent underlying. Mouthfeel was medium, but it had the characteristic lager flavor of honey on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry, lightly bitter, definitely refreshing. I drained the contents of the 11.2 fluid ounce CAN pretty quickly on this humid afternoon, lemme tell ya! This definitely rates some cooler space, especially given its relatively low ABV.

Serving type: can

08-02-2010 17:01:59 | More by woodychandler
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2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I have a buddy who swears by imports and loves this beer. First off it pissed me off cause its 11.2 ounces so I feel short changed already.

A: Looks like water with oil and some bubbles. barely any head

S: Kinda peppery like Heineken.

T: Its beer. its average not too strong not too light.

M: feels good to drink after a long day of bullshit at work.

D: I wouldnt recommend this. If its given to you for free then go to town but if you buy this then you will be very disgusted.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 01:33:46 | More by GNR4life2
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2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma was definitely wheaty, not a huge fan. Taste was somewhat feint. Not too watery, but no robust either. It was also very wheaty, not a huge fan. Crisp and well carbonated however. Not a huge fan, probably won't have this agian.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 17:20:25 | More by Evocatus
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3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has got to be one of the most popular German Beers in the US. And honestly, I have no idea why. There are so many better German Lagers on the market. But with that said it's still much better than a lot of imported Lagers. However, I have been to Germany and almost no Germans drink Beck's.

The beer looks good in a glass. It has a good golden color, with a nice head. It has a strong floral aroma, and a strong floral taste. The floral taste of the beer makes it a good beer to have with food in my opinion.

Beck's isn't bad beer but it's not great. Not to mention it's not exactly cheap. Beck's is sold at most places that sell beer. So if you are fiending a German lager this might be all that is available for you.

Serving type: can

05-14-2010 07:40:26 | More by eschbach
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Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a can with no freshness date. Poured a medium golden, with about a 1/2 inch of head that receded rapidly. After only a minute or so, all traces of head or lacing were gone.

Nose was that of a somewhat skunky Euro macro, which got worse as the brew warmed up.

A slightly sweeter macro flavour, with a bitter finish. Flavourful to be sure, but still not up to snuff.

Mouthfeel was medium body, but the carbonation completely crapped out a few sips into it and it tasted flat. Not sure, maybe I got a dud can, but it really brought the experience down several notches nontheless.

In my early drinking days, this was considered a primo import, and I'm fairly certain I liked it then. Now I see it as just another run of the mill Euro macro. Nothing special; there's so many others of the style and price point with better drinkability to go with instead.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 06:17:54 | More by JohnnyBarman
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New York

3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Poured a clear, dark straw, with a small white head. A little lacing on the glass.
S. Hops, hay, flowers, barnyard
T Floral, and slightly fruity, Spicy hops with a bitter finnish
M. Fizzy carbonation, Medium bodied, thin
D Not my favorite, . The aftertaste I did not care for,

Serving type: can

09-13-2009 17:33:22 | More by smibroncos
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3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: I poured it from the can into the tulipglass. A pale golden beer with a pretty nice head - white, thick and large. But the head shrinks pretty fast.

S: Bitterhops, malt, apples, citrus and kind of dry. The smell is rather nice - it raises the expectations...

T: Rough and dry. Bitterhops as well as a bit malt. I can also taste apples. But overall, after my nose got excited my mouth got kind of disappointed - it's not as complex as the smell indicated and the aftertaste "dies" pretty fast.

M: Creamy and dry.

D: An average german pilsener - not bad, but it doesn't stand out.

Serving type: can

07-01-2009 17:45:23 | More by Sunnanek
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

500mL can with best-before on bottom of can (awkward place to read it) poured into pokal.

Body is a pale, clear yellow with lots of big bubbles visible feeding the rocky, foamy white head. Retains briefly, but once it's gone, there's not even a haze left behind.

Smell is bland grain, with a coarse leafiness to it.

Raw, earthy grassy hops up front mellow into a honey and grain sweetness. Body is light to medium on the thin side, with a moderate dose of carbonation, giving a decent balance to the smoothness. Finishes a bit sweet, and clean.

It seems to be brewed with the intention of a clean and inoffensive palate. It achieves this, but it's a pretty bland beer, and there are lots of flavourful examples of the style.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 21:43:27 | More by nighthawk
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United Kingdom (England)

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I would almost describe this as a picturesque pilsner, if only its pastel-yellow body weren't just a bit too pale and its bubbles a bit too large. The head is mightily impressive, though, snow white and smooth with great retention. I am less captivated by the aroma, dominated by corn and metal with a frail yet off-puttingly sharp edge of leafy hops and a suggestion of honey. Bizarrely sweet on the palate with an unpleasant sulfurous/fusel alcohol quality that interferes with an otherwise pleasant toasted grain flavor. Hops are nondescriptly bitter and especially noticeable in the finish, which is dry but not as dry as it ought to be. The carbonation is good - not too sharp, not too soft - but on the whole the body feels a bit thick. I must say I found this beer to be much worse than I expected, and my expectations were pretty low. It's not awful - about on par with Heineken, I'd say - but it's a bit nasty and it has no real character, unless the overlay of bad adjunct flavors on top of good malt flavors counts as character.

Serving type: can

05-25-2009 15:57:56 | More by soulgrowl
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

02-15-2009 18:09:54 | More by GodOfBeer
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Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2009 00:53:40 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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New York

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.


Serving type: can

12-17-2008 16:16:25 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2008 19:15:04 | More by kinger
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2.73/5  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.

Serving type: can

07-25-2008 15:45:14 | More by Cresant
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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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2008 05:53:36 | More by ommegoose
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