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Beck's - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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663 Reviews

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Reviews: 663
Hads: 1,904
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 23.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 295 | 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 Mangus
3.82/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with a crisp white head that fades rather quickly.

Has that classic German, skunky Beck's aroma. It's clean, light and a tad hoppy.

I can taste a light maltiness with a slight hop bite at the end. Refreshing mouthfeel. (254 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with barely any head. No lacing with this beer. The aroma is an uninteresting combo of barely noticeable hops and grass / hay. Flavor is your basic pilsner, crisp maltiness with some bitterness, but has a slightly harsher bite than other macro imports.

The mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation levels makes the tongue tingle a bit after swallowing. Little aftertaste. The drinkability level slighlty higher than average as several of these can be quaffed in one sitting, but boredom will kick in by the second beer. (554 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"brewed under the german purity law of 1516" now thats a reassuring statement. i can think of a few beers that would be put away for a long time if they had to deal with that.
very clear, pale yellow in color.
strong grassy (saaz?) aroma is mirrored by the flavor of this beer.
crisp refreshing flavor and clean mouthfeel (meaning no bad aftertaste).
not too bad, almost the best pale lager/pilsner ive had. (412 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very light, diluted yellow in color with a big, foaming head that went down quickly but left some nice lacing.

Smell – The typical grainy aroma is not as bad as in most other macros. There’s a slight sweet note to this one as well that makes it smell almost palatable.

Taste – The grain really softens up making this one not so bad. The even sweetness comes out fairly well.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation helps this light-bodied ale go down pretty good. Usually you would want more carbonation here, but since most efforts at the style end up with cheap, fizzy carbonation I think it was best here to not make the attempt.

Drinkability – This went down much better than your average macro swill. (727 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
1.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Background: I am very paranoid about light-struck beer. I purchased this 6-pack of bottles from an unopened case that I put in the back of the cooler thinking the chance of it being lightstruck would be minimal. I may have been wrong.

Appearance: Gold in color. Thin head, some carbonation. Like a Budweiser.
Smell: Skunky in the bottle, but dissipated some when poured.
Taste: Slightly hoppy and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated. A little bite to it.
Drinkability: Not again. I don't know if something happened during shipping or what, but I will not buy this stuff in bottles again.

Final Thoughts: Took great care to avoid a lightstruck beer, so I don't think this was the problem. Perhaps, the product got overly warm during shipping? Overall, an unpleasant experience. I think I'll take a plain old Bud anytime over this. (843 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahh, Beck's. This beer taught me an important lesson: drink local. I've known Beck's for 25 years, but never thought it was particularly good. Then in the fall of 1986, I attended a conference in Bremen. Had Beck's at a bar in the old town district. Wow! Outstanding. To this day, "Beck's in Bremen" is a catchphrase I use to explain why you should avoid imports wherever you are.

Well, I didn't have this one in Bremen. It poured standard clear gold under a standard one finger white head. The nose was mild, not at all skunky or sour. The mouth was light, slightly sticky, and heavily carbonated. Sweet malt opens the taste experience, but is quickly chased by a fair hoppy bite. The bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste, tingling the back of the jowels as a Pils should. No complaints with this particular bottle. (826 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So much better in Germany than in the states. It's a very different taste.

Still a fairly dead looking gold with a white color that barely skims the surface. Smell is fresh and NON veggie!!! Slightly bitter hop notes dominate other lesser flavors. Very clean finishing and thirst quenching. In absence of a better choice Id gladly reach for another. But in all honesty, even a fresh one is just slightly better than average. (427 characters)

Photo of diablo14
1.35/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

no sir i dooont like it. if i was german id be ashamed to claim onwership of this one. fits nicely alongside all the other crappy aussie lagers as the token import in many pubs here.

the appearance of this beer is so light it looks like its going to blow away if a good gust of wind got up. pretty tasteless, no smell worth talking about. its also another of those beers that relys on carbonation rather than hops to give it what little bite it has. at least it doesnt taste offensive.

the most overrated import in this country by a mile. perhaps we see a lot of it here because the germans are too smart to be drinking this very lack lustre lager over there, when they have acess to a whole lot better. (711 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best of the common, mass produced lagers. This one actually has a little bite to it. Weak appearance and smell, not a whole lot of taste or body. Does, however, have some hop bitterness (however slight it may be), and is crisp and clean. None of that corn-sweet taste of the U.S. macros. Rates with St. Pauli, Grolsch, and Guinness as my personal "cut-off point" (you're in a 7-11, and have no other options. Also, goes pretty well with pizza. (447 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Don't know why I should have expected anything of a macro sold in a bomber bottle for under $2 at Osco, but there you are. Smells like a Miller Lite. Pale yellow color under a fluffy head that dwindles quickly. Light malt taste leaves a touch of hops at the end. Some adjunct taste. Gassy. What you get in college to "impress" a first date. I say "Eh." (352 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of PZuke
2.51/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
1.88/5  rDev -34%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
2.01/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of Dmann
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.42/5  rDev +20%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of euskera
2.66/5  rDev -6.7%
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.... (326 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +36.8%
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! (874 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.39/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (1,367 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
3/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
1.59/5  rDev -44.2%
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. (490 characters)

Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.