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Beck's Light - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's Light
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56
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.2
pDev: 29.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be confused with Beck's Premier Light.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-11-2002)
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djrn2

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

08-31-2013 22:16:42 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.55/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown VIII, another in a series of head-to-head matchups in which I compare and contrast macro lagers or light lagers. This bottle of Beck's Light will attempt to defend the pride of German brewing against the challenge from 'America's #1 imported light beer', Holland's Amstel Light. Beck's may be at a slight disadvantage right off the bat since it sports a green bottle as opposed to its competitor's snazzier looking brown.

Lucid pale amber; slightly lighter than Amstel Light. The head is bright white and maintains its structure longer than the competition. Less lace reaches the glass, although not significantly less. I'll give Amstel a slight edge due its richer color and greater amount of glass coverage.

The nose is so weak that it's hard to come up with much description at all. Watery grain, slightly metallic. As always, the lack of strength means that off-odors are also kept to a minimum. This nose won't offend anyone, but it won't impress anyone either.

Beck's Light doesn't commit the same sin as Amstel Light (in your face bad flavor), but that's only because it doesn't have much flavor at all. I'm relucatant to give it any credit whatsoever, though, since it's just as bad in its own way. Again, stale grain leads the way.

The mouthfeel is even lighter than the mouthfeel on Amstel Light (how that's even possible is hard to fathom), but the carbonation is much more to my liking. That is, it isn't nearly as fizzy. Frankly, I don't like either one.

Beck's Light is lousy beer and is the loser of Macro Smackdown VIII. Somehow I think the German brewing industry will survive this little setback. It hardly makes sense to pick a winner when both beers do absolutely nothing to distinguish themselves, but that's half the fun of the MacSmack series. I'm still looking for the other half. Bottom line: avoid Beck's Light like the plague.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 13:51:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dull straw yellow with a big white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation, but the fizzy yellow water type, no lace. The smell was very faint, if there at all. What I could pick up was maybe a hay, or wheat smell. Again very very faint, and hardly there at all. The taste was very light and non descript, but that is about what one would expect from a light lager. A light grain, just enough of a taste to know I was not drinking water would be the best way to describe it. Decent feel, again just the cold well carbonated. Crisp, and a clean finish, no aftertaste. Overall this was totally forgettable, as I imagined it would be. Their version of Bud Light I imagine and if thats the case, it is spot on. Nothing to see here, move along people.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 18:55:27 | More by mikesgroove
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spycow

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

01-17-2013 07:30:07 | More by spycow
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.8/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle with a gold foiled neck, “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Very pale yellow, one of the lightest coloured imports I have ever ran into. Decent head retention, sticks well to the glass and holds a two fingered head for a while.

Smell: Astringent grain in the aroma, light hop and a ghost like skunkiness. Odd smelling.

Taste: Saying it is light bodied is not even close. Malt flavour is minimal. Hops are annoying with a lightly brash bitterness. There seems to be an astringent grain flavour that plays tag team with the hops on your taste buds in a bad way. Thin in flavour with a watered down biscuity grain in the dry finish.

Notes: Why? There is no need for this, we have our own light beers to make fun of. This is damn near close to water … tap water at that. If I want light beer, not that I ever do, I’ll just stick to domestic light beer. Don’t waste your time on this one. Has a similarity to Amstel Light though the head is better in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2002 20:11:49 | More by Jason
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WesWes

New York

2.85/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an almost clear color with a slight yellow hue. It has a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean, crisp pale malt scent with some adjuncts. It's light and has that green bottle aroma. The taste is less than average. It has an almost tasteless flavor. It's like flavored water. There is little malt or hops present; very light. The mouthfeel is average. This is typical for a light lager. They're low bodied with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but it's not an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 00:46:15 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

1.6/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Best before 8/06.
A friend of a friend brought this...figured I would give it a shot...
Poured a pale straw yellow with a few bubbles that quickly died out.
Smelled of skunk and sulfur. Some vague hints of something decent quickly die out.
The taste was of water mixed of really bad chemicals.
It was watery, chemical-like and had a cheap skunk taste.
The water somewhat saves it, but this is perhaps the worst beer I've ever had. I understand it is light. But this is just not good at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 00:15:31 | More by jwc215
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Billolick

New York

2.13/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Green well known bottle, with, suprise, best before dating. Pours Pissy yellow, clear, medium bubble white head. nose is blandly vegetal. As expected, there is not much to like with this one. Light bodied, minimal pleasing malt character, limited bitterness. What flavor is picked up is skunky, cardboardy. Low carb, low cal, low enjoyment---pass this lame stuff by, I will next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 12:15:59 | More by Billolick
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -54.5%

05-09-2014 22:40:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white foamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy, ricy,very slight hop note. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy/ricy, slight hop note. Light Body. Not much going on with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:00:57 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12ozer bottle purchased in a two pack with a bottle of Beck's at Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA. Some sort of special promo packaging, only $0.99 for the pair!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a fluffy 2" white head above the clear, light p*ss-yellow brew. Head fades as fast as it can, but does settle down to about 1/4" of bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is that usual "seems skunky" scent that Beck's and Heineken seem to have, although perhaps even more so. Taste is almost non-existant, seeming more like slightly smoothed water, with a small bitter kick at the end. I know it's a light beer, but come on. Mouthfeel is okay, if this is what you're looking for, but I expected beer characteristics. Drinkability is high, but then again so is water's. This is me, keeping away from light beers...

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 17:17:09 | More by ppoitras
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plaid75

New York

4.15/5  rDev +88.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not only the only light beer I drink, but one of the few imported beers too. This beer is an excellent example of what a light beer should taste like. Very similar in taste to the standard Becks beer, but just slightly understated. In my opinion, the lighter, clean taste makes the beer much more drinkable. In a perfect world, this beer would replace Amstel Light as the standard high end light beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 20:17:38 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Terrible yellow appearance with lots of clarity, no head. Aroma, instead of the nice skunk of regular Beck's, you get a much more watered down aroma. Not bad, but I'd like a descriptor better than 'water' for the aroma of a beer.

Taste, slight bitterness, more water, this seems like it was made for a yuppie guy who doesn't like beer but wants to appear at least a little bit exotic in his choices. Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. A smidge of saaz hops I'd guess.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 18:18:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As a rule, I would not touch a beer labeled “Light”, but “Beck’s” makes some drinkable beers. On the pour a light clear gold, the head a bright white, the lace decent. Nose is malt, a tad sweet, clean and crisp. Front is malt, the top thin, the finish is dry, highly acidic, lightly hopped, and as I expected, something that does not appeal to me, not that it is bad, just not my style of beer, but would appeal to the occasional beer or light beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 11:09:45 | More by Gusler
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dmorgan310

Panama

3/5  rDev +36.4%

02-12-2012 11:59:57 | More by dmorgan310
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harpus

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev +2.3%

01-27-2014 04:05:34 | More by harpus
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tobelerone

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Classic green bottle, clear yellow color, big fluffy white head with decent retention. Not much lacing. Big time skunky nose; maybe a little grassy hops underneath. Tastes much like the nose; a good deal of skunkinesss but oddly I didn’t find all that unpleasant. Sharp skunk with a little grainy malt, a touch of sweetness and grass. I was actually surprised it had as much flavor, be it as it were, as it did. Body is obviously pretty thin, carbonation is crisp, fairly clean and refreshing. Pretty watery overall.

I didn’t hate this one. I actually prefer the sharp green bottle skunkiness of beers like this and Heineken to American brews like Bud Light and Coors Light, which have even less flavor. I certainly wouldn’t seek this one out but it did the trick when it was the only option and accompanied a freshly grilled backyard burger on a sunny afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:52:08 | More by tobelerone
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is a bit on the skunky side. Taste is crisp, a touch of malts and hops, slightly sweet. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not bad as far as light beers go.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 13:39:30 | More by tone77
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

2/5  rDev -9.1%

08-14-2013 02:22:34 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 04.01 it reads...does that mean April 2001?? Man...no wonder it was 50-cents a bottle...doesn't taste skunked...light straw color...mild graininess on the nose..taste is very light but there is some OK graininess emerging...body is thin, but not obscene..Compared to some of the other lights this is OK...I'm not a big fan of Beck's and would never buy this again...It is much worse than S.A Light but ok when compared to Coors Light etc...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 21:40:49 | More by ZAP
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Becks Light is not a very good off shoot of Becks regular...the beer pours golden clear with decent head and corbonation to start, both which fade rapidly. The smell is grain/barley and pilsner hops. The taste is sharp, pilsner hops strike first, then a slight balance of malt, the aftertaste is bitter. The mouthfeel is lacking because of the very light body, which is good if it is a hot afternoon. Overall it is a better than bud light...average beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 14:08:11 | More by WoodBrew
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2/5  rDev -9.1%

11-17-2011 20:08:07 | More by ROGUE16
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DmanGTR

New York

1.5/5  rDev -31.8%

01-28-2013 22:24:03 | More by DmanGTR
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clayrock81

Virginia

1.65/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was a waste of my time. Poured an almost clear pale gold with a decent head that receeded quickly and left little lace patches. Rather metallic and morning dew like smell (read: cheap beer smell). Watery and thin and like wet grass, there is very little to like about this beer. It is bland and doesn't even go down smooth because of some ripe hopness on the backend. Had one, will not have two.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 17:56:38 | More by clayrock81
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wrightst

Maryland

2/5  rDev -9.1%

06-11-2014 13:16:17 | More by wrightst
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Beck's Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
56 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.