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Beck's Light - Brauerei Beck & Co.

Beck's Light
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113 Ratings

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 28.96%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

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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Photo of SetarconeX


1.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I went into this beer with no expectations whatsoever. Quite frankly, I hate standard Becks lager, and I picked this Light version up as part of a promo. Usually, low expectations make for good reviews, as there's suddenly a chance for the beer to surprise and impress.

This stuff, however, is truly disgusting. Pours out of the bottle a nearly perfectly clear liquid, with a hint of pilsner yellow. There's a struggling head, initially, but the foam clears in no time at all. It does, however, smell a lot like a standard Becks, which I guess bumps it out of the one star catagory.

The taste is unlike anything I've ever had before, and it does get a couple points for originality. Harsh and astringent, and reminiscent of the worst creamed corn I ever had. No hops, though I do believe I detect a malt in there somewhere, and the strange corn taste. In addition, it leaves an oddly sweet film in my mouth.

Just a dreadful beer, in any number of ways. Best avoided.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 01:49:58 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of bditty187


2.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Translucent, very pale yellow hue, smallish white head that disappeared rapidly to a small ring around the edge of the glass. No lace. The nose has powerful influences of grain/husk/hay with an undeniable note of skunk, all in all the bouquet is similar to Beck’s… but lighter and worse. Not inviting. The palate is almost flavorless but what is detectable is largely undesirable… grains and light hops, faint cracker-like malt… the finish is very dry. Watery and thin mouthfeel, it lacks substance. Firm carbonation (if not a little too much). Clean and “refreshing”… mildly sweet aftertaste.

Purchased a single for $1.40. It is an okay specimen of a light lager, not recommended… a touch better than B/M/C light, not as good as Sammy though.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 19:18:06 | More by bditty187
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

1.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The fact that there is a German light beer is a mind boggling question. I sure hope that this is brewed only for North America and that the Germans don't really drink this stuff. Although this is probably a well-brewed beer that is probably all-malt, Beck's Light tastes like a very cheap light beer that isn't helped out by the skunkiness and the high price.

Beck's Light pours a very pale straw color with a 1 1/2 finger white foam head that disappears in under 20 seconds. The green bottle has sealed the fate of the aroma of this beer, guaranteeing that the aroma is LePew-esque. Some mild grainy notes are somewhat detectable. The standard light beer mouthfeel is here: watery and fizzy. The flavor is of some husky grains, which are the dominant flavor. A very mild sweetness is there, along with some slight papery flavor and skunk carryover. There is some low-to-moderate hop presence throughout, and the finish is slightly bitter. All of these flavors are hindered of course by the wateriness common to almost all light beers. The aftertaste is slightly dry and some more paper flavor is noticeable. This beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

Whatever they are charging for this stuff, it is not worth the import price. At the very most, this beer is boring. Cheap tasting and skunky, I will stay away from this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 22:37:33 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of BeerResearcher


2.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green = Skunky. Damn, this could be a half decent light beer, were it not produced in green. When will they learn? Straw colored with a nice foamy white rapidly dissipating head. A thin spider web lace trails along. The skunk-like aroma hides a fragrant malt and floral hop. The thin herbal malt is completely dominated by sharp metallic and underlying citrus bitterness. Still one of the better light beers around. Might even give Sam Adam's Light a run for their money...in dark brown bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2003 17:37:58 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Pegasus


2.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Quite clear pale golden color with a moderate amount of slow-rising carbonation. The small off-white head fades to a paper-thin layer after a couple of minutes. The lacing is quite broken, but decent looking.

Aroma: Very pungent skunky aroma, a consequence of the clear (OK, it is faintly greenish) glass bottle. Beneath the skunk there is a sweet caramel note and some mild hops.

Taste: Begins with faintly sweet malt and a slight sting of carbonation. Towards the end of the taste, a lingering metallic hop bitterness appears. Finishes dry with astringent grain flavor.

Mouth feel: Overall this beer seems quite watery.

Drinkability/notes: The worst German beer that I have ever had. And when are brewers going to throw in the towel on clear glass bottles? Samuel Smith's seems to have finally abandoned clear glass, when will the rest?

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 19:48:16 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Rifrafboy


2.42/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought this out of curiosity, being something of a German beer lover. It pours like regular Beck's, looks like regular Beck's, but it isn't Beck's. The taste is very watered down, disappointingly so. I can't really tell much more, other than I hated it. I actually got sick to my stomach drinking this stuff. Sorry, I wanted to like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 17:56:11 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of Gusler


2.25/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Photo of Winter


2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Packaged in a clear glass bottle, which in my opinion does nothing for the longevity of this beer. Not that this should be saved really. Poured a clear golden color with a white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma consisted of hops, slight fruitiness, alcohol and lemon. Mouthfeel was watery with a crisp tingling from the carbonation. Not much as far as taste goes. The first thing apparent was the alcohol with a hop finish. Beer had a skunkiness to it both in smell and taste. I would not purchase this again if I were in the mood for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 10:58:19 | More by Winter
Photo of ZAP


2.88/5  rDev +30.3%
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
Photo of Wildman


2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay, I am still waiting for the major brewies to get a light beer right. The Europeans still do a better job than us with things like this and Amstel, but they still don't touch what the smaller makers are doing.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2002 10:06:34 | More by Wildman
Photo of packetknife


1.43/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't get it. I still don't get the light market. Reminiscent of Amstel with a bit of sugar and water. No smell to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 13:24:06 | More by packetknife
Photo of Jason


1.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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
Photo of proc


1/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horrible. Both times I have tried this beer, it has been light-struck due to the clear bottle. Why oh why is this even made. This is a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 10:36:04 | More by proc
Photo of ADR


2.1/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tough to guess the style on this one, its more watered-down Pilsner than an American Light Lager...clear bottle, even has a nutritional label (103 calories and 6 g of carbohydrate in case anyone is interested)....

Pale, pale, greenish yellow, "champagne-like" head that lasts for 20 seconds and then is completely gone. Skunky aroma, "Beck's-like" in first impression but very fleeting. The skunk/crisp combo makes is seem mildly "German import-like" but the taste finishes with a distinct distilled water taste. Anyone want the rest of the six pack?

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 11:00:14 | More by ADR
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Beck's Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
56 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.