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Beck's Light - Brauerei Beck & Co.

Beck's Light
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BA SCORE
56
awful

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


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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Clockwork420

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Understand this. People its 65 Calories a bottle. THE lowest of beers in the USA. Please take that into consideration.

Appearance is average, straw like yellow, pale almost sickly yellow.

Smell - Reminds me of regular becks. Not any difference besides the smell may be a bit stronger in the original.

Taste - Is a blander form of skunk. Its easy and chillaxed on the pallate.

Mouthfeel - Is clean and light. Airy almost. Easy on the throat.

Drinkability - Takes the cake son. Easy smooth.

Flat out. ITs an easy drinking, clean light lager beer.
64 calories. And its a nice alternative to a really skunked up lager.

Refreshing. And I do enjoy it.
Ill buy this again. :P

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 05:10:34 | More by Clockwork420
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jmz62565

Connecticut

1.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours clear extremely pale yellow with a large white foamy head and decent lacing. The smell is very weak,but you can pick out a small skunky aroma and little else. The taste is very thin and watery with just abit of malt and hops present. The m/f is weak and thin with almost no flavor. I know this is a light beer,but how about alittle flavor! If I wanted a water I'd have bought a Poland Springs.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 23:25:26 | More by jmz62565
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

1.13/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A lot of innocent American beer drinkers associate the flavor of the compound methyl butyl thiol with imported lagers (you know, green bottled beers like Beck's and Heineken). Unfortunately this flavor is skunkyness, and is caused by age, light, heat and abuse and this beer seems to have it engineered right in. This beer I belive has only 64 calories. And it appears to have all beer flavor cues removed from it - all that's left is the skunkyness.

Color is a barely-yellow sort-of beer color. Aroma is skunky and unappealing. Flavor is that same skunky methyl butyl thiol compoun. This is simply not good beer, light or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 03:27:22 | More by BeerBelcher
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argock

Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from green 12 oz bottle with typical Beck's foil label
Appearance: looks like an American macro
Smell: nothing special at all, smells like an American macro
Taste: tastes like an American macro -- take your pick
Mouthfeel: very fizzy and thin but not unbearable, not unlike an American macro
Drinkability: probably nice on a hot day, but what beer isn't? 64 calories per beer is its best quality because I could fall into the beer cooler at any grocery store and find a beer as good

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:58:57 | More by argock
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Backer2004

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here's the best part of this beer . . . I think I lost weight frinking it. At 64 calores and very few carbs, it's a nice alternative to Slim Fast. Other than that, I'd rather drink a Miller Lite. Easy to finish but did not make you want to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 17:25:42 | More by Backer2004
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MusicmanSD

California

3.73/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these to wash down some food. Was very surprised at the overall experience. The appearance was nothing to speak of. A tad bit lighter than Beck's with a little more Stella-like carbonation. The smell was surprisingly good and un-skunked. I give it to the European light beer makers; they keep the light versions of their beers un-skunked somehow. The taste? Along with Heineken light, one of the best light beers I've ever encountered. I'm amazed that its 65 calories too. That’s about four of these for one 16 oz bottle of Coca-Cola calorie wise, and that’s damn impressive! The mouthfeel is thin as expected, but hey, what do you want when you're buying this beer? Reminds like a lot like a Stella for how this beer drinks. Goes well with uncomplicated snacking food. Doesn't have that machined taste like regular Beck's has. I'll say it again, props on the calories! Makes Michelob Ultra it's bitch while it's the dominatrix.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 04:17:00 | More by MusicmanSD
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boblog

Oklahoma

1.68/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

This has to the my hardest beer review, because honestly there was no taste to this beer. Its very drinkable but then again so is water. The mouthfeel is watery. The smell is boring and barely there. The appearance is pale yellow/golden. Honestly this is one of the most boring beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 21:28:49 | More by boblog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

1.6/5  rDev -27.6%
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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rabsten

West Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Hey man, aren't you drinking?"

No. I'm dieting, remember?

"Aw, c'mon. I'll get you a light beer."

Naw, all light beers except for Sam Adams and Yuengling suck. Hard.

"Fine, I'll get you a SA Lght"
(five minutes pass)
"They don't have it; I got you a Beck's Light instead"

Thanks.

Poured into a pilsner glass, light yellow with decent head that evaporates quickly. No lacing.

Smell...like Beck's and soda water. Mild, mild, mild malt with a seltzer water undertone.

Taste...like 1 part Becks/Heineken/St. Pauli Girl and 2 parts water. Weak, weak, weak.

No real mouthfeel. Some fizz. Low drinkability. Overcarbonation led to a bloated feeling.

Bottom line: If it comes down to this or water, save the $3 and get the water.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 18:35:37 | More by rabsten
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ski271

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale straw with a medium-sized, foamy, white head that slowly diminishes to a thin partial film. Ah, the skunk of a euro-cheapo, not too strong but the other characteristics are so mild that it’s hard to pick up much else except some weak grain. The taste is mild and boring, but there’s offensive in there…. Well, not until you get to the husky finish. It has a thin body, crisp & dry texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, the nose ruins this one for me, not that the other characteristics of the beer are that much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 16:34:59 | More by ski271
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.55/5  rDev -29.9%
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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WesWes

New York

2.85/5  rDev +29%
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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Brian700

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear and light straw color with a white head. The head is attractive but it fizzles out to basically nothing. There was a little bit of lacing but not much.

The smell is a little bit (good)skunky, canibus-like...or um hoppy. Smells like an open field.

The taste is light and a little bit skunky as well. I like it. It's pretty refreshing.

The mouthfeel is good. It is a very light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Not a bad drinking beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 03:21:15 | More by Brian700
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plaid75

New York

4.15/5  rDev +87.8%
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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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light color. It has a nice snow-white colored head, but the beer seems to look even more watered-down than an average american beer. It has that skunky scent to it, really does smell like a german pilsener. However, the taste is not skunky or bitter at all like I had expected. It does taste very watered down, but I'm trying this beer immediatly after a normal Beck's, which might impair my judgment a little. I suppose not having that intense skunk flavor is a good thing. It doesnt taste bad, but it hardly tastes like much at all. Overall, not a bad beer, but just too watery for my liking. I suppose its better than Miller light or Old Milwaukee, but not quite worth the extra penny.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 03:00:30 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Billolick

New York

2.13/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Rumpole

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is based on several bottled samples, and the reason for that is because it was on special, $13 for a 24-pack case. I don't usually go for light beers, and wouldn't have gotten it at it's usual $22 retail price--regular and dark Beck's are both better and are the same retail price--but at the sale price, it was competing with the likes of Busch and Keystone, and at this level it competes well, and you need make no apologies for making the purchase. Tastes similar to regular Beck's but lighter, thinner, and grainier. It even has some of that familiar astringent kick towards the end, but of course a much weaker version. It's drinkable and has a clean finish. Really clear and light colored. As with any green or clear bottled beer, don't get the open six-packs; stick with the 12 packs and cases, hence avoiding the frequently mentioned skunkiness (and are in any event a better buy).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 22:45:09 | More by Rumpole
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TheDeuce

New York

2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Poured into a pilsner, nice golden color, about a half inch of head that does stick around. Clarity of the color is good. Much better than what I expected.

Smell-Not that much skunk this time around, a few grainy hops, some malt, I think DNS is in there as well.

Taste-Amazingly clean upfront, I really didn't taste much of anything, a second swig does let out tiny hop flavor with a grainy finish. Really clean.

Mouthfeel-amazingly watery and thin, almost to the point of pure water except for the grainy and slightly hoppy finish.

Drinkability-grainy on the finish, you can drink this as quickly as water though if you want.

Overall-another dissapointment from Beck's, not that I was expecting much knowing their lineup and that this is a light beer but still, this is amazingly clean and thin, almost as much to the point of Natty Light. Not all that much flavor, amazingly overpriced as well. Oddly this was less skunky than regular Beck's, who knew? Amstel Light is a much more flavorful light lager for the price, if you don't want to pay much stick with American light beers if it's your style over this overpriced import.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 02:08:44 | More by TheDeuce
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Karyyk

South Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not impressed...AT ALL!!! While never having tasted a Beck's product at all, I picked this up with some expectation. I mean, it's a German beer, right? Germans don't do beer wrong...right? Not exactly... While I know you'll never get full-bodied taste out of a light beer, I never thought I'd get watered-down draft taste out of a bottle, from a German brewer no less.

Color is pale, extremely pale, with a very slight yellow color. Fortunately, if you get it at a bar, the green bottle hides this somewhat, but since I like to pour my beer into a frosty glass or mug, I got to see this up front. To say that I was surprised by just how pale it is would be an understatement. The head at first seems substantial, but quickly dissapates into a thin froth. The smell is quite awful, almost "skunky," but I've smelled worse beers that tasted better.

And oh yes, the taste, let's not forget about that one. To sum this up in one short statement: "HEY! WHERE'S THE BEER?!?" Taste is minimal. There's a bit of bitterness there that hints that this is a beer, maybe even a bit of a honey-like sweetness, but overall, it's fairly tasteless. I guess that's a bit better than it tasting bad, and I do have to admit that it goes well when accompanied by food (cleanses the palatte), but I'm afraid that it doesn't stand very well on its own. I've had better light beers, in fact, I'd rather drink Schafer Light (now from Pabst) at about half the cost for a 12.

It's drinkable, but little more than that. I just had three (with a meal) after having a couple when I got it home, and I think I'm going to save the rest to offer guests. It's not a terrible buy (paid $9.98 for a 12), but not something I'm going to get very often for my own personal drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 06:52:56 | More by Karyyk
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a barely-there straw color, that is just a shade more yellow than water. No head, just tiny islands of white bubbles on the surface of the beer. SMells like most other euro lagers, of grassy malt. Slight doughiness also detected. Taste is of light grassy malt and soda water-like carbonation. A big glass of nothing. Not much flavor, not worth the price or the calories,

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 17:26:50 | More by TastyTaste
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev +19%
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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Tang07

California

3.2/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing light beer.

It is crisp and has a nice finish. It is a light pilsner/lager so it had its expected color (pale yellow). It pours well, leaves a nice albeit short lived head.

Beck's Light is a nice example of a light lager. It is a very nice complement to regular Beck's.

The beer tastes good and one can consume a twelve pack to oneself on a nice sunny hot day, without feeling like you just ate the whole bread isle at the grocery store.

Not something that I would want to drink on a cold winter night, but it is an excellent summer, daytime beer. I buy this when it is on and I want drink something that tastes a hell of a lot better than bud/coors/miller light (or regular for that matter) but I don't want to drink something like Sam Adams Light (which has ~25% more calories)

Sam Adams is probably one of the very best tasting "light" beers, but one must remember that most light beers have about 100 calories and Sam's has about 125 and plain ol' Bud probably in the 145 range. So Sam's is a not so light, light beer.

Memo to folks who don't like light beer:

If you don't like light beer, don't drink it, and don't review it.
I read other light beer reviews and most of the negative reviews are from people who clearly don't like light beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 03:50:31 | More by Tang07
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twi1609372

Florida

2.9/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not horrable overall had this ahile ago, someone bought it instead of regular, not a total loss but is itll perfer regular beck, descent taste not as watered down as some other light beers, yet not as flavorful as some others ie sam light.i reccomend it for a drinker acostoming himself to german brews

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 18:02:52 | More by twi1609372
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Im not really overly impressed about this beer in any way, but as a Beck's fan from way back (i was weaned on the stuff by my older bro), I will say this does taste the way a Beck's light should taste if I had to imagine it. The color is that of a cheap pinot grigio, though there is a decent head on this thing, and a modest stick as well as lace. Aroma is all beck's skunk! Need i say more? The mouthfeel is just a step above water, with a mildly crisp snap of refreshment. Flavors are typical Beck's skunk-o-rama, sweet malty, grainy and a tad cloying, but mildly quenching. This stuff goes well with frozen pizza-i tried one with a pie that i stipped off all the crappy topping and added my own (delicious?) Broccoli and returned the cheese-a light delight. Though sick to say, this stuff is mildly drinkable in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 01:43:42 | More by moulefrite
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SetarconeX

Florida

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
Beck's Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
56 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.