Haake Beck NA - Brauerei Beck & Co.
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3/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.
A: Deep gold with great clarity and moderate carbonation. A small, but rocky white cap slowly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves a smattering of lace.
S: Somewhat musty. Lemon and cut grass stand out. A light sugary sweetness is in the background.
T: Starts out with a somewhat saccharin sweetness that lingers a bit too long. Bitterness saves the day with a lemon and pepper bite. The beer gets a little metallic toward the end.
M: The light body is slightly dry and has ample carbonation.
D: Remove the weird sweetness and this would pass nicely for a typical EPL. One of the better NA beers I've had.
02-01-2011 02:05:06 | More by Rayek
2.68/5 rDev -5%
12oz bottle pored into a tumbler
Pours a very clear golden yellow with no head. Nose is a bit odd and skunky, but it's got a light toastiness and some malt here.
Huh, taste is odd without any alcohol. It is noticeable. But this is honestly better that bud light. It's got a light toastiness and decent light malt to it. It's a bit hard to drink, but the carbonation isn't too strong so it's fairly easy to drink.
12-30-2009 01:57:43 | More by kingcrowing
3.08/5 rDev +9.2%
Purchased at the Class Six on post. NA isn't normally my type. Scored with the macro factor and NA type in mind, but I'm not going to pretend it doesn't have to be a beer.
Poured into my Bodum pint. Pours a light straw, excellent clarity, visible carbonation, about a finger plus of white head that settles quickly.
Smells like apple juice. Slight weird, almost musty sweet malty smell I associate with NA lager-types. I have yet to see an NA that could stand with a real beer in this category.
Watery, very light malts, a surprising nip of hops. Mostly it's just a sort of apple cider-like sweetness. Carbonation goes well with it. Very thin body. Above average compared to other NAs, so I give it a 3.5. Drinkability low because of the sweetness--it gets old fast.
If you poured it for your Bud-drinking buddy--why, exactly, are you friends with this guy?--and told him you bought a light beer by accident, he'd probably not notice for the first three or four.
That, by itself, is an achievement.
I've had many NA beers over the years and this is in the top two. The hop presence, though scant, was a pleasant surprise, and the appearance and taste is good for an NA. I would buy this out of desperation if I was stuck in a dry county for a year and couldn't buy beer. I wouldn't be happy, but I'd be experiencing a feeling of 'better than nothing' well-being.
11-07-2009 22:47:12 | More by aristeros
2.48/5 rDev -12.1%
Somebody brought to a party at my house, so I decided to give it a shot.
A-Looks good. Gold, clear, slighly bubbly. Good head and lace.
S-Great fruity overtones.
T-It actually taste like a cider. It's really not good. Even just as a drink, take out the fact that it's not really a beer, it's crisp and bubbly, but has a sour cider taste. But I've never really had a NA before, so I'm not sure what they're supposed to be like. So I will say that this is a solid attempt, if anything.
07-12-2009 20:10:37 | More by Amalak
4.5/5 rDev +59.6%
This is Beck's non alcoholic...guessing it is Haake-Beck renamed.
A-Very clear light gold...decent carbonation and head and good lacing on the glass.
S-Spicy pilsner like aroma...a grassy hops....cracker like graininess...smells great..
T-Pils malt up front...grainy...finishes with a noble hop spiciness...very nice
M-Medium bodied....more heft than most light beers(not just NA's but light beers too). Good carbonation gives it a firm feel....
D-I'm damn impressed with this. I guarantee you could pour this into a glass for your macro drinking buddy and tell him it is Beck's light or something and he'd never know the difference. The best NA beer I have ever had. Highly recommended for the style. Scores reflect impressions for the style but this actually tastes better than most crap light beer out there..I'd be curious to know the calories in this as it seems to be a bit more substantial than most in this style even though it is a pilsner like beer. What makes this even more interesting to me is I don't really care for Beck's in general but this is a great NA
02-07-2009 05:32:13 | More by ZAP
2.53/5 rDev -10.3%
12oz Bottle with best before date for a year ahead
Very light gold or light yellow with a white head that disappears almost instanly
It smells like vegetables with a little bit of sweetness, not really good.
Not a bad taste(this is my first No ALcohol beer), it tastes good while on the mouth,but it leaves a weird taste , like caramel , but is not sweet.very light body.
It can be drink but there's nothing to be impress about.
06-02-2007 03:39:44 | More by BeerDreadz
2.03/5 rDev -28%
Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.
(Beer consumed 3/16/06. Verbatim notes follow.)
A: Crisp, clean yellow-orange body with thin white head.
S: Grassy, corny aroma just like a pilsener.
T: Tastes like sugar water -- no other flavors.
M: Thin watery mouthfeel.
D: What's the point?
04-25-2006 21:07:49 | More by danielharper
1.83/5 rDev -35.1%
Drank from the bottle at a company party.
I imagine if I poured this out it would be crystal clear with minimal head. Slight brown tinge. Aroma is a tiny bit of caramel. There is a brief artificial bitterness that fades to adjunct flavors (rice?) and a wisp of sweet caramel reminiscent of Malta Goya and Malta India that was completely out of place -- like adding a little Coke to your piss beer, it was nasty. Body is thin, weak and limp. It's been awhile since my last NA beer, but this one really sucked.
02-18-2006 07:03:34 | More by oggg
2.7/5 rDev -4.3%
This non-alcoholic offering is Beck's best beer, a surprise until one considers how awful their other beers are. It's very pale, like white gold, with a sturdy, wraithlike head and lace. The aroma is aggressively hoppy with a mineral quality and some green bottle skunkiness. The malts are delicate underneath the hops but play their role well with subtlety and finesse. The finish is crisp and delectable. A fine choice for a NA beer; it's not very exciting but it really is refreshing.
Update: OK I'm back to real beer by now, but there was a bottle of this leftover in the fridge so I had it with lunch... who am I kidding? This stuff is garbage. Skunky dishwater. Scores scaled down accordingly, to provide a compromise between my two distinctly different impressions. It's still Beck's finest, though; God what a horrid brewery they are.
05-20-2005 01:28:39 | More by Thrasher
British Columbia (Canada)
3.28/5 rDev +16.3%
Due to an injury I am off alcohol for a month so I put a six of Beck's NA in the fridge. This is very drinkable and almost like a regular Becks. the grassy nose is there and the midbody has real taste. I miss real beer but this NA brew at least resembles a euro lager.
05-19-2005 02:06:58 | More by canucklehead
3.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Part 3 of my most successful mixed sixer run to the Village Bottle Shoppe in West Lafayette, IN. I'm pretty sure, in fact 99% sure, that I've never had a NA beer. So I'm pretty excited to try it. After popping the cap I get a massive dose of Heine like skunkyness. At least there beer already has more character than Bud Light. Appearance is that of a typical macro lager only the head consists of smaller bubbles that don't resemble soap bubbles. Aroma is like I mentioned; skunky, but there is also a faint malt aroma. Taste is clean and balanced. I don't get any hint of DMS at all. In fact it tastes very similiar to Warsteiner. Not bad by any means. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but what else would you expect? This was much better than I thought it would be. I'd take it over BMC any day. A pleasant surprise and when it's my turn to be a DD, I'll be looking for this one.
09-11-2004 03:37:00 | More by soper2000
3.05/5 rDev +8.2%
As a designated driver, I was looking for something other than soda-pop....I'd never heard of Haake-Beck. What a terrific surprise. Pours a clear, golden color with a nice head. The aroma is grainy with a slight and simple bit of hops. Taste is grainy and a bit grassy. Not a lot of malt, and nothing special, but there is a taste (which is a lot more than I expected). The mouthfeel is watery, but has more heft than most light beers. A drinkable NA beer....hallelujah!
07-10-2004 19:44:48 | More by Suds
2.7/5 rDev -4.3%
Haake Beck NA was a clear gold color with a rich creamy head wuth lots of soapy lace. The aroma was grainy and a little skunky. The taste was grainy and a bit sweet. The dry finish had some sweetness and astringency. If this beer tasted as good as it looked it would be a pretty decent NA beer. Nevertheless it isn't too bad on busy hot summer days when you want a beer (any beer), but no alcohol.
02-13-2004 21:51:11 | More by genaro
3.33/5 rDev +18.1%
Yellow hued with a standard-issue, vanishing white capping.
Hop-fueled nose. Oily grasses and substanicially vegetal. It's got a psuedo-pils thing going for it. Traces of husty, worty malt.
Clean and brisk up front, with touches of grain. Malt is otherwise absent, though the grain impressions continue throughout. Pleasing bitterness. This is one of the hoppier N/A's I've had. Straw and dead leaves. Almost resinous in its oily hop qualities.
Weak bodied with loads of carbonation, but not out of place, considering.
It's a decent replacement for beer, and a superior alternative to soda or water (or maybe even a "real" Beck's).
Nice enough for what it is.
10-13-2003 19:01:47 | More by cokes
3.2/5 rDev +13.5%
Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a freshness date on the back label.
Appearance: Sure as hell looks like a real beer, between the stunning clarity and the super sticky frothy head even the colour of the this NA is not too too pale.
Smell: Lots of hop oil, almost fresh in a way. Bit of starchy grain in the nose also.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Clean NA beer qualities, light bodied and quite bitter with the hops. Flavourful right to the end, the graininess bothers me a little bit with its starchy character. Very clean and dry finish with some residual hop and malt in the wash.
Notes: This is perhaps the best NA beer I have ever had, no horribly offensive like most other NA beers nothing great either.
08-23-2003 14:07:00 | More by Jason
2.45/5 rDev -13.1%
This particular Beck's NA on its arrival smelled of the skunk but was very short lived
Very light golden with quickly disapating minor head.
Carbonation was light and the body thin.
The taste was fairly well balanced with a minor to the hops.
Reminded me of beer....but alas is not!
07-07-2003 21:42:18 | More by Shiloh
2.4/5 rDev -14.9%
I tried this on a N/A kick. I like Beck's so I was looking forward to trying this. It looks and pours like normal. Taste is lightly malty, very spritzy. This is not bad for the style, but i'll pass on this in the future. I'll eat the 30 or so calories and get the taste.
03-18-2003 16:47:14 | More by Rifrafboy
3.4/5 rDev +20.6%
Straw colored with a small snow-white head and abundant carbonation, good lace, appearance resembles that of a Pilsener. Aroma of caramel, cooked vegetables, hops and yes, a hint of skunkiness. Taste begins with a slight sting of carbonation, and slightly tart malt, finishes with a crisp hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy. Remarkably good for an NA beer. I have remarked that Germany is incapable of producing a bad beer, this seems to apply to NA beers as well.
03-13-2003 20:16:51 | More by Pegasus
3.6/5 rDev +27.7%
Ingredients: Malts, Hops, Water. Quite impressive for a non-alcoholic beer. Pours a golden colour topped by an average white head that settles quite easily. Aroma and taste are malty. This beer goes down like water. It does NOT have a watery taste though. Poor carbonation, as someone would expect. Quality non-alcoholic beer by Beck's.
01-19-2003 10:56:26 | More by ipogios
Haake Beck NA from Brauerei Beck & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.