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Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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144 Reviews

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 548
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 44.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: peabody on 12-21-2012

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours one finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is clean grains and lemon.
The taste is moderate lemon bitterness. Fine enough.
The texture is smooth and crisp.
Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains, not much going on. Taste is crisp, light, some grains, slightly sweet, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A different recipe from regular Becks lager that dials down the sharp bitterness to a mellow and rounded flavor that is very pleasant and easy to drink, if slightly underwhelming. Unfortunately "pleasant" soon turns to monotonous, and this beer simply doesn't have enough character to qualify as sessionable. One bottle is enough, and the palate craves something else.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention was thin and lasted for a little while. The lacing was basically nowhere in sight. The smell of the ever is slightly floral, there is some grainy notes and a tough of creaminess as well. The beer smell way better than any other Beck's I've had in the past. The taste is sweet, there is a dominant malt flavor with some corn-like flavors as well as this hops shining through again. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, it's thin and carbonated. Overall it's the best thing I've tried from Beck's I'm glad it wasn't terrible. If I had to be a cheap date and this was available I would order it.

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Photo of Act25
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I think this beer is generally underrated.
My reason is the lovely clean hop aroma and well balanced taste.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops. Bright, refreshig, good in a pinch.

T: The taste starts with bready flavors followed by a sweetness along with a mild hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is crisp. This beer is (again fine in a pinch).

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean. Good creaminess.

O: I would drink this over most mass produced beers, including Beck or Heinekin.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

"Anyone" turned out to be my local, in-person trader, tone77, who is quickly becoming a source for CANs. Many thanks!

From the CAN: "Beck's Quality - Brewed under the German Purity Law of 1516".

The Crack and inverted Glug came off without a hitch and I had a finger of dense, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. Nose had the familiar honey-like lager sweetness. It definitely tended more to malt than to hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was still generally pretty sweet, even for the style. It is as one previous reviewer queried - if this is supposed to be showcasing Sapphire hops, then what is their value added? This finished like any other dime-a-dozen German Pilseners with a semi-sweetness and nothing terribly remarkable about it.

The below is my original, bottle review of 02-21-2013 with scores of 3.5; 3.25; 3; 2.75 and 3.25.

I purchased a bottle of this one during my foray to Highland Pizzeria on Monday, but if anyone has a CAN of it for trade, I would be interested.

From the bottle: "German Sapphire Hops - Smooth Taste"; "Beck's Quality - Brewed under the German Purity Law of 1516".

My pour initially left me with a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a deep-golden yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to peer through walls. Nose had an upfront sweetish malty quality underlain by a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was slightly thin and the taste was much sweeter than what I had expected. What happened to/with the hops?!? Finish was likewise sweet and not really my cup of tea. It was not a bad beer, per se, just kind of uninspired.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a light yellow body with little to no head to speak of. Bready malt shares the aroma with a note of spicy continental hops. Spicy herbal hops share the flavor with bready malt. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad. The hop flavor, while far from robust, gives you a good sense of what sapphire hops can bring to the table.

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Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of their flagship beer, but it's been a while, so what the heck...indiscernible dating code of 13037...

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Scant head retention & lacing,

S: Some perfumy & soapy hops, plus grassyness, cooked cereal shows when warm

T: Follows the nose, a hint of pears, sweat breadyness plus dryness up front. Cooked cereal & soapy hops as this warms, plus more pears & dryness. Finishes with slight citrus hop snap, pears & a bit of breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, pretty good balance. Thins out more as this warms

Not a great pils, but alright. I could see this being an option around here, could do a few before tiring of this. About what I expected

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Photo of WillWillows
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not too bad with my pizza on Friday night. Lately I have been doing a half and half on a lot of golden yellow beers with different dark beers. I halfed this with a Yuengling B&T and the result was fairly palatable and definitely affordable, $1.00 per bottle from the local grocery for each and for two bucks got the equivalent of an English pint and was fairly happy. Not good out of the bottle but poured it is a much better beer. I would be interested in halfing this with another dark beer, Guiness to start. I think the result would be decent and worth the effort. This is better than B*W* brewed in the same place

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Photo of ZAP
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this Sapphire hop which I have not had before.

This beer pours an impressively clean, clear golden color with minimal head.

Aroma is grainy with a soft herbal/spicy note backing it.

Taste is unremarkable. Grainy...lingering sweetish maltiness....light hops which lend just a hint of spiciness. This is not a hop forward pilsner.

There is some lingering dryness on the finish...body is medium...nothing bad about this but nothing to recommend either except its exceptional clarity if you want to look at it.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The big brewers must seem to think the reason why so many people are turning to craft beer is because of the higher ABV. Bud Light Platinum, Bud Black Crown and now Beck's Saphire.
I must admit, I really liked Budweiser Black Crown, I thought it was a big improvement over regular Budweiser.
Beck's Saphire, is basically the same thing, but it did not impress me as much.

I like the slick and sophisticated black label on the bottle. The beer itself, just looks like any other lager.

Smell is almost non existant. cc

The taste is not offensive, but not memorable.

The beer is super smooth and extremely easy to drink.

I liked Bud Black Crown just a little bit better.

Overall, it is just an average beer. Kind of reminds of PBR but with more of a jolt.

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Photo of barczar
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant golden color with a foamy one inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving no lacing.

Minerals, cracker-like malt, grain, and floral hops form the aroma.

Grain, lightly skunky character, lightly toasted, bready malt, and a little grainy sweetness form the flavor profile. The skunky character is a little odd. Not sure if it's the hops or what.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, light astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Eh. Grain, lightly toasted malt are good, but the skunky character is offputting.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.04/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Copper with a rich white head. Loads of thick sticky lacing. Smells floral and earthy wtih some citris notes (lemon sticks out). Touch of Lager must as well. It's got flavor but doesn't remain in the nose for long. The taste has a leafy and citric bite with a bit more sweetness to it than I was expecting (which is maybe brought out even more by the fruitiness of the hops). Feel is medium with a firm snap to it. It's certainly easy drinking for the most part but it plays too fast and loose with the sweetness for a German Pils. The Saphir hops at least add a little something different to what would normally be a pretty boring Lager.

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Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale golden color with a pillowy white head of foam. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled floral with some grains and caramel.

T - Caramel sweetness, bread crust and some floral spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is okay. Don't quite understand the D score. It's just average.

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Photo of metter98
3.01/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of tangerines.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of bready malts and tangerines.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of Sapphire hops makes this beer slightly more interesting than your average pilsener. It's rather easy to drink.

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Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 6%.

Appearance: It has a tall soapy head which settles out quickly leaving not much lacing. The beer itself has a clear golden body with some visible carbonation.

Smell: There is a white bread like maltiness with light candy like notes in the background. It also has a slight hop presence.

Taste / Palate: There is not a lot going on here. It has a light white bready like malt base with a quick hint of sweetness, a slight touch of grainy alcohol and then a clean dry finish with light hop notes.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color, with a modest white head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam on the surface. Thin, scattered fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Classic Pilsener aroma, although a bit understated, cracker and biscuit malt and noble hops, and a mineral aroma to the water.

Taste: Opens with a bit of biscuit malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness, assuaged by modest noble hops. As the taste progresses, the hops dominate, but only slightly. Finishes with a biscuit malt note, and a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, not unpleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Neither good, nor terrible, about what could be expected of a "German" beer brewed in America. The great German brewers of yore must be spinning in their graves.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve fluid ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Mavigo
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was offered this at a dinner, never had Beck's before so here's a review.

A: Pours a clear, light, golden yellow color with a 1/4 inch white head that dissipates fast with medium amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, citrus

T: Tastes alright, just another lager, mellow flavor, grains, wheat, hints of citrus, bit of hops, bit on the sweet side.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, mellow flavor, fairly balanced.

O: Over all, just another lager. It's not bad, its quite alright, I could down a handful of these, they're just alright, worth trying if given but not really worth seeking out in my opinion.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.99/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beck's Dark is one of my everyday, after work go to beers. Easy to drink, flavorful, crisp, simple. Don't need to think a lot about what I'm drinking. When I saw the Sapphire bottle at my grocery store, I though it was a variation of Beck's dark. I was a little disappointed, but still intrigued to try it out anyway. Even though it's been awhile since I've had regular Beck's.

Color is a clear , somewhat bubbly, golden, light amber color. Very quick head and no residual foam.

The aroma is a note or two of faintly toasted crackers and a grass clipping or two.

Crisp, mellow, and a better defined toasty malt flavor than I expected. Typical grassy hop flavors. A little Earthy. Overall, pretty simple and easy to drink. Worth a try if you like pilsners. I wouldn't mind trying a side by side taste test of Beck's and Sapphire.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some medium yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin to medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with hints of light floral hops and just a hint of sweet banana.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy biscuit malts with light flavors of floral hops. Light amounts bitterness in the finish which fades quickly but overall this beer is a little too sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick.

O: Sounded like a good concept but it does not deliver on it - I was hoping for a showcase of the Saphir hops but it turned out to just be a slightly sweet Euro Lager. Glad that I had the opportunity to give it a shot but I will not be getting this one again.

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Photo of DavidST
2.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I didn't see a bottled date. For some reason I was expecting this to be dark, instead its a crystal clear light yellow color with a long lasting white head. The smells are of light crisp grass smells. The feel is medium light. The taste isn't what I like, a light crisp hops, mild malts, not every appealing.

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Photo of sudsy2drunk
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pick this up with a buddy who urged me to try

A- orange/amber hue very carbonated i like watching all the bubbles race to the top

S-decent presence of hops nothing over powering at all

T-smell and taste tit for tat

M-pretty watery but the hops is noticeable

O- not bad nothing i would get again unless maybe on tap

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Photo of hosehead83
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "stylish" black bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear pale gold in color, with an airy two-inch head of foam.
Aroma-Faint pale malt
Taste-Pale malt, very faint hop prescence, rather creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very ho-hum pilsner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a thin malt character and lager yeast. Then some mild malt sweetness comes in along with a mild hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of Weston19
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had one of these over the weekend and was surprised that it was not as bad as the regular Becks.

A: The bottle was nicely done in all black. Once poured into a stein the color is straw yellow with an initial head of about a finger which quickly dissipated into a thin lace.

S: The smell I got was that of hops and slight honey. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T: A very smooth beer that starts off a little bitter but ends with a sweet taste. It tastes nothing like a good German beer but compared to the green bottled Becks that's being brewed in the U.S. it's an improvement.

Overall I would rate this beer as average. It wasn't as bad as I thought but it was nothing memorable. A good beer to have when nothing else is available.

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Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.