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Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
65
poor

446 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: peabody on 12-21-2012)
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a small white head.

Smell is clean toasted grain and hay with some black pepper spiciness. Noble hop scent it smells similar to Saaz with pepper added.

Starts out toasted grain with a distinct lemon flavor. Slightly spicy tastes like Becks with a lemon slice. Powdery yeast flavor it is OK and better than the regular Becks.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty beer but nothing really different. Will be an excellent hot weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:20:38 | More by Zorro
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BucannonXC5

California

3.44/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 25, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 25, 2013
Misc.: Pretty nice looking black bottle

Poured a honey golden clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy white head. Tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Sporadic spots of foggy lacing along the sides of the glass on the way down. Good retention for a pilsner on the top.

Smelled cloves, banana, honey, faint Circus Peanuts, bread, banana bread, caramel, apple, faint pumpkin and kiwi. More like a hefeweizen or something similar than a pilsner, but I did dig it.

Tasted not as much like the smell as I’d hoped. Got honey, bread, apple, kiwi, caramel, banana bread and some cloves.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, refreshing finish. Does not feel like 6.00 percent ABV, maybe more like 4.80.

I was pleasantly surprised with Beck’s Sapphire. Not too bad at all and I’ll certainly enjoy the rest of this 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:38:01 | More by BucannonXC5
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Straw gold color. Excellent clarity. Two fingers of white head settle far too quickly. Thin, delicate rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Doughy and bready malt base, faint grape-skin fruitiness, Modest grassy hop character with a touch of herbs and a whisper of perfumey lavender.

T: Thin dough and biscuit malt tastes, bready. Touch of grape skin. Hop bitterness is very restrained, but it does build a bit toward the back end. Softly grassy, very light herbal edge, and a floral lavender quality. Touch of spice. Subdued finish of doughy malt and fading hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body. Sits in the mouth with just a little more perceived weight than is normal for the style. This is probably because the carbonation flattens out of the beer rather quickly. Somewhat firm, creamy, and maybe even a touch chewy.

O: I have to say, it isn't completely terrible. Very much in the pilsner vein of things, just a little too safe and restrained. If you're going to feature the sapphire hop as the main marketing point of the beer, I would think you'd want to go a little bigger and bolder with the hop profile. Getting away from the green bottle has done wonders for this beer too, I'm sure. No skunk taste here.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 21:21:39 | More by ryan1788a5
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Spikester

Oregon

3.36/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with a two finger head that leaves quickly leaving a few splatters of lace.
Smell is malty with a bit of grassy hops.
Taste is sweet malts with a touch of herbal grassy hops.
Mouthfel is light to medium with adequete carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet with a almost no hop bitterness.
Overall a German malt liquor.
Too sweet not enough hop presence.
The German answer to Bud Light Platinum or Miller Fortune. Why bother?

Serving type: can

07-26-2014 07:03:00 | More by Spikester
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The sapphire from Beck's is a smoother version of Beck's regular. The beer pors a golden clear with fuzzy white head that settles quick and does not leave a lace. The smell is very tame, basically nondescript. The taste was a smooth well balanced pilsner. The sapphire hops do not have the same grassy boldness of saaz hops. The mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a very nice smooth pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:40:18 | More by WoodBrew
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. There is a number on the label that reads 12363-SX23. US Brewed. Tried on January 27, 2013.

It pours a deeper golden yellow than some lagers with a foamy white head that builds up and fizzles down to a ring. But the ring remains.

Aroma of subdued malts, bread, yeast, and a slight hop zing. Overall about what one would expect for this style.

The body is light to medium but generally smooth.

The taste begins with the bready malts but it does not take long for the clean, crisp sapphire hops to kick in on the tail end. Not much of a lingerer. Fairly easy to drink.

In some respects I would liken this to a slightly bolder Bud Light Platinum.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 18:58:27 | More by puboflyons
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baddogrudy

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the smoothest lagers on the market. No extremely flavors or alcohol content so many will under score this brew. its not imported, thats good news for us beers because this brew is equal to or better than stella. If your looking for an extremely smooth lager this is a fine choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:42:59 | More by baddogrudy
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The color and clarity are good, enjoyed chilled in a tulip, deep gold with thin head of white which leaves copius lace and beading is fine and retention is good. Smell is faintly mineral with grainy and light floral scent with a mild sweet tinge. The feel is somewhat creamy with mild dry feel and light bitterness with subtle spice in the finish.
Taste is decent with floral hop and light pilsner sweetness with low alcohol and hop bitterness adding to the smooth malt taste. Overall a decent lager but it didn't stand out among the style and pretty tame it could provide more of a hop taste considering it has the variety listed on the label.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 14:58:22 | More by Slatetank
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Foyle

Wyoming

3.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 16 oz can into schooner glass
Appearance: 1" off white head recedes quickly with mild lacing. Color is a clear light amber. Plenty of carbonation evident.
Aroma: fairly mild. Caramel sweetness, lightly toasted malt, mild hops.
Mouthfeel: light and watery. Finish is dry.
Flavor: combination of mild toasted barley, a bit of bread dough, caramel, some hop bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: can

04-27-2014 18:20:53 | More by Foyle
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

04-20-2013 01:15:50 | More by Adkins1203
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RDW

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

07-16-2013 05:03:52 | More by RDW
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avisong

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

03-28-2014 01:12:30 | More by avisong
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maksimnetrebchuk

New York

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

01-09-2013 22:02:28 | More by maksimnetrebchuk
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DemDumplingz

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

04-23-2013 20:50:19 | More by DemDumplingz
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Shakydog68

New York

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

06-01-2014 01:13:51 | More by Shakydog68
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

05-31-2013 19:53:50 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

06-03-2013 03:46:30 | More by BlueMoon10
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Lewdd

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

04-20-2013 01:02:08 | More by Lewdd
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

05-16-2013 01:20:17 | More by calcnerd
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Kraig

California

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

07-17-2014 00:14:09 | More by Kraig
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jasonPsager

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

07-03-2014 20:25:59 | More by jasonPsager
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Jenessa

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

01-14-2013 21:07:45 | More by Jenessa
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Beer_Slayer

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

07-16-2013 01:25:07 | More by Beer_Slayer
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MikeIN

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

02-24-2013 23:04:39 | More by MikeIN
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guldseth

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

10-28-2013 00:48:10 | More by guldseth
Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.