Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.
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2.58/5 rDev -5.5%
From 02/20/13 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a clear yellow-gold color with one finger of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bready malts, grains, wheat, corn, earthy notes, light floral notes. Not bad but very bland; pretty average overall.
t - Tastes of sweet corn, grains, wheat, bready malts, vegetables, earthy notes. Sweeter than the nose but I didn't like it. A big step down for me.
m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit of a watery feel.
o - I'm not a big fan of the normal Beck's and I didn't really care for this one either. The nose is bland thought not offensive, but I didn't really like the sweetness in the taste and the body is a bit thin. Wouldn't have it again, and wouldn't reccomend it.
02-21-2013 16:58:57 | More by mdfb79
2.6/5 rDev -4.8%
This is a pale yellow beer with a thin head and lower than expected carbonation. The beer has a cereal aroma and very faint spicy hops. Mediocre smell and uninspiring appearance. The taste is more appealing....sharper, spicy, a little sweetness....faint malt....clean and crisp. Thin mouthfeel. Macro lager, average at best.
03-08-2013 02:02:37 | More by Suds
2.6/5 rDev -4.8%
I have to say this is a beautiful golden amber color in the tall tulip with a decent head. It's slightly sprizty on the tongue, but not very bubbly. The flavor is classic malt liquor, but with a peculiar fruity and earthy taste. It may just be some combination of real malt and hops, but it tastes like something brewed up in the food research lab.
Corn and cereal taste, orange flavoring, winey, dirty, and a hint of Cynar, the artichoke aperitif. Not trace of hop flavor [after I wrote this I see that Sapphire refers to a variety of hop]. Overall, there is some beeriness but it is exactly what I hoped never to taste in a-- whoops! I almost said German-- beer, but it is now an InBev product made by the former AB in the St. Louis factory. All the discussions on "if you were CEO of a giant brewer" are interesting when you taste what they DO produce, in contrast with what good brews they COULD produce.
05-02-2013 05:48:33 | More by mactrail
2.6/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of white foam which disappeared almost immediately. Color is nice, but a beer of this style really needs an impressive head.
Smell: light, slightly sweet, slightly malty aroma. No hops which I can discern. Not offensive, but way too bland for the style.
Taste: sweet, sticky malt flavor with kind of a sickly aftertaste. Hops are, again, indiscernible, and bitterness is very, very low. This beer is a bit of a disappointment.
Mouthfeel: light body with a decently well-integrated carbonation and a little bit of creaminess. Not too bad.
Overall: bland, unremarkable, underwhelming. This beer isn't even trying.
01-30-2013 00:25:22 | More by flagmantho
2.63/5 rDev -3.7%
A - Poured vigorously from the bottle into a 16 oz german glass beer stein. Explosive head that disappeared in what seemed like mere seconds. Does leave some lacing, but honestly judging by the dark bottle, I was hoping it'd be a dark beer.
S - Not really picking up on much, some cereal a little hoppiness, but mostly just standard beer smell.
T - Tastes corny. Maybe like corn flakes, with some sugary sweetness and a little bite from the sapphire hops. Nothing offensive, definitely drinkable, but nothing deep or meaningful. Would never guess this beer was 6% ABV.
M - Very smooth, almost creamy feel. Some bubble and turbulence when drinking, but overall fairly smooth.
O - I've never had Beck's before, but was told it was a decent German macro. Not bad, tastes like beer, would definitely drink it again if I needed a stronger session beer, but that's about it.
02-23-2013 05:23:57 | More by undeadozzy
2.65/5 rDev -2.9%
Never heard of the hops so I thought I would try a bottle. No way I'm paying for a full 6 pack of this.
Golden color that resembles apple juice a bit. A thin head forms and ample carbonation seems apparent.
Light and full of sweet, buttery malt. Hops add a bit of spice but not much more to the overall aroma.
It's a bit crisp with some buttery malt and spice from the hops. Inoffensive but the mouthfeel is another story.
Very thin mouthfeel that is barely there. Reminiscent of juice. Some malt and hop flavors but not much else back there.
Better off sticking with regular Becks. Not impressed.
02-18-2013 21:55:32 | More by Brad007
2.7/5 rDev -1.1%
I pour to a finger of nearly white head. The body is a pale urine color. A decent amount of bubbles is seen making their way to the top. The head dissipates in a minute or so.
Smells of sweet grass and adjunct.
A wheaty/crackery malt sets it up in the beginning. Sweet grass takes over, then dries down to a stale biscuit flavor with a little indistinct bitter at the end.
The mouthfeel is light bodied. It goes down rather quick, which is good, because I have a second mass-pro beer to drink before bedtime.
Overall I feel this is a poor representation of the German pilsener style. It does taste like they want it to be good, but just can't seem to get it there.
11-09-2013 03:27:11 | More by CFHMagnet
2.7/5 rDev -1.1%
16oz can picked up at a gas station, poured into a weizen glass.
A: Dark straw with a nice foamy head that dissipated relatively quickly.
S: Smells like your typical American Light Adjunct. Sweet grain and some hop bitterness.
T: Taste actually seems to improve upon warming up a little and pilsner hints start to emerge from what initially appeared to be something Budweiser-esque.
M: Pretty carbonated, this one is, with a thin body.
O: I was glad when I found this as a 16oz single - was interested in giving it a shot but not wanting to invest in the committment that is a six-pack. There was not indication on the can as to what style they were going for and "Sapphire" sounded like a Zima reboot or something. BA listed it as a pilsner, which sounds right and it's not a bad effort considering the source. Not exciting, but I've had worse examples from much fancier outfits.
02-03-2013 21:36:40 | More by fastrodney
2.74/5 rDev +0.4%
Almost no head atop a bright golden brew... despite the lack of head, a decent lacing shows with the decreasing beer.
Nose is standard Beck's.. I hoped for more... Pale grainy maltiness with little in the way of hops, just some background earthy notes.
Flavor is also "Beck's" grainy beer balanced toward the sweet side of the beer spectrum and only barely balanced by some hoppy bitterness and just a touch of grassy hops toward the end of the palate.
Decent beer.. I would pick this over anything from the Big 3 any day... but I would pick a PBR pounder over the "black glass" just as quickly.
01-18-2013 06:00:45 | More by JohnGalt1
2.74/5 rDev +0.4%
Ok got sucked in by the super bowl add, got a can or two from the local gas station.
Pours a golden hue, white head that maintains well for awhile.
Aroma of grass, malts and grain.
Taste of grain, not much can.
Mouthfeel if soft, carbonated with a very low hop.
Overall, an ok brew to sample, they could of done better.
03-14-2013 00:41:57 | More by chilidog
2.74/5 rDev +0.4%
I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.
Appearance- Clear golden-yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Light amount of thin lacing.
Smell- Very light aroma of malt sweetness and cereal.
Taste- Subdued flavors of pale malt, sugar sweetness, and some hop bitterness for balance.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.
Overall- Pretty average beer, reminds me more of an adjunct lager than a German pilsener. Flavors a re bland and the smell is almost non-existent.
02-23-2013 23:57:14 | More by scratch69
2.75/5 rDev +0.7%
12oz black bottle with no freshness date. They spent a ton of dough on getting the bottle right ... or at least that is what they are telling us. Brewed in the USA.
Great looking head, crystal clear pale yellowish golden hue. Faint cooked cereal, mineral, hint of flora hops though expected more ... a clean aroma none the less. Ample crispness, light bodied with a mild slickness. Very grainy, animal feed, hay, grass with a kiss of alcohol. Now for the hops, there is bitterness but I am really having a hard time finding the Sapphire hops ... I do detect a very vague hoppiness but nothing that wakes the palate up. Semi-clean drying finish.
If you are going to boast about a certain type of hop and even make it a part of the beer's name then you need to make sure it is actually in the beer ... a vague character of the hop does not work. Pass on this one.
03-11-2013 01:19:37 | More by Jason
Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.