Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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65
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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: peabody on 12-21-2012

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Photo of Brenden
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sapphire is a very clear pale gold, very bright. The pour brings up a nice pure white head close to 2 fingers in height. Retention isn't bad, as it falls in one stage to a full finger then, within a couple of minutes, to a thinnish foam. It only leaves a modicum of spotty lacing.
The aroma gives off some grains under a sharp, tart/sweet sort of fruitiness with a bit of pale, dryish malts and even a touch of floral character, presumably from hops. In the flavor, this is probably a beer I'd pinpoint blindly as a Euro pale lager. I can see it as a macro attempting a pilsner. What I can't see it effectively as is a hoppier German pils. Hops are very light, almost nondescript. There's a bizarre mix of sugary flavors coming in through the middle.
The mouthfeel isn't particularly clean. It's got a bit of slickness to it right off the bat, though there is a crispness as well. Smoothness comes out just at the beginning and fades off. The longer the sip, the more a somewhat numbing, tingly alcoholic touch hits the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat and tongue.

Photo of Gmann
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a super clear golden straw color, perhaps a slight touch of toasted straw. The white head was minimal, settled into a light straw.

The aroma is very very light. I pick up some light grain and an adjunct sweetness. It doesn't smell bad, just doesn't really smell like anything. No pilsner characteristics.

The taste is of light grain and a corn like sweetness. A bit of a metallic twang. No hop flavor whatsoever. This seems to be Beck's take on an American macro lager. The traditional Beck's at least has a bit of a grassy hop flavor, this has nothing. It does have a smooth flavor as advertisted but I fear what this would taste like if warm as the adjuncts would pop through. On a plus side it does not have that skunky flavor to it.

The feel is light to moderate, actually has a bit of body to it. The carbonation is quite crisp, burns just a tad. Very sweet on the palate, would be slick if not for the carbonation.

A big ole adjunct bomb. Yeah, they smoothed out the beer but it sacrificed whatever flavor the traditional Beck's had. I would much prefer the traditional Becks as it has some resemblance of a german pilsner.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass

Appearance – Pours a golden amber color with a big thick and creamy white head. The head fades slowly to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a bready nature mixed with some light hops of a herbal nature. Mixed with these aromas, there is a slightly papery smell with only the lightest hints of any sweetness.

Taste – The taste starts out much sweeter and consisted to be much sweeter then the nose let on. It began with flavors of bread and corn malt with a strong sweet flavor of corn syrup and some lighter caramel. These flavors were pretty consistent to the end where some light bitter grassy and herbal hop flavors come to the tongue leaving a mainly sweet but very lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thicker side for a lager style of 6 % abv with a carbonation level that is a little on the lower side. For all the sweet flavors and light hop it may have been better suited with a higher more exciting carbonation and a tad thinner body.

Overall – Tastes very much malt liquor like, but without the kick and at much the higher price (and not available in a 40 or tallboy size as any appropriate malt should be). Stick with the classic malts if you are considering this; this is not really a winner for the price.

Photo of undeadozzy
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
2.61/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of flagmantho
2.61/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
2.61/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of hophugger
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden crystal clear color. Head is fast and leaves very quickly with no visible lacing to speak of. Lots of tiny bubbles continue their trek to the top throughout the drinking process. Aroma is bready with just a touch of background skunk. Taste is ok, with a touch of bitterness, but not sure if that is the hops or just a mediocre beer I am tasting. I get a grassy-hay flavor. Feel is not that great, typical mass produced beer.

Photo of Brad007
2.69/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'd never heard of it before and it was the last 12pk of this stuff available at a local drug store--on sale for like $10 nonetheless--so I picked it up on a whim.

Now I don't claim to have as sophisticated a palate as a lot of people on BA, but I kinda like this stuff. Granted, there are MUCH better tasting beers but for what it is--a lighter tasting, higher ABV beer--it's not as bad as some make it out to be. I keep some around for those times when I want something with a higher alcohol content that is easily drinkable--this does the job.

Photo of CFHMagnet
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Beric
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Serving: From the bottle
Served: Thanksgiving at the relative's house

Look: I had this one from the bottle, so I can't comment much on the look of the beer itself. The bottle, however, is brown (nice!) with a sleek black label. Kudos for switching to brown bottles for this beer, Anheuser-Busch!

Smell: Faint grainy earthiness, skunk, and slight spicy notes.

Taste: Are there hops in this? The taste is just about what you'd expect- primarily "beery" with strange earthy astringencies. There is just a barely perceptible hop bitterness if you really think about it, and just a barely perceptible spicy twang to the beer. But as I said- barely perceptible. Better than the regular Becks because of the bottle, which cuts down on the skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. Quaffable.

Overall: Another poor offering from a poor brewer. I had this one to get the tick and the bottle cap, but moved quickly to Spotted Cow at my family's Thanksgiving party. Don't waste your time with this beer.

Photo of chilidog
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

3/2.5/2.75/3/2.75

Photo of fastrodney
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of scratch69
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Jason
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of dbossman
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Slightly pale, golden hue and bubbly with a sudsy head and a tiny bit of lacing

S: Lots of grains; a a bit of butter, with some toasty bready malts and a hint of citrus and herbal hops--quite subdued

T: Some slight hop bitterness up front followed by grainy, toasted malts; some butter; it's okay but pretty simple and the buttery sweetness on the back end gets a bit wearing

F: Kind of sticky--too sticky actually; okay body

O: A pretty simple and boring beer; nothing too off putting but pretty bland all around

Photo of CloudStrife
2.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light amber golden yellow with a 1 finger white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation.

S: Hard to detect much aroma, a faint sweetness, malts and a hint of booze.

T: Not an overly flavorful beer. Balanced blend of light malts and the hops. Non-offensive but not interesting. Gets a little sweet as it warms.

M: Light body, average carbonation. Fairly clean finish, easy drinking.

Overall I'm not too impressed but really wasnt expecting much. Better to drink it cold. Take a pass.

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, Ommegang tulip, some probable freshness marking on back label of "12346".

The color goes a shade darker than light gold and there is difficulty raising much of a head, especially considering the style. I see that was noted by at least one of the recent reviewers. Really not much to comment on here other than the lack of head, that which is there is white.

Aroma is elusive and unremarkable; a bit of cracker and then I'm unsure if the citrus is there or not and whether my quick Google of Sapphire hops is leading me to say tangerine. After further evaluation, I do believe there is minimal tangerine peel.

Dry, slightly earthy pale malt with cracker yeast. Twinges of noble hops, a hint of citrus, like a glass of seltzer with a lime wedge, and a dry, exceptionally clean finish.

It has carbonation aplenty, but displays it neither in the head nor on the palate. It is crisp, dry, and refreshing, but without the tingle of some gassy lagers.

Sapphire isn't quite as devoid of flavor as some beers from mainstream producers, but it's still pretty flat for an obvious attempt to siphon from the craft market.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Nice golden color, rising bubbles. A white head that leaves an even film, but no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, cereal grains, faint sour hops.

Taste: Clean, sweet. Malts and barley mostly, and a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry.

Overall: Boring.

Photo of smakawhat
2.82/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A very dark amber, kind of a gold light bronze and crystal clear. Lots of giant cola bubbles though, many sticking to the edge of the glass. Head is barely a finger with soapy white color and consistency. Seems to settle to a small puck. Not bad looking, but quite dark for a pilsner.

Nose is a bit muted. Mild hop, but a very earthy mud sensation and mild fresh cut lawn grass. Sort of hints at German Pilsner but quite neutered. Return to the bouquet after some sips and there is that macro sweet smelling sensation again.

Palate hints with a brief hint of wet, but then some density comes in. Sweet tasting almost adjunct finish. Malt action comes with a minor macro sense, then there is a large hint of macro sweetness on the finish. Crisp and hints of club soda like finish, but sweeter. Mild watered honey and sugar on the front palate. So where are the special hops on this brew?

Overall first sip hints at something like a muted pilsner, but then the sweetness (corn?) like taste just starts dominating. The emphasis on making this a hop specialty beer? who could tell.. just another pale euro macro lager for the masses.

Photo of thecheapies
2.82/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a true gold color. Got about a half-inch of medium-coarse bubble top, but it's fading fast. Some cascade action to the surface is visible.

Very mild malty aroma of sweet cracker and metallic notes. Light grassy Noble hop brings a touch of old dried herb. Not much else.

Ouch. Sweet pale grains are lagered smooth, but the flavor is off. Light bitterness isn't enough to chase away flavors of cooked corn. Barely any hop note. Slight grassiness that's scuffed off by a ringing chime of rosewater alcohol in the finish. That finish lasts way too long, too.

Medium-thin, but with a strange glazed feel. Carbonation is disappointing. Not a great drinker.

Totally boring. Can't define these Sapphire hops from this beer. Warning: Not to allow to warm, drink ice cold.

Photo of Samp01
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste sweet citrus, grains, mild grass notes with some sweet lemon flavors and mild bitterness on the end. A medium crisp body, moderate carbonation. Has sweet citrus lemon flavors with some grains , grass and mild bitterness finish. Overall a crisp, refreshing and drinkable brew for a hot summer day. Good for what it is.

Photo of BeerDocT
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am always interested in new hop varieties and when I saw this beer advertising the hop called "sapphire," I was intrigued. When I took that together with Beck's as the brewer, I thought it was a slam dunk. It was only after I purchased a six pack that I noticed it was brewed in St. Lewis, MO... . :(

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out a completely clear, light golden color with little head. Lots of CO2 bubbles all over the place. Not great looking, not bad looking.

-Smell 3.0: Average. Light hops with some sweet barley hints.

-Taste 2.50: Pass the butter! Adjunct corn in the front which transitions into a smooth and somewhat surprisingly balanced middle. Finish is slightly sweet with hints of hominy corn, barley and...white grapes. Yep. I taste white grapes in there. Aftertaste is more corn and some light barley hints. ABSOLUTELY NO HINT OF "SAPPHIRE" HOPS UNLESS THEY TASTE LIKE WHITE GRAPES!

-Mouthfeel 2.50: Slightly creamy, somewhat watery. Off for the style.

-Overall 2.50: I have really, really tried to be fair with this beer and not let my anger regarding being fooled into buying this monstrosity seep in. Seriously, are there real "sapphire" hops? I looked them up on the interwebs and it turns out that they do exist, but are usually spelled "Saphir," since they are German hops that are used in place of Hallertau. Two points to bring up for Beck's: 1.) "Saphir" is one heck of a cooler spelling than "Sapphire." 2.) If you are a German brewery brewing a beer using a new German hop, maybe you should brew it in...I dunno...GERMANY! This beer is not swill, but is not great and certainly is not worth the almost $10 you will pay for a sixer of this brew.

Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.