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Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
65
poor

502 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of jwc215
1.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours light golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that quickly becomes a wispy patch.

The smell is of cereal/grain (with some soap?). A touch of peppery alcohol comes through.

The taste is of cereal - mild sweet grain. Saphir hops (which I assume is being used, and re-named "sapphire" for marketing reasons) are sweet and almost tangerine-like. Here, they might add to an already sweet brew, but do little else. Alcohol comes through in a malt liquor way. Some wet cardboard (and a hint of soap?) gives a bland, rather unpleasant finish.

The feel is on the fizzy, almost watery side. It is somewhat slick, and hardly refreshing.

This hardly resembles a traditional pilsner. More towards a malt liquor without the adjuncts. Catchy name, though. By the way, this was brewed in St. Louis, MO. Beck's has some decent brews for a big brewery, but this is not one of them. Not good.

Photo of InspectorBob
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours gold with a medium soapy white head, good retention, some spotty lace.

S: Surprisingly striking, lots of floral character, tropicality - passion fruit, watermelon, some green apple, the freshness of the hops is quite appealing.

T: After the promise of the nose, it drops back to being a middle of the road German lager. Nice malt flavours with a solid hop backing, floral and earthy. Nothing too special, definitely a drinkable beer.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth, with a long hoppy aftertaste (for the style), quite a bit more substantial than one would expect.

O: This is not going to blow anyones' socks off, but for a solid German lager at BMC prices, it certainly works.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Decent medium sized white head quickly fell to a very thin lacing above a clear yellow golden colored beer.

Light light sour yeasty aroma with some very light grains blending in.

An even lighter taste than the aroma would have suggested, consisting of more very light grains and just a touch of something yeasty or maybe hopsy.

A very light dry aftertaste without much if any taste on this light bodied beer.

Not a whole lot going on that would make me want to open another one of these, kind of glad I got this one in a mixed 6 pack.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So I have a tallboy of a German brand of beer, brewed with German Sapphire hops, yet it is a product of USA. I smell a Budweiser Black Label clone, having both been released at the same time. 16 ounces, on to the beer:

Pouring it and the Black Label comparison ends. From the pour it looks electric yellow, but in the glass it has a golden color with tangerine hues and a semi-creamy inch of head. Retention is decent on top. The aroma is not impressive. It smells sterile with some cider and apple. Will I be drinking beer or cider?

Maybe both. Sapphire has a clean taste with just a little bit of flavor. Vague cereals, some apple, lively refreshing carbonation make much of the show. I also get a vague bubblegum note, but with the sugar sucked out of it. I don't get any serious offenses regarding off-flavors, which for this beer of little taste is a much needed attribute. You would expect for a beer named after a hop variety to have a stronger hop presence. I'm not making any.

Do it once, cross it off your list, and move to the next beer you want to try.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
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 chinchill
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle with undecipherable code rather than a clear date. Thumbs up for the nice extra dark bottle.
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fragile and thin white head. Large bubbles rising through the beer suggest artificial carbonation. The aroma is a rather light mix of malts and hops that suggest cereal and over-cooked vegetables, The flavor is notably better than, but too much like, a light lager. Very smooth, light body with good (medium) carbonation.

O: Flaws of omission in this fairly well-crafted lager create a smooth, easy drinking beer that's lacking in both flavor and aromatics.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of atrocity
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of plaid75
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured adjunct sweetness and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a round artificial sweetness and a slight hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a poor euro lager. Stripped of any character in an attempt at smoothness.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Zaphog
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.74/5  rDev -0.4%
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 rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of flagmantho
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Brad007
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright and clear gold colour, not much foam, less lacing.

Corn in the smell, slight hint of some hops.

Big corn flavour, grainy, non sweet malt, light but not pleasant bitterness. Fancy looking bottle but it's what inside that counts and the beer doesn't count for much. An AB-InBev fail. Kicking up the abv and putting it in a brown bottle does not make it an auto better brew.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
65 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.