Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.
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3.1/5 rDev +13.1%
"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.
04-14-2013 18:52:29 | More by woodychandler
2.95/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
08-08-2013 01:39:50 | More by dbrauneis
3.48/5 rDev +27%
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.
12-30-2012 02:20:38 | More by Zorro
2.51/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
09-22-2013 05:30:37 | More by DoubleJ
2.79/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-06-2013 00:32:47 | More by smakawhat
2.25/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
02-07-2013 02:51:47 | More by plaid75
2.55/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
04-28-2013 21:25:15 | More by LXIXME
2.56/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-23-2013 23:54:13 | More by chinchill
2.74/5 rDev 0%
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
2.65/5 rDev -3.3%
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
3.03/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
01-26-2013 01:28:48 | More by scruffwhor
2.91/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
A - Bright golden in color, this clear beer shines with pride and is topped with a towering white head of foam. As the loose bubbles slowly collapsed, light wispy lace was left adorning the glass.
S - If there were such a style as German Adjunct Lager, the aroma of this beer would make it a prime candidate for it's categorization. Grainy pale malt and additives smell cheap and hops seem underwhelming for the advertising push of their existence.
T - From the light smattering of sweet pilsner malts to the abundance of grainy pale malt and adjuncts to the creamed corn finish, Beck's Sapphire tastes cheap. German hops are afoot though, coming in on the back end with some herbal characteristics which greatly helps alleviate the cheapness of the malt flavor.
M - Sapphire's best quality is the fact it strays from going all out effervescent with explosive carbonation like a lot of mainstream lagers. Instead, Beck's Sapphire has a nice smooth (albeit slick) entry into a faintly dry finish with a suggestion of lingering hop bitterness captured on the back end.
O - Beck's Sapphire manages to bring fourth some hop flavor and presence in an otherwise ordinary "import" lager but it doesn't save it from being mundane, like it's awful commercial. This "German adjunct lager" isn't worth any elevated cost above the American swill we've already got here. Probably because it's also not made in Germany. It's made in St. Louis.
02-07-2013 02:15:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.6/5 rDev -5.1%
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
2.38/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
12-29-2012 20:28:53 | More by Bitterbill
3.35/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
01-30-2013 03:40:18 | More by WoodBrew
3.59/5 rDev +31%
Wow a brown bottle! Hope it's skunk free
A - Clear bright yellow with a mild orange tint. Head is just a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a while.
S - Has the typical lager corn and sweet malts. Not very skunky yet not very strong.
T - Corn sweetness with a touch of lager yeast, some biscuit malt is surprising and some sweeter malts too.
M - Light to medium not bad.
Overall I never really liked Beck's but this one is as advertised, smooth and somewhat hoppy (I guess)
02-13-2013 05:04:23 | More by DrDemento456
2.55/5 rDev -6.9%
16 ounce can, made as a drunk purchase at a Speedway gas station a few months ago. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with an inch and a half off-white head. It smells like sweet malt, light apples and that's about it. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt noticeable. Doesn't smell good, but not awful either. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and easy enough to drink. Moderate carbonation. It's not a bad brew, but I'd only recommend it if you want a tick or if you can get a single can or bottle of it like I did.
09-28-2013 01:36:32 | More by bluejacket74
Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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