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Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 543
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 43.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co. visit their website

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 chessman
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

i WISH SOMEONE WANTED TO BUY THE REST OF THIS CASE I BOUGHT BASED ON THE price. like those beatles,i should've known better! i went out and bought a 6 pk of assorted ipa's so i can drink a great beer,then punish myself by choking down this swill! becks-you are ruining your reputation. or did you buy a warehouse full of schmidts or schlitz. ok i see im supposed to describe the actual experience of this shit-imagine mixing alka seltzer with grapefruit juice ok? got it? the end

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Photo of Act25
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I think this beer is generally underrated.
My reason is the lovely clean hop aroma and well balanced taste.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops. Bright, refreshig, good in a pinch.

T: The taste starts with bready flavors followed by a sweetness along with a mild hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is crisp. This beer is (again fine in a pinch).

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean. Good creaminess.

O: I would drink this over most mass produced beers, including Beck or Heinekin.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a thin malt character and lager yeast. Then some mild malt sweetness comes in along with a mild hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of JMad
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Macro looking yellow color with a thick, foamy white head.

The aroma is kind of metallic and sweet, hints of grain but not much else.

It's taste is similar to it's smell. some grassy notes in the background but it's mostly sweet and a little metallic.

the body is in between light and medium with moderate carbonation and not much on the finish.

I probably won't be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of sudsy2drunk
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pick this up with a buddy who urged me to try

A- orange/amber hue very carbonated i like watching all the bubbles race to the top

S-decent presence of hops nothing over powering at all

T-smell and taste tit for tat

M-pretty watery but the hops is noticeable

O- not bad nothing i would get again unless maybe on tap

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color, with a modest white head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam on the surface. Thin, scattered fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Classic Pilsener aroma, although a bit understated, cracker and biscuit malt and noble hops, and a mineral aroma to the water.

Taste: Opens with a bit of biscuit malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness, assuaged by modest noble hops. As the taste progresses, the hops dominate, but only slightly. Finishes with a biscuit malt note, and a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, not unpleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Neither good, nor terrible, about what could be expected of a "German" beer brewed in America. The great German brewers of yore must be spinning in their graves.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve fluid ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of metter98
3.01/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of tangerines.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of bready malts and tangerines.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of Sapphire hops makes this beer slightly more interesting than your average pilsener. It's rather easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.97/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.29/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Deep rich golden yellow , two finger foam cap settles into a fine layer with lacings on the side of the glass.

Grassy, straw , winey aroma.

Carbonated fizz settles down to a beery type taste. Light to medium light mouthfeel. Taste of alcohol is strong on the tongue. No bitter aftertaste

A "friend" recommended this beer to me. The appearance was great, the taste was a let down. a step above an adjunct beer for me. He either doesn't know the type of beers I like or I need to find a new friend.

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Photo of fizzy
2.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

FIRST! Look at the label. "PRODUCT OF USA". And to make it even worse, "ST LOUIS ,MO". It doesn't take to much to figure this one out.

I am disappointed since my go to beer guy recommended that I try it. One bottle out of the 12pk and I am not pleased. I can buy Old Milwaukee a lot cheaper. Not to say that it tasted like OM, but it didn't taste like Beck's either. Light out of the bottle, lots of ziz on the tongue. Watery in the middle. If Sapphire hops are supposed to taste this way, I guess I'll go along with that. Just a lot of something missing here. The black bottle doesn't really make up for it though. Just which bid at the recycle do you put black empties?

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Photo of Murrhey
2.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head with large bubbles rapidly eroding. Pilsner color, golden color beer. Nothing special.

S- Slightly spicy hop aroma. Pretty much all I'm getting from this. Like a pils.

T- Water with a few earthy hops dunked in. Tastes like watered down tea. Not bad tasting...but almost not tasting at all.

M- Water. Maybe a little bit thicker.

O- Mediocre is too high a score for this beer. Not bad tasting, but pretty much just water.

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Photo of dren74
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this Beer from the bottle. Six pack from Kroger's. Reviewing my second beer, put the first in the freezer and to cold to truly review.

Head- Poured into my favorite glass, used a little more force this time, first time i poured normally and barely had a head. With a harder pour I got a head about to fingers, which quickly died back down...

Appearance- Golden copper, with light carbonation.
Smell- Kinda sweet, not real hoppy
Feel smooth with a weird after taste
Overall- expected a better beer, Not a great pilsner by any mean, Doubt I'll but this beer again, Worth the try though

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Photo of dbossman
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
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

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Photo of knowledge
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew in the 6% ABV category, tried again at this dimly lit establishment, as you should check out my review on its nearest competitor, Bud BC.

I'm going to make this really brief and understandable - this beer tastes like Evian water with a slight hint of effervescence, as this brew lacks carbonation big time. Despite this characteristic flaw, I did enjoy the beer with Shrimps cocktail. A worthy one-time try (at least) - it is slightly better than Bud BC. Bon appetit!

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Photo of WillWillows
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not too bad with my pizza on Friday night. Lately I have been doing a half and half on a lot of golden yellow beers with different dark beers. I halfed this with a Yuengling B&T and the result was fairly palatable and definitely affordable, $1.00 per bottle from the local grocery for each and for two bucks got the equivalent of an English pint and was fairly happy. Not good out of the bottle but poured it is a much better beer. I would be interested in halfing this with another dark beer, Guiness to start. I think the result would be decent and worth the effort. This is better than B*W* brewed in the same place

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Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of their flagship beer, but it's been a while, so what the heck...indiscernible dating code of 13037...

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Scant head retention & lacing,

S: Some perfumy & soapy hops, plus grassyness, cooked cereal shows when warm

T: Follows the nose, a hint of pears, sweat breadyness plus dryness up front. Cooked cereal & soapy hops as this warms, plus more pears & dryness. Finishes with slight citrus hop snap, pears & a bit of breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, pretty good balance. Thins out more as this warms

Not a great pils, but alright. I could see this being an option around here, could do a few before tiring of this. About what I expected

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Photo of JoLight
2.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Clear golden color, with a soapy head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam. Lots of bubbles.

Smells musky--almost stale. I get musky grains, with a bit of sweetness. No hops, no bread; just musky grain.

It tastes awful. (And that's coming from a not-picky drinker, so heed my warning.) It has a bland, grainy flavor with some sweetness, which is all perfectly fine...until the end. The end flavor tastes of the burnt, blackened, crunchy, sour, metallic-tasting residue of the outside of an overcooked piece of meat. There's a small amount of bitterness from the hops. There's some prickly carbonation. No breadiness from the malt is detected.

For eight bucks for a six pack, this is an insult. And I'm not even a picky drinker.

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Photo of Mavigo
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was offered this at a dinner, never had Beck's before so here's a review.

A: Pours a clear, light, golden yellow color with a 1/4 inch white head that dissipates fast with medium amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, citrus

T: Tastes alright, just another lager, mellow flavor, grains, wheat, hints of citrus, bit of hops, bit on the sweet side.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, mellow flavor, fairly balanced.

O: Over all, just another lager. It's not bad, its quite alright, I could down a handful of these, they're just alright, worth trying if given but not really worth seeking out in my opinion.

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Photo of stella77artois
2.27/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

One of the more disappointing beers I've sampled. Been a huge fan of Beck's for a while now, so when I saw a new variety, I was extremely excited to try it. Sapphire hops? Ok, whatever. Never heard of them but I thought I'd try it.

Upon cracking the bottle open, it smelled dank and sour, much like a mass produced cheap adjunct lager. And the taste was just as bad. Very bitter in a bad way, yet very watery. Very dry afterwards. To be honest, it tasted a lot like Bud Light Platinum to me. This beer had no positives, other than being slightly better than most cheap light beers. Won't drink again.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a straw yellow color, very clear with lots of visible carbonation. Had a fingers worth of head the dissipated very quickly with no lacing.

S: Pretty much smells like beer... Pretty non-descript... little sweet malt and a touch of hops...(Not much).

T: Pretty bland and a little watered down.... light sweet malt and a light touch of hops.

M: Light, pretty watered down, average carbonation, but is easy down with a clean finish.

O: Not really anything different or too impressed from Beck's here.

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.