Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BA SCORE
66
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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 537
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 79 | 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 woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,706 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beck's Sapphire
12 oz bottle, code dated "12348 SM76"
"Product of USA. ST. LOUIS, MO"
$30.99 per case of 24/12 @ Javie's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

Apparently brewed by Anheuseur-Busch in the United States, Beck's Sapphire is a fairly basic beer. It doesn't have the bite or bitterness of Beck's (regular), but it does have a nice bit of floral hop flavor to it.

The Sapphire hops (actually Saphir) come through clearly, but keep in mind that they're really just a derivation of the standard "noble" Hallertauer Mittelfrue hops that are so common in European beers, as well as lagers across the globe.

In the end, it's kind of sweetish and there aren't really enough hops to balance it - both in bitterness and flavor. Interestingly, it's 6% ABV, which you would think would leave it a little bit more dry-ish, but it's not. Or was that just a marketing concept for the US?... add a little alcohol and the consumer will think they're actually getting something for their money?

Not really recommended. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this disappointing beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was straw colored and poured a nice head at first. However it did not last long. The beer had a srange taste like apple cider and was just flat tasting. I don't think much effort went into this new beer and you could tell. I will not buy again. (317 characters)

Photo of cord46
1.12/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is a borderline scam, brewed on Madison Avenue more so than Bremen [bitter laugh] or even St. Louis. Ten years ago, they just called this Busch Beer. It's a high alcohol content Budweiser re-branded as Beck's in a distinctive black bottle. German "sapphir" hops aside, this beer is no German pilsner, in any way, smell, taste or form. I'm looking into my empty glass glumly trying to discern evidence of any beer-related sensory stimulus whatsoever. (459 characters)

Photo of KL1NGON
2.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Saw this in the grocery store and thought I'd give it a try. Unlike a lot of the other reviewers I actually like Beck's, especially the Dark. I'm also a big fan of hoppy Bohemian style pilseners and hoped that this one brought that sort of flavor.

This beer uses the newly developed Saphir hops which are being used as a substitute for Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, which have become prone to disease. While Saphir shares many characteristics of Hallertau and is used for aroma, this beer doesn't seem to have very much of it.

A- Poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer displayed a thin golden color with bright, white foamy head that dissipated rapidly and left absolutely no lacing. When the glass was empty it almost appeared cleaner than it was before the pour.

S-Slight sweetness but no indication of hops, this was a big disappointment.

T-Sweet and smooth but none of the enticing bitterness of a good pilsener. The taste fades quickly and becomes cheap, it doesn't endure and is forgettable. Taking another taste gives another quickly forgotten hint of sweetness.

M-Mouthfeel is smooth but like the taste this fades quickly as well. It encourages another swallow to regain the feel and it appears that this beer was created as a sort of malt liquor with high alcohol content for heavy drinkers, rather than those who take time to enjoy the brew itself.

O-I will not buy this product again, it's apparently created for an audience that wants the big kick of alcohol without having to develop a taste for a fine brew. It's disguised as a flavorful, hoppy Bohemian style pilsener but it's all smoke and mirrors. Much better choices are available for the price. (1,665 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Product of Saint Louis USA (really?) and it shows. Pours to a pale gold color and 3/4 inch head that falls to a 1/8 inch layer of foam. Lacing is low to none. Aroma is faint and grainy with a hint of played out noble hops. Flavor is bland and boozy with a cheap beer taste you wouldn't even expect from Becks. Grainy, slightly bready and sweet with a dry, slick finish. Mouthfeel is OK. Overall, a disappointing beer that goes along with the Bud Platinum trend. Never again. (474 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention was thin and lasted for a little while. The lacing was basically nowhere in sight. The smell of the ever is slightly floral, there is some grainy notes and a tough of creaminess as well. The beer smell way better than any other Beck's I've had in the past. The taste is sweet, there is a dominant malt flavor with some corn-like flavors as well as this hops shining through again. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, it's thin and carbonated. Overall it's the best thing I've tried from Beck's I'm glad it wasn't terrible. If I had to be a cheap date and this was available I would order it. (682 characters)

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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.19/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow - a new Becks. This one's named after the hop variety they use in the beer. $8.49 for a 6 pack at the Convenient store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz black bottles with no freshness date. I also noticed the label says these are brewed in the US - not Germany.

The beer poured a crystal clear pale gold color with a 3-finger white head that had good retention, but left very little lacing.

It's a bit sweet smelling with a fair amount of cereal grain and grassy hops.

Semi-sweet cereal grain flavor with very little hop bitterness, which is a bit strange and disappointing considering they named the beer after a hop variety that is supposed to be in here.

Very light bodied with low carbonation - too low in my opinion.

This is my least favorite Beck's product that I have tried to date. (791 characters)

Photo of RuEXP1
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Poured from a bottle into standard pint. Clear light golden color. Lots of carbonation, and a medium to light amount of white foam. Little to no lacing.

S: Smells sweet and grassy, nothing particularly inviting here.

T: Taste starts off slightly sweet but ends with a metallic flavor. Not enjoyable to me.

M: Smooth and crisp, nothing to complain about here. Nothing particularly special either.

O: This is supposed to be a higher end beer, and a 10$ for a 6 pack I expected something better from Beck's. To me this brings nothing new to the plate, and if anything is a step backwards. The added "6%" of alcohol took away from the taste of the beer rather than adding to it. Not worth the money. (706 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains, not much going on. Taste is crisp, light, some grains, slightly sweet, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer. (253 characters)

Photo of TtheGrey
3.59/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. A friend gave it to me at a card game. I took it a bit hesitantly because of the word "Hops" in its name. I expected too hoppy a flavor. In reality it had very little hops that I noticed. It was smooth and easy drinking.

I liked it much more than regular Becks. (282 characters)

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. (324 characters)

Photo of smokinyodas
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cool black bottle and label. White head with yellow golden color. Very Faint floral hops, perhaps a hint of sugary sweet and clean citrus aroma with a light bodied feel overall. Straight up this does not taste like any Sapphire German beer I've had before. Needs more hops, Not what I was expecting, I'd pass. (309 characters)

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. (863 characters)

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. (547 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale golden color with a pillowy white head of foam. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled floral with some grains and caramel.

T - Caramel sweetness, bread crust and some floral spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is okay. Don't quite understand the D score. It's just average. (361 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.56/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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. (324 characters)

Photo of Maximusmaximus
2.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Note: this stuff's made in St. Louis NOT Germany.

A: Pours slightly darker than your typical lager, but only slightly. Head is thin and full of holes without much staying power.

S-Sweet, boozy smell: not too enticing.

T-Sweet but thin. Near-decent at first, but then the aftertaste leaves you wondering if you just cracked a Steel Reserve. Not at all what I expected.

M-Thin and a bit fizzy. As the glass warms up, the mouthfeel quickly changes, becoming flat and very thin making me think..how long ago did I open this thing?

O-Seems like this is Beck's contribution to the craft-beer craze. Lately, I've been trying the other commercial brewery's offerings in the same idea, i.e. Bud's Black Crown & Coors Batch 19; mostly out of curiosity and to see how they stack up. I'd say this is a very poor attempt at tapping into a ripe market.

Constructive criticism: Thicken the head. Darken the color. Pleasurize the aftertaste. Make a more honest label. Keep the ABV. (974 characters)

Photo of BillAnder
1.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This was a disappointment. After all the advertising, I was hoping for something special. But this is a bland beer with nothing special. I think AB is trying to compete with craft beers. But all they did was raise the alcohol level without adding any taste. Also: the brewery is listed above as being in Germany. That's not correct. The bottle says St. Louis MO (the home of AB) but I suspect the beer is brewed somewhere else. Also misleading is all the references to Germany and German hops on the bottle & carton. It's not a German beer. And it's not better than the original Beck's. (586 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

16 oz single picked up at the gas station. It was either $1.50 or $1.75.. I poured this shiz into my Sam Adams glass.

It poured lite and clear as only InBev can make it - I wonder if they have a spectrophotometric patent? Overall, my best description of the taste is "a bit of grass & leaf clippings inside a malt liquor/ice beer mess."

Overall, it seems like Beck's amped up the alcohol on an already bland base, and possibly froze the result. The new "Sapphire" hop? If those were the grass & leaf clipping taste, let's hope they lose the seed stock.. (555 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.51/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. tallboy into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber color. To be honest I wasn't even sure what style of beer this was going to be but the color is thankfully a few shades darker than the straw yellow I was imagining it would pour. Two fingers of soapy bone white foam. Rising carbonation.

S - Lots of cereal grain sweetness with a touch of grass. Pleasantly neutral.

T - That cereal corn sweetness with a bit of bready malts and some grass and light floral elements. A tame but lasting corn like flavor that I usually associate with adjunct lagers. Very clean and a bit bland but very drinkable and dare I say, tasty?

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing.

O - Far from being a great pilsner, but the reviews do seem a bit biased against Becks. I actually wound up enjoying this beer and would not mind downing a sixer of these on a summer day. (870 characters)

Photo of DavidST
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I didn't see a bottled date. For some reason I was expecting this to be dark, instead its a crystal clear light yellow color with a long lasting white head. The smells are of light crisp grass smells. The feel is medium light. The taste isn't what I like, a light crisp hops, mild malts, not every appealing. (354 characters)

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. (497 characters)

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. (872 characters)

Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
66 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.