Beck's Sapphire - Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 538
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 80 | 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 ryan1788a5
3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Straw gold color. Excellent clarity. Two fingers of white head settle far too quickly. Thin, delicate rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Doughy and bready malt base, faint grape-skin fruitiness, Modest grassy hop character with a touch of herbs and a whisper of perfumey lavender.

T: Thin dough and biscuit malt tastes, bready. Touch of grape skin. Hop bitterness is very restrained, but it does build a bit toward the back end. Softly grassy, very light herbal edge, and a floral lavender quality. Touch of spice. Subdued finish of doughy malt and fading hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body. Sits in the mouth with just a little more perceived weight than is normal for the style. This is probably because the carbonation flattens out of the beer rather quickly. Somewhat firm, creamy, and maybe even a touch chewy.

O: I have to say, it isn't completely terrible. Very much in the pilsner vein of things, just a little too safe and restrained. If you're going to feature the sapphire hop as the main marketing point of the beer, I would think you'd want to go a little bigger and bolder with the hop profile. Getting away from the green bottle has done wonders for this beer too, I'm sure. No skunk taste here. (1,276 characters)

Photo of troobie
1.99/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

"Product of USA"

InBev no longer imports Beck's. I have a feeling Beck's Sapphire isn't sold in Germany anyways.

Beck's Sapphire website says that this beer is brewed, like all Beck's beers, according to "the German Purity Law of 1516."

A: Light golden color. One finger head after a middle-of-the-road pour. Head is fizzy looking and dies within minutes. Ring of foam remains for the entire glass as does a patchy thin-as-paper head. Slight lacing depends on how fast you drink.

S: Sweet. Peppery. Some lemon.

T: Ugh. Sugary sweetness dominates. This is like Budweiser Black Crown turned down to 7/10ths. There is very little flavor to speak of. You can taste Beck's in there if you try really hard. A mouth puckering bitterness comes on at the middle and lasts after the sweetness dies. I guess that's the Sapphire hops as I sure as hell can't find them anywhere else in this beer.

M: Medium-high fizzy carbonation. Like Budweiser Black Crown this is more substantial than expected. Leaves a stickiness in the mouth.

O: Don't bother. If you like Beck's stick with Beck's. I'd call this Beck's Ice and price it down about 20%. Usually I'd approve of making a stronger version of the original. If this wasn't so stupidly sweet it would be good. (1,253 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (419 characters)

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. (764 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Copper with a rich white head. Loads of thick sticky lacing. Smells floral and earthy wtih some citris notes (lemon sticks out). Touch of Lager must as well. It's got flavor but doesn't remain in the nose for long. The taste has a leafy and citric bite with a bit more sweetness to it than I was expecting (which is maybe brought out even more by the fruitiness of the hops). Feel is medium with a firm snap to it. It's certainly easy drinking for the most part but it plays too fast and loose with the sweetness for a German Pils. The Saphir hops at least add a little something different to what would normally be a pretty boring Lager. (651 characters)

Photo of diamondc
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, pale, a surprisingly fluffy head and minor lacing. Large bubbles streaming from bottom of weizen glass.

S: Corn, lemon, wet grains. Fresh bread-y. Pleasant.

T: Sweet malts dominate, sweet corn, simple syrup, lemon, saltine crackers. Not much hop bitterness which is kind of expected. Grassy towards the end.

M: Medium carbonation, kind of middle of the road... easy drinking.

O: A barely decent German Pilsener. Theres loads of better ones out there. (467 characters)

Photo of jjclick17
2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First review!

Not sure what I was expecting. The taste was decent, but not outstanding.

It was heavier than a standard pilsner, but that's a plus. It still went down smoothly.

I would definitely try again and will be more observant for the next round. (254 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The big brewers must seem to think the reason why so many people are turning to craft beer is because of the higher ABV. Bud Light Platinum, Bud Black Crown and now Beck's Saphire.
I must admit, I really liked Budweiser Black Crown, I thought it was a big improvement over regular Budweiser.
Beck's Saphire, is basically the same thing, but it did not impress me as much.

I like the slick and sophisticated black label on the bottle. The beer itself, just looks like any other lager.

Smell is almost non existant. cc

The taste is not offensive, but not memorable.

The beer is super smooth and extremely easy to drink.

I liked Bud Black Crown just a little bit better.

Overall, it is just an average beer. Kind of reminds of PBR but with more of a jolt. (765 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. There is a number on the label that reads 12363-SX23. US Brewed. Tried on January 27, 2013.

It pours a deeper golden yellow than some lagers with a foamy white head that builds up and fizzles down to a ring. But the ring remains.

Aroma of subdued malts, bread, yeast, and a slight hop zing. Overall about what one would expect for this style.

The body is light to medium but generally smooth.

The taste begins with the bready malts but it does not take long for the clean, crisp sapphire hops to kick in on the tail end. Not much of a lingerer. Fairly easy to drink.

In some respects I would liken this to a slightly bolder Bud Light Platinum. (679 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a light yellow body with little to no head to speak of. Bready malt shares the aroma with a note of spicy continental hops. Spicy herbal hops share the flavor with bready malt. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad. The hop flavor, while far from robust, gives you a good sense of what sapphire hops can bring to the table. (379 characters)

Photo of bigmo66
1.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not much to add here. I haven't had a Beck's beer since the early 80's and I remember it was decent. This rendition however tastes like cheap malt liquor. What happened? It has no resemblance of the German style beer I remember. It's sweet, tastes of corn and is certainly not worth what I paid. If I get the squirts then I'll know it's just repackaged, beechwood aged spew! (374 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.99/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of jifigz
2.23/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of this beer is an extremely bubbly golden color (it is a little dark in here so I may be off...but that's the best i can do by holding it to the white light of my computer screen) and the head lingers shortly and then disappears. The aroma is mildly hoppy and grainy sweet, but mostly nonexistent. The flavor is...well....pretty much nothing as well. There is a slight hoppy flavor (and I mean very, very slight) with just mild graininess. The mouth feel is light, watery, nothingness.

This is barely better than an American Macro beer. Actually, it may not be any better. This was a free sample given to me when I bought a case of Nugget Nectar, and for the price that I'm guessing this costs I would much rather buy PBR or LIon's Head or something...or Genesee (814 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Straw yellow with a two finger fizzy white head, that dissipates immediately. No lacing or cascading.

S-very faint nose consisting of cereals, malts, and alcohol sweetness

T-very malty, a boozy sweetness, and carbonated water. No real hop presence. It tastes like an American macro lager, not a German Pilsener as there is no bitter hop bite as other versions of the style.

M-Thin, yet soft and semi-creamy

D-One could drink a few of them if they desired but I don't think I will ever drink this again.

Overall, regular Beck's is much better than this because it actually has flavor. This beer is seriously lacking the flavor department which is very disappointing. I'm glad I only purchased a single. (709 characters)

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out to a light ring.

S - grassy and grainy.

T - pretty much the same as the smell.

F - light/medium bodied with a crispness to it.

O - it is what it is. (250 characters)

Photo of atr2605
2.57/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a clear straw color with a white head with average retention
S-white sugar, lemon zest, green vegetables
T-some hop bitterness up front followed by malt sweetness, not a ton of distinct flavor
M-light bodied
O-not very flavorful but highly drinkable. Better than your average macro brew, but still not something I would want every day (342 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.56/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of jwc215
1.91/5  rDev -30.8%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why we're still aggregating Beck's under the "Made In Germany" banner because I'm one of those who isn't really happy with the move to the USA; but I must admit I was intrigued by an attempt by A-B to provide a Beck's beverage that was a bit different--if not much different--than the green bottled pilsner. I liked the opaque black bottle (no green bottle skunk), though I was surprised at how light (roughly "gold") in color the beer was once it hit the glass. I got a decent head of white foam that dissipated quickly and left only a hint on top. I agree with many of the descriptions of the flavor here. Initial biscuity malt and a hint of citrus-like hops in the nose. The carbonation was surprisingly light and "spritzy" while the beer itself was light to moderate in density. This made for a strangely mixed yet somewhat refreshing mouthfeel. A tad sweet on the tongue with a mild malty flavor and a hint of that citrusy hops. Flavor profile is one-dimensional and mild. Little bitterness at the end and then nothing. And I mean that in a good way. No off flavors, no skunk--nothing. Clean finish that makes you smack your lips and say, "gee, I could put a few of these down." And I did. Bottom line: Unique packaging and very drinkable. Definitely something I'd keep in my fridge from time-to-time. (1,315 characters)

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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
3.67/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been a big Beck's fan, but this one sparked my curiosity. I picked up a sixer and gave it a go. But I have to admit, my expectations were low.

I poured it down the side of the side of a pilsner glass. It has a yellow-gold look. This beer has almost no head whatsoever, and how ever much it does have dissolves a few seconds after being poured.

The scent is pretty decent, with the German hops taking center stage, but a slight grapefruit tinge can be detected as well.

The taste is fairly hoppy at first, but a tad of sweetness hits the taste buds shortly after it goes down the hatch.

It is pretty smooth actually with an excellent feel. Very drinkable.

I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a decent brew. I don't think that this beer will be a regular addition to my fridge but it may find it's way there occasionally. (879 characters)

Photo of Weston19
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had one of these over the weekend and was surprised that it was not as bad as the regular Becks.

A: The bottle was nicely done in all black. Once poured into a stein the color is straw yellow with an initial head of about a finger which quickly dissipated into a thin lace.

S: The smell I got was that of hops and slight honey. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T: A very smooth beer that starts off a little bitter but ends with a sweet taste. It tastes nothing like a good German beer but compared to the green bottled Becks that's being brewed in the U.S. it's an improvement.

Overall I would rate this beer as average. It wasn't as bad as I thought but it was nothing memorable. A good beer to have when nothing else is available. (737 characters)

Photo of CorproCrazy
1.03/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is Budweiser, made in St Louis, USA. It is Simple-Headed American Corporate beer designed for profit and does not share the tastes or quality of the German Brewery that we all enjoyed in the past.

The Mega Corporation responsible for the drastic decline in our favorite beers, like Beck's, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe and Bass Ale~ is InBEV. Responsible beer enthusiasts will avoid these beers, before InBEV gobbles up every private brewery!

Already most bar's selection of beers only include the above list for European beers. Thankfully, I only bought one bottle of this Stuff! (591 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
2.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Perfect clarity on this golden hued beer, with a white capped head that recedes quickly from two fingers thick to a thin layer. Doesn't appear to leave any lacing.

They say that this beer is made with Sapphire hops...well I have never smelled sapphire hops, but I guess I am not really a fan. Malts dominate the aroma, with a honeyish sweetness that comes through. The hop aroma, or what I am guessing is the hop aroma is somewhat "earthy" or "herbal."

Taste is malt forward. Bitterness is up front but not aggressive at all. It barely balances the sweet, honey like malt. It lacks any of the traditional noble hop flavor or bitterness. Really disappointing, and certainly resembles an American Adjunct Lager more than a German Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is good. Great level of carbonation and spot on for the style. Body is on the fuller side and works to improve

Eh, I wasn't expecting much and I wasn't let down. Maybe if I thought about this as something other than a German Pils, I would be a bit more forgiving. But as it stands, this is anot a good example of that style. If this was a malt liquor or American Lager, I would say that the score would have improved much more. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to any German Pilsners that I have had. (1,271 characters)

Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
66 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.