Beck's Non-Alcoholic
Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #59
ABV:
0.3%
Score:
59
Ranked #49,196
Avg:
2.44 | pDev: 35.66%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
115
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Brauerei Beck & Co.
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
59
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Beck's Non-AlcoholicBeck's Non-Alcoholic
Notes: Formerly Beck's Alkoholfrei
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sjrider from California

1.27/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle - pale yellow straw color with quickly dissipating fluffy white head leaving moderate frosty lacing. Looks like fizzy yellow beer.Nose is mildly skunky with a faint hint of some unidentifiable smell-moldy grass clippings or decomposing vegetables or fermenting grain? Taste is diluted,watery and skunky -a weak attempt at capturing what beer tastes like. I don't know why anyone would drink this. Terrible.

Jul 05, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

3.17/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It a straw color and very transparent with a decent head. On the nose, it is malty with a sweet bready note ans some hop notes. Tastewise it is quite sweet but not cloyingly so with spicier hops, although not too noticeable. The feel is thick and foamy, very satisfying. Overall, it is rewarding.

May 29, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Look: Clear gold with some rising carbonation bubbles. Half a finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Horrible, awful, skunked. The green bottle makes this virtually inevitable.

Taste: Extremely mild but extremely sweet malt. Except for a mild bitterness without flavor that crops up a few seconds after swallowing,I would be surprised if a hop ever went near this bottle.

Mouthfeel: The one good part of this beer. Full and smooth with high carbonation.

Overall: Recovering alcoholics can choose something else.

Apr 27, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a straw color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of malts, sweet. Taste is of malts, grains, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it has a little more flavor and body than I expect from this style.

Nov 04, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours clear light golden, sugar white head dissipates to a lacing.

Aroma is of straw and dry cereal grains.

Flavor is of grassy malts at first, then sweeter cereal malts, almost fruity.

Light body, stinging carbonation.

Decent for a n/a. Drinks easy enough. The taste is kind of artificial, but not terrible. It passes as a beer.

Sep 28, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, best before end 05.2020; purchased cold single... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: crystal-clear, pale gold liquid, light dusting of speckled sediment floating; another picture-perfect, craggy bulge of frothy foam... drapes of lace all over; thick collar and partial cap holds

S: first impression is a maibock - one with blue hyssop overtones... I was hoping it would smells like Beck's regular, but it does have a subtle emphasis on malt with the alcohol obviously greatly reduced... hmm, almost smells like a pils; relatively potent aromas at any rate

T: Bavarian soft pretzel underbelly with a humming static of spicy herbal hop and phenols buzzing atop... by the second sip, a lot more malt swells; the aftertaste has a doughy pretzel note, almost with a hint of salt(?!)... full-flavored attack; maybe a tad starchy sweet on the back end... malty dough and subtle bitterness linger for awhile; relatively dry

F: frothy texture covering up the sluggish, weak worty flow... does finish with a dry fade, but lips and inner cheeks be smacking

O: interesting - I can sort of taste Beck's in this... noticeable differences between this and the Heineken 0.0 I just tried; way more malty malt with this one... not all that bad, but it almost tastes like the malt is waiting to be converted to ethanol (1477)

Aug 25, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +52%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 3/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of cardboard-like aromas/flavors from the NA process, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Overall this is a nice NA pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for low ABV. Nice clean pils malt showcase, with great earthy noble hop presence/balance. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example. One of the better NA beers I have had.

Feb 02, 2019
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nota from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On medication that says not to drink alcohol, so I thought I'll try a .03% beer. Two of these beers is like taking one sip of regular beer. I've had non-alcohol beer once before and thought it tasted horrible. This taste like the real thing and that what I was hoping for. If I was rating this solely as an NA beer based on other NA beers I've tried it would have a higher rating, but as a beer not taking in consideration alcohol that seems about right.

Jan 23, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

2.21/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear body, golden, with very little noticeable carbonation but leaving a billowy, sticky head. Sweet aroma primarily. The taste mirrors the aroma; corn syrup sweetness; honeyed grains. Medium body; treacly sweet.

A nasty, brutish non-alcohol beer that is suitable only for those who relish the flavor of sweetened corn syrup. Water is a much better substitute if one wants to refrain from partaking in real beer. Cloying sweet from all angles.

Sep 10, 2018
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WildKarrde from South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +80.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you like alcoholic Beck beer, you will like this.

Look:
Like alcoholic Beck beer.

Smell:
Like alcoholic Beck beer.

Taste:
Like alcoholic Beck beer. Maybe slightly more skunky at times.

Feel:
Like alcoholic Beck beer.

Overall:
One of the most solid near-beers on the market. Fun fact, Beck was one of the first near-beer manufacturers during prohibition. Maybe that's why they make such a solid product today.

May 06, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from green 12 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Best by marking on label is '08.2018'.
Straw colored body, extremely clear, with picturesque carbonating bubbles rising to the surface. Persistent white, fluffy cap. Good coverage of lacing.
Aroma is subtle, light malt and skunky.
Taste includes malt and hops, but, of course, is missing the alcohol aspect. Skunky taste too.
Light to medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Good choice for style. Mostly tastes like beer.

Jan 20, 2018
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kimmycat77 from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +86.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think many of these reviews are from people who regularly drink alcoholic beer and haven't really sampled the various non-alcoholic kinds on the market. I am a beer lover, and at times in my life have been required to stop alcohol consumption (during the course of 4 pregnancies). During my first pregnancy, this was extremely miserable for me because the available beers were alternate versions of the beers i already didn't enjoy at all. Beck's non-alcoholic is a breakthrough! It actually has a taste that is like regular beer. It tastes very similar to beck's with alcohol. If you enjoy a skunky smell and flavor (as I do), or light German style beer, then this is the non-alcoholic beer you want to choose!

Dec 07, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

2.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a pale urine color and this was the highlight of this whole ordeal. The the aroma and taste were "skunk" driven. Not a good experience at all.

Jul 09, 2017
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BurgessMines from Canada

3.36/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've read some reviews comparing this to an alcoholic beer..which makes no sense to me. These non-alcoholic beers are in an entirely different bracket. They just don't taste like real beer. That said, I'll review it against other non-alcoholic beers.
I find it not too bad. I've actually got to the point where I look forward to having one. Some other are quite dreadful, but I find this one less so. It does taste like a beer..once you've forgotten what a real beer tastes like.
And it's not a low-alcohol beer according to the label. It's a zero alcohol beer. (0.0%)

Mar 22, 2017
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davisrs from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comparing only NA beers, BUD Light and Miller Lite, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
The color was a light straw yellow.
This was the one N/A beer that poured with a 3 finger head.
It gave off a nice balanced beer aroma from the head.
Wow! The taste was that of REAL beer with a very balanced barley malt and decent hops flavor.
The overall taste and body was better than any US or other import light or NA beer, except the German Clausthalers!!
Thanks to Duke Wilhelm IV's beer purity regulation of 1516, the Germans make an NA beer that tastes like a BEER!

Mar 17, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an N/A beer the taste is there. Tastes just like normal Beck's, tastes like alcohol is there but they claim it's only .5. I suggest drinking straight from the bottle, tastes the best just like that as long as it isn't hit with sunlight being it is a green bottle so they can skunk pretty quickly.

Dec 13, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

1.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

There was a point, a few years back, when I was on a style kick, drinking widely of one style until I either exhausted the available commercial stock or my palate became exhausted. N.A. or Low-Alcohol Beers were one such instance & I was recently surprised to realize that I have not previously reviewed this one. Time to make up for lost time!

From the bottle: "Beck's Quality[:] Brewed Under the German Purity Law of 1516".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a pretty heavy-handed pour. This brought up two-plus fingers of dense, puffy, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was very light, Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose definitely had the familiar DMS/cooked vegetables smell as well as a light skunkiness. Another big score for green f**king bottles! Mouthfeel was medium, very effervescent and well-carbonated. Taste was almost tasteless. It was about as mild and unobtrusive as anything that I have ever partaken of. My second sip gave me a light hop astringency, but that was about it. I could have been drinking anything! This was nothing. Finish was dry, yet wet and cold on a hot summer's day for a bunch of antithesis for you poetry lovers out there. I was not in love with this beer. Blah!

Aug 13, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

Sep 14, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada

2.09/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's not *good*, but it's better than a lot of the other widely available non-alcoholic options (O'Douls, Labatt 0.5%, etc.,). Indeed, the fact that this stuff is herbal and pretty reliably skunked up is, oddly, to its advantage--because it covers up its (and non-alcoholic beer's more generally) many flaws.

Jul 07, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: DMS and fresh wort;

T: follows the nose; light sweetness; virtually no bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate to high carbonation - a little effervescent;

O: pretty undrinkable;

May 29, 2015
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Zokambaa from Canada

2.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

As far as low cal/low alch. beers go this was not quite as bad as most I've tried.

It had the slight skunk most green bottle beers get which I don't actually mind so much and it didn't have as much of that weird moldy grain smell that most non alch. beers have.

It had some of the bitterness that I expected as I am familiar with regular Beck's beer and this was somewhat similar but it did still have that odd non alcohol beer taste that they all seem to have... but it was not as immediately noticeable.

Carbonation was ok to start but faded fairly quickly and as it faded my opinion also lowered on this beer as it seemed to degrade a bit more toward the typical non alcoholic beer taste.

The aftertaste was strange as well.. bitter and a bit metallic

All that said, if I was on a diet or a designated driver at a party, I could drink a few of these without issue.

As long as you don't let it sit too long and you keep it ice cold, it is probably one of the better low or no alch beers I've had so far

It might also mix well with some non alcholohic cider, I have tried this with some low/no alcohol beers and it made them more palatable, darkened the color a bit, and kept the bubbles going a bit longer... it made the drink more enjoyable.

Aug 08, 2014
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Chrispyhorne from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First things first - this is a non alcoholic beer. All comments should be interpreted through this lens. Becks NA is hoppy and tasty. Though there is not much of a head, it had a great flavor and goes down smooth. I could down one if these on a hot day in about 3 seconds. I should also note that I prefer NA beer when it is Ice cold. The one I am reviewing came from the porch at 32 degrees. Yum!! Cold, smooth, delicious!!!!

Dec 14, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.6/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"For when you don't wanna even approach drunkenness with your beer..." Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises hard water, very light generic grains, and a twinge of the vaguest sense of flowers possible. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hard water leading the charge all the way. There's almost no flavor here, much less that of the "beer" flavor our grandparents always go on about. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a thoroughly watery feel. Overall, this doesn't seem all that much like non-alcoholic beer to me as much as it does beer-flavored water. If you wanted a Beck's without the alcohol, you'd be sorely disappointed here.

Jul 30, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.18/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, 0.0% ABV, a single from the local 'super' grocery store, which looks very much like 'Beck's Blue', but says nothing of the kind, so I'm going with the generic translation selection here.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, billowing white head, which leaves a few layered bands of cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it evenly and stoically bleeds away.

It smells of warm breakfast cereal - bready, grainy, in an overcompensating sort of manner, but that's perhaps my own bias - with a hint of aged lemon juice, and almost crisp grassy, leafy noble hops. The taste is more thankfully subdued grainy cereal malt, a certain skunky grassiness, twinges of indistinct citrus notes, and a stoney flintiness.

The bubbles are rather sedate and generally non-interactive, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, with little aiding or detracting in the matter. It finishes off-dry, the grainy cereal character trailing off a fair bit, as does the threat of green-bottle Euro-skank.

Once again, those Germans know how to make lagers, even the kind without an ingredient that readily defines beer. Not great, but drinkable enough, if you happen to be in the unfortunate position to make this sort of thing your regular go-to.

Jul 26, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

2.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark golden in color, quite clear, with a fairly large, dense and creamy white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and unbroken, the carbonation slight.and slow-rising.

Aroma: Aroma consists of cooked vegetables and sweet corn, with a little hops.

Taste: Modestly sweet malt taste, reminiscent of caramel corn, from start to finish. Later in the taste, a subdued tea-like hop presence. Finishes with slight residual sweetness.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft, not unpleasant, with a little zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Its not that great, but then again, I would choose it over a sugary soft drink.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce green glass Euro-style long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Jun 06, 2013
Beck's Non-Alcoholic from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 59 out of 100 with 115 ratings