Beck's Non-Alcoholic
Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #52
ABV:
0.3%
Score:
58
Ranked #47,580
Avg:
2.4 | pDev: 36.25%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
108
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Brauerei Beck & Co.
 
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Year-round
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Beck's Non-AlcoholicBeck's Non-Alcoholic
Notes: Formerly Beck's Alkoholfrei
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 108
Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +54.6%
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.

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Photo of nota
3.3/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
2.21/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of WildKarrde
4.4/5  rDev +83.3%
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of kimmycat77
4.56/5  rDev +90%
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!

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Photo of ordybill
2.1/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of BurgessMines
3.36/5  rDev +40%
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%)

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Photo of davisrs
4.09/5  rDev +70.4%
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!

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.65/5  rDev +52.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.92/5  rDev -20%
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!

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Photo of VABA
2.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.09/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of CTHomer
2.36/5  rDev -1.7%
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;

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Photo of Zokambaa
2.61/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Chrispyhorne
3.47/5  rDev +44.6%
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!!!!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.6/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.1/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
1.97/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best before end of 08.2013:

Pours straw yellow with a fluffy, lasting white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Pretty impressive for the style!

The smell is pretty heavy on the sulfur/lime. Scant spicy hops might be mixed in there, somewhere...I think.

The taste is chemical-like. An odd bitterness with a touch of sweetness clash. Sulfur lingers.

The carbonation sits just about right. Pretty smooth despite the aftertaste. Unfortunately, the taste and aftertaste put a dent into what would have been a decent texture for the style.

Too chemical-ish for me. "Euro-skunk" and a nice appearance, and appropriate carbonation, about sums it up. Not the most "refreshing" NA/low alcohol beer I've had.

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Photo of Spikester
3.39/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with one inch of white head and very nice lacings both last all the way down.
Smell is mild cracker and corn.
Taste is sweet malts with a decent Pilsner style hop back.
Mouthfeel is fine and fairly full bodied for a near beer.
Overall if you like regular Beck's and need to avoid alcohol for some reason give this a try.

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Photo of harrymel
2.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by 07.2013

Golden with a finger plus of whites that only slowly falls to a solid sheet of the same. Really the best looking N.A. beer I've seen. Smells like many of the others: corn, grain, sweet white bread, but this one has an odd squash (butternut or pumpkin) character. Taste is corny with some sugar and a slight grain cleanliness. Medium on light with moderate carb and a fairly dry finish. Not bad, don't care for the nose here.

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Photo of bryehn
3.54/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing as a low alcohol beer, not comparing to other German pilseners. I appreciate the lack of adjuncts and preservatives.

Pours a golden straw colour with a spongy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing and settles as a small cap.

The smell is a bit skunky at first. After breathing in a pilsener glass for a few minutes there is a sweet, honey-like aroma, floral hops and a metallic note

The taste leans towards the dry side, but is balanced by a mild sweetness that comes through on the tongue. There is a burned grain flavour as well. The finish is dry, with faint earth and metal tones in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation. Mostly crisp and clean throughout.

As far as low alcohol beers go, Beck’s Non-Alcoholic is a surprisingly good anomaly in that it actually tastes like beer. Watery beer, sure, but it’s in stark contrast to contemporaries that compensate by being too sweet from using corn syrup or simply taste like carbonated water.

I’ve enjoyed it with snack foods like popcorn, beef jerky and kettle chips, as well as sandwiches and pizza.

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Photo of Chico1985
1.23/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Justifications for this review - 1) Never have had or reviewed a NA/Low Alcohol Beer 2) It's the newest installment in the now-infamous series "Free Beers From Work!" This has a best by date of 01.2013.

Pours a somewhat dark shade of yellow. A billowy white head actually retains well and leaves some lace.

Scent is, well...not pleasant. Old cooked veggies and wet cardboard come to mind. Just plain terrible, no redeeming qualities.

After struggling to get close enough to sip it, I find the taste is a slight improvement over the smell, but still quite offensive. Cereal, grainy malts with lots of adjunct garbage cardboard blech. After maybe 5 sips, I decide the taste IS just as bad. Mouthfeel, although inconsequential due to the awful flavor, is carbonated at least.

Man, I suppose this COULD be skunked, but can NA beers even skunk? What would've this tasted like in 2013?? Honestly hard to keep down.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.56/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a couple of thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Starts with a pretty strong aroma of skunk (when you are further away from the glass) that disappears as you get it closer to your nose - weird. There is also quite a bit of grain adjunct malt sweetness. The skunk aroma is outputting and did not make me want to drink this beer.

T: Starts out with a sweet adjunct grain malt flavor and then there is a lighter amount of grassy hops. There is also something very chemically in this beer - probably as a result of the process of removing the alcohol. The sweetness in this beer lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and could be sessionable (considering the negligible amounts of alcohol but I do not really see the point). Not a style that I drink regularly but I think that all of the beers in this style seem to be rated kind of low.

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Beck's Non-Alcoholic from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 58 out of 100 with 108 ratings