Beck's Non-Alcoholic
Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Style:
Low Alcohol Beer
Ranked #60
ABV:
0.3%
Score:
59
Ranked #49,472
Avg:
2.44 | pDev: 35.66%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
115
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Notes: Formerly Beck's Alkoholfrei
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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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Metalmonk from North Carolina

1.44/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I have never had an "alcohol free/non-alcoholic" beer before. Till now. (Let the muted, neutered trumpets sound...)

Rather suspect looking from the start. Incredibly clear piss-yellow color, with a wispy, almost dishsoap-looking white head. But, uh, if we're supposed to review to style, I guess this looks okay, considering...

Smell? What smell? If I get anything, it's like a glass of water with a teaspoon of white grape juice added. Okay, maybe a tablespoon.

For a second, there was something about the taste that I thought I liked. But it quickly got very weird. Again I'm reminded of white grape juice. But there's also a sweetness like Splenda or some other non-sugar sweetener, and something kind of bitter or astringent, but not in that good hoppy way...more like chewing on a grape vine or some other such roughage. I knew from the second sip there was no way I was going to finish this bottle.

I guess it feels okay. It's lightly carbonated.

Must be very drinkable at .3%, huh? Bullshit. No way should this trangression ever be done to beer, but it has been. At least I didn't buy it. A-V-O-I-D or forever disgrace yourself.

Dec 18, 2010
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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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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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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

1.61/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light yellow body with a smallish, unappealing, white head.

Smell: What a stink we have here! It's Skunk and it's Metal and together they're Skunk & Metal.

Taste: Blargh. Sweet, careless, cheerless malt taste. Then, in leeches some skunk and then an unpleasant, sidewalk coinnage metallic taste. Beyond lacking alcohol, I'd say it's also lacking hops if it weren't for that skunky, light-struck hop taste. Lastly, it's a curtain call of icky flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A horrendous beer and a poor product all around, really. Why, it's bad enough to drive one to drink!

Dec 15, 2009
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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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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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Noxious26 from Canada

2.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml green bottle poured in a pilsner glass. Saw this in the grocery store on sale and thought, "What the heck!?"

Straw yellow and clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. White head is 1 inch on the pour, but recedes to a thin cap.

Actually smells almost like a beer. Has a bit of that traditional German pilsner noble hop, but it's balanced by your typical NA sweetness (corn?).

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Halfway between a typical North American NA and a German Pilsner. Noble hops provide a little bitterness, but the cloying sweetness is still there. Aftertaste is mildly bitter noble hops.

Light and fizzy mouthfeel is about par for the course with NAs.

This is by no means great, but it's probably the best NA I've had yet. I'd buy it again if I was the designated driver and it was on sale.

Jan 10, 2007
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Griffith from Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Jul 12, 2019
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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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PBRstreetgang from Ohio

1.86/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours crystal clear straw with a soapy two finger head. Surprisingly good retention, active streaming carbonation, and rings of lace. Skunk aroma, with the possibility of pilsener malt. Sickeningly sweet taste, like splenda, and skunked noble hop aftertaste. High carbonation and light body fight a losing battle to slickness, and the finish is challenging. I like to be surprised by a good NA beer, but this one is dissapointing.

May 25, 2006
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Latarnik from New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -7.8%

May 26, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

1.97/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Feb 10, 2013
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

1/5  rDev -59%

Dec 07, 2011
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srandycarter from California

2.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on the fact it IS NA, so trying to rate within its subset.

A - Pours very clear straw, with green hue. Two finger tight bubbled cotton white head. Some sudsy lacing.

S - A bit skunky, veggy smell. Malt seems beat up here.

T - Not much sweet to dry out. Not much dry to balance sweet. Reminiscent of a beer, but very very light.

M - Thin, a bit oily. Light carb.

D - Okay, here's the thing. If you really thirsty and it is hot, this stuff kicks butt. It's low in calories, and you almost feel like you are having a beer!

Jul 06, 2009
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metter98 from New York

2.96/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of skunkiness in the nose.
T: There are sweet flavors of bready malts in the flavors along with notes of chemicals.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad considering that it is non-alcoholic—it has some flavors of bready malts but there seems to be some leftover chemicals from the process used to remove the alcohol.

Jun 10, 2012
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MTNboy from Germany

3.26/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had to drink a lot of non-alcoholic beers lately. I have found this one to be the middle of the road. It is not the best one available to me but it is not worst either. It is the most expensive though.

Appearance- Darker than any of the other NA beers that I have tried. With a lot of carbonation.

Smell- I have tried this beer several times each time it has had a slightly skunk odor to it.

Taste- It is alright. It is more sour than bitter. It also has a stronger after taste than most NA beers.

Mouthfeel. Sourness hurts the mouthfeel. Thin with a fizzy carbonation more than a bold carbonation.

Drinkabity- Alright. I wish I could give a little more detail but I am really marginal on this one.

Jan 30, 2007
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

2.86/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a fluffy white head that thinned out after a while but still left it's fair share of lacing.
S - aroma is sort of like original Beck's with water added, it's very subdued.
T - actually, it had decent flavor. I could taste some malty sweetness and there was a bitterness on the finish.
F - thin, light and wet.
D - if you have to stay away from alcohol but still want the flavor of a beer, this one is ok.

Jul 18, 2010
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papat444 from Canada

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

Flashback #342

Aug 19, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.4/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Well this looks like a standard macro lager...crystal clear straw color with minimal head retention, although it does leave behind a thick-ish foam ring around the brew. The lacing is actually decent, sticking to the side of my glass. Looks to be well carbonated as well....lots of big bubbles rising to the top. Nothing much else to look at here.

S- This area also has a macro-like aroma, being primarily skunky, and grassy dryness...it definitely smells like a beer and actually I think it has a more prolific malt aroma than what would be expected.

T- This tastes like Becks....really it does! It's sweet and malty on the front of the palate and finishes dry, but not in a hop manner, but it's dry and grainy. Overall, much like Beck's though, it isn't anything to brag about....just a processed lager.

M- Thin and watery, yet it is totally refreshing with the carbonation that bristles the palate.

D- If I didn't know this was non alcoholic beer, it would be hard to tell the difference IMO. Perfect for those nights where you want a brew but just want to give the liver a rest from the booze. I'll probably get this again and don't have a problem drinking this!

Dec 21, 2010
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Brad007 from Vermont

1.59/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

If one must ask, the only reason that I am reviewing low (or non) alcohol beers has to do with my commitment to diversity in the amount of beers/beer styles that I review. That and I try to find at least one good example out of each style, even if it seems futile with certain styles.

Pours a golden yellow color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems typical.

Aroma is full of nothing but skunked grain and corn in the nose. Not surprised here either.

Taste is grainy and full of corn and it's mostly sweet. Not much else can be detected. The fact that it's skunked gives it the consistency of tea.

Mouthfeel agrees with taste. Certainly feels like I'm drinking grain tea or something like that. Reminds me of ginger ale as well.

It certainly won't win any awards but if you can't have the alcohol in your beer, you're better off to stick to water.

Mar 23, 2009
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tykechandler from Kentucky

1.75/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Dec 18, 2016
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cyrenaica from Canada

1.39/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

330ml bottle
0.0% ABV (as written on bottle)
I tried this beer on April 5, 2011 after purchasing from a local bakery (yes - a bakery). The beer poured a translucent medium gold with a huge frothy white head. The aroma grainy malt. The mouthfeel is very watery with almost no carbonation. The flavour is weak malt, and nothing else. Could quite possibly be a heavily watered down Beck's.

Jun 30, 2011
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Spikester from Oregon

3.39/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Jan 10, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

2.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big white head slowly fades into a decent bisquity lacing above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.

Skunky sour hops and grain malt aroma that transfer to the taste quite the same, not impressed with either, but than again I'm not much of a Beck's fan other than their dark with is quite good.

Give me a IPA or a Oktoberfest, Stout or basically anything else. lol

Dec 11, 2011
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