Beck's Non-Alcoholic | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.
Germany
becksbeer.com

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Beck's Alkoholfrei

Added by Andreji on 06-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
48
Avg:
2.38
pDev:
34.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of spycow
2.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +33.6%
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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1.96/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a stolen Bitburger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: A three finger head of nice cream and thickness. Clear yellow.

Sm: Clean fresh barley, and that's all.

T: Flavour is loaded towards the front. Unbalanced. Just one note of clean barley, accompanied by malt. Gutted, empty finish.

Mf: Very light and thin. A bit watery. Too wet.

Dr: You could down it all night, but it's just be empty calories and no drunkenness. Decently priced, to its credit - even by Irish standards.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.71/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color lager with a small foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light skunk with some light medium sweet malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some light medium sweet notes with some distinctive adjunct and some light skunk notes (damn green bottles). I can't say that this is really a lot worse then a regular Becks but then the regular beer is not very flavourful to start with.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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1.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.61/5  rDev -32.4%
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!

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1/5  rDev -58%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.67/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of the inaugural NA Shootout (With Blanks) in which this bottle of Beck's Alkoholfrei/Non-Alcoholic will be compared to St. Pauli N.A. When doing these head-to-heads, I try to maintain some sort of theme rather than throwing two completely unrelated beers into the ring. 'Germany's finest' seems as good a theme as any, although I'll see in just a few minutes how fine the beer really is. One thing is certain, at least I'll be clear-eyed and clear-brained throughout.

The beer is a much darker and richer amber than the St. Pauli; not that remarkable since the other beer was acid-washed straw in color. The foam is also a few shades darker, more ivory than glaring white. Consistency-wise, the head looks just as good, persists just as long and lays down just as much lace. A pleasantly surprising look to both beers, but now the real competition begins...

See the St. Pauli review for a description of the nose, but the short answer is 'nasty'. I keep going back and forth between the two glasses trying to pick up the slightest difference between them, but haven't managed to do so. For all intents and purposes, they smell identical. And identically bad.

Compared to its competitor, Beck's Alkoholfrei is Westvleteren 12. Not really, but it is noticeably superior even if it's still pretty crapalicious. I don't experience quite the same level of revulsion when the liquid hits my tastebuds, though they still shrink in horror at what I've subjected them too. Even though a higher taste score will likely carry this beer to victory, it's still lousy.

Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, but it shines in comparison to St. Pauli's mouthfeel. At least there's a little (very little) volume and smoothness. Neither beer's carbonation is notable; they're neither under- nor over-bubbled.

I haven't yet put in the numbers, but it's obvious that Beck's Alkoholfrei/Non-Alcoholic is the better of these two products and is, therefore, the winner of the first NA Shootout (With Blanks). It isn't the best one of these low alchohol beers that I've ever had, but is drinkable in a pinch. Let's hope that I never find myself in that big of a pinch.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.6/5  rDev +9.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jwc215
1.97/5  rDev -17.2%
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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2/5  rDev -16%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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1/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of wordemupg
2.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/5/12

A clear straw yellow with lots of carbonation feeding a well sustained thumbs width of soapy bone white head and it even leaves a few partial rings of lace

S skunky sweet malt and some grassy hops

T oh dear, this gets nasty fast, the smell is tolerable but the taste is sour and skunky with some soggy cardboard

M watery and well carbonated but the aftertaste is awful and seems lo linger

O I gave it a fair chance but this is quite bad regardless of the style

a party leftover and I can't think who left this behind, perhaps they were wise in doing so
Why bother?

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Photo of Brad007
1.59/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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2.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of papat444
2.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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1/5  rDev -58%

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1.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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Beck's Non-Alcoholic from Brauerei Beck & Co.
2.38 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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