Beck's Dark | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Beck's DarkBeck's Dark

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a gold foiled neck, “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Big frothy chunky cream coloured head sticks sporadically, deep brown hue holing a sublime clearness that possibly shows strong filtering.

Smell: Big malty, bread aroma. Spicy smell feigns rye with cracker maltiness and hop in the nose. Clean to the nose.

Taste: Nice crispness that is structured well with the medium carbonation and full graininess. Maltiness bring a handful of sweetness but more grassiness of the grain, more graininess piles on to bring in a slow astringency. Odd mild toasted malt comes forth off the astringent flavour. Hops get mixed around, yet don’t get in the way. Palate goes thin and husky tearing away at the want to drink this brew.

Notes: Sadly this brew turns into something that may have been good to something that is a tad hard to drink. There are better dark lagers in the world that will beat this one time and time again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark brown in color with an orangish hue. The head was a decent size and showed good retention.

Smell – The roasted grain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. There’s also a deep molasses aroma here that intrigues.

Taste – The cheap grain is helped along by some big roasty flavors. The molasses comes out big at the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel – This is hard to describe. On the one hand, the bitter, roasted flavors salivate the mouth and feel huge, whereas the beer itself is rather thin. I’ll call her medium and leave it at that.

Drinkability – I can find a lot better examples of the style, but if you’re in a grocery store with a macro selection and want something dark . . . give this one a try.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown color, slight ruby tint; good clarity for a beer this dark. Creamy, light-tan colored head, leaves surprisingly decent lacing along the glass. Aroma is somewhat faint and kind of weak, hard to pick up on, especially when it's cold. Some astringent metallic notes, toasted caramel malt, floral aromas, and not a whole lot else. The malt is certainly dominant, but the floral element is still obtainable. The taste is lacking a bit as well; slightly metallic at first, but it tends to mellow out over time. Toasted malts and grains, light caramel and toffee flavors which turn to a very slight floral bitterness across the palate. A little bit watered down; carbonation snaps on the tongue to bring out the hops a bit more, but they are still secondary to the Munich malts. The lager yeast is also very detectable on the tongue, especially near the latter half of the brew. Thin body, medium-high carbonation.

Pretty average brew. Not really sure how this one compares to the rest of the Beck's family since I haven't had any others. I'd take this over just about any BMC lager, but I'd still be looking for something else first.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of TimoP
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of merlin48
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Been a couple years since I had one of these. Pours a very dark brown, very small head is quickly gone. Very little lacing. Not much to the nose. Medium body that seems a little watery. Faint taste of chocolate and malt, with a slight hop finish. Drinkability is helped by the watered down sensation. Maybe that's to be expected for this style, but I liked these much better a few years ago. Not a bad dark lager by any means, just not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before dating. Pours dark brown, mollasas in color, off white head, some lacing. Malty nose with some chocolate. Soft chocolate notes on a malty backbone. Some hops come in late to balance the sweetness. Medium body. Fairly dull brew. Better then the skunky lighter version. Better then most macros in a pinch.

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Photo of mattster
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce Bottle (BB Date 11/08), poured into Nonic glass.

Pours no head atop a cola dark opaque brew. Some lace across top of glass.

Smells a tad bit skunky at first with some dark malts. Taste follows nose with slightly skunky, corn taste. Some maltyness and bread taste. Bubbles are present and a tad bit harsh. Not a bad beer, but not what I would look for normally. Finish is OK, but nothing to look forward to. Drinkable, but must be ice cold.

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Photo of jakester
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this at Fellingham's in Southampton, N.Y. I drank it in a wine glass. (They had no beer glasses!)

Pours a clear and very deep garnet with brown tints. A one finger head of tan bubbles forms, then quickly dies. No lacing was observed on the glass.

Aroma is DMS, brown sugar, faint pils malt, very faint spicy hops if you work, and some off smell I can't identify.

First flavor is watery brown sugar and caramel, DMS or some other sulphur compound, and a back of the throat astringency. Gentle hop bitterness and a slight spicy hop flavor, with a short and bitter aftertaste. Not terrible, but not great, either.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a mouth-puckering astringency. Carbonation is fizzy.

I drank this because it was the best one or two choices in the place, and is the only reason I would drink it again. It's not a horrible beer, but it's definitely made for a newly adventurous American beer drinker.

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Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On my previous encounters, I had thought (as others had) that this tasted like regular Beck's, only dark. But this tasting was a little more than that. The color was dark ruby with a short-lasting thin head. The smell was of sweet malt. The flavor was much more flavorful than the aroma let on. The roasted malt was pleasing, but not complex enough to consider great. There was good carbonation, but it was a little thin. I would rate this beer as highly drinkable had decent flavor and was light to drink. Refreshing.

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Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before 08.2011.

pours out a clear brownish color, ruby red in the light. fizzy light tan head that faded to a thin ring pretty quick. no lace.

aromas of toasted grains, mineral water, a bit of fruits, lager yeast, and floral herbal tea hops.

sweet toasty grains, a touch nutty. lager yeast funk. mineral water. herbal tea hops, with a bit of bitterness. decent balance.

smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body. a bit over carbed, a little fizzy at first.

drinkable for sure, easy to session, but i would pick so many more beers over this for the price. i prolly wont buy this again.

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Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of niknar
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark with some hints of deep red. A nice thick almond colored head appeared, but quickly reduced to a thin lace. The smell was difficult for me to place, but seemed to be a little fruity or citrus. Nothing really stood out there. The taste is pleasing, but not as full as I would expect from such a dark beer. It has malty characteristics and a nice hop flavor, but not as expressive as I would like. It finishes with a hint of hop bitterness, but not as strongly as I would expect. The mouthfeel is decent...but not wonderful. I drink this beer occasionally to shake things up. Nothing to drive miles and miles to find, but a worthy offering if you like darker beers. I suppose this is a beer that was almost great...but came up just a little short in most areas.

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Photo of Dizzy
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with tan head. As others have said, the head falls quickly. Aroma has some malt, faint floral hops and some faint roasted smell. Flavor is malty with little hop bitterness. Some roasted flavor there too. Mouthfeel is thin. This isn't bad, its drinkable but it has too little flavor and its too watery. That said, its better than any BMC type beer.

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Photo of briandaube
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of doremite
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark burnt umber color, clear...good 1/2 inch head early, clears in a minute. Aroma has a little bit of spice to the malty sweetness. Not bad – nutty and toasty flavor. Munich-like. Lighter-bodied and a little paste-like early, malt impression carries to the end. Finish is similar to the start, with a little drying hop and a grainy quality. No skunk. OK beer, pretty average and there’s so much more to explore in the world of beerdom than this one.

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

Appearance: Dark caramel brown with a decently frothy tan head impressed by the length of the retention, lacing still lies rather thin specks. Aroma: European hopping dosage with cooked veggies and darker roasts bringing slight caramel notes not bad. Taste: Much better than I recall Beck's ever tasting, with slight sweet mild chocolate notes and a hoppy cooked veggie finish not bad refreshing and flavorful not bad. Mouthfeel: A bit thin but it's not horrible light to medium bodied nowhere near as watery as a typical American macro. Drinkability: I could definitely buy a sixer of this to watch a football game with has some flavor and character therefore not bad in my book.

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Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

Dark mahogany with very good clarity. Decent head.

Mild aroma with a flavor that is a bit better but also mild.

O: Decent except too mild.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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