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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film that eventually disappear completely. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel, and a skunky aroma that I can only attribute to the green bottle. Taste is tart with dark malt, caramel, and a slight soy sauce flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some weird aromas and flavors that don't make it pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle of this during a lunch break from class at Nick's Pizza in Bethlehem Pa. The color is a nice dark brown, the aroma has the same skunk as the Pilsner, the flavor is bitter, a little burnt and some caramel. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side, not thick at all. It's a decent beer, better than the Pilsner in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: When held up to a bright light, this beer is clear very dark amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving large wispy bubbles on the surface of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The dark malt flavors in the taste are much stronger than the smell and also include hints of burnt malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style but is also a lot lighter-bodied and not quite as flavorful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3's beer. Not good, not bad, just beer. Predictibly dark brown with typical tan head retention and a little lacing. Smells a normal toasty, lightly roasty and bready. Light sweetness with the malts, relying on roasted grain to offer flavor and bittering. Medium body with medium cleanliness. Ordinary and, unfortunately borring. A moderate grainy flavor keeps it from ranking higher for me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark, mahogany color with a small, tan, bubbly head. No lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt with a subtle grassy aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some honey. A slight earthy/grassy hop character emerges as it warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay dunkel lager. Easy drinking and worth a try.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small to medium light tan head quickly falls into a pretty decent lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Initial skunky aroma is quickly replaced my a light roasted caramel to toffee malts.

Light roasted to almost burnt caramel/toffee taste, there is a slight bitterness within the taste, might be some hops sneaking in although I really can't taste it.

There is a little bit of the light caramel that stick around on this dryish aftertaste. A medium bodied beer that holds a pretty decent but lighter side tastes.

After drinking a regular Beck's this is quite a step up, but I guess making a average beer is way better than making a crap one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to medium brown in color with hints of garnet red when held up in the light and moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The dominant aroma from this beer is the malts - dark malts, toasted malts, and some burnt malts. The malts are moderate in strength.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the malts with dark, toasted, and burnt malts all present. The beer is neither sweet nor bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light compared to other examples in the style - perhaps a little too light.

O: Pretty easy to drink and well balanced - enjoyable but nothing that stands out. Could easily be a sessionable beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark reddish-brown body with a moderately-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Initial waft of skunkiness, which is expected in green bottled lagers, but just seems a bit more off-putting for a darker beer. Given a few minutes to gather its thoughts, the skunk has blown off, but now there's another problem -- some repellent metal notes. Trying to sniff around all these problems yields helpless notes of sweet, bready malts and fruit.

Taste: A light taste of dark malts with some grainy tones and a light sweetness. Strong, unyielding metal tones arrive early on -- fairly displeasing. Touch of fruit. More filthy nickels and dimes. Touch of hops and bitterness. Sweetish t-- forget it. This one's a drain pour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended at all. Particularly loathsome metallic taste, like tonguing the return coin slot on an old, used vending machine. It's like a cow's eyeball in my soup, I just can't appreciate any other qualities when I this glaring fault staring back at me. Ugh.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beck's Dark was a beer that I used to order in college when I was trying to impress someone. It was imported, German no less, and dark. It didn't hurt that I actually enjoyed the flavor. I'm interested to see what the years (and my newfound enhanced appreciation of good beer) have done to those impressions of old.

Dark brown that becomes dark, reddish copper when backlit with sunlight. The medium tan head isn't quite firm and isn't quite soft. The nose is average at best with some heavily toasted caramel malt and very little else.

The flavor is okay, but is hampered by metallic notes that are too prominent. Again, lightly sweet caramel malt and... I'm thinking. No hops to speak of. The taste score would easily be a half-notch higher if not for that infernal 'sucking on a penny' flavor. The body is both too light and too carbonated.

I'm not sure what I ever saw in Beck's Dark. It's better than many of the other offerings in bars and restaurants and it just might be my pick given the poor overall selection that's out there. It is not, however, a beer that I'll buy for the pleasure of its consumption.

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Photo of smcolw
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Light brown where light shines through the center of the glass. No head and no lace whatsoever.

Dark toast aroma. Mild hop smell.

There are elements of burnt barley. Thin body with an elevated carbonation level. Decent bitterness in the swallow.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the menu when we went out for drinks before the movie last night. Had actually never tried it, and that shocked me when I thought about it, so you know I had to get it now.

A - Poured a nice hazelnut brown, very clear with a smallish off white head that quicly faded leaving just a token little bit of lace ring on the top. Nice carbonation could be seen rippling from the bottom

S - Light, nutty a bit with alot of grain, decent amount of sweetness came through on the back

T - Yummy, very light but a good malty lager. Had a bit of a roasted taste to it, and a touch of sweetness as well. Decent profile.

M - Crisp, clean, quick finish. Nice carbonation made the drinking easy, and the lightness let it go down quick

Overall this was a nice little dark lager. Better then I expected. It was very light in feel and flavor, and served cold went down very easily. I think I like it better then the regular Becks, but I havent had one in a while to compare. Not a bad brew at all though, and would not have a problem having it around for a session or two.

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Gagnonsux
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The case states that this is the number one imported beer from Germany. I didn't expect this to be up to usual German standards, and I was right. Appearance is almost black, head is light brown and somewhat creamy. Smell is malty with a bready aroma. Not very complex and somewhat generic. Taste is also malty, good-enough, but not complex or special. I could drink plenty of this, but this is below average by German standards, still this is way better than most imported macros and those of the US.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

The normal Beck's has been on sale so long by me that I got this darker cousin in my head. Dammit. Anyway, it pours a dark, clear garnet-russet topped by a short-lived finger of dusty off-tan foam. The nose comprises corn, light musty wheat, and the faintest possible touch of toasted caramel. Something tells me I'm lucky everything's faint, as it might just be offensive if more perceptible. The taste holds notes of mild char, light toasted caramel, hard water, vinyl, grass, and rice. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a sorta drying finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, frankly. I compare it to one of those sticky regulars on the pole during Amateur Night at the stripclub: I don't necessarily mind looking at it, but anything involving my nose or tongue just ain't for me...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +2%
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 WoodBrew
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Becks Dark wasnt as good as I hoped it was going to be. The regular Becks is much better. The beer poured a dark amber, not quite opaque, had a ecru head, which did not lace. The smell has sweet malt and slight roast. The taste was standard dunkel...grain, sweet malt, with some hop balance. Mouthfeel was ok, medium to light body with ok carbonation. Overall if your a dunkel fan you should try it...if not dont bother.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish amber with a thick, dense, brownish head that has decent retention

S - grains, musty, caramel, toffee

T - toffee, caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nicely, sessionable beer with decent flavor. It's simplistic and a bit sweet. The musty aroma is off putting. I probably won't buy this beer again, but it was nice once.

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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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 jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown (somewhat on the clear side) with a thin off-white head that very quickly fades to a small wisp that partially covers the head, despite continued carbonation.

Slight caramel with a touch of subtle alcohol notes. It's not bad - somewhat pleasant, but thin.

The taste is of some dark fruits with a touch of grainy hops. It's on the thin side, though not overly watery. Not bad - but, flavors could be stronger.

It thins a bit in the mouth, but has a fairly clean, refreshing quality. More bitter than sweet is left in the mouth, along with a tinge of metal.

Overall, it's not bad at all, but nothing particularly special. It weakens as the drink progresses. The first sips are the best. It thins after that. It's easily accessible, fairly smooth, but better examples of the style are out there. A tad above average brew, but nothing great.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/20/04- Consumed at a relatives house over the weekend.

Appearance- A darker gold pour with a fairly nice foamy head, but light lacing at best.

Smell- Well, it's kind of similar to regular Beck's, except this beer is all about the malt. I still smell grain, but I smell more malt.

Taste- Not horrible for a dark beer. Some sugary dark malt is the main taste.

Mouthfeel- More carbonated than regualr Beck's, but still goes down well. Kinda heavier feel than I expected though.

Drinkability- This wouldn't be that bad of a session beer I guess. Decent brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 24 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhelmingly of malts. Taste is good, lots of malts with a hint of caramel, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is typical of a German lager. There are a few small notes of crystal malts. There is little hop aroma. The taste is decent, but nothing to write home about. This is a light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. It seems a bit light and watery, but goes down easy. A good party beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, deep brown with a little amber hue with a finger of light tan head which dissipated rather quickly. Overall, not bad at all.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with notes of caramel. Perhaps a little on the sweet side, but I still quite like it.

Taste: malty, slightly grainy lager taste but pretty well executed in my opinion. There are hints of the caramel that I got in the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel: lightish body but a nice level of carbonation led to an appealing light-yet-creamy mouthfeel. I like it.

Drinkability: quite nice. It's lager-lightness makes it refreshing and its darkness makes it somewhat more complex and interesting than a normal lager. It reminds me of Negra Modelo; I'm sure it would go great with Mexican food.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Aggressive pour left a 1" lite tan head above crystal clear brown brew with nice deep brown highlites... fairly pretty leopard spot lacing.

Aroma is deep toasted malts... sorta nutty with some out of place burnt toast notes... still smells very clean.

Flavor is great Dunkel ... *except* a little overwhelming burnt toast in mid palate is outta whack... otherwise, this brew is great... very clean but a low French Roast finish that probably shouldn't be there... drinkablity is not as high, because the roasty flavors would burn me out after a couple bottles.

Body and carbonation are good for the style.. IMHO.. Beck's dark is not as bad as the reviews signify.. I think that the brewery just found something that worked ... "dark" color and "dark" flavor without being offensive to the "occasional" dark/import drinker.

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