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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Photo of Beastdog75
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beck's Dark is a quaffable dunkel type beer and is far superior to the other brands in Beck's lineup. Although this probably is dumbed down so as to appeal to a broader audience, this beer retains enough flavor to make it palettable as a session brew, or as a last choice if nothing better is available.

Beck's Dark pours a clear brown color with amber hints which is dark, but not quite as dark as some similar dark/dunkel beers. A very thin tan head forms and quickly disappears (I took appearance points off because of that). The smell isn't that strong, although some of the obvious roasted malt aromas are detectable. I also detected somewhat of a wet doghair type of smell (possibly contributed by the green bottles?). Mouthfeel does have a slight smoothness to it, although it is thin and has an overcarbonated bite to it. When tasting, a decent roasted malt flavor hits the palette. Dark coffee type notes are most detectable, and there is a "medicinal root and herb" type of bitterness present. Finish is a little dry. The aftertaste has a continuing bitterness and roastiness, with some licorice notes as well. This beer concludes with some alcoholic warmth.

This beer does conjure up some memories of Michelob Amber Bock, but it is of higher quality (as far as macros go). This won't be a regular in my fridge, but I wouldn't mind picking this up every once in awhile.

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Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's very much like a Coors with some dark malt thrown in for color which also adds only a hint of flavor. Overall I found this to be pretty bland and uninteresting but not offensive in the least. DMS came through a little on the finish. Surprisingly not skunked despite the green bottle.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 24 oz green bottle..the famed Beck"s crest apon the label..will this be the "Key" to my taste buds :-)?
This is actually quite a gorgeous looking beer when poured into a glass.. nice dark mahogany brown colour..with a good sized frothy off white head which lingers well..very good!
Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate( dark) greets my senses....little black coffee to..also good.
Taste is very bland in comparison to the aroma and the appearance quite subdued hops and almost no toasted malts as a i had expected from the aroma..what went wrong?..but its not offensive.
pretty average for this style on the tongue, though not nearly as harsh as i find the regular Beck,s.
All in all a pretty drinkabkle beer which could be a lot better if they spiced up the taste a bit..come on Beck's take a chance!

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Photo of taez555
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this dunkel out of the 24oz bottle. Poured a big thick white head that dropped rather quickly. For a dark beer it was very clear, almost looking like a mix of coke and orange soda. The taste was unfortunate. Perfectly balanced malty carmel flavors with just the right amount of nobel hops, but always overshadowed by the skunkyness brought on by the green bottle of doom. It reminded me a lot of some mexican imports like dos XX, but with all the qualities of good german beer.

It really is a shame about this beer. This is a perfect examble of a German dunkel, a beer that really doesn't exist in the US. It's hard to come by true dark lagers that aren't octoberfests or bocks. Sadly the skunk overshadowed this really nice complex balanced beer.

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Photo of Webby64
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, nice looking bottle! Pours nice too, head is about 1/4 inch, lace is ok. Appearance is med dark, clear, almost amber. Smell is non existant, maybe skunky. Has a malty, hoppy slight carmely taste, not bad or the money.

Not sure why I bought this brewski, I think because it was on sale and at one time I thought this was the "good stuff". It is a tasty beer.

Overall, its "ok" and I would buy it again.


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Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours dark brown with a little off-white head on top. It dies quickly, and will leave a little tace of lace on the sides of the glass. There is a lot of pale malts and bitter aromas in the smell. I smells basically the same as Beck's with some dry oats thrown in there.

The taste also follows the traditional beck's. It is bitter with a lot of malt. There is not a whole lot of dark matls in this one. The nice roasty flavor is almost completely absent. This is a disappointing beer and nothing more.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got almost no head out of this one (despite its freshness), but its appearance is otherwise nice and even interesting. Pours a dark but clear brown with amber highlights when held to light. Nose is sweet and malty with yeasty notes. Tastes sweeter than expected with a persistent crispness as well as malt and grains. Crispness creates a good mouthfeel in this drinkable but so-so dark.

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Photo of tang214
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer from a style I do not know much of. It pours a nice dark brown with some head that fades fairly quickly. It smells good with nice smelling hops. The taste has some roasty, caramel taste that plays against a bitter bite. Nonetheless it goes down fairly smooth and has a good drinkability. Overall, a good brew that will probably get again for a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear amber brown with a half-inch off-white head that disappears in a minute or two. Carbonation is modest with a small amount of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt aroma with bread notes, slight hops.

Taste: The taste begins with strong, slightly sweet dark malt and bread flavors, herbal hops arise in the middle of the taste, the finish is dry and a with a touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is somewhat watery and insubstantial.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, but rather undistinguished for a German beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a green glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
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 ipogios
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/amber colour. I only had the dark version of Beck's with food and i must admit that i really enjoyed it. Spend some money to buy a couple of sixes and you won't regret it...



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Photo of StevieW
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiny brown color. Thin bubbly beige head. Not much to note smell wise. Taste was crisp, sweet, and somewhat malty. Very light on the beer flavors. Much thinner than I was hoping for, but about what I expected. Moderate carbonation, crisp and tasted fresh. No skunkiness factor to note. Easy to drink, but lacks alot of flavor. Overall a decent dunkel, it will do when in a pinch.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rather unremarkable brew. Characteristic is reminiscent of a standard lager with some brown food coloring thrown in. Light and crisp, yet lacking in body that should be found in a Dunkel. Wish I had something better available at my own wedding!

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Photo of TAMU99
4.12/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet dark beer. A strong molasses taste make this a tasty dark beer. Foam dissipates quickly, but served cold it doesn't matter. Very drinkable as there is no bitterness often associated with darks. Kind of a thin mouthfeel, but doesn't really detract from the experience.

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Photo of proc
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer. Some roasted malt taste blends in nice. Drinkable, but not complex. This is a beer macro drinkers will drink and isn't a bad idea to introduce them to in order to show them that all beer isn't yellow.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not terribly bad...kinda okay. Appearance is nice with a dark brown/amber with a tan 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell was not "out of this world" as it had a slight skunk to it, but hints of malt were apparent as well. The taste was better than the smell, as it did not taste of skunk. The creamy mouthfell and malty taste were the upside, but the tale end is a very thin mouthfeel that doesn't quite go with the initial taste. Prosit!

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
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 shirfan
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown, but transparent, with a moderate head.

Unlike standard Beck's, this had no trace of skunk, but shared that same slightly acrid smell and flavor that the standard lager carries.

The roasted malt was very noticeable, but other than that I suspect this beer is very similar to the golden lager, with the same style of hops used. As other reviewers have stated, it tastes very much like a regular Beck's with a good splash of Guinness poured in.

Not a bad thing in my opinion; I like that strangely unique flavor that Beck's has, and it's present here as well, just with roasted malt. The lack of any skunk was another plus, probably both from being in an enclosed 12er and from the color of the beer itself. Could stand a little more bitterness.

Mouthfeel did leave something to be desired, it was slightly too flat and watery. Instead of comparing this with more robust and exotic beers, I'll leave it at this: Beck's that's dark. That really does sum it up.

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Photo of marc77
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown - deep garnet hue and crystal clear as expected for a lager. The head isn't well retained and settles into a thin but tight layer. Very husky, grainy notes dominate the aroma and chocolate notes are perceptible but very subdued--Munich malt toastiness is absent. The body is very thin for a Dunkel and the mouthfeel borderlines on being watery. Malt complexity is lacking in this brew-- light roasted grain flavors manage to emerge, but nothing else supports them flavorwise. Beck's Dark finishes dry, lightly bittersweet and quite bland. Beck's Dark is to regular Beck's as Michelob Dark is to regular Michelob.

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Photo of psugrad98
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown with reddish hue. Very little head or lace. Fresh smelling. Tastes generic with slight hop sharpness, with a sweet malt finish. Feels very normal and generic. A typical German Macro

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Photo of Wildman
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, this is probably one of the first dark beers I remember having. While having a darker color, the overall taste just does little to give it much standing as a dark beer.

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Photo of jackndan
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beck’s Dark: Nice appearance, and smells much better than the typical euro-lager. However, the taste just simply is not there. It has a very weak brown beer. There are probably thousands of better dark beers out there.

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Photo of packetknife
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather plain. Hints of chocoa and a bit of almond. Something about the smell turned me off, kinda like stale chocolate (you know when it loses color and such). I have fonder memories of this beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -3%
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 budgood1
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice and smooth with some sweet malty flavors on the tongue. just hopped enough to add some crispness in the end. nothing spectacular but solid enough not to complain.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
3.05 out of 5 based on 734 ratings.
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