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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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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 Minkybut
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black as it should be and poured a big head. The beer was a nice mahogany color. The beer was skunky smelling as most Becks are. Taste was green like just about every beer like this, kinda Heiny tasting or like a St. Pauli Girl IO will not buy again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color. The tall, tan head has a thick, frothy texture. Retention is pretty solid, with a spattering of lacing left along the glass.

S: Aroma is primarily of standard herbal German hoppiness along with a muted toasty caramel character. Some vaguely fruity and metallic notes are also noticeable.

T: Some moderate toasty sweetness, with mild caramel flavor. A musty, vaguely fruity, herbal/grassy hop flavor is accompanied by a medium bitterness. Again, a modest metallic flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Rather watery, with thin carbonation. A somewhat mealy, astringent grainy finish.

D: There are worse beers out there, but this is pretty pedestrian. Metallic, musty, and yes, a bit skunky. The mouthfeel is also somewhat laborious unfortunately.

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Photo of Docer
3.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An older buddy of mine at work mentioned this to me... and when I was younger, I would usually buy Becks occasionally because I liked the skunky flavor.

- Quite dar, and rootbeer-like in color... and actually had a fantastic light mocha colored head, and ring of lacing that stuck around a bit... impressed for a mass marketed brew...

- Lovely skunky hop smell... which I actually like. I don't mind the grassy, funky, earthy hops... because I am sure that is the way most all hops used to be before us humans started tweaking them.. Light sweetness, grains, and malt.

- Skunk, smooth grain, no porter-like chocolate, but yet a subtle sweet dark pilsner like brew that actually went down well, and made be take a double-take at the bottle. 24 oz. Becks that I actually liked!

- Not dry like a lot of pilsners... overall very sharp, delightful, and smooth!

- Fort a cheap (cost has NOTHING to do w/ my score) dark pilsner mass German brew... this one has got to be a favorite. If you want a buzz... avoid it, it's light... if you want a fine dark lager-pilsner... you have a winner! For the style, and taste... and beauty.. there you have it!

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't had this beer in 25 years or thereabouts, and it was one of the first "good" beers that were available back then. I was expecting bad things revisiting this all this time later, but alas no. This isn't a bad beer at all, it isn't great, nor is it worth seeking out, but it is eminently drinkable and worthy in its own right. It looks good, with a nice brown mahogany color and nice creamy off white head, with decent retention.

The nose is toasted grains, some sweetish malts, some overly processed aromas too. The taste is quite a bit more dry, slightly hoppier than I remembered it. There is an astringent, slightly nutty, slightly roasted taste, maybe some charring is in there too. The beer falls down in that it has a very overly processed, adjunct feel to it, maybe indicative of something cheaply made. The beer is light enough, but not watery, it is light to medium bodied, but not thin in consistency. The mouthfeel is a touch oily, the aftertaste is very slight.

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Photo of dimitrius
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a glass stein. Sports a pretty decent sized head with very slight lacing as it quickly dissipates. The color is promising, a rich dark brown with a hint of burgundy.

S- Definite smell of toasty caramel malts, but it's faint. It's important to note that my sense of smell is weaker than my other senses. I think I smell herby hops very, very faintly, and I believe this beer's smell might be slightly more impressive if not for one other characteristic of this bottle's smell: A metallic skunkiness. Unfortunately, I think this one's been in the sun too long.

T- Slightly metallic, almost as if it was in an aluminum can before they bottled it. A touch of the caramel toastiness that the smell promised, but not enough to impress. Slightly hoppy finish, almost overpowered by the fact that it's almost skunky.

M- A slightly watery medium body. Pleasant amount of carbonation, actually, but for me this is not as important as others.

D- I could see a fresh case of this being fairly drinkable over a session. It's not too heavy, has a little bit of character, but overall is pretty average. Looks good in a glass, though.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.  

S- The aroma is sweet slightly bready malts with a touch of caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma features some sweet malt and a touch of caramel with a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall this is a decent beer but nothing special. I don't think I would purchase again.

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Photo of PhxHorn
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stuck in a bar with Bud/Miller/Coors, plus this. So I give it a try. Color is a dark amber with a bit of a tan head. Smells of herbs and grass, similar to Heiniken, except not as good. Tastes of herbs and licorice, not a very agreeable flavor, really. Sort of like Heiniken except mixed with licorice and then watered down. Carbonation was fine, but this beer really isn't happening.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Chestnut brown color with a short-lived white head that left a few spots of lacing.
Roasted malt aroma is pretty good.
Taste falls a bit short of what the aroma is, but it's a decent tasting beer. Much maltier than the original Beck's. Malty sweet finish.
Medium bodied with a good carbonation level/feel.
Goes down easy and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- rich dark clear rosewood brown with orange highlights. head is beige and loose and short lived and leaves some little spots of lace on the glass.

S- metallic, toasty, caramel, well water, stone, mild chocolate.

T- malty sweet with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance things out. a little roasted bitterness near the end too.
mild flavor, burnt caramel, toffee, fruity malty tartness, some chocolate and coffee, slightly metallic, old stone, spicy hops, and a nice malty finish with a touch of hop flavor.

MF- i'll call it 'a weighted thinness' medium generic feeling carbonation and the same goes for the body. bubbles are kinda numbing.

D- an easy drinkin dark one, and a great beer to use for cooking as its all around character plays nicely to things that necessitate a flavorful liquid (namely cooking wursts) although i've used it all across the board of german cuisine due to its availability and affordability. point is, i never have a problem drinking what i don't put in the pot.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, consumed 7/28/09. Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Brownish amber with about a one finger off white head that faded pretty quick. Not much in the way of lacing.

S- A faint sweet malt aroma.

T- Sweet caramel up front that got less noticable towards the finish.

M- Medium bodied. A little watery and yet thick at the same time if that makes sense.

D- When I started drinking this was my go to brew. When I moved to Guinness and other stouts this remained my main session brew. Still have a soft spot for it and have one every once in a while for old times sake.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured nice and dark out of a 22oz bomber. Was using it to cook some beer brauts and had a perfect pint left over. Decent start.

S- Smells sweet and malty, perhaps a bit of dark chocolate.

T- A little bland, but easy to drink with a malt back ground and the smooth finish of a lager. Wish it had a little more going on.

M- light body no alcohol and leaves more flavor as an aftertaste than it had in the front.

D- Overall this beer is not bad, I think my brats will be happy cooking in this. Could be a little bit more complex but overall a decent beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best by date printed on the label: 07 2009.

A - Poured a rich dark amber color with a thick tan head. The head had decent retention. While it became low it left small legs but no lacing.

S - The aroma consists of low levels of toasted malts that give off a crisp yet somewhat sweet smell. Surprisingly low adjunct aromas. Cereal grains are afoot too.

T - Well, the flavor is comprised of a strong mineral water flavor backed by grains and some sweet corn. The toasted caramel malts are an afterthought in flavor. Tiny touch of coffee and dry bitterness on the finish.

M - Smooth and lightly creamy, it's still a fully carbonated medium-bodied beer.

D - Good drinkability save for the gross mineral water flavor. Otherwise a solid dark session 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 civilizedpsycho
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Almost black color with a small head.

Smell: A surprisingly sweet, almost fruity smell. It did have a hoppy kick to it.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet but then has a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery, nothing special.

Drinkability: Nothing outstanding, but nothing offensive. It's something I could drink again.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cola like color, dark brown with amber tints. Provides a small off-white tan head with some minimal lacing.

S: Not much happening here, some faint hints of caramel and dark fruit.

T: The flavor is a sweet caramel, molasses. Not much complexity here, just basic flavoring.

M: Somewhat thin with some bitter astringency.

D: Pretty easy to drink, low ABV. Not much happening here with this beer, a better option than most macro beers.

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Photo of vishneda
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as our Friday afternoon beer.

A - Almond-colored one finger head that quickly is reduced to a light foam. Looks a little like flat cola, very dark with some red coming through with light.

S - Malty smell that was distracted by the fact that the beer was a little skunked. Nothing real dramatic here.

T - Not punchless, but certainly not a bold drink. Has a consistent dark flavor. A little sweetness, hints of coffee and toasted bread. Leaves a little bitter and somewhat dry.

MF - Pretty smooth, definitely not over carbonated. Not real heavy or creamy.

D - Easy going beer with a mild ABV. Holds up well throughout the glass and is not over carbonated. Probably a great session beer, was perfect for the Friday afternoon work crowd.

Bottom Line: Not a real character, but a steady beer. I haven't had much in this style, but I would drink it again. Just wish I had one that was better cared for.

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Photo of hungerfordj
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle poured into narrow pint glass.

Dark mahogany color. Very brown unless held up to light, then it's amber redness becomes apparent. Pours a nice thick almost white head which looks nice against the dark lager.

Smell some skunk; I blame the green bottle. I think I also got it from a bunch of beers (build your own 6-pack) that were exposed to the sun a bit too long. I'm not of the opinion that this is necessarily a bad thing, however. It isn't overpowering and dissipated pretty quickly. Otherwise nothing of note in the nose.

A bit of sweet, then some sourness, and as decent bitterness at the end. Not unbalanced.

Has a lingering biscuity sweetness that I like. Smooth and crisp. Definitely drinkable.

Not bad, but definitely not up there with some other dark lagers I've had.

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Photo of Spikester
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 24 ounce bottle. Best by date July 2009. Pours clear dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Minor lacings. Aroma is pleasant floral hops and caramel. Taste is initially sweet molasses. The flavors are more hoppy and less sweet as the beer recedes. The malt also improves in character. Nice dark roast flavors come forward. Good mouthfeel once some of the carbonation subsides. Drinkability is quite good due in part to the 4.8% abv. Nice no fault beer that would best accompany a meal. Medium dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had some ups and some downs. Pours dark, dark, brown. Clear, with slightly creamy off-white head. Very cola-like in appearance. Smell wasnt too bad. Nice caramel tones with some raisin and sweet malt. Taste was just bland I thought. Some caramel, some toasted grain, but overall just not much of anything. Mouthfeel was light and refreshing, high carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer. A good session beer and could be a good one to ease people into "better beer."

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured nice and dark with clarity towards the edge of the stein. It had a nice three finger off white head that clung to the sides of the stein while it receded slowly.

It had a mellow hard to detect scent of malt and hops. Very weak.

It had a great smooth malt and hops flavor. The body was lite and refreshing. It left a subtle malt aftertaste that was pleasing.

It was very drinkable. I had not had a Beck's Dark for several years. I was not impressed during my last experience but I am beginning to think that I had a bad bottle back then. I would recommend trying this, or trying it again from a different source.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark copper color with good clarity and rising carbonation. The head was off-white, the retention and lacing good. The aroma was of some floral hops mixed with dry grains, rather generic. The flavors were super dry and bitter in a grainy way. The malt was clearly toasted but it lacked balancing hops. Similar in every way to a slightly 'darker' version of standard Beck's; easy to imagine and simple to drink. The mouthfeel was rough due to the prickly, high levels of carbonation. The body was medium. An average offering.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Underdog Bar and Grill

A- pours a dark mahogany color that has red highlites. A decent head but doesnt hang around too long. A poor lacing but there is some.

S- german malts, small hints of caramel. somewhat metallic as well.

T- caramel, metal dry malts and grain.

M- smooth but a metallic caramel feel takes away from that.

D- easy to throw these back. a poor session beer. Notm uch flavor and not too enticing but a decent brew.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ones out of a large and in charge 24oz green bruiser with a freshness date of best before 07-2009...

A: in all of my beer days I have never seen so many bubbles stuck to the walls of my glass, initially it was almost white all around. Eventually they disappeared and worked up to foam heaven. The head is foamy, soapy, and light tan in color and graced my glass briefly. A few dabs of lace and the beer itself is brown in color with some golden hues when held up to the light.

S: dry malts and grains, small amount caramel and a whiff of metallic bitterness (skunked)

T: sweetened grains, very light malt profile that gives way to lightly toasted breads, and that bitterness pops through and leaves me saying "I am drinking this out of a rusty tin can." It is hard to describe a flavor of metal on the tongue and you can only really associate it by smell. So if I had to describe the taste of copper, this would be it. Lingering metallic/copper flavors and not much for hops

M: lighter body and somewhat smooth after the beer settled down upon pouring. The lingering flavors take away from any crisp/fresh characteristics, but not bad

D: probably will never buy this again. Not horrible, but struggling to hit average for me. I would try it on draft...maybe

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Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a good light tan head but not much of it. However this beer makes up for it in lace. It has a traditional grainy lager aroma more than a dark malty aroma. The aroma is malty just not as roasty and malty as one might think. It is also a little earthy. It has sweet taste first followed by a plastic and hops flavor. There are some tiny caramel tones in the flavor. It has a thin body and is easy to drink. It is an alright beer but I find it incredibly average.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
3.04 out of 5 based on 744 ratings.
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