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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 Dodo2step
3.31/5  rDev +10%
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 -8.3%
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 +11.3%
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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Photo of colts9016
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark cola color with red hues. There is no head.
Smell: Roasted malt, cereal with a hint of floral and molasses. Taste: Has a nice roasted malt but needs more a malt complex. Hints of molasses, caramel, and esters.
Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent.
Overall: It is an okay beer. To me it lacks a malt complex.

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Photo of hopdog
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Poured a dark reddish/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aroma of initial grassiness that turned to a rotten vegetable smell with some caramel. Tastes of light grass, light caramel, and roasted malts. Lively but thin body.

Notes from 12/16/05

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
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 kinger
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Basic euro dunkel, rather drinkable but somewhat boring. Faint aroma, lightly skunked but cut with some decent caramel malt and very faint grassy hops. Average pour. Light and crisp, finish is a touch too bitter in an awkward way. Flavor is alright at best, not too much to explain other than some toasted notes and grassy, grainy malt.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues toward the bottom of the glass. A one finger off-white head settles to a thin even cap.

Very light deeply roasted malt aromas with a touch of creaminess.

Like the aroma, the flavor is very light. A little bit of roasty flavors, walnut, and a little brown sugar. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.

This style doesn't usually pack a lot of flavor, but this one seems to not have any at all. The standard notes are there, just turned down a lot.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Superior to regular Beck's, Dark lays out a dense finger of slightly tan head with an amaretto drizzle over a mahogany body with ruby highlights, modest duration and a tease of lacing. Bready, malty aroma is subtle but pleasant. Fine malty taste with caramel, hints of cocoa, and a bit of ginger to complement the grassy hops taste. Quite good. Creamy, smooth, and nicely carbonated, Dark doesn't flatten. This is rather good, not a great Dark Lager but solid and well worth grabbing.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.92/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't care what anyone says, I like this beer.

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a small white head and mediocre lacing. The smell is strong and honeylike, with a clear bite of grain. The flavor is sweet and honeyish with a clear flavor of malt. There is a little hop bitterness in the back, but otherwise relatively little hop aroma or flavor. The mouthfeel is thin, with a sting of carbonation and a slight cling. The finish is nice - grainy and bitter. This is a remarkably drinkable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark plum color with a medium beige colored head that was about 1 finger in height and collapsed rather quickly. Not much of a lacing or visible carbonation was observed.

S: ripe fruitiness of plums and fresh raisins with darken caramel. Overall the nose was moderate and strength.

T: dark semi-sweet caramel with light cola hints. Ripe dark fruit (plums, dates) and a light dark toasted malt along with grapes and a very faint detection of smokiness being found on the finish. Overall sweet with some dark ripe fruit makes this an acceptable entry.

M: light in body, smooth in texture with a slight fizziness. A slight astringency was found on the finish and swallow.

D: Above average drinkability and certainly nothing to complain about.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a medium brown with good carbonation. The head is ok medium light tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is sweet with mild chocolate and licorice notes.

The taste follows a very sweet dark bread with light notes of chocolate and licorice.

The mouthfeel is ok good carbonation and a body that is thin but ok for the style.

The drinkability is ok this is a very easy drinking brew and tastes ok when no truly great brews are around.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of nasty15108
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a deep brown color, much like cola. The pour produced a thick head of slighly off-white foam which soon subsided into a thin spotty film. Minimal lacing.

S - Malty with slight hints of caramel and the typical Euro lager skunkiness.

T - Malty with a very slight sweetness up front, finishing off with a subtle hop bite. IMO not much different from regular Becks.

MF&D - For around $7 a 6pk its not a bad choice, just don't expect to much and you won't be dissappointed.

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Photo of Zadok
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep oak amber with virtually no head nor lacing.

Smells of a very mild malt and not much else.

Flavor is of mild malts and a very mild coffee bean, not much else is going on.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, low carbonation.

Not a bad beer for the run of the mill imports, has decent sessionability. Could definitly use a liitle boost but overall better than some alternatives.

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Photo of changeup45
1.66/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nothing that I will look for again. First thing I noticed was the skunked aroma, not a great way to start the beer. Dark colored with a thin head and a little bit of lace. Fairly rich flavor but had a tiny, metallic finish. So basically, the aroma is pretty bad, and the finish tastes like metal. Since this smells like a skunk and is the color of one I think I'll stay away.

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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 dfillius
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of off-white head. Texture of the head is like fried egg whites - large and small bubbles evenly mixed. Dark brown liquid with a peachy-red edge when held to a light. Good head retention. Very attractive beer.
S: Bland, a little malty biscuit, maybe corn grits smell in there? Definitely not if this indeed was brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot.
T: Bland. Not much there. Some rough CO2 thaste at the end, like seltzer water. When warmer, a bit bready with a faint whisp of hop - redeeming characteristics!
M: Thin and watery, with some bitterness from the abundance of carbonation. Too much carbonation, not enough body.
D: Worse than water. Perhaps a session beer, but I'm not interested in not tasting a second one of these.

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Photo of Saunapoika
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby-brown pour with a thin white head that remains a ring throughout.

S: Slight roasty maltiness, very slight hop presence. Honestly, not much going on in the smell department. No skunk detected.

T: Malty start, fairly well-balanced with respect to not a lot of hops in the nose. Smoth finish with no aftertaste.

M: Feels good on the tongue. Thin - not the feel of a "dark" brew.

D: This is a darker brew and advertised as such. However, like a some dark homebrews, it looks darker than it tastes. In this case, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of "dark" flavor. This is a dark looking brew that drinks like an amber.

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Photo of tbeck
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown, cola like with a thin white head that stayed around. Aroma was definetly skunky as was as the taste. Quite a bit of metallic in the taste also. The texture was thin and light. Overall I was disappointed I thought I would be getting a little more. It seemed that it was a lager with food coloring added. Not recommended.

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Photo of eweneek83
3.22/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - This pours a dark brown amber with a 2 finger head of offwhite foam. The foam dissipates quickly.

Smell - Smells a bit smoky. Some weak notes of malt a touch of bitterness.

Taste - Quite bitter (which I think is good) and strong for it's beer type. Some noticeable hop bitterness up front with a weak, somewhat grainy malt presence. Hits my palate strongly and overall, not a bad taste at all.

Mouthfeel - after it's gone, it's GONE . A thin feeling with a resurgence of bitterness.

Drinkability - This one is actually really drinkable for a beer that seems strongly carbonated. To each his own though. But I could down six of these in a couple hours. not a bad choice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a Jewel brand cola color witha few ruby highlights. But a good film of foam hangs around for all twelve ounces of this beer. The aroma has a touch of stale coffee that then moves to a better defined roasted malt in lager form. But lets not forget the adjuncty smell there. But the taste has an almost, hot pot coffee taste from the local Denny's with the waitress who has the bum leg, to it. The dark malts are great, minus ther adjunt must to it. I can't really explain why, but this is one of my, "right after a hard day of work while you wait for dinner to cook beer." Easy on the palate and tastes good from the bottle and the glass.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of this beer the other night on my way home from work...from a small little dive bar in the middle of nowhere. This was pretty much the best of their selection... did I mention I was in the middle of nowhere!!!

Beck's Dark has a nice deep brown amber color with a cream colored head full of bubbles.

Not much to smell here. Slight malt scent with barely a trace of hop aroma.

Decent tasting beer. Toasted maltiness with minimal bitterness. Nothing really stands out.

Rather thin feel in the mouth with not quite enough carbonation for a dark lager.

Hovever, this beer is very drinkable, I plowed through five of them before I knew it. I wouldn't recomend this beer if other dark lagers are available of better quality, but if you've never had one, it couldn't hurt to try one at a restaurant... or a party!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear brown, almost chocolate-dark and rather appetizing. Aroma is not strong but inviting, malty with a touch of apple or pear. Flavor is rather enjoyable, mainly malty with just a hint of hops, a whisper of sweetness, and some fruity taste. Finish is smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like sweet and dark malts, and also a little bit of hops, cooked veggies and some skunk too. The taste is a bit different that the aroma, I can taste some coffee, caramel and toasted malt, but there's also a little skunk in the taste too. But the good outweighs the bad in the taste, it is drinkable and it does taste better as the beer warms a bit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent, not great but not bad either. Overall it's an OK beer. I'd drink it again if there was nothing better available, but I wouldn't make a point to seek it out either.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark brown amber with a 2 finger head of offwhite foam.

The smell is typical for the style. Some weak notes of malt a touch of bitterness.

The taste follows the nose. Some noticeable hop bitterness up front with a weak, somewhat grainy malt presence. It's a bit too bitter for the amount of malt that hits my palate and overall, this one does not strike my fancy at all. One purchase is enough.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 747 ratings
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