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 boilermakerbrew
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a medium, chocolate brown in color. Fairly clear in body, but sight through the beer is reduced greatly by its dark color. Larger, 3 finger head forms on top and retains very well. Lacing is good.

S- Light and very similar to regular Becks on the nose. Typical pilsner scent with a hint of skunky-ness. A little bit of bitterness in there, as well as a hint of darker malts.

T- Starts off light and grainy in flavor, before a slight hint of darker malt flavors peaks in for a brief minute. The beer ends with a slight hops bitterness that balances out the lighter flavor of the beer.

M- Rather smooth and drinkable, like most German styles. Lighter in body than most German lagers, but still giving the creamy feel. Low to medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, an underwhelming example of the style, but one of the few you can get almost anywhere in the US. Really no comparison to the same, or similar, beers on tap.

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Photo of Smock19nathan
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this beer at the local store, having liked heneiken dark so much.
Drank straight from the bottle and had one in a glass.
Very good from the glass, and okay from the bottle. I was expecting it to be stronger but it is very drinkable. Color obviously dark brown and a decent head, taste very similar to the heineken with less cream feel. Very malty and light roast characteristics. Excellent session beer imo.

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Photo of nukem5
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cocopper color , very little head on top.

S; aroma is of a metallic nature with some adjunt in there.

T: Taste is not a great or outstanding thing but of the usual Euro beer leaving a metallic tinge in your mouth. I do taste some malts and that sweet corny adjunt flavoring, but very little else, some very weak hops in there at the back with an Earthy/lemon flavor.

M: I really feel this is a bit watery and thin with ok carbonation.

O: Overall this is not a great beer but not disgusting in any way, just kind of average for me . If given any BMC or this would take this anyday at least this has a taste to it and some flavor.

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Photo of Raime
1.71/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours dark copper with a decent sized white head. Left slight lacing.

S - Creamed corn, skunk, rice adjunct.

t - Creamed corn up front with a heavy rice, skunk, and bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, I'm not here to bash on InBev, I'm here to rate this beer for what it is and it isn't any good.

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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 Uniobrew31
1.21/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What the hell happened??? This used to be my favorite/ go to beer. I bought it by the case all the time. Never again! This now I guess was bought out by AB and is now brewed in St. Louis. Something is very wrong. It tasted funky, watered down and undrinkable. Thanks AB for ruining another brand. Next time you buy a brewery just leave it alone!!! I will never forgive you for Rolling Rock or Becks Your beer is bad enough. Stop buying good breweries and ruining them!!!

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Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Dark amber, with a hue of light brown at the end

Smell: malt

Taste: chocolate, toffee, and faint raisin

Mouthfeel: Smooth!!

Overall, this is brilliant beer! This is smooth and very much a dessert beer like Old Rasputin or Serpent's Stout

I cannot wait to try this brew on draught!

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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 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 Viperman
1/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The Death of Beck's Dark

I am re-posting this comment because I see that Beer Advocate moved it from Beck's Dark to regular Beck's beer.

It took me a little to realize what had happened; the taste changed like I had gotten a funny batch. Also I started to get a headache, digestive problems and I thought what the hell is going on? After examining the label and realizing it had changed I looked up on my iPhone and to my horror I found that this was now an Anheuser product; brewed in St Louis...

Well that it explained my negative physical reaction. I was stunned. Anheuser Busch products make me physically ill and taste poor.
I was angry that Inbev had botched this and will effectively kill this beer. I will never purchase Beck's Dark again or any "Beck's" product.

So long Beck's...a moment of silence in remembrance please.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 57md
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with about a finger of light beige head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is bready, but there is also something mildly astringent here. The dark malt flavor is present but it is very thin. The finish has a touch of roasted bitterness but the hops are almost non-existent.

This is a bland mass produced European beer which means that it is maybe a step above AALs.

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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 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 JoeAmerican77
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber brown,with lacy off white head, Newcastle-like in appearence.

The nose yields wet grains, sweet brown sugar, and overripe strawberries.

The flavor profile is quite subdued,light caramel and sweet mollasesdominate a tin-like aftertaste which I assume is hop bitterness.

Lends a light bodied, small bubble feel, a little stickiness after the swallow is nice.

Perhaps an average job from one of the big boys, but it could be so much better.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark brown, with perhaps a ruby hue in the light. A fizzy off-white head dissipates to nearly nothing but a ring around the edges. No lacing whatsoever. The smell is slightly dank, musty, but otherwise slightly sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness. The beer tastes a bit metallic. There are some faint caramel and toasted malts in here, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Overall, if I'm going to pound some beers for a sporting event, I'd drink this over Beck's Lager. That's about it. There are far more better options for dunkels and whatnot. I'm not regretting buying it, it served it's purpose.

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Photo of soju6
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, spice and somewhat grainy.

T: taste of malt sweetness with some grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Decent drinker that goes down easy. good for a couple.

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Photo of JamesS
3.69/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copperish-brown with excellent head and very nice lacing throughout. Decent scent, a bit of roastiness, a lot of jerkiness and some earthiness; not very deep and malty or roasty, nor as spicy as most German brews are. Good flavors, with some nice roastiness over a decently sweet maltiness and a nice slight earthy finish. Goes down incredibly smooth, by far this beer's best attribute. If you're looking for something to get someone started on a bit of a darker beer/lager, this would be a good choice to go up to, without shocking their system.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.12/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark but clear brown with a one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Skunked to hell. An extremely light malt smell behind the skunk.

Taste: Not as skunky as the smell, but there also isn't anything else going on here. Light skunk, light metal, extremely light malts, water.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation, easy as hell to down.

Overall: Good for occasional drinkers who enjoy AALs, because it really reminds me more of an AAL than a dark beer. Not what I was expecting, and not very flavorful at all.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours out of a nice looking bottle that just has a hint of class to it with the gold foil around the neck. The brew is chocolate brown with some reddish hues when looking through the clear liquid in the light. The head starts out promising, but unfortunately fizzles like a typical lager into a thin patchy film and ring around the glass. As well, there is some modest sticky lacing that clings to the glass that slowly sinks back into the beer. Average looking at best in my opinion.

S- This smells like a maltier version of Beck's overall. There are dry grain hints, mild chocolate and there is definitely some biscuit like yeast throughout. The finish seems to have some hop retention and a slightly metallic characteristic too.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely, with there being a more malty flavor than the regular Beck's. There is a roasted character in the malt and more of the metallic notes that were found in the aroma. The finish is actually quite astringent and bitter, which is nice yet concerning at the same time.

M- Reasonably thin bodied and with an amount of carbonation that was expected for this brand. It has a crisp, clean finish at first, but then there is a yeasty, astringent aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

O- Not the worst brew I've had, but there is definitely better product out there. The best way I can put this is that this is a macro version of a specialized style and it is too mild and not refined enough to warrant anything other than calling this average. I won't go out of my way for this one again, but if ever I have the chance to try it again, I'll do so....

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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 Fatehunter
2.19/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a wide flute glass. Nice dark amber color, transparent with two fingers of head that fell to a quarter finger in a minute.
Well, it smells like a regular Beck's. Metallic with a hint of malt.
Tastes like nothing... then a metal flavor followed by the characteristic bitter of a Berlin Lager. A big miss on style.
Light bodied, moderate carbonation.
No malt in the body or taste, no real flavor and not even close to a Dunkel. It is just a darker colored Beck's. Stay away.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.42/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped Best before 05.2012.

Appearance - Pours two finger tan head with decent retention and good stick. Clear very dark brown body.

Smell - Corn and a wet lawn.

Taste - Stale corn and lots of metal. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Almost no effervescence. Astringent and slightly acidic.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is overwhelmingly metallic, bitter, astringent and acidic. I consider all these to be off characters, and this is particularly bad when the beer is otherwise dull, mild or flavorless. All bad characters, not much in the way of good ones past the appearance. This would definitely be a drain pour if it wasn't for the fact that I'd at least like getting a buzz in return for tasting this beer.

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Photo of godlessape
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured three bottle's into my favorite monster Teutonic glass mug.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost stoutish in color, and maybe a little cloudy, with a underwhelming wee bit of a head.

Smell: Bready, with just a shadow of malt notes if you sniff real hard, and no hop aroma at all.

Taste: A mild toasted malt flavor charges forth and occupies the palate leaving room for little else. Nothing complex here, just a solid dark, mellow, malty lager.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable. It won't shoot you to the moon, but it won't disappoint.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the green bottle marke 04.2012-L10914N. Sampled on October 29, 2011. It pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin but lingering head. The aroma goes to the malts more than anything else with a drop of toffee. Those aromas remain constant throughout. The body is thin. The taste is on the bland side with a noted maltiness and sugar in the raw. Low bitterness. This is a beer I drank a lot in the 1980's thinking it was something special. My how my tastes have changed.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
3.04 out of 5 based on 738 ratings.
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