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 dnichols
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a capped 12 ounce (335 ml) bottle into a large Spaten mug.

A: It poured a dark brown body that when back lit was a washed out cherry red. The head was about one finger tall and tanish. The head retained well and supported a decent lacing.

S: There was a dominant smell of toasted malts as well as a recessive aroma of brown sugar. There was also a pungent musty aroma...Looks like I hooked up with a skunky macro.

T: The sweet malts were overtaken my the musty flavor that made the experience one I will regret for a long time.

M: It is light bodied with a malty after taste.

D: I need to sample this one again...hopefully one that is not skunky. If this is the norm...ouch!!

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Photo of granger10
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This certainly looks like a dark beer with a nice head and some good carbonation to match. But that's where the comparisons end. Scent is alright. Kind of malty but not real strong. The taste is surprising in the fact that it tastes SO light and weak. Watery to say the least. Flavors are hiding and can't come out. I notice an astringent grainy flavor. The rest are too scarce to notice. Finishes forgetably. I don't know who would drink this. It's not for the calorie conscience nor is it for the true beer lover.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Beck's Dark pours a translucent brown color with no head. Grainy and skunk aroma. Taste is very grainy, cornmeal and bits of skunk. Good feel. Overall, offensive beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy, off- white head, a lot of lacing. Regular grassy aroma of European macro with some hints of toasted malt. Light-medium body. Taste is of burnt malt and some unpleasant bitterness (I'm curious what are they using instead of hops). Long, bitter finish. At least I did not buy it.

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Photo of dfillius
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
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 marc77
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
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 ski271
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Medium-sized, frothy, light tan head diminishing to a film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Caramel, milk chocolate, light coffee, light skunk, very light citrus

Taste: Malty & sweet with a bitter, lightly astringent finish that was a little metallic.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer wasn’t terrible. There were some nice flavors and aromas in there, but it just didn’t taste complete. Something is just missing. Not really worth the price.

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Photo of ordybill
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Pub in Gettysburg, PA. This is a complete disappointment. The beer is a dark brown with a tan head and has a metallic odor to it. The flavor is dull and flat with a metallic flavor mixed with some malt, completely forgettable.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice dark color and a little head that fades away rather quickly. There is a little lacing left on the glass. This beer is average for a dark Euro lager

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottlle best before 05/ 06. just in time.

clearish dark brown with a short lived tan head.

aroma is slightly malty, roasty, brown sugar.

Flavor is sweet and slightly roasty.

dry metalic finish detracts from the overall experience, found it hard to finish just one

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Photo of jt31914
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12. oz bottle:

A: dark in color with a decent amount of head; pretty carbonated brew.

S: Smell is very faint malty and graininess. Subtle and slightly boring

T: Taste is watery, the worst part of the beer. It is kind of grainy and malty, but it is all too underdone and simple. Nothing exciting and nothing new here; the taste has some kind of odd fruity note on the finish also.

M/D: Very drinkable since it isn't the heaviest dark lager, but I'm not a huge fan of this one... purely average.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a green bottle (12oz) into a small pint glass.

A--Light tan head. Black walnut body.

S--Sweet, candied fruit smell.

T--Sweet malt front, some metallic flavor, hops are light in the middle, and a sweet end.

M--Light. very thin

D--Just doesn't taste like an effort was made in making this good. Just tastes dated, old. Like my grandfather keeping bottled beer for two years in the basement.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
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 beertaster13
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beck's Dark is highly available and fairly priced, 1.99 a bomber. I picked one up and got what I expected. The apperance is dark with light streaks and a tan head that fades like a soda pop. Smell is roasted malts with grain, fruit tones. The taste was to fruity for me, tasted like a watered down juice not a beer. Felt decent in the mouth, light but with bounce. Drinkable if you don't have much money and you need an average beer. Still much better out there.

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Photo of Drew966
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beck's Dark pours a dark brown with lighter brown highlights around the edges with an off white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. I can smell a little bit of hops, but it's a fairly mild - but somewhat skunky aroma. I can taste some malt along with the hops. Drinkable, but not particularly interesting.

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Photo of danielharper
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dark auburn color with a thin khaki head. Head dissipates to a foamy "soapscum" look after only moments. I like the darkness here, but that's about it.

Aroma is... like a dunkel, to be honest. Malty sweetness mixed with slight alcohol astringency. Nothing to write home about, but seems well-balanced to-style.

Much milder flavor than I was anticipating here. Malty up-front with a very dry aftertaste. No real complexity at all.

Moderate mouthfeel. Carbonation a little high -- scratches the tongue and throat on the way down.

I don't care for this beer. Won't buy again.

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Photo of kinger
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Contra
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My father had bought a 6-pack of this and offered me a bottle. I'm never one to pass up free beer, and what a better time to review a beer I normally wouldn't buy myself.

Appearance - As I was pouring, I thought to myself, "They call this a dark beer?". Well, once it settled, it became much less translucent and thicker in color. It looks slightly darker than Coke or Pepsi.

Smell - Ugh, just rancid. This really set me up to bash this beer, but the taste is quite a bit different. Other people seem to like the smell, which makes me wonder if it's me. No matter.

Taste - Reminds me of a Pilsner, but with more malt. Certainly not as bad as I was expecting, but nothing great either. On the plus side, there really aren't any negatives to the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly standard for its style. Not too thick, but not too watery either. Not much to say.

Drinkability - Well, I guess if someone else is buying, the rating would be through the roof. But assuming I have to pay for it, I really wouldn't want to drink a whole lot of it.

Overall, it's certainly not bad. It's lacking in flavor and complexity, but not all beers need to be barley-wines. I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you're out someplace where the choices are fairly bland. These aren't the driods you're looking for, move along.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with reddish hues. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Very grainy with hints of grassy hops. A slight spiciness comes out here as well.

Taste: Starts with a grassy hop bitterness. Develops into a sweet, malty finish with hints of toastiness. Has an unfortunate metallic taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery...

Drinkability: A pretty boring lager. I definitely wouldn't pay for this again. There are much better beers for the price.

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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 mempath
2.57/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is still better than most any everyday american corporate brew, but still a tepid pour that foams up a little, looks nice and dark and goes flat very fast. looks like flat pepsi. a slight malty/bready nose that poofs away quickly. tastes crisp for a split second and it's drinkable. ok mouthfeel. flat fast. nothing keeps it crisp. but this is drinkable enough and i can't say it tastes bad. it's just not impressive. so many better choices out there. i bought this because it was 1.99 for a 24 oz. bomber. something to drink on the way home while i carried the treasure box of much better brews from more impressive breweries. onwards...

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Photo of Dizzy
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with tan head. As others have said, the head falls quickly. Aroma has some malt, faint floral hops and some faint roasted smell. Flavor is malty with little hop bitterness. Some roasted flavor there too. Mouthfeel is thin. This isn't bad, its drinkable but it has too little flavor and its too watery. That said, its better than any BMC type beer.

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Photo of theozag
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck's Dark is a beer that has intrigued me for quite some time. I've been looking and looking at it in several beer stores thinking that I should give it a try. Well, today I finally did. Unfortunately, I was not particularly impressed. Beck's Dark pours deep brown and settles a very dark brown (nearly black) with a light-tan head. It starts with a silky texture and heavy wheat flavor. Then it builds to a full-bodied combination of oats, cream, and spice. Beck's Dark slips off the tongue and leaves a very strong and rather unpleasant aftertaste that coats your tongue for at least a half-hour after the beer is gone. Overall, not a bad beer, but certainly not one of my favorites.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear dark chestnut color with a very stiff looking 1/8” head of tannish foam. There don’t appear to be many bubbles rising to maintain the head, but the thickness of it lets it remain a thin layer across the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some toasty malt along with a noticeable skunky presence. Bummer! Apparently this beer is light struck in its snazzy green bottle. There is a hint of roast here along with a light addition of dark caramel. It is hard to get anything else beyond the skunk.

Taste: Some rich dark malts give this beer a slightly acidic punch. There is a bunch of toasty malt flavors, but the skunkiness is definitely a big player in the flavor also. If you can manage to get past the attack skunk, there are some fruity flavors that taste like they may be derived from caramunich. Either I am getting used to it, or the flavor softens, but the skunk seems to be letting up some as the beer warms up. My wife just tried it and “skunk!” was her first comment with a grimace on her face…I guess I am getting used to it.

Opinion: I have drank this beer quite a few times when this was the best the bar I was at had on tap, but I don’t remember ever having one that was this rough. I am sure that I will try this beer again, but it is a mediocre beer at best…especially by German standards.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this pours out a deep reddish brown. average head. its looks pretty good. it dosnt attack your nose with anything but light hints of whats to come. smells sweet. a little funky. taste wise, its pretty much the same. tastes like a euro lager with a little extra malt, a little dark fruit here and there and a touch of skunk. not really my bag. mouthfeel seemed off. highly carbonated and a bit much. not "smooth" by any means. overall i wasnt feeling it. decent beer i guess, but not one id drink often.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
3.04 out of 5 based on 736 ratings.
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