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 walleye
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from the bottle . I bought this bottle because it has ben a long time since I have had a becks .poured brown with off white head. aroma, malts , barley, malts. flavor, malts, caramel, corn, I use to like this beer in my younger days when I thought that drinking a becks was cool.

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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 jazzer
2.24/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of alesaram
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of beerbtl
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Luiz0930
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Stignacious
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of KillaB
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of qcghost
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Lare453
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of J-guy
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev -24.9%
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 dnichols
2.26/5  rDev -24.9%
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 WholeLottaTricks
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%

Photo of granger10
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
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 -23.6%
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 BEER88
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mikeg67
2.34/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -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 Brent
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not nearly as dark in flavor as in color. Mildly caramel, without much depth. Mass-produced character, but drinkable, particularly if fresh.

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Photo of marc77
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
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 ski271
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 748 ratings
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