Brauerei Beck & Co.

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German Pilsner
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2.78 | pDev: 23.74%
Brauerei Beck & Co.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

i remember when this wasnt brewed in saint louis, at least i think i do, and theres no way its the same, but whatever, its over 90 degrees today and i figured a twelver of these bottles for posterity sake made good sense, currently ripping these from the freezer one after the next. ahhhhh. its just a yellow european lager, a little pils malt and tired german yeast character, simple and familiar, maybe lighter than some of its peers, which certainly works today, and just a drinker. its super dry and bubbly which i love about it, its necessary for a beer this minimal to work. also, contrary to importing it and with the green glass sixers, this boxed twelve pack keeps the bottles out of the light, and probably delivered to my grocery store fresher, so while there is just a little green bottle skunk here, its definitely not at the level of other green glass imports, and it tastes fresher than most to me. besides, i trust budweiser to make a lager, dont you? this is lighter than a bud, but with more flavor than a bud light, some german crispness and minerals, and serves its purpose well for all i care right now. these wont last the weekend, heck, they might not even last the evening. not judging it against all lagers or german legends, just against the adjuncts and cheap ones, and its a winner. this mouthfeel, yeah, call it thin and go drink a mediocre local craft blonde and feel good about yourself, but to me the lightness and effervescence is real pleasant, and ive been around the block enough to know this is better than a lot of craft beers in the category, domestic or imported. yeah, i said it...

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Photo of Notanexperttasterbut
4.75/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Writing from the UK:

Beck's lager in the UK supermarkets is no longer Beck's 5% ABV original recipe lager brewed in Bremen. It should not be labelled as Becks.

The original 140 year old recipe lager isn't used and exported to supermarkets here anymore since the original brewers were bought out by the giant "drinks manufacturer" AB InBev. They hark on that they still abide by The German Purity Law, but that's not the only reason Becks USED to be a good lager:

Becks is a classic Premium German lager steeped in history and brewed by possibly the greatest lager brewing country in the world for around 130 years. A clean, not full-bodied lager but with a nicely noticeable aftertaste of hops and great tasting barley, finished off with a 5% ABV to get the palette fresh again for the next cool gulp. A very subtle, yet complex aftertaste if served at just the right temperature, it would shine through with all the best qualities and poise of a classic German lager.
The original brew from Bremen was once a hard-to-beat lager to sup from an ice cold bottle on a hot day, or enjoy as a palette cleanser with a good curry. For the same kind of age -old classic lager, only Lowenbrau original blue label refreshes in the same way as original Becks did.

Unfortunately, to my knowledge the original drink is no longer available in UK outlets, and the classic German legend has disappeared from the shelves, replaced by a 4 or 4.8% ABV pretend version of the brew. Since AB InBev acquired Becks, they have taken the brewing outside of it's homeland and messed about with the classic recipe endlessly by lowering the ABV to 4.8%, introduced Beck Vier (4%), and now seem to be labelling 4% Becks as just simply Becks in the UK. All in the cause to save Duty Tax and save more money for themselves and/or appease the ever-greedy supermarkets.

Becks (4%) on sale now is not original Becks, although it pretends to be (Becks Vier 4% seems to be phasing out).

Becks 4% (and 4.8%) has completely lost it's original taste, probably due to not using the same ingredients sourced by the original brewery in Germany, and not having the skills, equipment, nor centuries of knowledge in lager brewing. We all know the 4 ingredients, and changing only 1 of these by source only can change the taste of a delicately balanced lager like this. Changing the source of all 4 ingredients which has probably happened in the US, and altering the brewing process has just wrecked this once great lager completely. I understand that they still brew original Becks in Bremen, but the UK doesn't seem to be on the supply list. Definitely not in UK supermarkets.

Becks lager (4% ABV) as of 2020 is now nothing more than a brand name in the UK. A very poor lager with no good qualities, and is best served down the drain. It has really nasty notes that unleash themselves up your nose if the beer is anything but frozen solid. All own-brand supermarket lagers/pilsners brewed in Germany beat this beer hands down.
Basically, it's another American attempt at a German lager, which we all know they can't do. Ruined for profit!
With great sadness, Becks "lager" 4.8% or 4% ABV, is
just a messily odd-tasting and unpleasant lager that doesn't know what kind of brew it is, with a bitter after taste. It's like this lager is mourning it's own death and telling you about it's demise, when you take a taste of it. Very sad.

RIP original Becks lager.

Once greatly loved by the UK, now sadly missed.

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Photo of joebrazil3
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know that this is a US beer now. Perhaps that's why I found a four pack of pints for $4.99 at the downtown liquor store? When I tasted it, I looked for the sharp taste of hops I was accustomed to when I drank it in college. I got that, so, to me, it's still the Beck's I knew 25 years ago. I shall be more alert the next time I buy some, and I shall edit my review accordingly. Until then, it's still one of the best beers I buy regularly. I don't do craft beer. Too bad for me, maybe, but I have sixty a month spending cash, and it's got to stretch. I have also never drunk the German version, having spent my tour of duty stateside. So, if you don't have axes to grind over it's relocation, give it a try. I see no reason to believe that ImBev has violated the Purity Laws. If they decided to flatten the flavor then the joke's on me, but at $5 for a four-pint pack, really? You will buy much worse beer for the same price.

Update 5/20/20 I bought my second four pack ($4.49 this time!) and slowed down as I poured and tasted. Same slightly bitter aroma, same full-bodied taste. The taste that many complain about is the taste I enjoy. Tested it against Stella and they're very much two different beers. My wife prefers Stella because it's smoother and has a prettier pour (and the can! Petite, slim, pretty, chicks would dig it). I'll take Beck's, any day--it's still what I remembered and at $1.25 per 16-ounce can it's trending towards Hamm's price. Beck's tastes better than Hamm's. I shall keep it in my hierarchy.

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a confusing beer, and if you're unsure why let me explain in four simple words - product of the USA. Alright, now that is a huge statement. Especially for a beer labeled on its box and labels GERMANY in several spots. But a keen eye will easily detect that this AB-InBev brand has since migrated to the US. What does that mean as far as the reinheitsgebot? Simple, it doesn't apply. Leaving this beer to be made using filler and whatever adjuncts make this beer 'profitable' in the eyes of the 'evil empire', which has led some devoted fans away from the brand since its American brewing in 2012. Here is the trick... the labeling still states the reinheitsgebot is still being preserved but is it still the same as the German original?

Pouring a clear straw golden color with a 2 finger creamy large bubbled head, you're left with a small lacing around the rim and a wonderful appearance. As for the smell, if you're not into euro-lagers you're likely going to assume this one is 'skunked'. Could be, but that's grassy noble hops and a very predominate malt scent peaking through the beer. The mouthfeel is medium and the beer is very light-bodied. Tastes of clean barely up front, followed by a malty sweetness, rounded off by a mellow hop and clean dry finish. This is a very well made beer, even if its Americanized.

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Photo of DCH
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I wish I could like this more, the apple taste really throws the whole thing off. Mouthfeel is light, good for washing down some grub on a hot day. Other than that, there are other pils that I would seek out. Maybe it's their yeast strain? Just an off taste that's very off-putting.

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Photo of Wi_brew_bud
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is hard to review. As a cheap beer it’s like 8.5/10 possible even 9/10. It’s literally almost as good as a cheep beer can be.

But as a beer vs all other beers is only a 3/10. That’s why it’s really hard to actually review this cause for what it is it’s great but against every other beer I’v ever Drank it’s poor at best.

To put it in simple terms
Coors 2/10
Miller Genuine 2.5/10
Becks 3/10

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Photo of joeagain
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wow, hard to believe Beck's has come to this! At one time, many years ago, Beck's was synonomous with what a good German made beer should taste like. Since being brewed here in the US, the quality has declined significantly!

Straw gold, nice carbonation but the head is thin and weak. Flavor and mouthfeel follow suit, being thin and weak in both malt and hop flavors. One noticable flaw, and I have seen this mentioned several times, is that there is a skunkiness in the aroma, which can sometimes happen to bottles exposed to sunlight or bright artificial lighting, but even when the beer is poured from a can this trait seems to be there in some instances.

Beck's was my first beer when I was stationed in Germany. Had it tasted like this back then, I woulda stuck to soda!!

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Photo of willcull78
2.62/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

While keeping with the tradition of Germany's purity law, Beck's is actually better than one might think or hope for. However, it is not the most flavorful beer you will ever have but you will have a good beer experience at best. Light-golden wheat in color it pours with a slight foamy-head. It is crisp and light when first tasted followed by a slight, bitter taste that takes a little getting used to, but that is part of the purity of this beer. While it is certainly worth trying - and I do recommend it - there are many, many other exceptional beers available. Like Pabst Blue Ribbon this is a good beer to learn from and to grow on from there.

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Photo of EJPA_0425
2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not really into this one. Very similar to Heineken. Pours light golden color with minimal head. Smells a bit skunky. Tastes almost exactly like Heineken, but a little more malty. Easy to drink, generic, not very inspirational. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a bright, clear, golden body with visible carbonation. Medium white head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

It has an aroma of pale malts, dried fruit and bananas with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is sweet and crisp; pale malts and some hops with notes of fruit and grass. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and light bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and malty with a slight bitterness.

A refreshing pale lager with a distinct taste.

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Photo of huthuty
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is basically Heineken with a denser flavor, pours a very light color low foam and high carbonation, smell has a kind of off fruitiness, taste is sweet up front with a significant pepper after taste. One of my favorite domestic lager styles I've had but not sure if it'd be able to size up to imported German lagers/pils

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Photo of gandres
2.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Light yellow, white foam
Aroma: scent smell of malt
Taste: not a lot of flavors,watery
Mouth feel: carbonated
Overall: good beer, repeat: no look for: no

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Photo of defunksta
3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a bright, but pale, and slightly light golden color with a small white head. SRM of 6 (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of wet grass, some flower with skunk. Smells very much like a wet football field at school. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with lots of wet grass, flower, and a touch of skunk. A little bit of toasted bread malt profile. Then finishes with black pepper and yeast to make it crisp and finish dry. (4.00)

Feel: Light to medium bodied. Great carbonation plus pepper and yeast make it have a very crisp and dry finish. Some dank flower and pepper remain on the tongue. (4.00)

Overall: A really good light German pilsner. The German hops and malts are spot on. The touch of skunk is mostly pleasant, but the flavor profile is very appropriate for the style and complement each other well. This beer really hits the spot in terms of Euro lagers. (Final Rating: 3.98)

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Photo of Beertsipper
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Surprised by the skunk Im getting in the nose and taste. Subdued in the taste. Has a sweet taste. Light mouth feel. Middle of the road AAL. I don't look at this as a Pilsner. Adjuncts are too many. It's much better than Budweiser, and is on par with Coors, Molson Golden, and Pabst. Not bad, but not good.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza de un color dorado pálido, ligera y de carbonatación media. Aroma herbáceo y a malta. En boca es mas rica de lo esperado, con notas maltosas y de cereales.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought 12-pack bottles $10.99 Longs Drugs
Made in America- will update if I get the German made one
Clear light golden color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt, light bitterness flavors. Crisp clean tasting.
Overall it is an ok beer. Its been a long time since I had the German made one and I kind of remember it having a more distinct taste.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.74/5  rDev +70.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very tasty lager.
The look is very much what you expect from a European lager. Green bottle and nice logo. The beer it self is a straw color and foamy head when agitated. The smell is clean and crisp, bright uplifting aroma. Very pale lager euro malt smell woftimg along. The taste is at least 90% like Heineken. The biggest difference that lets you tell them apart is the cleaner malt character of the becks. Hop bitterness is about the same as Heineken. The flavor overall is very good. Clean malt like all German beer with a kiss of hop flavor and only a touch of bitterness. Not a Pilsner though. The feel of this beer is nice and medium. Good texture along with crispness. Carbonization is medium. Seems like this is a no offense beer made to appeal to the masses. However, I think it's a good choice for a Lager.

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Photo of jazzandrea
1.72/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Si tratta di una birra a bassa fermentazione in stile Pils, che si presenta di colore giallo chiaro, con schiuma poco persistente.
L'aroma presenta note di malto ed è tipicamente erbaceo; tale aspetto caratterizza la birra Beck's Original Pils anche al gusto, in cui predomina l'amaro del luppolo, con lievi note di malto e miele.
Si tratta di una birra frizzante, dal corpo medio-leggero, con un retrogusto un po' metallico.

It is an ale beer in Pils style, with a pale yellow colour, with barely persistent foam.
Its aroma shows malt traces and it is mainly grassy and hoppy; such circumstance also characterizes Beck’s Original Pils beer in its taste, where hops are predominant, with small traces of malt and honey.
It is a sparkling beer, with medium-light body and a bit metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pale golden colored with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering half of the middle. The aroma is of faint grassy German hops and that distinctive Eastern European lager yeast. I taste some grassy hops and that European lager yeast. The mouth is very thin and watery.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A beer I really liked in college, had one for the first time in decades several years ago and it wasn't the same. I don't know wtf happened to this beer, but I know it was better than my last experience. Would have been well into the 3's, but it's now below average.

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Photo of AleManDan
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like it. Sort of a thicker mouthfeel than American lagers. Bread with a light spicy bitterness. I’d love it on tap in my fantasy tap rooom as a Pilsner offering for wimpy friends because I’d drink it on hot days in the summer. Why not have one skunky Euro Pilsner eh?

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Photo of PMakowski
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - like an average beer...light golden color, some lacing on the glass
Smell - not good Bob. The aroma is stale corn and grains. There is a light hop note.
Taste - Somewhat clean and crisp, lots of white bread flavor and some hop bite. It's highly carbonated. That stale corn taste is there. I just don't know why but it doesn't taste fresh.

Overall, lot of better options out there including Grolsch and Carlsberg. It's not a bad beer just not something that i would choose. Grade is a B-

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(16 oz can, brewed in St Louis, code 18118... purchased cold... poured into a simple glass mug - review #1300)

L: crystal-clear pale gold liquid; white slick foam forms but immediately begins to crumble... little lace, boogers

S: lightly-sweetish, lightly toasty, vaguely biscuity pale malt; soft, flowery, wet-grassy hop essence; very mild golden raisin fruitiness... little alcohol apparent; weak-to-mild intensity overall

T: typical Euro pale/pils spiced cereal grain flavor; bit of a rough, grassy bitterness midway; lightly syrupy and at the same time mildly dilute finish... softly peppery hop spice and a mellow doughy, toasted-nutty malt linger for awhile at the top of the palate, while the bottom keeps dry

F: notable zip on the tip of the tongue via lightly spritzy carbonation coupled with a building pungent bitterness... rather light-bodied, but with a little fat in the middle... bottom is dry but not crisp/cut

O: one of the first beers I remember buying soon after I'd turned 21, with a memorable moment being one morning at 9am having a Beck's and a Chipwich for breakfast - the majesty of being an adult fully realized

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden pour, quick head, nose is herbal. Middle is herbal bitterness up front, slightly metallic flavor, thin malt behind. Finish is bitter, but not too long. Meh.

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Photo of spectru
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very pale, very clear, Thin white head dissipates quickly; Has a mild nice beery aroma; Sparkly feel, moderately carbonated. The flavor is very mild, too mild, hardly any flavor at all.

Forty-some-odd years ago, I worked in an office that had a company tradition of having a beer on Fridays after work. It was my turn to go buy the beer and I bought a case of Beck's instead of the usual Budweiser or similar. Everybody hated it. It was up to me to drink all the Beck's. It had a much heavier, fuller flavor than this thin wimpy beer I just tasted. That couldn't possibly be the same Beck's, could it?

I used to like Beck's Dark, but I haven't seen it in a long while and I was told it was discontinued. but BA shows it as not being a retired beer. I need to find me some and see if it's suffered the same fate as the regular Beck's.

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Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 2288 ratings