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Beck's | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 2,237 |  Reviews: 733
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I figured I'd try this stuff out in a can on a lark...then realized I'd never reviewed it before anyway. Hm. Let's do it, then: It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white froth. The nose comprises light grass, light corn, light flowers, and light hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though a vague sense of corn-syrup-style sweetness comes in in a big way. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sub-par pils, but a decent adjunct lager-ish beer. I've had better, and I've definitely had worse.

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Photo of WynnO
1/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

IMO this beer gets a big fat “F”. Years ago I would have given it a solid B.

In front of me is an opened bottle of Becks with its headless contents in a glass. Not more than a decade ago this was my favorite session beer. The clean, crisp taste of this little jewel with its signature back end "bitter" bite never failed me. I always enjoyed it, and it never gave me a hangover. In fact, in every case, I woke up the next day feeling as if I did not consume 4, sometimes 6 of these the prior night.

Turn the page. InBev, the largest manufacturer of artificial piss on the planet, swallows up Becks, moves its brewing out of its home country, and does God-only-knows-what to its recipe, and thus destroys another good German beer.

It is now a horrid lifeless P.O.S.

But alas, not to rest on its laurels, InBev, always in search of squeezing another .1% margin out of one of their "beers", has decided to destroy the Becks label as well. See here...


Next, go here: www.becks.com.

Tell me please---how long does it take you to find one word about Becks beer on their website?! It took me 2 minutes before my clicks revealed a page with the word "beer" on it. Isn't that special?

It wasn't long ago when I wished death for InBev; but thinking it through, IMHO, we should wish InBev continued success with their current product lines. As long as they can stay busy remaking their reconstituted urine for the masses, e.g., *Bud Light Platinum*, hopefully they will keep their filthy hands off of our wonderful craft beers.

Ehh...you know what? That's silly. I do wish InBev a slow, long, and steady suicide after all.

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Photo of filstan
2.03/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For those that remain unaware of the fact that InBev has ceased bringing German Becks into the United States, and has chosen instead to now brew it at AB in St Louis, you will not be surprised to learn that Becks as we all knew it no longer exists. What we have now is a beer that tastes remarkably like what Budweiser/Michelob USED to taste like! This InBev insult to Becks Brauerei Bremen is almost devoid of hop aroma and character. There is malt to be sure, but it is restrained. We now have a beer for the masses that will elicit little if any comment. This is now a hot weather quencher that can sadly sit along in the ice filled cooler with Coors, MGD, Bud, and light beers ad nauseum. This is what InBev wants it to be.

I drank this beer last night at the UC in Chicago out of a 16 oz can. When I saw the label, Brewed in the USA I knew I had the imposter in hand. Everyone, I implore you, do not buy InBev products if you can help it. Certainly don't buy Becks USA. Do not support their program to buy breweries, cheapen recipes, and ruin what was otherwise good beer. InBev are a plague on this earth. Becks is their latest outrage to the beer drinker. BOYCOTT THIS BEER!

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Photo of mickeyswasp97
3.73/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Green, the color of sickness, the color of sallow malevolence. This beer almost always comes in green bottles, which usually is indicative of skunky goodness. My best intentions led me to purchase this brew in cans, which led me down a path of darkness and pain. This is my own fault, and I abhor creation and the almighty himself for the suffering invoked after a night of consuming this blasphemous nectar. I awoke with a head pierced by a dagger of molten ore and pounding fury. My mouth was an arid, dessicated abyss where only demons and harlots dare tread. All of this, in the name of Teutonic superiority. Would I recommend this beer? If you wish to gaze into the the eyes of Satan, then wholeheartedly.

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Photo of Rumpole
1.96/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am not rigidly opposed to relocating beers so long as it's done properly; the Canadian Guinness Extra really isn't bad even if it isn't quite the same, and I doubt Molson Golden is drastically the worse for being brewed in Ohio.

But Beck's is different. It was by no means the best euro lager out there but for the price it was a reliable go-to for that Euroswill taste.

Up to now, my take was whatever else one thought of ABI, at least they were undeniably competent. Not anymore. One would have thought that having decided to save a buck brewing Beck's stateside, some effort would have gone into making it actually taste like German Beck's. But they didn't even come close; I stongly doubt they bothered to try. It still says it's brewed according to the 1516 German purity law, but I don't believe it; either there's adjunct in there and they're lying through their teeth or they've somehow managed to make an all-malt beer taste like it has adjunct in it, which is almost worse. I taste-tested this against St Pauli Girl, which is still imported from the Bremen brewery, and which is very similar to the old Beck's, maybe somewhat coarser. The St Pauli blew this Beckweiser into the weeds. I didn't even bother finishing it, pouring it down the drain as an auto da fe. I bet even Michelob would kick this pseudo-Beck's keister.

My first ever beer was Beck's Dark. I haven't tried the fake version yet, not sure I want to even if they did a better job with it. ABI owns a lot of brands that are still imported but now one wonders who's next. Spaten? Lowenbrau? I never was one for avoiding a brand because it was a BMC member, but this loss cuts deep. I really will look to independent brands now thanks to this disrespectful gesture by ABI towards its customers; they think we won't know the difference; they think we're stupid.

A shameful and sorrowful loss.

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Photo of Rkeeeballs
3.02/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

InBev really messed up the greatest beer on my planet...German purity law...scrapped !....Now tastes like a shot of water has been added to every bottle...YUCK !...Trying to locate the Oktoberfest version....MISSING IN ACTION !...WTH ? are they thinking ? Gosh sakes...add a dollar to the price of a 12 pack and go back to the great brew it once was !...I had that sick feeling inside when informed of InBev desires to brew it in a "Bud" plant...Gave it my best try and couldn't believe they would alter it....Very foolish move....As for now, my only redemption is Saranac Oktoberfest and the hunt for a new , regular beer ....Can you say "Spaten"....I can !...By the way, I and my friends think the art work on the bottles is idiotic....really bad !..Can't make up for the watering down ...nope.

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Photo of jagmaster
1.61/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I can't believe InBev destroyed Beck's as we know it (in the USA).I'm sure the Germans are still drinking the real thing.They would pour this swill down the drain!Shame on you InBev! This just proves how stupid and gullible they think we are in America.

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Photo of RonJensen
3.74/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz canned version:
This is a good German Pilsener-Euro lager, and in some ways, its slightly better than Heineken and Stella Artois. Even though this is the American version, its still good. I Paid only $3.99 for a 4pk of 16oz cans, no skunkiness and tasted nice and fresh. The best thing about this is there's no corn and no rice adjuncts.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Coors Light. The taste is non existant. I don't know what AB InBev did to the beer, but they messed it up big time. The beer looks like piss and tastes like water. There is no mouth feel and I can not denote any flavor. What a disaster. AB InBev is proud of this garbage. They proudly tout the beer as quality brew when it is made in some basement in St. Louis. I can not even fathom what they were trying to go for here, but it is not even a Pilsner. Save your money.

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Photo of SonicAddict
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Short and sweet:

Party beer, and I would walk past it if it wasn't on sale.

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Photo of Muscatjo
3.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very light tasting and not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was late at night and it we were outside looking for the full moon. Found the bag of canned Beck's and we were thirsty from running the last 2 miles of trail. The air was cold, the beer was cold and we were thirsty. Aww Beck's, the right beer at the right time.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, refreshing, bitter finish, really well balanced German pilsner. An overall great drinkable beer and one of the better German pilsners. Not sure why such a low rating on the site.

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Photo of Jensen83
4.42/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing and one of my favorite German Pilsner. Great clear color and best if it's ice cold. Smooth and clean ingredients won't give you any headaches even after you finish 6 bottles by yourself. ;)

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Photo of vette2006c5r
1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beck's pours a bright pale straw color with a small lacing head. Very offensive grainy aroma. Taste is light (lucky), with hints of used dish water. Very watery and light body. Overall, its offensive, and ill tasting.

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Photo of Oldmankeebler
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery with no real flavor.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.85/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice golden color with rising bubbles, it smelt of piney hops and wheat. The taste was remarkably smooth, however had a strange metallic taste afterwards. This beer had low carbonation and went down well.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
1.99/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just not that good a beer.
Always seems to have a slight skunky smell, no matter how fresh the bottle.

Grainy taste, with a bitter finish.
Over priced
A lot of people seem to think Becks and Heineken are superior to American beers, but I just don't see it.
Just about anything else is a better choice.

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Photo of Maiora13
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

As a Michigan boy i have to respect beck's. However, it is not a very complicated beer. It is easy to drink but does not have many distinct flavors.

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Photo of BigAl18
1.24/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Can't get past the stench.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.36/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Used to drink this all the time when I was younger.

Fairly sure the taste has changed a bit...less hops.

Still, pretty amazing balance, amazing malt...so much better than other international pilsners.

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Photo of drXploit
2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: I am drinking it from a can, and I am too afraid of pouring it into a glass. I don't want my glass ruined.
Smell: Smells like sour beer that was left out too long in the sun.
Taste: It tastes rusty for some reason.
Feel: I don't really know what to say here. I think maybe this talks about carbonation? Anyway, It's kinda okay.

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Photo of wejohnsn
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

i Bought it walmart in a 12 pack, was wanting something i hadnt had before. first i have to admit i am a fan of IPA and strong flavors. This does not have a strong flavor. it had good carbonation and mouthfeel, almost like a sprite. the flavor wasnt there, none, zilch. if someone gave it to me i would drink it but i wont buy it again. plain old budweiser or Miller has beer taste than this. I expected more from a German beer and now i feel betrayed , let down and disappointed.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
2.3/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ok drinkable only buy on special

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Photo of Robert4846
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A few thoughts from a long-time Becks customer that you will likely lose soon:

-Your new case design is ridiculously hard to open.

-The fact that you no longer put a bottle divider in your case is absurd. I have purchased three cases with broken bottles because of it and once some bottles have been removed, most of the rest of them fall over in the case.

-Please help me with a successful argument that I can use with my wife - she is inrealistic and will not let me collect empty beer bottles with artsy labels - she won't even let me put them on a shelf in our living room.

Too bad . . .

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Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
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