Beck's | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of sudz42
5/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I refuse to go with the crowd. Becks is a magnificent drink. My credentials: raised in a major US macro-employed corporate environment (and employed as Tour Guide through college), related associates in Germany and Switzerland; tastings in said associates' breweries; lived in Hamburg. I know swill from good.

Disclaimer: I'm unimpressed by high ABV, stacked malt-hop affairs that seem to mostly determine high ratings from most reviewers. Oh, and St. Pauli is a nearly identical brew by Becks, so if you reviewed that higher than Becks, you got duped by the big t1ts.

Becks, like most Old World pilsners/lagers in northern Germany, is founded on limestone. This is the key to Becks' softness, something missing from US pilsners and most lagers. Nothing takes the place of limestone water for creating a good pils.

Becks is clear; it is not ale. US micro pils are ales masquerading as pilsners.

Becks tastes fresh; the grassy Hallertau and Saaz are present; the biscuit malt is subtle (something we Americans have trouble with). A wisp of coriander can even appear. The co-mingling of all these elements create a *drinkability* that must be respected.

Or not. Talk about stress and over pasteurization. Bash the macro import. It's only beer.

But this one is legendary.

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Photo of scobeer
4.82/5  rDev +69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow colour, doesn't look particularly appealing but not bad either. More carbonation than appearance would suggest but feels great, just the right amount. Tastes clean and refreshing with enough interesting hoppiness to keep coming back for more. Good one for summer days. Drinkability is great and can't think of much more to want from a lager than this offers.

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Photo of alicezeppelin
4.75/5  rDev +67.3%

As you can tell from my profile picture, I love Beck's. It so simple that it's brilliant. I first had a Beck's when I was seventeen, and I have loved them since. I highly recommend these and all of their other flavours.

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Photo of samwello
4.6/5  rDev +62%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite beer for daily consumption. Never a hangover and is very refreshing if you live in the South. I love German pilsners, they rarely have odd additive flavors that occur when a foreigh substance is added to the brewing process, such as wood, blueberries, or spices.

Nice Nobel hops flavor.

Medium malt flavor.

Average carbonation.

Clean pleasant after taste.

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Photo of DV8HARD
4.6/5  rDev +62%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I live in Costa Rica right now and I bought it a small supermarket which has a large wine, spirit, and beer selection which is rare.

I didn't pour it, I had it straight out of the bottle. I have to say I really like this beer. There is nothing extraordinary about it, it simply has a really clean taste which I like and is hard to find. The most prominent taste would be that of hops and malt.

I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of nicksawick
4.55/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great for fans of Heineken. I've had better beers but this is fairly cheap and good for a daily drink. It is a nice golden color that you see with Heineken. Not overly bubbly. Not a very harsh first taste and finished smooth. Great served extremely cold.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.53/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In the sea of USA adjunct lagers, this is a decent alternative when you want more of an authentic pilsner at the same price.

Yes, the 16 oz cans sold in the USA are brewed in the USA, but with no adjuncts, no corn aroma or taste. You can smell and taste the hops. Much better than the corn-based domestics but at the same price point.


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Photo of SteveoNY
4.51/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 24 oz green bottle with silver foil neck. best before date 9-2011.

Appearance: crystal clear golden color with 1 finger of thin white head, fast to dissipate, thin runny lacing.

Smell: slight bouquet of skunk, some citrus esters.

Taste: crispy and acidic with a bitter yet sweet finish that has good hang time.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with overly moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: keep em coming, morning day or night this ones a keeper for me ...

Notes: my workhorse Pilsner. gonna price out a 1/2 keg this week.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.44/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear yellow with a thin head and nice lacing. It's aroma is slightly lemony with hints of cereal and bread. The flavor is very well balanced between malty sweetness and hop bitterness and notes of dough. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Becks is a very good beer. smooth, highly drinkable, and a perfect match for schnitzel and sauerkraut. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sid
4.44/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's is a great beer, goes down easy, nice smell and tastes great!!! A true staple in the beer culture and the 710mL is by far the best sampling.
Taste starts off smooth on the tongue...but at the end, nice bitterness on the back of the throat. Very little carbonation, nice head, a great beer!

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Photo of Jensen83
4.42/5  rDev +55.6%
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 twi1609372
4.4/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beck's is a good German beer. beck is a nice balance between ultra strong and subtle beer. one of my all time favorite. very smooth, and not watered down, yet not motor oil. very addictive beer, once you start it's hard to stop. excellent draft or out of the mini keg. also fun to try to peel the foil wrapper off without breaking it, a challenge after you have had 5 or 6.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.37/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? I really like this beer - its one of my favorites.

It has a light, golden colour and pours a light, thin head that is pretty quick to dissipate.

Beck's emits a nice, mild aroma that is not at all overpoweing, in fact you really have to enjoy it when you open the beer and pour it because, like the head it does not linger and is harder to notice after the beer has been opened and poured. I'm no beer tasting expert so its hard for me to say what it smells like, maybe barley or wheat or some kind of grain but it certainly smells like what a pilsner should smell like.

For me, the best part of this beer is the taste. It is light and hoppy with a very clean finish. A smooth beer that goes down easy and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

As you can tell, I like this beer very much. I have seen it compared to Heiniken, but in my opinion it is far superior (not really saying much) and is not really a fair comparasion. The comparasion is probably because they are two of the most popular pilsners in the world.

I like this beer quite cold, maybe colder than experts would recommend - I often take it from the fridge to the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before I drink it (maybe because my fridge should be colder) and in the summer it has to be in a cooler full of ice.

Very nice crisp taste and the bitter aftertaste is really pleasant so you know you are drinking a beer. Beck's isn't too 'bubbly' but the carbonation is there because I get great beer burps even during my 1st one.

A solid all round beer, great with food and without. I like mine out of the 500mL cans (yep, cans) because its a great value that way (here in Canada anyways) and tastes better to me than served from the bottles. This beer is awesome in the sauna, even better out on the boat and is also suitable for mass consumption if you want it but kind of expensive for that.

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Photo of Polecat41
4.35/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I see that the reviewers gave PBR a 72 rating & the Bros an 80 rating. And the reviewers gave Beck's a 67 rating & the Bros a 62 rating. Are you all nuts?!! Beck's now may be owned by InBev & brewed in St. Louis, MO. But I recently called Beck's brewmaster & he assured me that they were still brewing to the German Purity Law, which means they're only using water, barley malt, hops & yeast. I'm sure Pabst isn't doing the same. I know why all of you are rating Pabst higher than Beck's. It has nothing to do with PBR's quality. Rather, it's the "pseudo-hipster's" rating, i.e. "PBR is 'cooler' than Beck's because it doesn't advertise & has the patriotic U.S. colors of red, white & blue." C'mon everyone - get real. No way is PBR better tasting than Beck's. And no, I don't work for Beck's & I'm not German. However, I've brewed my own beers & know a bit of what I'm talking about.

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Photo of jdseltzer
4.32/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer has a bit of a sulfur smell, and is bitter, but I like it, and its distinct flavor. Again, I think in a blind taste test it would do better.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beck’s has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-straw appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of roasted barley, clean water, and bitter hops. Taste is likewise of mild barley, water, and at the middle to the end, bitter, pleasing hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Beck’s finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. If there is a negative to associate with this beer, I don’t know what it is. I love it, and I strongly suggest giving it a try.


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Photo of wgk
4.3/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24-ounce bottle (called "bombers" sometimes around here).

Presents brief skunkiness on opening, good color and nice head in the glass, although from the bottle is really nice. Stands up well to very cold temps and tastes better and better as the beer comes around to a little warmer temp...and as you get mellow from the 24 ouncer. Very good mouthfeel, taste and drinkability. Slightly filling, but never an issue. Very satisfying beer. You will not feel like you need another to quench your thirst, but might feel like you want another because you are enjoying the experience.

This beer presents very differently on-tap, in bottle and in can, in my opinion. Very noticeable. Next to on-tap, favour the 24-ounce bottles over the 12-ounce bottles and over the 12- and 16-ounce cans on ALL counts. Be warned the pricing for the 24-ounce bottle is usually a disincentive when compared to the other forms...sadly...a marketing flaw or a price you have to pay to get a better beer shipped across the pond?

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Photo of The21ner
4.25/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately domestic American beers are a joke. I completely gave up on them. Of the foreign beers, beck's has to be one of my favorites. It has a very classic skunky European smell to it, It's nod bad , just a very distinctive odor. It goes well with food or by itself after a long day. It can be found in most stores in my area and has a very affordable price at $3.49 for a 24 oz bottle. I am surprised to see other comments bashing this beer, i suppose it's a case of love it or hate it. Overall 4.25.

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Photo of TheSicilian33
4.16/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Comes in a green bottle with the Beck's name printed on it

Smell- It smells like eggs in the beginning, but it really won't bother anyone

Taste- It has a tad bit of a sugary taste, but it's a great taste. It's not watery at all

Mouthfeel- It's great

Drinkability- It's a great beer that I purchase a lot. Next to Imperial it's my top beer. It has a unique taste that tastes similar to Hacker Pschon. I would recommend to anyone to purchase this beer because it's a good social beer.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a uniform blonde with a big, foamy head that soon settles into a 1/8 inch cap. Standard and appealing.

Aromas of cooling cut grass, sweet corn on the cob, and chalk hit the nose. Refreshing.

Taste provides a glow of blonde malt with carefully tuned edges of bitterness. On the swallow, the bitterness grows to wash over the palate, leaving it refreshed. Oddly enough, the drying sensation in the mouth during the finish makes the mouth water for another swallow, or savory meat -- this beer was born for roast chicken, or a well-seasoned hamburger.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with, small, compact bubbles softly scrubbing every surface in the mouth. It is full, but never aggressive.

Drinkability is quite nice as well; having another chilled bottle close by is a lovely idea.

All in all, this is a wonderfully balanced beer, and a fantastic example of what can be done with just four ingredients. Even the slight DMS note is welcome -- it is a clean, bright sweetness, the sugar of fresh corn, rather than the vegetal, overcooked flavor of many lesser lagers.

If you must, you can look down your nose due to the fact that it's a mass-produced beer. If you do, however, you're missing out. This is a world-class beer, and one that's always welcome in my fridge.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not the best pilsner to buy in most situations, but works in a pinch.

A- Very transparent with a yellow/brown piss color

S- Smells like fresh hops and alcohol. Most of the skunk smell stays in the bottle.

T- Not much flavor which is a turn-off for many, but something I personally enjoy at times. Tastes slightly of floral hops with wheat malt flavor.

M&D- Feels and drinks like mineral water. easy to drink too many when thirsty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer sampled as part of a tasting tonight. You kinda forget how nice this beer is in its simplicity and elegance.

Fairly standard when compared to other authentic German pilsners. What stands out is a very rich boquet of floral hops that hint toward fruitiness, herbal notes, and a nectar-like character that accents the sweet pilsner malt flavors and aromas. Light sulfers give the beer teeth, but that floral hop aroma and flavor supresses any would-be match stick sulfery character. Round and moderately creamy with a mild hint of grain astringency. Finishes crisp and with a balanced hop-malt lingering. A terrific small beer.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.06/5  rDev +43%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well now, sometimes the best way to describe a beer is simply to say that it's 'solid'. Beck's is a solid beer. Is there anything terribly special about it? Well, when you crack it open you are definately reminded that hops are closely related to marijuana, but other than a brief whiff of bud (the plant, not the beer, silly), the beer settles into a classic german lager. You can easily sit down and drink a few of these with no complaints, and after maybe 5 or 6, you'll stop on your own. It has a pleasant mouthfeel, the kind I expect from German beers.
Yeah, all-in-all an enjoyable brew. A solid beer, but nothing magical.

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Photo of jontom
4.03/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in Germany recently and drank this beer on tap quite often. I can't believe it is rated as poor. I thought it was very good and refreshing. Maybe in Germany the draft is better.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is golden with some bubbles left. There's no lacing hardly.

Smell: grain, slight spiciness

Taste: Yum. It's definitely better in the glass than the bottle. It's like drinking hay. It kinda reminds me of autumn.

Mouthfeel: Grainy and slightly sticky

Drinkability: yep it's good!

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