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Beck's | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-18-2002

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Reviews: 691 | Ratings: 2,081
Photo of BeerBobber
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a slightly off white head of soapy bubbles. Nice lacing down a tall pilsner glass (used this glass because I had a 16 oz. can).

Grassy smell with some white bread and slight hop background with some herbal odors coming out.

The taste kind of follows the nose with a bit of grassy earthy flavor. Definitely getting some sweet malty flavor coming through. A bit of some citrus that tastes a bit like lemon.

Mouth feel tends to lean towards medium with a wet finish.

A pretty decent pilsner from Becks. I have had the Sapphire that comes in a bit higher at a 6% ABV and with a bit of a different flavor profile. Both beers were quite tasty. This is brewed in the U.S and supposedly brewed to 1516 German Purity laws. So if that grabs you by the short hairs go get some and give it a wing ding and see if it fits for you.

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Photo of drmeto
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

-German-brewed Version (canned)

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-floral,dishwashing liquid,pears,lemon,grainy,metallic,cooked rice,tea
-metallic,grainy,mineral,lemon,slightly toasted malt,cardboard
-a barely detectable, but lingering throughout bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light body
Beck's has basically turned from a German Pilsener to a below average Euro Lager throughout the years.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bad lager yellow with a super thin 1/6" white head that is obliterated quickly. I like the skunky aroma, so nothing negative there.

Super carbonated, a smattering of noble hops. Super light body. Its hot weather beer. Its light, it offers almost no barley or hop flavor, but the lager yeast does its skunky green bottle thing and I'm ok with that.

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Photo of Burly
2.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beck's sold in the U.S. has been made in St. Louis for some years now, and the quality has really suffered. I remembered Beck's as being great German beer, which is almost a redundancy, but I hadn't had it some years because of the premium, imported price. It is now showing up at my local Grocery Outlet for $5.99 a six-pack, but it is so disappointing, because of how good it used to be, that I haven't bought a lot of it. That explains why it is now showing up at a value price.

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Photo of Tone
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, hops, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a metallic sharpness and dryness. Tastes of adjunct, slight pale malt, slight Euro yeast, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but the feel and body are quite weak.

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Photo of bwood06
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Got this one in a trade so I could review it (and not necessarily have to buy a 6 pack of it). Had it numerous times before, just never took the time to review it until now. This beer pours a bright white head that is a very light froth. The head dissipates very quickly to a next-to-non-existent lacing. The beer itself is a bright straw color with moderate carbonation easily visible due to the clear nature of the beer. 3/5 The aroma features a good sweet dose a light pilsner malt, buttered white bread, and clean hops. The aroma is really quite sweet. 3/5 As with the aroma, the flavor is initially fairly sweet featuring the same light pilsner malt and buttered white bread. There is a very light caramel but the sweetness is mainly grainy. Clean and grassy hops come in during the second half of the sip and with it comes a fair bitterness that lingers lightly after swallowing. Along with the bitterness comes a metallic flavor. 2.75/5 There is a light carbonation burn up front but this burn dissipates quickly. Light bodied and clean with a light drying that lingers along with the bitterness on the swallow. 3.25/5 This beer features a good amount of malty sweetness and clean hops, but the metallic flavor is off-putting enough to cut into my score for the taste and overall. Simple, light, and straightforward. This has it's time and place in my book, but that would tend to be during crazy hot days and as a thirst quencher. 2.75/5

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Photo of vette2006c5r
1.93/5  rDev -32%
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 Malt_Man
3.77/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served cold from 650ml green bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Pale yellow colour, clear, lots of bubbles, quite dense white head.

S) Not much, a bit of watery lager malt, hints of metal. No skunk despite the green bottle.

T) Very clean taste, bits of sweetness, bits of hop bitterness, well balanced.

F) Clean, refreshing and nicely fizzy with a bite. No skanky aftertastes.

O) Of the mass-market lagers available at lower prices for bigger bottles (£1 for 650ml bottle) this is one of the best options.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clean golden colored beer, nice foamy head. Smells of grain and funky skunk, it has that memory smell once you have it you always remember that smell. Taste is clean, nice grain taste and corn, little hops in there but mottled skunk tones. I have had this beer a lot, I get in bars or BBQ over others. It is above other common beers and is average at best.

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Photo of beershrine
1.56/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Made in USA on the label. We use to drink this beer as a "premuim" back in the early 80's. I think it has gotten worse, light struck green skunky taste and sharp biting aftertaste. It's costs double the price it should be.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1/5  rDev -64.8%
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 JustLikeMyDad
1.69/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a green bottle into a beer mug.
Pours a pale yellow color that doesn't look very tasty with a pretty good foam head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like a watery Euro pale Lager.

Tastes like a watery/mild bitter german pilsner/euro pale lager. Hoppy, and watery.

Smooth, lightish carbonation, goes down easy.

Overall, cheap and uninteresting, thin and underwhelming.

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Photo of hennin55
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a pale straw like color with an average head.
On the palate it is smooth and slightly bubbly.
You can taste and smell the hops.
Overall a mild lighter beer that is not too bitter.

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Photo of Squire123
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sometimes a Pilsner, no matter how well made, is just a beer. This one has the correct light color tone, malt and hops are moderate, so to say, but nothing really memorable. It's nice enough but cheap AALs give it a run for the money. A drop in the veritable ocean of generic European Pilsners.

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Photo of Noelan
1.41/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased in a 500ml can, chilled to 3 degrees C, and poured into a European style stein.

Look: Lackluster golden-yellow color, not terrible but not incredible. Very little head that easily dissipates. Consistent flow of bubbles that slowly rise, minimal lacing. 2.5

Smell: Skunky, slight hints of lemon and grass. Surprised by the skunking effect considering it's from a can. 1.5

Taste: Skunky, as expected after smelling. Not much more to say, as the skunk effect ruins any other flavour. 1.0

Feel: Slightly dry, moderate carbonation. 2.0

Overall: One word can sum this beer up, "Skunky". One word can describe my experience, "Disappointed". 1.75
I wanna add, this beer cost me 2.70, the price of the average micro brewery can. Would never purchase this again, and will tell friends not to try either.

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Photo of Lewnanny
2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of its green bottle, this clear yellowish.... beer is somewhat good but nothing extraordinary. The foam doesn't stay, and the smell is like all other commercial beer. For the taste it is a bit more bitter than the commercial, so a little bit more interesting than other beer found in liquor stores.

The color SRM 1 or 2 give a nice look to the glass.

The 330 ml bottle retailed for 2.50$ (CAD)

Nice beer in overall.

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
3.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isn't that bad. Not one I'd seek out, but I'll take it. I am a sucker for any beer made under the guidelines of reinheitsgebot, so maybe a tad inflated numbers. Out of a can, this beer pours a light golden color. With an aggressive pour, I get a few inches of a head, but if you blink you miss it. I get an aroma similar to a Heineken, even though this was brewed using the reinheitsgebot, so maybe corn and rice don't affect aroma after all. Refreshing, crisp, yet practically flavorless taste. If you go digging for some flavor, you might get a hint of sweetness and ever so slight bit of spice from the hops used in this, but you have to really REALLY dig for it.

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Photo of rpilk
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah, my rating makes no sense. All I can think is that German U-Boaters drank this in Das Boot. It used to be better but it's still Beck's. So, the beer is just so so. The Beck's key is Key!

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Photo of redbarnbikes
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i'm basing this rating by having this beer on tap. i have drank beck's from the bottle countless times and it is always skunked beyond belief. do yourself a favor and find it on tap and never trust a green bottle.

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Photo of PhillyB
1.93/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my uncle's beer of choice. We don't quite see eye to eye.

Look: Slightly yellow bubbly water. Decent head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Skunky "left on the patio" ale

Taste: Not as bad as the smell, almost enjoyable. Not much to it. Slighly off cereal/tonic water.

Feel: Smooth, slightly bubbly water.

Overall: I'm not a fan. Wouldn't bother with trying it again.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a very light yellow color beneath a fizzy bright white head that disappeared into a lasting collar. A few spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: The smell does have a distinctive German scent as opposed to a Czech or light American pilsner. I detect a hint of skunk, but it’s not overpowering.
T: The taste has an unpleasant metallic rust flavor to it mixes with otherwise decent notes of crisp bready grains and noble hops. There is a touch of skunk but it’s not terrible. Flavor is predominantly grainy with a touch of peppery hops. Finishes lightly sour but not as bad as some. Aftertaste has just a kiss of sweetness.
M: Light body that is on the more medium side, smooth crisp mouthfeel, creamy carbonation with a crisp edge to it.
O: I respect this for what it is, but nowadays there are far better examples of the style. Drinks well but the flavor isn’t the greatest.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From green bottle into pilsner glass. Very pale Straw Color, almost clear at the thin part of the glass. Bright white head disappeared immediately. Smell was clean, hint of sweet... straw. Not a lot of carbonation, pretty smooth, watery. No hoppy flavor and not much spice. German pilsner, brewed in US...wouldn't buy it, but I'd happily drink it again if offered.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.67/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades fast over time to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew quite off with a rather skunky smell overall. There is a little bit of caramel and brew, but overall the skunk dominates.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready taste with a light bit of caramel. As the taste advances some lighter grassy and corny tastes come to the tongue. At the very end a little bit of a hay, skunk, and grain taste meets the tongue, leaving one with a rather crisp and slightly grainy but just slightly odd flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation that is rather high. For the lighter flavors and lager characteristics of the brew the feel is rather appropriate, making it an overall very easy drinking brew.

Overall- Ahh. Nothing too exceptional. It would likely be much better if not in a green bottle which taints the whole experience with the nose. It is easy drinking, but otherwise, ahh.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - pale straw color with white head

Smell - sweet corn, toasted grain, bit of skunk

Taste - toasted grain, wheat, corn, pale malt

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight corny sweetness upfront, decent hoppiness in the back end

Overall - for the style, not what you would call amazing, but for the price, somethign to drink when I just want a "cold one"

Price Point - $3.99/ 4 pack 16 oz cans

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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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