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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Added by Bierman9 on 02-18-2002

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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell upon opening is immediate skunk that fades and gives way to grainy and corn flake aromas. Taste is also of grain and corn flake flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around but the skunk aroma when I first opened the bottle was one of the worst I have smelled in a beer before.

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
1.58/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Becks was probably one of the first German beers I had ever tried and it really didn't raise the bar too high. I couldn't get over how skunky this beer smelled, the taste kind of reflects that too. Grassy funky flavors on the tongue, which didn't really make me enjoy this beer at all.

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of metter98
3.02/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with just a few bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are faint aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the notes of caramel malts are more noticeable. Very little hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and isn't very carbonated.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing.

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3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, cold and rather appealing on this somewhat uncomfortably warm August afternoon in the so-called Center of the Universe.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy and faintly cream whipped cream white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of limestone arch lace around the glass as it slowly disappears.

It smells of mildly biscuity pale grain, sort of breakfast cereal-like, a hint of overripe lemongrass, wet cut grass, and softly skunky, floral hops. The taste is more of the same - semi-sweet bready, grainy malt, which does well to predominate over the stale, weak citrus notes, and do battle with the dead grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly average, hardly noticeable at times, the body a decent medium-light weight, and adequately round for a Euro macro, with an agreeable enough smoothness. It finishes off-dry, yet moderately crisp, and with a last bit of somehow acceptable skunky weediness for the road.

Speaking of the proverbial road, the first time that I had this beer was on a train en route from Frankfurt to Prague. The rather polite partying German students in my car shared their tall cans of Beck's with me. Sehr Gut! As for the beer now, it's a so-so German Pils, nothing too off-putting, nor anything really that remarkable, but it does its job as refreshment for the time being, so there's that.

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4.09/5  rDev +47.7%
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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2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml can into Guinness pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Four finger mediocre head of unappealing thickness. Devoid of cream. Clear straw yellow colour. Bleh.

Sm: Light scent of shite straw. Double bleh.

T: Standard crystal malt/barley body with a shite straw finish. No real open. Balanced like Kathy Bates opposite a leprechaun on a seesaw.

Mf: Too smooth and wet, but at least it goes along the tongue quickly so you taste less of it.

Dr: It's very cheap. That's the best I can say for it. Leave it on the shelf, lads.


11/28/13: Truncated notes from a casual sipping (from a bottle).

T/Mf: A bit of crystal malt sets this one off nicely. Good clean barley foundation. Spring water. Generic floral hops. Pilsner malts. Decent balance. Not much complexity or subtlety. Cohesive, but not gestalt.

Crisp. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Light in body. A bit on the thinner side. A bit overcarbonated.

The crispness is fantastic - a real highlight.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Not oily, harsh, rough, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Very drinkable. A definitely step up from macro adjunct lagers. Not a bad brew for football games. I'd pick up a 12 pack on sale. Ultimately, it's a very accessible German pilsner with good availability. By no means world class, but in its own way its something of a classic. Best regarded as a table beer.

The bottled version is definitely better.


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2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and some corn. A slight grassy aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and corn. There was a subtle bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent German import. It is session-worthy.

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1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color lager with no head and very limited carbonation. Light floral malt aroma is detectable. Taste is extremely light and boring. Aftertaste is non-existent. Overall, this beer totally lacks any inspiration and taste like some many other macros out there.

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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Becks into Schell's pilsner glass.

Pours about a finger of white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden straw.

Aroma: I get a big amount of skunkiness right away. Lots of grain, with some muted hops. Nothing that impresses me. I actually get some metallic flavors here.

Taste: More grain and skunk flavors. Just like the aroma. I can taste the lower level of grassy hops here. I really can't pick too much out of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. A medium amount of carbonation shows. Lighter bodied. Ends dry and skunky again.

Overall, this beer just isn't my thing. It seems to taste skunky all around. I probably won't be drinking this anytime soon again. I just had the SA Noble Pils and I prefer that much over this.

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3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear straw-gold body reveals a multitude of fine to average-sized bubbles rising steadily to the surface. Its frothy head of bright white foam holds well, maintaining a thin lid throughout most of the glass, and leaving some nice lace as it goes. The nose is fresh with some floral and grassy hops over a delicately grainy malt. The body is light-medium, and it's gently crisp on the tongue. The flavor delivers a delicate combination of floral and mildly grassy hops over a slightly straw-like maltiness that's solidly backed by bitterness. The dry and lingering finish is simply an extension of the flavor in the mouth with some maltiness and lightly floral hop flavor followed by a distinct bitterness. Although it lacks the firmer body, fuller flavored maltiness, and finesse of some other fine examples, this remains a refreshing German pilsner in every way!

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2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw with a fizzy white head, not much retention or lacing to speak of. It has sort of a generic Pilsner aroma; grassy and ambiguously organic. The taste is a bit fuller and richer than, say, Heineken, and it's fairly clean without any strong off-flavors. The hops come out quite a bit in the end, but lack any real complexity or distinct character. Body is very light and crisp, though the carbonation feels a bit harsh to me. Not a bad beer in all, better than many macro lagers, but not great by any means.

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3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Standard golden color with nice carbonations. Head is ample and foamy.

Smell- Immediately upon uncapping the bottle I got hit with a wave of skunkiness. After that initial aroma, I noticed no further skunking. Aroma is typically grainy with an underlying sweetness.

Taste- I thought the taste would be off due to the skunk blast, luckily I was wrong. Taste is mainly a balanced grainy sweetness, with just a little bite. Sip finishes with more lingering sweetness.

M.F./Drinkability- Good and crisp, this is very easy to drink and to find. Of course this is below average by German standards, but this is one of the better super-macro Euro beers around.

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3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a fresh bottle.
I haven't had this for some years. This lager met my expectations but these were low

Overall: An adequate, mildly bitter pils.

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

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