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 UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Knapp85
1.58/5  rDev -44.4%
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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Photo of metter98
3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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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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 biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of largadeer
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%
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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Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat-deep straw color with a multi-finger white head that leaves behind the tiniest bit of lacing. Smell brings some very light herbal, floral hops and some grain. Taste is slightly bitter and mostly consists of a plain grain and husk flavor. Large amounts of carbonation on a light body. Drinks okay and better than a lot of its "peers," but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of mothman
2.49/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +37.3%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and some hops but has the same pungent odor that many of the lower-quality beers in this style have.

T: The taste starts out with a mild malt sweetness that is quickly followed by bready flavors of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is decent and brings some balance. The after-tastes is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent poundable beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow body with a well-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Nose of very pale malts with some thin, faint notes of spice and florals.

Taste: It's your basic, run-of-the-mill pale maltiness and accompanying sweetness. Slightly spicy hop presence with just a kiss of bitterness. Grows a tad grainy as it warms a bit. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes sir, Australian for... wait, that's one of the others. Another forgettable member of a seemingly endless parade of lagers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber with slowly falling fine debris and rapidly rising bubbles. The bright white head is frothy, but isn't as airy and as insubstantial as it appears. In time, it settles to a child's two fingers in thickness and pauses for a bit. Very little lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose consists of floral, spicy noble hops. There aren't a lot of other aromas--no lemony citrusiness for instance--just pure, unadulterated Saaz. I picked up quite a bit of skunk when the bottle was first opened, but the little critter wandered off by the time I got around to sniffing it for real.

And the long, slow slide in score continues. Right out of the gate it isn't too bad, but the flavor profile begins to fall apart as the mouthful progresses. It's lightly, malty sweet to start... and then a burst of pungent, bitter Saaziness hits. The finish consists of a (borderline metallic) mishmash of ever weakening flavors and textures. Average mouthfeel with a somewhat boisterous amount of carbonation.

Unfortunately, Beck's is a member of the GBLB (Green Bottled Lager Brigade), European division. I drank a fair amount of this--more Beck's Dark actually--back in my younger days. I'm not sure that I ever felt it was good beer and I most certainly don't feel that way now. While not abysmal, it does give German beer a bad name.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic, I was actually happy to be able to try this one after a long time. Served cold and poured into a glass, this one was consumed on 08/08/2010.

Very clear and very carbonated pour reveals a nice and light amber colored bod with a small white cap of foam that comes up and over the top of the glass. Nice and even retention eventually does leave next to nothing on the top though.

Aroma of musky grains, hints of light grasses and a very small herbal hop presence all collide to bring a mellow, and muted smell. Clean, clear and concise taste, it is not the most flavorful thing in the world, but it works on some level. Small finish has a touch of hop bitterness but is mostly clean an non existent.

Overall its a solidly average version of the style. Not terrible by any means, but not really great either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought a sixer over so WTH?
Pours clear golden with a 1" white head & efferevescence. No head retention or lacing

Smell: Malty with grass-like notes

T: Matly sweetness up front Slowly gives way to asligh hops profile, finishes crisp & slightly hoppy (floral)

MF: Good balance, medium body & under carbonated

Drinks okay, just not enough character or taste to hold your attention. Certainally rates above BMC & Warsteiner

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Photo of Slatetank
2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up at Wegman's as part of a mix-a-six, limited edition art bottle label by M.I.A. poured chilled into a mug.

The color is yellow/golden and moderately fast moving carbonation rises with good clarity and thick 2 finger white cap with fine bead that has some lace stickage, retention is good. The smell is very skunky and slightly floral with mild hint of sweet graininess in there but mostly light struck hop scents dominate. The feel is not great as it is highly carbonation like soda or seltzer water with a moderately slick feel and subtle spiced tinges with relatively dry finish.

I found the taste to be average with some diacetyl present which doesn't harm the malt flavor that much, but there is a little vegetal Dms present with a hint of hop spiciness and slight corn-pop like sweetness, the flavor comes and goes and if the aroma was not so skunky that basic flavor would be decent, I blame the green bottle for the hop degradation so in general just a so-so pils. Overall I would not get this beer again based on the skunked smell and it is really sub par in comparison to other pilsners of same style.

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Photo of Jason
2.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label. Brewed in accordance to the German Purity Law “Reinheitsgebot” so the assumption is that this is an all malt beer.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slim white head, very light in colour for an all malt beer and the head retention lacks.

Smell: Thin graininess with a faded hop aroma that has ghost like skunk and musty aromas.

Taste: Rolling smoothness with a refreshing crispness show that they have the mouth feel down, solid medium carbonation with a moderate body shows signs of thinness. Odd hop twang which seems one of the hallmark characteristics for this beer and beers similar in stature, faded and with a stale bitterness. Malt is quite thin with lots of grain and husk on the palate to go around, touch of sweetness though the grain is dominant. Hop twang is enhanced when the beer dries up in the finish.

Notes: This beer is right up there with Heineken and other Euro lagers that have been chewed up and spit out by the stressed brewing processes (pasteurization). It is what it is, there are better ones to choose from.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -13.4%
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 woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A knock at the door! Who CAN it be? My in-person trading partner, tone77, dropping off some new CANQuest (TM) beers and picking up some that I had recently scored.

I have had Beck's from a bottle before and while it was good, I expect that it will be better from a CAN, as many beers that I had previously had out of green bottles have shown signifiCANt improvement from a CAN. The rocky, bone-white head quickly fell to wisps. Color was a light-sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like unadulterated lager - semi-sweet with a light apple juice scent underlying. Mouthfeel was medium, but it had the characteristic lager flavor of honey on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry, lightly bitter, definitely refreshing. I drained the contents of the 11.2 fluid ounce CAN pretty quickly on this humid afternoon, lemme tell ya! This definitely rates some cooler space, especially given its relatively low ABV.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another European lager with the same skunky smell, and the same damn green bottle. This beer is not even a true golden color, but in the scheme of things I would say this beer is not good or bad just tolerable. That is bad when you have to settle for something not being what you want. It pours with a head if you can even call it that, and to me this beer is the bottom shelf when talking about German beers. This is a simple beer that I guess some can settle for, but I want better than this. This beer is another favorites of the man in the business suit trying to look important, but this is not impressing me. The flavor is subtly sweet, but overall the flavor is bland and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with 1/2" of head with decent retention. Smells musty with a slight hop aroma. Taste is grainy with mild hops for balance; smooth not very bitter. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall not a bad beer. For the style it's decent and refreshing.

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