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 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 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 TheDeuce
3.07/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Product of Germany

Appearance-Poured into the ol' pint glass...Golden to golden off brown color, minimal white head and lace, dissapears after a few.

Smell-corn, alcohol, DNS, and of course a little bit of that european skunk character, it's not too bad.

Taste-a full murky character reminiscent of corn and grain on the toungue, quite bitter at the beginning but evens out in the end. Nothing offensive but really nothing great either.

Mouthfeel- A slight blandness hurts it but overall its fine, nothing too offensive, goes down ok and aftertaste is ok.

Drinkability-as easy to drink as any other pilsener out there, nothing offensive, but then nothing that makes you want to jump out of your chair.

Overall-An adequate beer for the style that gets the job done, I would drink this if offered but I don't think it is worth the extra money as an import when compared to beers that are just as good for less. This beer gets a lot for its upscale image that is a result of marketing instead of the beer. For what it is though it is a solid euro lager, nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.9/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a standard euro-lager gold-straw, with a small head thaat fizzles out post haste. Surprise, surprise, smells like grassy malt (and not much else). Taste is overpowered by skunked grass malt (best before 05-05, seems like a long shelf life for a lager). Yuck. Not a good beer, even as euro lagers go. Get something else, there are tons of better german beers.

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Photo of barknee
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beck’s pours with a well-defined half-inch high white head of medium density, which settles down to a thin carbonated slick; it is a true 18K gold color. Upon the initial pour, this beer has a nose akin to fermenting wine, similar to Heineken, although not as pronounced. This fermenting like nose gives way to hints of pate' as well as having a mushroomy, wet dough like component, not dissimilar to better champagne.
Beck's is a dry, light to medium bodied beer, and is somewhat bitter in the mouth w/ a gentle effervescence on the tongue. Exhibiting latent pilsner qualities, the taste is lean and dry and generally inviting. I have probably had this beer 1K times, but never "really" evaluated or broke it down into its vital components before. Freshness is critical in this mainstream class of product, as is drinking it "young", so check the date on the bottle and select one with an expiration date no later than six months beyond the current date. Turns out, that for a globally distributed - mass produced export, Beck’s is really quite decent, and makes for good contiguous consumption.

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

Pours a dull yellow with a white head that vanishes very quickly. Smell: P-U! Skunky! I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Taste was mainly hops, but isn't very smooth, and has a weird bitterness that makes it less drinkable that a typical German Pilsener. The mouthfeel has a rather agressive carbonation. It's not a terrible beer, but it certainly isn't as good as I thought it would be.

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Photo of TinusTime
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to write home about here. Pours a clear gold with a bit of fluffy pure white head. Aroma is a bit metallic, with some hop notes. Taste is boring. A bit of malt up front and then Noble hops come in and dry it out. Becks has always had a weird finish to me. Mouthfeel is a bit biting. Smooth but not that smooth. Drinkability is OK, but I would much rather have other pilsners. Good in a tight pinch, but otherwise not recommended

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Photo of SkullFission
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has pretty much the same taste that Beck's Dark has, but without the distinct metallic taste of the Dark. Nice and smooth, it goes down easy; you almost don't even notice you're drinking it until you have to get another one. There's no real smell to it, no skunkiness that is stereotyped to be present in green bottles. The carbonation is a little crisp, but not stinging. All in all, a decent beer, one of the best you can get for the price.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ozer bottle purchased in a two pack with a bottle of Beck's Light at Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA. Some sort of special promo packaging, only $0.99 for the pair!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a fluffy 1" white head above the clear, brightly golden brew. Head fades, but at a reasonable pace for the style, and lacing is good. Aroma is that usual "seems skunky" scent that Beck's and Heineken seem to have. Very noticeable, can almost smell it from across the room. Taste is slightly sweet of pale malts, with a somewhat generic hops bitterness at the swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, with this offering acceptable for the style, but nothing worth running ot the store and getting. A fallback if pickings are slim when at a function, or something, perhaps.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, solid pils.
Crystal clear yellow, firm, white head which lingered, snappy bite of hops which was well balance with malt, great guzler, much more taste than american micros and a good role model for them to consider. A fantastic match for the tailgate chow at the Cal/USC game, too bad Cal lost.

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Photo of Redrover
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle.

Beer pours a nice gold with a fluffy, large white head. Not much in the lacing department.

The beer smells of grain and spice. Not a lot of either, but not that bad. A bit of flower type smell as well. No skunk smell at all in this sample.

The taste is solid if unexceptional. Bit if spicy bite (pepper) from the hops and more than a bit of grainy taste. The taste is almost a generic example of what people think that green bottle imports should taste like.

The motuhfeel is the best part of the beer. Great bracing carbonation seem well suited to this beer. Average drinkabity here. Nothing bad, nothing great.

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Photo of DrJay
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pale yellow and very clear with a lot of small bubbles that help keep a thin, white head on top of this beer. Aroma consists of musty hops, DMS (cooked corn or veggies), a light grainy maltiness, and a hint of sulfur. Taste is sharp initially, partly due to high carbonation, with just a bit of malt sweetness. As the carbonation subsides a harsh bitterness appears that gets stronger into the aftertaste. Very light bodied and it produces an unpleasant dryness on the tongue over time.

330 mL can with freshness date stamped clearly on the bottom.

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

Appearance: Pretty standard yellow and small head that dissapates quickly.
Smell: Odd malt tones in the nose.
Taste: Sweet malt flavor is the only thing really detectable. It has a bubble gum characteristic similar to Heineken. Not to much else. Very watery.
Mouthfeel: A fair amount of carbonation and watery mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I used to think this brew was awesome, until I became a BA and started discovering beers that put Beck's to shame. It might make a decent session beer except that it is way to expensive.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.46/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presented in a 12oz green (oh boy...!) bottle and poured into a standard pint glass. Had a pale straw yellow color, an artificial looking white head that quickly shrivelled up, and a lot of carbonation. No lace noted.
The nose was what I've come to expect from this style, especially when trotted out in a green bottle. A serious amount of miasmic "skunk" erupted from the bottle and lingered over the glass. Some herbal hoppiness fought for recognition, as did some grassy malt notes.
The taste had a mildly sweet dried grass-imbued maltiness that was quickly moved aside in favor of a crisp herbal hops flavor. Beck's finished with a not too enjoyable sourness that clashed with the previous tastes. The feel was light, crisp and refreshing.
Overall, Beck's is just another Euro mega-brew on the lines of Heineken in nearly every aspect. Nothing here to run out and stock up on.

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Photo of Tang07
2.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours well, forms a nice head but it doesn't linger long. It does not lace the glass well.

For the purpose of this review I drank it out of a glass ,which is not how I usually drink this beer. To my surprise, it turned out to be a bit darker than I expected; a darkish yellow gold color.

It smells a bit yeasty and a tad skunky. The taste is a bit harsh if not cold enough. The first one I had was slighly too warm, so I had to chill the second one before writing this review.

If properly chilled the beer is refreshing and thirst quenching. The beer has a nice bitterness and a good finish. This beer tends to get better after the first few sips.

It is a bit over carbinated and this is particularly a problem if not served cold enough.

A bit over priced for the quality of beer that it is.

I buy Beck's when it is on sale or feel like a Euro-lager and don't buy Heiniken.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another overpriced Euro lager, but not a terrible piece of shite. Pours pale yellow, with perhaps a 1/2 finger head. Lots of carbonation. Smells a bit skunky and musty. Like an old attic. Bit of a malt and grass presence. Taste is an improvement. Light, sweet malt taste balanced by a dry grass flavour. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, even a bit harsh. But, it's something I wouldn't mind having again, though it's overpriced quite a bit.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a 24 oz green bottle and served into a pint glass. This could be the first time I have had this beer in a glass instead of a bottle. "Best before end: 05.2005" was marked on the back label.

Appearance is a darker shade of yellow. On the original pour, there was a nice fluffy white head, but is disappeared quickly.

Smell has that classic green-bottle european skunk aroma. I also detect some slight hop scents under the sulfer.

Taste is sweet and crisp. Good amount of carbonation. A grainy, sweet pilsner with some metalic flavors at times. Very slight hop finish.

Overall, this is an average beer that has a nice drinkability level.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had Beck's at Happy Hour recently. I tried it once before but it was with so many other beers that I just remember thinking it was good, but unremarkable.

This tastes a lot like Lowenbrau, so much so that I am not sure I could tell the difference in a taste test that allowed me to drink a bottle of each before hand.

In Tampa, you can usually get it cheap, and it is available in most places that have nothing but crap on tap (hey that rhymes!)

What surprises me is how much some people think of this brew. It is decent but I would not go out of my way to recommend it.


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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As much as I hate to admit it, beers like this one do have their time and place, like today when its 113 degrees and I’m helping someone move. The beer expectorates from the 12 ounce green bottle an unclouded gold with a generous white head, soapy in appearance and the lace a velum like sheet. Nose is the standard malt sweet that is also fresh, start sweet and lightly malted, top is skinny in feel. Finish has the customary acidity and the hops status quo for this sub-style of beer, drinkable yes.

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Photo of TongoRad
2.46/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold in color with a decent head.

There is very little about this beer that is 'there', not much happening from any angle. The hop character in the bouquet is slightly skunky/ slightly grassy and sort of annoying after a glass. A better aroma would result in a higher score. Flavor is light and crisp but could use more of a malt punch. Finish is dry with a slight lingering bitterness. Even at its freshest this is too much of a 'meh' beer.

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Photo of Hunter
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average, all the way around. Gold in color, thick white head with decent retention.

A definite skunkiness to the aroma takes away from the beer. After warming it seemed to dissipate some, revealing hops and the smell of clean hay.

Taste is average, what you'd expect from a lager but nothing jumps out at you. Finishes clean, dry, and thirst quenching.

Not a bad beer. A lager to grab when the budget allows more than domestic swill but not the finest Germany has to offer in this arena.

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Photo of cokes
1.18/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is mineral water, for all practical purposes. That is, if the well you draw your water from is traced with sulfur.
Pour transparent and virtually colorless. Sure, it shines a dilute gold, but hold the glass to you computer screen and it appears as only mildly stained H20.
Intially, a sharp sulfuric blast escapes the bottle, and then- while in the glass- tracers of vague German hops, all grassy herbs and dry. Then, after several moments, it shuts off completely and becomes odorless.
Taste: see above. An exercise in reduction. Sulfur-laced mineral water....then just mineral water....then just water. Malt is totally absent. Gone. Nothing there. There is a tiny herbal graininess that seems more hop driven. But hops, largely, are MIA as well.
Just as water-logged as they come. Rushing carbonation up-front, but that vanishes as well.

I'd had alcohol-free "beers" that I much prefer to this. In fact, I believe Beck's NA was one of them.

Despite the obvious sulfur, this isn't lightstruck....though I think I'd have prefered it more had it been. At least there is character in that.
Not only does this lack pils traits, it also lacks beer traits. It's not so much "bad" as it is "invisible".
And I guess it is "bad" too.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is difficult. It seems to have some good qualities but the big picture is really lacking. This is a trendy "look at me" beer and I don't have much room for that. Pours a light gold with a good head at first but soon disappeared. Aroma is of mild skunk and pilsner malt. It is light and thirst quenching. I had a hard time pinning things down here. It starts with a hint of skunk, moves into a tempered pilsner maltiness that is ok, then another whisper of skunk in the aftertaste. It starts light but has a heavier medicine feel on the middle of the tongue. I poured it out halfway through and got something else.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard 12 oz longneck bottle. Pours light amber. Moderately carbonated, the head is delicate. The smell is a bit of a stench, though I have smelled worse. The taste was not very bitter at all. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. A very straightforward brew that leaves your palate clean.

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Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is very pale yellow and the liquid is clear. The white, small, thick foam dissolves into a minimal, almost invisible coat.

The smell is mild with a flavour of pilsner malt; there are also some discreet notes of rye bread and yeast.

The carbonation is quite low, but the small bubbles create a pleasant, refreshing mouthfeel.

The first taste that hits my mouth is a little sweetness, then some bitterness emergers with notes of white bread. There is some sweetness and light tones of citrus and maybe marzipan in the aftertaste.

This is yet another German pilsner, uncomplicated and predictable.

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Beck's from Brauerei Beck & Co.
2.84 out of 5 based on 2,107 ratings.
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