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 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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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.43/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured light yellow and clear with a rather short head. It didn't last very long, either.

One thing I noticed was the skunky aroma as soon as I popped the cap. That did not set the mood well.

There was some skunky taste, but overall it was rather bland.

When tasting, I noticed the high carbonation. Besides that, it was rather thin.

I considered this an average beer... better than many of the mass-produced American name brands, but nowhere near the quality of a craft-brewed beer. Drinkable, but why would you want to?

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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 BeerManDan
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When first poured, it was a light pale yellow with some white foam and no lace at all. The smell was a mellow grainy nature with a hint of hop's. The taste was lacking in depth and had a kind of bitter taste that made this beer just an average brew. Not impressed with the finish on this beer. One of the weaker German Pilsener that I've tasted so far.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

life beckons and your holding the key! this pours out a clear golden with a medium sized foamy white head. not bad. the aroma is very grainy with that all too familiar skunked hop aroma thats seems present in alot of these "import lagers". taste wise its in the same ball park as heiny and such. grainy and simple. light hopping that plays it safe. a tad metallic. crisp in the mouth, could be refreshing when the time calls for it. not bad, but far from great...a mediocre beer that plays it safe.

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

Okay, I decided to finally review Beck's when I finally happened upon a bottle here in Toronto that wasn't skunked. In fact, the whole case wasn't skunked. That's a first for me. Usually, it's all skunk.

So, pours nice golden yellow with insignificant head. Just what I'd expect from a pils.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with nice carbonation.

Taste is especially characterized by a honey-sweet that I had never detected in Beck's because it was also skunked when I had it. The honey comes on quite strong at first, then subsides for the hops and bitter finish.

Overall, non-skunked Beck's is what I would expect from a big brewery, but is still above the usual fare.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm ... had this one from the mini-keg so it was a difficult call on the serving type. Its a big can.

After fussing with the mini-keg I was finally able to get a pint without a gigantic head. Once it settled down I noticed the high carbonation levels but lack of head retention. Small amounts of lace remain on the vessel. The color is a rather ugly macro yellow.

The smell is free of the normal skunky-grain consistency it usually suffers from in the bottle. Instead, this smell has been replaced by a metallicly soft hop aroma.

The taste is nothing special. Lots of sweetness, a toasty grain flavor, a little bit of robo-hops to cut through the mix. A decent, if unsatisfying aftertaste.

I need more than this for an enjoyable experience. That said, I need to cleanse the palate from time to time and Beck's is a good way to detox from huge beers without AB.

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Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours very light and clear, white head, fizzy bubbles that continue to rise from the bottom. This is an old favorite of mine. When viewed through my BA critical eye, this tastes light and fizzy. Not much body. Minimal malt, some faint hoppy grainyness. Just kind of grassy and skunky. Decent lawn mower brew, but sadly not much more.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.95/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beck's pours a pale yellow with thin white head. Typical to all the mainstream beers. Smell is similar to the holland beers. Taste has a nice dry hoppy flavor with a slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and thirst quenching. One of few beers found at almost all bars and restaraunts that is set apart from the rest. It is good all around beer when the choices are few. Not incredible but good and satisfying.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Basically Bohemian in style, Beck's is charged with Saaz and backed by just barely caramelized malt and a touch of graininess to style. An absolutely wonderfully session beer that knocks the socks off of the new Pilsner Urquell, but no where near rich enough to be called a German Pilsner. It's more a pilsner (which, on its own, usually implies Czech) FROM Germany, but not itself "German."

Relax, relax.

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

Light golden yellow color. Fizzy white head, faded fast. Small bubbles pop through here and there. Wet grass smell and some faint hops. Murky, earthy smell. Taste was better than the smell. High carbonation, along with wet grass, mild buttery bread and just a little whack of hops and carbonation finish up. Grainy tastes linger, but overall pleasantly refreshing after a long day of work. A no brainer beer, but have it cold and drink it fast, like most pilsners tends to fall apart and gets watery at the end.

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