Beck's Light | Brauerei Beck & Co.

BA SCORE
62
poor
146 Ratings
THE BROS
46
awful
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.
Germany
becksbeer.com

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not to be confused with Beck's Premier Light.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
66
Avg:
2.29
pDev:
28.38%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -56.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of proc
1/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horrible. Both times I have tried this beer, it has been light-struck due to the clear bottle. Why oh why is this even made. This is a bad beer.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of BeerBelcher
1.13/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A lot of innocent American beer drinkers associate the flavor of the compound methyl butyl thiol with imported lagers (you know, green bottled beers like Beck's and Heineken). Unfortunately this flavor is skunkyness, and is caused by age, light, heat and abuse and this beer seems to have it engineered right in. This beer I belive has only 64 calories. And it appears to have all beer flavor cues removed from it - all that's left is the skunkyness.

Color is a barely-yellow sort-of beer color. Aroma is skunky and unappealing. Flavor is that same skunky methyl butyl thiol compoun. This is simply not good beer, light or otherwise.

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Photo of Lare453
1.25/5  rDev -45.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of packetknife
1.41/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't get it. I still don't get the light market. Reminiscent of Amstel with a bit of sugar and water. No smell to speak of.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.5/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a barely-there straw color, that is just a shade more yellow than water. No head, just tiny islands of white bubbles on the surface of the beer. SMells like most other euro lagers, of grassy malt. Slight doughiness also detected. Taste is of light grassy malt and soda water-like carbonation. A big glass of nothing. Not much flavor, not worth the price or the calories,

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1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of BigAl18
1.54/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown VIII, another in a series of head-to-head matchups in which I compare and contrast macro lagers or light lagers. This bottle of Beck's Light will attempt to defend the pride of German brewing against the challenge from 'America's #1 imported light beer', Holland's Amstel Light. Beck's may be at a slight disadvantage right off the bat since it sports a green bottle as opposed to its competitor's snazzier looking brown.

Lucid pale amber; slightly lighter than Amstel Light. The head is bright white and maintains its structure longer than the competition. Less lace reaches the glass, although not significantly less. I'll give Amstel a slight edge due its richer color and greater amount of glass coverage.

The nose is so weak that it's hard to come up with much description at all. Watery grain, slightly metallic. As always, the lack of strength means that off-odors are also kept to a minimum. This nose won't offend anyone, but it won't impress anyone either.

Beck's Light doesn't commit the same sin as Amstel Light (in your face bad flavor), but that's only because it doesn't have much flavor at all. I'm relucatant to give it any credit whatsoever, though, since it's just as bad in its own way. Again, stale grain leads the way.

The mouthfeel is even lighter than the mouthfeel on Amstel Light (how that's even possible is hard to fathom), but the carbonation is much more to my liking. That is, it isn't nearly as fizzy. Frankly, I don't like either one.

Beck's Light is lousy beer and is the loser of Macro Smackdown VIII. Somehow I think the German brewing industry will survive this little setback. It hardly makes sense to pick a winner when both beers do absolutely nothing to distinguish themselves, but that's half the fun of the MacSmack series. I'm still looking for the other half. Bottom line: avoid Beck's Light like the plague.

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1.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pale clear yellow with a fast disappating head. Disappointing, but not altogether different than any other beer in the style.
S- It smells like some grain stalks were steeped in water. Very minimal aroma.
T- Same here. Just a light grainy and mineral flavor. Real basic and there's really nothing there, even for style.
M- Real real thin body, but not as fizzy as some in style.
O- Not a good light lager, even by light lager standards.

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Photo of jwc215
1.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Best before 8/06.
A friend of a friend brought this...figured I would give it a shot...
Poured a pale straw yellow with a few bubbles that quickly died out.
Smelled of skunk and sulfur. Some vague hints of something decent quickly die out.
The taste was of water mixed of really bad chemicals.
It was watery, chemical-like and had a cheap skunk taste.
The water somewhat saves it, but this is perhaps the worst beer I've ever had. I understand it is light. But this is just not good at all.

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1.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

If I want something this putrid and non-beer like, I'll get the sixty calorie Beck's.

Pours a pale yellow. Smells skunky, tastes skunky, with some malt. No real flavor, no mouthfeel ... not as over carbonated as some other light beers, but it just feels off.

I'll actually say it's less drinkable than the ultra.

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1.62/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hard pour into a pint glass reveals an apple juice-colored, completely headless, carbonationless liquid. Aroma is of light malt, apple. Mouthfeel is extremely light, watery, with a little bit of carbonation. Taste is watery, tinny, soggy white bread. Can't really tell because there isn't much taste. Leaves a metal aftertaste that is most unpleasant.

The first time I tasted this beer I recoiled. Probably one of the worst I have had, very bad for its style.

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Beck's Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
2.29 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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