Beck's Light | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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

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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 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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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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Photo of jsprain1
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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Photo of Overlord
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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Photo of ljbrisson
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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Photo of Amalak
1.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had several of these, 12 oz. bottles, at a lame party, which was only offering this. Totally got a headache about an hour after I started drinking.
A- Very light yellowish color. Decent head and some lacing.
S- Slight sour scent.
T- It's really like a slightly flavored water. That's not to be, "Oh, it's a crappy light beer and I hate light beer" or anything. It's just like a skunked version of water.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An unimpressive straw yellow beer with a fizzy head that fades fast and leaves little lace. It smells of skunk, urine, grass, and mineral water. Over carbonated, watery and skunky beer. Not something you want to put in your mouth. FAIL. The beer is very watered down, light struck, a touch of citrus, hay, grain, grass and mineral water. Not tasty at all.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was a waste of my time. Poured an almost clear pale gold with a decent head that receeded quickly and left little lace patches. Rather metallic and morning dew like smell (read: cheap beer smell). Watery and thin and like wet grass, there is very little to like about this beer. It is bland and doesn't even go down smooth because of some ripe hopness on the backend. Had one, will not have two.

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Photo of boblog
1.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

This has to the my hardest beer review, because honestly there was no taste to this beer. Its very drinkable but then again so is water. The mouthfeel is watery. The smell is boring and barely there. The appearance is pale yellow/golden. Honestly this is one of the most boring beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The fact that there is a German light beer is a mind boggling question. I sure hope that this is brewed only for North America and that the Germans don't really drink this stuff. Although this is probably a well-brewed beer that is probably all-malt, Beck's Light tastes like a very cheap light beer that isn't helped out by the skunkiness and the high price.

Beck's Light pours a very pale straw color with a 1 1/2 finger white foam head that disappears in under 20 seconds. The green bottle has sealed the fate of the aroma of this beer, guaranteeing that the aroma is LePew-esque. Some mild grainy notes are somewhat detectable. The standard light beer mouthfeel is here: watery and fizzy. The flavor is of some husky grains, which are the dominant flavor. A very mild sweetness is there, along with some slight papery flavor and skunk carryover. There is some low-to-moderate hop presence throughout, and the finish is slightly bitter. All of these flavors are hindered of course by the wateriness common to almost all light beers. The aftertaste is slightly dry and some more paper flavor is noticeable. This beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

Whatever they are charging for this stuff, it is not worth the import price. At the very most, this beer is boring. Cheap tasting and skunky, I will stay away from this one.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
1.77/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12onz green bottle with best before date in the back.

Appearance: Really pale yellow color with some soda like bubbles on top.

Smell: Cooked corn and grains.

Taste: Wattery ,very watery,almost no flavor ,this beer should be the meaning of ultramega light.Remember me sparkling flavored water

Drinkability: What?? There's other things better to drink.

Notes: The worse beer i have taste from this brewery and one of the bottom 5 of all my life.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.77/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dull straw yellow with a big white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation, but the fizzy yellow water type, no lace. The smell was very faint, if there at all. What I could pick up was maybe a hay, or wheat smell. Again very very faint, and hardly there at all. The taste was very light and non descript, but that is about what one would expect from a light lager. A light grain, just enough of a taste to know I was not drinking water would be the best way to describe it. Decent feel, again just the cold well carbonated. Crisp, and a clean finish, no aftertaste. Overall this was totally forgettable, as I imagined it would be. Their version of Bud Light I imagine and if thats the case, it is spot on. Nothing to see here, move along people.

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Photo of Dewey0603
1.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours clear extremely pale yellow with a large white foamy head and decent lacing. The smell is very weak,but you can pick out a small skunky aroma and little else. The taste is very thin and watery with just abit of malt and hops present. The m/f is weak and thin with almost no flavor. I know this is a light beer,but how about alittle flavor! If I wanted a water I'd have bought a Poland Springs.

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Photo of Jason
1.82/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle with a gold foiled neck, “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Very pale yellow, one of the lightest coloured imports I have ever ran into. Decent head retention, sticks well to the glass and holds a two fingered head for a while.

Smell: Astringent grain in the aroma, light hop and a ghost like skunkiness. Odd smelling.

Taste: Saying it is light bodied is not even close. Malt flavour is minimal. Hops are annoying with a lightly brash bitterness. There seems to be an astringent grain flavour that plays tag team with the hops on your taste buds in a bad way. Thin in flavour with a watered down biscuity grain in the dry finish.

Notes: Why? There is no need for this, we have our own light beers to make fun of. This is damn near close to water … tap water at that. If I want light beer, not that I ever do, I’ll just stick to domestic light beer. Don’t waste your time on this one. Has a similarity to Amstel Light though the head is better in this beer.

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Photo of theopholis
1.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Crystal clear, light yellow with a very white, fluffy head. No head retention or lacing.

Aroma- Not much smell. What there is is mostly sour mash with just enough hops to let you know it's beer.

Taste- Uh...what taste? Did I miss my mouth? If you took some Coors light, and cut it 50% with seltzer water, this is about what it would taste like. It really doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't have any taste.

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel (as it should), medium carboantion.

Drinkability- I wish I hadn't bought a whole sixer of this stuff. Oh well, I have lots of yard work to do.

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Photo of bayvillebeer
1.9/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have found this website to be very useful i should have read some reviews about this beer before buying. First off i'm not a fan of Becks to begin with i really don't know why i bought this beer maybe to much time in the sun. I purchased a six pack only 5.99 not to bad poured into a pilsner glass zero head almost crystal clear apperance taste not much of a taste. The only thing i could say is it is better than coors light and miller light but that is not saying much.

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Photo of SetarconeX
1.92/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I went into this beer with no expectations whatsoever. Quite frankly, I hate standard Becks lager, and I picked this Light version up as part of a promo. Usually, low expectations make for good reviews, as there's suddenly a chance for the beer to surprise and impress.

This stuff, however, is truly disgusting. Pours out of the bottle a nearly perfectly clear liquid, with a hint of pilsner yellow. There's a struggling head, initially, but the foam clears in no time at all. It does, however, smell a lot like a standard Becks, which I guess bumps it out of the one star catagory.

The taste is unlike anything I've ever had before, and it does get a couple points for originality. Harsh and astringent, and reminiscent of the worst creamed corn I ever had. No hops, though I do believe I detect a malt in there somewhere, and the strange corn taste. In addition, it leaves an oddly sweet film in my mouth.

Just a dreadful beer, in any number of ways. Best avoided.

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Photo of ordybill
1.95/5  rDev -14.8%

slight skunky aroma and taste
Appearance was a bland uninspiring yellow
Palate- carbonated with a light bodied feel
Overall- I was completely blown away by how bad this was. I didn't expect this beer to be that bad. I think it is in the same class as Coors Light

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.97/5  rDev -14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Terrible yellow appearance with lots of clarity, no head. Aroma, instead of the nice skunk of regular Beck's, you get a much more watered down aroma. Not bad, but I'd like a descriptor better than 'water' for the aroma of a beer.

Taste, slight bitterness, more water, this seems like it was made for a yuppie guy who doesn't like beer but wants to appear at least a little bit exotic in his choices. Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. A smidge of saaz hops I'd guess.

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Photo of fingerlaker
1.97/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yes, Germany can make a bad beer.

This isn't good, it's quite bad. The SINGLE BEST thing about this beer is the apperance, nothing more. It pours quite dark for such a light brew. The head left in thirty-five seconds but left little islands of lacing.

The smell is chemical-y sweet with skunk (Green bottles? Why?) with a hint of bitter hops at the tail end.

Taste? Miller Light with more bitter and a little sweeter. It's watery with a tad of skunk and just *that much* more hops than any standard light macrobrew. The sweetness isn't a nice carmel sweetness, but rather a chemicalish HF corn syrup sweetness.

I drank the beer in less than five minutes. I just wanted to get it over. I will never drink it again if given the chance.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white foamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy, ricy,very slight hop note. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy/ricy, slight hop note. Light Body. Not much going on with this one.

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Photo of Wildman
2/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay, I am still waiting for the major brewies to get a light beer right. The Europeans still do a better job than us with things like this and Amstel, but they still don't touch what the smaller makers are doing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Weak ass yellow appearance, more water than malt apparently. No head. Aroma watered down the skunk I dig on from the regular version, but it wasn't "bad" per se, just missing.

Mild bitterness, especially for the lack of hops and body for the beer. So much water in this beer.

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Beck's Light from Brauerei Beck & Co.
2.29 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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