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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-11-2002

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 146
Photo of ppoitras
2.63/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12ozer bottle purchased in a two pack with a bottle of Beck's 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 2" white head above the clear, light p*ss-yellow brew. Head fades as fast as it can, but does settle down to about 1/4" of bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is that usual "seems skunky" scent that Beck's and Heineken seem to have, although perhaps even more so. Taste is almost non-existant, seeming more like slightly smoothed water, with a small bitter kick at the end. I know it's a light beer, but come on. Mouthfeel is okay, if this is what you're looking for, but I expected beer characteristics. Drinkability is high, but then again so is water's. This is me, keeping away from light beers...

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Photo of Tang07
3.2/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing light beer.

It is crisp and has a nice finish. It is a light pilsner/lager so it had its expected color (pale yellow). It pours well, leaves a nice albeit short lived head.

Beck's Light is a nice example of a light lager. It is a very nice complement to regular Beck's.

The beer tastes good and one can consume a twelve pack to oneself on a nice sunny hot day, without feeling like you just ate the whole bread isle at the grocery store.

Not something that I would want to drink on a cold winter night, but it is an excellent summer, daytime beer. I buy this when it is on and I want drink something that tastes a hell of a lot better than bud/coors/miller light (or regular for that matter) but I don't want to drink something like Sam Adams Light (which has ~25% more calories)

Sam Adams is probably one of the very best tasting "light" beers, but one must remember that most light beers have about 100 calories and Sam's has about 125 and plain ol' Bud probably in the 145 range. So Sam's is a not so light, light beer.

Memo to folks who don't like light beer:

If you don't like light beer, don't drink it, and don't review it.
I read other light beer reviews and most of the negative reviews are from people who clearly don't like light beer.

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Photo of twi1609372
2.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not horrable overall had this ahile ago, someone bought it instead of regular, not a total loss but is itll perfer regular beck, descent taste not as watered down as some other light beers, yet not as flavorful as some others ie sam light.i reccomend it for a drinker acostoming himself to german brews

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Photo of moulefrite
2.6/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Im not really overly impressed about this beer in any way, but as a Beck's fan from way back (i was weaned on the stuff by my older bro), I will say this does taste the way a Beck's light should taste if I had to imagine it. The color is that of a cheap pinot grigio, though there is a decent head on this thing, and a modest stick as well as lace. Aroma is all beck's skunk! Need i say more? The mouthfeel is just a step above water, with a mildly crisp snap of refreshment. Flavors are typical Beck's skunk-o-rama, sweet malty, grainy and a tad cloying, but mildly quenching. This stuff goes well with frozen pizza-i tried one with a pie that i stipped off all the crappy topping and added my own (delicious?) Broccoli and returned the cheese-a light delight. Though sick to say, this stuff is mildly drinkable in my book.

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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 bditty187
2.22/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Translucent, very pale yellow hue, smallish white head that disappeared rapidly to a small ring around the edge of the glass. No lace. The nose has powerful influences of grain/husk/hay with an undeniable note of skunk, all in all the bouquet is similar to Beck’s… but lighter and worse. Not inviting. The palate is almost flavorless but what is detectable is largely undesirable… grains and light hops, faint cracker-like malt… the finish is very dry. Watery and thin mouthfeel, it lacks substance. Firm carbonation (if not a little too much). Clean and “refreshing”… mildly sweet aftertaste.

Purchased a single for $1.40. It is an okay specimen of a light lager, not recommended… a touch better than B/M/C light, not as good as Sammy though.

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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 BeerResearcher
2.61/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green = Skunky. Damn, this could be a half decent light beer, were it not produced in green. When will they learn? Straw colored with a nice foamy white rapidly dissipating head. A thin spider web lace trails along. The skunk-like aroma hides a fragrant malt and floral hop. The thin herbal malt is completely dominated by sharp metallic and underlying citrus bitterness. Still one of the better light beers around. Might even give Sam Adam's Light a run for their dark brown bottles.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Quite clear pale golden color with a moderate amount of slow-rising carbonation. The small off-white head fades to a paper-thin layer after a couple of minutes. The lacing is quite broken, but decent looking.

Aroma: Very pungent skunky aroma, a consequence of the clear (OK, it is faintly greenish) glass bottle. Beneath the skunk there is a sweet caramel note and some mild hops.

Taste: Begins with faintly sweet malt and a slight sting of carbonation. Towards the end of the taste, a lingering metallic hop bitterness appears. Finishes dry with astringent grain flavor.

Mouth feel: Overall this beer seems quite watery.

Drinkability/notes: The worst German beer that I have ever had. And when are brewers going to throw in the towel on clear glass bottles? Samuel Smith's seems to have finally abandoned clear glass, when will the rest?

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.43/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought this out of curiosity, being something of a German beer lover. It pours like regular Beck's, looks like regular Beck's, but it isn't Beck's. The taste is very watered down, disappointingly so. I can't really tell much more, other than I hated it. I actually got sick to my stomach drinking this stuff. Sorry, I wanted to like it.

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Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As a rule, I would not touch a beer labeled “Light”, but “Beck’s” makes some drinkable beers. On the pour a light clear gold, the head a bright white, the lace decent. Nose is malt, a tad sweet, clean and crisp. Front is malt, the top thin, the finish is dry, highly acidic, lightly hopped, and as I expected, something that does not appeal to me, not that it is bad, just not my style of beer, but would appeal to the occasional beer or light beer drinker.

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Photo of Winter
2.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Packaged in a clear glass bottle, which in my opinion does nothing for the longevity of this beer. Not that this should be saved really. Poured a clear golden color with a white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma consisted of hops, slight fruitiness, alcohol and lemon. Mouthfeel was watery with a crisp tingling from the carbonation. Not much as far as taste goes. The first thing apparent was the alcohol with a hop finish. Beer had a skunkiness to it both in smell and taste. I would not purchase this again if I were in the mood for a light beer.

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Photo of ZAP
2.87/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 04.01 it reads...does that mean April 2001?? wonder it was 50-cents a bottle...doesn't taste skunked...light straw color...mild graininess on the nose..taste is very light but there is some OK graininess emerging...body is thin, but not obscene..Compared to some of the other lights this is OK...I'm not a big fan of Beck's and would never buy this again...It is much worse than S.A Light but ok when compared to Coors Light etc...

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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 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 ADR
2.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tough to guess the style on this one, its more watered-down Pilsner than an American Light Lager...clear bottle, even has a nutritional label (103 calories and 6 g of carbohydrate in case anyone is interested)....

Pale, pale, greenish yellow, "champagne-like" head that lasts for 20 seconds and then is completely gone. Skunky aroma, "Beck's-like" in first impression but very fleeting. The skunk/crisp combo makes is seem mildly "German import-like" but the taste finishes with a distinct distilled water taste. Anyone want the rest of the six pack?

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