Beck's Sapphire | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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67
poor
570 Ratings
THE BROS
65
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Beck's SapphireBeck's Sapphire
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by peabody on 12-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
570
Reviews:
152
Avg:
2.78
pDev:
23.02%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
105
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

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2/5  rDev -28.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small amount of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grass and hay aromas. There is also a slight vegetal aroma that comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with a grainy bread flavor on the finish. There is an extremely mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with very mild hop aromas and flavors.

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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention was thin and lasted for a little while. The lacing was basically nowhere in sight. The smell of the ever is slightly floral, there is some grainy notes and a tough of creaminess as well. The beer smell way better than any other Beck's I've had in the past. The taste is sweet, there is a dominant malt flavor with some corn-like flavors as well as this hops shining through again. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, it's thin and carbonated. Overall it's the best thing I've tried from Beck's I'm glad it wasn't terrible. If I had to be a cheap date and this was available I would order it.

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3.01/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of tangerines.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of bready malts and tangerines.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of Sapphire hops makes this beer slightly more interesting than your average pilsener. It's rather easy to drink.

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2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured out a pale golden color with a pillowy white head of foam. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled floral with some grains and caramel.

T - Caramel sweetness, bread crust and some floral spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is okay. Don't quite understand the D score. It's just average.

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2.57/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Decent medium sized white head quickly fell to a very thin lacing above a clear yellow golden colored beer.

Light light sour yeasty aroma with some very light grains blending in.

An even lighter taste than the aroma would have suggested, consisting of more very light grains and just a touch of something yeasty or maybe hopsy.

A very light dry aftertaste without much if any taste on this light bodied beer.

Not a whole lot going on that would make me want to open another one of these, kind of glad I got this one in a mixed 6 pack.

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beck's Sapphire
12 oz bottle, code dated "12348 SM76"
"Product of USA. ST. LOUIS, MO"
$30.99 per case of 24/12 @ Javie's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

Apparently brewed by Anheuseur-Busch in the United States, Beck's Sapphire is a fairly basic beer. It doesn't have the bite or bitterness of Beck's (regular), but it does have a nice bit of floral hop flavor to it.

The Sapphire hops (actually Saphir) come through clearly, but keep in mind that they're really just a derivation of the standard "noble" Hallertauer Mittelfrue hops that are so common in European beers, as well as lagers across the globe.

In the end, it's kind of sweetish and there aren't really enough hops to balance it - both in bitterness and flavor. Interestingly, it's 6% ABV, which you would think would leave it a little bit more dry-ish, but it's not. Or was that just a marketing concept for the US?... add a little alcohol and the consumer will think they're actually getting something for their money?

Not really recommended.

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2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle with undecipherable code rather than a clear date. Thumbs up for the nice extra dark bottle.
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fragile and thin white head. Large bubbles rising through the beer suggest artificial carbonation. The aroma is a rather light mix of malts and hops that suggest cereal and over-cooked vegetables, The flavor is notably better than, but too much like, a light lager. Very smooth, light body with good (medium) carbonation.

O: Flaws of omission in this fairly well-crafted lager create a smooth, easy drinking beer that's lacking in both flavor and aromatics.

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2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a thin malt character and lager yeast. Then some mild malt sweetness comes in along with a mild hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Copper with a rich white head. Loads of thick sticky lacing. Smells floral and earthy wtih some citris notes (lemon sticks out). Touch of Lager must as well. It's got flavor but doesn't remain in the nose for long. The taste has a leafy and citric bite with a bit more sweetness to it than I was expecting (which is maybe brought out even more by the fruitiness of the hops). Feel is medium with a firm snap to it. It's certainly easy drinking for the most part but it plays too fast and loose with the sweetness for a German Pils. The Saphir hops at least add a little something different to what would normally be a pretty boring Lager.

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2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some medium yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin to medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with hints of light floral hops and just a hint of sweet banana.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy biscuit malts with light flavors of floral hops. Light amounts bitterness in the finish which fades quickly but overall this beer is a little too sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick.

O: Sounded like a good concept but it does not deliver on it - I was hoping for a showcase of the Saphir hops but it turned out to just be a slightly sweet Euro Lager. Glad that I had the opportunity to give it a shot but I will not be getting this one again.

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2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have to say this is a beautiful golden amber color in the tall tulip with a decent head. It's slightly sprizty on the tongue, but not very bubbly. The flavor is classic malt liquor, but with a peculiar fruity and earthy taste. It may just be some combination of real malt and hops, but it tastes like something brewed up in the food research lab.

Corn and cereal taste, orange flavoring, winey, dirty, and a hint of Cynar, the artichoke aperitif. Not trace of hop flavor [after I wrote this I see that Sapphire refers to a variety of hop]. Overall, there is some beeriness but it is exactly what I hoped never to taste in a-- whoops! I almost said German-- beer, but it is now an InBev product made by the former AB in the St. Louis factory. All the discussions on "if you were CEO of a giant brewer" are interesting when you taste what they DO produce, in contrast with what good brews they COULD produce.

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3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of their flagship beer, but it's been a while, so what the heck...indiscernible dating code of 13037...

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Scant head retention & lacing,

S: Some perfumy & soapy hops, plus grassyness, cooked cereal shows when warm

T: Follows the nose, a hint of pears, sweat breadyness plus dryness up front. Cooked cereal & soapy hops as this warms, plus more pears & dryness. Finishes with slight citrus hop snap, pears & a bit of breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, pretty good balance. Thins out more as this warms

Not a great pils, but alright. I could see this being an option around here, could do a few before tiring of this. About what I expected

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3.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The color and clarity are good, enjoyed chilled in a tulip, deep gold with thin head of white which leaves copius lace and beading is fine and retention is good. Smell is faintly mineral with grainy and light floral scent with a mild sweet tinge. The feel is somewhat creamy with mild dry feel and light bitterness with subtle spice in the finish.
Taste is decent with floral hop and light pilsner sweetness with low alcohol and hop bitterness adding to the smooth malt taste. Overall a decent lager but it didn't stand out among the style and pretty tame it could provide more of a hop taste considering it has the variety listed on the label.

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Photo of Jason
2.77/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz black bottle with no freshness date. They spent a ton of dough on getting the bottle right ... or at least that is what they are telling us. Brewed in the USA.

Great looking head, crystal clear pale yellowish golden hue. Faint cooked cereal, mineral, hint of flora hops though expected more ... a clean aroma none the less. Ample crispness, light bodied with a mild slickness. Very grainy, animal feed, hay, grass with a kiss of alcohol. Now for the hops, there is bitterness but I am really having a hard time finding the Sapphire hops ... I do detect a very vague hoppiness but nothing that wakes the palate up. Semi-clean drying finish.

If you are going to boast about a certain type of hop and even make it a part of the beer's name then you need to make sure it is actually in the beer ... a vague character of the hop does not work. Pass on this one.

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1.5/5  rDev -46%

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