Beck's Sapphire | Brauerei Beck & Co.

Beck's SapphireBeck's Sapphire
BA SCORE
6.8%
Liked This Beer
2.77 w/ 573 ratings
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
Ranking:
#43,544
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
573
Liked:
39
Avg:
2.77/5
pDev:
23.47%
Alströms:
2.77
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
106
Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 573 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a light yellow body with little to no head to speak of. Bready malt shares the aroma with a note of spicy continental hops. Spicy herbal hops share the flavor with bready malt. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad. The hop flavor, while far from robust, gives you a good sense of what sapphire hops can bring to the table.

 379 characters

Photo of MPSTARR
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of AMCPhD
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WunderLlama
2.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Deep rich golden yellow , two finger foam cap settles into a fine layer with lacings on the side of the glass.

Grassy, straw , winey aroma.

Carbonated fizz settles down to a beery type taste. Light to medium light mouthfeel. Taste of alcohol is strong on the tongue. No bitter aftertaste

A "friend" recommended this beer to me. The appearance was great, the taste was a let down. a step above an adjunct beer for me. He either doesn't know the type of beers I like or I need to find a new friend.

 539 characters

Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of csurowiec
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hypnotoad1
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of instinct2
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of johntfox
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a medium yellow hue. Small one finger head that is there one second and then gone the next. Lacing was nonexistent. Deeper in color than regular Beck's. Constant carbonation bubbles rising.

S- Very faint. Very slight skunky smell of a pils like its predecessor. Slight malt notes are detectable. Very little to none of the hops promised on the beer's label.

T- The closest thing I can relate to this beer is a malt liquor. Not quite as repulsive malt wise as a Colt 45, but definitely reminiscent of a toned down malt liquor. Starts off with a slight metallic flavor and very light grainy flavors. The drink stays one dimensional in this way until pretty much the end where there is a slight bite. Bite is maybe a little from the hops but more on the alcohol bitter side from the raised ABV.

M- Light and watery on the palate with very high carbonation. Slick going down, and alcohol is slightly detectable in the taste.

I don't enjoy German pilseners with the skunky flavor profile like regular Beck's, but this is worse. Just not a good beer, especially when it touts hops on the label and none are to be tasted.

 1,127 characters

Photo of DavidST
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I didn't see a bottled date. For some reason I was expecting this to be dark, instead its a crystal clear light yellow color with a long lasting white head. The smells are of light crisp grass smells. The feel is medium light. The taste isn't what I like, a light crisp hops, mild malts, not every appealing.

 354 characters

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Eighty
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of digitalflood
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beck's Sapphire (2014) - 6% ABV. Pours with a thick head that dissipates to decent lacing. Red amber hue. Decent carbonation. Light mouthfeel. Wet. Very malty and sweet on the front palate. More of an Oktoberfest or Markzen style beer. Lots of barley, bread, and wheat. Smooth syrup sugar-- caramel. Mid-palate there is just a quick hint of hops. A slight alcohol bite. Rolls back to malt, syrup, and wheat. Slight alcohol and maple syrup after taste. Very light taste. Drinkable. Hiding in its ABV. Extremely smooth. I think the problem is that you expect more from the Sapphire hops as you should-- it's a good German beer, but if you're looking for bite you will be disappointed. It is a good beer-- but it isn't hoppy. It's malt and creamy. Had they labeled it Marzen it would be more well received, but it is what it is as they say. 3.5. Good.

 848 characters

Photo of ZachKelly
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of dbossman
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Slightly pale, golden hue and bubbly with a sudsy head and a tiny bit of lacing

S: Lots of grains; a a bit of butter, with some toasty bready malts and a hint of citrus and herbal hops--quite subdued

T: Some slight hop bitterness up front followed by grainy, toasted malts; some butter; it's okay but pretty simple and the buttery sweetness on the back end gets a bit wearing

F: Kind of sticky--too sticky actually; okay body

O: A pretty simple and boring beer; nothing too off putting but pretty bland all around

 521 characters

Photo of mwar
4.5/5  rDev +62.5%

Photo of LutherBrau
2.3/5  rDev -17%

Photo of KevChiTown
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sanitarium16
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of scratch69
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Light amount of thin lacing.

Smell- Very light aroma of malt sweetness and cereal.

Taste- Subdued flavors of pale malt, sugar sweetness, and some hop bitterness for balance.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty average beer, reminds me more of an adjunct lager than a German pilsener. Flavors a re bland and the smell is almost non-existent.

 497 characters

Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Kromes
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A crystal clear, light straw color with no noticeable head.

Sweet honey malts with a bit of grassy hop and maybe some corn.

A sweet honey flavor with a bit of grassy hop and then a sweet lingering grain flavor in the finish with a touch of bitterness and alcohol.

Light and watery. Easy to drink. Matches the style.

Below average pilsener. Seems like the goal was to make a cheap lager with higher than normal alcohol.

 422 characters

Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
Beer rating: 6.8% out of 100 with 573 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.