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Beck's Sapphire | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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67
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Beck's SapphireBeck's Sapphire
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Beck & Co.
Germany | website

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

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2.79
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Photo of plaid75
2.27/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured adjunct sweetness and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a round artificial sweetness and a slight hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a poor euro lager. Stripped of any character in an attempt at smoothness.

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Photo of stella77artois
2.27/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

One of the more disappointing beers I've sampled. Been a huge fan of Beck's for a while now, so when I saw a new variety, I was extremely excited to try it. Sapphire hops? Ok, whatever. Never heard of them but I thought I'd try it.

Upon cracking the bottle open, it smelled dank and sour, much like a mass produced cheap adjunct lager. And the taste was just as bad. Very bitter in a bad way, yet very watery. Very dry afterwards. To be honest, it tasted a lot like Bud Light Platinum to me. This beer had no positives, other than being slightly better than most cheap light beers. Won't drink again.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Note: this stuff's made in St. Louis NOT Germany.

A: Pours slightly darker than your typical lager, but only slightly. Head is thin and full of holes without much staying power.

S-Sweet, boozy smell: not too enticing.

T-Sweet but thin. Near-decent at first, but then the aftertaste leaves you wondering if you just cracked a Steel Reserve. Not at all what I expected.

M-Thin and a bit fizzy. As the glass warms up, the mouthfeel quickly changes, becoming flat and very thin making me think..how long ago did I open this thing?

O-Seems like this is Beck's contribution to the craft-beer craze. Lately, I've been trying the other commercial brewery's offerings in the same idea, i.e. Bud's Black Crown & Coors Batch 19; mostly out of curiosity and to see how they stack up. I'd say this is a very poor attempt at tapping into a ripe market.

Constructive criticism: Thicken the head. Darken the color. Pleasurize the aftertaste. Make a more honest label. Keep the ABV.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.29/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Weird carbonation, like soda water or Bud Light. Maybe a shade darker than regular Beck's, but just maybe.

Smell: This really does smell like absolutely nothing. Some dry hay only.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit of lemon peel. Less malt and more hops than regular Beck's. Decent crispness in the mouthfeel, but the bitter lemon overwhelms.

Overall Drinkability: About what I expected. Should be sapphire, but really fool's gold.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Product of Saint Louis USA (really?) and it shows. Pours to a pale gold color and 3/4 inch head that falls to a 1/8 inch layer of foam. Lacing is low to none. Aroma is faint and grainy with a hint of played out noble hops. Flavor is bland and boozy with a cheap beer taste you wouldn't even expect from Becks. Grainy, slightly bready and sweet with a dry, slick finish. Mouthfeel is OK. Overall, a disappointing beer that goes along with the Bud Platinum trend. Never again.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
2.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Straw yellow with a two finger fizzy white head, that dissipates immediately. No lacing or cascading.

S-very faint nose consisting of cereals, malts, and alcohol sweetness

T-very malty, a boozy sweetness, and carbonated water. No real hop presence. It tastes like an American macro lager, not a German Pilsener as there is no bitter hop bite as other versions of the style.

M-Thin, yet soft and semi-creamy

D-One could drink a few of them if they desired but I don't think I will ever drink this again.

Overall, regular Beck's is much better than this because it actually has flavor. This beer is seriously lacking the flavor department which is very disappointing. I'm glad I only purchased a single.

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Photo of KL1NGON
2.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Saw this in the grocery store and thought I'd give it a try. Unlike a lot of the other reviewers I actually like Beck's, especially the Dark. I'm also a big fan of hoppy Bohemian style pilseners and hoped that this one brought that sort of flavor.

This beer uses the newly developed Saphir hops which are being used as a substitute for Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, which have become prone to disease. While Saphir shares many characteristics of Hallertau and is used for aroma, this beer doesn't seem to have very much of it.

A- Poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer displayed a thin golden color with bright, white foamy head that dissipated rapidly and left absolutely no lacing. When the glass was empty it almost appeared cleaner than it was before the pour.

S-Slight sweetness but no indication of hops, this was a big disappointment.

T-Sweet and smooth but none of the enticing bitterness of a good pilsener. The taste fades quickly and becomes cheap, it doesn't endure and is forgettable. Taking another taste gives another quickly forgotten hint of sweetness.

M-Mouthfeel is smooth but like the taste this fades quickly as well. It encourages another swallow to regain the feel and it appears that this beer was created as a sort of malt liquor with high alcohol content for heavy drinkers, rather than those who take time to enjoy the brew itself.

O-I will not buy this product again, it's apparently created for an audience that wants the big kick of alcohol without having to develop a taste for a fine brew. It's disguised as a flavorful, hoppy Bohemian style pilsener but it's all smoke and mirrors. Much better choices are available for the price.

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Photo of screamking
2.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

16oz can poured in pint glass. Purchased at gas station.

Appearance-color resembles apple juice, with 1 finger white head that disappears in less then 60 seconds. 3

Aroma-corn, stale wheat bread, hint of banana, not much. 2.25

Taste-dried wheat, corn, very earthy, banana is there, but all flavors are bland. 2.25

Feel-water, mid carbonation, smooth-ish, drys a bit with alcohol. 3

Overall-I don't think I will be buying this again, feels and tastes like an American beer not German. Which isn't a bad thing I just don't understand this release other than to make more money out of an inferior product. I like beck's, but this tastes like beck's and Budweiser had a baby and that baby was left out in the sun to long then stumbled into a frat house to become a college beer. 2.25

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Photo of RuEXP1
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Poured from a bottle into standard pint. Clear light golden color. Lots of carbonation, and a medium to light amount of white foam. Little to no lacing.

S: Smells sweet and grassy, nothing particularly inviting here.

T: Taste starts off slightly sweet but ends with a metallic flavor. Not enjoyable to me.

M: Smooth and crisp, nothing to complain about here. Nothing particularly special either.

O: This is supposed to be a higher end beer, and a 10$ for a 6 pack I expected something better from Beck's. To me this brings nothing new to the plate, and if anything is a step backwards. The added "6%" of alcohol took away from the taste of the beer rather than adding to it. Not worth the money.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, brewed in St. Louis, MO. Golden with excellent clarity, frothy white head holds good retention. Aromas are lager yeast, grassy hop, very faint pilsener malt. Tastes are oddly floral & fruity, earthy, grassy, sweet, no sharp finish as expected with a pilsener. Body seems like it's actually fuller than it should be, it's medium & creamy. Overall, I had a hard time with this one. Doesn't have much for pilsener qualities, odd flavors. Not good at all.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

16 oz can after an afternoon of painting.
Looks innocent enough, pale yellow with a decent head. Thin watery mouthfeel, grainy corn and hints of metal. Even for a macro this isn't that good.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.4/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

16 oz single picked up at the gas station. It was either $1.50 or $1.75.. I poured this shiz into my Sam Adams glass.

It poured lite and clear as only InBev can make it - I wonder if they have a spectrophotometric patent? Overall, my best description of the taste is "a bit of grass & leaf clippings inside a malt liquor/ice beer mess."

Overall, it seems like Beck's amped up the alcohol on an already bland base, and possibly froze the result. The new "Sapphire" hop? If those were the grass & leaf clipping taste, let's hope they lose the seed stock..

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright and clear gold colour, not much foam, less lacing.

Corn in the smell, slight hint of some hops.

Big corn flavour, grainy, non sweet malt, light but not pleasant bitterness. Fancy looking bottle but it's what inside that counts and the beer doesn't count for much. An AB-InBev fail. Kicking up the abv and putting it in a brown bottle does not make it an auto better brew.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a straw yellow color, very clear with lots of visible carbonation. Had a fingers worth of head the dissipated very quickly with no lacing.

S: Pretty much smells like beer... Pretty non-descript... little sweet malt and a touch of hops...(Not much).

T: Pretty bland and a little watered down.... light sweet malt and a light touch of hops.

M: Light, pretty watered down, average carbonation, but is easy down with a clean finish.

O: Not really anything different or too impressed from Beck's here.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively into a glass. Bready aromas, faint skunk noted in previous entries. Golden color, two-finger creamy, foamy head. No lacing, but ring of foam on top of beer. Light carbonation emanating from the bottom. Malty taste and mouthfeel. A whisper, virtually non-existent, of hop bitterness. Being maltier than regular Beck's, it leaves a coating around the mouth. Almost overwhelmingly sweet. A "fuller," maltier version of Bud. Nothing special.

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Photo of delta490
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured it into the 12 oz. Sam Adams glass. Clear and gold, with a very short-lived head. No lacing on the glass. Aroma is almost absent, as all I got was a faint whiff of any malt. Taste isn't too bad, but there is very little distinctive about it. It just has a little sweetness (but nothing I can put my finger on) and little hop bitterness on the finish. Moderate carbonation, a little heavy on the finish. Thinner in texture. It might be the one I'd choose out of a selection of mediocre beers but not one I'll ever seek out again. Of note, the beer color on the packaging is decidedly NOT the color of the beer when poured from the bottle. Also interesting, brewed in St. Louis (by the AB part of InBev-AB), so it's not even a German import anymore. But clearly trying to appeal to that market.

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Photo of Solo007
2.49/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from my 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

I like the can, but a can /bottle does not maketh the brew . . .

The nose is airy, light flower almost like freshly laundered linen put out to dry in a green field (like Downy fabric softener). Thick foamy head, nice dark golden hue. It has a thin feel in the mouth a cross somewhere between high-octane spirit like moonshne or Everclear; seltzer, and day-old tea. The taste of hops is there but it's been diluted by the characters above. Make no mistake: It's not a good brew at all, but I don't think it's as bad as some of the reviewers had made this out to be. But if you want to go good and cheap for your beer: Pass on this one: You can do better. Otherwise, only if you must.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So I have a tallboy of a German brand of beer, brewed with German Sapphire hops, yet it is a product of USA. I smell a Budweiser Black Label clone, having both been released at the same time. 16 ounces, on to the beer:

Pouring it and the Black Label comparison ends. From the pour it looks electric yellow, but in the glass it has a golden color with tangerine hues and a semi-creamy inch of head. Retention is decent on top. The aroma is not impressive. It smells sterile with some cider and apple. Will I be drinking beer or cider?

Maybe both. Sapphire has a clean taste with just a little bit of flavor. Vague cereals, some apple, lively refreshing carbonation make much of the show. I also get a vague bubblegum note, but with the sugar sucked out of it. I don't get any serious offenses regarding off-flavors, which for this beer of little taste is a much needed attribute. You would expect for a beer named after a hop variety to have a stronger hop presence. I'm not making any.

Do it once, cross it off your list, and move to the next beer you want to try.

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Photo of myelo
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

10 oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

Clearn, medium to dark gold with 1 inch white head that disappears quickly with very mild lacing. A lot of tiny bubbles.

Light malt aroma with minimal hop presence.

Taste is smooth, light malt, very mild bitterness an d dry finish. Bit of ethanol.

Light body, high carbonation.

Overall a smooth, dry American-style lager. No faults and lacks the typical Beck's skunk, but not much flavor or aroma going on.

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Photo of fizzy
2.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

FIRST! Look at the label. "PRODUCT OF USA". And to make it even worse, "ST LOUIS ,MO". It doesn't take to much to figure this one out.

I am disappointed since my go to beer guy recommended that I try it. One bottle out of the 12pk and I am not pleased. I can buy Old Milwaukee a lot cheaper. Not to say that it tasted like OM, but it didn't taste like Beck's either. Light out of the bottle, lots of ziz on the tongue. Watery in the middle. If Sapphire hops are supposed to taste this way, I guess I'll go along with that. Just a lot of something missing here. The black bottle doesn't really make up for it though. Just which bid at the recycle do you put black empties?

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Photo of JoLight
2.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Clear golden color, with a soapy head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam. Lots of bubbles.

Smells musky--almost stale. I get musky grains, with a bit of sweetness. No hops, no bread; just musky grain.

It tastes awful. (And that's coming from a not-picky drinker, so heed my warning.) It has a bland, grainy flavor with some sweetness, which is all perfectly fine...until the end. The end flavor tastes of the burnt, blackened, crunchy, sour, metallic-tasting residue of the outside of an overcooked piece of meat. There's a small amount of bitterness from the hops. There's some prickly carbonation. No breadiness from the malt is detected.

For eight bucks for a six pack, this is an insult. And I'm not even a picky drinker.

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Photo of peabody
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a really clear off-yellow to a slight amber with 1/3 finger of white suds.
Smell is slight hops and lemon peel. Some sugars in the nose.
Taste is bland and mellow. Aftertaste of lemon rind and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky and fairly boring.
Overall this isn't much of a beer. I think it's budweiser in a black Beck's bottle. In fact the bottle says St. Louis , Mo.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce can, made as a drunk purchase at a Speedway gas station a few months ago. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with an inch and a half off-white head. It smells like sweet malt, light apples and that's about it. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt noticeable. Doesn't smell good, but not awful either. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and easy enough to drink. Moderate carbonation. It's not a bad brew, but I'd only recommend it if you want a tick or if you can get a single can or bottle of it like I did.

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Photo of Amalak
2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A. It is crystal clear gold color with some streams of bubbles coming up through the middle. It has a thick foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Little lace.

S. Slight metallic scent.

T/M. It has a grape taste. A mild hop feel. It is smooth. Underneath it is a sour metal taste. It has a light body.

O. No real flavor or kick. Tastes like a smoothed out Becks. Nothing special here.

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Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.
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