Beck's Sapphire | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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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:
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Added by peabody on 12-21-2012

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152
Ratings:
568
Avg:
2.78
pDev:
23.02%
 
 
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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Almost no head atop a bright golden brew... despite the lack of head, a decent lacing shows with the decreasing beer.

Nose is standard Beck's.. I hoped for more... Pale grainy maltiness with little in the way of hops, just some background earthy notes.

Flavor is also "Beck's" grainy beer balanced toward the sweet side of the beer spectrum and only barely balanced by some hoppy bitterness and just a touch of grassy hops toward the end of the palate.

Decent beer.. I would pick this over anything from the Big 3 any day... but I would pick a PBR pounder over the "black glass" just as quickly.

3/2.5/2.75/3/2.75

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. There is a number on the label that reads 12363-SX23. US Brewed. Tried on January 27, 2013.

It pours a deeper golden yellow than some lagers with a foamy white head that builds up and fizzles down to a ring. But the ring remains.

Aroma of subdued malts, bread, yeast, and a slight hop zing. Overall about what one would expect for this style.

The body is light to medium but generally smooth.

The taste begins with the bready malts but it does not take long for the clean, crisp sapphire hops to kick in on the tail end. Not much of a lingerer. Fairly easy to drink.

In some respects I would liken this to a slightly bolder Bud Light Platinum.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a small white head.

Smell is clean toasted grain and hay with some black pepper spiciness. Noble hop scent it smells similar to Saaz with pepper added.

Starts out toasted grain with a distinct lemon flavor. Slightly spicy tastes like Becks with a lemon slice. Powdery yeast flavor it is OK and better than the regular Becks.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty beer but nothing really different. Will be an excellent hot weather beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours gold with a medium soapy white head, good retention, some spotty lace.

S: Surprisingly striking, lots of floral character, tropicality - passion fruit, watermelon, some green apple, the freshness of the hops is quite appealing.

T: After the promise of the nose, it drops back to being a middle of the road German lager. Nice malt flavours with a solid hop backing, floral and earthy. Nothing too special, definitely a drinkable beer.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth, with a long hoppy aftertaste (for the style), quite a bit more substantial than one would expect.

O: This is not going to blow anyones' socks off, but for a solid German lager at BMC prices, it certainly works.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
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 barczar
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant golden color with a foamy one inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving no lacing.

Minerals, cracker-like malt, grain, and floral hops form the aroma.

Grain, lightly skunky character, lightly toasted, bready malt, and a little grainy sweetness form the flavor profile. The skunky character is a little odd. Not sure if it's the hops or what.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, light astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Eh. Grain, lightly toasted malt are good, but the skunky character is offputting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Wow a brown bottle! Hope it's skunk free
A - Clear bright yellow with a mild orange tint. Head is just a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a while.
S - Has the typical lager corn and sweet malts. Not very skunky yet not very strong.
T - Corn sweetness with a touch of lager yeast, some biscuit malt is surprising and some sweeter malts too.
M - Light to medium not bad.
Overall I never really liked Beck's but this one is as advertised, smooth and somewhat hoppy (I guess)

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.99/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beck's Dark is one of my everyday, after work go to beers. Easy to drink, flavorful, crisp, simple. Don't need to think a lot about what I'm drinking. When I saw the Sapphire bottle at my grocery store, I though it was a variation of Beck's dark. I was a little disappointed, but still intrigued to try it out anyway. Even though it's been awhile since I've had regular Beck's.

Color is a clear , somewhat bubbly, golden, light amber color. Very quick head and no residual foam.

The aroma is a note or two of faintly toasted crackers and a grass clipping or two.

Crisp, mellow, and a better defined toasty malt flavor than I expected. Typical grassy hop flavors. A little Earthy. Overall, pretty simple and easy to drink. Worth a try if you like pilsners. I wouldn't mind trying a side by side taste test of Beck's and Sapphire.

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Photo of Brad007
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Never heard of the hops so I thought I would try a bottle. No way I'm paying for a full 6 pack of this.

Golden color that resembles apple juice a bit. A thin head forms and ample carbonation seems apparent.

Light and full of sweet, buttery malt. Hops add a bit of spice but not much more to the overall aroma.

It's a bit crisp with some buttery malt and spice from the hops. Inoffensive but the mouthfeel is another story.

Very thin mouthfeel that is barely there. Reminiscent of juice. Some malt and hop flavors but not much else back there.

Better off sticking with regular Becks. Not impressed.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.39/5  rDev -14%
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 Suds
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This is a pale yellow beer with a thin head and lower than expected carbonation. The beer has a cereal aroma and very faint spicy hops. Mediocre smell and uninspiring appearance. The taste is more appealing....sharper, spicy, a little sweetness....faint malt....clean and crisp. Thin mouthfeel. Macro lager, average at best.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass

Appearance – Pours a golden amber color with a big thick and creamy white head. The head fades slowly to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a bready nature mixed with some light hops of a herbal nature. Mixed with these aromas, there is a slightly papery smell with only the lightest hints of any sweetness.

Taste – The taste starts out much sweeter and consisted to be much sweeter then the nose let on. It began with flavors of bread and corn malt with a strong sweet flavor of corn syrup and some lighter caramel. These flavors were pretty consistent to the end where some light bitter grassy and herbal hop flavors come to the tongue leaving a mainly sweet but very lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thicker side for a lager style of 6 % abv with a carbonation level that is a little on the lower side. For all the sweet flavors and light hop it may have been better suited with a higher more exciting carbonation and a tad thinner body.

Overall – Tastes very much malt liquor like, but without the kick and at much the higher price (and not available in a 40 or tallboy size as any appropriate malt should be). Stick with the classic malts if you are considering this; this is not really a winner for the price.

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Photo of ZAP
3.07/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this Sapphire hop which I have not had before.

This beer pours an impressively clean, clear golden color with minimal head.

Aroma is grainy with a soft herbal/spicy note backing it.

Taste is unremarkable. Grainy...lingering sweetish maltiness....light hops which lend just a hint of spiciness. This is not a hop forward pilsner.

There is some lingering dryness on the finish...body is medium...nothing bad about this but nothing to recommend either except its exceptional clarity if you want to look at it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.92/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.0% ABV,

A - Bright golden in color, this clear beer shines with pride and is topped with a towering white head of foam. As the loose bubbles slowly collapsed, light wispy lace was left adorning the glass.

S - If there were such a style as German Adjunct Lager, the aroma of this beer would make it a prime candidate for it's categorization. Grainy pale malt and additives smell cheap and hops seem underwhelming for the advertising push of their existence.

T - From the light smattering of sweet pilsner malts to the abundance of grainy pale malt and adjuncts to the creamed corn finish, Beck's Sapphire tastes cheap. German hops are afoot though, coming in on the back end with some herbal characteristics which greatly helps alleviate the cheapness of the malt flavor.

M - Sapphire's best quality is the fact it strays from going all out effervescent with explosive carbonation like a lot of mainstream lagers. Instead, Beck's Sapphire has a nice smooth (albeit slick) entry into a faintly dry finish with a suggestion of lingering hop bitterness captured on the back end.

O - Beck's Sapphire manages to bring fourth some hop flavor and presence in an otherwise ordinary "import" lager but it doesn't save it from being mundane, like it's awful commercial. This "German adjunct lager" isn't worth any elevated cost above the American swill we've already got here. Probably because it's also not made in Germany. It's made in St. Louis.

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Photo of Brenden
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sapphire is a very clear pale gold, very bright. The pour brings up a nice pure white head close to 2 fingers in height. Retention isn't bad, as it falls in one stage to a full finger then, within a couple of minutes, to a thinnish foam. It only leaves a modicum of spotty lacing.
The aroma gives off some grains under a sharp, tart/sweet sort of fruitiness with a bit of pale, dryish malts and even a touch of floral character, presumably from hops. In the flavor, this is probably a beer I'd pinpoint blindly as a Euro pale lager. I can see it as a macro attempting a pilsner. What I can't see it effectively as is a hoppier German pils. Hops are very light, almost nondescript. There's a bizarre mix of sugary flavors coming in through the middle.
The mouthfeel isn't particularly clean. It's got a bit of slickness to it right off the bat, though there is a crispness as well. Smoothness comes out just at the beginning and fades off. The longer the sip, the more a somewhat numbing, tingly alcoholic touch hits the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat and tongue.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours one finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is clean grains and lemon.
The taste is moderate lemon bitterness. Fine enough.
The texture is smooth and crisp.
Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Gmann
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a super clear golden straw color, perhaps a slight touch of toasted straw. The white head was minimal, settled into a light straw.

The aroma is very very light. I pick up some light grain and an adjunct sweetness. It doesn't smell bad, just doesn't really smell like anything. No pilsner characteristics.

The taste is of light grain and a corn like sweetness. A bit of a metallic twang. No hop flavor whatsoever. This seems to be Beck's take on an American macro lager. The traditional Beck's at least has a bit of a grassy hop flavor, this has nothing. It does have a smooth flavor as advertisted but I fear what this would taste like if warm as the adjuncts would pop through. On a plus side it does not have that skunky flavor to it.

The feel is light to moderate, actually has a bit of body to it. The carbonation is quite crisp, burns just a tad. Very sweet on the palate, would be slick if not for the carbonation.

A big ole adjunct bomb. Yeah, they smoothed out the beer but it sacrificed whatever flavor the traditional Beck's had. I would much prefer the traditional Becks as it has some resemblance of a german pilsner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +50%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beck's Sapphire (poured into a whiskey glass) has a thin, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but sweet barley malt is detected. The flavor is of sweet, brown bread, barley malt, and an unusual hop bitterness, which is difficult to describe. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Beck's Sapphire finishes dry, clean, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, this is another winner from InBev, and I think it is delicious.

RJT

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Photo of hophugger
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden crystal clear color. Head is fast and leaves very quickly with no visible lacing to speak of. Lots of tiny bubbles continue their trek to the top throughout the drinking process. Aroma is bready with just a touch of background skunk. Taste is ok, with a touch of bitterness, but not sure if that is the hops or just a mediocre beer I am tasting. I get a grassy-hay flavor. Feel is not that great, typical mass produced beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out to a light ring.

S - grassy and grainy.

T - pretty much the same as the smell.

F - light/medium bodied with a crispness to it.

O - it is what it is.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 25, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 25, 2013
Misc.: Pretty nice looking black bottle

Poured a honey golden clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy white head. Tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Sporadic spots of foggy lacing along the sides of the glass on the way down. Good retention for a pilsner on the top.

Smelled cloves, banana, honey, faint Circus Peanuts, bread, banana bread, caramel, apple, faint pumpkin and kiwi. More like a hefeweizen or something similar than a pilsner, but I did dig it.

Tasted not as much like the smell as I’d hoped. Got honey, bread, apple, kiwi, caramel, banana bread and some cloves.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, refreshing finish. Does not feel like 6.00 percent ABV, maybe more like 4.80.

I was pleasantly surprised with Beck’s Sapphire. Not too bad at all and I’ll certainly enjoy the rest of this 6-pack.

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Photo of ordybill
1.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a terrible beer. I had hoped that this German Macro could pull off a nice brew with this "Sapphire", I was wrong. Had a heavy skunky presence. avoid

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Photo of thecheapies
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a true gold color. Got about a half-inch of medium-coarse bubble top, but it's fading fast. Some cascade action to the surface is visible.

Very mild malty aroma of sweet cracker and metallic notes. Light grassy Noble hop brings a touch of old dried herb. Not much else.

Ouch. Sweet pale grains are lagered smooth, but the flavor is off. Light bitterness isn't enough to chase away flavors of cooked corn. Barely any hop note. Slight grassiness that's scuffed off by a ringing chime of rosewater alcohol in the finish. That finish lasts way too long, too.

Medium-thin, but with a strange glazed feel. Carbonation is disappointing. Not a great drinker.

Totally boring. Can't define these Sapphire hops from this beer. Warning: Not to allow to warm, drink ice cold.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color, with a modest white head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam on the surface. Thin, scattered fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Classic Pilsener aroma, although a bit understated, cracker and biscuit malt and noble hops, and a mineral aroma to the water.

Taste: Opens with a bit of biscuit malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness, assuaged by modest noble hops. As the taste progresses, the hops dominate, but only slightly. Finishes with a biscuit malt note, and a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, not unpleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Neither good, nor terrible, about what could be expected of a "German" beer brewed in America. The great German brewers of yore must be spinning in their graves.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve fluid ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Beck's Sapphire from Brauerei Beck & Co.
2.78 out of 5 based on 568 ratings.
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