Brewed by Brauerei Beck & Co.
Style: German Pilsener
Beck’s is a pale German pilsner brewed by Beck’s Brewery, also known as Brauerei Beck & Co., in the northern German city of Bremen. Since Beck’s is located on the river of a port city, it was easy to ship out its product to the world at large and one of the reasons why it is the biggest-selling German export around the globe.
The brewery was formed under the name Kaiserbrauerei Beck & May O.H.G. in 1873 by Lüder Rutenberg, Heinrich Beck and Thomas May. In 1875, Thomas May left the brewery which then became known as Kaiserbrauerei Beck & Co.
Beck’s striking logo, is a silver key on a red shield, and is the mirror image of the coat of arms of Bremen.
The Beck’s Brewery sponsor Bundesliga team Werder Bremen.
The beer won gold in the prestigious World Beer Cup under the category of German-Style Pilsener, in 1998
Since 2008 it has been part of Anheuser-Busch InBev..
The US manufacture of Beck’s has been based in St. Louis, Missouri since early 2012, by Anheuser Busch InBev. An unpopular move which has seen many customers complain about a perceived change in the quality of the product, and which also saw the Brewery lose a class-action lawsuit as it “tricked consumers into thinking Beck’s was a German beer,” (The Wall Street Journal). Which to be fair they deserved a bad rap with packaging that contained ‘German Quality’ beer and ‘Originated in Bremen, Germany,’. That was just asking for trouble.
Review: 16 oz Can of Beck’s: ABV: 4.9%
This is the canned version straight from Germany and not the green bottle variety that many have complained about on the various beer sites. So I imagine should be less skunky.
Incidentally, Becks were the first German brewery to use green bottles.
On pour get a very clear, very, very clear, light golden yellow appearance, with some nice carbonation, bubbling away. Has a decent sized frothy white head that looks good, but does reduce in size but maintains overall.
Some small lacing. Overall looks pretty decent
For the aroma I get a very slight whiff of a real beery smell, but its quite faint, can smell the grains, all nice but faint.
On taste we get a nice creamy intro…..but there is a very strong lingering bitter taste throughout that pierces this beer. It is slightly stringent and not very nice to taste
No real aftertaste.
Bit of a cardboard taste detected as well.
Is possible to get a nice mouthful and the beer has some depth to it with the barley and malts, but….that overall sour bitter taste prevails, of sweet corn perhaps, and its not good.
Overall, I found this beer fairly hard to stomach to be honest. Not a good beer at all!
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