Brewed by Brauerei Beck & Co./Becks (InBev)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Bremen, Germany


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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.58   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Beck’s Dark is rich and smooth with a lingering, slightly sweet aftertaste. The deep ebony color is the result of specially roasting the barley malt. Unlike dark ales, Beck’s Dark is a bottom-fermented lager which creates a robust flavor and full body while retaining the refreshing properties of a lager beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dacrza (582) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2013
DATE TASTED: October 12, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: celebrating PSU’s unBILLeivable comeback against Michigan--and my son’s fifth birthday... APPEARANCE: "dark" velvet black as night body with a brownish roadside snake-colored head; lacing is nonexistent, with a random streak or spot... AROMA: classic Beck’s ping/tang hops with a doughy funky roundness; a "dirtier" version of the pilsner...PALATE: slick and oily; lightly bodied with subtle activity at the teeth...TASTE: bready, doughy and slightly malty; light hops do not really add balance or memorability...OVERALL: on the plus side, sessionable and autumnal; on the negative, almost indistinguishable from the Oktoberfest, save the presence of extra doughy malts...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (2938) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2013
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 Bottle: Mahogany brown with a slight ruby tint; good clarity given the dark hue. Creamy, light-tan head leaves decent lacing during its decent. Aroma is weak, astringent metallic notes, toasted caramel malt, light florals, and not much else. Taste is metallic at first as well but mellows with time. Toasted malt & grains with light caramel and toffee... very light. Some back end floral bitterness, musty. Sharp and nearly astringent. Some finishing lager yeast. A pretty poor take on the style, really.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ContemplateBeer (1654) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Aroma: A little skunky (this stuff sits around long enough to get skunked?) with some toast and a bit of caramel. Appearance: Dark brown with a thin bone coloured head. Flavor: Mostly toast up front and throughout, but very lightly so; there’s a rather unpleasant sweet tang toward the finish- like watered down caramel. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: I didn’t want to dislike this so much, as I think people bash these InBev products without a second thought, but this was truly a low-rent gloss of a Dunkel, and not worthy of the name.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
damzz (315) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Pours a dark translucent brown with a white head. Nose is nondescript. Palate is slight roasted barley. There is no "slightly sweet aftertaste" as the propaganda states. Once again, this rendition of a good German beer is bastardized by brewing it in he USA. Hey, A-B/InBev, you cannot trade on reputation for long when the quality is gone.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajtrupp (298) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2013
There's a tad bit if complexity of this that I like, but maybe that's just compared to all the other Budweiser products I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
williamstome (1208) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Dark brown pour, big foamy head. Vaguely malty aroma: nice roastiness but a whole lotta adjunct. Flavor is very watery but has light roasty notes. Not offensive but just not very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jhgrantjr (439) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Taste has significantly fallen since InBev took control of this one. At one point it had a decent aroma and taste, but now it is just bland. Not worth drinking. Rating 5 years ago would have been significantly higher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2329) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2013
12oz bottle - pours amber with offwhite head and decent lacing for a frosted pint glass. Nose is bready caramel. Flavor adds toast. Mildly sweet. Way too cold.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Hopnose46 (6) - Holmes Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2013 does not count
I had this beer about 15 months’ ago. It was outstanding! Great aroma, superb taste - truly a fine German beer. So, a month or so after, I bought a case. Terrible decision. It was not good at all. Found out that the good tasting beer was the last before Imbev got a hold of it. What a shame. Looks to be another Lowenbrau story in the Budweiser mold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (3089) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Green bottle..... surprisingly not skunked. Toasty sweet tea-like malt aroma. Chestnut with a large creamy beige head. Slightly sweet, toasty malt flavor. Light body, moderate carbonation.

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