Friday, November 1, 2013

Beck's

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (998) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013

I poured a 24oz can into a 1-liter boot stein. It was canned on July 14, 2013 and cost $2.19 ($0.09 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark gold hue, crystal clear body with plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which fizzles away and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: A little less clean-smelling than most macro lagers. Nothing in the way of adjuncts, but nothing appealing to the aroma. Generic "beer smell" if ever there were one.

Taste: I didn’t realize it until I was halfway through, but Beck’s is now brewed in America by Anheuser-Busch (aka Budweiser). I’d like to think the authentic German version, though it is a macro lager, would be a little bit better than "just barely tolerable." While I’ve had several fizzy yellow beers that are much worse than Beck’s, I have to say I’m genuinely disappointed by how bad this beer is. The flavor is virtually non-existent (which is nice, actually), but it’s the awful finish that ruins it. If it tasted like generic macro lager it would be an improvement. Honestly, there’s just nothing for my taste buds to latch on to. Though, the backside of each swig brings with it an astringent, foul taste of something akin to saltwater or maybe even bile. I’m not sure what’s accounting for this, but I definitely don’t like it. I don’t see how anyone could.

Drinkability: Though the beer was plenty bubbly in the glass, the mouthfeel was surprisingly tepid and smooth. I had no trouble drinking down Beck’s in large gulps, but it was at not point refreshing. There’s also a slightly bitter, starchy aftertaste that I could do without. Thankfully, it’s fairly light at 4.8% ABV (according to ratebeer - the can doesn’t indicate). But there’s no reason to buy Beck’s when there’s better macros available. 
Grade: 2/10