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.