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Beck's is one of Germany's best known beers on the international market. It has been brewed in Bremen in northern Germany since 1874. It is Germany's leading export beer, being sold in around 120 countries, and used to account for over 85% of German beer exports to the USA. These days, this beer is a product of USA, as it's brewed at Brauerei Beck & Co. in St. Louis, Missouri after being bought by InBev.


Right from the start, Beck's was brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law of 1516, which requires beer to be made only from barley malt, hops and water. These days this recipe also includes yeast, but as its existence wasn't known about in the 16th century, we can forgive this omission.


It has a moderate body with quite a lot of carbonation, a smooth mouthfeel and is refreshingly crisp. The malt taste is quite thin with some grain and husk flavour and a subtle sweetness trying to push through. It has a good all-round hop bite - a little floral, which gives it a crisp bitterness towards the dryish finish.

At 5% ABV, this is a very widely available pilsner, appearing on the shelves of most shops and bars. Beck's may not be the best imported pilsner, and there are certainly better example of the style, but if it's compared to say, Heineken or Budweiser, then it comes out a winner.

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