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Bavaria Beer / Pilsener - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

Bavaria Beer / PilsenerBavaria Beer / Pilsener

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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.13%

Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of Apoda_01


3.79/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I drink beer, nine out of ten times it's Bavaria premium. The taste never seems to lose it's value. It's that subtile sweetness that apears just before the stunning bitterness sets in, only to give way to a beautiful and refreshing aftertaste. For it's price, Bavaria can't be beaten easily.

There is not a single Dutch lager that comes even close to this golden simplicity.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 19:49:43 | More by Apoda_01
Photo of vulgora


3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very lite thin refreshing like a busch that doesnt scream corn .
its $8 a 6 pack ,i got 2 at a closing albertson's
$8 for a 6 pack is about the price of budweiser .
yeah i'd rather drink this . it s 5% and it tastes liter than that.

if you can find it i recommend it it looks fancy and isn't too expensive and its 5% so its no lite beer

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 19:11:59 | More by vulgora
Photo of mooseisloose


2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a case of these in 8 oz cans, not having tried, hope not to be disappointed, let's give it a whirl. Popping the can top I don't get much of a smell. Reading the label it is made with barely malt and wheat so doesn't look adjunct. Pouring into my handy SAPP I get a bright yellow brew with a big bright white foamy head that tops out the remaining space in the SAPP. On the taste this brew is bitter sweet hopping with a nice maltiness in the background, well in line with what is expected from a typical Dutch brew. Very thirst quenching and tasty and will serve its purpose we'll for what it is intended, a lawn mower brew. Actually a quite good lawn mower brew.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 21:32:50 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of randomNBGD


3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cl can into a flute glass.

A: Delivers a thick head, but the head dies quickly. Color very clear golden/straw yellow.
S: Malts scent dominates, but has also some metallic notes which later disappear.
M: Moderately carbonated, body full enough for a pilsener, not watery.
T: Malts flavour dominates, followed by grassy notes. Discretely hopped. Dry finish with somewhat more pronounced alcohol aroma.

A decent and refreshing pilsener, better than most of its European mass produced counterparts.

Serving type: can

05-28-2013 22:20:45 | More by randomNBGD
Photo of metter98

New York

3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and soe lacing down the sides.
S: Faint hints of bready malts are present in the smell along with some bits of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad German Pilsener from a Dutch macro brewery, especially since there are no aromas or favors of adjunct malts.

Serving type: can

04-20-2013 18:29:36 | More by metter98
Photo of TMoney2591


3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I could've sworn Bavaria was in Germany... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, light wild rice, and a touch of wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass in control, but not in an unpleasant way. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little pils, nothing incredible, a fairly tasty choice, especially for the price.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 23:25:07 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of flagmantho


3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy white foam and has pretty good retention.

Smell: mildly sweet malt with a light graininess and a hint of noble hops. Not too bad.

Taste: quite sweet up front which gives way to a light graininess and a nice noble hop flavor. The finish is a little too sweet, however, and kind of sticky.

Mouthfeel: very light body with plenty of carbonation. Big, refreshing fizziness, which is good, but it's not really creamy.

Overall: a refreshing enough German Pilsner. A bit on the sweet side to drink a lot of, though.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 00:00:40 | More by flagmantho
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this brew gets all kinds of promotion in bosnia, especially during the film festival. it pours a budlight looking watered down yellow color with a white head that doesnt last. it smells like german malts crystal mostly, no hops to speak of. flavor is the standard german pils cheaply made. it doesnt have much of that dusty grainy character, and is more in line with the adjunct lagers in my opinion. still, with decent carbonation and a very light body, its an easy drinking beer. a lot of the beers here are starting to taste the same to me, watery malt half liters without much sex appeal. this is another one of those.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 07:28:57 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is pale yellow in color, just like straw. Nice white head that, however, disappear quite fast. The aroma is very faint. Some cereal grain, some wheat... nothing extraordinary. The taste is quite ordinary. Malty. Low intensity in the taste. This is a refreshing beer to drink very cold. Like Heineken. Not bad, but not great too. Average beer.

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 16:46:26 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of TheBrewo


2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a crystal clear, pale straw-colored brew. It holds a half finger head of white bubbles, but this dissipates quickly into a bubbly film. Lacing is chunky and spotty. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears moderate. The nose is strong with metallics, raw macaroni, flour, and clean yeast. Adjuncts are robust. There is a certain peachy fruitiness to the alcohol and the malts with warmth. Finally, there is a musty, cheesiness about it. As we sip, metallics hit first. There is lemon and fresh apple, affording crispness to an otherwise bittering and souring mouth. The malts take over, with adjuncts and steely barley, pulling us through to the middle, where a bittering, metallic booze comes through on a wave of stinging yeast. Very bready and full flavored. The end is a bit milder, with cooled and bitter malts, and some fusel, echoing alcohols. The aftertaste breathes of sour, mashed grain and some metal. That fermented cheese flavor of the nose comes through here, with a bittering synergy with the malts and salt. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium to high, more so than it looks. The feel is a bit watery at times, but the mouth is left coated with a metallic and bitter sheen. There is little slurp, cream, or pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, the strongest component of this brew was the taste. Judging by the nose, we were expecting something much more bittering, but we got something crisp and relatively well balanced. The flavoring was within the style, but the nose took us for a loop, with a hazy, floury bomb. It just didn’t smell fresh, despite the dating and proper storage. In the end, all of the components could have been better integrated amongst each other, which would have made for a more enjoyable brew.

Serving type: can

04-02-2012 01:12:08 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the cheapest 6-pack of tall cans at my liquor store. I figures I might as well try it, though I'm not hoping for much to be honest.

It pours a nice yet typical golden colour. The head is nice and fluffy making for a rather appealing appearance overall.

The aroma is mainly faint grain and a hint of grassy hops. Balanced, but boring.

The taste is more than I had hoped for! It's quite sweet with some nice smooth (almost marshmallowy) malt flavour. Some slight bitterness finishes things out. Again, there's nothing outstanding here, but it's actually half-decent.

Overall, this is actually pretty good value in my opinion. I might get it again if I'm looking for a well-priced beer that isn't too bad either.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 16:30:59 | More by evlu1441
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can, packaged Apr. 2011, best before Jan. 2013 - that's quite a window. Saw a sixer of these selling for less than a sixer of regular-sized domestic macro beer and thought it looked like a good deal. Listed at 5% abv, rather than 4.8.

Pours a fairly bright golden colour, very effervescent, seated atop which is a lofty, two-finger pearl-white foamy head. Fair retention, there's still some head left after five minutes, and lots of lacing on the sides. Looks as good as any pilsener. The aroma is nothing out of the ordinary - grainy pale malts, with a sweet-ish feel. Very little hop; not a good sign.

Unfortunately the flavour follows the nose and doesn't offer much - barley malts, mostly sweet without any notable hop presence to balance it. Very mineral-tasting, almost to the point of metallicity. The metallicity gets much worse as it warms and the brew takes on a bit of a sour, apple juice feel; this is one to drink quickly and well-chilled. Thin-bodied and watery mouthfeel, with only an echo of grassy, tinny hops lingering in the aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty low for the style, and this is a brew where biting carbonation would have probably helped rather than hindered.

Drinkable is the best praise I can muster, and this is definitely a poor representative of the style it has been placed in. Consider this a C if taken for what it actually is - an EPL...comparable to Beck's or Heiny, but much cheaper. And really, the price is basically all this beer has going for it - so if you drink EPLs regularly, you could probably switch over to this and save money without noticing much of a difference. Drink with something salty to munch on hand.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 07:06:42 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow appearance with bubbly white head that slowly settles down but no little lacing. Smell consists of corn, malt, honey and grain. So far nothing special.

Taste consists of honey, grass, citrus with a small hint of malt. Picked up some corn and floral hops as well. Once again, no strong features, but it blends good together and refreshing. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering honey taste.

Overall, this has some features of a generic pilsner, but it seems to work and not bad if you’re looking for cheap beer. Worth a try, and in my opinion, better then Heineken.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 01:04:32 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of thatruth


1.6/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

picked up a sixer from the Biltmore Cabaret's "Cold Beer" section on the side of the club about a fortnight ago. poured from 500ml can into pint glass.

pours a 1" frothy white head, heavier than moderate lacing, clear light yellow body, not so bubbly.

malt, corn. apple juice aroma. smells awful.

tastes comes back to apple juice. simple and plain. alcohol is damn prevalent for such a low content beer. sour mash vibe.

mouthfeel is unpleasant. thin, funky aftertaste.

a cheap, pale, nasty beer. even super cold it is gross. avoid.

**my can said 5.00% alc./vol. as opposed to the previously noted 4.8%.

freshness date on bottom of can: 07/2012

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 21:42:22 | More by thatruth
Photo of Eramen


2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A pale, yellow with a one finger head. Many carbonation bubbles rise to the top, substantial lacing on the glass unexpected yet welcome.

S - Grains; mostly wheat, floral, metallic (possibly from the tin).

T - Much the same as the smell, add some light bread notes, grass.

MF - Light bodied and high carbonation, which I think works in its favour.

O - A decent pilsener, flavour and budget price combine for good drinkability, a much loved beer in my student days.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 21:56:45 | More by Eramen
Photo of Lemke10


2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a Mix and Match 6-pack of this at Badger Spirts in Beloit, WI in Summer 2011 for $8.99.

Pours a clear golden color with a decent but fastly disappearing head. Scent is rather mild with wheat and bitter malts. The taste is rather weak for a German Pilsner. Slightly grainy with hints of citrus. Rather thin texture that feels about the same as water. It's the kind of taste you expect when they bottle it in a green bottle, but I will say this is better than Heineken.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 18:59:40 | More by Lemke10
Photo of tempest


2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a 16 oz can from EuroMarket. Straight from the fridge and cold, this was almost tasteless. I guess it's at least inoffensive.

As it warmed, it eventually opened up into a slightly watery version of Heineken with the same light and sweet bready malt with a crisp edge to it. Not bad, but not much of a pilsner either. Consider this a pale lager.

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 20:18:27 | More by tempest
Photo of RuudJH


3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

0.5 l can.

Straw yellow, big initial head, white, good carbonation in a clear beer. Nice lacing in the glass.
Smell mostly malty, some corn, a bit of grassy hops. Slightly floral too.
Taste is flat out malts, also with corn, with not much else. Hardly any bitter hoppyness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, the whole drink is refreshing due to the good carbonation.

With a little more hops, and some better malts, this could be an ok pilsner.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 13:32:51 | More by RuudJH
Photo of Intrinsic


3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I'd like to say I'm not even sure I'm reviewing the right beer. The can I have says 'premium' on it but there's no listing for that beer and I seriously doubt I'm the first one to find this.

I'll say that what I am drinking isn't all that bad. It has a nice healthy head on it, slightly soapy with good retention. It actually has nice lacing too.

Smell - whatever. If you've smelled on pilsener you've smelled them all. There's a bit of citrus there - mostly lemon, along with some hops as well. Nothing too intense.

Yup, this is actually not bad. Its very crisp and refreshing. Its almost as if I put a slice of lemon in this thing. It has a great aftertaste, lots of hops there. Overall, its a well-rounded beer that is probably overlooked more than it should be. Not too shabby!

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 19:08:07 | More by Intrinsic
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear pale gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is just a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/bread, grass, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains mixed with light hops and corn. I could also pick up on some very light notes of cloves and bananas. (very very light) The beer finishes with a grainy aftertaste.

Overall - I was on the fence with this one.. it had a taste that seemed a little off to me. Maybe even a little harsh. Anyways, it was still worth a try - but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: can

04-13-2011 21:38:21 | More by spinrsx
Photo of czfreeman


3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

{Picked up a sixer of this beer today.
poured from can into glass, light golden color, foamy head. medium carbonation.
Smells light, malty, slightly sweet, Heiniken-esque in a word. Mybe a touch sweeter than Heiniken. Not too much happening here.
Taste is lightly grainy, light hoppy, light maltiness..in a word light.Not too much happening here, a basic adjunct lager.
But actually after subsequent sips, a light malt sweetness is appreciated. Doesnt end bitter, skunky..etc, actually very light and refreshing.
Bought it to try, hesitant at first, but It's growing on me, think I kinda...well like it.
nice light summer beer, think I might pick it up again, but
Good thing I have some Belgians I've never seen before on deck!

Serving type: can

04-12-2011 17:17:32 | More by czfreeman
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This lager was recommended to me by a friend who lived in The Hague. Normally I don't go for this style or this can. The beer I am reviewing is the Bavarian Pilsener in a 500ml can set at 5%abv.

A: Frothy head, consistent lacing, and straw gold in color. 10 minutes in and its still pumping fizz.

S: Smells like a genero-lager. Nothing to write to Holland about.

T: Starts great, finishes too quickly. Hard to discern that your drinking beer for the lack of flavor. But the light crispness of the common light lager has reduced me to expecting nothing more here.

M: Doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth? The lager doesn't really linger anywhere on the tongue.

D: Completely refreshing! This is a beer that imo should only be quaffed for quaff sake. Get your lawn-chair out and put on the Oranje game cause your gonna get drunk and go back for more with this one.

Serving type: can

03-04-2011 03:31:10 | More by BasementBer
Photo of kojevergas


2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can into Paulaner pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. My can, purchased at the Spar off-license in Galway, perfectly matches the label in the beeradvocate picture except it displays 5.0% ABV rather than 4.8%. I frequently run into these little distinctions and like to point them out. Note that the can says it was brewed and canned in Holland, so I can't attribute the discrepancy to a rebrewer.

A: Off-urine yellow colour; on conjecture it's empty straw or wheat. Very transparent. Pathetic, thin head does have fair retention. About as inviting as sex with Kathy Bates in a pool of olive oil.

Sm: What smell? That vague hint of barley I had to forcefully inhale like a glue junkie?

T: Light empty open goes straight to water mixed with straw. Nonexistant finish. Very watery. To its credit I'm surprised they fit 5.0% in there. It doesn't taste bad because it doesn't really taste. That makes it better than Bavaria red. A damned embarassment to German Pilseners.

Mf: Light, wet, watery, but surprisingly coarse. I hate to admit it but the coarseness actually improves the beer. Other more inferior (is this possible? ...Yes) beers would be too smooth in addition to the light body and watery consistency. This one manages to stay on the palate for a bit. If the taste were better, this would be quite a nice effect.

Dr: Well, it tastes like nothing, but it's 5.0% ABV. Admittedly not easy to do. I won't be buying it again, but if you can find it fairly priced, I do have to say it wouldn't be a bad choice for getting sloshed if you can't handle hard alcohol.

German Pilsener fans would do well to outright ignore this beer's existence and move right along. USC fratboys rejoice (this isn't as much of a slight as it might seem; I attend USC).

Serving type: can

01-13-2011 17:20:28 | More by kojevergas
Photo of doktorhops


2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huh, a Dutch beer called Bavaria - does anyone else find this strange or is it just me?

Poured from a 500ml can into a 500ml "mini" Stein glass (my DAB Stein actually).

A: Looks like a beer: check! Seriously though, the beer is golden with a slight yellow tinge. The 2cm (that's almost an inch to our American/British readers) head dissapated so quickly I couldn't have timed it. Oh well - points off for that.

S: Smells like beer: check! (yeah I'm gonna quit doing that). It actually smells like your typical Pilsen style - cut grass, apple trees and a tiny hint of citrus. Not sure if I'm also dectecting the classic macro brewery metallic tinge (I don't have the best sense of smell unfortunately).

T: Huh, smells like a Pilsner and tastes like a Lager - what's going on there Mr. Bavaria? Malts with a slight hop bitterness, i.e. typical Lager flavours. I'm drinking it at about 5 celcius (that's around 41 fahrenheit to our American/British readers) which means if I don't drink it soon it's going to start tasting crap (another Lager characteristic!). A touch too sweet for my liking, "Please sir, can I have more Hops?", oh well tis a cheap beer.

M: As I mentioned in my previous review (Sheaf Stout) I happen to like beers that aren't overly carbonated but this is ridiculous! I've only been drinking it for about 10 mins and it's flat already, what is going on Mr. Bavaria - if you're going to make a Pilsner that tastes like a Lager the least you could do is make it a little fizzy! Apart from this quirk it goes down easily.

D: Hmmm, I dunno about beers that smell like one style and taste like a different style - it's false advertising. Apart from that if I was a Lager drinker I would be right as rain, however I am not a big fan of the style. I'll finish the beer and then I'm afraid Mr. Bavaria we shall have to part ways. But for those who like a resonably (ahem *cheap*) priced Lager then look no further than this. Perhaps shake the can a little bit before serving.

Food match: Hamburgers, Hot dogs and other fast foods... if you're buying a beer like this I wouldn't recommend spending big on a lavish meal.

Serving type: can

01-13-2011 10:53:03 | More by doktorhops
Photo of xylophonica


3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 50cl can.

A - Light, lacey head doesn't make up for the pale amber coloured liquid.

S - A bit of wheat, grass and malt... but not much of any of them.

T - Slightly sweet and soothing. Bit of a malty coating but not much in the terms of the flavour.

M - Slightly bitter with reasonable carbonation.

D - I think this beer is meant to be a rip-off of Heineken? If so it fails somewhat - in terms of the bottled stuff only, it actually tastes fairly similar to Heineken from the mini-kegs. Overall it's cheap and ok to drink but hardly exciting.

Serving type: can

12-29-2010 11:49:38 | More by xylophonica
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Bavaria Beer / Pilsener from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
70 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.