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Bavaria Beer / Pilsener - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Bavaria Brouwerij N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to smell or look at, this beer had a pronounced bitterness, with little redeeming malt. I was OK with it, bit could not finish a 500 ml. can and it was not popular with my dinner mates. While not metallic, the taste was a bit harsh and thin.

Serving type: can

10-13-2006 03:02:38 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with a dirty white head that looks more substantial than the heads on many pale lagers. It actually has some stiffness and is persisting for a respectable length of time. Unfortunately, the aroma is no great shakes. Slightly sour, slightly hop skunky, possibly adjuncty; not a nose to be proud of.

The taste follows suit, more or less. Holland is not good beer. It's creamed corn sweet with a sharp, pungeant bitterness and elements of grain and grass. Isn't quite grimace-inducing, but with any significant warming, I'm sure that it could achieve that designation pretty quickly. The finish is lingeringly, quinine-like bitter. Light-medium body on a good day with a mouthfeel that borders on frankly watery on the swallow.

I doubt that anyone is tripping over Bavaria Holland since there aren't that many reviews. If you happen to see it on the shelves, just nod and walk on by. It isn't worth your time or your money.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 19:52:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of metter98

New York

3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light pale golden color with a big white head and a nice streaming carbonation from the bottom. Smell was very yeasty, with the classic lager smell. Hints of a slight hoppiness could be detected. First impression of the taste was light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavors are atypical of the style and nothing exceptional. Overall though it is a fantastic little sessionable lager, I actually prefer to heineken.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 23:25:43 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard and proper are a few terms that come to mind as the first half of the glass hits the stomach. But I realize that I haven't taken a moment to think about the beer. Although its a solidly executed beer, there's little to celebrate here also.

The beer pours with a canary-yellow color and forms a foamy head from the abundance of carbonation below. Mild lacing concludes the beer's appearance.

Balanced pilsner aroma provide a grainy sweet scent of dry crackers, sweet hay, and grape nuts. The malt counterpart of hops deliver the earthy noble varieties with mild floral and spice notes. The beer stops just shy of light-stricken (skunk) character.

Flavors show the same part-grain, part-malt blend that was found in aroma, and bring about sulfury apple, mild corn-like vegital taste, and overall a raw barley taste to ride along side the taste of fresh baking bread. Grassy hops turn from herbal early on to spicy bitter in finish. Sulfur and mineral taste give a zesty sharpness to assist hops as the beer crispens up and concludes the taste.

The beer's medium-light body is propped up by a grain sweetness that persists in aftertaste, along with mild astringency and minty alcohol warmth.

It's a fine thirst quencher and likely works well with mild tilapia or simple pasta. But as a stand alone beer, it's largely forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 15:59:58 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kjkinsey


3/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2014 23:01:50 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a bright, clear, golden-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of bland grains, grassy albeit skunky hops, and some blanched vegetables.

Taste: Simple grains with very little character and very little sweetness. Stale, lightly skunked hops with a touch of grassiness and bitterness. Finishes fairly flat with a lingering vegetal taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A little less than pleasant, unfortunately. While it may be better on draught away from these ghastly green bottles, as it stands, I think you could find far better pilsners out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 00:52:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of jaydoc


3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

10-26-2013 14:09:39 | More by jaydoc
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was on special for $1.50 where I watched Lions game yesterday so decided to have one and thats all I could really handle.Pours a deeper yellow than most adjunct lagers with a thin white head that was gone in a blink of an eye,aroma was a little skunky with big doses of corn husk pretty much what I figured.Taste was watery and very bland with a little corn flavor.This brew is pretty bad it didnt even measure up to the Icehouse (the other beer special)so u know it has to be bad,I would take aHeineken over this next time I wont care about the specials it will be Carolina Blond all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 12:59:04 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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 zeff80


3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden yellow color with an off-white, foamy, three finger head. It actually left some descent lace on the sides of my pilsner glass.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. It really smelled like a Euro Pale Lager.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. The corn and grain flavors were very evident. It had a grassy bitter bite/aftertaste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pilsener. At $2 for 22oz it was a good value beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 18:03:36 | More by zeff80
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Alberta (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, and called "Bavaria Premium Beer" on the labels sent to British Columbia and Alberta, at 5% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some random streaks of snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of grainy, weakly bready and crackery pale malt, gritty rice husks, and rather prominently skunky, dead grassy, and weedy hops. The taste is sweet bready cereal grain, both malt and corn/rice informed, doughy yeast, a bit of metallic minerality, and more stanky grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate to low, and mostly just overwrought in its frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, barely, as that skunkiness apparently hasn't had the good graces to just blow off by now.

There might be an average, adjunct-bolstered Euro Pale Lager here (Pilsner? Hah!), but for that acrid skunky odor that was evident upon popping the cap, and carried through to the very end. So not inherently bad, overall, yet it seems to lag in most every respect when held to the proclaimed style, and more so when that light-struck packaging bullshit is factored in.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 22:57:08 | More by biboergosum
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely crystal clear deep golden body topped by a frothy but etheral head which drops to a minor collar and whispy surface covering within seconds. The aroma offers a soft grainy maltiness and a mildly skunked herbal hoppiness. The body is medium with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's just below standard levels (@ 2.4 volumes CO2) and gives a light tingle on the tongue before becoming fairly creamy in the mouth. The flavor melds a semi-rich and lightly sweet maltiness with a lightly earthy and herbal hoppiness so well that they appear almost as one. I'd imagine that this might be a factor of freshness except that the skunkiness is so limited (and the bottle appears quite new). If it's possible, I might suggest that this beer is too well balanced! It seems to lose character as it's become quite one-sided. Bitterness is clearly present, as is hop flavor, but it's restrained. And the limited level of carbonation doesn't help to bring out what is there. Still, there are some nice malt and hop flavors in this easy to drink beer giving it a fairly good drinkability. Nice, but overshadowed by many other European pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 14:22:31 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of nickfl


3/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2011 07:51:28 | More by nickfl
Photo of Jason


3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz stubby green bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Strawish golden colour with a great clarity and fluffy white lace that stays for a while.

Smell: Sweet lemony, honey and hay like aroma from a mix of sweet aromas, no skunkiness here.

Taste: Rich crispness, moderate body. Sweet grassy grainy flavours with a mild sweetness. Malt flavours stay light and vibrant with endless grassy flavours that border on astringent. Hops go the same route with a balancing bitterness and riding the flavour profile for more down the road with herbal undertones. All in all a dry brew in the finish.

Notes: A semi-clean Euro lager, better than the usual mass-marketed import and at less than $5 a six pack it is a steal!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 21:04:34 | More by Jason
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: crystal-clear yellow color, with a smallish white head.
Aroma: sweet and cornish, what there is of it, typical lagery smell, with only the faintest whiffs of citrus, flowers.
On palate: sweet, clean, brisk, and actually kind of tasty. Light body. Absolutely no finish, it vanishes as soon as you realized that it was there!
Texture, what there is, dies quickly, too. A simple sweetness resides in the back of the throat, until it croaks, too.
Sweetness continues, to the point of unpleasantness. I do like sweetness in a beer, yes, but only when accompanied by hops, malt, body, texture, taste, etc. Mouthfeel, body, everything is quite forgettable. That serves some people fairly well, but not I.
Not that bad, actually, just not very good. And, lucky me, I chose a pint can to sample. Wee, wee, wee, all the way home!

Serving type: can

05-18-2003 20:33:10 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Slatetank


3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

05-23-2013 23:50:59 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is average. There is the presence of pale malts and lager yeast. It is a bit less skunky than most of this style. It has a bit of green glass aroma, but not too overpowering. The taste is decent. It is light and actually tasteful. It has a bit of a malty aftertaste which pushes it ahead of most purely because it has some distinguishing characteristic. It is quite mellow, but has a slight metallic flavor to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well for a pilsner. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 03:30:07 | More by WesWes
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 jwc215


3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a large foamy/fluffy head. Many champagne-like bubbles rise to the top. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime and bready notes. Pretty clean, with just a touch of sulfur, some Continental-type (Saaz?) hop earthiness/hay. Pretty clean overall.

The taste drops off from the nose, but remains inoffensive. Sweetish malt with a touch of hop bitterness. A bit salty, with a touch of sulfur. Blandish with a soapy aftertaste.

It does have a crisp, refreshing quality to it, with on-target carbonation for the style.

Easy-to-drink. Could be confused with a standard EPL, but not a bad one at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 03:31:05 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 66cl bottle, best before May 2008, drank April 2007.

Poured into a 0.2 litre Veltins tulip glass.

The white head soon left to leave a scummy wispy covering on top a crisp light golden yellow body.

Hoppy aroma, nothing much of anything else.

A typical Euro lager taste, no body or depth, no flavours to pontificate about.

Watery mouthfeel, nothing there at all.

Could easily have scored this a lot lower, not a beer I would choose again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:16:59 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of kojevergas


2.23/5  rDev -25.4%
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 weeare138


1.13/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to BA Capones for the sample...
Appears a pale straw color that's only a few shades darker than water...even lighter than ginger ale. A thick, fluffy white head slowly fades out with tons of sticky lace left around the glass.
Smell is of skunk from a mile away with rotten cabbage and grass clippings...blecchh.
Taste is of grassy chunks with herbal notes and mineral water mixed with some dirty dough. There's also a funky flavor that reminds me of pond scum and frogs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grassy, herbal, and very hard to drink with the skunky, mineral qualities. A chalky bitterness makes this concoction even more gross.
I really hate wasting beer with so many uneducated beer drinkers out there but this isn't beer...it's fizzy skunk juice.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 14:32:10 | More by weeare138
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale straw gold with reasonable loose head, which slowly dissipates into light film. No noticeable lacing.

Slight bitter yeast on the nose. Some floral hoppiness. Slight amount of green-bottle stink. But overall quite a pleasant smell.

Palate reasonably uncomplex. Some malty notes with a hint of lingering back-palate hops. Smooth and drinkable, without being particularly noteworthy. Flat unfilling mouthfeel - little carbonation.

Overall, quite refreshing and clean. A very drinkable brew, if a little forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 00:37:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of tempest


2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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Bavaria Beer / Pilsener from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
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