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Bavaria Beer / Pilsener - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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368 Ratings

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of drpimento
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%

This is a good everyday beer with its value. Poured with a huge, frothy, foamy, textured off-white head and plenty of lace. Head mostly dissipated shortly. Yellow gold color. Fresh beery, lightly hoppy and malty nose. Flavor's about the same but more emphasis on the hops. Body's a bit thin at first when it's colder. Easy drinking. A session beer.

drpimento, May 01, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Clear straw with a loose head that drops quickly.

S - Touch of skunk, floral hops with a bit of lemon. Slightly metallic.

T - Somewhat sweet, grainy. Not much aftertaste. Bitterness is pretty mild.

M - A little rough feeling. Too much carbonation maybe.

D - Overall, inoffensive. Not terribly exciting though.

allergictomacros, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of wl0307
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%

660ml green bottle, BB 03/2008, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a golden hue, a well-sustaining creamy frothy head comes on top of lively fizziness full of med. and large bubbles, leaving even sheets of lacing behind.
S: the lightly citrus/lime-fruity theme is backed up by a faint touch of dried grass and mildly sugary+grainy maltiness--very timid indeed, but by no means unpleasant.
T: juicy lager malts prevail upfront, quite sweet in its grainy flavour and being backed by faint citrus-fruits… gradually a thin-ish and semi-dryish hoppy aftertaste pursues, but disintegrates without making much of a fuss.
M&D: the texture is alright, not too fizzy and not too thin, “almost” clean if not for the finishing sugary touch; nevertheless, the overall flavour fails to make an impression of a quality Pilsner-style lager, if that is the style this beer purports to be.

wl0307, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured a medium straw hue with a half inch foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle noble hop and a soft husky grain bill.

The taste consisted of a decent soft malt with a mild caramel sweetness. There was a subtle spicy hop and a mild biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit flat, but relatively clean.

Overall good drinkability, but nothing to get too excited over.

plaid75, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of BitteBier
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Clear golden straw in color, with active carbonation and a small bit of sediment. Topped off with a finger's worth of tight, white bubbles. The head falls away quickly to an inconsequential ring. Besides the lagery grain base that one expects, there was an appetizing hint of honey in the nose. Unfortunately, this was offset by a bit of dusty skunkiness. The taste was better than I expected, though unremarkable. Grainy and somewhat sweet, with the bubbles adding some crispness. It's all fleeting, though, as nothing about this beer sticks around. As pilseners go, this one is drinkable but uninspiring.

BitteBier, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of weeare138
1.13/5  rDev -62.3%

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.

weeare138, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of mghotbi
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a big frothy off white head that settles quickly and leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Smells clean, grainy and grassy - no off scents, but nothing extraordinary either.

Taste is typical European Lager/Pilsner with clean grain notes followed by mild bitterness of noble hops and a dry, nearly pinpoint finish.

Watery mouthfeel but good drinkability - quite refreshing on a hot day or as a session beer, but nothing earth-shattering. Compares well to other European lagers at a better price point. Very true to style.

mghotbi, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%

I expected this green-bottled beer to be skunky (it wasn't). Still, it seemed a bit thick for the style, and as far as "green bottle Euro lagers" go, I really prefer Pilsner Urquell.

It poured a handsome golden color with decent head formation, which left no lacing. It smelled good; not in a "big beer" sense, but it was light and refreshing. Taste and mouthfeel were not all that great though. It was thicker than I felt it should be, and not really refreshing at all. Taste was not off-putting, but seemed syrupy almost, which was not was I expecting (a light and refreshing lager).

BeerBelcher, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of connecticutpoet
1.5/5  rDev -50%

This beer was an ordinary, clear yellow brew with a very thin head that died away quickly.

The aroma was VERY skunky, with some grains underneath. Overall, it smelled like an armpit on a hot summer day.

Taste was likewise bad. Slightly skunky on the foretaste, followed by grains and a bit of bitterness. A long skunky aftertaste followed.

Mouthfeel was thin, watery, and flat.

Drinkability is bad. I would go after a Bud Light over this ANY day. If you see this beer, run, don't walk in the direction of the nearest IPA and forget you ever saw it.

connecticutpoet, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of ewurm
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%

I drank this pilsner stright out of the bottle. It has a little Heineken tyoe smell, but not much. It tastes good for the price, I paid 8.99 for twelve bottles. It is smooth, tastes like a macro but with more flavor, and the flavor is good. Definitely high drinkability, I recommend this beer as a break from the heavier beers.

ewurm, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of SteveDanielSr
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%

Since Bavaria is one of my main throw-down beers, I decided it should be among the first I review for Beer Advocate. By throw-down, I mean one of the beers I keep on-hand when I want something a little lighter and less assertive, and most importantly, CHEAP. Bavaria is no exception to this rule. At $8.60 a 12-pack, it is about $2 cheaper than Bud and $5 less than Heine. If purchased fresh and in good condition, it is one of the best values in the beer market today. This leads me to one of my most fundamental beer-buying principles.

When buying this, or any other green-bottle import, it is essential to remember two VERY important things. First, you must get the freshest beer possible, and second, you must either buy directly from an unopened case, or get one of those completely closed 12-packs that doesn’t have the finger holes punched out yet. It’s easy to figure out the age of Bavaria by looking at the code printed on each bottle and on the case/12 pack holder. The production code is a series of numbers that look something like this: 1227331H06. The last three digits are the key. The H is the month code, and because H is the 8th letter of the alphabet that means the beer was bottled during the 8th month of the year: August. The 06 is simply the year. If the Bavaria that your store is selling is no more than 4 months old, and available in a sealed container, then you can be reasonably sure the beer won’t taste like a piece of cardboard soaked in skunk piss.

Okay, let’s talk about the beer. Bavaria is brewed in Lieshout, Holland by the Bavaria Brewery. Note: They also produce Hollandia, which is very similar to Bavaria, if not identical. Bavaria is a typical Dutch Lager, being both medium gold and moderately hopped. It pours brilliantly clear and foamy, with a somewhat short-lived head. The aroma is clean malt with very subtle noble hop and yeast notes. The body is on the light side, but appropriate for the style. The flavor is crisp and clean, with moderate malt flavor and a short, mellow hop bite. I also detected some oxidation in the finish, despite the fact that this beer is only 3-4 months old. This is not surprising since light lagers don’t tent to travel well, and this beer probably spent most of that time in a hot warehouse in the middle of the Texas Summer. Overall, I think this beer compares very favorably to other Dutch lagers. While it is not as assertive as Alfa Edelpils or Dommelsch, it is at least as tasty as Grolsch or the Big-H. I’ll give this one a 4, based on being true to style, very drinkable, and an outstanding value. Bavaria is one of the best (if not *the* best) throw-down beers available.

SteveDanielSr, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%

I was expecting a Heineken-type of dutch import, but it was actually somewhat better than that. Poured the expected light golden color with white head, but unlike others of its type, the head lingered for the entire glass and left very good lacing. Has the typical grainy lager aroma, but the taste is flavorful, and the finish is smooth. This actually was not too bad of a beer.

kimcgolf, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%

12oz green bottle

Bavaria was golden in color with a thick white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was light malt with a little hops in the background. The taste was fairly light, and about the same as the aroma with a dry finish. The body was fairly light with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's not as hoppy as I like, but is still a decent pilsener.

afinepilsner, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Sammy, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Looks alright. Clear gold and actually a decent white foamy head. There's some lace too. Well I had this in Italy a few years ago and I thought it was a bit better (granted then my beer sense was less keen). This pack might have gone down hill on its trip over and I'm sure the florescent lights at the store didn't improve it either. Unfortunately the smell is mainly of cooked canned corn and boiled veggies. There's some struggling sweet malt in there and possibly grassy hay like hops. Taste is a little less corny but still has it. Mouthfeel is smooth with excited carbonation. There's a mildly sweet and mildly bitter finish. This style should be really drinkable but the corn is bringing me down.

There's been better.

tastybeer, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of wedge
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a sparking yellow color with a suprisingly large, rocky snow-white head that slips down to a generous frothy cap. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell like much of anything...light dry grain, faint sweet herbal hops. Flavor is very airy - sweet and clean...I'm thinking Corn Pops actually. Light, dry mouthfeel.

There's just not much going on here. Looked good in the glass but this was somewhat of a disappointment...though for under $5 a sixer I guess its not all that suprising.

Honestly, it might be a little skunked...BEWARE THE GREEN BOTTLE.

wedge, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of cameraman
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%

A deep golden color with visible signs of carbonation, a small head forms, but dissolves away quickly, leaving a visible film on top. The scent of malt is very evident, with some fruity aromas at the end. The taste is very malty, but surprisingly there is no bitterness there at all. Maybe a slight twang of hops at the end, but is not very consistant in the flavor. It is light in the mouth, not much of a feel of the carbonation. Very surprising flavor for a lager, I was expecting a little more in hops from this beer. Still, it is very easy to drink.

cameraman, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%

bottle from the Beer store:

Poured a deep gold clear lager with a rocky 2 finger cap with fair retention and lacing...

Aroma is fairly well pronounced grainy/bready malts with light floral hopping somewhat like clover ( no dutch skunk here like Heineken)...

..fair malt spine. soft mineral mouth feel, smooth rounded malty character....

Fairly 2 dimensional Dutch lager with a good dose of carapils malts up front then a light herbal-lemony effect from attenuated nobel hopping, clean finish, slight drying from a light use of wheat... biscuit after taste ....like a malty, soft pilsner....this is what Grolsch would taste like if they pumped up their malts and were medium bodied.

A decent Euro all malt golden lager....clean malty tastem subdued lemmony hopping, soft mouth feel...no surprizes or over complexity....very drinkable....I’ll buy more if there is no JR Brickman around.

pootz, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of vancurly
2.73/5  rDev -9%

Yellow/straw colour. Pours good head, leaving nice lace. Good effervesence.
Bit sulfury on the nose. Some grain notes, pale malty aromas. Not much hops, but for a slight weedy smell.
Strong honeyish malt flavour, a bit cloying in texture. I feel thirsty after swallowing. Some bland, seedy back palate, without any notable hop flavour to balance the malt. Touch of bitterness. Lacks balance.

vancurly, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of nortmand
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Clear, yellow pour with a frothy white-yellow head.

Grassy malt notes dominate the smell. Some honey and very subdued noble hops.

Nothing distinctive, but nothing bad either. Some malt notes, ends with a small amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Low body and refreshing. Not a great beer, but for the price, and thirst-quenchiness in the summer, a nice one to have around.

nortmand, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%

Poured an average light staw color with minimal lacing and head. Smell was typical lager smell. Taste was also typical, but a bit crisper and a bit more flavor than most american macros. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Drinkability was good as with most lagers.

rtratzlaff, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of weasbri
3.33/5  rDev +11%

Got this one cheap on sale at the local Safeway. I decided to try it after hear about their attempts to subvert the official beer of the World Cup, Budweiser.
Deep golden color with a thick head. Very pretty looking beer.
Reminded me a bit of Heineken, slight off-smell. A good mix of malt and hops flavor. A fairly crisp finish. Nothing outstanding, but a solid brew.

weasbri, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of thegiggy86
4.03/5  rDev +34.3%

During my recent drinking binges, Bavaria has been my staple beverage. It's a great alternative to the very overplayed (on Staten Island), yet enjoyable Heineken. Bavaria is hard to find around here and deserves to be better promoted.

It's green bottle and colorful label are cool to look at and arouse attention from other drinkers who will continue to ask, "What kind of beer is that? Let me taste it."

It has a sharp and delicious smell, typical of an import from Holland.

Its smooth/clean, mouthfeel and taste contribute to its exceptional drinkability.

If you enjoy Heineken, I highly recommend that you try some Bavaria.

thegiggy86, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear pale golden color with a pretty substantial 1/4" head of tight white foam on top. There are quite a few large bubbles rising through the liquid to attempt to maintain a head.

Aroma: There is quite a bit of skunkiness in this beer. The hops are a big player adding some significant spice and floral, so that is probably why it has the assertive skunk. There is a good bit of a dry grainy aroma here that is reminiscent of bread crusts. This beer doesn't smell like a cheap light lager.

Taste: The flavor is also driven by hops, which still lend a good bit of a skunky bite to the beer. The hops let up pretty quickly in the flavor profile to let you taste the malt. There is a bready flavor that matches the aroma, but there is also an almost caramelly sweetness to this beer that adds quite a bit of complexity. The beer is medium to light bodied with a pretty neutral finish. The bitterness is really reserved for having such a dominant hop character. No alcohol is noticeable.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer, and one that I would put up there with Heineken. It sucks that it comes in a green bottle because it suffered as a result of it. It seems a bit light in the loafers when compared to other German Pilsners, but still the malt complexity and balance is nice. This is not my absolute favorite beer, but for the price I would take it over quite a few others.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 04, 2006
Bavaria Beer / Pilsener from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
70 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.