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Bavaria Beer / Pilsener - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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370 Ratings

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 thegiggy86
4.03/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of MrHolland
3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden pale straw color with a decnt head that stays around for awhile.

Sweet malt smell with a slight hoppiness that is not bad at all.

Taste is very crisp and light, with a faint hop taste at the end. Not skunky at all.

Mouthfell is light a heavily carbonated feel on the palate.

Could deffenitly drink a 12 pack if that is what I chose for the night for that excallent praice who can complain?

MrHolland, Mar 19, 2006
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Appealing appearance. 1 1/2" white head. Pale straw gold color. Super carbonated. Excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Grassy. Sweet. Faintly pilsner like in aroma.

T - Bland. Slightest malt. Sweet. Grain. Adjunct?

M - Thin mouthfeel with high carbonation.

D - Barely OK. Not much going on here. What's next?

Photo of neonbrown82
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's official... I'm sick of winter and the beers associated with it. I was craving a light beer, and I found it in this one. Perhaps one of the most clear beers I've ever laid eyes upon. I can actually read the text of my review through the yellow tinted glass. Carbonation is erupting somethin' fierce. Subsequently the head is quite massive and retains very well, also leaving a nice lacing behind.

The smell is very light. Just a touch of sweet pilsner malt with an equally gentle touch of german hops. The taste is likewise. Very light on the palate but still enough flavor to make this a subtle delight. A nice crisp bitterness on the finish keeps me coming back.

Very easy to drink and very refreshing. I liked it for what it was. So it ain't no Prima Pils, but it's still a decent pils.

neonbrown82, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of sauron681
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a metallic smell to it. Low head, great lacing however, it lasted quite some time. Deep golden color with high carbonation I thought. Mouthfeel was medium-watery for a light beer. An import version of a lawnmower beer. I could still drink a few after getting over the initial aroma.

sauron681, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of blackie
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Forms a short lived, 1" white head when poured aggressively into the glass. Color is hay golden.

s: very light malt and grains, low german type hops, slight vegetable odor

m: Carbonation is medium and the body is a heavy light

t: light bready malt and a gentle hop bitterness, slight spiciness, finishes watery and slightly slick

d: not bad tasting, and pretty easy to put down a few

blackie, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is probably a dozen different 500ml cans of Eurolager available in BC liqour stores and that makes choice tough. Prices range from $1.90 to 2.45 with Grolsch, Pilsner Urquell and Bitburger at the higher range. This beer is only $2.00 and it tastes pretty good. No skunk or weak finish but rather a full bodied pils that goes down easy. The nose has a nice hop smell and the
finish is crisp and not too sweet. I'd say that value for money this is ranks highly in the Eurolager heap. Heck, it is only ten cents more than Holsten and Lasko Club which frankly suck.

canucklehead, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of jettjon
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Inoffensive flavor, drinkability
Lows: No predominant flavor or character; typical Euro lager

Pours golden clear with a fluffy white fade that fades away at a moderate pace. Nose is typical to a Euro lager: wheat, citrus (lemon), and some hops. Flavor is lemony and lightly hopsy, akin to Heineken, Hollandia, and other similar brews. Mouth is thin, bubbly, and watery, leading to above-average drinkability. There’s a very small acidic finish, almost not worth mentioning.

Overall, this beer seemed to be a toned-down Heineken (as if Heineken needed toning down). I wouldn’t especially recommend it unless you are just looking for a different take on the Euro lager.

jettjon, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of tesguino
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dutch beer sold in my country, 3 years ago; since my first bottle its flavor was robust, with body; but i´m not impressed because is a dutch beer in a german style; however this beer is good for a european cuisine, not for mexican food; try serve this beer in a tall mug for its foam and appreciate its rich blond color; 65% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of BrewMaven
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was in a jumbo 16.9oz. bottle! Since I was outside washing the motorcycle, I just drank this right from the bottle. Popped the cap and it held a slight white head for quite a while. Had a typical pilsner crispness, light bodied and well carbonated. Decent hoppy finish without being overpowering. Since it was such a big bottle, it started warming as I drank it but taste didn't suffer in the least because of it which was a BIG surprise. Good summer brew.

BrewMaven, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Green bottle
Clear light gold with a quiet bead to a fine head that quickly flattened to a thin film.
The initial taste is moderatley sweet and finishes light bitter.
The maltis very forward , which to me characterises Euro macro lagers but it is smooth and thee is a citrus undertone to the aftertaste.
In the mouth the carbonation is light as is the body
In my neck of the woods this is a readily available in supermarkets for not a lot of cash.I thinkit represents reasonable value for money for a Euro macro lager that you dont have to travel to find

jarmby1711, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of September, 2005. Drank it just tonight 1/July/2005 so I believe it was alright.

It was a 440 ml can (almost 15 Fl.Oz) and had no expectations of all since the 6-pack had a tag of less of 4 USD.

Pours a nice golde brew, with an almost 1 inch white short lived head; some lacing.

Smell of malts, grass-herbal. Definitively no skunkiness here (as I feared coming from Holland).

Taste was crisp, refreshing, with some carbonation.

Aftertaste was lightly dry, sweetish, with some hoppiness. Not bad at all. Actually surprising.

Drinkability, well, it's quite cheap (not as locals), but yet a bargain.
Yes, in Summertime I'll buy this one again, and again, and again.

Pepeton, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, pale straw gold color with a moderate white head that subsides to just a film fairly quickly.

The aroma is mostly mild malt with just a hint of grassy, herbal hops.

Mild malt flavor, a bit of grain, slightly yeasty, with a bit of spicy hops flavor.

Crisp, refreshing -drinkable.

whynot44, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of dutchbrew2
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

presentation: stubby green bottle

appearance: golden straw color with a small amount of lacing

smell: sweet grainy smell, no big skunk smell like I would normally expect from a euro lager.

taste: sweet fruit in the mouth with a mild hop bite.

this is my favorite pilsener. they used to sell this at dominicks for 10.99 a twelver and i would buy it frequently ... oh well

dutchbrew2, May 31, 2005
Photo of Noelito76
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Is this a Pilsener, or is it a poor Amercian adjunct? It would rate slightly higher if it wasn't classified as a Pilsener. It barely had any color, it was a very clear light yellow. It had some head that hung around for a bit. Taste was unimpressive, hops barely detectable. Mouthfeel was like drinking a poorly carbonated light beer. I imagined what Coors light tasted like without the fizz.

Noelito76, May 11, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i would call this the bud/miller of holland, but, its way better.

pours an ever so clear bright golden with a good head that falls into light lace.
the smell is mostly malt, ever so slight hop aroma, i mean ever so slight. there should be a bit more hop nose imo, very glad i got a can, no skunk here.
the flavor is malt up front, slightly sweet, noble hops flavor, some bitterness.
the mouthfeel is full, but not thick.
the beer is very drinkable, non-offencive, you could give this to a bud/miller drinker and they might think it a little to bitter. but on a hot day this would go down easy.

plaztikjezuz, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of soper2000
2.1/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love cheap liquor store pick-ups. For curiosity's sake I have this sitting in a pint glass in front of me. Pours just a tinge darker than straw yellow. Virtually no head but very slight lacing. Smell has a touch of sweet malt with just a bit of grassy/peppery hop aroma. Taste is... Well, taste is very clean and mildy sweet before a very gentle hoppiness rolls over the tongue. Hop taste has a decent pepper subtleness. Typical pale lager I assume. Unoffending in everyway but not worth repeated drinking in my opinion.

soper2000, Jan 25, 2005
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440ml can

Pours with a light yellow body, thin head forms, fair retention, little lacing

Smell, fresh and lemony, some hint of sweetness, mabye honey, freshly cut grass

Taste, fairly crisp, grassy and a hint of sweet malt. Almost grainy

Not a bad lager, not skunked which is always a great sign

cypressbob, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of aracauna
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a bit more life in the color than the Tuborg I had just prior. The head is fuzzy and dry looking, and lasts for a bit. The flavor is definitely on the adjuncty side, but not offensive. The flavor is soft, a good bit of rice, but not in a foul way. Very low bitterness and very low hop aroma. Very soft on the palate.

aracauna, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thin white head that dies out. Color is somewhat darker than heineken. Aroma starts skunky and once the skunk goes away resolves to a sweet malt and noble hops aroma that is typical of the style plus an added aroma of fermented corn and alcohol. Flavor is very unremarkable for the style--not too exciting. Has a noticable alcohol kick that I like. Finishes dry.

EagleTalon, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a nice fluffy white head. Good lace.

There is a hint of malt and grassy hops in the nose. A very balanced aromatic brew. Not bad.

A touch of carmel malt is countered by a pronounced but not overly strong hop profile. The hops linger a bit past the last sip.

This is a typical pilsener: thin, smooth and slightly dry. This is a very easy drinking beer that would be a good introduction to the "next level" of beer to the uninitiated.

My wife bought this for me this evening and I'm very proud of her. At $4.50 for the six pack I'd have to say this was the find of the year. I might have her pick up a few more for my non BA buddies.

filabrazilia, Jul 28, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 16, 2004
Bavaria Beer / Pilsener from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
70 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.