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Bavaria 8.6 Original - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Bavaria 8.6 OriginalBavaria 8.6 Original

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 112
Avg: 2.38
pDev: 41.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Andreji on 12-29-2001

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Photo of gsaram
4/5  rDev +68.1%

today I had this beer. First impression is soft, but last taste was little bitter. Just exactly same taste with So-Mac(usually drink soju+beer in Korea). but more soft better than So-Mac.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a tall 500 ml can into a pint glass. "Why am I drinking this?" crosses my mind. A bright yellow hue with a crazy amount of beige foam ... Looks a lot like ginger ale. Smell is almost non-existent with the exception of a corn sugar sweetness accompanied by a twinge of wet grain. Tastes like vodka-harsh boiled grains, chalky grape juice or sour hard candy, and anemic grassy hops. Less sweet and perhaps just a smidgen more refined than American malt liquors but the same basic idea. A notable industrial alcohol warmth emerges and I am thinking that this is reminiscent of a very low-rent imperial pilsener. Watery body is coupled with the expected aggressive carbonation, and there's a hint of peppery spice that you don't get in North American brewed cheap beers. Finishes crisp but with more residual sweetness than a Euro pale lager, grainy with an echo of saccharine fruitiness. Basically the intent of such a beer is to provide a cheap intoxicant, a la North American malt liquors. It probably suits this purpose admirably and tastes marginally better than its New World cousins. That's the best that can be said.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.17/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows hay, sweet clean malt, spicy hops, vegetal notes. Some industrial booze too.
Similar flavours, quite sweet with some booze and vegetal notes. Not much going on.
Needs more carbonation.
Could be worse...

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Photo of FLima
2.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with an one finger head with low retention but leaving some laces. Light aroma of pale malt, bread and vanilla. Malty flavor with notes of apple juice. Hints of minerals, vodka and syrup. Light body with good carbonation. Relatively smooth body given wheat addition and 7.9% ABV is surprisingly well hidden. I was expecting a blunt Malt Liquor with unpleasant flavors, but although plain and lacking hops, it is relatively decent for the style.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

500 mL can from TBS; best before May 2014. So was this beer previously brewed to 8.6%? Or is that value just the current abv in different units? Seriously, I want to know what the numbers mean.

Pours a bright golden-yellow hue, topped at first with two fingers of frothy, puffy white head that sticks around for a good four or five minutes. It even has the courtesy to leave some strands of lacing behind on the sides as it seeps away - definitely one of the better looking strong lagers I've had lately, for whatever that's worth. Unfortunately, it smells terrible - lots of booziness, fusels, grainy malts and corn syrup are the only things I can pick out, and altogether it kind of just smells like wet garbage.

Not very tasty, but actually not that bad for something that's nearly 8%. Relentlessly sweet flavour profile, with vibes of minty apple juice, corn syrup, ethanol, and perhaps some caramel. Doesn't sound very tasty? There's a good reason for that. The finish is a little boozy and a little malty, but still sickly sweet. I can't really find any trace of hops or hop extract; maybe that's where I'm getting mint from? Who knows. Medium-bodied and very smooth, with relatively low carbonation that I am not a real big fan of in this type of brew.

Final Grade: 2.3, an embarrassing D+. The thing that impresses me most about Bavaria 8.6 is probably the drinkability; it basically just tastes sweet and wet, and even though you can tell the alcohol is there (and it will hit you eventually), this is definitely not an especially raunchy-tasting lager considering the abv. Reminds me a little of Boxer Ice, with its weird, fruity, funky off-tastes. I worked at a liquor store in Alberta that sold these; the only customers I ever saw purchase them were homeless people and 'regulars' (alcoholics). Two of these might give you a decent buzz for 4-5 bucks, but Warka Strong can do the same while allowing you to retain your self-respect for the rest of the night. I'd only drink this again if I were pretty desperate.

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Photo of peensteen
2.14/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale golden colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, decent amount of retention and lace. Smell is grainy with apple juice like scents, malty followed immediately by alcohol, dirty water like scents come in, earthy and muddy as well. Taste is grainy and metallic, more of that muddy earth that was in the nose, apple juice, light alcohol but surprisingly well hidden. Medium carbonation, med-full body, decent enough feel. This was pretty bad but I finished the can off without a problem, I would probably never buy this again but I didn't mind drinking it once.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Redish amber colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, cherries, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, a bit of dark fruit, and some caramel. It finishes with a malty slight sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I had very low expectations for this beer but ti actually turned out to be fairly decent. The alcohol isn't as noticeable as I thought it would be, and the beer had a fantastic appearance ion the glass. not sure I'd buy it again, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.85/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a very clear, golden yellow. A big fizzy white head was initially present but faded down to reveal nothing more then a thin layer of film like lace on the top. Lots of visible carbonation came streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it left a tiny bit of residual lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was light, nice grain and yeasty bread like smell mixed in with some kinda light fruit, maybe some banana, and a touch of alcohol, but it was pretty standard lager. The taste was like a really strong budweiser. It tasted like your standard fare macro lager, buch just stronger. Typical grain adn yeast, maybe some corn in the flavor. A touch of alcohol. very smooth, and clean. Non lingering aftertaste.This was a very sessionable beer. Went down easy and you didnt really feel how strong it was, a dangerous combo. Best served really cold in my opinion.

Overall I was a bit underimpressed with this as a specialty beer, but as a macro lager, I was quite pleased.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.73/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of pale honey-yellow. It holds a creamy head of white foam, standing one and a half fingers high. Patterned lacing appears down the glass as it goes. There is near full clarity through the beer, as no sediment is noted. Carbonation looks to be robust. The nose is full of bready and adjuncty malts which are drying, like flour. There is a healthy scoop of booze mixed in, and the aroma is otherwise composed of fruity, syrupy sweetness. The fruit is of browned apples with a souring twinge. As we sip, the palate is met with bittering malts up front. The middle continues in this, but adds huge fusel alcohols. These mix with the faintest of sweet esters and most distant floral hops for something of a balance. All else is indecipherable through the alcohol of the finish. The aftertaste breathes a shot of vodka, with a twist of white sugar sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium. The feel to the mouth is somewhat slick, but no coating or satiation occurs. There is no creaminess to the sip. The beer is not overly watery, and is warming, but not as robustly as one would expect for a beer higher on the abv scale. Due to this the mouth is left a bit puckered and shuddering, but the beer drinks with an even simplicity.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the boldness of the flavor. While there was not much there to pick apart, the flavors presented came through with a surprising strength. Where it started to become unpleasant was when, at the tail end of the middle, the alcoholic burn took over the entire flavor, turning it into straight liquor.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.86/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Amber brown appearance with minimal head. Smell is sweet and grainy, booze is apparent.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet, alcoholic and grainy. Body is thick and syrupy with low carbonation. Aftertaste is spicy with a lingering sweetness.

Overall, this is a cheap and powerful beer for those who are embarrassed with buying malt liquor. When it comes to strong beer, it's a little to thick and sweet for my taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: My can displays 7.9% ABV, not 8.6%. Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 8th, 2010. Pours a clear yellow with a thin, fizzy head that retains well. Three finger head lingers for quite some time. Generic and unappealing.

Sm: One flat light note of barley, and fresh piney smell. Not particularly grand, but I like this far better than most lagers.

T: Opens flat, body is standard barley, but then- something strange. A sweet tone that bleeds through the finish and lingers on the tongue. It's kind of sweet and almost minty. Unique but not particularly pleasant. It is bold, and I appreciate that this isn't another generic lager. Incidentally, it hides its high ABV quite well.

Mf: Unremarkable. Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: I'd have it again to get drunk. At this price range, its high ABV is quite welcome. I appreciate beers that experiment, but this one is a failure.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.39/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Site says ABV at 8.6%, but the can I have says 7.9%

A - Pours a light golden colour with a thumb of big bubbled head with decent retention and a bit of sticky lacing. I must admit, much more impressive than expected.

S - Sweet corn with an alcohol kick at the end. A bit tinny. Pretty mild overall.

T - Again, a little surprised by this one as I was expecting a drain pour. Sweet corn malts with no hop presence, and a flavour that is somewhat reminiscent of malt liquor. Far from delicious, however, that being said I've had worse.

M - A tad watery, lacking any real character.

D - I would definitely not recommend anyone pick up a can, but it wasn't a drain pour, and I was easily able to take down the can. Taste is a bit of a turn off, and all other characteristics were lacking, with the only respectable category being appearance.

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Photo of jhtipton
2.88/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it is a cheap beer, so what should you expect. And it is nearly 8% ABV. Pours a medium golden clear color into my pint glass. Actually gave me alot of head that did stick to the glass. Not much in the smell arena, can barely smell anything. Tast is warming, kinda like a bud with a shot of vodka in it. Mouth feelis light to medium bodied. Drinkability is average. Due to the high ABV, stop at one and get something better to drink.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Musty smell of old cellar and the old nose with ripe fruit and macerated in alcohol too. A very hot mouth with alcohol in abundance in the aftertaste which is reminiscent of the liquor or white wine rich in sugars and highly concentrated. Easily digestible and easy to drink little, even if it sits right in terms of tasting.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A christmas gift containing an assortment of Euro tall cans also contained this.

Pours a proper yellow color with lots of carbonation resulting in sticky white head. Head eventually evaporates, leaving a crater ring around the edge of the glass. Sporadic sticky lacing.

Smell is grainy, and slightly boozy,

Flavor is really thick of booze. Very strong malt booze flavor. Minor grain and sweetness at the back. Very straightforward.

Not smooth at all. Thick alcohol flavor leaves a thick feeling in the mouth. Hampers the drinkability.

An average Euro Strong Lager. I didn't find it very enjoyable, but it is pretty par for the course in comparison to others of the style I have tried.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.19/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

330 mL bottle poured into a glass. Purchased at the Mega supermarket in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico and enjoyed that evening.

A-Pristine yellow brew showing many, many bubbles rising, which feed into the big, pale white head. Head shows decent retention.

S-Grainy, slightly spicy, almost a bit of sweetness.

T-Spice meets sweet grains in this interesting brew. There is a surprising depth of flavor in the guy, having smelled a more bland beer. However, I feel that some of this flavor is due primarily to the almost harsh alcohol feel and overbearing flavor, which, at times, drows out the spicy hops and maltiness.

M-Alcoholic warmth is quite obvious. If it's the first aspect of the beer that I note in the feel section, which was the case here, it must have been pretty harsh. Moving on, the brew is of moderate body with a medium-low carbonation.

D-Medium-low drinkability. There are clearly more drinkable macro lager brews available down in Mexico, but this one certainly takes the cake for size of flavors. Regretably, the flavors are shadowed by the harshness of the moderately high ABV.

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Photo of wordemupg
2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml can poured into pint glass oct16 2009

A crystal clear golden yellow with loads of tiny bubbles. decent one finger head has great retention and leaves decent lace down the glass

S sweet grains with some booze and some petrol

T not much better then the smell, pretty bad you know this beer has one purpose and that is getting drunk without spending money

M/D I've never drank petrol but I would guess it would feel something like this. it has good carbonation but it helps spread the taste around your mouth making it harder to drink. I found that the less time this beer was in my mouth the better.

looks great but it makes you gag as you swallow and that's a trait I don't like in my beer

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Photo of Sammy
2.23/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The Beer Store find. This is a pale Euro lager with extra diesel fuel alcohol. Pours light with generous white bubbled head. Some alcohol in aroma. Thin mouthfeel, not much in taste, just enough malt, and some apple juice to swallow a decent sample. Rest drain poured.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, the kind found in the import section of every liquor store in town.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of cushioned foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent awkwardly webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of warm, almost bready white grain, doctored corn syrup, metallic fusel alcohol, and quite acrid stewed vegetal, grassy hops. The taste is sugary sweet pale grain, rice-like syrup, gasohol, and egregiously stanky dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, with just a pithy, wan frothiness, the body a seemingly sugar-boosted medium-light weight, and smooth, I suppose, but also verging on the sickly cloying. It finishes replete with sweet grain and industrial effluent alcohol.

As is by now probably blindingly obvious, the elevated ABV here isn't very well integrated, rendering a pretty hot lager beer experience - not a good thing. This is a favourite, from what I can tell, even at my local bottleshop, amongst the more shabbily attired, single brand purchasers of note. I can see why, given its relatively inexpensive shelf tag, and overall oomph - all fine, as long as your taste buds take a sick day. Oh - and this is still markedly better than anything Minhas puts out around here.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looks fine, like any lighter, golden beer. The head is tall enough at the start, but not creamy/thick.

It smells alright. Not enticing/special, however.

At first, it tastes like a standard Euro beer of the same ilk. Most gulps/swallows have an after-swallow kick of alcohol or medicine, though. It's fine on the tip of the tongue, but that's about it. Not good.

Not too smooth, and too carbonated, even for my liking. Perhaps the taste throws me off, too, but I don't like what's going on in there.

It's not completely without merit, but it's the last one I'll ever have.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It stayed in the bottle, like most run of the mill lagers should.
S- Like an adjunct lager, thin and carbonated. There is a slight wiff of the ABV and cheap vodka odor, believe it or not.
T-A traditional adjunct lager with stretched out notes- no hops and minimal malt body. Something is sweet in the taste and something tangy at the end. The ABV is really well hidden and non offensive.
D-Great for the ABV and better than most adjunct lagers I have had.

Summary- If the frat is looking to get wild this weekend without the typical 40oz of malt liquor or the kegs of iced beer. This is the brew for you. Its a little strong, but hey for tailgating grab a few and you will not be any more disappoint then your other offerings. C for so-so and a + for the style of high gravity lager

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Photo of LittleCreature
1.96/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Note: Actually 7.9% ABV. Not sure where they got the 8.6 from.

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a loosish two fingers of white head over a bright, clear golden body.

Smell - 2.5
The higher alcohol creates some sweet, fruity esters, but this aside it is pretty much typical euro lager; sweetish pale malt, metal, little hops,

Taste - 1.5
Again, the esters create a light fruitiness, which to be honest, feels a bit out of place in a pale lager. Very little body to back up the high alcohol (which at 7.9% is more noticeable than in Belgian ales of over 10%). Thin, sweetish malt, dryish but weak hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Feels quite heavy in the mouth, alcohol is warming, low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - 1.5
It doesn't taste too bad, but the high alcohol and lack of interesting flavours make this an unenjoyable sipper.

This is clearly the worst beer I have had in quite some time. The only point I can see to this beer is to get lager louts smashed.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This Bavaria 8.6 special blond beer looked like a good choice. Nice bottle, not a screaming, but a serious label. Bavaria has a long tradition.
A: golden, allmost orange, clear, flaky head, very low on the bubbles.
S: bread, sweet grains, rather obvious alcohol.
T: Low on sweet fruits and again grains, only a little hops... too simple to mask the alcohol (even though it's 'only' 7.9%)
All in all, this is rather ordinary for a 'special' beer.
Plus: I fear this beer could give you a headache before the end of the evening, if you try more than 1 bottle.

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Photo of atis
2.23/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours pale golden with large soft head that slowly fades to a small foamy layer, very active carbonation with large bubbles, small patchy lacing. Aroma is citrusy malt, weak floral hops, maybe some hints of alcohol, I am not sure.

Taste is sweet malty alcoholic syrup with some hops. Really awful, could not drink more than a few sips. Mouthfeel is medium with quite warming aftertaste.

Overall, if not for the bad taste, the beer could be quite ok.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500mL can with best before stamped on bottom. Poured into pilsener glass.

Pours gold, very clear with plenty of carbonation rising. The head is a sudsy white crown that sinks to about one finger. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is grainy, bready malt.

Taste is cloying syrup. There's some kind of fruit hiding in it, maybe apple or pear, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Alcohol is surprisingly mild. Feels slightly chewy, with a good deal of body to it. Carbonation is only lightly felt.

This beer is not a chore, but a far cry from a pleasure to drink. I will avoid, and recommend you do the same.

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Bavaria 8.6 Original from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
61 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.