Bavaria 8.6 Original - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
2.75/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2011 03:13:35 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.03/5 rDev +27.3%
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.
Serving type: can
02-15-2014 21:24:17 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.15/5 rDev -9.7%
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...
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 08:30:36 | More by CrazyDavros
2.66/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
Serving type: can
07-16-2013 02:07:41 | More by FLima
2.29/5 rDev -3.8%
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: 2.29, 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.
Serving type: can
04-19-2013 02:04:00 | More by thehyperduck
Bavaria 8.6 Original from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
60 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.