Bavaria 8.6 Original - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 26.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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 rastaman
1/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yikes, way too sweet and the alcohol shows too much, bloody god damn awful, i took about 2 sips, before ouring the rest down the sink, one of the worst beers you'll ever have, no joke.

Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gold with a blanket of wet, milky foam. This honestly looks as though it could be a quality lager.
The aroma is lightly sulfuric, then leans heavily towards creamed corn as it gains any sort of warmth at all.
Begins sweet, with grain, vanilla-extract, and honey. They float, unattached for a moment, then latch onto a variety of vegetal hues. Can after can of cream corn...the nose doesn't lie. Light asparagus bitterness on the finish. Bland otherwise. No malt structure. No hop structure. And despite its strength, no particular alcohol structure. On the lips it leaves a lightly sweetened, powdered-sugar corn film.
It begins as a vapid, empty mess of a body, then it settles into a frothier liquid. Still void of construction. but possessing texture.
What this has going for it is a hidden booze quotient.
Drinkable. sort of, but it is merely a small step up from some U.S. renditions of completely adjuncted, cheapo piss...errr...malt liquor..

Photo of Sammy
2.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of WilliamLious
3.13/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Inch head reducing to a film of foam. Golden straw that is clear. Moderate fizzing.

Smell: Not a strong smell, nothing chemical. Slight malty smell.

Taste: Slight sweetness and a strong but not over-powering alcohol taste. A bit of bitterness mostly countering the alcohol and sweetness. Some maltiness also.

Mouthfeel: Moderate lightness become creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad. Rochefort beats this of course. Didn't detect any chemical overtones. Perhaps they have process control issues.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.17/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

Photo of mikesgroove
2.85/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
2.31/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Kulrak
1.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a decent amount of bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Smells like an empty glass. Tastes fairly sweet, but not malty. Hard to describe, nondescript sweetness, I guess. No hop flavor to speak of. There is some alcohol burn there, but that's to be expected. Mouthfeel is watery and... that's about it. I swear, budweiser has more flavor than this beer. There's nothing to it at all. Overall, it's drinkable, because there's no flavor to object to. I prefer my beer to taste like beer, though. This seems to be for pretentious college kids that want to get hammered fast.

Photo of IronDjinn
1.27/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This would make a great beer to threaten someone with, or to get back at them (simply offer them one). Poured from a 500 ml can, freshness date on the bottom. It looks harmless enough, nice clear golden body, good head that forms a cap and some decent lacing. Smells like cotton candy however. Flavour is indescribably bad, really, I lack the vocabulary to even begin, as I've never had anything quite this awful, no sounding board to compare it to. I'm honestly going to have to pour this one out, I feel dirty on the inside already. Beware of Bavaria 8.6, consider yourself warned.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of plaid75
2.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light copper hue with a quarter finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some green apple aroma.

The taste consisted of an upfront light caramel sweetness with a quickly arriving warming alcohol. Not enough body to support the high ABV however.

The mouthfeel was overly sweet with a distasteful alcohol burn.

Overall not very good. But for Euro 1.30 not a bad bag.

Photo of spinrsx
2.74/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Shiloh
2.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ho-Hum.....Colour is a medium-deep golden, very limited head with an aroma of yeast. The taste is lacking any personality yet my first impression was of a lingering tang. This product has you wishing for something....anything else.

Photo of BigBry
2.44/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml can with best before date stamped on bottom. Pretty much know what to expect when the label is a huge "8.6" announcing it's strong alcohol content. Clear yellow/pale gold with big bubbly head that quickly dissipates. I think there was some corn aroma but the alcohol smell overpowered it. TAste was somewhat smooth in the middle but there was quite an alcohol aftertaste. Nothing really special - best compared to American malt liquor. Best to follow the directions on the can and "serve cool".

Photo of thehyperduck
2.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bavaria 8.6 pours with like any other strong lager, to include the clear golden body, with a white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is crisp with sweet grainy nuances.

The taste is typical lager, with pronounced cereal sweetness with an alcoholic kick.

For a strong beer, this isn't too bad in the way of drinkability. It still retains crisp freshness, but a little to strong to make this a session beer.

Photo of CrazyMike
1.86/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.17/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Mine came in a CAN and it was something that I CANnot recommend.

It poured with a rocky two fingers' of bone-white head with low retention. The nose had a sweetish, metallic quality which was undesirable. The color was a deep-golden shade with NE-quality clarity, The mouthfeel was medium with a taste like corn and metal. Not what I was after! The finish was mildly sweet, lager-like, but mostly verboten.

Photo of nighthawk
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of gsaram
4/5  rDev +62.6%

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.

Photo of Andreji
2.03/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer is no great product but in my opinion beats some other dutch lagers. Pours a golden tone tending slightly towards a slight orange (hey, i'm colourblind.) A thick and lasting head forms, a pale tan even white.

The smell is very faint but gives off the excess alchohol, mainly. Onto the sip.

The taste, hummmm, this is controversial. It could've been much better had it properly hidden the alcohol in the beer. It's too present and spoils much of the other tastes as well as the mouth (and hey, nose) feel. Of course, the other tastes are nothing great either. The beer is waaaay too sweet and doesn't properly balance the hops which are very slightly felt at the end. Its not a great beer, really...the combination gets me thinking on a Cuba Libre! how not beer wise.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of atis
2.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Bavaria 8.6 Original from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
61 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.