Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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Bavik Pils / LagerBavik Pils / Lager

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

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Ratings: 285 | Reviews: 161
Photo of BeerBeast
1.85/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Head disappeared immediately, leaving a watery, thin color; the smell is of onions & feet; and the taste is worse than anything I would ever have in a football parking lot. Really terrible. I will never have this beer again. A rare (for me) actual drain-pour.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Belgium is not known as the land of lagers, but I am always willing to try one regardless of origin. Bavik comes out of a 330 ml bottle, so on to the beer:

A half-inch of soapy white head leads the charge of this pale yellow beer. A few rising bubbles are visible, head retention being okay. The aroma has a husky aspect. It also has vague spicy hops and a case of semi-skunk. Has a sweet aroma as well, and rather clean.

Bavik could be described as "plain" lager, but with an added spicy kick. The sweetness found in this lager is solid, not cloying, with the hops to balance. Helping Bavik is its light body and crisp and lively carbonation bubbles. It's a decent lager overall, and a possible simple alternative in the land of Duvel, Cantillon, and Chimay.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried Bavik on tap at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA, poured into a Bavik glass. It has a light golden hay color with lots of carbonation and a standard white head. Smell was minimal, basically that of an adjunct lager. The taste was adequate. I would sum it up as a downscale Stella Artois. Mouthfeel was light and extremely carbonated. Overall, this is an average, fairly unimaginative, beer.

Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

Such a great, unassuming light beer. If you want a light, refreshing beer, with a minimal taste this is the beautiful Pilsener for your taste buds to enjoy. Reminds me of Whittkerke!

Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bavik served in a 10 oz marked glass with a gold rim at Sharp Edge bistro in Pittsburgh. The beer is a light gold with a clumpy white head. It did have really nice lacing.

The beer has a nose of grass, grains and a bit of floral hops.

Nice pilsner. It leads with some grainy undertones; a bit of perfume from the hops and finishes with a nice bit of old school euro sulphur.

The mouth is crisp and workman like

Easy drinker and easy to pair with salads, chicken, and mild cheeses

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt, hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a clean finish with no lingering flavors. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good pilsner. Well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit bland on character, but not watery. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

Photo of Foyle
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz can into pint glass.
Appearance: a frothy white head recedes with moderate lacing. Color is mostly clear light golden with plenty of sediment in suspension. Light streaming carbonation.
Aroma: grassy hops, yeast rolls, barley malt.
Mouthfeel: light and a bit oily with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: biscuit, fruit, raisin, white bread, grassiness and bitter herbs.
Overall: very nice, would be glad to try this one again.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.42/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear, bright, straw yellow with a voluminous white head. Scattered lacing results when the head dissipates to a chunky film.
Smell is missing. A lot of inhalation results in little being found, some citrus/floral hops, some faint malt. Is this a BMC product?
Taste is much more prevalent with the aforementioned citrus & floral hops, malt, a wee bit of alcohol but no burn, some saltiness crackers, maybe some apple?
Medium bodied with restrained effervescence. A decent, fading, aftertaste. This isn't a BMC brew, the hops are not overpowering, it has some flavor and some balance. There really isn't anything to recommend this but it's no drain pour either. To quote a friend, "it doesn't suck". But that is the best thing I can say about it.

Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color and a little hazy; kind of unusual for a pilsner. Nice lacework as the very delicate foam falls. This beer has a delicate aroma of grain with a hint a grassiness. A very light, delicate pilsner, with a bit of spritziness to it. (This could be the result of my careful pour.) The flavor is grainy with hint of minerals. The finish is fairly bitter and dry. Almost makes me think of light version of Duvel. What attracts me the most with this beer is its gentle graininess in the flavor and dryness. Nothing too exciting here, just a well made, dry pilsner.

Photo of alankwak
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : Golden, clear Pils with very good head retention and lacing.
S: Wonderful Sazz hops aroma with a grain background.
T: Awesome clean grassy/grainy notes with a great hoppy flavor.
M: Medium mouthfeel, good.
O: Found this to be a very good pils with a clean flavor profile and very nice hop aroma. Great beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

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

The smell featured a grainy pilsner malt with a soft sweetness and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy malts and a drying sharp herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a typical euro quaffed. Nothing offensive here.

Photo of thecheapies
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out gold, but with decent chill haze. Not your typical pilsner with great clarity. Head muck formed, but proved too thin to keep. Never even towered higher than an inch after an aggressive pour.

Grassy malts with a crackery scent, sweet corn, and aromas of light syrup. Maybe, just the smell of a dense sweetness from the grain bill. Faintly-hopped. Actually rocking the malt presence.

Sweet malts accented by cooked corn and estery notes. Possibly a too-flamboyant yeast is put to work here, killing the crispness that this particular style of lager needs. Grassiness is no longer a prominent attribute. A lot of remnant grain and husk and grain sugars. A departure from the direction most pilsners should take.

Slick and oily in the mouth with too much alcohol revealed in the finish. Some medium bitterness blends with the afterburn of the high carbonation to create a rough and forced finish. Has its burps.

Sub-par. Can't give Bavik Pils many good marks, if any, actually. Crossed-up between approaches, it seems. This pilsner almost has the yeast structure of a wit or a lighter Belgian Golden Ale. Not my cup of tea, and doubtfully yours.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured minimal head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is a faint grain smell.
The taste is unoffensive with a mild bitterness and a touch of honey sweetness.
Light body with moderate carbonation.
I could throw a couple of these back while doing some yard work in the summer...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bavik has a medium-to-thick, soapy, white head, and hazy golden appearance, some lacing left on the glass, and an enormous amount of bubbles. When I swished the bottom 20% of the bottle, a cloud was seen descending in the glass and lots of little brown specs were visible in the beer. The aroma is of sweet, full, lightly-roasted barley malt, white bread, and a slight hop zing. Taste is of the same elements, with a wonderful, somewhat piney (if you can believe it) hop bitterness showing up mid-sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Bavik finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and wonderful. Each sip gets better, and I recommend, in the strongest way, trying this delightful beer!

RJT

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a grassy aroma. Taste is much the same with a grain-like flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Murrhey
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger of quickly eroding white head with large bubbles. Pale yellow color with fairly high clarity. Watery white lacing.

S- Floral hops and some citrus. Lemon is a big smell here. Unfortunately it smells like dishwashing liquid.

T- Grassy, slight taste of alcohol, muted citrusy hops. Light Pilsner.

M- Light, watery, carbonation is slight.

O- Just not a great style of beer in my opinion.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Bistro B in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium sized thin patch, some very thin film covering about half the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of grassy and floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts with grassy and floral hops which contribute some light bitterness which lingers for a while.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some moderate dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with a fairly low ABV and lighter flavors/aromas - refreshing and sessionable. Pairs well with many foods.

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Trappe Door tulip glass.

Crystal clear golden with a small white head. Only a little carbonation is visible.

M light-medium body. Crisp. Barely adequate carbonation.

Clean, malty finish. Low carbonation for style

O: a typical Czech pils ... but from Belgium.

Photo of Luigi
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light clear yellow with white foamy head. About one to two fingers high depending of how aggressive you pour. There is some great lacing around the glass and the retention is average. The head sticks around as a think blanket of foam till the last drop.

The aroma is rather light. Soft grain matched with a grassy hop.

First flavor to hit the palate is light grain and metallic taste. Quickly that grainy flavor is dominated with a very clean and grassy hop. The light grassy hop lingers for a bit.

Light and carbonated with a very crisp and clean finish. Thirst quenching is how I would describe it.

Overall this is you average premium Euro lager. Easy to drink and quenches your thirst, but at 8.99 for six pack of 11.2 oz. of beer is very disappointing. There is nothing wrong with this lager. It is just there are better or equal lagers on the market.

Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for my road trip this week (road/cruise ship). I was hoping for something with more character, but I did not necessarily expect it. The beer is typical, slightly above average for the style. It has only a slight hops taste (or any other taste).

It is crisp and clean but too thin to be interesting. I really hope I only bought one of these because I don't ever really want another. I would just as soon drink a Pabst, and I would rather have a Rolling Rock. As with other styles, even with a bad style, I prefer American versions.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the aroma, with traces of citrus as well.

T: Tasted of light, bitter hops, a little lemon, and some malt in the finish. There's a slight grainy aspect as well. A typical German Pilsener flavor - very straightforward and easy to drink.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not exactly a groundbreaking beer, but pretty well done nonetheless.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden color with less than a finger of white fluffy head, very little retention.

The scent was of bread and a little citrus.

The taste was full of bready malt, notes of citrus, some yeast notes, and a mild hop presence.

Light body, smooth and a little crisp, low to moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, relatively light and very easy to drink.

Photo of rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy medium yellow with a fizzy white head that fades rather quickly.

Smells of light grain and grassy hops and a little bit grapy.

Flavor is light grain and hay along with a tiny bit of grape. A moderate bitterness is present towards the finish along with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a pretty average pilsner. Nothing special but a great thirst quencher.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is clear and yellow. minimal head with some spit ring and lacing.

nose is dms and grain yellow love.

taste is pils yellowness. slight corn and sweet syrupy tones.

mouthfeel is light and slick.

overall this is a decent little run. found on an around the world challenge and given a good once over by yours truly.

Photo of wages
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a "build your own" six-pack. I'm not a huge fan of pilsener, but this one is pleasant. I wonder if they use a "Belgian" yeast, or a more standard pilsener yeast?

Appearance - 3/5 - Standard look for a pilsener. It neither impresses nor disappoints.

Smell - 3/5 - Subtle, clean grain aroma.

Taste - 4/5 - Follows the smell with its subtle sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - light bodied with a smooth texture. It's very refreshing.

Overall - 4/5 - As I said, not a huge fan of pilsener, but this one would serve as a good session beer that I wouldn't mind drinking a few of. Makes me think there is hope for pilseners after all!

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.