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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner a light spritzy yellow with a large blooming white head that settled very very slowly leaving globs of lace behind.Light residual sweetness a bit of metallic and firm toasted malt in the nose nothing earth shattering or out of the ordinary but it could be worse.Thin near watery mouthfeel the beer glides down almost like water wich isnt the worse thing in the world but obviously I think most would want more body,slightly sweet and toasty with a bit of a herb smack in the finish,eh its not horrible its better than some other European giants but still it lacks alot.

Photo of RoyalT
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Hazy, very light yellow in color with a nice, white head that left some lacing and nice pools on top of the liquid.

Smell – There’s almost no smell to this lager except for a hint of lemon and maybe grass.

Taste – There’s almost no taste to this lager, either. The grassy, slightly sweet-n-sour attempt at a German Pils is insulting.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the light and carbonated mouthfeel to this one.

Drinkability – I refrained from dumping this with a shaking hand. It’s right on the edge.

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

Bavik pils/lager. 5.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a straw yellow color, very pale. Looking through the glass i see numerous floating sediments. Small head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Light corn, yeast, and mild hop scents are there.

T- Very smooth flavor of malts, grains, and a hoppy almost yeasty bitterness bite a the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is nice and easy, nothing offensive. Very wet on the tonuge and finishes smoothly. A very drinkable beer, will have again. Great session beer also.

Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz white, red and copper can. Freshness date on the bottom of the can. 11.2 oz? What’s up with that? If you are going to export a canned beer to the US it should be 12,16, or 24oz cans … don’t gyp us on .8 oz, Geezz!

Appearance: Thin cropped white lace, barely holds together though with each sip it rolls back again to a thick lace. Clarity is fine and is of the ultra cold filtered kind.

Smell: Faint rubbing of herbal hop and a fullness of grain in the aroma. Quite clean at that.

Taste: Clean palate within a light to moderate body, the hop flavour gets restless and throws around some leafy and herbal flavours as it drops a clean bite of bitterness. Maltiness is light and actually thin in a way with only a graininess that recedes to a husky flavour towards the end. A ghost like buttery flavour, faint metallic / earthiness and some very light warming alcohol wrap up the finish.

Notes: A decent Euro lager at best, Stella Artois is a half notch better but I’d rather have a Bavik for the sake of smaller breweries. Though at $5.99 a six pack of 11.2 oz cans it is a bit pricey for what you get.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From an 11.2oz bottle with no freshness date, it pour a pale straw color. The three-finger head is large and creamy, forming a stiff foam dome extending beyond the rim of my pils glass. It shows great retention and strands of lace cling in web-like patterns.

The smell is of grain and hops, with a bit of lemon peel and strong herbal notes. The flavor profile follows the smell, and the hops aren't overbearing.

The mouth is light and clean, and after a burst of bitter hops, actually gets creamy on the end. This is a very drinkable brew, even if it doesn't really posess a wealth of personality.

Photo of ADR
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale yellow, strange for a Lager or more specifically, a Pilsner. Head is very light and rises to over 1/2 an inch, very fluffy in texture. Decent overall lacing on the glass. Weird yeasty aroma, musty with some nutmeg and grass components. Starts light and perfumey on the tongue, sweet and even a little estery. No real hop sense. Body thins markedly later, as does the taste, but strangely, there's little carbonation and a weird slick sensation that's almost like flat Ginger Ale. A very odd beer for style, almost resembles Wittekerke in some aspects,

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 ianjsullivan
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a Peroni glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold with very steady fast carbonation and a thin head that sticks around.

S: Slight citrus hops, a bit of metal, bread, very light.

T: Light malt, some citrus hops and bread the finish is crisp though a bit watery.

M: Pretty light with a slight creaminess at mid palate.

D: Light with average alcohol makes this a beer that can be consumed pretty regularly.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not something to call mom about. It delivers refreshment without wow.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up because it was canned and I felt I could get a fresh Pils that way. I wasn't to be disappointed.

Poured a golden straw color with an ample snow-white head of sticky foam that left it's mark as you drank the beer down.

Aroma is softly sweet pale malt, some floral scents, and pale, light hops.

Taste follows nose. The faintest of sweet pale malt and some floral notes. A dry spiciness that reminds me of wheat and then light hop bites at the end.

Mouth is left clean, dry and refreshed.

Nice euro lager.

Photo of soper2000
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Kahn's in Indy on a whim. The can actually reminded me a little of Brahma, especially once i saw "cerveja" on it. Anyways, an agressive pour leads to a 2 finger white head with large soapy bubbles atop a straw yellow body with some particles in suspension. Nose is sweet and malty much like a typical euro lager. Taste finishes a tad metallic, not generally pleasant. I'll probably pass on this one next time.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very jazzy, pale gold color, flowing bubbles but a low rising, moderate head keeps things grounded. The head dissipates pretty quick for such a jazzy look.

sour greens, musky earth, very classically yeasty aroma. Green beans, spring water, herbs and sour-sweet malt, mild pepper.

A pretty classic Pils flavor of musky-earthy and sour notes, soft pepper, veggies, crisp malty bite, bready and sour tones from the malt, more peppery earth in the mild hop balance.

The feel is light, sharp and very crispy, especially to start out. Herbal, sour and clean earthy aftertaste.

If you love the style, it's a must try.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bavik pours piss yellow with some carbonation. The nose is very grainy and smells of wheat and some malt. the taste is simple and grainy. wheatfunk and some weak spice. Mouthfeel is thin and watery as expected and the drinkability would be that of water, but is too funky. Not a terrible beer, but nothing I would drink again when I can just grab an urquell.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy drinkable and tasty lager, with some yeast in it. A find at Eagle Provisions in NYC. Yellow with some cloudiness in it, some white head and drops of lace. Smooth drinking. Offset some spicey food. Smartly malted, a versatile beer.I think this beer is underated

Photo of pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of this brewery's Witekerk witbier, and I enjoy a good German lager, and this one happens to be from the Holy Land of beer....Belgium. So this should be pretty good given it's roots!

A - A fat and fluffy three finger head rises above a slightly hazy dull gold brew. The head is really fluffy and puffy and leaves a ton of lace on the sides of my big mug. The head shows good retention and gets rocky on it's way down to a nice cap.

S - Sweet and gritty fresh bread malt supports some steely and grassy hops. Smells like wet stone washed smooth on the riverbed. Not very complex or interesting, but it smells nice enough.

T - Bready, yeasty, and salty. This definitely has the saltine cracker pils malt flavor that I love going on, and the hops are fresh and floral. This is very sweet for a pilsener. Not really bitter at all.

M - Tingly carbonation with a light to medium body and a dry gritty finish. Swishing in my mouth produces a really fluffy feeling that counterbalances the high level of carbonation.

D - A very sweet and malty pils. This really embodies what I would expect a Belgian brewer to do with a pilsener style beer. It's yeasty, malty, and sweet like a good Belgian ale, but also firm, crisp, and salty like a good German pils. Well done. Highly, highly, drinkable stuff.

Note: I had a beer on a Royal Carribean cruise (called Royale) that is suspected to be a renamed version of Palm from Belgium, and this brew is very similar to that.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, yellowish gold with a firm, bright-white head that holds very well and leaves excellent lace. The aroma offers a full, grainy maltiness and an herbal hoppiness. The body is light-medium, and it has a very fine, restrained carbonation. Very smooth & creamy in the mouth. The flavor has, surprisingly, a light touch of Belgian "mustiness" which is not normally found in their pilseners. The malt is well balanced with bitterness & there's some lightly woody & herbal hop flavor. The hops are confusing - or is that interesting - to me. I can't identify any variety, or even a general characteristic, other than the "dried leaves" note it has - and maybe a little bit of light, dried pine. I wonder if they're using aged hops; and yet that doesn't seem the case either! Odd. The finish is semi-sweet / semi-dry with some nice bitterness but also a sticky maltiness, although there's also a gently lingering earthy & mineral quality that helps to dry it out. This one is a quagmire. It's not a very good example of a pilsener at all. And it doesn't have any stand out qualities. But it is interesting & memorable. If it was a touch drier it might be better - but then it would be like every other mediocre Belgian pilsener. I have to give it some credit for its uniqueness (although that's not reflected in the score). I certainly wouldn't buy a case of this, but I found it interesting enough to suggest trying one to see what it's like.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Ghent. The aroma was a bit funky, like farmhouse character, at first, but that gave way to very clean malts (too clean, I could hardly taste them) followed by very very earthy hops with orange rind, carraway seed, and a musty earthiness. Worth a try when better options aren't available.

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 bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale gold in hue, it is so sickly! Massive white head, there is at least four fingers of foam. Impressive head retention, the rocky mass hardly subsided after a few minutes. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized. This is a dull looking beer.

The nose is pungent, at times sulfur is very vocal but I also smell DMS and some earthy-grassy-hay-lemon hops. I do like the nose; it smells (more or less) like a German Pilsner should and yet it is Euro Lager-like as well. Not much malt in the nose. Clean. Simple but inviting, mild potency after the initial blast but like I said, it is inviting.

The palate is a tad blander than I was expecting. The nose had me thinking this was going to be tastier. I found the palate to be spicy with almost a kiss of rye, earthy-lemony-grassy hops. Moderate bitterness but it works. Crack malt kisses, not much more. It has a faintly sweet finish. This beer is growing on me. It isn’t great but it does have a nice compact flavor core. I like the pungent hoppiness mixed with spiciness and sweet notes. I’d call this simple but friendly and quite likeable. Nice.

Medium in body; the lively carbonation creates a refreshing and agreeable mouthfeel. I could see this beer working well with spicy food!

I could also see this beer working well on a hot day. It is more flavorful than BMC and its ilk. Plus I can buy it in cans fairly cheap. I have no qualms drinking this! I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. I think I’ll have to get more.

Photo of Backer2004
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer represents the notion to not judge a book by its cover. Nothing impressed me at first. The label looked cheap, appearance was nothing impressive - very pale with little carbonation, no aroma to speak of. All this changed from the first sip to the last. Fantastic light taste that was above and beyond any domestic light beers or even Pilsner Urquell. Went down great. Bought this in a mix and match single and will definitely try it again. Paid $1.59 for the bottle.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Bavik pilsner glass.
A very light golden coloured beer with a rustic bubble.
Nice white head with round shaped lacing on the glass. Fresh and creamy on top.
The scent is German hop and oxidised.
Soft and satisfying taste, very refreshing. This is how I like my pilsner. Dry, hopped, bitter and not sweetened. Well hopped with a nice bitterness. Fresh grain after a rain storm, the sun brakes through. Malt after tones.
The mouthfeel is semi-dry. Medium thickness, a bit creamy.
Aftertaste is bitter dry, a bit sticky. Lingers on.

Great Pilsner.

Photo of nortmand
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow, with some floaties, not sure what kind though. Not a very strong head.
Hay/cut grass smell, with a sour edge.
Tastes like a mass produced foreign lager. Like Heinekin, but a bit thicker in the mouthfeel and a bit more sweetness and other lager related flavors.
Nicely carbonated, beer like this should be.
Not bad, overall, but nothing special. It's probably considerably better becaus eof it's brown bottle packaging. I just hope there isn't anyone out there who thinks this is representative of Belgian beer.

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 philipquarles
2.41/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh 11.2oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white cap that leaves nice lacing behind. Sweet corn smell with some note reminiscent of wet hay. Tastes very slightly better, though not markedly so. Some grainy pils malt coming into play, but still a general adjunct fell. Quite sweet, and not pleasantly so. Light feel, though not really watery. Not a great take on a pilsener; really too sweet. In all honesty Jupiler (or any number of other euro lagers) would be a better alternative.

Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some fruits.Taste is mild, slightly sweet and grainy, finishing a tad sour. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 39912. Sampled on June 3, 2010. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a short burst of fizzy off-white head. The aroma is full of grains with thin hops and a slight skunkiness. The mouthfeel is about medium. The taste is also more grainy than anything else with a bit of creaminess and a faint hint of hops at the end. It leaves an aftertaste.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.