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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
76
okay

256 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002)
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Pegasus

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with a small, dense white head, thick patchy lacing, and modest streams of small, slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Notes of noble hops and pale malt. The "cracker malt" often noted in the Pilsener style seems absent.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet malt notes, a little sweeter than I would expect for a Pilsener. A wave of pleasant grassy, spicy hops follows. The slightly sweet undercurrent of the malt carries throughout the taste. Finishes with a bit of mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, fairly soft.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, overall, but as others have notes, more like a Euro pale lager than a Pilsener. Its certainly not bad, but not outstanding, either. But on a hot summer day, its just fine.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 16:33:24 | More by Pegasus
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold, a bit yellow, with constant upward bubbles and a light dusting of head. Doughy and a tad minty on the nose, with a little bit of urine. On the palate, a bit tight and minty first off, with some rough papery notes in the middle that maintain a Saaz tang until the end. Mouthfeel is good for the style -- smoothness overlaid with some jagged hop oils. Overall, this is alright, and there's nothing really out of whack here, but things don't quite gel, either.

Serving type: can

06-07-2007 04:57:16 | More by geexploitation
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rings

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pilsner pours pale straw in color, with a floral herbal nose. Unfortunately, the thin, white head falls quickly even though it retains a bit of lacing. (A good pils, as a German brewmaster friend of mine once told me, should take seven minutes to pour--allowing the head to dissipate. "Any less than that, send it back," he claimed.) Regardless, Bavik has a balanced mouthfeel, with plenty of sweetness to compliment the crisp, herbal finish.

While I have to consider that this style--or any lighter lager--will take a beating as an import, this is a good effort ... albeit nothing more than what was to be expected

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 22:04:44 | More by rings
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 14:54:49 | More by Luigi
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oberon

North Carolina

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 23:24:16 | More by oberon
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle cause it was the cheapest thing on the expensive menu - tastes like your standard pilsener. Fairly light and easy on aromas and taste, a touch of dirty graininess in an otherwise fairly straightforward malt with a hint of fruitiness. Body was fine. Not one I'd order again.

Marvin's/$6 (!!)/12 oz

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 14:18:07 | More by soupyman10
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light straw color with very slight haze large white foamy head and a light wispy sticky lace. smell from the bottle was not bad but in the glass smelt like wet rags. very light tasting slightly sweet no real hop character light body. this ones a pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 18:52:47 | More by billybob
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Hunter

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: straw golden lager, slightly hazy, zero carbonation. Fluffy white head with serious lacing and staying power.

smell: grassy, hoppy, slightly metallic

taste: meh. this is why I don't normally drink beer out of a can. Tinny and dry to the palate, with some notes of grassy hops and light malt.

mouthfeel: prestandard for a pilsner - thin, vanishing instantly on the swallow

drinkability: certainly a nice summer quaffer, but at $7 for a sixer of cans, there's better value out there.

Serving type: can

05-09-2006 00:12:22 | More by Hunter
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale, straw-yellow color, with a tall, frothy, long-lived white head.
Aroma: clean and smooth, notes of lemon and honey, but largely spare.
Taste: all the above recurs, again, clean and smooth, again, citric and honeyish. Tasty hops up front, providing a neat little texture, but beyond that it's all lightness. Finish continues a further taste of honey, that crisply dries out. Just the barest malt, flavor is lightness personified.
Anecdote: The other night I invited some folks over and treated them to a 750ml bottle of Kasteel, and they were duly blown away. Later, one of them saw a can of this in my fridge, and asked to try it. "This is way better than that other one!" he practically screamed. This is for him and his kind, all the world over, Lord Bless 'em!

Serving type: can

11-03-2003 00:53:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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Boilermaker88

California

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Has a clear bright yellow color topped with a fluffy white head that produced modest lace during it's short-lived existence.
This Belgian pils has a rather sharp herbal hops aroma carrying a lingering undercurrent of, well, skunk. Nothing real horrible but still an aroma I don't like in my beer. Light grains and fruits round out the aromas.
The taste had a moderate level of pale grain flavor, slightly dusty and definitely grassy. Then a bit of a metallic tang hit the tongue before the hops flavors rolled through, all herbal spice with a touch of citrus. The feel was light, well-carbonated, and lively on the tongue.
Overall, nothing too special here. Decent for a backyard cook-out on a hot day but I know I can come up with better examples of the style to whet my whistle.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 18:47:58 | More by Boilermaker88
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DogFood11

California

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this bavik at lucky baldwins in pasadena, On tap and perfect temperature. Served in a pounder style glass. Yes it is a Wednesday at 2pm but I was craving some belgians so I blazed out here for a few. Work can wait I have more important things to tend to like beeradvocate.com.

I've had this beer numerous times in a can and on tap and the kegged beer is a half point higher in every category. Sometimes in a can I get that unsettled yeast floating around that bothers me along with a metallic twinger here and there. On-tap it comes a golden sunshine color with a decent head that fades but with each drink it reapears. Good lacing for a lager.

Taste: I like this beer to start an evening before the big boys take over. Its also good with a light meal in the middle of the day. It is my favorite lager to this point. A light refreshing taste with more body than its american counterparts. I get a very subtle charcoal taste in the middle that gives some grit. Love it. It finishes with a cleansing subtle citrus that leaves little aftertaste. I could gobble many of these beers. at 5.2% its a borderline session beer but its close enough.

Notes: Traditionally, Friends and I start most evenings out sucking down a couple bavik's. A great warm up beer that has character and doesnt get boring.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 21:57:19 | More by DogFood11
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is sweet light malt with pils hops quality. A decent mix, a little sweet and a little sour.
Pours with a huge full white head that breaks up erratically and leaves nice lacing. Clear yellow gold with bubbles rising from the bottom.
Not much to the flavor. A little too watery with a light malt base that shows bitterness mid to finish, but not excessive or very long. Slight dryness. Sweet at first, sour at the finish.
Thin with an easy drinking quality. Little body.
Very average. Nothing distinctive and too close to water.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 16:13:02 | More by garymuchow
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WesWes

New York

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It boasts of mostly pale malts and lager yeast. It is dry and hopped sparingly. The taste is average as well. It is basically just a pale brew with no malt character that is slighty bitter and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with above average carbonation. This beer drinks about average. There is nothing special about it. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: can

03-17-2004 21:18:37 | More by WesWes
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Vancer

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I swirled this one at mid-bottle, and finished pouring into the Cordendonk tulip. May have forked up - too much yeasties on the bottom turned an initial orange amber into a murky deep orange mess.

First aroma has fruity esters, very orange, along with a good malt backbone. Quaff is getting back to pilsner malt and taste, but still a long way off. But I guess this is just the Belgium interpretation of pilsner, unfortunately it doesn't work well with me. Glad this was a one 11.2oz bottle for sample, wouldn't want a sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 21:59:25 | More by Vancer
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hero27

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can.
5.2% abv.

Crystal clear straw/yellow. Very minute specks of yeast visible. Frothy, white head with a surprising amount of lacing.
Grassy, light herbal hops. Subtle aroma of spices, malt, and lemon.
The flavor is also slightly grassy, with light overall body..and plenty of pale malt character.
Certainly not bad for a euro lager. In fact, I think all euro lagers should be available in cans because it would put my mind at ease over whether or not they may be skunked.
Easy to drink..has a smooth, clean taste and little residual aftertaste.

Serving type: can

02-19-2007 06:30:07 | More by hero27
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.1%

07-12-2012 15:10:19 | More by mrosenfeld32
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azorie

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

10-31-2013 15:34:40 | More by azorie
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.1%

05-02-2014 23:51:30 | More by tdm168
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -9.1%

07-08-2013 17:32:10 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Stugotzo

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

05-12-2013 16:22:45 | More by Stugotzo
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you believe that I am having my first beer of the day at 0724 (Local, EST)? CAN you believe how much snow we are getting? CAN you believe that a neighbor and I just shoveled a path the length of our block and I am ready for a beer? Well, CAN you?!?

Today's beer was the result of a VERY local trade and the combination of 5.2% ABV and 11.2 fluid ounces made it an enticing prospect.

I got a finger of rocky, bone-white head that was falling as quickly as the snow outside. Color was a pale golden-yellow that shined like the sun when contrasted with the slate grey of the sky. The nose had a slightly sweet quality for the style, more lager than pilsener, but not bad. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a lager-like sweetness on the tongue. I was not getting much in the way of hops until the finish, which evinced a slight bit of floral bitterness. It was okay and since the trade was for nothing terribly special, it worked out, but I have had better GER Pils in a CAN.

From the CAN: "Bier - Biere - Beer - Cerveza - Birra - Cerveja - Pivo"

Serving type: can

02-06-2010 12:37:11 | More by woodychandler
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dianaelaine

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.1%

03-06-2012 04:12:34 | More by dianaelaine
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.1%

03-30-2012 21:54:21 | More by kjkinsey
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.1%

02-16-2012 18:02:39 | More by JAHMUR
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sneezye

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-24-2013 01:07:41 | More by sneezye
Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.