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Bavik Pils / Lager | De Brabandere

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De Brabandere
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a nice, fresh, beery aroma, which is its best aspect. Flavor is so mild as to be barely present. What is there is just beer with perhaps a hint of mint. Kind of like a diet beer but with some body. And calories. :)

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Photo of KABC
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the workhorse of the Pilsner world. Nothing fancy but a solid go to light beer if you want something Belgian or are in a Belgian restaurant. Straw gold in color with a light refreshing taste. Minor bitterness and not much aftertaste. Not adventurous for a Belgian beer but a good choice for someone just entering the beer world.

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Photo of CHickman
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Lark in E. Northport, NY; pours yellow with a 2 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing.

Tastes and smells like a pilsner with lemon zest, light citrus hops, a little caramel, sweet malt, grains, corn or vegetable husk and some light floral hops or peppery spices. More malty tasting than anything, it was a basic quaffable beer that went down easy. It was just alright in every way.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was fooled in a not-too-smart way by this one.
I bought it because it was listed in Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium."
I was thirsty, so I opened it without reading the label.
I looked at it and thought "very clear for an ale."
I smelled it and thought "tame yeast for a Belgian."
I tasted it and got really confused by the hops, like I was in Prague.
Turns out, I was drinking a Pilsner.
And it reminded me of Stella.
If you like Stella, try Bavik.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not very crisp, crossing over into blonde ale territory, hops are almost an afterthought. Sweetish cereal grains, light aroma and taste, extremely pale golden body, small wispy head. Cereal finish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A; crystal clear; pale gold in color; 2 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: bread, grain;

T: pilsner malt; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really nice;

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderately sweet with a light spice malt nose, accompanied by moderately light floral hops.

A: Golden color, totally clear with a moderately thick white head and very solid retention. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Sweet malt flavor, yet the beer manages to still be crisp with light floral spicy hop note. The beer has a moderate hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation. The beer has average attenuation.

O: The beer is a German Pils, but the Belgian heritage and influence is noticable immediately in the nose and followed by the accompanying flavor. However, the beer’s flavor is a bit too sweet and the finish is a little sticky.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Straw color, very bright, clear. Head white, with medium-sized bubbles on the glass means each another sip.
Aroma: malt-hop crazy dumb.
Taste: metallic note, malty, dry grass.
Gentian: clear, a little soap might be. Saturation of high fit. Alcohol does not feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is underrated in my opinion, a really hoppy version of the style. even if it is a little bit watery, thin in body, the flavor is there all the way, and its quite refreshing and different from the imports we are used to. it is crystal clear, generic yellow with a short white head. smells like saaz hops, cool in a belgian pils, but this is not a pils country, so its something a little different i think, at least for an american palate. the lager yeast is doughy flavorful but real clean too, super interesting. grassy bitter hops, easy drinking, almost to a fault, and maybe a little dusty stale on the malt, but light enough for that to not really matter. one of those beers i can appreciate on the first pint, still enjoy for another several, and forget about entirely as i consume another three or four. an all day beer for sure, but not an attention holder or a boredom inspiring brew, just right in the middle of sessionable and flavorful and good but not memorable. i think it deserves a little more love...

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical, unassuming palm yellow, with a bubbly white head that dissipates after a minute or so.

Smell is dominated by typical Pilsner grain/yeast aromas, with a bare hint of hop aroma.

Taste is bang-on, expected Pilsner: yeast, bread flavors and a slight honey-caramel sweetness, with a kiss of grassy, herbal hops on the back, bringing slight flavors of grass, fennel, and tarragon, and a delicate spiciness through the finish.

A spot-on, pleasant take on the Pilsner style; nothing groundbreaking or superlative, but very nice and well-executed.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere. Poured from the 12 oz can into a weizen glass, this beer's head is 1/2 fingers thick with spottier lacing, and a pale golden body.

Smells like bright grains and bit of metallic off-ness.

I taste a bit of, dare i say, apple, along the malts mentioned above.

Mouthfeel of this brew is light and clean. This is a very nice, quenching lager.

Overall, I'll give Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere a solid 4. 'm curious as to how this would be in a bottle, or even on tap. I may or may not pick this up again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bavik Pils / Lager brewed by De Brabandere, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a could amber color , with a nice white head. This is a unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is nice with grains and malts. Bavik Pils / Lager has a nice balance to it , there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth and bold. I like how smooth this brew is. This is a nice drinking brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. De Brabandere did a nice job with this one. I would buy this again.

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Photo of BeerBeast
1.85/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

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!

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Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of alankwak
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
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...

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
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