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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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 StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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... (1,020 characters)

Photo of VikingBeer
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of BeerBeast
1.85/5  rDev -44.9%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

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! (182 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (484 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.42/5  rDev -28%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of alankwak
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
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... (290 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +35.7%
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 (687 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | 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. (274 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (579 characters)

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
77 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.