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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 161
Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden yellow colored body with a small white head on top.

S- grainy malts. a little bit of noble hops. some metallic notes also.

T- the taste is very much the way it smells. it starts out with semisweet grainy malts and finishes with a nice amount of noble hops. there is a mild metallic aftertaste.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- easy enough to have a couple of, but not really something id like to drink all night. a nice alternative to the beers normally found at my parents house.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow with a creamy tint.

S: Sweet grains and corn.

T: Light, clean taste with a mild alcohol finish. Metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall, better than most American macro beers but not something I'll be buying again.

Value: I paid $1.29 for a single can. Shoulda been like 99 cents.

Photo of jbertsch
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass, this pilsner generated a sudsy one-finger head. A head of some sort was with the beer the entire time.

This has a light brass color and is fairly hazy for a pilsner.

Because this pilsner is Belgian, there was a little musty aroma to it. I like that. It almost seemed a bit more mature or aged than a typical bright/crisp pils. There's also a little straw and grain aroma, as expected.

Tasted softer than a typical pilsner. And I sense a slight hint of coriander (may be my imagination) and citrus, which really does continue the hefe/pils crossover.

Mouthfeel is soft with moderate carbonation, and drinkability is high.

Tough to rate this one. Do I give it a good grade for its unique take on a pils, or do I knock it for being untrue to the pils style? All I know is I enjoyed it. Hefe's aren't my favorite thing, and pilsner can sometimes be boring or have an unpleasant aftertaste. In my eyes, this is a nice marriage of the two styles, taking the best of both worlds. But beware, this is not your classic pils and some people won't like that.

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

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Very pale brass, with extremely active carbonation. A small, but dense bright white head has nice retention. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Smells mostly of fresh cut grass, plus some raw grain. Pleasant enough.

T: Sweet initially from the pale malts. Bitterness comes on right away with a pronounced pepper and lemon bite. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering lemon and straw flavor.

M: Medium light body feels just about right for this style. Carbonation is quite soft.

D: The low ABV and general lightness make this an easy drinker. Not the most complex Pils out there, but pretty decent.

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

Poured this 11.2 oz. can into a pils glass. Dated 04-06-2010 on the bottom of the can. The body was pale yellow with a greenish hue. The creamy white head started out a significant size but eventually sizzled down to a fine ring.

Smell was citrus, clean. Coarse graininess, pretty rich (after it warmed some).

Taste reflected the aroma. Mild grains up front, drying bitterness in the finish. Herbal. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was multi-textured - there was a light burn and it was thinner than expected. However, it finished smooth. $7.49 for a 6-pack at the local grocery.

Photo of BarrelO
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Bavik glass.

A: Golden body. Nice head.

S: Some strong bready notes, but otherwise typical pils aroma.

T: The breadiness extends to the taste. Honestly, it's pretty much the only thing distinctive about the flavor. Otherwise, it's just another bland and undistinguished lager.

M: A bit heavy for the style.

D: Some time ago, this one guy was giving out Bavik samples. He told me that Stella Artois is what they drink in America and Bavik is what they drink in Belgium. Be that as it may, there's a ton of better pilsners out there. Let the Belgians stick to what Belgians do best.

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 soupyman10
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of albern
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is quite a pale beer with a very thin mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, and a creamy white head. The beer laces well and the nose is crisp grains and a bit of grassiness.

The beer is very light, refreshing, quite bland, inconsequential, and drinkable. Nothing memorable here other than some tart graininess, some peppery like bite towards the finish, maybe a touch of dry florals in the body of the beer. There is definitely a snappy pepperishness towards the finish. The aftertaste is pretty non existent and the beer is very light on the tongue.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with a small head and decent lacing.
The aroma of grains and herbal hops.

The taste is mildly sweet with grains,herbal hops and some mild bitterness. Light malt notes and a hint of apple/citrus.
The feel was light body,medium carbonation,crisp and so easy to drink.

Notes: A good session beer with overall good balance.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains lager yeast, light malts and little hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there's a little malt sweetness that comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better beers that I've had in the style but I've certainly had a lot worse.

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 illidurit
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, even lighter than most pilseners. Modest white head, no lacing. Aroma is grainy with accents of grass and maybe some esters. Flavor is softer and sweeter than your average pils, with honeyed malt and a touch of stone fruit. Hops are rather subdued. Carbonation is high, body is medium-thin. Drinkable and flavorful but not crisp or hoppy enough.

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 nickfl
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white foam on a slightly hazy body. The head settles down quickly and leaves light lace in its wake.

S - Moderate green apple aromas nearly obscure the thick pilsner malt and earthy hops.

T - Light and grainy with some malt. A nice dose of herbal hops appear in the middle with moderate bitterness that lasts through the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish with slight astringency.

D - Easily drinkable and not unpleasant, but there are some significant flaws that hurt my overall impression of the beer. The apple aroma is hard to ignore and obscures an otherwise nice pilsner character. This is hardly the worst pils out there, but it shouldn't be hard to find a better one.

Photo of Vancer
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Good 2/3 inch head with decent retention and good lacing. Smells of mostly lager and some malt. Fits the style. Smooth with low carbonation, slightly thick mouth feel. Good malt taste upfront with a good lager background. Also a very slight hop taste in there as well. Slightly watery for my taste; could have been stronger. Overall, not a bad example of a german pilsner, I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with just a touch of haze and a nice healthy head.

A touch of skunk just for a bit at first in the smell which then smooths out smells a bit like clean straw.

Tastes like one of the better pilsners around if you ask me. Incredibly smooth going down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean and fresh!

Drinkability: If I had to choose a pilsner, and I could choose anything, I would probably pick this one.

Photo of stephens101
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been on a pilsner kick lately. Something about that crisp taste that fills a void after you've been hitting the big beers for a while. Picked these up in a six pack of cans, which I can see coming in very handy at the lake next summer. Kudos to craft breweries who are busting out the cans. A hazy golden pour finishes with a two-finger quickly fading off-white head. There's a streaky lacing left behind. You get a little skunk on the nose at first, but no the off-putting kind, which you get with some brews. Smells a little sweet, malty and medicinal as well. Tastes sweet and malty, and not as crisp as expected. It could have been a bit bigger on the hops at the end which usually balances things off. Really good pilsner's have to pull that off well in my book. It's highly carbonated according to the style, and pretty drinkable overall, although a bit lacking in the taste and mouth-feel departments, and a bit softer around the edges than I like in a pilsner.

Photo of JBogan
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy and very pale gold, with a huge foamy white head which stayed a long time and left good lacing. Impressive head but the brew itself looked very anemic.

Smell was a mix of grasses along with a slightly metallic aroma. Somewhat weak in this department.

Taste was somewhat better. The above mentioned grasses were there along with a slight citric note. Overall however the taste, like the smell, was on the weak side.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, if a little on the thin side. Lots of carbonation here, the bubbles remained active for quite some time.

This is about average in drinkability. I wish it were a bit stronger in the taste area. I had one bottle and while there was nothing offensive about it, one bottle is really all I'd care to have. There simply are many beers of this type out there which are far more enjoyable.

Photo of BWH3
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brew with thin white head. Head dies down too quickly. A bit too still as well. The scent of sweat pale malt and noble musty hops. The taste follows similar lines. The flavors are crisp, clean and overall subtle. Only knock is that it is not quite rich or big enough to make me do back flips. However, this is the type of flavor, smoothness the American macros could only hop for.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer didn't really do it for me, nothing wrong with it, just no stand out characteristics.

Poured a pale hazy yellow color with a thin head. Smelled of spices and some citrus hops. Tasted the same, a nice conservative blend of citrus wheat with some spiced hops. A slight zing to the tongue on some drinks. Went down decently. Just didn't desire another.

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a large white head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and vaguely floral/herbal. Clean.

The taste is grainy with floral/herbal notes. It has a slight metallic touch . Finishes with a watery crispness. Light-bodied and smooth.

Mainly inoffensive (outside of slight metallic touch), soft and easy enough for a "throw it back" thirst-quencher. But, that's about all it is, but not bad for that.

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with lots of carbonation and a one-finger head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of hop bittterness. Grainy and smells like a macro lager.

Taste is light upfront with hop bitterness and some breadiness. Flavor seems to be obscured a bit.

Mouthfeel is dry and bready with some residual bitterness.

Drinkability is ok here. I'm not too impressed but it's inoffensive and goes down well. I can say that I've had better examples though.

Photo of SickBrew
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA in standard 12 oz bottle. I'm a Pilsener and a Belgian fan so this was a must try. Poored like a standard pils and about right for the style but the individual bubbles were bigger and dissipated quicker. Nose was almost a bit earthy and reminded me of tomatoes for some reason. Saaz hops or something similar were faintly apparent. Taste is good and within the style, but a bit more saaz hopiness would add to the brew. Mouthfeel is medium but the carbonation is a bit light. Overall this is decent brew and should be tried by my fellow pils and Belgian fans.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.