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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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257 Ratings

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002)
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Photo of becktone


3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Straw gold, maybe even paler that that, in color with adequate clarity. Head formation is nice and retention is okay. From where the head started it has left some nice thick lacing. Color of head is white and its texture is borderline rocky-creamy. Only if the retention were better, about 1/2 a finger more would be real nice.

Nose: Nice hoppy aroma fills the room whilst being poured into this pils glass. Floral and spicy aromas abound from the glass. There's a good malt backbone behind it to support the hops, the fact that the malt sweetness can make it past the hop aroma shows that this beer has an excellent malt backbone and that it really does support the rest of the brew....well as far as the hops go. Malt sweetness has a character in it that reminds me a bit of cider.

Tongue: Malt sweetness is the first characteristic to come through. Unfortunately the next thing I detected was a metallic flavor, much like aluminum....its like I've a penny in my mouth and I'm just sucking on it. This lasts all through the finish. Really not as hoppy (in terms of flavor or bitterness) as I would've expected. Seems to be more of a hop driven beer. In my opinion it could use a bit more hop. Something important to note is that one can tell this one is from Belgian...the yeast gives it away. It has a distinct woody, earthy and almost quasi-farmhouse quality that tells you its from Belgium.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body with a dry finish. Carbonation is about where it should be. This is an easy drinking beer, but I don't see anything that would really draw me back to it. Nothing outstanding, nothing damning. It is a good beer, quite unique with that little Belgian twinge coming from the yeast. Give it a try.

Serving type: can

08-19-2008 16:02:47 | More by becktone
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
This was a pretty good stab at the style for a Belgian brewery...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden-colored hue with minimal lacing...
Pilsener aroma with hints of lemon and lime in the mix...
Good, crisp, refreshing, slightly pepperish, lemon taste with a nice suggestion for a Summer-time beer...
Good mouthfeel and a great level of drinkability...
Really good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:42:31 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Crosling


2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce can. Pale golden color. Thin white foam that lasts well. Nose shows some light malts, a touch of vinous character and some grassy hops. Really clean nose. Flavor has some bready malty character and some tangy, slightly citrus hops. Well balanced, clean lager.

Serving type: can

06-29-2008 14:11:20 | More by Crosling
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A. Clear straw yellow with a 1/4"head that dissipates quickly.

S. Nothing really to smell here. A bit of a slight yeasty aroma.

T. Really dissappointing here. Tastes like a poor light beer. I am not impressed.

M. Very light mouthfeel.

D. I could not have more than one of these, and I believe one is too much.

Note: Hard to find anything positive to say about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:41:31 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of orangemoustache


3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a straw yellow with a thick fluffy snow white head that has great hang time before leaving sticky lacing in its wake

S-sweet and peppery,some earthy grass notes as well

T-nice and sweet as in the aromas,suttle malts are the real backbone,also detect small traces of lemon tartness,lack of hops leaves a little to be desired

M-strongest attribute is the soft,creamy,and mildly bubbly mouthfeel that is very smooth along with just a bit of dryness that keeps me thirsting for the next sweet sip

D-simple but very enjoyable,I could enjoy this easy drinker again and again.Not one to seek out but never the less a good Pils

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 00:16:37 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of Montee


4.55/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review.

I was compelled to review Bavik. I discovered it by accident at Trader Joe's. There was a single bottle floating about so I thought what the heck.

This beer goes down very easy and tastes great. Has a lovely feel to it.

Certainly a step or two above the macro euro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 01:55:53 | More by Montee
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like a typical macro, with a clear yellow/brownish body and a fluffy white head.

Smells malty with some sort of metalic sweetness.

Taste is ok. Some sweetness up front and then some malt follows. Finishes with some slight hops, dry.

Very light and smooth as would be expected for a pils, just average.

Easy to drink due to its ABV and very smooth and light body, the ease with which you can throw this brew down might be the best part about it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 03:25:05 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very average beer.. average in appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Nothing special to report, just that it went down easy and I would recommend having it served extra cold. The only interesting thing that I could say about it was that it tasted very honey-like.. I'm not sure why, but the beer had a definite honey flavor to it.

Serving type: can

03-01-2008 22:01:20 | More by alysmith4
Photo of IntriqKen


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2008 21:05:41 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Zeckster

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from an 11.2 oz white/gold/red can.

Had almost no head and a fine white lacing. Its a light straw color thats rather translucent.

A light taste and just clean all over (smell, taste, feel).

its not bad and I'm okay with paying around 6 for a 6 pack.

Serving type: can

02-10-2008 23:56:45 | More by Zeckster
Photo of MerkinMan


2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from the can into a tall pilsner glass. Beer was nice a gold, but a little cloudy. The smell was clean: no skunky smell, no alcohol, hops, or grain smell.

This beer is sweet like it came from Eastern Europe or West Asia -- kind of like a Ukrainian beer. The sweetness is not bad, but not really what I expected. The wrapper in which the cans were packaged said this beer was a pilsner, so it seems to me they use that word rather liberally. I was expecting something crisp and spicy.

Mouthfeel is good -- nothing noteworthy.

I will finish this six pack (of course), but I probably won't get this again -- especially at $9 a sixer.

Serving type: can

02-02-2008 01:27:39 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Pours a translucent light straw color with a good inch of white head that dissipates leaving a fair bit of lacing. Smells fruity with caramel malt, yeast, and hints of DMS. Tastes malty sweet with almost a citric or grape-like component, just the slightest hint of cooked vegetable with a fairly clean finish. Light mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Not as hoppy as I've come to expect from the style, but otherwise a decent easy-drinking pils that beats the heck out of most Euro-lagers IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 20:39:45 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-09-2008 11:35:23 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Average gold color, thin but sticky white head.

Mild clean malt aroma with a whiff of sour pear or perhaps apple.

Taste is, in a word, bad. There's some crisp, sweet malt here, but it's overshadowed by a strongly metallic, astringent, drying flavor. On top of that, it turns a bit sour towards the end. There are some leafy, grassy hops in here, but they're totally ruined by the 9-volt battery flavor.

Ick, bordering on drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 22:11:46 | More by shirfan
Photo of theopholis


2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a light, bright, very clear, straw color, with an impressive white head.. The head white and impressive and has some good staying power. It leaves some lacing, but it's not overwhelming.

Aroma - Initial pour gives an incredibly sour mash. Almost smells like it even has some Bret in it. But after it settles down....geez, it still smells incredibly sour. Just the barest hint of malt sweetness and hops in there.

Taste- Quite grainy up front. A hint of bread. Not enough hoppy bitterness. A nice malt sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel-- Good carbonation level with a light to medium body and a dry gritty finish.

Drinkability - Drinkable, but don't buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 07:22:49 | More by theopholis
Photo of SargeC


3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale gold color with a foamy white head. Good carbonation and moderate lacing.

Smell: Slight hop aroma with an undertone of malt.

Taste: Great blend. The mild hop bite coupled with the slightly sweet and smooth malt backbone make this brew stand out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very satisfying for a lager.

Drinkability: Great session brew. The flavor in this beer is superior to Stella Artois. Too bad it is not as widely available.

Serving type: can

12-09-2007 22:00:15 | More by SargeC
Photo of skeetermoses


4.33/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I have had this beer on tap once before, and kind of liked the on tap version a little better, but that was a long time ago. This happens to be my favorite tapwerks (local pub) beer on tap. Overall the bottle seemed to be good to the taste, also had the white beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 18:47:14 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of pmcadamis


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 08:07:55 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Drew966


3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bavik Pils pours a golden yellow with a large white head that laces nicely from an 11.2 ounce can. The aroma isn't great, there isn't anything too off putting, but it almost smells like a macro. It clearly isn't though, but there is a very sweet malt presence and a not very appealing mild hop smell. The more I smell it, the more I just pick up the sweet malt. I like the malt in the flavor, it's strong enough to give this beer a good flavor, in the pils style, but the hops are all wrong for a pils, they are kind of weak and not especially flavorful, kind of leaving an odd bitterness toward the finish. That being said, it is very light, doesn't actually taste bad, and actually I'm coming to kind of like it. I think the cans may be a blessing for this beer, it could probably skunk easily which would really hurt it. This would make a decent session beer. Better than I expected.

Serving type: can

10-17-2007 23:39:33 | More by Drew966
Photo of GIG


4.43/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a healthy white head that slowly fades to an island of foam. A respectable lace clings and stays. Macro yellow in color with a greenish haze. The smell is pretty clean except for a faint belgian mustiness, which i really liked. Taste is more of the same fairly clean, crisp and really easy to quaff. All in all bavik is a great beer, even if it isn't quite true to style.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 18:03:17 | More by GIG
Photo of 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
Photo of BBM

New York

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but to be honest, it's not a bad Euro lager. The golden/yellow appearance and grainy malt smell won't change your mind too much. And while the flavor is generic enough not to really stand out, it is completely inoffensive to the point where it's enjoyable. A slightly sweet, malty taste emerges, with just the slightest sense of bitterness. Personally I like this better than Stella, and it is decent for a Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 14:08:29 | More by BBM
Photo of scoobybrew


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a golden straw-like color with a thick foamy head that is retained well enough. It has a light sweet malt scent accented with noble hops. The flavor is somewhat grainy sweet malt with a gentle hop finish. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice pilsner. It doesn't really stand out too much, but it is well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 00:47:04 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Lothore


2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured strait into the glass a very water fizzy looking golden color. The upside is that the head retains fairly well and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of wheat, fairly bland, smells similar to typical mass proudced american beers. The taste is not objectionable but doesnt seem to be distinct at all. Not what I was expecting, very fizzy and thin. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and thin. Overall this beer is very drinkable which is its upside. I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you get it for free. I certainly wont be purchasing it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 05:41:56 | More by Lothore
Photo of Boilermaker88


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
Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.