Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.27%
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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy drinkable and tasty lager, with some yeast in it. A find at Eagle Provisions in NYC. Yellow with some cloudiness in it, some white head and drops of lace. Smooth drinking. Offset some spicey food. Smartly malted, a versatile beer.I think this beer is underated

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. There is a light amount of visible carbonation and a few bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between bready malts and some mild bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate. There is some dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and rather sessionable. It's a perfect beer to begin the night with because it opens up your palate.

Photo of brentk56
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale, slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head that settles down to a rocky set of islands; decent lacing

Smell: Grassy, earthy, Euro Lager nose; slightly vegetal

Taste: Fairly neutral, almost water-like; some lemony bitterness on the finish along with some phenolic flavors

Mouthfeel: Light and reasonably carbonated

Drinkability: OK for a quaffer; purchased by mistake and it met my low expectations

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy and fruity, the Belgian fingerprints are all over this German-style Lager!

Pouring a more Kellerbier apperance of hazy golden hue than a crystal clear Lager, this Pilsner is capped with a blanket of white foam that retains and laces quite well.

Apples and a touch of lemon give an unexpected estery aroma to the beer. Backed with sweet pilsner malt and light raw barley, the beer carries a bready undertow with sharply tart scents.

Zesty and bright flavors of the pilsner malt sweetness and cracker-like bread flavors are balanced with the citrusy fruity esters and spicy alcohol and acidity, rather than the floral and spicy hops that are normally found in Lagers. Lots of apple flavor- red apple, green apple, crabapple, and with a lemon-like citurs character carry much of the flavor throughout. But as Belgians go, hop balance is normally foregone in favor of bold yest contributions.

Bready and creamy still in body with the sprite of efforvesence delivering a prickling sensation early on. Dry, crisp, and moderately acidic in finish, the beer delivers a refreshing late palate without the linger or heightened bitterness from hops. This keeps the beer clean and nearly void of any lingering aftertaste.

The malt elegance of German Lagers here is met with the dry-fruity, spicy bite of Belgian Pale Ales for a truely unique and thirst quenching session. A job well done by Bavik!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale maize topped by a large, fluffy, snow white head. The upper surface is packed with big, slowly popping bubbles that leave 'bubble ghosts' on the glass. The beer looks exactly like a pilsener should look and delivers a fantastic head/lace combination in the bargain. A good start.

The nose is decent, maybe a little better than that. Noble hops rule, but could be brighter and fresher. I'm guessing that Saaz make up the majority, if not the entirety, of the hop bill since the beer smells especially grassy and somewhat spicy. For some reason, I like sniffs 6-10 better than sniffs 1-5.

Eh, this isn't such a wonderful version. It tastes a little Euro pale lagerish; always a danger when a pilsener isn't especially well-crafted. There's a solid pils malt component, with more sweetness than the style usually evinces. The hops aren't prominent enough, which is the biggest reason why I'm reminded of an EPL.

Still Saazy, but not snazzy. There's no brightness, no zip, no zing-a-ding-ding. On the palate, as in the nose, grassy and spicy are still the characteristics that are most notable. I'm trying to detect lemon peel and may have found a shaving of citrus zest down deep. Untoasted grain makes more of a splash on the finish than do hops; a definite no-no.

The body is middle-of-the-road in term of heft and the mouthfeel is fluffy, soft and sparsely carbonated. I don't often request more bubbles, but it would help here by providing some energy that the beer otherwise lacks. Offensive? Drinkable? Tasty? No, yes and not really.

The history of Brouwerij Bavik and of this particular beer is fascinating. Too bad Bavik Pils is anything but. It's an decent little lager, but there are scores of German, Czech and Belgian pilseners that have it beat any day of the week. It isn't really worth your time unless you're a 'pils popper'. Probably not even then.

Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a cloudy pale straw color with a large white head exhibiting good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells a touch cidery but otherwise the pilsener aroma is there. Pale malts and bread with some strong yeastiness. Mild hoppiness in the form of straw, grass, and spice.

T: Unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite match up. Slight sulfur and skunk notes with a strong grassy hop flavor. Some yeast and lots of cereal sweetness. A slight bitterness on the back end.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Started off well with a nice appearance and nose, but the flavor fell short.

Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Tin Can Tavern & Grille in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two finger white head that left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. There was a slightly floral aroma, too. Nothing impressive but nothing offensive.

T - It tasted of grains, caramel and had a slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is an okay German pils, but I've had better.

Photo of nickfl
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, yellowish gold with a firm, bright-white head that holds very well and leaves excellent lace. The aroma offers a full, grainy maltiness and an herbal hoppiness. The body is light-medium, and it has a very fine, restrained carbonation. Very smooth & creamy in the mouth. The flavor has, surprisingly, a light touch of Belgian "mustiness" which is not normally found in their pilseners. The malt is well balanced with bitterness & there's some lightly woody & herbal hop flavor. The hops are confusing - or is that interesting - to me. I can't identify any variety, or even a general characteristic, other than the "dried leaves" note it has - and maybe a little bit of light, dried pine. I wonder if they're using aged hops; and yet that doesn't seem the case either! Odd. The finish is semi-sweet / semi-dry with some nice bitterness but also a sticky maltiness, although there's also a gently lingering earthy & mineral quality that helps to dry it out. This one is a quagmire. It's not a very good example of a pilsener at all. And it doesn't have any stand out qualities. But it is interesting & memorable. If it was a touch drier it might be better - but then it would be like every other mediocre Belgian pilsener. I have to give it some credit for its uniqueness (although that's not reflected in the score). I certainly wouldn't buy a case of this, but I found it interesting enough to suggest trying one to see what it's like.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Jason
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz white, red and copper can. Freshness date on the bottom of the can. 11.2 oz? What’s up with that? If you are going to export a canned beer to the US it should be 12,16, or 24oz cans … don’t gyp us on .8 oz, Geezz!

Appearance: Thin cropped white lace, barely holds together though with each sip it rolls back again to a thick lace. Clarity is fine and is of the ultra cold filtered kind.

Smell: Faint rubbing of herbal hop and a fullness of grain in the aroma. Quite clean at that.

Taste: Clean palate within a light to moderate body, the hop flavour gets restless and throws around some leafy and herbal flavours as it drops a clean bite of bitterness. Maltiness is light and actually thin in a way with only a graininess that recedes to a husky flavour towards the end. A ghost like buttery flavour, faint metallic / earthiness and some very light warming alcohol wrap up the finish.

Notes: A decent Euro lager at best, Stella Artois is a half notch better but I’d rather have a Bavik for the sake of smaller breweries. Though at $5.99 a six pack of 11.2 oz cans it is a bit pricey for what you get.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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.

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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"

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a mild white head which sticks around, some lace.

S: Noble hops, grassy, prominent malty sourdough bread character.

T: The flavour brings balance to a nose that was anything but. Good soft malt flavour backed with some biting grassy classic pils hop flavours.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, clean, easy on the palate.

O: For Belgian pilsner this is as good as it gets. One to seek out if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.28/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden brew.

Smell is a nice malt and grain Pilsner. Slight hay scent.

Taste is malt and lots of grain with a slight tartness. Clean pilfer taste with a mild bitter finish. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, a solid brew but not outstanding.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.