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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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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 shirfan
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of Caskaway
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of gutbuster
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of azorie
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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 wahhmaster
2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color, very reminiscent of most macro lagers (Heineken, Stella Artois, etc.). Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a dominant sweetness again reminiscent of other pale lagers. However, it does have a touch of herbal hops that sets it apart a little bit from other macro lagers.

Taste: Very little bitterness up front. Towards the back it develops a sickly kind of sweetness backed by just the slightest amount of grassy hops. All in all, general macro lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy, like most lagers.

Drinkability: A pretty standard lager. I was honestly hoping for more from a "pilsener" from Belgium but honestly there is nothing to set this beer apart from Stella and its ilk. You can find much better for much cheaper.

Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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 BBM
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jmathis
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Luiz0930
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nortmand
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow, with some floaties, not sure what kind though. Not a very strong head.
Hay/cut grass smell, with a sour edge.
Tastes like a mass produced foreign lager. Like Heinekin, but a bit thicker in the mouthfeel and a bit more sweetness and other lager related flavors.
Nicely carbonated, beer like this should be.
Not bad, overall, but nothing special. It's probably considerably better becaus eof it's brown bottle packaging. I just hope there isn't anyone out there who thinks this is representative of Belgian beer.

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of cjac
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Luigi
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of goschool
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one pours a pale yellow with a good-sized white head.

Smell: The nose features an unimpressive sprinkle of grassy saaz hops.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with grassy hops, followed by grainy malts that finish sweet, not clean and not characteristic of pilsners.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: It's far from an amazing pilsner, but it's more than serviceable at its Trader Joe's price.

Photo of Hautacam
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold ...lively head reduces quickly to a film.
Smells like a pils for sure. Nothing noteworthy.
Tastes pretty good. A little sweet honey-like malt with some zesty hops. Finish is malty...with a final hop bite-aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is light...carbonation is high.
Fairly drinkable. Worth a try if you like pils.

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

Yesterday was Czech, today is German (Belgium, really, but German style).

A: Poured in a pint glass. Hazy medium straw, zesty carbonation. Nice, thick head. Head dissipates fairly rapidly. The lack of clarity is a nice surprise.

S: Spicy hops, lemon rind, bready and doughy.

T: I immediately notice how this is not as crisp and dry as the Czech Pils I had yesterday. Malty breadiness (touch of sweetness), quick surge of medium bodied hops, mild hop spice, very mild citrus rind. Not metallic like the Czech Pils, either. Followed by more bread like or dough like notes and the final spiced hop finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Good. Pretty damn good, even. Not nearly as crisp or dry, like I said. This has a better, fuller body than many pilseners I've tried. Doesn't sting your tongue with carbonation.

O: A quality brew. Been years since I've had one of these and it's as good as I remember. If only this had the following of some other Belgian lagers....


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

Picked up on a whim because
I had never heard of
A Belgian-German-Style Pils

11.2 -> Foster's Pint

A ~ Hazed gold, with very large bubbles of carb.

S ~ Dry Straw and honey.

T ~ More honey. Flavors reminiscent of dandelion greens are present. Oats, mulch & straw with a touch of euro-hop bitters.

M ~ A spirited, Carbonated mouthfeel and crisp finish. Not an abundance of Saaz like other German Pils (not a bad thing, just different)

D ~ A very interesting Pils that I will be picking up again for the pricepoint. Interesting to see a Belgian company known for Petrus to do a lager. The owner of the store even SWORE this was an ale. hahahaha. Try it out if you see it, as it is very affordable.


Photo of Anatole
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of jsisko01
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of cameraman
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light golden color with a quater inch head that forms, with visible carbonation. The surprising scent of floral hops hits my nose, folowed by some roasted barley, but a pleasant aroma. The taste, what happened to the hops, a very malty, mild flavor. There was no sign of the hops in the taste. Watery, a very thin mouthfeel, with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Overall, the smell was nice but it seemed to slack off after that surprise.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
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