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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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Bavik Pils / LagerBavik Pils / Lager

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BA SCORE
76
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270 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002)
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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

tempest, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

nickfl, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Vancer, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Tone, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

midnite2sixman, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

stephens101, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of JBogan
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

JBogan, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of BWH3
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

BWH3, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

nrpellegrini, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev +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.

jwc215, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Brad007, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

SickBrew, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From total wine

A - Super carbonated. Foam seeped out of the bottle. Straw yellow in color, lots of head, dissipates slow, with decent legs.

S - Minerals, malts, and earthy hops.

T - Minerals, malts, and sugar esters.

M - Spicy, yet balanced.

D - Not sure if I would purchase again, but interesting none the less.

MisterClean, Sep 19, 2008
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.

becktone, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jul 28, 2008
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.

Crosling, Jun 29, 2008
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.

Stinkypuss, May 02, 2008
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

orangemoustache, Mar 23, 2008
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.

Montee, Mar 20, 2008
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.

Hojaminbag, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
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.

alysmith4, Mar 01, 2008
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.

IntriqKen, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Zeckster
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.

Zeckster, Feb 10, 2008
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.

MerkinMan, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 22, 2008
Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.