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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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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: 10 | 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 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.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of shirfan
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.

shirfan, Jan 05, 2008
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.

theopholis, Jan 04, 2008
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.

SargeC, Dec 09, 2007
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.

skeetermoses, Nov 19, 2007
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.

pmcadamis, Nov 11, 2007
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.

Drew966, Oct 18, 2007
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.

GIG, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BBM
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.

BBM, Aug 15, 2007
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.

scoobybrew, Jul 27, 2007
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.

Lothore, Jul 22, 2007
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.

Boilermaker88, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold, a bit yellow, with constant upward bubbles and a light dusting of head. Doughy and a tad minty on the nose, with a little bit of urine. On the palate, a bit tight and minty first off, with some rough papery notes in the middle that maintain a Saaz tang until the end. Mouthfeel is good for the style -- smoothness overlaid with some jagged hop oils. Overall, this is alright, and there's nothing really out of whack here, but things don't quite gel, either.

geexploitation, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of dkeramaty
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single bottle @ Marty's in Newton, MA. Poured a pale yellow hue with a minimal white head. Not much in the aroma department; even though it's supposed to be a lager I still got a slight spice and fruit smell if you really stick your nose in it. I paired this beer with a pastrami on rye sandwich that really hit the spot. This beer is not really one of my favorites but it is definetley above average for the style. Good session beer.

dkeramaty, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian pilsner is a better one than others. It does not have the fame of others, but it is always looked over. A great color, a decent nose, and standard pilsner tastes, a bit sweeter even. Not one of my favorite styles but it is still better than some.

OWSLEY069, May 28, 2007
Photo of goschool
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

goschool, May 26, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it's midweek and my beer collection is at a premium in my fridge. So I grab this one. If I recall correctly, it was part of a "Beers of the World" gift box I got for Christmas. I can't discern any other kind of freshness info.

It pours a pale straw color, very very clear. It was a nice head but it didn't last, it laced ok though.

Scent of pale malts mostly, with faint grassy hops and something citrusy.

Crisp slightly lemony flavor. There may be some of those hops there. I'm not picking up much though.

There are some beers in my fridge that I'm only going to drink when I absolutely HAVE to. This was kind of one of them but I think I chose well. It turned out ok.

joeskirkie, May 10, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale straw with a small head. No lacing - Pilseners should have lacing!

S - Some noble hops and a light malt. A faint pear-like fruity aroma - very mild though.

T - Noble hops with a bit of faint light malt and a mild slightly earthy pear juice - the peariness is probably from belgian yeast working on the combination of light malt and noble hops.

M - A tad high carbonation, medium bodied and a bit refreshing.

D - Alright. It is a pilsener. I am not really a pilsener fan, but it is better than most of them for sure.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Sammy, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of hero27
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can.
5.2% abv.

Crystal clear straw/yellow. Very minute specks of yeast visible. Frothy, white head with a surprising amount of lacing.
Grassy, light herbal hops. Subtle aroma of spices, malt, and lemon.
The flavor is also slightly grassy, with light overall body..and plenty of pale malt character.
Certainly not bad for a euro lager. In fact, I think all euro lagers should be available in cans because it would put my mind at ease over whether or not they may be skunked.
Easy to drink..has a smooth, clean taste and little residual aftertaste.

hero27, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy (unfiltered) straw in color, with a white head of fairly lengthy duration comprised of tiny bubbles, rocky on top. The nose definitely says "pilsener," and dare I say "dry pilsener"? The impression I get after the first sip is that it's a less than typical malt profile; I'd say "more complex than your day to day Macro Lager" but that would lack specificity, so I'll err on the side of laziness at any rate! Flavour is a touch sweet and a touch sour, with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Fuller-bodied than most, and not-quite creamy, but again, with more character than a Miller Lite ("a true pilsener") or a Warsteiner. For some reason this actually gives a more ale-like impression, perhaps dueto the local Belgian malts? Sorry if I'm grasping at straws, but for a reasonably average lager beer from a larger-production brewer this has a lot more going for it than the 79 rating would have you believe. Finish is dry, just as the nose indicates. It is not sharp as per hops, however, but rather soft on the palate and finish ala Jever Pils (and sorry if the comparison brings up an entirely different recipe/animal, but the comparison is worth noting here.)

A well-balanced if not outright complex beer, Bavik Pils will nonetheless entice few of the "Joe Six Pack" crowd into Trading Up, nor will others (including both those who crave Crafts and those who favor Premium Macro Lagers) take a chance. Why? It is priced and packaged toward the Premium/Import segment, particularly in terms of cans -- compare it price and value-wise to the 500 mL cans of Hollandia, Okocim, and Tuborg, and you'll see what I'm getting at.

Bavik Pils is firmly in line with the older, more traditional (often -but not always- unfiltered) Lagers and Pilseners of Central and Eastern Europe, many of which have recently been imported in some numbers for the first time in years. So if you've got a sense of adventure and don't mind spending two bits more than your average sixer of Beck's or Saint Pauli Girl, this is well-worth checking out!

Chaz, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From an 11.2oz bottle with no freshness date, it pour a pale straw color. The three-finger head is large and creamy, forming a stiff foam dome extending beyond the rim of my pils glass. It shows great retention and strands of lace cling in web-like patterns.

The smell is of grain and hops, with a bit of lemon peel and strong herbal notes. The flavor profile follows the smell, and the hops aren't overbearing.

The mouth is light and clean, and after a burst of bitter hops, actually gets creamy on the end. This is a very drinkable brew, even if it doesn't really posess a wealth of personality.

Osiris9588, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Poured a dark straw color with a white rocky head. Moderate carbonation.

Aromas of fresh white bread, grassy-herbal hops and some mustiness.

Medium bodied, peppery mouth feel.

Started with modest bready malts then a rush of herbal-woody hopping to give good balance....light vanila tones...crisp clean finish that goes dry and slightly bitter.

Not a great pilsner but a good one and a variation on the style that is unique.

pootz, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of cameraman
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

cameraman, Sep 07, 2006
Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.