Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 289
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
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 SupaCelt
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is clear and yellow. minimal head with some spit ring and lacing.

nose is dms and grain yellow love.

taste is pils yellowness. slight corn and sweet syrupy tones.

mouthfeel is light and slick.

overall this is a decent little run. found on an around the world challenge and given a good once over by yours truly. (321 characters)

Photo of wages
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a "build your own" six-pack. I'm not a huge fan of pilsener, but this one is pleasant. I wonder if they use a "Belgian" yeast, or a more standard pilsener yeast?

Appearance - 3/5 - Standard look for a pilsener. It neither impresses nor disappoints.

Smell - 3/5 - Subtle, clean grain aroma.

Taste - 4/5 - Follows the smell with its subtle sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - light bodied with a smooth texture. It's very refreshing.

Overall - 4/5 - As I said, not a huge fan of pilsener, but this one would serve as a good session beer that I wouldn't mind drinking a few of. Makes me think there is hope for pilseners after all! (648 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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....

T: (965 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (1,396 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very jazzy, pale gold color, flowing bubbles but a low rising, moderate head keeps things grounded. The head dissipates pretty quick for such a jazzy look.

sour greens, musky earth, very classically yeasty aroma. Green beans, spring water, herbs and sour-sweet malt, mild pepper.

A pretty classic Pils flavor of musky-earthy and sour notes, soft pepper, veggies, crisp malty bite, bready and sour tones from the malt, more peppery earth in the mild hop balance.

The feel is light, sharp and very crispy, especially to start out. Herbal, sour and clean earthy aftertaste.

If you love the style, it's a must try. (621 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Prosit! (714 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with a small, dense white head, thick patchy lacing, and modest streams of small, slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Notes of noble hops and pale malt. The "cracker malt" often noted in the Pilsener style seems absent.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet malt notes, a little sweeter than I would expect for a Pilsener. A wave of pleasant grassy, spicy hops follows. The slightly sweet undercurrent of the malt carries throughout the taste. Finishes with a bit of mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, fairly soft.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, overall, but as others have notes, more like a Euro pale lager than a Pilsener. Its certainly not bad, but not outstanding, either. But on a hot summer day, its just fine.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass. (880 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a mostly clear yellow color with a modest white head. Little bit of lace, not much for retention.

Nose is grassy hops with a firm bready grain/yeast base. Seems like the yeast gives it a bit more complexity but gives up some in clean, sharp hop and grain aromas typical of good pilseners.

Pretty crisp up front with plenty of bubbles and mild hop flavors. Middle is grainy and a little sweet with the bready yeast kicking in. Finishes dry-ish with a decent bitterness. This is not totally unlike Stella, shares some of the same hop characteristics and the yeast is more notable in both than the Czech/German pilseners. It is pretty tasty and pretty affordable for a 12-pack. Id be just as happy with a Bavik as a Warsteiner or Bitburger. (760 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pure golden yellow with 1/4 inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells of a typical lager rather than pills. Light hop presence, bit of rough grain, and a bit of lemon and funk Slight sour bread

T - A nice bit of bitterness from the grain along side of bread and grainy hops. Malt is sweet which makes it pretty great tasting.

M - Light to medium. Surprised the ABV was so high with such a light beer.

Overall I found this in my mixed sixer place and I was pleasantly surprised. Wouldn't be my go to beer since it was kind of old and carbonation was low but it was a decent beer. Drinkable. (612 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of rings
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pilsner pours pale straw in color, with a floral herbal nose. Unfortunately, the thin, white head falls quickly even though it retains a bit of lacing. (A good pils, as a German brewmaster friend of mine once told me, should take seven minutes to pour--allowing the head to dissipate. "Any less than that, send it back," he claimed.) Regardless, Bavik has a balanced mouthfeel, with plenty of sweetness to compliment the crisp, herbal finish.

While I have to consider that this style--or any lighter lager--will take a beating as an import, this is a good effort ... albeit nothing more than what was to be expected (622 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light straw color with very slight haze large white foamy head and a light wispy sticky lace. smell from the bottle was not bad but in the glass smelt like wet rags. very light tasting slightly sweet no real hop character light body. this ones a pass. (259 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hay colored with a bit of haze. Dense white head and plenty of lace. Excellent head retention. Plentiful small carbonation bubbles are present. Grassy aroma. Surprisingly soft given the amount of carbonation. Healthy bitterness up front and through the middle, fading a bit in the end. Some residual sweetness after the finish. Medium body. (340 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

78th review on BA
bottle to flute

App- Very color foward yellow in the flute with a very nice 1 1/2 finger head. Looked like a very good beer in the glass.

Smell-It's a bit traditional smelling floral hop but does have a mild sweetness to it.

Taste- I was hoping this was better than the B- it was given but it wasn't. It tasted a bit flat from the start and I lost my excitement about this one.

Mouth- A bit light and a tad delicate.

Drink- Wasn't all bad. Still a bit different to have a Belgian beer in the shape of a German Pilsner. (541 characters)

Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth white head develops when poured, receding to a thin but solid layer of foam on top with spotty adhesion to the sides of the glass mug. The brew is a hazy straw yellow color, with active carbonation.

Some hints of fruit and minerals in the aroma. The flavor references day-old French bread with a touch of bitter orange wedded to a pleasant hop profile. Overall a welcome greeting to the mouth, and a suitable partner for some empanadas or pot stickers. Not something to impress the guests with though. (511 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
2.67/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow with a big frothy white head that leaves huge patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet grainy malt with some light noble, grassy hops.

T - Light bready malts with some sweetness followed by some earthy noble hops. Metallic at times with a touch of wet cardboard.

M - On the light side of medium with soft carbonation. Not as crisp as I would have expected.

D - Slightly disappointing. (439 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a frothy one to one and a half finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of citrus and sweet malts. The taste has a nice sweet malt backbone with hints of breadiness and a slight hop bite to it as well. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Overall it is a very solid beer, it is an easy drink with a nice flavor to keep you wanting more. (388 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw body with a touch of haze. Tons of apparent effervescence support a thick finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad, but a little pale and hazy.

Smell: nice sweet malt aroma with a touch of noble hops. Not too bad, really, although hops are somewhat limited and the overall aroma is pretty light.

Taste: lightly malty with a subtle bitterness. Malt is a bit sweet but the flavor is pretty good; not a whole lot of character, but it is smooth and pretty to-style.

Mouthfeel: body is pretty light but I like the carbonation level a lot (i.e., it is pretty highly carbonated). Creaminess isn't too bad, either.

Drinkability: a nice, smooth, non-challenging but still a bit flavorful, Bavik Pils hits the spot for me. (784 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 39912. Sampled on June 3, 2010. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a short burst of fizzy off-white head. The aroma is full of grains with thin hops and a slight skunkiness. The mouthfeel is about medium. The taste is also more grainy than anything else with a bit of creaminess and a faint hint of hops at the end. It leaves an aftertaste. (380 characters)

Photo of eschbach
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Total Wine. It looked interesting, so I bought a bottle. It comes in these weird 11.2 oz bottles. These damn European brewers love to skimp us 0.8 oz of beer. that is just wrong!

I filled my pils glass with the beer. It has a very yellow color. It almost looks like pee, but it is really foggy unlike a lot of yellow colored beers. It has a thick foamy head, but it goes away really fast. The smell is nothing special. It smells almost like Budweiser. The taste is very bitter. It has a lot of hops flavor and it has a citrus aftertaste. It feels like water in my mouth. It's a very refreshing beer and it's easy to drink.

This beer is hard to compare to anything else. I'd say the closest I could compare it to is Carlsberg maybe, but it has a very different feel. I like drinking this beer, but I am probably not going to get it in the future because it's hard to find and it's not cheap. There are better German Lagers out there for less money. Also I'd be more inclined to buy it if it came in a 12 oz bottle, instead of these stupid 11.2 0z ones. (1,072 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a Peroni glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold with very steady fast carbonation and a thin head that sticks around.

S: Slight citrus hops, a bit of metal, bread, very light.

T: Light malt, some citrus hops and bread the finish is crisp though a bit watery.

M: Pretty light with a slight creaminess at mid palate.

D: Light with average alcohol makes this a beer that can be consumed pretty regularly.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not something to call mom about. It delivers refreshment without wow. (530 characters)

Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
77 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.